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

Sponsors: 4 Pump Court, 20 Essex Street & IT Group 


08.45 – 09.30: Registration and coffee

09.30 - 09.40: Introduction – Mark Taylor, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP, SCL Trustee

09.40 - 10.15 Opening keynote: "The Power of Creative Abrasion"
Nilema Bhakta-Jones
, CEO, Alacrity Law

Alacrity is a legal relationship management platform which enhances the relationships between law firms and clients. Our cloud based platform provides actionable relationship insights driven by data and analytics to help improve legal service delivery, satisfaction and ultimately drive value creation.

Nilema was General Counsel of Ascential plc (250 FTSE) for 11 years and advised on international and domestic M&A, JVs, IP and a broad range of legal contentious & regulatory issues. She is a regular speaker on legal industry developments and panellist. Nilema was called to the Bar in 1994, worked for the British Government Legal Service, later for Simmons & Simmons before becoming a GC. She is listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 2013, Legal Business GC Powerlist 2016 and was awarded 2017 Global Counsel award by Legal Era Conclave.

10.15 - 10.30: Flash Talk - "The Hitchhikers Guide to Quantum Computing"
Rebecca Keating,
Barrister, 4 Pump Court

10.30 – 11.30: Session 1: Ad Tech: Compliance, commercials and complexity 

Sacha Wilson
, Partner, Harbottle & Lewis

Anna Williams, Legal Director, Osborne Clarke
Pierre Far, Founder, Blockmetry
Sarah Pozner, Head of Legal, Aviva
James Evans, Assistant General Counsel, Oath

In this panel session, we will give a general introduction and background to the adtech ecosystem, and then explore the significant compliance challenges it presents (particularly in terms of data privacy) as well as the commercial challenges driven by the complexity of the ecosystem. The panellists will give their views from across the supply chain, including the advertiser/brand, the agency/adtech vendor and the publisher/content platform.

11.30 – 11.50: Coffee break

11.50 – 12.05: Flash Talk - "(Post-mortem) Authorship in the Machine: Machine learning technologies imbuing new life into the jurisprudence of séances and spirit writing"
Adrian Aronsson-Storrier, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Reading

12.05 – 13.00: Session 2: “Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and ICOs - trends and perspectives: out of the lab: real-world blockchain beyond cryptocurrencies; market developments & offshore regulatory solutions”

Chair: Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court, SCL Trustee

Arianne King, Managing Partner, Al Bawardi Critchlow
Alex Potts QC, Partner, Kennedys Law LLP, Bermuda
Daniel Gabriel, Legal Director: Finance, Blockchain and BPO Global Regulatory Lead, Accenture

13.00 – 14.00: Buffet Lunch

Afternoon sessions chaired by Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court, SCL Trustee

14.00 – 14.45: Session 3: Development of online courts: Richard Susskind in discussion with Lord Briggs

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.

14.45 – 15.00: Flash Talk - "The Rule of Law in the Digital Age; why should it matter?"
Lorraine Chimbga, Compliance Analyst, FundApps

15.00 – 15.20: Tea

15.20 - 15.35: Flash Talk - "GDPR: Lessons so far"
Miriam Khalaf Fine,
Associate IT/Com, Baker & McKenzie LLP

15.35 – 16.35: Session 4: AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?

Chair: 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.

Marina Jirotka, Professor of Human Centred Computing, Oxford University 
Duncan Card, Senior Partner and Chair, IT, Outsourcing & Managed Services Practices, Bennett Jones LLP

16.35 - 16.50: Flash Talk - "Negotiating Cloud Deals with the Big Vendors"
Holly Pearsall,
Associate, DLA Piper (UK) LLP

16.50 - 17.05: Flash Talk - “Legal Document Automation - 10 years on, where are we really? Reality v Hype”
Catherine Bamford,
CEO and Founder, BamLegal

17.05 – 17.45: Closing Keynote: "Technology in the Law - Threats and Opportunities"

Daniel Pollick - Chief Information Officer, DWF LLP
With the benefit of almost a quarter of a century of experience in the legal technology industry, Daniel will give his perspective on opportunities and threats presented by current and emerging technologies and trends.

17.45: Closing remarks: Mark O’Conor, Chair of SCL, Partner & Chair of the London Client Group, DLA Piper UK LLP

17.45 – 18.45: Conference Drinks reception

Sponsored by: 4 Pump Court

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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