Law and regulation as we move to the Cloud - Wednesday 1 May 2013 at 8 am - Dublin

When: 01/05/2013

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Hosted and sponsored by Matheson

John O'Connor
, Head of the Technology and Commercial Contracts Group, Matheson

Professor Ian Walden
, Professor of Information and Communications Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.
John O'Connor, Head of the Technology and Commercial Contracts Group, Matheson

Are you a lawyer advising your organisation on the adoption of cloud computing? During these economically challenging times most organisations are looking at ways to spend less on ICT while at the same time being required to update and improve their ICT systems in terms of speed, availability, functionality, scalability and security. Cloud services hold much of the solution to this predicament but there are several contractual, legal and regulatory issues which need to be carefully considered when navigating cloud contracts.

This meeting will be of interest to in-house lawyers working in industry and in the Irish public sector who may be required to advise executives within their organisations on the legal and regulatory risks associated with Cloud services.  This event will also be of interest to in-house lawyers working for Cloud service providers and to lawyers in private practice.

8:00 am – 8.10 am - Opening remarks

8.10 am – 8.35 am - Trends in Cloud Contracting - Professor Ian Walden

  • How are standard cloud contracts evolving?
  • When are cloud deals negotiable and what are the key issues?
  • Trends in Cloud Contracting

8.35 am – 9.00 am –  Navigating cloud contracts - John O'Connor

  • Key contractual, legal and regulatory issues
  • Common misconceptions
  • Making informed decisions: understanding the service and service levels
  • Managing key risks and negotiations

9.00 -   Q&A

9.15 - Close of meeting

Speakers' details:

Professor Ian Walden
Ian Walden is 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. His publications include EDI and the Law (1989), Information Technology and the Law (1990), EDI Audit and Control (1993), Cross-border Electronic Banking (2nd ed., 2000), Telecommunications Law Handbook (1997), E-Commerce Law and Practice in Europe (2001), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007), Media Law and Practice (2009), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (4th ed., 2012) and Free and Open Source Software (forthcoming 2013). Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, the European Commission, UNCTAD, ITU, UNECE and the EBRD, as well as for a number of individual states. Ian was awarded a Council of Europe Human Rights Fellowship (1987-88); was a seconded national expert to the European Commission DG-Industry (1995-96); Board Member and Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (2004-09); on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (2010-12) and is currently a member of the Press Complaints Commission. Ian is a solicitor and Of Counsel to Baker & McKenzie. Over the past three years, Ian has been part of the Cloud Legal Project, which has published a series of leading research papers: 

John O'Connor
John is a partner at Matheson, the law firm, where he heads up the Technology & Commercial Contracts practice. He is a highly experienced lawyer who has advised on many of the largest and most complex technology enabled transaction in the Irish market. He currently advises several multi-national technology, social media and cloud vendors as well as financial institutions in relation to the contractual, legal and regulatory (including data privacy) aspects of significant outsourcings, cloud computing arrangements, enterprise licensing, systems implementations and the deployment of new technologies and new business methods. He is recognised as a leading lawyer for his Technology and Outsourcing work by several leading law firm ranking agencies including Chambers, Legal 500, PLC and Who's Who.

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