James Taylor is an associate in the firm’s Business Law Department and a member of its Technology and Life Sciences group. Mr. Taylor helps clients buy, sell, license and use technology in both B2B and B2C environments.

Mr. Taylor has a wide range of experience but focuses on financial services (with an emphasis on blockchain, cryptocurrencies and payments) and healthcare, where he assists established clients and startups navigate complex regulatory regimes. He also regularly advises on data privacy issues and GDPR compliance.

Mr. Taylor drafts and negotiates agreements relating to blockchain technology services and initial coin offerings, medical devices and clinical trials, software development (both agile and waterfall development methodologies) and licensing, data licensing and distribution, traditional and cloud outsourcing (including in the regulated sector), website and app terms and privacy/cookie policies.





Mr. Taylor’s recent experience advising on technology matters includes the following:

  • A fintech company on its set-up and running of a private blockchain utilised by a consortium of financial services companies to clear and settle payments.*
  • A multinational technology company’s wearables team in respect of a sub-study on a clinical trial involving the analysis of patient data.*
  • A Swiss cryptocurrency exchange in respect of whether proposed utility tokens were specified investment under UK financial regulation, the financial promotions regime and AML/KYC requirements.*
  • A foreign government in respect of regulating distributed ledger technology and drafting new laws to give blockchain technology “legal personality.”*
  • Drafting several initial coin offering terms of issue, mining-as-a-service agreements (involving agency implications for mining equipment) and platform terms.*
  • A multinational technology company, advising on the difference between pseudonymisation and anonymisation as detailed in the Information Commissioners Office code of practice, Article 29 Working Party opinion and recent freedom of information case law.*
  • A fixed-income trading platform with respect to repapering and negotiation of MiFID II compliant market rules and terms for participants, licensing platform technology to other exchanges in compliance with regulatory requirements (including audit, step-in rights and disaster recovery) and the purchase of transaction reporting service to ensure the platform and non-MiFID participants complied with MiFIR.*
  • An English multinational investment bank in relation to its data licensing requirements for over 50 stock exchanges globally.*
  • An FTSE 250 company that provides services to marine, oil and gas industries in relation to drafting its template bespoke software development agreement that incorporated schedules to reflect utilisation of both waterfall and agile development methodologies.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Activities

Mr. Taylor is a member of the Society for Computers and Law.

Professional Experience

Mr. Taylor has enjoyed secondments with legal tech startup ThoughtRiver and the London Stock Exchange Group Plc. He helped the latter extensively with its Brexit-related projects, licensing of trading platforms and exploitation of financial market data.

Prior to becoming a solicitor, Mr. Taylor was an analyst with Allianz Insurance plc.






Legal Practice Course, 2014
The University of Law
LL.B., 2012
The University of Exeter



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