Software as a Service (SaaS)

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

Increasingly, organisations are supplementing and replacing their IT systems with Software as a Service (SaaS) models.

SaaS distribution models allow users to connect to and use cloud-based applications over the internet using a subscription distribution model. This approach can have cost-savings for organisations and removes the need for organisations to host their own infrastructure. SaaS models are designed to be scalable and are often comprised of a suite of different, integrated software.

A number of interesting legal and regulatory issues can arise from the implementation and use of SaaS, including in respect of data protection and system governance. The SaaS structure also has certain characteristics that make negotiating a SaaS contract and due diligencing a SaaS business a specialist task. 

We advise a broad range of SaaS clients across all sectors, from early-stage businesses looking to grow and scale, to large enterprise implementing the solution. We advise on all legal and regulatory matters with a cross-disciplinary team spanning our Corporate, Commercial, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Finance, Tax and Employment groups. 

Alongside our team of lawyers, our MDR Cyber and Data Science colleagues are well-placed to advise on the strategic and technical elements of SaaS implementations.

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