Carol Copland is a Commercial lawyer with a wide range of experience working within Businesses. This enables her to have a full understanding of her clients’ requirements on a wider scale.

Carol previously worked for Metaswitch Networks Ltd, where she served on the Executive Committee. Her responsibility was for the global legal function, data protection, anti-bribery and the patents portfolio. Prior to this, she worked for The Qualification and Curriculum Authority where she had specific Executive responsibility for legal; corporate governance; secretariat to the QCA Board and Executive; risk management and corporate performance; equalities; freedom of information and data protection; and the Examinations and Appeals Board.  She started her career in the Technology Media and Telecoms team at Linklaters, where she trained and worked for several years.

Her recent work has included: various international acquisitions and disposals; negotiating international commercial contracts (supplier and customer); advising on software and other IP licensing issues; managing efficiency savings and a global redundancy programme to streamline the business and improve profitability; various patents litigations; and, establishing a global patent programme.

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

  • Chief Legal Officer, Metaswitch Networks Ltd
  • Director, Metaswitch Networks AS
  • Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, QCA
  • Head of Legal and Procurement, Finance Division, QCA
  • Company Secretary for the Institute of Educational Assessors
  • General Commercial Lawyer, English Heritage
  • Associate, Technology media Telecoms Group, Linklaters


Other Qualifications

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



  • College of Law Guilford (LPC)
  • St Peter’s College, Oxford

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