SCL Board of Trustees, Fellows and Honorary Members

SCL Vice-President of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL):

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

Chair of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL):

Patricia Shaw, CEO, Beyond Reach

Vice-Chair of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL):

Sue McLean, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP

Trustees of the Society for Computers and Law:

Toby Crick, Partner, Bristows LLP

Matthew Lavy KC, 4 Pump Court

Mark Lumley, Consultant, Freeths

Dr Katherine Ramo, Of Counsel (Tech & Media), Head of Pro Bono Practice, Founder & Chair CMS ENABLE (disabilities & well-being) Network 

Fernando Barrio, Senior Lecturer in Business Law and Director of International Engagement, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

Shelley Thomas, Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Andy Crystal, Corporate Counsel - EMEA at Amazon Web Services

Anne Rose, Managing Associate and co-lead of the Blockchain Group, Mishcon de Reya 

Minesh Tanna, Partner and Global AI Lead, Simmons & Simmons 

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 Tech Law Essentials 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

• 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 the SCL Adjudication Scheme
  • 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 at least 9 times a year.

Fellows of the Society for Computers and Law (FSCL): 

  • Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP
  • Neil Brown, Director,
  • Kit Burden, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP
  • Stuart Chapman, Independant Mediator
  • Lord Clement-Jones CBE
  • Anna Cook, Partner, Bristows LLP
  • Clive Davies, Fujitsu Services Limited
  • Glen Davis, 3 South Square
  • Simon Deane-Johns, Consultant Solicitor, Keystone Law
  • Chris Fowler
  • Clive Freedman, 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Chris James, Associate General Counsel, Digital & Innovation / Cyber, HSBC
  • Professor Christopher Millard, CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Nigel Miller, Fox Williams LLP
  • Richard Morgan
  • Cynthia O'Donoghue, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
  • Professor Chris Reed, CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Shanthini Satyendra, Managing Legal Counsel, Digital Transformation and Technology, Legal & Regulatory, Santander
  • Harry Small, Baker McKenzie LLP
  • Jonathan Smith, General Counsel and Company Secretary, AWE plc
  • Richard Stephens, LORS
  • Mark Taylor, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP
  • John Yates, v-lex

Honorary Members of the Society for Computers and Law: 

  • 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

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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