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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 20 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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Re­bound & Re­mod­el: Scot­land's road to re­cov­ery
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The Road to COP26: Our 101 on COP26
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Risk Es­sen­tials: Fu­ture Fa­cing Com­mer­cial Con­tracts
In this we­bin­ar, we will take a look at some sig­ni­fic­ant trends and is­sues fa­cing com­mer­cial con­tract parties in the post-COV­ID world.Good faith case up­date: a num­ber of re­cent court de­cisions have fo­cused...
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The im­port­ance of Know­ledge in claims of mis­use of con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion
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Liv­ing Wills in Out­sourcing Ar­range­ments
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Data Sub­ject Ac­cess Re­quests – ICO launches con­sulta­tion on right of ac­cess...
On 4 Decem­ber 2019, the UK In­form­a­tion Com­mis­sion­er’s Of­fice (“ICO”) pub­lished a draft ver­sion of its guid­ance cov­er­ing data sub­jects and their right to ac­cess in­form­a­tion (the “New Guid­ance”)...
D-Code We­bin­ar: Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence – how it works and how it is trans­form­ing...
Our new D-Code pro­gramme is aimed at in-house leg­al teams who do not spe­cial­ise in tech­no­logy, but who need to un­der­stand how new tech­no­lo­gies and plat­forms im­pact the trans­ac­tions and mat­ters they ad­vise...