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SCL 10th Annual Conference - 15 & 16 October 2010

The Software Symposium

Please note:  Due to the popularity of the Annual Conference this year, places are now very limited.  If you would like to attend the conference please email caroline.gould@scl.org with your booking and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

"Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer (not advised) are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse at are called software."  Anon.

The theme for this conference is software.  The creation, protection and exploitation of computer programs have always been of keen interest to lawyers. Now we have new challenges associated with cloud computing (or software as a service), the increasing use of open source software and the evolution of enterprise wide software where individual programs are supplanted, or perhaps enhanced by interconnected companywide software. On top of all this as practising lawyers we have many exciting new applications which we can use in our own practices – the increasing use of SharePoint as a knowledge and document management tool being an obvious example.

In addition to sessions on the legal issues around software the conference will consider the opportunities which emerging software products create for us to help manage our legal practices more effectively and to deliver a better service to our clients and in house customers.

As ever, this opportunity to gain knowledge at an SCL Conference coming with an unparalleled opportunity to exchange ideas in a collegiate atmosphere and SCL's great value.

What makes the SCL Annual Conference Different?
The SCL Annual Conference provides a unique forum for the dissemination of IT law knowledge and know-how.   Instead of the conventional lecture format, the conference is structured as a series of practical, interactive sessions.  For each topic the speakers will give short presentations on the key issues and they will be followed by panellists who will initiate the debate which will then be thrown open for questions and contributions from the delegates.

This hands-on approach ensures that each session is lively and that there is the maximum opportunity for delegates to share knowledge and their own experiences in practice.

Who should attend
- private practice legal advisers to IT and digital media companies
- in-house counsel
- IT consultants and business advisers
- senior law firm managers and team leaders

Conference Chairs
Day 1:  Clive Davies, Senior Counsel Fujitsu Services
Day 2:  Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Joint Head of the IT Sector Group, Bird & Bird LLP

Conference Dinner Speaker
Andrew Charlesworth, Director of the Centre for IT and Law, University of Bristol

Convenors
Mark Henley
, Director in the TelTech Team, Wragge & Co LLP
David McIlwaine, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
Clive Seddon, Partner, Head of Outsourcing Technology & Commercial, Pinsent Masons LLP
Harry Small, Partner, Head of the Global Technology Practice Group, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Richard Stephens, Principal, LORS Online
Conor Ward, Partner, Hogan Lovells 
Ruth Ward, Head of Knowledge Systems & Development, Allen & Overy LLP

Contributors
Susan Atkinson
, Director, Corporate & Commercial Groups, Gallenalliance Solicitors
Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick
Alex Charlton, QC, 4 Pump Court
Alan Dion, Associate Partner, KPMG
Melanie Farquharson, Consultant, 3Kites Consulting
Martin von Haller Grønbæk, Partner, Bender von Haller Dragsted
Barry Jennings, Associate, Bird & Bird LLP
David Kemp, Executive Director of Legal Policy,  Autonomy Systems Limited
Andrew Knapp, UK Sales Manager, Black Duck Software Europe Ltd
Charles Lilley, Head of Legal, Steria Ltd
Struan Robertson, Legal Director,  Pinsent Masons, LLP
Nicky Stewart, Head of ICT Strategy Delivery, OGC Markets and Collaborative Procurement

Programme:
Day 1 – Friday 15 October 2010
Chair:  Clive Davies, Senior Counsel Fujitsu Services

11.00 – 11.20: Registration and coffee
 
11.20 – 11.30: Chair's Introduction
Clive Davies, Senior Counsel Fujitsu Services

11.30 – 12.15: The Evolution of Software - From Mainframes to iPods

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."  (Pablo Picasso)

Harry Small, Partner, Head of the Global Technology Practice Group, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick

A business/technical session charting the development of software from the days when "bugs" meant moths causing short circuits through enterprise architectures to downloading "Apps"

12.15 – 13.25: Software Development Risks - Waterfall or Rapid Applications Development (RAD)/Agile/Lean

"Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves."  (Alan Kay)

Conor Ward, Partner, Hogan Lovells 
Susan Atkinson,  Director, Corporate & Commercial Groups, Gallenalliance Solicitors
Richard Stephens, Principal, LORS Online

This session reviews the various methodologies used and the related legal issues, particularly after BSkyB. What form of contract works best for the different types of development?

• What is the "agile" method and how does it differ from the waterfall approach
• The issues with agile (including lack of certainty, warranties and allocation of responsibilities)
• The issues with the waterfall method (including "Big Requirements Upfront" and change management)


13.25 – 14.35: Lunch

14.35 – 15.50: Software and Cloud Computing

"..we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do… The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion." (Larry Ellison)

David McIlwaine, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
Barry Jennings, Barry Jennings, Associate, Bird & Bird LLP
Nicky Stewart, Head of ICT Strategy Delivery, OGC Markets and Collaborative Procurement

There is a distinct evolutionary step in outsourcing business models and potentially a very great proportion of outsourcing contracts are destined to be replaced by SAAS, IAAS, PAAS and all other manner of cloud services

• Commercialising the cloud - public and private clouds
• Technical aspects of the cloud model - e.g. virtualisation, what is it and how does it work and are there any downsides
• G-Cloud
• Legal issues - allocation of risk in contracts
• The security aspects of cloud computing generally - are the risks significantly higher than traditional computing models?


15.50 – 16.20: Tea

16.20 – 17.30: Proprietary or Open Source - Take your Pick

"There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies."  (C.A.R Hoare)

Mark Henley, Director in the TelTech team, Wragge & Co LLP
Martin von Haller Grønbæk, Partner, Bender von Haller Dragsted
Andrew Knapp, UK Sales Manager, Black Duck Software Europe Ltd

A revolution has taken place in software design under our very eyes. Collaborative working has driven a new form of development and exploitation of software that challenges the hegemony of major software vendors.

• Are licences for open source in fact risk free and simple - or are they rather a potential pitfall for the unwary?
• Public sector attitudes and policy picking up on the re-launch of their open source policy 12 months ago and also the newly launched Govt ICT Strategy
• How can you properly carry out a due diligence exercise when acquiring services or a business with extensive open source software?


20.00 – 20.30: Drinks Reception

20.30 – 22.00: Conference Dinner with guest speaker
Andrew Charlesworth
, Director of the Centre for IT and Law, University of Bristol

Day 2 – Saturday 16 October
Chair:  Roger Bickerstaff
, Partner, Joint Head of the IT Sector Group, Bird & Bird LLP

09.30 – 10.30: The Law Firm Battleground: Software v Lawyers?

"People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal; they feared gas-powered engines. There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear.   But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters."  (Bill Gates)

Ruth Ward, Head of Knowledge Systems & Development, Allen & Overy LLP
Melanie Farquharson, Consultant, 3Kites Consulting
David Kemp, Executive Director of Legal Policy,  Autonomy Systems Limited
Struan Robertson, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons, LLP

 This session focuses on the battle beginning to be played out in both large and small law firms in response to the changing market landscape and the client drive to provide 'more for less'. The panel of legal and technology specialists will reflect on the software weapons of choice - social media and collaboration tools, search and aggregation tools and workflow tools - being used by law firms, buyers of legal services and third party suppliers. Might these be early skirmishes at the beginning of "The End of Lawyers"?  

10.30 – 11.00: Coffee

11.00 – 12.00: Software and Transformational Outsourcing Contracts

There's an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone. That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone."  (Bjarne Stroustrup)

Clive Seddon, Partner, Head of Outsourcing Technology & Commercial, Pinsent Masons LLP
Alan Dion, Associate Partner, KPMG
Charles Lilley, Head of Legal, Steria Ltd

A discussion on the critical and complex issues associated with the management and development of software in the context of transformational outsourcing contract.

12.00 – 13.00: Software Spats - Litigation over Software Performance Issues

"Of course the code works. It just compiled, didn't it?"
(Anon)

Richard Stephens, Principal, LORS Online
Alex Charlton, QC, 4 Pump Court
Harry Small, Partner, Head of the Global Technology Practice Group, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Latest cases and practice in litigating software disputes.
• The essence of the BskyB decision was a failure to develop a CRM system
• How can suppliers avoid such failures?
• If they cannot how do they manage litigation involving a failure  to develop or configure software?
• And do customers have a stronger position to bring claims now - or is the cost prohibitive?

13.00– 13.10: Chair's summary
Chair:  Roger Bickerstaff

13.10 – 14.00: Buffet Lunch

14.00: Close of conference


SCL 10th Annual Conference – 15 and 16th October 2010
Administration notes

Enquiries:
  Caroline Gould, SCL, 10 Hurle Crescent, Bristol, BS8 2TA, UK.  Tel:  +44 (0) 117
923 7393  Fax:   +44 (0) 117 923 9305   Email:  caroline.gould@scl.org

Fees:  All fees are inclusive of refreshments, lunch on Friday and Saturday, reception and dinner on Friday evening, accommodation on Friday night and conference documentation.

SCL and IFCLA Members: £545 + £95.38 VAT (£640.38)  Non SCL members: £695 + £121.63 VAT (£816.63).  

SCL Membership: (Valid for 12 months from date paid):  £95.00.  NB: Non-members who join SCL at the same time as applying to attend the conference are entitled to attend the conference at the members' rate.

How to book:  Due to the popularity of the Annual Conference this year, places are now very limited.  If you would like to attend the conference please email caroline.gould@scl.org with your booking and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

Booking terms:
  All invoices for this conference must be paid prior to the conference.  Application by telephone, fax, email, the website or the submission of a completed registration form constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the registration fee.  

Conference Venue: The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, Sydney Road, Bath, BA2 6JF, UK. Tel:  +44 (0) 0844 879 9106 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/BathSpa/

Bath:  For more details of Bath please visit http://visitbath.co.uk/

Hotel accommodation: The cost of single room en-suite accommodation on Friday 15 October 2010 (including breakfast) at The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is included in the conference registration fee. If you would like to extend your stay at the hotel or bring a partner, please contact Caroline Gould caroline.gould@scl.org

Telephone bookings: Telephone bookings are only accepted if paid by credi card. 

Confirmation of Registration: If you have not received confirmation of your registration 5 days before this conference, please telephone Caroline Gould on +44 (0)117 923 7393 to confirm that your registration form has been received.

Cancellations and refunds: Registration fees will be refunded (less an administration fee of £50.00 + VAT) only in respect of written cancellations received in Bristol by 09.00 hours on Friday 24 September 2010.

Substitute delegates: If you are unable to attend, a substitute may attend in your place provided that they pay the appropriate registration fee.

CPD credit (England and Wales): Under the Solicitors' Regulation Authority and under the Bar Standards Board's New/Established Practitioner Programme the conference is credited with 8 hours CPD. 

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Society for Computers and Law to change the content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

Society for Computers and Law, A company limited by guarantee 1133537, Registered Charity No. 266331, VAT Registration No. 115 4840 85,

Registered in England and Wales
Registered office: 10 Hurle Crescent, Bristol, BS8 2TA.

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When: 15/10/2010
Time: From 11 am on Friday 15 September 2010
Length: 8 hours
Venue: The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, Sydney Road, Bath, BA2 6JF
Location: Bath
CPD: 8 hours
Code: HW/SFCL
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Cost:
Members: £640.38
Non-members: £816.63

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