Microsoft’s Multimillion-Pound Supercomputer

Osborne Clarke advised Microsoft on the deal.

Microsoft will provide a world-leading weather and climate supercomputing capability and managed service to the Met Office for advanced weather forecasting and climate modelling.

The £1 bn+ supercomputer and key supporting digital infrastructure will increase the Met Office’s processing capacity six-fold over the 10 year operational term. This will be instrumental in keeping the Met Office at the forefront of meteorological forecasting (it is one of only two World Area Forecast Centres).

The Osborne Clarke team was led by projects and infrastructure partner Simon Hancock (Picture) and commercial/IT senior associate Matt Sharkey. Procurement advice was led by procurement partner Catherine Wolfenden together with partner Craig McCarthy and senior associate Kate Davies. IP advice was led by litigation legal director Douglas Peden. Prime contract and sub-contracts lawyers were projects associates David Smith and Kristen Harris, and Millie Smith and Emma V Kelly.

Involved fees earner: Kate Davies – Osborne Clarke; Simon Hancock – Osborne Clarke; Kristen Harris – Osborne Clarke; Craig McCarthy – Osborne Clarke; Douglas Peden – Osborne Clarke; Matthew Sharkey – Osborne Clarke; David Smith – Osborne Clarke; Catherine Wolfenden – Osborne Clarke;

Law Firms: Osborne Clarke;

Clients: Microsoft;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler