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Northern Group Committee


Mark Lumley, Partner, Shulmans LLP

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in legal practice, working in support of commercial and public sector organisations including many large national and international businesses. Mark has a reputation for reducing complex problems to easily-digestible solutions. He is recommended in the Legal 500 directory


Stewart JamesDirector, Agillex

Stewart is a commercial lawyer with over 20 years experience of drafting and negotiating technology contracts and is the author of the Agile contract template on behalf of the Agile Business Consortium. Previously a partner with one of the world’s largest law firms, Stewart established Agillex in 2014 with the aim of providing flexible and collaborative legal services. The company now provides a range of professional services throughout the commercial life cycle, including support to programmes using Agile methodologies.

Shelley ThomasGlobal Tech & Ops and Data Protection Attorney, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Shelley is a solicitor with eighteen years of experience of working in private practice and in house, specialising in Information Governance and Data Protection Law, drafting, negotiating and advising on Commercial Contracts and Risk and Compliance.
She has lectured extensively on commercial issues at a number of universities and delivered conference presentations and training programmes both in-house and to clients. 

Dai Davis, Principal, Percy Crow Davis & Co

Dai advises clients on intellectual property, computer and technology law including such topical matters as E-Commerce IT Security and Cloud Computing issues. He is primarily a non-contentious lawyer, specialising in advising on commercial agreements relating to software and technology products, including outsourcing agreements and web-related contracts. He also has considerable experience advising public bodies on data protection and freedom of information issues.

Mo Bhaskaran, Partner and Head of the Commercial Litigation, Stewarts Law LLP

Mo specialises in large scale fraud and corruption investigations and recovery action (including working with enforcement authorities in the UK and overseas), as well as high-value commercial disputes relating to a range of commercial matters including fraud, IT and PFI projects, product recall and corporate claims arising from acquisitions. 

Emilie Yates, Legal Director, DAC Beachcroft

Emilie Yates advises on a broad range of technology and telecoms deals, outsourcing projects and cloud and internet law, acting for both public sector and private sector (particularly financial services) clients. 

Jason Coyne, Partner, IT Group UK Limited

A computer consultant of 27 years who for the last 17 has focused on the rectification and avoidance of frustrated IT implementations. He is a ‘Hands-on’ expert who has held operational positions in software development, systems design, server administration and service performance improvement.

James Hyde, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland LLP

James is a Partner and specialist in resolving complex corporate and commercial disputes. He leads the firm’s TMT disputes practice and has considerable specialist expertise gained over many years. He is ranked in the latest legal directories for both IT/Telecoms and Litigation, where he is mentioned as being “very on top of everything” and providing “pragmatic, succinct advice that is supported by sound analysis”. James is one of the leading technology and communications disputes lawyers in the UK. His role also includes leading the Tier 1 ranked Commercial Disputes team in our Leeds office.

Rebecca Lunney, Associate, Pannone Corporate