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"This team has considerable expertise in all areas of TMT and earns glowing client reviews for its business focus and outstanding negotiation skills."
Chambers Europe

Matheson has the longest established technology law practice in Ireland, established more than twenty years ago.  We have advised the tech sector and blue-chip technology companies in Ireland, including multi-nationals in relation to their technology related work, consistently and with a specialised focus, over more than 20 years, and have been involved at the cutting edge of technology related legal developments over that period.  The Technology and Innovation Group’s expertise spans the full spectrum of technology infrastructure, products and services.

Our specialised team of technology focused lawyers have a breadth and depth of transactional and advisory experience that is unrivalled.  We act for some of the largest multinational ICT companies with operations in Ireland, as well as some of the main corporate and public sector users of information technology in the country, and have advised on many of the largest and most complex IT, computer and systems integration, outsourcing, cloud computing and managed services contracts in Ireland.  We advise a large number of software, hardware, technology and internet multinational organisations and are involved in both national and international technology legal work, as well as in some of the largest technology-based transactions and initiatives in Ireland.

The Group provides legal advice and business expertise on a wide variety of complex technology driven arrangements across many different industry sectors as our clients grow their businesses, form strategic partnerships and expand into new markets.

Our industry knowledge is a key advantage which we apply to all aspects of our work including drafting, structuring, advising and negotiating.  We ensure we understand our clients’ aims in order to provide innovative, useful and pragmatic advice and we make every effort to ensure that real value is delivered to our clients by negotiating workable, cost-efficient contractual arrangements.

We advise our clients on the full range of contracts for the acquisition or licence of technology and telecommunications systems, cloud computing and services, IT and business process outsourcing and services arrangements (and related procurement and tendering processes), transitional services and shared services arrangements, digital single market, e-commerce and internet legal issues, electronic signatures and certification services.  The Group also advises on data protection, privacy and freedom of information, as well as cyber security matters.

Experience Highlights

Our experience in Technology and Innovation includes advising:

  • a mobile network operator on a competitive tender process and agreement for the provision of its entire business support IT systems (back office and retail), strategic services and solutions to support it in its IT digital transformation;
  • a public sector body on the acquisition and rollout of numerous IT systems and services, both bespoke and standard
  • a public sector body on the acquisition on a phased basis of two major IT systems
  • on the procurement and contract for the acquisition and rollout of a major dispersed IT network
  • indigenous bandwidth measurement technology company on contractual structures and requirements and drafting suite of standard IT contracts
  • indigenous technology companies on structure for getting products to market and drafting suites of required standard contracts
  • a national transport provider on the procurement of a hosted platform for the real-time collection and analysis of data relating to its transport network;
  • a major multinational IT services company on the outsourcing of it by one of Ireland's largest financial institutions of its IT infrastructure services;
  • a telecoms provider on its competitive tender process and outsourcing of the provision and servicing of its mobile telecommunications network;
  • an Irish pillar bank regarding a long term multi-service business process outsourcing;
  • multinational pharmaceutical client in relation to the outsourcing of its facilities and engineering management for its Irish manufacturing plant;
  • an asset leasing company on outsourcing its IT support function;
  • a state agency on the outsourcing of its entire back office IT function;
  • on a significant smart money card product, including in relation to the underlying technology contracts;
  • a financial institution on portfolio administration outsourcing enabled by advanced technology systems integration;
  • on the outsourcing requirements associated with fund administration and depositary companies;
  • a government regulator in relation to the development, implementation, support and maintenance arrangements for a critical on-line registry portal
  • the then Department of Public Enterprise in drafting the Electronic Commerce Act 2000
  • on appropriate on-line legal models, including drafting terms and conditions of use, website disclaimers, copyright notices and privacy statements, for e-commerce companies and traditional corporates with an on-line presence
  • a major Irish financial institution regarding its online applications
  • a major Irish bank on its online banking services, including systems acquisition and security
  • a national certification service in relation to the legal issues of providing certification services


One of Matheson’s key strengths is “the commitment and responsiveness of the core team”.
Information Technology: European Legal 500 2019

"They are alive to the commercial imperatives at play when giving regulatory advice, meaning that the advice is very practical and strategic."
TMT: Chambers Europe 2019

Matheson is our external legal provider of choice in this [telecommunications] area.”
Chambers Europe 2018 

 “I’ve been particularly impressed with the top class service provided by the firm.”
Chambers Europe 2018 

For any Irish Matters, we go to Matheson.”
Chambers Europe 2018 

Matheson showcased its strength in the technology sector.
European Legal 500 2018

"Their advice was clear, succinct and well-reasoned."
Chambers Europe 2018

"Good knowledge of the IT industry in Ireland".
European Legal 500 2017

"They are always available, which includes at short notice and outside business hours."
Chambers Europe 2017

"A primary provider for us in Ireland - the firm is very knowledgeable of our business and provides a good, high-quality product very quickly and efficiently." 
Chambers Europe 2016

"This team has worked with us for a long time and knows our business very well, so it has an immediate understanding of what the issues might be. The people there are excellent - very helpful and nice."
Chambers Europe 2016

The team at Matheson works at the forefront of IT developments in the market.
European Legal 500 2016

"Excellent depth of knowledge and a commercial approach."
Chambers Europe 2015

"This team understands our business concerns and delivers guidance in a concise, actionable and prompt manner."
Chambers Europe 2015

A "go-to-firm for technology and commercial contracts".
Information Technology: European Legal 500 2015

Leading team with a wealth of knowledge and expertise across all areas of TMT.
Chambers Europe 2015

"The team is proactive and focused on service. The quality of legal advice is very high but also very commercial – you can work with the advice they give you."
Chambers Europe 2014

This team has considerable expertise in all areas of TMT and earns glowing client reviews for its business focus and outstanding negotiation skills.
Chambers Europe 2013

"You can really count on the team to come up with a solution. The lawyers understand our requirements, get stuck into the detail and move the issue forward."
Chambers Europe 2013

Firmly established as a leading technology firm, Matheson advises a stream of blue-chip clients.
European Legal 500 2013