SCL Tech Law Futures Conference: "Advising in a time of technological change" - Thursday 10 November 2016, London

When: 10/11/2016

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Looking beyond tomorrow and giving tech lawyers an insight into the tech and law issues that will shape the next decade. From just £300 + VAT

Hosted and sponsored by Bird & Bird LLP

Venue: Bird & Bird LLP, 12 New Fetter Lane, EC4A 1JP. (Please note the address for Bird & Bird's new offices).
Time: 9.45 am - 6.15 pm (Registration from 9.15 am)

Conference Co-Chairs:
Neil Brown
, Managing Director and Solicitor, decoded:Legal
Peter Lee, Co Founder & CEO of

Our clients' worlds are changing. They enjoy new opportunities and they face new challenges. The aim of this year's Tech Law Futures Conference is simple: one day in which to cram you full of knowledge to take back to your day jobs, to help you steer your clients through this time of technological change.

Drawing on a packed agenda of discussions and presentations relevant to your day to day practice, you will leave with a solid understanding of key emergent and near-future trends, and approaches for advising on them.

SCL Tech Law Futures Conference Programme

9.15 - 9.45 am: Registration

9.45 am: Welcome and Introduction:
Barry Jennings,
Legal Director, Bird & Bird LLP

10.00 - 11.15 am - Session 1: Blockchain

Session Chair:
Peter Lee, Co Founder & CEO of

Rebecca Collard, Senior Associate, Harbottle & Lewis
Ludwig Siegele - Technology Editor, The Economist
Paul Durrant, Creative Leader in Residence, Digital Catapult
Susan McLean, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

We will explore the coming uses of the blockchain. We will go beyond the basics and focus on the associated legal issues and ramifications, in both financial and non-financial contexts. Our speakers will have different perspectives: technology journalism, the blockchain in creative industries, and an overview of ownership implications, and remedies.

11.15 am: Coffee break

11.30 am - 12.45 pm - Session 2: Deregulation and Shaping Regulation

Session Chair:
Neil Brown, Managing Director and Solicitor, decoded:Legal

Professor Chris Marsden, Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex
Dr Raj Roy, Legal Director for Residential Energy, British Gas
Helen Fletcher, Senior Compliance & Litigation Counsel, Uber
Mark O'Conor, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP, Chair, SCL

Is regulation stifling innovation or is new tech dodging regulation? More and more new services and technologies are seeking to compete with incumbent services, often against a backdrop of aged legislation. Are these companies going to fall foul of the regulatory framework, or are they structuring their businesses in a way which falls outside the rules as they apply today? We will explore "law as regulation", and softer regulatory notions of self- and co-regulation, to help you influence the overall regulatory environment, and draw on the experiences of those who have performed this role in regulated industries, as well as the impact of Brexit on technology regulation, and what you need to be thinking about.

12.45 pm: Lunch

1.45 - 3.00 pm - Session 3: Death and Other Uncertainties

Session Chair:
Peter Lee, Co Founder & CEO of

Professor Lilian Edwards, Professor of E-Governance, University of Strathclyde
Graham Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP
Laurence Eastham, Editor, SCL

Tech lawyers will be familiar with both the uncertainty of constant technical change and the feeling that, as each new technology arrives on the scene, we've seen something very much like it before. This panel will start with an update on the law around online jurisdiction — a seemingly perpetual challenge — and an introduction to the framework for digital assets after death. It will conclude with a look back at the development of tech law, seeing whether the past may offer any insight into the way in which tech law may develop.

3.00 pm: Coffee break

3.15 - 4.30 pm - Session 4: RoboLaw

Session Chair:
Neil Brown, Managing Director and Solicitor, decoded:Legal

Chris Holder, Partner, Bristows
Will Wells, Hummingbird Tech Group
Lucy McCormick, Barrister, Henderson Chambers
Peter Lee, Co Founder & CEO of

This session will explore robot-related law, including drones and driverless cars, and accompanying commercial issues. Speakers will include academic and practicing lawyers and a company in the drone / robotics / sector.

4.45 - 6.00 pm - Session 5: Legal Practice, Apps & Technological Change

Session Chair:
Peter Lee, Co Founder & CEO of

Karl Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, Riverview Law
Jimmy Vestbirk, Founder, LegalGeek
James Moore, Co-Founder, F-Lex Legal
Ruth Ward, Head of Knowledge & Collaboration Technologies, Allen & Overy

It is not just your clients' worlds which are changing: the practice of law is evolving rapidly too. In this session, we really hope you will contribute to the debate and share your thoughts on working smarter, and how use of technology can improve your service delivery and your clients' experiences of receiving legal advice. Our panellists will come from law firms who have developed client apps and firms using technology in less common ways to deliver their services and we will hear the thoughts of the SCL's Knowledge Management Group. If you are using technology in an unusual or futuristic way in your legal practice, we'd love to hear from you.

6.00 - 6.15 pm - Closing remarks
Mark O'Conor, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP, Chair, SCL

6.15 - 7.15 pm: Drinks reception

Administration notes:
Enquiries:  Sarah Forster, SCL, 338 Wells Road, Bristol, BS4 2QL, UK.  Tel:  +44 (0) 117 904 1242  Email:

Fees: SCL Members £300 + £60 VAT (£360) and £450 + £90 VAT (£540) for non-members. VAT invoices will be issued to all delegates. 

A reduced rate for students in full-time education and SCL academic and unemployed members is available upon application.  For more details and to book please contact

SCL Membership: (Valid for 12 months from date paid): £125.00.  NB: Non-members who join SCL at the same time as applying to attend the conference are entitled to attend the conference at the members' rate. Membership of SCL includes full access to the content of the SCL web site, 6 copies of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events.  If you have any queries about SCL membership please email

How to book:  If you wish to attend this event please book online or email and request an invoice.

Booking terms and conditions for the SCL Technology Law Futures Conference: Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the full event fee. Cancellations will only be accepted and refunds made in respect of written cancellations received in Bristol by 09.00 hours on Monday 31 October 2016. 

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 event must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the conference. 

Substitute delegates:
If you are unable to attend, a substitute may attend in your place provided that they pay the appropriate registration fee.

CPD credit (England and Wales):  Under the Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD scheme and the Barristers' New and Established Practitioner Programmes this event is accredited with 6 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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