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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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There have been many high pro­file, and count­less oth­er, ex­amples of out­sourcing firms strug­gling, or even fail­ing, over the last few years. As a con­sequence of this and the grow­ing com­plex­ity of busi­ness op­er­a­tions and re­li­ance on tech­no­logy, firms look­in
27 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to force ma­jeure
29 June 2020
The im­port­ance of Know­ledge in claims of mis­use of con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion
In the case of Me­dia En­ter­tain­ment NV v Kary­ag­dyyev and an­oth­er [2020] EWHC 1138 (QB), the High Court dis­tin­guished between the re­quire­ment for a de­fend­ant’s “suf­fi­cient” know­ledge when seek­ing...
21 January 2020
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15 May 2020
Ne­go­ti­at­ing Ser­vice Level / KPI and oth­er re­liefs in your ser­vices and...
The fast in­tro­duc­tion and phased re­lease of COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic re­stric­tions has led to many busi­nesses strug­gling to man­age loss of ca­pa­city and ef­fi­ciency.  In the ini­tial days and weeks of the pan­dem­ic...
12 September 2018
Trans­form­ing In­sur­ance
In June 2018, a num­ber of seni­or fig­ures from the in­sur­ance in­dustry gathered for a round-table at the CMS of­fices to dis­cuss the eth­ic­al and reg­u­lat­ory im­plic­a­tions of the use of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) in the sec­tor. In this re­port, we high­light th
18 February 2020
‘Les­sons learnt’ from the Maastricht Uni­versity cy­ber at­tack
On 23 Decem­ber 2019, Maastricht Uni­versity found it­self the vic­tim of a sig­ni­fic­ant cy­ber at­tack, which res­ul­ted in cy­ber crim­in­als tak­ing some of its data host­age. A man­age­ment sum­mary of what happened...
March 2018
Fi­nal Count­down to GDPR
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31 January 2020
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”)....
When prop­erly ex­ecuted, out­sourcing can not only drive ef­fi­ciency and per­form­ance gains, thereby cre­at­ing value, but can also de­liv­er sig­ni­fic­ant sav­ings.
02 December 2019
Not in this cook­ie jar. ECJ holds that a pre-checked tick box does not...
The European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) was asked to con­sider the concept of val­id con­sent in re­spect of cook­ies stored on the equip­ment of web­site users (the “Users”) in the case of Bundes­verb­and...
30 October 2019
Re­ly­ing on a draft? Don’t be daft
The High Court has re­cently con­sidered the is­sue of the in­ten­tion to cre­ate leg­al re­la­tions in the case of Volu­mat­ic Lim­ited v Ideas for Life Lim­ited [2019] EWHC 2273. The case serves as a stark re­mind­er...