We are IT Group

 

For more than 25 years, IT group has been providing expert witness services in Information Technology and Telecommunications at the High Court (TCC), Crown Court, as well as Magistrates and County Courts.

We’ve worked with large insurers and law firms including FM Global, Baker & McKenzie, Slaughter & May, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the UK, US, EMEA and Far East.

Our staff and Partners represent many decades of expertise in areas such as Manufacturing, Construction, Retail, Banking, Healthcare, Petro-chem, Pharmaceuticals, Local and Central Government.

If there is a specific area in which you would like our advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, or meet our team below.

Our Specialists

David Anthony Sykes

IT Group Partner

Jason Coyne

IT Group Partner

George Jennings

Head of Digital Forensics

David Anthony Sykes

IT Group Partner

Unit 5 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Preston, PR2 2YS

+44 (0)845 226 0331+44 (0)845 226 0332

Specialisms

  • IT and Telecommunications fitness for purpose
  • Project Delay Analysis
  • Software IPR
  • Computer Forensics
  • Electrical Engineering

Profile

Over 25 years’ experience in IT and telecommunications fitness for purpose, project delay analysis, software IPR, and outsourcing disputes. Highly accredited Court Expert with experience of International tribunals, Mediations and Arbitrations. Instructed by many leading firms in the UK, EMEA and the Far East.

Professional

  • Chartered Electrical Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Chartered IT Professional
  • Practicing Fellow of the Academy of Experts
  • Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses
  • Member of the Expert Witness Institute
  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Registered with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers as an expert witness
  • I instructed Tony Sykes as an expert witness in regards to a SAP matter. I found Tony to be extremely proficient and knowledgeable in the case matter and found his report to be very informative and to the point in regards to the key findings. From my initial enquiry I found Tony Sykes and IT Group to be very prompt and efficient with their analysis and would not hesitate to use them with any matters in the future.

    Simon Konsta

    Partner, Clyde & Co

  • We instructed IT group (Mr Tony Sykes) as experts in a complicated contractual dispute involving an electronic scrolling visual display unit. The report prepared by Tony [Sykes] was comprehensive yet dealt concisely with the key issues. The report was instrumental in enabling us to obtain a satisfactory settlement of the claim brought by our client. The administration of IT group in terms of arranging site inspections preparation and delivery of the report and dealing with further enquiries was excellent.

    David Aird

    Solicitor and Director, Blackhurst Budd

  • I hired David Sykes on a number of high profile industrial losses as an IT and electronic technologies consultant, to assess damage, repairability, repair vs replace valuation, source possible suppliers, etc. His responsiveness, technical knowledge, flexibility to adapt to various scenarios, understanding of our needs, results on the field, make him a very valuable consultant.

    FM Global

  • In general, I find Mr Sykes' evidence is to be preferred to Mr Smith in areas where they disagreed. [Mr Sykes] was clearly aware of his obligations to the court and his evidence was reliable and balanced.

    HHJ Toulmin

    Kingsway Hall Hotel -v- Red Sky IT [2010] EWHC 965

  • An overall assessment of all this material led me unhesitatingly to conclude that, on any relevant dispute of technical detail or professional opinion, Mr Sykes' evidence was to be preferred.

    HHJ Thornton

    Autoroute Circuits (Roger Benfield) -v- Life Racing Limited [2007] EWHC 1505

Jason Coyne

IT Group Partner

Unit 5 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Preston, PR2 2YS

+44 (0)845 226 0331+44 (0)845 226 0332

Specialisms

  • IT and Telecommunications fitness for purpose
  • Software IPR
  • Computer & Mobile Forensics
  • Project Delay Analysis

Profile

I am a computer consultant who specialises in the rectification and avoidance of problematic technology implementations. My experience covers a number of industry sectors such as manufacturing, construction, banking, retail, healthcare and Government. Many of the cases I am instructed on involve the forensic examination of project management artefacts, hardware, software and different types of infrastructure and communications systems to establish fault liability or the cause of delay.

Professional

  • Cardiff University Expert Witness Certificate
  • Accredited by the Law Society (2002 – 2008[1]) for the provision of expert witness services
  • Practicing member of the Society for Computers and Law
  • Hastam accredited for the analysis of risk in business operations
  • Prince2 Practitioner
  • Fully Encase trained

 

[1] after which time the law society no longer accredited experts

  • I was impressed by IT Groups incredibly fast turnaround. They were very thorough and the investigation was carried out with great attention to detail. The report was presented with clarity and ultimately helped me convince the counterparty to face up to the error of their ways, leading to a great settlement for my client.

    Ally MacKenzie

    Managing Associate, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

  • Jason [Coyne] was exceptionally helpful in identifying the core technical issues in a complex dispute and explaining complicated concepts in an accessible way. He brought clarity, reducing the issues in dispute significantly. He presented his report in a balanced way, clearly understanding his duties as an expert, and was impressive in the way he gave evidence.

    Blake Lapthorn

  • I would not hesitate in recommending Jason [Coyne] because he brings immense energy and expertise to bear on the issues, is clear and concise in writing and extremely persuasive when giving evidence. He also has that rarest of gifts, the ability to achieve a reasonable degree of consensus in even the most fraught cases.

    Terry Bergin

    4 Pump Court

  • I have a high opinion of [Jason Coyne’s] abilities. His high level of expertise is always expressed in a clear, focused and logical manner. I have recommended him as expert in appropriate cases with complete confidence.

    Richard Mawrey QC

    Henderson Chambers, 2 Harcourt Buildings

George Jennings

Head of Digital Forensics

Unit 5 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Preston, PR2 2YS

+44 (0)845 226 0331+44 (0)845 226 0332

Specialisms

  • Mobile Phone Forensics
  • Computer Forensics
  • Data Recovery
  • Digital Evidence Analysis
  • Expert Witness
  • e-Disclosure
  • Employment Cases
  • Family Law Cases

Profile

Over 8 years' experience working within or on behalf of the High Tech Crime units for the UK’s largest police forces. I have been highly involved in a number of large operations within the National Crime Agency, London Metropolitan Police and South Yorkshire Police.

I am an expert in the field of forensic technology, chiefly as an examiner of telecommunications devices and computers. I am regularly instructed in criminal and civil disputes to assist in the identification and interpretation of digital evidence and I have a wealth of experience in computer and mobile phone forensics, forensic data analysis and complex data recovery.

I am experienced in presenting my evidence in court and often relied upon as an expert witness.

Professional

  • Bond Solon/FTS Expert Witness Training

  • Mobile Phone Forensics

  • Advanced Data Recovery from mobile phones

  • Computer Forensics

  • Guidance Software - Encase 1 & Encase 2 qualifications

  • De Montford University - Foundations in Forensics Masters module attended

  • X-Ways Forensics

  • MSAB and Cellebrite fully trained

  • Control F Advanced Smartphone qualification

Siobhan Forster

Senior Commercial Litigation Consultant

Christopher Raske

Senior Dispute Consultant

Joanne Smith

Office Manager

Siobhan Forster

Senior Commercial Litigation Consultant

Unit 5 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Preston, PR2 2YS

+44 (0)845 226 0331+44 (0)845 226 0332

Specialisms

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Software IPR
  • Programme and Project Performance Analysis
  • Delay Analysis
  • Civil and Commercial Mediation

Profile

I have been involved in a number of high value civil and commercial disputes. My work has primarily focussed on the forensic analysis of historic project material with a goal of identifying cost over-runs, incorrect resource utilisation and causes of delay. I am regularly involved in the analysis of source code in where its suitability and/or intellectual property rights are in question. I have worked alongside a number of major law firms including Baker & McKenzie, Pinsent Masons, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Burness Paull.

Professional

Civil and Commercial Accredited Mediator

Christopher Raske

Senior Dispute Consultant

Unit 5 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Preston, PR2 2YS

+44 (0)845 226 0331+44 (0)845 226 0332

Specialisms

  • Technology Disputes
  • Civil and Commercial Mediation
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Outsourcing Agreements

Profile

I have been involved in a number of high value civil and commercial disputes for large companies, SMEs and government departments (in multiple jurisdictions). These include intellectual property disputes relating to software copyrights, trade secrets and technology patents, claims for breach of contract, fitness for purpose and project management failure for large and small-scale IT implementations including SAP, Oracle and bespoke systems. I have worked alongside a number of major law firms including Clyde & Co, Pinsent Masons, DWF and RPC.

Professional

  • Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
  • Report Writing and Courtroom Skills for Expert Witnesses
  • International Legal Practice Course
  • MA International Law and Politics
  • LLB

Joanne Smith

Office Manager

Unit 5 Lockside Office Park, Lockside Road, Preston, PR2 2YS

+44 (0)845 226 0331+44 (0)845 226 0332

Specialisms

  • Set up, implementing and maintenance of cloud storage systems

  • Expert witness case managment

  • Preparation of financial and business reports

  • Researching, implementing and adapting company policies and procedures

  • Credit Control

  • Cash Flow management

  • Diary Management and PA Duties

  • Organising and running an efficient office environment

Profile

An experienced office manager within the expert witness sector. I’m driven by my exceptional dedication and proactive energy. I am responsible for assessing and managing the administration at IT Group ensuring we are always providing an efficient and superior level of service to our clients.

Professional

  

  • I instructed Tony Sykes as an expert witness in regards to a SAP matter. I found Tony to be extremely proficient and knowledgeable in the case matter and found his report to be very informative and to the point in regards to the key findings. From my initial enquiry I found Tony Sykes and IT Group to be very prompt and efficient with their analysis and would not hesitate to use them with any matters in the future.

    Simon Konsta

    Partner, Clyde & Co

  • We instructed IT group (Mr Tony Sykes) as experts in a complicated contractual dispute involving an electronic scrolling visual display unit. The report prepared by Tony [Sykes] was comprehensive yet dealt concisely with the key issues. The report was instrumental in enabling us to obtain a satisfactory settlement of the claim brought by our client. The administration of IT group in terms of arranging site inspections preparation and delivery of the report and dealing with further enquiries was excellent.

    David Aird

    Solicitor and Director, Blackhurst Budd

  • I was impressed by IT Groups incredibly fast turnaround. They were very thorough and the investigation was carried out with great attention to detail. The report was presented with clarity and ultimately helped me convince the counterparty to face up to the error of their ways, leading to a great settlement for my client.

    Ally MacKenzie

    Managing Associate, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

  • The unique combination of forensic IT skills and software engineering experience enabled IT Group to uncover the source of the IP theft and to provide invaluable expert opinion on the attempted cover up that followed. I would recommend IT Group in this type of case.

    Carol Plunkett

    Partner, William Fry, Ireland

  • I have recommended Jason Coyne to a number of clients in heavy IT litigation because his expert reports are balanced, lucid and above all, jargon-free.

    Robert Onslow

    The Chambers of Mark Platts-Mills QC, 8 New Square

  • Tony is a consummate professional. I have worked closely with him in the resolution of complex IT disputes and his expert input has been invaluable, not only to me but to the paying client.

    Tim Ashdown

    Partner DMH Stallard