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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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March 2018
Fi­nal Count­down to GDPR
We­bin­ar Re­cord­ings
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.
Sup­port­ing your busi­ness
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.
Se­lect Com­mit­tee of MPs to look in­to block­chain and di­git­al cur­ren­cies
On 22 Feb­ru­ary 2018 The House of Com­mons Treas­ury Com­mit­tee (also re­ferred to as the ‘Treas­ury Se­lect Com­mit­tee’ or ‘TSC’) launched an in­quiry in­to the role of di­git­al cur­ren­cies and the tech­no­lo­gies un­der­pin­ning them.
15 Mar 18
Meet­ing GDPR re­quire­ments
Fi­nal Count­down to GDPR
ICO's Guide to the GDPR
Pri­or to the in­tro­duc­tion of the Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”) on 25 May 2018, the UK In­form­a­tion Com­mis­sion­er’s Of­fice (“ICO”) has pub­lished a Guide to the GDPR in or­der to ex­plain its pro­vi­sions and help or­gan­isa­tions.
You get what you pay for, or not? GDPR to ex­tin­guish ICO no­ti­fic­a­tion...
From 1 April 2018, a new data pro­tec­tion fee sys­tem will be launched that will change how or­gan­isa­tions pay fees to the In­form­a­tion Com­mis­sion­er’s Of­fice (ICO). Cur­rently, the pro­cessing of per­son­al data by or­gan­isa­tions is gov­erned by the Data Pro­tec­tion.
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”.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.