Although we normally focus on the technology law firms use, rather than the technology law services firms deliver, we're making an exception today for this technology developer/vendor-specific announcement by Taylor Wessing that it has opened a dedicated Tech City office in the heart of east London.

The announcement is made following the steps taken by companies such as Google to locate in the area. Taylor Wessing currently acts for a number of the fastest growing technology businesses in the UK as listed in the UK Deloitte Technology Fast 50, which they also sponsor and support.

 The office, where partners and associates from teams across the firm will rotate occupancy, is based in east London's Tech City. The teams that are initially rotating at the premises (which holds four workstations) include TMT, Venture Capital, Intellectual Property, Tax and Incentives, Inward Investment and Employment. Drop in clinics for each of these specialist areas will be available for technology companies in the area to obtain legal support.

In addition to fee-earners working in the area, Taylor Wessing is offering technology firms an online legal resource through its TWTechFocus* website, and is also hosting regular events in Tech City, most recently at The Trampery on setting up a company and how to secure funding where the team was joined by guest speakers including Eric van der Kleij (CEO of the Tech City Investment Organisation) and Anil Hansjee (ex-Head of Corporate Development, EMEA, Google). 



Simon Walker, partner leading the dedicated Tech City team adds “Entrepreneurship is increasingly recognised as an important driver of economic growth and innovation. As such, we see companies in Tech City as an area in need of dedicated investment. Our office in Tech City brings us closer to the businesses of tomorrow and allows us to help them grow by sharing our experience and understanding of the issues they face. We want to ensure we are supporting these firms from the centre, not the sidelines.”
* www.taylorwessing.com/twtechfocus/