SCL Annual Conference 2017 - “Real Business Issues for Tech Lawyers” - Thursday 8 June 2017, London

When: 08/06/2017

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Non-member: £600.00
Professional member: £420.00

Essential training from only £350 + VAT

Date: Thursday 8 June 2017
Time: 9.30 am - 5.45 pm (Registration from 8.45 am. Drinks from 5.45 pm and Conference Dinner at 7.00 pm)
Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London Map


Essential training from only £350 + VAT
£350 + VAT (£420) for SCL and IFCLA members
£500 + VAT (£600) for non-members


Conference Chairs:
Mark O'ConorPartner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP, SCL Chair
Anna CookPartner, Bristows LLP

08.45 – 09.30: Registration and coffee

09.30 - 09.35: Chair's Introduction – Anna Cook, Partner, Bristows LLP

09.35 - 10.15: Opening keynote: Alex Depledge MBE, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder
Our theme for this year’s Annual Conference is ‘Real Business Issues for Tech Lawyers’ and as such who better to kick off the day than Alex Depledge MBE, Entrepreneur, and Co-Founder @  Alex will discuss her journey from idea to successful business, and describe how she encountered the limits of current legal structures as they sought to fit their new business model into existing rules and regulations.  This session will be very relevant for those following the development of the gig economy, Uber, Deliveroo and so on.  Alex will also look at the use of robotics and automation and offer thoughts to the future, the big trends and the impact of Brexit.

10.15 – 11.30:  Session 1 - New trends in data interception, use and retention

Hazel Grant, Partner, Head of Privacy, Security and Information, Fieldfisher

Rosemary JaySenior Consultant Attorney, Hunton & Williams LLP
Graham Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP
Eric Metcalfe, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Timothy Hill, Technology Policy Adviser, The Law Society
Dr Carolina Gasparoli, Public Affairs Adviser, The Law Society

11.30 – 11.50: Coffee

11.50 – 13.00: Session 2 - Better Contracts – towards new principles for technology agreements

Mark O'Conor, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP, SCL Chair

Andrew Hooles, Legal & Commercial Director - GBD, Fujitsu Services Limited
Wendy Lawson, Director of Advisory Services, IACCM
Andrew JacobsHead of Legal, BT
Alistair Maughan, Partner, Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP
Bridget Fleetwood, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP
Kit Burden, Partner, Global Co-Head of Technology Sector, DLA Piper (UK) LLP

13.00 – 14.00 Buffet Lunch

14.00 – 15.30: Session 3 – Fake News, ad-tech and liability 

Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP

Chris CookPolicy Editor, Newsnight
Sacha WilsonSenior Associate, Bristows LLP
Ashley Hurst, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP
Olly Bale, General Counsel, Axonix

15.30 – 16.00: Tea

16.00 – 17.15: Session 4 - AI and machine learning - the real legal issues

Anna Cook, Partner, Bristows LLP

Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Peter Lee, CEO, Commercial Solicitor, Limited
John Buyers, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP
Gary Richardson, Director and UK Head of Data Science & Engineering, KPMG

17.15 – 18.00: Closing keynote: Dr Andrea M Matwyshyn
Professor of Law/ Professor of Computer Science (by courtesy), Northeastern University; Visiting Research Collaborator, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University; Affiliate Scholar, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School; US-UK Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar 2016-2017

The Internet of Bodies
The arrival of the Internet of Bodies will force a legal reconsideration of the balance between creators’ intellectual property/contract rights and users’ dignitary interests in bodily integrity and privacy/security.  Relying on legal and technological theories of human enhancement, this talk offers (the start of) a legal framework for reconciling competing IoB interests in law. Ethically, however, the Internet of Bodies presents a harder set of challenges. IoB raises fundamental questions about construction of meaningful consent, social stratification caused by innovation, and what it means to be “human” in an age of technology-mediated bodies and artificial intelligence. 

18.00: Closing remarks Mark O’Conor, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP, SCL Chair

18.00 – 19.00: Drinks reception on the Johnson Roof Terrace sponsored by   

19:00: Conference Dinner in the Riverside Room sponsored by

Booking fees include:

  • Attendance at the Conference
  • Conference materials
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Attendance at the drinks reception and Conference Dinner on Thursday 8 June 2017

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

Conference fees:
The cost of attending the SCL Annual Conference on 8 June 2017 will be £350 + VAT (£420) for SCL and IFCLA members and £500 + VAT (£600) for non-members.

Concessionary rates for academics, students, the unemployed and those experiencing financial hardship are available upon application.  Please contact for more information.

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

Fees can be paid by credit card, bank transfer or cheque (cheques should be made payable to "Society for Computers and Law" please).  All invoices for attendance at this event must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the conference. 

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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 Annual Conference are entitled to attend the Conference at the members' rate. Membership of SCL includes full access to the content of this website, 6 copies of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events.  If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact : Sarah Forster, Tel: 0117 904 1242, Email:

Booking terms and conditions for the SCL Annual Conference 2017: Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the full conference fee. Cancellations will only be accepted and refunds made in respect of written cancellations received in Bristol by 09.00 hours on Monday 22 May 2017.  An administration fee of £65.00 + VAT will be charged for all cancellations.

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

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of SCL to change the content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

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