Neff Legal



The Firm Neff Legal provides to clients  a professional, responsive, practical and flexible legal service. Before  Neff Legal was founded, Dr. Emil F. Neff practised as a partner in other law firms in Zurich.

What we do?

Dr. Emil F. Neff  has vast experience of advising on all IT related legal issues such as software licensing and maintenance,  internet, software, IT outsourcing projects, contacts for Data Centers,  Software Service Agreements (SAAS, ASP), Copyright for software  and data protection issues. All services are provided  at  reasonable cost. Neff Legal  represents major users of IT systems, software developers and distributors, internet consultancy and service providers. The major clients of Neff Legal are financial service providers.

Areas of specialism

  • ZMajor IT transactions – outsourcing, systems integration, software development
  • ZSoftware and technology licensing
  • ZLocalisation of standard contracts
  • ZDrafting of guidelines, policies, etc. for IT contracts
  • ZTraining and consultancy for IT managers and project leaders covering the whole field of IT
  • ZContract law (calls for tenders, appraisals, monitoring, enforcement and termination of contracts) drawing up of checklists
  • ZDay to day general counsel support for hi tech and financial companies
  • ZSoftware protection and intellectual property
  • ZData/privacy protection

Our Contact


Dr. Emil F. Neff


Emil F. Neff is owner of the law firm Neff Legal in Zurich Switzerland. He was born in 1947, is married and has two sons and one daughter. He works in English and German.

Special Focus

  • ZComplex contracts for the development of comprehensive data-processing systems (contracts for general contractors)
  • ZContracts for the electronic processing of bank services
  • ZContracts for the development and maintenance of software (with a particular focus on the banking sector)
  • ZAdvice and support in the conduct of acceptance tests
  • ZLicense and maintenance contracts for software
  • ZEscrow agreements for software
  • ZAgreements for the outsourcing of IT operations
  • ZSoftware distribution contracts
  • ZContracts for the sale/purchase of software copyright
  • ZDrafting and appraisal of general terms and conditions
  • ZExpert opinions for legal problems in the data-processing field (for instance, copyright infringements)
  • ZDrafting of concepts, guidelines, policies, etc. in the field of IT contracts
  • ZTraining and consultancy for IT managers and project leaders covering the whole field of IT contract law (calls for tenders, appraisals, monitoring, enforcement and termination of contracts, drawing up of all sorts of checklists (from calls for tenders through the entire life cycle to the “disposal” of software))
  • ZTerms and conditions for e-commerce contracts (especially electronic banking and insurances)

Publications on IT-Related subjects

Based on his considerable professional experience in this field, Emil F. Neff published the following books:

  • ZEuropean Computer Law“, New York, 1996 (co-author)„
  • ZUrheberrecht im EDV-Bereich” (“Copyright Law in the Field of Computing”) in the series “Schweizerisches Immaterialgüter- und Wettbewerbsrecht” (“Swiss Law on Intellectual Property Rights and Competition”), volume II/2, Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel-Geneva-Munich, 1998 (co-author with Matthias Arn, Partner of neff&arn)

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