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Alan Nelson

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Alan Nelson is a partner and a very experienced IT and information lawyer.

He has advised a large number of public and private sector bodies on a variety of IT, outsourcing deals and significant commercial contracts. He has a particular expertise in the financial services sector.

Over the last 15 years he has led teams advising clients on some of their most complex high value IT and outsourcing projects. 

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Clients praise his ability "to align himself with our objectives as a business" and consistent desire "to innovate and to improve."

Chambers UK, 2016

Relevant experience

  • A leading UK bank on its GBP 700m datacentre/infrastructure outsourcing to IBM.
  • The Scottish public sector on procuring the SWAN network, the first significant shared services IT project undertaken in Scotland. It is a GBP 100m+ wide area network contract with Capita.
  • A number of financial services organisation on the development of innovative services including mobile banking apps and digital wallet solutions.
  • Scottish Water: principal advisor on the negotiation and implementation of its co-sourcing strategy for its IT function with three suppliers simultaneously (BT, Fujitsu and TCS).
  • The contractual arrangements to support the operation of the largest ATM estate in the UK.
  • The outsourcing of a number of financial services operations including mortgage processing, credit card processing, complaints handling and PPI remediation.
  • A number of financial services clients on large outsourcing projects including with Accenture, Infosys, Genpact, BT, Cushman & Wakefield and many others. 
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Education

1998 - Dip LP, University of Glasgow, Glasgow

1997 - LLB (Hons), University of Glasgow, Glasgow

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14/05/2014
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28/04/2017
The ICO fines UK charities for data protection breaches
The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) recently issued fines to a number of UK charities for breaching the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”). The fines ranged from £6,000 to £18,000 and serve as a reminder of the ICO’s willingness to impose monetary penalties.
25/04/2017
Financial Conduct Authority launches discussion on distributed le...
The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has opened for consultation its discussion paper on distributed ledger technology (“DLT”). The FCA is accepting responses until 17 July 2017. Overview The FCA has issued a discussion paper on the potential for future.
21/04/2017
Financial Conduct Authority launches consultation on draft guidel...
On 13 April 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) launched a consultation on a draft approach document setting out its approach to the implementation and interpretation of the Second Payment Services Directive (“PSD2”).
11/04/2017
Are public authorities ready for the GDPR? ICO publishes Local Go...
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which comes into force on 25 May 2018, will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. Many of the changes implemented by the GDPR will affect the current information governance practices of public authorities in.
11/04/2017
Are public authorities ready for the GDPR? ICO publishes Local Go...
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which comes into force on 25 May 2018, will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. Many of the changes implemented by the GDPR will affect the current information governance practices of public authorities in.
28/03/2017
The European Commission launches a public consultation on FinTech...
The European Commission has launched an action plan, and has opened a public consultation on FinTech, in a bid to further strengthen the Single Market for retail financial services. The Commission hopes to obtain input on how the regulatory and supervisory.
21/03/2017
Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for data centres
The European Commission has launched a project to develop Green Public Procurement (“GPP”) criteria for data centres, in order to provide guidance to public authorities on the criteria for environmentally friendly procurement regarding data centres.
15/03/2017
FCA and Japanese Regulator Agree FinTech Co-operation Framework
On 9 March 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that it had agreed a co-operation framework with its Japanese equivalent, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA). The co-operation framework aims to promote innovation in both Japan and.
08/03/2017
ICO draft guidance on consent under the GDPR published
The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has opened for consultation its draft guidance on consent under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The ICO is accepting responses until 31 March 2017.
01/02/2017
European Commission announces initiatives regarding the data econ...
The European Commission recently announced the final packages to be adopted under its Digital Single Market strategy: an initiative on the data economy and proposals for the review of the ePrivacy Directive and the protection of personal data.
07/10/2016
Invest in data security, or pay the price…
TalkTalk has been fined a record £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) for website security failings which led to the theft of the personal data of customers. The Cyber Attack In October 2015 TalkTalk was hit by a cyber-attack when attackers.
30/08/2016
Government updates Technology Code of Practice: sharing, re-using...
This week, the Government Digital Service released the updated Technology Code of Practice (“Code”), which sets out the standard on the best way for government organisations to design, build and buy technology.
28/07/2016
US rules on Bitcoin (and what the EU thinks)
Bitcoin has become increasingly popular as a virtual currency. It is estimated that venture capital investments in the currency now total more than €1 billion. As Bitcoin begins to break into the mainstream, the European Parliament and a Florida court have.
21/07/2016
FCA finalise guidance for firms outsourcing to the cloud and othe...
On 7 July 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its finalised guidance (the Guidance), “FG16/5 - Guidance for firms outsourcing to the ‘cloud’ and other third-party IT services”.
03/06/2016
The Network and Information Security Directive – Cybersecurity hi...
Introduction On 17 May 2016, the European Council adopted the Network and Information Security Directive (“NIS”), which forms a part of the European Commission’s EU Cybersecurity Strategy, which will operate alongside its Digital Single Market Initiative.