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Alan Nelson

Office Managing Partner

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

Alan Nelson is the Managing Partner of CMS Glasgow 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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  • 1998 - Dip LP, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
  • 1997 - LLB (Hons), University of Glasgow, Glasgow
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12 September 2018
Trans­form­ing In­sur­ance
In­dustry per­spect­ives on the op­por­tun­it­ies and chal­lenges...
More than friends: im­plied du­ties in re­la­tion­al con­tracts
Bates and oth­ers v Post Of­fice [2019] EWHC 606 (QB) Facts The Post Of­fice con­trac­ted with cer­tain sub-post­mas­ters and post­mas­ters on two stand­ard form agree­ments: a Sub Post­mas­ters Con­tract and a Net­work Trans­form­a­tion Con­tract, each of which was in­ten­ded to.
March 2018
Fi­nal Count­down to GDPR
We­bin­ar Re­cord­ings
Out­sourcing Play­book
The UK gov­ern­ment has re­cently pub­lished the Out­sourcing Play­book. The Play­book provides guidelines and prin­ciples for cent­ral gov­ern­ment and those in­volved in in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects on how to avoid the most com­mon er­rors ob­served in out­sourcing pro­jects.
Sup­port­ing your busi­ness
It pays to be reas­on­able – Court of Ses­sion im­plies term for “busi­ness...
The de­cision by the Court of Ses­sion in Mr Khaled Has­san Ibrahim Za­hid v Duthus Group In­vest­ments Lim­ited [2018] CSOH 59 has shown the im­port­ance of clar­ity in con­trac­tu­al draft­ing and the ex­tent to which a court may con­sider im­ply­ing a term for the pur­pose.
EBA re­leases out­sourcing guidelines
On 25 Feb­ru­ary 2018, after ex­tens­ive con­sulta­tion the European Bank­ing As­so­ci­ation (“EBA”) has pub­lished its latest set of guidelines (the “Guidelines”) re­lat­ing to the out­sourcing ar­range­ments of those fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions that fall with­in its re­mit.
Court of Ap­peal holds that the word "shall" does not auto­mat­ic­ally...
A re­cent de­cision by the Court of Ap­peal in PM Law v Mo­tor­plus [2018] EW­CA Civ 1730 has shown that a con­trac­tu­al ob­lig­a­tion to per­form will not ne­ces­sar­ily be im­posed by the use of the word “shall” if the rel­ev­ant pro­vi­sion only ex­presses an in­ten­tion to per­form.
Data Pro­tec­tion and a “No Deal” Brexit
On 13 Septem­ber 2018, the De­part­ment for Di­git­al, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport (“DCMS”) is­sued guid­ance on the im­plic­a­tions for data pro­tec­tion if the UK exits the European Uni­on (“Brexit”) with “no deal”, and what ac­tions or­gan­isa­tions should take.
Claw­ing back cer­tainty in con­trac­tu­al pro­vi­sions
In Open­work Ltd v Forte [2018] EW­CA Civ 783, the Court of Ap­peal Civil Di­vi­sion held that a con­trac­tu­al pro­vi­sion per­mit­ting the re­spond­ent to claw­back com­mis­sion paid to the ap­pel­lant was not void for un­cer­tainty, des­pite the lack of an ex­press for­mula for.
UK Gov­ern­ment launches Fintech Sec­tor Strategy
The Gov­ern­ment has re­leased its FinTech Sec­tor Strategy (Strategy), which sets out plans for pre­serving and in­creas­ing the UK’s pres­ence and in­flu­ence in the sec­tor. It aims to ful­fil the op­por­tun­ity for growth presen­ted by FinTech – the av­er­age rev­en­ue gen­er­ated.
New ICO char­ging struc­ture re­vealed for data con­trol­lers
On 21 Feb­ru­ary 2018 the ICO pub­lished guid­ance on the new char­ging struc­ture for data con­trol­lers which will re­place the ex­ist­ing no­ti­fic­a­tion re­gime, change how data con­trol­lers pay fees to the In­form­a­tion Com­mis­sion­er’s Of­fice (“ICO”) and how the ICO is fun­ded.