Sally Mewies helps clients to purchase services and technology solutions in an efficient way whilst properly managing risk. Sally was recognised in 2017's prestigious Acritas Stars database as a 'star lawyer'.
Technology is now so integrated into a business's way of working that it is no longer distinguishable as a stand-alone function. Technology plays a critical role in day-to-day operations and often performs strategically important functions. Performance of the technology function in any business is high on a board's agenda and is a key part of senior management's responsibilities. Getting these contracts right is therefore critical.
Sally's experience of technology-related contracts gained over 20 years of working in this area means she can guide clients through the jargon to secure an effective agreement where risk is identified, understood and properly managed.
She knows the markets, the products and the players, which enables her to be commercial in her approach and offer a service that is more than just law. That's good for clients because, now more than ever, they are under pressure to get solutions and services selected and contracted for in record time.
Many businesses are under pressure to reduce costs and improve margins, and outsourcing functions and buying technology are key ways of achieving this objective. Further, people's roles in business are changing on the back of technological change.
This makes for an exciting and fast-moving environment, and means that organisations need focused legal advice that is based on relevant and deep experience. They need lawyers that can respond with the right answer quickly.
Sally bring years of experience and an in-depth understanding of all of the major vendors and players in this area. She knows the points that can be won and the points that can't – and this allows her to move transactions forward efficiently and quickly.
Her approach is totally business focused. She understands the spirit of partnership and that it is important in these kinds of transactions. She does her very best to make sure that every deal proceeds as harmoniously as possible.
Sally feels very fortunate to have worked on some large and important transactions for her clients in the last few years, particularly in the retail, telecoms and food and drink sectors.
Anyone who knows her will tell you that she loves the work she does, enjoys finding ways through difficult issues and particularly likes building long and strong relationships with her clients.
Sally does a lot of work in the telecoms, retail and food and drink sectors, for clients like Marks & Spencer, MBNL (a joint venture between EE and Three), United Biscuits and Argos.
Sally helped a major retailer with the build and launch of a new multi-channel e- commerce platform, in a deal that was strategically important for the client. Understanding the products and the client's multi-vendor sourcing approach was crucial to be able to deliver successful contracts.
She recently worked for one of our telecoms clients in connection with setting up its mobile virtual network operator service.
Sally has also been involved on some large network infrastructure build contracts for our telecoms clients.