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IFCLA Conference 2016 (hosted and organised by SCL) - Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2016, London

IFCLA Conference 2016 hosted and organised by SCL

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Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2016

Venue: Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London

IT law is global. IT lawyers, almost uniquely, have to master local law and yet look beyond their borders. Whether your focus is on outsourcing, the Internet, apps, cryptocurrencies, data protection, Big Data, the Internet of Things, gaming or any of the myriad of other fields affected by IT law, compliance in one jurisdiction gives no security – you have to think globally.

IFCLA 2016 offers an unrivalled opportunity for IT lawyers to broaden their outlook and make it truly global. IT law thought-leaders will be gathering in one of the world's great cities and you can be a part of the event. With an emphasis on an interactive event, participants at IFCLA 2016 will both add to and draw from the experience.

IFCLA 2016 also offers a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded peers, whether that is meeting up with old friends or making new contacts.

All this and coverage of up-to-the-minute legal issues, focused discussion and debates over two days and outstanding value. IFCLA's two-day event at the newly refurbished Institution of Engineering and Technology by the River Thames costs just £800 + VAT for IFCLA members.  SCL is a member of IFCLA and therefore all SCL members qualify for the member rate.  See below for more details. 

CPD: 11 hours

Our sponsors
DLA Piper (UK) LLP,
Bird & Bird LLP,
ITGroup UK Limited,
von Boetticher Rechtsanwälte,
Computer Law Review International (CRi)

Conference Chair:
Roger Bickerstaff
, Partner and Head of Digital Business Campaign, Bird & Bird LLP, IFCLA President and SCL Trustee



Pre-Conference drinks reception – from 6 pm
A chance to meet colleagues, peers and fellow enthusiasts in an informal setting overlooking the iconic London skyline.

SCL members please note: The pre-Conference drinks reception is open to all SCL members (whether you are attending the IFCLA Conference or not).

Venue: DLA Piper UK LLP, 10th floor Terrace, One London Wall, EC2Y 5EZ.

Hosted and sponsored by DLA Piper UK LLP


Day One: "Tech in Regulated Environments"
Day one of the conference will explore the constraints and opportunities posed by the delivery of IT solutions and services in regulated environments. As IT service provisions becomes increasingly and integral component of the business offering the provision of IT becomes increasingly regulated by the rules applicable to the sector.

08:30 am: Registration, tea and coffee - Haslett Room/Flowers Room

09:30 am: Introduction and welcome from Roger Bickerstaff, President of IFCLA - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

09:45: Morning Keynote: 'The Future of Technology: the Era of Increasingly Capable Machines" to be given by Professor Richard Susskind OBE, SCL President - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

A pioneer in the field of information technology and law, Professor Richard Susskind is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is President of SCL, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute. His numerous books include the best-sellers, The End of Lawyers? (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow's Lawyers (OUP, 2013) and The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts (OUP 2015), his work has been translated into more than 10 languages, and he has been invited to speak in over 40 countries.

10:30 Tea and coffee break - Flowers Room

11:00 – 12.30: SESSION 1: FinTech - IT and Financial Services Regulation - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Gareth Davies
, Senior Lawyer, CLGp Team F – Ministry of Justice, Commercial Law Group, Government Legal Department

Joachim Schwerin, 
Senior Policy Advisor, DG Industry and Enterprise, European Commission, Brussels
FinTech and Regulation: What is it actually? – A view from the EU Commission
• Delineation of FinTech: definition; what is new; who are the drivers.
• Characteristics of FinTech: disintermediation; network effects; reduction of transaction costs; speed; disruption of existing business models.
• Applications: crowdfunding; cryptocurrencies; execution of shareholder rights etc.; online payments; but the underlying technologies (first and foremost distributed ledgers) also apply to real economy applications: IoT and smart fabs for example.
• Opportunities vs risks: as there are many regulators that have already highlighted risks, focusing on opportunities (but not forget risks).
• Regulation: there is a lot of regulation around that applies to FinTech (more or less) but has not specifically been designed for FinTech -  a discussion of the issues.

Simon Deane-Johns, Consultant Solicitor, Keystone Law
FinTech: innovating for the customer
•        Keeping humans at the heart of technology
•        Co-regulation: "new sheriffs" and potential choke points
•        Evolution from P2P to fully distributed marketplaces

Kenny Robertson,
Head of Business Services Legal, RBS
FinTech and Regulation – the RBS Perspective
• The bank's approach to innovation and FinTech (with reference to the investment in creating a designated innovation hub at the RBS HQ, and specific initiatives around APIs, robotics, AI, blockchain, "scouts" based in Israel & Silicon Valley and so on).
• Regulatory landscape in which we as in-house lawyers are advising the innovation and FinTech teams (and the challenges this creates)
• Governance and control challenges created by the establishment of in-house innovation hubs: the tension between an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset and an adequate risk management strategy which reflects the regulatory position
• The wider risks presented to large banks by FinTech, from customer disintermediation to dealing much more widely with SMEs.

12:30-13:30: Lunch in the Flowers Room/Lovelace Room at The IET

13:30 – 15:00: PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 2 or 3)

SESSION 2: 13:30 – 15:00: Stream A: IT in Health Care Environments - Turing Lecture Theatre

Chair: Arto Linnervuo
, Partner, Castrén & Snellman, Head of Digital & TMT and Outsourcing, Helsinki

Roger Brownsword, Professor of Law at King's College London
It is trite that newly emerging technologies are 'disruptive'—economically, socially, and legally disruptive. Current debates about automation and robotics vividly illustrate concerns about disruption to the labour market and to the wider economy, as well as challenging what is socially acceptable, and raising questions about legal responsibility and liability.

In The Future of the Professions (2015), Daniel and Richard Susskind anticipate major disruption in the provision of professional services, impacting on all professions including medicine and health care. The medical profession will no longer be able to monopolise its skill and knowledge. There are now many ways in which we can access medical information online; and ways in which we can contribute to that body of information and experience.
In a context of rapidly developing technologies, what are the principal regulatory challenges?

Nick Maltby, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Genomics England
The 100,000 Genomes Project – pushing the boundaries of IT and data
• Introduction to the 100kGP
• Key challenge that regulatory framework lags behind practice
• Juggling the demands of privacy and data protection with accessibility and research
• Big Data
• Ethics/Consenting
• Technology

Neil Brown, Solicitor and Managing Director, decoded:Legal
• In this world of changing technology, what is a "healthcare environment"
• Does the advancement of technology demand a different approach to the regulatory framework for emergency calling
• Regulating applied, indirect uses of health data

SESSION 3: 13:30 – 15:00: Stream B: Data Protection – Compliance in a Heavily Regulated Environment - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Bojana Bellamy, President, Centre for Information Policy Leadership

As businesses devise new and increasingly sophisticated ways to use personal data, ensuring compliance with global data protection laws is becoming more of a challenge. Those tasked with managing data protection compliance must work closely with an array of colleagues from software engineers and designers to IT security and legal, translating complex legal compliance obligations into procedures that can be implemented, audited and measured. In this session, we will explore how organisations and regulators are preparing for life under the new General Data Protection Regulation, and how they are prioritising key compliance risks. 
• How are organisations identifying and prioritising their preparations for implementation of the Regulation?
• The concept of accountability underpins many of the compliance obligations in the Regulation. How can organisations use this to their advantage? What do regulators expect?
• How can Privacy by Design and Privacy by Default enable creativity yet ensure compliance?
• To what extent should data ethics inform the data protection compliance framework?  

Nina Barakzai, Group Head of Data Protection & Privacy, Sky
Richard Thomas, Global Strategy Advisor, Centre for Information Policy Leadership
Vivienne Artz, Managing Director and General Counsel, Citigroup

15:00 – 15:30: Afternoon tea - Flowers Room

15.30 - 17.00: SESSION 4: Digital Single Market – Stocktake on Proposals - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Belén Arribas Sánchez, Partner, Head of IT, MILINERS Abogados y Asesores Tributarios SLP, Barcelona

Roger Bickerstaff
, Partner and Head of Digital Business Campaign, Bird & Bird, IFCLA President and SCL Trustee
Julie Samnadda, Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels
Lisa Felton, Head of Services Regulation, Vodafone Group

17:00: Closing remarks and conclusion of day one  19.00 – 20:00: Drinks reception on the Johnson Roof Terrace at The IET sponsored by Bird & Bird

20:00 Gala dinner in the Riverside Room at The IET


Day Two: "Tech in a Fast Moving Environment"
Day two of the conference will take stock of the legal implications of emerging Tech developments.  Tech moves ahead very quickly whilst the law struggles to keep in touch.  These sessions will give practitioners an opportunity to stay ahead of the game.

08:45: Tea and coffee - Flowers Room

09:30: Introduction: Roger Bickerstaff, President of IFCLA - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

09:45: Morning Keynote: "Where is Tech Heading?" to be given by Professor Mischa Dohler - Kelvin Lecture Theatre
Mischa Dohler is Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, member of the Board of Directors of Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies.

Mischa has contributed to numerous wireless communications standards, and published more than 160 refereed scientific papers and books. He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, the House of Lords UK, the European Commission, and various start-ups. He is also an entrepreneur, angel investor, passionate pianist and fluent in 6 languages.  His contributions have featured in the Wall Street Journal and BBC.

10:30 - 11.00: Tea and coffee - Flowers Room

11:00 - 12.30: PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 5 or 6)

SESSION 5: 11:00 - 12.30: Stream A: Impact of Digital Transformation -
Turing Lecture Theatre

Chair: Stephane Lemarchand, Partner and Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Group, DLA Piper, Paris

•       What does Digital Transformation mean? Is this an industrial revolution?
•       What this revolution means for in-house lawyers in terms of skills, New Priorities, Risks and also Changes for Legal Departments - Let's share experiences!
•       What does this mean for the legal industry and the way legal services are/shall be provided?
•       Compare US and Europe approaches of the issues

Jeremy Moreton, Head of Legal, Global Business Services, International Airlines Group
Jenna Karadbil, Law Office of Jenna F. Karadbil; Immediate Past President, International Technology Law Association
Keith Wixler, General Counsel Europe, Michelin

SESSION 6: 11:00 - 12.30: Stream B: Internet of Things / Data analytics – Transatlantic perspectives on data usage - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Dr Mark Watts
, Partner, Bristows

Professor Dr. Nikolaus Forgó
, Chair of IT-Law and computer science at the University of Hannover, Director of the Institute of Forensic computer science (IRI), Director of the University course for Information and Media Law at the University of Vienna.
John Beardwood, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto
Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

12:30-13.30: Lunch at in the Flowers Room/Lovelace Room at the IET

13:30 – 15:00: PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 7 or 8)

SESSION 7: 13:30 – 15:00: Stream A: Industry 4.0: Legal Impacts of Robotics including Driverless Cars - Turing Lecture Theatre

Chair: Dr Anselm Brandi-Dohrn
, Partner, Partner IP/IT, von Boetticher Rechtsanwälte, Berlin

Dr Rob Buckingham - Director of Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE), UK Atomic Energy Authority
 "Industry 4.0: the technical implications - a case study of autonomous vehicles" Highlighting the practical / technical issues (the potential obstacles we will face with Industry 4.0), taking as an example the testing of autonomous vehicles

Chris Holder, Partner, Bristows
"Industry 4.0: Legal Perspectives on Robotics autonomous systems"
This presentation gives an overview of the legal issues Industry 4.0 will raise - and the new fields of work for lawyers

Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann,
Professor of Law, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
"Industry 4.0: Effects on the legal system and the contrat social of our society" Industry 4.0 affects our present legal system and even society as such to a greater degree than most presently anticipate. This presentation covers the broader legal dimensions to regulation, identifies central problems and develops some cornerstones for its solution. Robotics in a public health care system are - among others - used for exemplification.

SESSION 8: 13:30 – 15:00: Stream B: Cybersecurity - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Dai Davis
, Partner, Percy Crow Davis & Co

Professor Nico van Eijk,  Professor of Information Law, Media and Telecommunications Law, Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR)
Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-Chair, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team, Orrick, Seattle
Chris James, Senior Technology and Privacy Associate, Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

15:00 – 15:30: Afternoon tea - Flowers Room

15:30: SESSION 9: Virtual Currencies and other Blockchain Environments -
Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Professor Chris Marsden
, Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex.

•       Is blockchain distributed ledger technology suitable for large scale transactional security?
•       Is the hype around Blockchain justified, or is this a new version of the electronic signature hype of the 1990s?
•       What are the regulatory, legal and ethical issues associated with blockchain? Is it a techno-libertarian solution and was Bitcoin a false dawn?
•       Where are the proof of concept experiments for blockchain? Will land registries, tax records and financial transactions be blockchain enabled?

Speakers :
Dr Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Martin von Haller Grønbæk, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP, Denmark
Dr Jonathan Cave, Professor of Applied Game Theory & Economist, Regulatory Policy Commission

17:00:  Closing remarks and end of day two

Close of the conference 

The Conference Venue
The 2016 IFCLA Conference will take place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL.

Follow IFCLA on Twitter @IFLCAtweet

Booking fees include:

IFCLA 2016 Conference sponsorship opportunities:
The IT lawyers of the world are coming to London in 2016. SCL has the honour of organising the prestigious IFCLA Conference and has every intention of making it a roaring success. Leading IT lawyers from six continents will attend, joining UK expert practitioners in a two-day examination of important IT law topics and networking.

Every type of organisation can benefit from this opportunity, including law firms and course providers. This could be your opportunity to widen your organisation's reach by raising your profile with important opinion formers from across the globe. If you are a UK-based organisation with an international operation, IFCLA 2016 offers a chance to sharpen your profile at minimal cost.

The Conference brochure will be distributed electronically to all attendees, expected to number 200 plus. The special edition of Computers & Law for June/July 2016 (a full colour 40-page magazine, rated as the leading publication in its field) will feature articles related to the event and will be distributed to all attendees at the Conference and to all 1,500 SCL members.

Sponsorship of this Conference is open to all and will not only show support for this important international event, but will also subsidise concessionary rates at this event for academics and students and will help to continue the work of IFCLA in 2016 and beyond.  For details please see the IFCLA conference website

Enquiries:  Maddie Southorn, SCL, 338 Wells Road, Bristol, BS4 2QL, UK.  Tel:  +44 (0) 117 904 1242  Email: [email protected]

Conference fees:
The cost of attending the IFCLA Conference on 9 and 10 June 2016 will be £800 + VAT (£960) for SCL and IFCLA members and £995 + VAT (£1194) for non-members.

Concessionary rates for academics, students and unemployed IFCLA members are available upon application.  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

CPD credit (England and Wales):  Under the Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD scheme, ILEX's CPD scheme and the Barristers' New and Established Practitioner Programmes this event is accredited with 11 hours CPD.

How to book:  If you wish to attend this event please book online or email [email protected] and request an invoice. 

Please note: SCL is a member of IFCLA and therefore all SCL members qualify for the member rate

Fees can be paid by cheque (cheques should be made payable to "Society for Computers and Law" please), Mastercard, Visa, Switch or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at this event must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the conference. 

SCL Membership: (Valid for 12 months from date paid): £125.00.  NB: Non-members who join SCL at the same time as applying to attend the IFCLA conference are entitled to attend the conference at the members' rate. Membership of SCL includes full access to the content of the SCL web site, 6 copies of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events.  If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact : Maddie Southorn, Tel: 0117 904 1242, Email:  [email protected]

Booking terms and conditions for the IFCLA conference 2016: Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the full conference fee.

Cancellations made on or before Monday 2 May 2016 will be refunded 100% of the registration fee less an administration fee of £50 (+ VAT).

Cancellations made from Monday 2 May 2016 to Monday 23 May 2016 will be refunded 50% of the registration fee less an administration fee of £50 (+ VAT).

No refunds will be given for cancellations made after Monday 23 May 2016 or for no-shows.

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

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of IFCLA 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: 338 Wells Road, Bristol, BS4 2QL.

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When: 09/06/2016
Time: From 9.30 am on both days (registration from 8.30 am)
Length: 2 days
Venue: Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL.
Location: London
CPD: 11 hours over 2 days
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Members: £960.00
Non-members: £1194.00

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