SCL Board of Trustees, Fellows and Honorary Members

SCL Chair:

Mark O'Conor, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP

SCL Trustees:

Toby Crick, Partner, Bristows LLP

Chris James, Associate General Counsel, Digital & Innovation / Cyber, HSBC

Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Mark Lumley, Partner, Shulmans LLP

Sue McLean, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP

Cynthia O'Donoghue, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Patricia Shaw
, CEO, Beyond Reach

Mark Taylor, Partner, Osborne Clarke

SCL Trustee Profile
All SCL Trustees are members of the SCL Board. SCL is a registered educational charity and is also a company limited by guarantee, and therefore SCL Trustees are also Directors of the charity. Being an SCL trustee is rewarding and enjoyable and is a great way to be more involved in the SCL community. The SCL trustees are passionate about tech law and want to help SCL evolve and improve in this exciting and rapidly changing area of law.  

SCL’s aims and objectives are as follows:

1. The advancement of education of the public in the fields of:

a) Information technology law and other related legal subjects,

b) Information technology as applied to the practice of law, and

c) the law, by the use of information technology.

2. The promotion of the sound development, administration and knowledge of the law relating to information technology and related legal subjects, both generally and by research and study concerning the same.

The SCL Trustees' meet these objectives via:

• Computers & Law magazine;

• the content of the SCL website;

• events and online training;

• offering free membership to students and trainee lawyers;

• the SCL Foundations of IT Law Programme;

• the furtherance of the SCL University Ambassadors Scheme;

• responding to relevant government initiatives;

• supporting relevant like-minded organisations.

What do the SCL Trustees do?

• Act as a single body

• Ensure SCL has a clear strategy

• Ensure the work and goals of SCL are in line with its objects

• Keep a check on SCL’s finances and activities

• Appoint and support the Chief Executive

• Delegate authority for day to day activities of SCL to the appropriate staff

• Take overall legal responsibility for SCL’s work

• Act in the interests of SCL not themselves

• SCL Trustees are volunteers and are not, generally, paid though they can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses for their involvement as a Trustee

What are the roles and responsibilities of the SCL Trustees?

• Set and maintain SCL’s vision, mission and values

• Develop SCL’s strategy

• Establish and monitor SCL’s policies

• Ensure compliance with SCL’s objects

• Ensure accountability

• Ensure compliance with the law

• Maintain proper fiscal oversight

• Select and support the Chief Executive

• Set up SCL’s employment procedures

• Respect the role of SCL staff

• Maintain effective Board performance

• Promote SCL

• Represent SCL at external events

What is the eligibility criteria for an SCL Trustee?

• Continuous membership of SCL for at least 5 years at the point of nomination

• A track record of engagement with SCL which may include some or all of the following examples:

  • involvement with the SCL Groups
  • leading SCL initiatives such as “Better Contracts”
  • speaking at SCL events
  • leading a consultation response on behalf of SCL
  • writing for Computers & Law magazine and the SCL website
  • promoting SCL membership

The SCL Board of Trustees meets monthly in London and occasionally at SCL HQ in Bristol.

SCL Fellows: 

  • Roger Bickerstaff, Bird & Bird LLP
  • Neil Brown, Director,
  • Kit Burden, DLA Piper (UK) LLP
  • Anna Cook, Partner, Bristows LLP
  • Clive Davies, Fujitsu Services Limited
  • Glen Davis, 3 South Square
  • Clive Freedman, 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Bill Jones, Gowling
  • Professor Christopher Millard, CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Nigel Miller, Fox Williams LLP
  • Professor Chris Reed, CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Shanthini Satyendra
  • Harry Small, Baker McKenzie LLP
  • Jonathan Smith, General Counsel and Company Secretary, AWE plc
  • Richard Stephens, LORS
  • John Yates, v-lex

    SCL Honorary Members: 
  • Ruth Baker
  • Chairman - The Bar Council
  • The Rt Hon the Lord Hope of Craighead
  • Laurence Eastham
  • Keith James - Needham & James
  • David Kidd - Biggart Baillie
  • The Hon Mr Justice Gordon Langley
  • Richard Morgan
  • The Hon Mr Justice Ramsey
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Rodger of Earlsferry
  • President - The Law Society of England & Wales
  • The Rt Hon the Lord Saville
  • Professor Richard Susskind OBE, SCL President
  • The Chairman - The General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland
  • The President - The Law Society of Northern Ireland
  • The President - The Law Society of Scotland
  • Mark Turner
  • Sandy Weatherhead

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: Unit 4.5, Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH. 
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