SCL Annual IT Contracts Update 2023 - Thursday 9 February 2023, London

When: 09/02/2023

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Non-member: £288.00
Professional member: £144.00

In-person and also available to attend online

Date: Thursday 9 February 2023
Time: 4.00 pm - 6.15 pm (Registration from 3.30 pm; refreshments and networking from 6.15 pm)
Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG. Map

Hosted and sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

@computersandlaw @HSFlegal

Richard Stephens,
Principal, LORS

Richard Stephens, the acknowledged guru of IT contract law, is presenting his unmissable annual update to SCL once again in 2023 and we're delighted to be back in-person at Herbert Smith Freehills in London.

Hundreds of delegates over the years will testify to the usefulness of this event in which Richard distils the key cases decided over the year and encapsulates what they mean for the commercial tech lawyer. Importantly, Richard ranges much further than pure tech law to bring you the lessons learnt from contract cases in other areas of practice, many of which might normally go under your radar, and uses his practical experience in IT contracts to present ideas of how to cope with any changes.

All delegates will receive a PDF copy of Richard’s legendary slides to take away, which provide the backbone of his talk and provide an incredibly useful resource for use in your daily practice. This is the only session where Richard's slide pack will be made available to delegates. Not only this, but the event will be recorded and delegates will have access to the recording to re-watch at their leisure.

All commercial tech lawyers – both in-house and in private practice – in the UK and around the world - should sign up to this session. This session will be specially tailored to the requirements of the SCL, an audience that Richard understands so well.

"Some of the most useful training hours you will spend this year, and essential to ensure your IT Contract Law knowledge is current. I often tell people I would not like to miss it and then meet an attendee on the other side of the negotiation table!" Mark Lumley, SCL Trustee.

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Speaker Details:
Richard Stephens
is the founder of LORS, the Law Office of Richard Stephens, where he has worked for 15 years as a commercial lawyer specialising in the world of IT. Since then, he has broadened out his practice and now also works as a mediator and arbitrator in technology disputes as well as providing some well known training courses in commercial law. Richard was one of the first lawyers to start writing about Agile and its impact on commercial contracts and two decades ago he led an industry-wide committee seeking to produce a contract aimed at DSDM development. Richard is a past Chair of the SCL and continues his involvement and is perhaps best known in the SCL for his annual contract law lectures.

Administration Notes:

The cost of attending the SCL Annual IT Contracts Update 2023 is £120 + VAT (£144) for SCL members and £240 + VAT (£288) for non-members.

The attendance fee includes:

  • a place at the event;
  • refreshments and attendance at the social networking session after the event - kindly provided by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP;
  • your personal PDF copy of Richard's comprehensive slide deck to take away.

Bookings: Bookings can be made online or you can email to make your booking and request an invoice. VAT invoices will be issued to all delegates.

: Any organisation that purchases 3 places at the member rate at the same time is entitled to a 4th place for an SCL member free of charge. 5th and any subsequent member bookings made after that will be half price. This offer is open to SCL members only and is not available online - please email to make a block booking and take advantage of this offer.

Concessionary places are available on request. To apply for a concessionary place please email 

Fees can be paid by Mastercard, Visa or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at these sessions must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the date of this event whichever is the earlier.

Non-members wishing to join the Society
are entitled to membership of the Society valid for 12 months from the date of payment including full access to the content of the SCL web site, the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus reduced fees for training events where a fee is applicable. The cost of an annual SCL membership is £155.00. If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact the SCL office on Tel: 07948 517049 or Email:

Free membership for trainee lawyers and UK students: SCL provides free membership for trainee lawyers until qualification and for UK students in full-time education with a valid email address. Student members are eligible to attend SCL events at concessionary rates where a fee is applicable. Trainee members are entitled to attend SCL events at the standard members' rate (the concessionary rate for UK students in full-time education does not apply). Trainees and UK students in full-time education can apply to join SCL for free by emailing

Cancellations will not be accepted (and refunds made) unless received and acknowledged by SCL HQ at least five working days before the date of the relevant event. Where an in-person event is also recorded, and that recording is made available to delegates, cancellations will not be accepted. All SCL webinars are recorded and therefore cancellations are not accepted.

Substitute delegates
If you are unable to attend, a substitute may attend in your place provided that you notify the SCL office in advance ( or 07948 517049) and pay the appropriate registration fee.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of SCL to change the venue, content or timing of an event or to substitute speakers. The safety and wellbeing of our delegates is paramount and therefore in-person events may be converted to online events due to government restrictions or travel disruption.

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