SCL Annual Conference 2009: The Impact of Changing Economic Cycles on the Practice of IT Law - 9 & 10 October 2009. Day delegate rates now available

When: 09/10/2009
Code: HW/SFCL

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Residential Fees:
SCL Members: £545 + VAT
Non members: £645 + VAT

Non-residential Fees:
SCL Members:  Friday 9 October 2009 - £225.00 + VAT
Non members: Friday 9 October 2009 - £275.00 + VAT

SCL Members: Saturday 10 October 2009 - £175.00 + VAT
Non members: Saturday 10 October 2009 - £225.00 + VAT

Conference Dinner – Friday 9 October 2009 - £50.00 + VAT

Discounted residential registration fees: Organisations registering 2 or more delegates at the same time for the residential conference are entitled to a £100 discount on the second and subsequent booking.
SCL and IFCLA Members  £445 + VAT (£511.75)
2nd and subsequent non SCL member £545 + VAT (£626.75)

How to book:  Email
caroline.gould@scl.org and request an invoice.

This conference looks at the impact that changing economic conditions have on IT law and lawyers. The business environment will always affect the work we do as technology professionals. It is easy to hope things will just go on as they are, but for better or worse, they never do. This is particularly the case in the technology arena where, recession or no recession, the pace of change continues to challenge and disrupt existing practices.

From the way we practise to the development of the underlying law we are currently experiencing fundamental changes, the most recent of which have been brought about by a fierce global recession. History demonstrates that hindsight is easy; foresight more difficult. 
Y2K was feted as a technology doomsday, proved a damp squib, but succeeded in accelerating a whole raft of investment so that many IT budgets were exhausted in the early noughties.

The dotcom bubble bursting seemed likely to damage on line business permanently. In reality internet trading has shown itself to be not just a durable phenomenon, but increasingly the channel of choice for many consumers. Even in the current remarkably harsh retail environment, e-commerce has shown consistent growth when the traditional high street has suffered record levels of insolvency.

Bringing ourselves forward to the current environment, we might now assume that the downturn will favour outsourcing as a cost saving business model, but will this prove to be the case or will unexpected events like the Mumbai terror attack lead our clients to postpone or even to put off doing some deals at all?  As for dispute resolution, will we find that customers and suppliers in the IT sector sue each other more or will they settle differences more quickly driven by the need to save costs?

Economic and political change is a stimulus for change both in the law itself and in business practices. Our current environment is more threatening and challenging than many of us can remember.  This conference will evaluate the consequences for IT lawyers of economic and technological change (good and bad) and debate how best to adapt our practices and the law to changing economic times.

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.

Find out
- how the economic downturn has changed client needs
- what impact will the recession have on outsourcing and major Government IT projects
- why IT fraud may emerge as a major problem during a recession
- what lawyers can do to innovate their way to recovery

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 Chair
Day 1: Bill Jones, Of Counsel, Wragge & Co LLP, and Chair, SCL
Day 2: Clive Davies, Senior Counsel, Fujitsu Services Limited,and Trustee, SCL

Conference Dinner Speaker
Andrew M. Kanter, Chief Operating Officer, Autonomy

Convenors
Alex Charlton, QC
, 4 Pump Court
Gillian Cordall, Partner, IP & Technology Department, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
Andrew Hooles, Head of Legal - Government, Fujitsu Services Limited
David Jabbari, Chief Operating Officer, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP
Chris Reed, Professor of Electronic Commerce Law at CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London
Shanthini Satyendra, Senior Counsel, Accenture (UK) Ltd, and Trustee, SCL

Contributors
Malcolm Bennett, Senior Counsel at IBM
Richard Bonnar, Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP
Chris Bull, European Chief Operating Officer, Integreon
Sam Caley, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company                                               Alexander Carter-Silk, Partner, Speechly Bircham LLP
Mohammed Farooq, Senior Legal Adviser, Retail and Commercial Banking Legal: Technology & Outsourcing, Barclays Bank PLC
Donald Hamilton, Director of Legal Services, Management Consulting at Accenture
Dr Matthew Lavy, 4 Pump Court
Sally Macauley, Legal Counsel, EMEA, Google
Alistair Maughan, Partner, Morrison Foerster LLP
Pontus Noren, Director, Cloudreach Limited
Jonathan Palmer, Partner, Boult Wade Tennant
Nick Pantlin, Partner, IT and Communications, Herbert Smith LLP
Stewart Room, Partner, Privacy and Information Law Group, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
Derek Southall, Partner, Head of Strategic Development, Wragge & Co LLP
Professor Richard Susskind, OBE
Bill Thomas
, Executive Director, Europe & Asia-Pacific, Equa Terra
Dr Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law at CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London and Of Counsel to Baker & McKenzie LLP
Patrick Wynn, Google Sales Engineer
Cindy Yip, Legal Counsel, EMEA, Google

Day 1 – Friday 9 October 2009
I would not start from here if I were you
Chair: Bill Jones
, Of Counsel, Wragge & Co LLP, and Chair, SCL

11.00 – 11.30: Registration and coffee

11.30 – 11.40
Chairman’s Introduction
Bill Jones
, Of Counsel, Wragge & Co LLP, and Chair, SCL

11.40 – 13.00
The Big Picture
Chris Reed
, Professor of Electronic Commerce Law at CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London
Malcolm Bennett, Senior Counsel at IBM
Sam Caley, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company
Mohammed Farooq, Senior Legal Adviser, Retail and Commercial Banking Legal: Technology & Outsourcing, Barclays Bank PLC

In order to understand our changing role as advisers we need to appreciate the technology sector in the context of business and economic cycles. What are the issues currently facing vendors and users, and what are the challenges over the next few years? What new kinds of services will they need from their lawyers?

13.00 – 14.00: Buffet lunch

14.00 – 15.00
Specifics – Outsourcing
Shanthini Satyendra
, Senior Counsel, Accenture (UK) Ltd, and Trustee, SCL
Nick Pantlin, Partner, IT and Communications, Herbert Smith LLP
Bill Thomas, Executive Director, Europe & Asia-Pacific, Equa Terra

Outsourcing contracts in a downturn – threat or opportunity to the lawyers who support their procurement, delivery and conclusion. Have we moved away from the area of big bang global contracts? Is outsourcing really an area that is counter cyclical with potential for growth in today’s climate?

15.00 – 16.00
Government contracts – coping with recession and public scrutiny
Andrew Hooles
, Head of Legal - Government, Fujitsu Services Limited
Richard Bonnar, Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP
Alistair Maughan, Partner, Morrison Foerster LLP

Surely government contracts are ring fenced from changes to the economy? The public sector wants and needs more IT services however much money the government may have borrowed for other purposes – does it not? However have contracting processes developed over the last decade in such a way as to encourage the delivery of successful programmes in the first place?

16.00 – 16.30: Tea

16.30 – 17.30
It’s a Fraud!
Alex Charlton
, QC, 4 Pump Court
Dr Matthew Lavy, 4 Pump Court
Stewart Room, Partner, Privacy and Information Law Group, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
Dr Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law at CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London and Of Counsel to Baker & McKenzie LLP

We are in a world where as the economic tide has gone out it has exposed swimmers without bathing costumes! Madoff. Is fraud also lurking like an iceberg in IT waters? What are the implications of the BSkyB litigation with EDS? And is cybercrime increasing at such a rate that it poses a real threat to the internet and e-commerce, in which case how should we best regulate the Internet?

20.00 – 20.30: Pre-dinner drinks reception

20.30 – 22.00: Conference dinner with guest speaker
Andrew M. Kanter
, Chief Operating Officer, Autonomy

Day 2 – Saturday 10 October
Looking forward – every cloud has a silver lining
Chair: Clive Davies
, Senior Counsel, Fujitsu Services Limited, and Trustee, SCL

09.15 – 09.50
Opening recorded keynote interview
with Professor Richard Susskind, OBE.

Derek Southall in conversation
with Professor Richard Susskind, OBE

Derek Southall
, Partner, Head of Strategic Development, Wragge & Co LLP
Professor Richard Susskind, OBE

09.50 – 10.50
Innovate or die
David Jabbari
, Chief Operating Officer, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP
Chris Bull, European Chief Operating Officer, Integreon
Donald Hamilton, Director of Legal Services, Management Consulting at Accenture

How do we meet the Susskind Challenge?

  • What resources does a well managed legal firm need?
  • What is best practice in the organisation of an IT legal team?
  • Should we have non-lawyer partners?
  • Are we practising what we preach and using collaborative methods
    and tools? Managing information flows: pull or push?
  • Should we outsource commodity work such as due diligence
    and discovery?

10.50 – 11.10: Coffee

11.10 – 12.10
Forget economics: think creative technology
Gillian Cordall
, Partner, IP & Technology Department, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP Alexander Carter-Silk, Partner, Speechly Bircham LLP
Jonathan Palmer, Partner, Boult Wade Tennant

Intellectual property law is a stimulus for creative new technologies that make light of any downturn. An update on software patents after Symbian:
lots more patents and good for new technology businesses or further confusion and more disputes for patent lawyers?

12.10 – 13.10
Cloud Computing: Back to the Future?
Bill Jones
, Of Counsel, Wragge & Co LLP, and Chair, SCL
Sally Macauley, Legal Counsel, EMEA, Google
Pontus Noren, Director, Cloudreach Limited
Patrick Wynn, Google Sales Engineer,
Cindy Yip, Legal Counsel, EMEA, Google

Over the last twelve months cloud computing has become a very hot topic. Predictions for its future share of the IT market are distinctly bullish particularly given the economic basis of the model and the current determination to achieve "more for less" in most businesses. The nature of the model is still evolving and is still not widely understood. In this session, using real life experiences from the Google Apps portfolio, the speakers will examine cloud computing as it exists and might develop from a commercial, legal and technical perspective.

13.10 – 13.20
Chairman’s summary
Clive Davies
, Senior Counsel, Fujitsu Services Limited, and Trustee, SCL

13.20 – 14.00: Buffet lunch

14.00: Close of conference

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:  Non-members who join SCL at the same time as applying to attend the conference are entitled to attend the conference at the appropriate members’ rate. Join now

Residential Fees:
SCL Members:
£545 + VAT
Non members: £645 + VAT

Non-residential Fees:
SCL Members:
  Friday 9 October 2009 - £225.00 + VAT
Non members: Friday 9 October 2009 - £275.00 + VAT

SCL Members
: Saturday 10 October 2009 - £175.00 + VAT
Non members: Saturday 10 October 2009 - £225.00 + VAT

Conference Dinner – Friday 9 October 2009 - £50.00 + VAT

SCL Membership (valid until 31/03/11):  £95.00

Discounted registration fees: Organisations registering 2 or more delegates at the same time are entitled to a £100 discount on the second and subsequent booking.
SCL and IFCLA Members  £445 + VAT (£511.75)
2nd and subsequent non SCL member £545 + VAT (£626.75)

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

Members who join SCL at the same time as applying to attend the conference are entitled to attend the conference at the appropriate members’ rate. Join now


How to book:  Email
caroline.gould@scl.org and request an invoice.

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

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

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Hotel accommodation: The cost of single room en-suite accommodation on Friday 9 October 2009 (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@scl.org

Confirmation of Registration: If you have not received confirmation of your registration 5 days before this event, 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 18 September 2009.

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.

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