SOLD OUT: An Introduction to Free and Open Source Software for Lawyers: Launch event for the SCL SW Group - Wednesday 14 October 2015 - Bristol

When: 14/10/2015

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This event is sold out.  No further bookings will be accepted.

Hosted by RPC

Stewart James,
Partner, Ashfords LLP

Neil Brown, Senior Lawyer and Academic
Andrew Katz, Partner, Moorcrofts LLP
Katie Osborne, Solicitor, Moorcrofts LLP

Thank you to all who responded to our enquiry regarding the revival of a South West Group; the response has been very positive and there is a clear desire for the group to reform.  We are pleased to announce that a re-launch event will take place on Wednesday 14 October 2015 at RPC in Bristol – it is proposed that that the meeting will start with a short debate on reforming the regional group - please see full event details below.  Attendance is free of charge and open to SCL members and non-members alike.  Please encourage your colleagues to attend.  We will also use this event as an opportunity to discuss forming a small committee with responsibility for developing a rolling programme of events for the group.

An Introduction to FOSS
In a reprisal of the highly successful event held last November by the SCL Thames Valley Group, this is an event for everyone who has wondered about Free and open source software, but has not been sure where to start. As a primer on the subject, this event is aimed at those who wish to learn more about this increasingly important area of software licensing.

You will learn what "FOSS" is, understand the business and legal impacts which will affect your clients most, and be introduced to broader concepts such as open hardware and open data, with plenty of time for questions. Neil, Andrew and Katie have many years of experience advising developers, manufacturers and distributors on the legal risks and benefits of FOSS, and have contributed to the leading publications in the field.  

Chair's Details:
Stewart James
 is a Partner in the Commercial Team as Ashfords LLP. He specialises in providing advice on information law. He has over 16 years' experience supporting clients on a range of commercial and technology contracts, both domestically and internationally, and has been involved in some of the largest technology projects undertaken by the UK government, with clients including the Cabinet Office, Home Office, DWP, Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health.
Stewart was also responsible for drafting the template ICT services agreement used by the UK government for the procurement of technology over the last 10 years.
He is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University in Shrivenham and legal adviser to the ExSoTec Cyber Laboratory, Cranfield University.

Speakers details:
Neil Brown is a senior regulatory lawyer at a global communications company and an academic exploring the regulation of communications. He has advised Vodafone for almost ten years on Free and open source software matters, working closely with developers, engineers and marketing teams, and authored the chapter "FOSS in Business" in Oxford University Press's recent book "Free and Open Source Software - Law, Policy and Practice". He regularly writes his own software, and moderates the mailing list.

Andrew Katz is recognised as a leader in the field of open source licensing in the UK. He was involved in the drafting of the UK Creative Commons Licence, and has contributed to the GPL Version 3 project. He has spoken at events including BCS conferences, and LinuxWorld Expo, and has sat on panel discussions involving open source software with other experts such as Alan Cox, John "maddog" Hall, Mark Shuttleworth and Glyn Moody. His articles and commentary have appeared widely in the press, including The Telegraph, Financial Times, Microscope and the Register. He has lectured in the UK, Finland and the Netherlands.  He is a founder editor and contributor to the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review.

Katie Osborne is a Solicitor at Moorcrofts LLP. Katie transferred to Moorcrofts for the last six months of her training contract to work in the technology team under Andrew Katz's guidance. Katie remained with the firm once she qualified as a solicitor and now acts for a wide range of clients both based in England and abroad in non-contentious commercial issues, intellectual property and technology. Katie has recently passed Harvard Law School's distance learning course on US copyright law and has a particular interest in FOSS and open hardware and data issues. She has written for the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review.

Administration notes:
Attendance at this meeting is free of charge and is open to SCL and non-SCL members alike. Please note that you cannot book online.

If you wish to attend this meeting please email to reserve your place.

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 £125.00. If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact the SCL office on Tel: 0117 9041242 or Email:

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

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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