Stephen Pearne

Commercial Partner

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Having qualified as a solicitor in 1998, Stephen advises on a wide range of commercial matters and has focussed on commercial technology for over 15 years.

I was first immersed in the legal aspects of technology when I joined BT’s in-house legal team in 2002. At BT, I was involved in a wide range of commercial law work, but my involvement in the supplier contracts for BT’s ‘21st Century Network’ is what really got me interested in technology.

I left BT to set up a boutique law firm, where we rode the wave of the rapid development of the internet to what we know it as today, and I helped clients with the terms and conditions and policies that they needed for their online businesses, platforms and mobile apps. I fondly remember queueing for the first iPhone and being amazed at what it could do.

Ever since then, technology has been a major part of my work. I’ve worked on agreements and terms and conditions for a wide range of technologies, including software-as-a-service solutions and other online platforms, software development agreements, end-user licence agreements, mobile app terms and conditions, and agreements with online video game platforms, to name just a few. My experience also extends into the life sciences sector, including agreements relating to protein synthesis and reagents databases.

Although he focusses on commercial technology, Stephen’s experience extends across a wide range of commercial law matters, and he is equally at home reviewing, drafting and negotiating supply and distribution agreements, services agreements, and standard terms and conditions, to name just a few.

Regardless of whether it’s a commercial or technology matter, Stephen brings knowledge and experience developed over 24 years of practice to whatever he’s working on.

I believe that the key benefit for clients of working with a specialist is that they will have seen most things more than once.  Experience and commercial sense is the added-value that experience brings to legal knowledge.

Stephen advises clients of all sizes, including start-ups and scale-ups, SMEs and substantial, established businesses.

One of the things I love best about my work is getting to know our clients and their businesses – no two are the same and my experience allows me to tailor my approach and advice to what each client needs.  The reward at the end of my work for a client is knowing that I’ve made a difference.

Stephen lives in Cheltenham with his wife and three children, and enjoys walking in the Cotswolds and tinkering with technology.


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What our clients say

Excellent service. Expert, high quality advice that I have real confidence in. Timely. Good communication and friendly/easy to work with.
Andrew Chalmers CEO, CiteAb Limited
The feedback and communication is always helpful and clear. Our contact Stephen Pearne has been really helpful in providing feedback on service provider contracts and agreements that we have needed.
Laura Vanstone Business Change Manager, Borderfree Trade Ltd
Stephen Pearne has helped us strike a balance between communicating in plain English to our clients what we’re doing, by removing the legalese, but at the same time controlling our risk.
Linz Darlington Founder, Homehold
We were very happy with the service provided and knowing we can also access other specialised areas of legal services support, as and when we need them, is very reassuring.
Liz Jenkinson CEO, Biocleave
Excellent service. Expert, high quality advice that I have real confidence in. Timely. Good communication and friendly/easy to work with.
Andrew Chalmers CEO, CiteAb Limited
The feedback and communication is always helpful and clear. Our contact Stephen Pearne has been really helpful in providing feedback on service provider contracts and agreements that we have needed.
Laura Vanstone Business Change Manager, Borderfree Trade Ltd
Stephen Pearne has helped us strike a balance between communicating in plain English to our clients what we’re doing, by removing the legalese, but at the same time controlling our risk.
Linz Darlington Founder, Homehold
We were very happy with the service provided and knowing we can also access other specialised areas of legal services support, as and when we need them, is very reassuring.
Liz Jenkinson CEO, Biocleave


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