IT is now an integral part of our lives and are increasingly becoming an undeniable must-have for companies, whether they are start-ups, government-linked companies (GLCs) or multinational companies (MNCs). Recent developments in e-Commerce, online marketplaces, fintech, blockchain, mobile apps and social media has only accelerated the growth of tech and driven the need for IT lawyers.
EuJinn Teo, consultant in the legal team at Robert Walters Malaysia, sheds some light on the benefits IT lawyers bring to businesses.
The typical perception is that an IT lawyer is normally dual qualified, with an LLB and an IT degree for example. However, this is not always the case even though having the latter qualification could be an added advantage. Typically, an IT lawyer’s job scope covers, amongst others, the following areas:
Due to the growth of the industry, we see a wider range of work being covered by IT lawyers, especially when it comes to IT start-up companies. Generally, the end-to-end legal services rendered can be summarised as below:
The IT industry is undeniably an emerging market - growth is limitless, and the demand will only escalate as time passes by. For companies which are considering hiring IT lawyers, it is good to begin the search early as there is often a shortage of good talent given the niche skill sets required.
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