I advise clients on technology focused contracts. This ranges from software development, licencing and maintenance agreements, cloud and SaaS projects, complex technology procurements, to multi-billion pound contracts for the building of naval vessels. Emerging technology is a real interest of mine. I help clients navigate the risks and legal issues which present themselves when buying or selling new technologies (including AI, blockchain and the Internet of Things). Being surrounded by likeminded individuals at Bird & Bird is an important part of this.During my time at Bird & Bird, I have spent time on secondment with Arm Limited (a leading semiconductor design and IoT business) and also with a large defence company. I've also has worked on a number of 'virtual' secondments and 'virtual general counsel' arrangements. This has allowed me to experience prolonged period of working closely with client's in-house legal teams and given me a real appreciation of the concerns clients have and how to best meet their needs.