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Christoff Pienaar

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Christoff is a Director and the National Head of our Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. He is dual-qualified (South Africa and England & Wales). He advises on commercial, information technology, data protection and intellectual property law. He has expertise in advising on fintech-related matters, the implementation of payment systems/products, outsourcing, software development and licensing, commercial joint venture arrangements, cloud-based arrangements, commercialisation of intellectual property, agency and distribution agreements, technology transfers and general commercial contracts. Christoff has a wealth of experience advising clients operating in the financial services industry as well as in the healthcare industry.

Professional Memberships

Law Society of England & Wales

Society of Computers and Law


Liquidated damages: a commercial justification - Corporate Briefing, 2 October 2010

SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE (SaaS - LICENSING CONSIDERATIONS - Federation Against Software Theft ,1 June 2010

‘Greater Force’ - or a Good Excuse for Non-performance? - The Society for Computers and Law, 17 April 2007

Intellectual Property Warranties in Commercial Contracts - Society of Computers and Law, 16 October 2011

Contributed the chapter on warranties and indemnities in the Globe Law and Business publication entitled "IP Issues in Corporate Transactions" published in 2015