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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
Out­sourcing
Sup­port­ing your busi­ness
30/08/2017
The Data Pro­tec­tion Bill: a state­ment of in­tent
On 7 Au­gust, the UK gov­ern­ment re­leased its state­ment of in­tent, which set out its pro­pos­als for a Data Pro­tec­tion Bill (the “Bill”) to re­place the Data Pro­tec­tion Act 1998 (“DPA”) and “bring data pro­tec­tion laws in the UK up to date”.
18/08/2017
The Data Pro­tec­tion Bill: a state­ment of in­tent
On 7 Au­gust, the UK gov­ern­ment re­leased its state­ment of in­tent, which set out its pro­pos­als for a Data Pro­tec­tion Bill (the “Bill”) to re­place the Data Pro­tec­tion Act 1998 (“DPA”) and “bring data pro­tec­tion laws in the UK up to date”.
09/08/2017
A new way to pay: the Pay­ments Strategy For­um launches a con­sulta­tion...
In sup­port of their Novem­ber 2016 strategy to change UK pay­ments sys­tems, the Pay­ments Strategy For­um (“PSF”) has pub­lished a pub­lic con­sulta­tion titled a "Blue­print for the Fu­ture of UK Pay­ments". The con­sulta­tion pa­per notes that al­though UK pay­ments sys­tems.
26 Oct 17
Spot­light Series: GDPR – where are we now? (We­bin­ar)
02/08/2017
Ro­bot­ic pro­cess auto­ma­tion - un­der­stand­ing the leg­al is­sues
Quite simply, Ro­bot­ic Pro­cess Auto­ma­tion (RPA) is soft­ware which mim­ics and re­places com­puter fa­cing work which is or can be done by hu­mans. Think of it is a “di­git­al work­force”. RPA is be­com­ing pop­u­lar and is see­ing huge growth; par­tic­u­larly in or­gan­isa­tions.
12/07/2017
Re­sponses to the European Com­mis­sion con­sulta­tion on FinTech: com­mon...
The European Com­mis­sion (the “EC”) has pub­lished the re­sponses to its pub­lic con­sulta­tion on FinTech (we ori­gin­ally re­por­ted on the con­sulta­tion on 23 March 2017). A total of 226 re­sponses were re­ceived from a num­ber of or­gan­isa­tions span­ning sev­er­al sec­tors.
06/07/2017
FCA Launches Cy­ber Se­cur­ity Guide for Firms
On 22 June 2017, the Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (FCA) launched a new factsheet en­titled ‘Good Cy­ber Se­cur­ity – the found­a­tions’, aimed at in­creas­ing aware­ness of cy­ber se­cur­ity risks amongst firms in the fin­an­cial sec­tor.
30/05/2017
Prac­tic­al steps to take if you don’t Wan­naC­ry
Earli­er this month a large-scale cy­ber­at­tack af­fected hun­dreds of thou­sands of com­puters through­out the world. The NHS was the UK’s highest pro­file cas­u­alty and faced cri­ti­cism of its cy­ber-se­cur­ity prac­tices in the af­ter­math of the at­tack.
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 ledger...
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 guidelines...
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 Gov­ern­ment...
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 Gov­ern­ment...
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.