Modular Law was founded by Steven Strassheim, a commercially-focused tech lawyer with extensive international legal experience in IT, IP and outsourcing.
A former software engineer and repatriated Geordie, Steven’s background led him to envisage a specialist legal practice focused exclusively on technology, outsourcing and digital projects, with its footprint firmly in the exciting and growing Northern tech sector. Modular Law is the result. The business began operating in 2017.
Following a busy first year at Modular Law, Steven was joined by an experienced solicitor and former in-house colleague, Rachael Cooper. Rachael and Steven together provide clients with more than 30 years of commercial legal experience, spanning both private practice with significant commercial law firms and in-house experience with major businesses ranging from financial services to consumer electronics.
Our tightly knit team is perfectly placed to assist with your tech and digital legal issues.
The founder of Modular Law, Steven is a commercially-focused tech lawyer with extensive international legal experience in IT, IP and outsourcing deals. A former software engineer, Steven qualified as a solicitor with a major international law firm in 2004, eventually going on to lead the in-house legal teams of a significant fintech business and an international consumer products business. Steven has over 20 years of professional experience in technology and law.
A second career lawyer, Steven’s in-depth understanding of technology is founded in a prior career as a software engineer with tech businesses in Cambridge, California and Northern England. In addition to his professional legal qualifications, Steven holds a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Microelectronics and Software Engineering from Newcastle University, is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).
When not tech-lawyering, Steven is a busy dad and a keen musician. He can occasionally be found playing keyboards in a covers band at charity events, often using all the right chords. Steven still feeds his inner geek by a spot of Python coding, or by programming his much-too-extensive collection of synthesizers to emulate the electronic music of his ‘80s childhood.
A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and Northumbria University, Rachael has over 14 years of legal experience. Rachael previously worked in a significant financial services business where she was responsible for managing a range of critical outside counsel relationships. Her extensive in-house experience has provided her with a clear view of what businesses want from their lawyers.
A former litigator, Rachael has extensive experience of resolving commercial legal disputes. She has negotiated numerous agreements over the years and has provided extensive advice on the interpretation of contracts, often in a litigation risk assessment context. Having recently beat her litigator’s sword into a contract draftsman’s ploughshare, Rachael addresses contracts from a slightly different viewpoint: she knows from court experience the importance of getting the drafting right first time.
A member of the Law Society of England & Wales and of the Society for Computers & Law, Rachael’s recent projects have included software development agreements based on both waterfall and agile methodologies. Outside of Modular Law, Rachael is fan of the beautiful North East coastline and a busy mum. Her persuasive skills were recently tested to the max to convince her four-year-old that internet shopping isn’t free.
Offering sector-specific advice to buyers and sellers of technology and digital products and services
Modular Law offers timely, accessible and reliable advice in a range of tech-specific legal fields. Our specialisms can help your digital or tech company with issues concerning:
e.g. software and patent licensing
e.g. contract law and supply chain
e.g. data protection