SCL Annual Conference 2018 - Thursday 27 September 2018, London

When: 27/09/2018

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Non-member: £552.00
Professional member: £360.00

Date: Thursday 27 September 2018
Venue: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL.

Essential training from only £300 + VAT
£300 + VAT (£360) for SCL and IFCLA members
£460 + VAT (£552) for non-members

Conference Chairs:

Mark Taylor
, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP, SCL Trustee
Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court, SCL Trustee


Opening keynote: “Tomorrow’s Cyborg Lawyers: 2018 to 2045…”

Chrissie Lightfoot – Legal Futurist, CEO Robot Lawyer LISA.

Chrissie Lightfoot is one of the World’s Top Female Futurists. She is a prominent international legal figure, entrepreneur, legal futurist, legaltech investor, writer, legal and business commentator, solicitor (non-practising), Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Westminster School of Law, and author of The Naked Lawyer and Tomorrow`s Naked Lawyer. Chrissie is also an Entrepreneur Mentor at Law Without Walls; featured in Time Magazine, The Financial Times and Forbes. Chrissie is CEO and founder of EntrepreneurLawyer Ltd and as the visionary and creator of Robot Lawyer LISA - the world’s first impartial AI lawyer – is CEO and co-founder of AI Tech Support Ltd (trading as Robot Lawyer LISA).  Chrissie is also an advisor to the board of The Telegraph’s Digital Enterprise Network, and was listed as one of the Top 10 Lawyer’s turned Entrepreneur in Entrepreneur magazine. 

Contributors to include:
Professor Richard Susskind OBE, President of the Society for Computers and Law

Richard is the President of the Society for Computers and Law. He is also an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years. He lectures internationally, has written many books, and advised on numerous government inquiries.

Lord Briggs

Justice of The Supreme Court, The Right Hon Lord Briggs of Westbourne. Lord Briggs was the Judge in charge of the Chancery Modernisation Review in 2013 and was the Personal Support Unit liaison judge until January 2016. In July 2015 he was commissioned by the Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls to look at the Civil Court Structure in England and Wales and the final report was delivered in July 2016. In July 2017 it was announced that he had been appointed to the Supreme Court with effect from 2nd October 2017.

Nick Thody, Head of Knowledge, Osborne Clarke

Nick leads a team of training and know-how lawyers, information services professionals and client marketing managers at Osborne Clarke. The Knowledge team delivers and shares legal and market learning and expertise with the firm’s clients and people through training, publications and other knowledge products.

Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE

Tim was made a life peer in 1998 and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman and thereafter until 2010 Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport, in the House of Lords. From 2015 to the present he was the Party's spokesperson on the Digital Economy. He is now Chair of the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence.

Closing Keynote:
Daniel Pollick, International Chief Information Officer, DLA Piper

Daniel has been International Chief Information Officer at DLA Piper since 1998. He is also the firm’s Director of Business Transformation, responsible for modernising the delivery of business services across the firm.

Sessions to include:

  • e-Privacy
  • Blockchain
  • "Flash Talks"
  • Online Courts
  • AI
  • Brexit

SCL Annual Conference - "Flash Talks"
We’re excited to include flash talks in this year’s Annual Conference programme and we’re inviting you to be part of it. Those chosen to take part will have the opportunity to share the Conference stage with tech law luminaries such as Professor Richard Susskind and Chrissie Lightfoot.  

Here’s how it works: we are looking for 3 speakers to take part, each flash talk will be a maximum of 10 minutes long and can be on any tech law topic you like. We’re looking for hot topics, inventive presentations and tangible learning for delegates to take away from the session (think "all you need to know about x"). Entry is open to anyone who hasn’t been a speaker at the SCL Annual Conference before - students to senior partners, in-house or private practice - but you should ideally have some presenting experience and be comfortable speaking in front of a large audience. 

All applicants will receive a 10% discount on their Conference fee, whether they are successful or not. Commenting, Mark O'Conor, Chair of SCL said "This will be a lively, format-busting way to shake up the day, and it’s a great opportunity to make a bit of a name for yourself too!"

Please send short biographical details and an outline of the talk you would like to give to  The closing date for entries for the Flash Talks session is Friday 29 June 2018.  

Why attend?

The SCL Annual Conference provides an unrivalled opportunity to hone your understanding of some of the critical tech law issues facing our sector. Debate and discussion among the knowledgeable audience will add depth and additional insight to the day’s presentations where you will also gain valuable practical takeaways to apply to your daily practice. 

Who Should Attend

  • IT Lawyers (in private practice and in-house)
  • IT Law academics and students
  • Tech sector professionals & managers who need to understand the regulatory environment
  • Anyone interested in global IT law

Networking and social opportunities
The Conference programme deliberately provides plenty of time to interact with peers and is the perfect opportunity to network, share experience and discuss the critical issues with fellow delegates, speakers and panellists. Plus, the benefit that the new competence CPD regime allows this high-level engagement to count towards your ongoing education.

Booking fees include:

  • Attendance at the Conference
  • Conference materials
  • Refreshments and lunch

Many thanks to our sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Join 4 Pump Court, 20 Essex Street and IT Group and support the SCL Annual Conference 2018. Every type of organisation can benefit from the opportunity to sponsor our flagship event, including law firms and course providers. This could be your opportunity to widen your organisation’s reach by raising your profile with important opinion formers from the UK and beyond. Visit our dedicated Sponsorship Page for full details of the packages available.


Enquiries: Sarah Forster, SCL, Unit 4.5, Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 117 904 1242  Email:
Conference fees:
The cost of attending the SCL Annual Conference on 27 September 2018 will be £300 + VAT (£360) for SCL and IFCLA members and £460 + VAT (£552) 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. 

CPD: See SCL & CPD changes explained

SCL Membership: (Valid for 12 months from date paid) 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 2018: 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 10 September 2018. An administration fee of £70.00 + 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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