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Muckle talks tech with Sunderland Software City

Muckle talks tech with Sunderland Software City

Sunderland Software City is a private sector initiated and publicly backed organisation that supports digital business growth across the North East, establishing the region as one of the world's leading destinations for technology innovation and enterprise.

In 2018 Sunderland Software City announced Muckle as its preferred and recommended legal supplier to service tech businesses and technology focused commercial projects throughout the region.

The challenge

Sunderland Software City help a wide variety of businesses grow their technological capacity. This can range from digital businesses looking to grow to non-digital businesses that want to ramp up their technological capacity. Each individual business has its own ever-evolving digital legal needs. Our challenge is to make the legal advice that we supply as accessible as possible so that businesses get the right advice at the right time in a format that they understand

The solution

We have a team of lawyers with expertise and hands-on experience in the technology sector who advise on everything from commercialising technology ideas, tech procurement, contracts, data protection, intellectual property and disputes.

We offer both bespoke legal advice as well as packages and retainers to Sunderland Software affiliated businesses. We also carry out training, webinars and events that highlight key learnings and areas of concern, attending residencies to support the team.

The impact

Over the past 5 years we've supported a number of businesses with a wide range of legal advice.

Our commercial and corporate teams have worked closely to deliver a number of significant investments including helping immersive reality firm XR Therapeutics to secure £530,000 investment and advising Durham-based Fumarii Technologies on a significant investment deal to help develop and launch its new cloud platform.

The team were asked to support Special iApps by Sunderland Software City in 2020 and initial conversations lead to a close working relationship to help this family-run, award winning educational App company progress to the next stage of its journey. The team provided advice on the business contracting and data protection requirements, developing fit for purpose, user friendly terms, appropriate to the business customers and we are enjoying watching the ongoing development of this great offer.

Muckle have helped many digital and tech SMEs to start or grow their business. Their expertise in the sector is second to none, but their down-to-earth approach and ability to break down complex legal advice is where they really set themselves apart. We work with a diverse range of businesses and the feedback about Muckle is always positive.

Jenny Sutcliffe
Head of Digital Adoption at Sunderland Software City
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