Liabilities and IT Disputes in the Financial Services Sector - 22 January 2013 - London

When: 22/01/2013

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Hosted and sponsored by Bird & Bird LLP
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Roger Bickerstaff
, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

Ameen Ali, Senior Legal Counsel , Dell Corporation
Richard Tattle, Senior Legal Counsel,  Barclays
Gareth Davies, Lawyer, Bank of England
Sarah Walker, Partner, King & Spalding
Ben Pilling, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

As IT becomes ever more engrained in the delivery of banking and other financial services, stetting appropriate limits of liability provisions in IT contracts for financial services entities becomes increasingly significant and can be contentious.  British Gas vs Accenture has shown that IT companies can be liable for business losses and in the financial services context the business losses can become very significant very quickly. 

Ameen Ali from Dell, Richard Tattle from Barclays and Gareth Davies from The Bank of England will lead a panel discussion on this, giving the service providers' and the customers' perspectives on this "hot topic".

The conduct of IT disputes in the financial services sector raises particular sensitivities.  The treatment of confidential information by service providers is a key issue which can cause problems for service providers that are unused to working in this environment.  The responsibility for business liabilities is also a particular challenge for IT disputes in this sector.

Sarah Walker from King & Spalding and Ben Pilling from 4 Pump Court both have considerable experience of conducting IT disputes for financial services clients and will examine some of the key issues from the service providers' and customers' perspectives. 

This seminar is designed to be of interest to private practice lawyers who advise financial institutions together with in-house lawyers working in financial institutions and IT companies that provide services to financial institutions.

Roger Bickerstaff
Roger is Joint Head of Bird & Bird's International IT Sector Group. Roger advises on all aspects of IT law to public and private sector clients, but he has a particular interest and experience in advising on public sector IT projects. Roger also has a significant level of expertise in public procurement law.  Roger is Chair of SCL.

Speakers' details:
Ameen Ali
Ameen is a senior in-house counsel at Dell Corporation and supports Dell's EMEA Services business in his current role with particular focus on contracts for service provision to Dell's financial services customers. Ameen also has experience of advising on UK public sector IT contracts and Emerging Markets business, having previously supported these business units. 

Richard Tattle
Richard is the Head of Commercial Legal (Operations and Professional Services) for UK and Europe for Barclays Global Commercial Legal. Richard has worked for Barclays since 2005 and leads a team covering IT Services, Retail Operations (including ATMs, cash, and logistics),  Card Operations (including the global acquisition of cards and merchant terminals), Customer Experience Initiatives (including innovative products like Pingit) and Management Consultancy and Advisory Services.

Gareth Davies
Gareth is an IT/commercial contracts lawyer for the Bank of England.  He has worked in the public sector since 2000 when he joined the DTI (now BIS) and then moved to the Bank in 2006.  He has worked on a wide variety of commercial transactions including IT infrastructure projects, IT outsourcing, payment and collateral systems, HR and pensions systems as well as the printing of UK banknotes.

Much of his time is spent on advising on EU procurement matters as well as Intellectual property and a wide variety of general commercial transactions.  Gareth is also currently involved in the regulatory reform work that will see the creation of the Prudential Regulatory Authority as a subsidiary of the Bank in the Spring of 2013.

Sarah Walker
Sarah is a Commercial Litigator at King & Spalding with a wide range of experience in resolving commercial disputes. She specialises in dispute evaluation and resolution by litigation (High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords), arbitration, mediation and negotiation. She also frequently advises her clients on their risk management strategies and procedures and the drafting of contractual mechanisms for dispute resolution.

Sarah's practice focuses on the aviation, banking & finance, IT, communication and energy sectors and she regularly advises the firm's clients in these sectors on such matters as large scale project disputes, fraud claims, claims in respect of complex financial instruments as well as other claims for recovery of assets and enforcement of security.  Sarah has spent time on secondment at the in-house litigation department of one of the UK's major clearing banks and is familiar with the regulatory, compliance and contentious issues which financial institutions regularly face.

Sarah has also worked on a broad range of arbitration matters, under the auspices of most of the institutional rules, as well as on a number of London based ad-hoc arbitrations.  She is admitted as a full member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for a period serving as a committee member for the London Branch of the Chartered Institute.  Sarah has been a speaker at conferences for various arbitral institutions, including the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Ben Pilling
Ben was called to the bar in 1997 and is at 4 Pump Court.  He is described in the Legal Directories as "a ferociously bright and responsive junior".  As well as acting in relation to disputes involving major IT infrastructure projects (including the National Air Traffic Services case) he has considerable experience of disputes relating to the development and distribution of computer games, and the development of software to support web-based retailing, and of software licence disputes. He has acted extensively for banks in a variety of cases, including the major retail banking cases of recent years (the bank charges litigation, PPI litigation and credit card default charges litigation), derivatives cases, cases involving trading in distressed debt and large scale mortgage fraud cases.

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