How’s Business?

With a new initiative announced for the creation of the SCL Barometer, SCL Chair Mark O’Conor seeks input and engagement from SCL members to help make it an effective measure for trends in the tech industry and in the work of tech lawyers

With last week's wonderful Annual Conference still ringing in our ears, and the huge diversity of topics and issues showcased during the day, I think that we can all agree that the techlaw sector is increasingly central to all business activity.

But how is the sector doing? Not just in terms of our membership but in terms of the business (in its widest sense) that we conduct? Is it growing, shrinking, expanding into new areas? What do our members think are the most fertile areas of techlaw work? And what do we think about some of the major techlaw issues of the day? We are uniquely placed to provide the answers to these questions and if we do, then we will better understand our position in the technology ecosystem and others will better understand our role within it.

All of which explains why at the Annual Conference last week I was delighted to announce a new initiative for 2019: the SCL Barometer, a hopefully annual snapshot of SCL activity and the thoughts of our members. More ambitiously we are also seeking to quantify the size of our sector so that we can set a baseline for better understanding our industry so we can assess how it evolves year on year.

So this email is a call for your help. To make the Barometer work we need your input. The SCL team will be sending out an online questionnaire this month to start the data gathering process. They’ll be asking for your thoughts on where your work is coming from, how technology is used in your own daily routines and for your opinions on some of the current big issues. They'll also be seeking suggestions for who to contact in your organisation to discuss in more detail issues such as future business planning, recruitment and cybersecurity.

Armed with the results the plan is to publish the Barometer in Spring 2019 for distribution to members, national and legal media and others in the legal industry. With luck, it will generate a wider conversation about the issues we deal with, which can never be a bad thing, and help cement our status as thought leaders for the techlaw sector. But without your help it won't happen - so when you get the email please don't be hasty with the delete button.

Mark O’Conor is Chair of SCL and Partner and Chair of the London Client Group at DLAA Piper UK LLP.

Published: 2018-10-03T10:20:00


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