SCL Meeting: "Demystifying Open Source" - 28 May 2012 - London

When: 28/05/2012

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A meeting of the SCL Junior Lawyers' Group

Hosted and sponsored by DLA Piper UK LLP

Chris James
, Legal Counsel, UBS, Chair, SCL Junior Lawyers' Group

Matthew Lavy
, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Nadine Duncan, Associate, Intellectual Property & Technology Group, DLA Piper UK LLP
Neil Brown, Independent Academic

Where is the distribution? Who is Affero? Why has counsel for the licensor redlined the 'no open source' warranty? What can be done?

Feedback to previous Junior Lawyers' Group events has inspired this seminar - a popularly requested opportunity to dig deeper into the subject of open source and free software, including:

  • its politics and factions;
  • current challenges (from the cloud to the terminal); and
  • its impact on practice.

Open source is a prevalent and important part of IT and IT law, but often gets bogged down in detail and jargon.  This seminar aims to help demystify and provide context to this interesting area of practice.

Who should attend?
This event is targeted at up-and-coming lawyers (as a guide, 5 years pqe or less), trainees and students.  It is, however open to anyone who would like to attend - so sign up now!

Chris James
Chris is Legal Counsel at UBS with responsibility for IT, e-commerce and new media, and is part of the firm's cross-functional open source working group.  Prior to training as a solicitor, Chris worked for a time as a systems developer, predominantly using open source software.  Chris is Chair of the SCL Junior Lawyers' Group.

Speakers' details:
Matthew Lavy
Matthew is a barrister specialising in commercial and technology disputes. He is a member of the IT and Telecoms Group at 4 Pump Court. Prior to being called to the Bar, he did time as a technical writer, system administrator and software developer. Over the last 15 years, he has used, patched and written Open Source software on Linux and Windows platforms. He is familiar with all of the most commonly used Open Source software licences and the complications to which they can give rise.

Nadine Duncan
Nadine is an Associate in the Intellectual Property & Technology Group at DLA Piper and has spent two years working in the firm's Procurement Consultancy Services Group. Nadine advises on IT, outsourcing, technology and commercial matters. She has particular experience in advising private and public sector clients on tendering and contracting in large scale transactions including a variety of business process outsourcing and services arrangements. Nadine's experience includes acting for clients in the technology, financial, education and healthcare sectors.

Neil Brown
Neil Brown is an independent academic lawyer, exploring the overlaps of law, technology and society. He has particular expertise in Internet and communications regulation and policy, privacy and security, and alternative intellectual property strategies promoting the sharing of knowledge. He is also currently employed as counsel for Vodafone, and has driven Vodafone's open source compliance strategy for over five years.

Administration notes
The cost of attendance at this event is £35 + VAT (£42) for SCL members and members of the Junior Lawyers' Division and £50 + VAT (£60) for non-members.  VAT invoices will be issued to all delegates. 

Members of the Junior Lawyers' Division: Please note that you cannot book online.  Please email your booking to to ensure that you are charged at the correct rate.

If you wish to attend this meeting please book online via this page or email and request an invoice. Fees can be paid by cheque (cheques should be made payable to "Society for Computers and Law" please), Mastercard, Visa, Switch or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at this meeting must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date although payment before the date of the meeting would be appreciated.

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, 6 copies of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events. The cost of an annual SCL membership is £110.00.  If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact : Priti Magudia, Tel: 0117 9237393, Email:

Under the Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD scheme and the Barristers' New and Established Practitioner Programmes this event is accredited with 1.5 hours of CPD.

Booking terms and conditions: Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the meeting attendance fee. Cancellations will not be accepted (and refunds made) unless received in the Society's offices in Bristol at least one week before the date of the relevant event or meeting.

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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