SOLD OUT: SCL Meeting Celebrating Women Working in Tech Law - Monday 16 April 2018, London

When: 16/04/2018

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Hosted and sponsored by Baker and McKenzie LLP

Date: Monday 16 April 2018
Time: 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm (Registration from 5.30 pm, drinks and networking from 7.30 pm)
Venue: Baker & McKenzie LLP, 100 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6JA Map

Sue McLean
, Partner, IT/Com, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Rachel Armstrong
, Global Legal Lead for Security, Accenture
Nina Barakzai, Group Head of Data Protection & Privacy, Sky UK Ltd
Anna Cook, Partner, Disputes, Bristows
Gail Crawford, Partner, Tech, Latham Watkins LLP

Celebrating Women Working in Tech Law: A focus on helping women working in tech law practice to enhance their career path and make new connections

Technology is a male dominated sector and it's not uncommon to walk into a tech conference and see a room full of men (or sigh at seeing yet another all male panel). Technology law is certainly more diverse, but take a look at the legal directories or many of the tech law conferences and its clear women tech lawyers are still not as visible as they deserve to be.

Here at SCL we want to contribute to help making a change. We are launching a Women in Tech Law Group to try to help raise the profile of the women in our sector and to support women in tech law build connections, whether working in private practice, companies or academia.

The key word with our launch event is ‘celebrating’. We have drawn together a terrific line-up of speakers to talk about why they love practising technology law, and to highlight their achievements and unique contributions to this sector. This event is also about sharing experience and passing on tips and techniques and the speakers will focus on ways in which women entering tech law can smooth their path and reach their career goals. (And if you find out how to dodge some of the inevitable mansplaining, well that’s fine!)

Come and join us and help us build a women in tech law community!


Sue McLean
, Partner, Baker McKenzie
Sue McLean is a partner in Baker McKenzie's IT/Commercial Practice Group. Sue advises clients on technology, sourcing and digital media business models and deals, as well as the legal issues relating to the implementation of new technologies.

Sue has been included in the Women in FinTech Power List for three successive years. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Banking and is a member of the techUK working group on DLT/blockchain. Sue is an active member of Baker Women and leads Baker Women in Tech, an initiative to encourage the development and promotion of women in the tech sector. In 2017, Sue was named Rising Star at the Variety Catherine Awards.

Speakers’ Details

Rachel Armstrong, Global Legal Lead for Security, Accenture 

Rachel Armstrong is Chief legal advisor to Accenture's Global Security business, providing General Counsel support to the Accenture Security Leadership Team and providing legal support on all aspects of selling end to end Security services to Accenture's global clients.

Nina Barakzai, Group Head of Data Protection & Privacy, Sky UK Ltd
Nina Barakzai is Group Head of Data Protection and Privacy at Sky and has spent over thirty years in business, as both an accountant and a solicitor, across industries as diverse as telecoms, information and news, and upstream gas and oil. Her career has evolved from finance operations and finance strategy, to competition law and regulatory, compliance, governance and ethics and privacy. Running alongside her varied career are her roles on several advisory committees and industry groups, including her position as President and Chair of In-House Counsel Worldwide. Nina recently got recognition in the Legal 500 UK Individual of the year for Data Protection.

Anna Cook, Partner, Disputes, Bristows
Anna specialises in dispute resolution, including litigation and international arbitration. She has particular expertise in contractual disputes, IT projects, outsourcing and services, copyright and confidentiality. Anna’s practice has focused on the IT sector since 1997. She regularly advises clients about commercial law and large-scale IT projects, including the management of risk in ongoing projects, termination and exit. Anna has acted in some of the largest and most complex IT projects including De Beers v Atos Origin. Anna is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the International Association of Defense Counsel. She is also a Trustee of the Society of Computers and Law and a member of its Editorial Advisory Board.

Gail Crawford, Partner, Tech, Latham Watkins 
Gail Crawford is a partner at Latham Watkins. Gail is Co-chair of the firm's Technology Transactions Group and Chair of LW's Data Privacy Committee. Her practice focuses primarily on technology, intellectual property and commercial law and includes technology and intellectual property licensing agreements, joint ventures, technology procurement, outsourcing and advising on data protection, e-commerce and consumer protection legislation.

Administration notes:
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