SCL 50th Anniversary Conference - Tuesday 10 October 2023, London

When: 10/10/2023

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Non-member: £960.00
Professional member: £480.00

Secure your spot now and be part of this historic event that combines knowledge, celebration, and forward-thinking insights.

Society for Computers and Law 50th Anniversary Conference (Fully hybrid)
Date: Tuesday 10 October 2023
Venue: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL.
Registration: from 8.30 am
How to book: If you wish to attend this event please book online or email and request an invoice.

Join us for the Society for Computers and Law 50th Anniversary Conference on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at The IET in Savoy Place, London. This milestone event will bring together tech lawyers, academics, and other interested parties for a fully hybrid experience, combining the best of in-person and virtual participation. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the rich history of the Society and explore the future of law and technology.

Co-Chaired by
Patricia Shaw, Chair, Society for Computers and Law, CEO, Beyond Reach
Sue McLean, Vice-Chair, Society for Computers and Law, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP

With an unmissable lineup of keynote speakers:

  • Professor Richard Susskind OBE KC (Hon), President, Society for Computers and Law
  • Mark O’Conor, Vice President, Society for Computers and Law, Partner and Global Co-Chair, Technology Sector, DLA Piper 
  • Christina Demetriades, General Counsel, Europe - Global Sales & Delivery, Accenture 

Embrace the Future of Technology Law – conference sessions to include:

Digital Media: Regulating the Internet for the Next Age:
Uncover the latest insights and strategies for effectively regulating the vast realm of the internet in the coming age. Learn from industry experts on how to navigate digital media challenges and ensure a fair and safe online environment.

Tech Disputes: The Most Significant Cases in the Last 50 Years and Future Trends:
Explore the groundbreaking tech disputes that have shaped the legal landscape over the past five decades. Gain invaluable knowledge about the latest trends and emerging issues that will define the future of technology disputes.

Data Protection: The Future of Privacy and Identity:
Delve into the intricacies of data protection, privacy, and identity in an increasingly digital world. Discover innovative approaches to safeguarding personal information while maintaining the benefits of technological advancement.

Regulating Digital Infrastructures
The panel will consider some of the key policy and regulatory issues for digital infrastructure in the UK and Europe, including how to govern US cloud infrastructure providers; achieve digital sovereignty; build gigabit infrastructure in a competitive manner; and the future of the European telecoms industry.

Contracting for AI in a Global World:
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal aspects surrounding contracting for the development and deployment of AI technologies in a global context. Learn from experts how to effectively apportion and manage risks in a rapidly changing lifecycle and increasingly complex ecosystem.By attending in person, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the conference. Engage in lively discussions, network with industry professionals, and forge valuable connections. Plus, don't forget to join us for a celebratory drink at the end of the day to mark this incredible milestone in the Society's history. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the SCL 50th Anniversary book, a valuable resource commemorating the Society's journey and achievements over the past five decades.

Conference Programme:

8.30 am - 9.15 am: Registration and tea and coffee.

9.15 am - 9.25 am: Welcome, Conference Co-Chairs: Patricia Shaw and Sue McLean

9.25 am - 10.00 am: Opening Keynote
Professor Richard Susskind OBE KC (Hon)
, President, Society for Computers and Law
Mark O’Conor, Vice President, Society for Computers and Law, Partner and Global Co-Chair, Technology Sector, DLA Piper 

10.00 am - 10.45 am: Digital MediaRegulating the Internet for the Next Age

Alice Esuola-Grant
, Commercial Associate, Bristows 

Graham Smith, 
Of Counsel, Bird & Bird LLP
Professor Lilian Edwards, 
Professor of Law, Innovation and Society, University of Newcastle
Amanda Jardine
, Policy Lead, Trust & Safety & Google Human Rights Fellow, Google 

10.45 am - 11 am: 
Flash talk: "Cyber" - Jacob Haddad, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

11.00 am - 11.30 am: Coffee

11.30 – 11.45 am: Flash talk: “Y2K Revisited”- Maulik Mittal, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie LLP

11.45 pm - 12.30 pm: 
Tech Disputes - The most significant cases in the last 50 years and future trends

Chair: Mark Culbert, Managing Director, iLaw

Lynne McCafferty KC
, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Michael Bywell, 
Partner, Stephenson Harwood
Westley Walker, Senior Associate, Bristows

12.30 pm - 12.45 pm: 
Flash talk: SESG - Francesca Lofts, Senior Legal Counsel - Data, Technology & Procurement, Legal & Business Affairs, Cambridge University Press & Assessment and Lisa McClory, Founder and Director at Fractal.Legal

12.45pm - 2.00 pm: Lunch

2.00 pm - 2.15 pm: Flash Talk: Open Source - considering the risks to a modern software/AI ecosystem - Boudien Moerman, Head of Group Legal, SUSE

2.15 pm - 3pm: Data Protection: The Future of Privacy and Identity

Vinod Bange, Partner, Baker McKenzie 

Elizabeth Denham CBE, 
former ICO
Janet Lane, 
Global Data Expert Lawyer
William Malcolm, 
Senior Director, International Privacy Legal & Consumer Protection, Google

3 pm - 3.45 pm: 
Regulating Digital Infrastructures

Professor Ian Walden
, Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.  

Alessandro Galtieri
, Deputy General Counsel, Colt Technology Service Group Ltd
Anne Todd, 
Partner, Michelmores LLP
Josh Joshi,
Executive Chairman, AtlasEdge. Operating Partner, DigitalBridge

3.45 pm - 4.00 pm: Tea Break

4.00 pm - 4.15 pm: Flash talk: “Technology and Human Rights” - Louise Hooper, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers 

4.15 pm - 5.00 pm: Contracting for AI in a Global World

Minesh Tanna
, Partner, Disputes & Investigations, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Imogen Palmer
, Associate Legal Counsel, Google
Sara Vero
, Emerging Technologies Counsel, JP Morgan
Charlie Lyons-Rothbart, Head of Legal, Wayve Technologies Ltd

5.00 pm - 5.40 pm: Closing Keynote: “The Next Wave of Technology Change”
Christina Demetriades, General Counsel, Europe - Global Sales & Delivery, Accenture 

We're thrilled that Christina Demetriades, a trailblazer in the realm of technology law is giving the closing keynote. Christina will share her expertise on the challenges and opportunities that arise in a rapidly advancing digital era.

5.40 pm: Closing remarks, Conference Co-Chairs: Patricia Shaw and Sue McLean

5.45 pm: Drinks Reception

Don't miss out on this milestone event
Join us at The IET in Savoy Place, London, on 10 October 2023, for an extraordinary day of knowledge-sharing, networking, and celebration. Be a part of the Society for Computers and Law's 50th Anniversary Conference, where tech lawyers, academics, and other interested parties come together to shape the future of technology law.

Register today and secure your place among the leading minds in legal tech. Limited seats available, so act swiftly to reserve your spot. See you at the conference of the decade!

#SCLConf23 #ShapingTheFutureOfLaw #LegalTechLeaders

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:

Gold Sponsor: 4 Pump Court
Bronze Sponsor:
Twenty Essex
Conference Supporters:
Stephenson Harwood, Baker Mckenzie, DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland, CMS, William Fry, 11KBW

Who Should Attend?

  • Tech Lawyers (in private practice and in-house)
  • Tech Law academics and students
  • Tech sector professionals & managers who need to understand the current tech law environment
  • Anyone interested in global IT law

Networking and social opportunities
The Conference programme deliberately provides plenty of time to interact with peers and is the perfect opportunity to network, share experience and discuss the critical issues with fellow delegates, speakers and panellists. Plus, the benefit that the competence CPD regime allows this high-level engagement to count towards your ongoing education.

Your ticket includes:

  • Attendance to this very special full day SCL 50th Anniversary Conference
  • Back to back line up of expert, platinum standard speakers
  • All conference materials
  • High quality refreshments and lunch
  • Networking drinks reception
  • Free copy of the SCL 50th Anniversary Book

SCL members:
£400 + VAT (£480) - including a free copy of the SCL 50th Anniversary Book
Non-members: £800 + VAT (£960) - including a free copy of the SCL 50th Anniversary Book

A note on fees for remote bookings: Remote bookings are the same price as in-person bookings so that SCL can cover the costs of the tech support that’s needed to offer a fully hybrid event. The costs related to providing a fully hybrid event are often higher than having delegates at the venue in-person but, as an educational charity, we want to make sure that our events are as accessible as possible. We ensure that the high level of insight, training, and expertise offered at our events is available to both in-person and remote attendees. Additionally, the recording and any event materials are available for all attendees to access and re-watch after the event has taken place.

Offer: Any organisation that purchases 2 places at the member rate at the same time is entitled to a 3rd place for an SCL member free of charge. 4th 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.

SCL "rising star" bursaries:  If your organisation is already paying for a full-price delegate, you are invited to nominate a tech law "rising star" to attend this event at a reduced rate. "Rising stars" are required to record their impressions of the Conference - this can take any form and we encourage you to get creative (make a word cloud, sketch a cartoon, record a video, write a poem!) This will then be published on the SCL website and shared on our social media platforms after the Conference. Assisted places at the Conference cost £170 + VAT. Please send details of your nominee to Sarah Forster at

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Every type of organisation can benefit from the opportunity to sponsor our flagship event, including law firms and course providers. This could be your opportunity to widen your organisation’s reach by raising your profile with important opinion formers from the UK and beyond. More details are available here:
Please contact Maddie Southorn to discuss sponsorship of the event.

: SCL, Unit 4.5, Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH, UK. Tel: +44 (0)7948 517049  Email:

Concessionary rates for academics, students, the unemployed and those experiencing financial hardship are available upon application. Please contact for more information.

How to book:  If you wish to attend this event please book online or email and request an invoice.  VAT invoices will be issued to all delegates.

Fees can be paid by Mastercard, Visa or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at this meeting 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, access to all online content of "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events. 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

Booking terms and conditions for the Society for Computers and Law 50th Anniversary Conference: Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the full conference fee. Cancellations will only be accepted and refunds made in respect of written cancellations received by SCL HQ by 12 noon on Friday 15 September 2023. An administration fee of £80.00 + VAT will be charged for all cancellations.

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.

SCL Code of conduct for SCL events SCL is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at the event or on Twitter and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the discretion of the organisers. 

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