Jocelyn S Paulley Partner

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2006 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Jocelyn S Paulley

Jocelyn Paulley helps clients to see the wood for the trees! She has experience on large projects involving multiple vendors working for a customer to deliver a single, on-going service where the challenge is to monitor the big picture (to mitigate risks for the customer) at the same time as marshalling the detail (to ensure that all the individual services dovetail and create a coherent service).

She also helps clients to cut through lengthy negotiations using her knowledge of market practice to get to the end result for clients faster. Her experience negotiating with the IT giants saves clients time when embarking on procurements as she can navigate them away from dead-ends and towards areas where gains can be made or where protection is required. She knows how to work through the complex and unusual licensing structures created by the major software vendors and how to navigate their internal governance process.

Jocelyn can help clients to understand the technical set-up, limitations and reality of IT services. This is key to negotiating IT-related agreements and Jocelyn has a good appreciation of technologies and the industry jargon through regular interaction in the world of tech start-ups and acting for suppliers.

Clients value her pragmatic, commercial approach and ability to work with everyone across a business, as well as maintaining a good relationship with the other side to see negotiations through to the end.


Jocelyn's personal highlight was seeing the new M& website launch in February of 2014. She had been closely involved, alongside the in-house team, with the programme that delivered the website (as one of the overall programme's 'channels' for interaction with consumers) over the previous two years and was active in all of the major procurement strands.

The team at M&S delivering the programme was so large that they had taken over a new premise, and it was exciting going there for meetings and seeing the 'real' work being done developing the systems and integrations, with a large count-down clock reminding everyone of the deadline.

Knowing all the hard work that went into the procurement and the long discussions about incentivising behaviours to deliver to M&S's targets, it was thrilling to see the final product.


Jocelyn's clients include:

  • customers of IT services, particularly retailers and banks, procuring all manner of software, systems, support, hosting
  • suppliers and customers of SaaS, cloud, hosted services
  • data centre operators
  • connected health suppliers


Acting alongside in-house legal for a large internal project to revamp logistics and supply-chain software for Arcadia Group. When knitting together different software solutions from different vendors with legacy systems, timing, communication and understanding the landscape and dependencies are critical. By entering into contracts that enabled repeat contracting for scopes of work, we were able to give the business flexibility to contract for what they wanted when they wanted. Our continued involvement meant we could bring lessons learned and known risks from one negotiation into the next to ensure a consistent approach and set of standards requirements across Arcadia's contracts.

Concluding a managed service agreement for a telecoms operator for its backhaul circuits where the financial and accounting structuring drove the structure of the deal and was critical for both parties. By immersing ourselves in the technical detail of the service, we were able to ensure that the service description, acceptance procedures and charging, each a difficult schedule in itself, worked together and protected the client against the inherent risks.

Working alongside Marks & Spencer plc as an extension of their in-house team on a long-term, business critical project to reprocure all the IT systems to give M&S a multi-channel e-commerce platform. Our continued, close involvement meant that Jocelyn was able to take the in-house lawyer's place in meetings where her capacity was restricted and stand in for her when on holiday, to ensure that the overall project could continue on-schedule. Our involvement in all workstreams of the project provided a critical point of continuity between all the various business units and provided risk mitigation as knowledge of potential issues with one vendor/system could be countered by taking a different approach or making specific requests of another.

Her time as a secondee at a major retailer means that Jocelyn has inside knowledge of their requirements and systems, enabling her to repeatedly advise on large IT outsourcings where similar issues present themselves. It also gave her an oversight of Morrisons' strategy, direction of travel and approach to contractual issues, which gives them confidence when instructing and gives her the ability to advise in context. Subsequently she has advised on several outsourcing agreements for store support services, IT refresh projects, managed security and payment systems.

She has also spent four months on secondment at Capgemini, where she saw the world from the supplier perspective. This was an invaluable insight (on the legal side) into treading the fine line between completing sales and managing risk and cost benefit and (on the human side) into establishing positive relationships with the sales and risk teams.

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Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

    • Career
      May 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2016

    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, director
  • 2015

    • Career
      August 2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, director
    • Career
      February 2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, principal associate
  • 2008

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, solicitor and associate
  • 2006

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, trainee
  • 2005

    • Education
      Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, LPC
  • 2004

    • Education
      Oxford Brookes University, GDL
  • 2001

    • Education
      BA Hons in Modern History: Jesus College, Oxford University