Marcus Andreen
Commercial and IT Lawyer

Commercial and IT lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in providing legal support and advice to startups, early stage ventures and established IT/tech companies

Who I am...

Commercial solicitor with more than 20 years of private practice and in-house experience, now providing legal support and advice to entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs and established companies.

My clients are for the most part fast-growing, successful businesses in the IT, telecoms, e-commerce and communications sectors; since 2005 seven of them have been listed in the TechTrack 100.

Having worked both in private practice and in-house, I have the experience not only to deal with the technical legal issues but also to get to know the client’s business, and understand their commercial and risk objectives.

Who I work with...

What they say about me…

... makes sure that the client’s commercial interests are protected as fully as possible...
Iain Tobin, CFO, Reevoo
... reliable and responsive…. a cost-effective alternative to using one of the large commercial firms...
Tony Parish, CEO, G3 Comms
... great help in ensuring that our legal work is completed in a timely, efficient and commercial manner...
Sanjay Parekh, CFO, Cocoon Labs
... responsive, pragmatic, and delivery focused...
Euan Menzies, CFO, eCommera

My background…


I set up on my own in 2004 with the objective of offering entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs a cost-effective, outsourced, in-house counsel-type service. At the time the idea of practising as a solicitor without a swanky office and support staff was greeted with a fair amount of scepticism. But as is evident from the recent proliferation of dispersed legal services providers, clients want their legal advice to be delivered and charged for like a business service. They also like the lower charges resulting from reduced overheads, and knowing that their work is not going to be delegated to a junior associate.

Prior to that I worked as Commercial and Legal Director for Mobile Systems International Limited (MSI), a provider of mobile network planning and management software (1998 –2000); and as Legal & Commercial Manager for Synon, a provider of application development software (1996 – 1998).

Going further back, I trained at Ashurst, qualifying in 1992, and then worked as a private practice company/commercial solicitor before going in-house.

Latest blogs Archive

Legal know-how for business: “subject to contract”

The phrase “subject to contract” is (or should be) used when you are negotiating but do not want any legal consequences – typically the formation of a binding contract – to result from your communications.

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Ex-employees and the LinkedIn problem

LinkedIn and other social media platforms are presenting ever-greater challenges for employers trying to deal with the risks of departing key employees. 

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