Carol Copland

Carol Copland

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"Not only is Carol an excellent all-round lawyer, but she also provides very strong and pragmatic business, strategic and management advice to her clients."  John Lazar CBE FREng, former CEO and Chairman, Metaswitch Networks

Carol is a pragmatic commercial lawyer, Magic Circle qualified, with 18 years’ experience - the last 10 as General Counsel.  Carol works for a wide range of clients, and has specific expertise working with technology, telecoms, logistics and growth companies, as well as in the public sector. A tenacious and astute negotiator, she has worked on a broad spectrum of business issues – providing strategic and tactical advice on commercial contracts; technology, licensing, intellectual property and data protection issues; outsourcing; M&A; and big ticket litigation.  She was a trusted consigliere to her board, adept at providing commercially attuned advice and getting things done.  Carol has also worked closely with the UK government, advising on business critical contracts and dealing with a wide range of senior stakeholders in Whitehall.

Who she works for:

  • Companies (start-ups to multinational PLCs)
  • Technology businesses
  • Education sector
  • Arts/heritage sector
  • Government
  • Management Teams and business leaders
  • Private equity and venture capital


"Not only is Carol an excellent all-round lawyer, but she also provides very strong and pragmatic business, strategic and management advice to her clients."  John Lazar CBE FREng, former CEO and Chairman, Metaswitch Networks

Expertise in:

Key achievements:

  • As General Counsel for Metaswitch Networks (private equity backed network software provider):  negotiated key international commercial contracts (supplier and customer) involving complex software and cloud based technologies; legal lead on three international acquisitions and one disposal; responsible for IP matters and established the global patent programme increasing the filed patents from 10 to over 180; and, led and successfully concluded litigation against the company’s insurers.
  • Lead the negotiation and termination of customer’s contract with its supplier and secured the settlement of approx. £25 million in favour of customer;
  • Revised company’s legal and governance policies and procedures in preparation for initial public offering;
  • Represented QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) at a high level with the UK government education department (Department for Children Schools and Families), including with the Schools Minister, at a time of acute political sensitivity; was the key legal advocate for QCA in Whitehall;
  • Legal lead on the separation of the regulatory function of QCA and creation of the interim regulator (Ofqual) and delivery body (QCDA) within a complex legislative framework;
  • Led legal negotiations on a £14m contractual dispute with a key supplier and achieved out of court settlement of £4m and secured delivery of the 2007 test cycle;
  • Advised on IP and technology legal matters for JPMorgan EMEA and responsible for managing a multi-jurisdictional team of over twenty lawyers providing the legal and regulatory advice on the outsourcing and off-shoring of JPMorgan’s back office IT systems to three strategic global hubs.
  • Advised and negotiated the IP and IT aspects of a variety of domestic and international transactions including in relation to the acquisition of an asset administration business by a major European bank (£250m multi-jurisdictional deal including transitional services arrangements)
  • IT, IP and general television work including general systems and software supply and maintenance, licensing and distribution agreements, software licences, content and programme production agreements;
  • Advising on the protection and exploitation of IPR including drafting licences, assignments, and confidentiality agreements;
  • Advising the BBC on its commercial arrangements with Consignia and WPP for the collection of the TV licence revenue and associated advertising campaigns.


Previous Law Firms:

  • Linklaters

Previous Businesses:

  • Chief Legal Officer, Metaswitch Networks Ltd
  • Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
  • Commercial lawyer, English Heritage
  • Commercial Technology and IP lawyer (EMEA) JP Morgan (secondment)


  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Member of the Equalities Advisory Group for Dept. of BIS (to June 2016)
  • Member of the Diversity Leadership Sub-group for the Royal Academy of Engineering (to April 2016)


  • St Peter's College, University of Oxford, BA (HONS) English
  • College of Law, Guildford, CPE and LPC

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