SCL IT Contracts Update Part 2: The In-house Perspective - Tuesday 21 March 2017, London

When: 21/03/2017
Code: HW/SFCL16

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Hosted and sponsored by Bird and Bird LLP

Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017
Time: 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm (Registration from 5.00 pm)
Venue: Bird and Bird LLP, 12 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP Map

Richard Stephens, Principal, LORS

Shanthini Satyendra, Solicitor, SCL Fellow (Chair)
Olwyn Bennett, UK Legal Counsel, Capco
Prini Pithouse, Deputy General Counsel, Visa Europe
Marijke Reid, Head Counsel, Sky UK Limited - Sky Networks

Contract law is the staple of life for most in-house lawyers – whatever more esoteric areas you find yourselves involved in, contracts will always be in the mix. It is therefore vital to keep up to date with changes in the law – some of which came from left of field and can even pass you by. As part of SCL’s focus on its in-house members we are presenting this bespoke follow up session to Richard Stephens’ extremely successful Annual IT Contract Law Update. This session, which will cover legal changes in a way that is particularly relevant to those working in-house and those advising in-house lawyers, is highly practical and allows the panel and audience to discuss the latest developments and see how the changes affect what we do in practice. 

SCL has invited a highly expert panel of senior in-house TMT lawyers who will look in further depth at some of the important contract law changes that Richard highlighted in his talk.  The session will start with Richard giving a brief summary of these important highlights. The in-house panel and Richard will then focus on questions from the audience and looking in depth at how the issues raised impact the day to day practice of law in-house.   This event always provokes an informative and thought provoking discussion and we expect this year to be no exception.  The issues focused on will range from ever present ones such as liability related points to more operational ones that have equal impact such as how changes to contracts are formalised and how termination provisions are construed by modern courts. Most importantly, this session provides a unique opportunity to access best practice on those topics that are of the highest relevance to TMT lawyers in a highly time efficient manner.  

Speaker details:
Richard Stephens is a very well-known lawyer, having worked for 30 years in the IT Law area, advising both market leaders and SME's on a wide variety of commercial transactions, re-negotiations and disputes, crossing many fields, including major procurements, outsourcing and Intellectual Property. Richard is also active as an arbitrator and mediator of IT disputes.  His work for the industry is also noted, he is a past Chair of SCL and is an SCL Fellow. Richard is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society (where he is Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Richard is also Chair of the Legal Affairs Group at techUK and has been a frequent speaker at both national and international conferences. 

Chair's Details:
Shanthini' Satyendra's practice focuses on the outsourcing and technology law sector, having gained in depth experience both in-house and in City law firms on complex, global, TMT transactions.  Her work has spanned supplier and customer side work for market leading brands.  Most recently, this has included being the Director of Legal Services, Global Transactions at a tier 1 supplier leading their triple digit million dollar plus deals in the TMT space and advising leading global media and financial services companies on outsourcing, digital and technology transactions.  Shanthini is a Fellow of SCL, a past Trustee of SCL and a past Chair of SCL's London Group and was also the founder Chair of the SCL In-House Lawyers' Group.

Olwyn Bennett, UK Legal Counsel, Capco
Olwyn's role at Capco navigates complex transformation, digital, technology and outsourcing transactions, the negotiation and closure of deals, and the labyrinthine legal developments that the fast-moving financial services market presents.

Before Capco, Olwyn practised company and commercial litigation for almost a decade at the Bar of Ireland.  This involved a broad span of banking litigation, directors' disqualifications, and all manner of commercial disputes arising out of the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger.  Dual-qualified and a member of Middle Temple, she also worked on the customer side in the Group litigation, regulatory and commercial team in Lloyds Banking Group, and is a CEDR-accredited mediator.

Prini Pithouse
, Deputy General Counsel, Visa Europe
Prini joined Visa in 2015 and is the Deputy General Counsel of Visa Europe.  Prini’s remit at Visa includes all aspects of corporate and commercial law, technology sourcing and outsourcing and board governance.  Prior to this she was Head of Legal for Group Operations at Lloyds Banking Group for 9 years where she led a team of lawyers who advised Lloyds Banking and insurance business on payments, sourcing, outsourcing and information security issues.

Prior to that, Prini was a senior associate at Barlow Lyde and Gilbert in the technology and sourcing team and spent a number of years on secondment to the in-house legal departments of the mobile phone company, 3 and RBS Insurance Group.

Marijke Reid
Head Counsel, Sky UK Limited - Sky Networks
Marijke Reid works at Sky UK as Head Counsel supporting Sky’s Technology division relating to Sky Networks (Broadband and Talk), Mobile and Sky Wifi. Marijke joined Sky’s legal team in November 1998 and during her time there has held a variety of commercial legal roles (with a predominantly technology transaction focus).

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