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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 25+ years he has led teams advising clients on some of their most complex high value IT and outsourcing projects.

He is one of only 3 lawyers in Scotland to be in Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for IT and outsourcing work and is Band One ranked by Chambers and Partners for technology and outsourcing work. 

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"Alan's commerciality and pragmatism really sets him apart from others in the field and flows down well into his team."


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

  • Over the past 10+ years advising the Scottish public sector on procuring the SWAN network, the first significant shared services IT project undertaken in Scotland from Capita and then the re-procurement of those services which was won by BT. Cumulatively the contracts have a value well in excess of GBP 500m.
  • A leading UK bank on its GBP 700m datacentre/infrastructure outsourcing to IBM.
  • A leading UK bank on multiple contracts to support the distribution of insurance products to its customers. 
  • Multiple clients on enterprise wide software and SaaS arrangements. 
  • 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 clients on large outsourcing projects including with Cognizant, Syntel, Accenture, Infosys, Genpact, BT, Cushman & Wakefield, Mitie 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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Supporting the FinTech Community – Headline Sponsor of the FinTech Summit...
Scotland has its roots in financial services and is establishing itself as a FinTech hub. The CMS FinTech team works alongside clients at all stages of their lifecycle. We understand FinTech clients, working with many of our existing clients in this space when they were start-ups or scale-ups. We are leading advisors in FinTech, electronic money, distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence, cyber security, privacy, and the use of social media by financial institutions. The FinTech ecosystem in Scotland continues to grow at pace, and CMS is committed to supporting Scotland's world class FinTechs. We were delighted to be the headline sponsor at the 2023 FinTech Summit.
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