Society for Computers and Law Annual General Meeting - Monday 4 February 2019, London

When: 04/02/2019

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Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 6.30 - 6.45 pm (In the main auditorium) 
Venue: Eversheds Sutherland, 1 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS. Map

Company No. 1133537
Charity No. 266331

Society for Computers & Law

NOTICE is hereby given that the forty-fourth Annual General Meeting of the above Company will be held at 18.30 hours on Monday 4 February 2019 at Eversheds Sutherland, 1 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS, when the following Ordinary Business will be transacted:-


  • Apologies for absence
  • To approve the minutes of the forty-third Annual General Meeting held on 30 January 2018
  • To receive and adopt the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2018
  • To appoint new trustees or re-appoint trustees retiring by rotation.

By order of the Trustee Board
Caroline Gould (Company Secretary)
Dated this 14th day of January 2019

The minutes of the forty-third Annual General Meeting held on 30 January 2018 and the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2018 can be found in the Company information page of this website.

A member who is entitled to attend and vote at the above-mentioned meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy, who need not be a member of the company, to attend and vote instead of him or her.

If you have any questions in relation to the AGM please contact Caroline Gould at

If you would like to attend the meeting please email by 17.00 hours on Thursday 31 January 2019.  This is for security purposes and your compliance with this request would be appreciated.

If you find that you are able to attend after the deadline, please telephone the office on 0117 904 1242 so that we can inform our hosts.

Caroline Gould
Company Secretary
Society for Computers and Law
Unit 4.5, Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH.

T: 0117 904 1242

Appendix 1

Here are the details of the candidates who have been nominated by the present SCL Trustees:Neil Brown and Anna Cook will retire from the SCL Board of Trustees at this meeting.

Mark O'Conor
Mark is the current Chair of the SCL and a Partner at DLA Piper where he has practiced for over 15 years. Prior to that Mark was a solicitor and partner at Bird & Bird from 1992 to 2004. Mark specialises in commercial technology procurement, acting in both the private and public sector. His main focus has been on the financial services sector, cloud computing and public sector regulated procurement. Mark was also the UK Managing Partner for DLA Piper for 3 years and is now the Chair of the DLA Piper London Client Group.

I am delighted to continue as both Chair and an SCL Trustee if so elected. This year we have seen a great deal of SCL activity, building on last year, and the huge support of the SCL team and Trustees. I feel that we are really making a difference in terms of the core events and information provided to our membership, through our new website and amazing range of events, but also through our affiliations with HMCTS and our increased internationalisation of perspective. In terms of my personal agenda: from a university dissertation in the late 80's on software copyright, through the changes in style of outsourcing from FM to sole source to multi source, taking on board the value for money vs risk challenges in the public sector and now examining the disruptive nature of cloud, IoT and AI, both the 'legal' and 'technology' aspects of our work have held equal interest for me. That said, there is always a need to return to first principles, whether that be the procurement directives, Chitty or the CDPA to ensure that the application of practice hasn't diverged too far from the law. The SCL, through its series of seminars and publications perfectly typifies that balance and is invaluable resource to tech lawyers of all levels of experience. I hope to help continue that approach, and to bring an international dimension to the ongoing discussion.

Matthew Lavy

Matthew is a barrister practising at 4 Pump Court. He has a broad commercial practice, with particular expertise, focus and interest in technology-related disputes. He is regularly acts and advises on IT project failures and delays (involving both mainstream business systems and highly specialised applications such as broadcasting platforms, military technology and safety-critical software), IP licensing disputes, copyright infringement, misuse of confidential information, outsourcing failures, cyber liability, and disputes arising out of telecommunications networks and the internet. He also advises in relation to emerging technologies, such as blockchain and crypto-assets. Many of his instructions concern arbitrations or are otherwise confidential. Cases in which he has acted and that are in the public domain include BSkyB v EDS, Ericsson v EADS, Arqiva v EE, and Fujitsu v IBM.

Prior to coming to the bar, Matthew worked for a time as a software developer (programming in Java, C, C++, Perl, SQL and VB), system administrator (provided technical support to an 800-node computer network) and technical writer (including co-authoring two books on systems administration). Matthew was a founding member of the SCL Junior Lawyers' Group (now the SCL Technology Law Futures Group) and was first elected as a Trustee in 2015.

Like technology, computer law is constantly evolving; it is a constellation of fields where new, interesting and sometimes difficult issues regularly arise. In such an environment, I believe SCL fulfils an invaluable function as educator, think tank, information network and, above all, community of academics, practitioners and technologists who are interested and involved in computers and law. I have been honoured to serve as a Trustee for the last four years, during which time I have sought to contribute to the Society by (amongst other things) co-chairing the 2015 and 2018 annual conferences, convening Module 7 of the Foundations Programme, setting up and participating in the inaugural meeting of the SCL in Singapore, and participating in numerous events. If elected to serve a third term I would wish to put further efforts into SCL's international outreach efforts, helping to cement its thought leadership role on the emerging tech law areas, and to help advance the aims of the Society more generally.

Mark Taylor
Mark is a Partner in Osborne Clarke's commercial practice, where he specialises in the fields of technology, outsourcing and data protection. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Mark worked for IBM as part of a team developing image processing software.

Mark regularly advises clients in the financial services and digital business on outsourcing transactions and on all aspects of the sourcing and implementation of IT and novel technologies. He also advises regularly on data protection issues and compliance. He has particular expertise in relation to payments technology, cybersecurity, encryption technology and interception of communications. At present, Mark is the Technology Section editor of "Computer & Telecommunications Law Review" and is a frequent speaker on technology, data protection and outsourcing issues.

I would be honoured to continue as a Trustee of SCL. I have been a regular participant in SCL activities for a number of years, most recently as a Trustee and before that as Chair of the London Group. I have sought to be an enthusiastic supporter of SCL and its activities during that time. If re-elected, I am keen to ensure that SCL remains of benefit to its members, and that it reaches out as broadly as possible across the IT legal community, while remaining both true to its charitable objectives and on a sound financial footing. A key part of this will be to ensure that SCL continues to engage and interact with people in diverse ways (whether through meetings, the magazine, the website or newer channels of communication).

Cynthia O'Donoghue
Cynthia is the vice-chair of Reed Smith's IP, Tech & Data Group. Cynthia specialises in technology, data, cyber and commercial law. She advises across a wide range of sectors on IT and business process outsourcing; application development and management; software and content licensing; apps and smart technology; e-commerce, including hosting and content management; cloud computing and systems integration, FinTech, mHealth and social media.

I am delighted to be nominated for re-election as a Trustee of SCL as the relationship between technology and the law has been both the focus of my career and something that I am very passionate about. Prior to becoming a solicitor I ran a software company and bringing that tech knowledge to law has proved to be a real asset, enabling me to give my clients the most commercial and pragmatic advice possible and to mentor junior lawyers in their understanding of technology. Not only do I like the advice side of law, but I'm also interested in the strategic and policy aspects and have participated in workshops hosted by policy makers, academia, authorities and trade associations/industry organisations, such as the World Economic Forum and the UK Houses of Parliament Industry and Parliament Trust meeting. I have been a very long term member of SCL and by being re-appointed a Trustee, I hope to be able to continue to share my experience and provide support to SCL, my fellow Trustees and to the entire SCL membership.

Toby Crick

Toby Crick is a Partner in the Commercial Technology group at Bristows LLP based in London. Toby's work focuses on software licensing, development and integration projects; outsourcing and telecommunications in a range of sectors including financial services, life sciences and FMCG. Toby spent many years working as part of the in-house legal teams of telecoms, outsourcing and system integration suppliers and has a particular interest in the practical application of new technology in organisations and creating balanced contracts to enable that to happen. Toby lectures at UCL and QMUL on agile software, open source software, tech procurement and outsourcing and from 2010 to 2019 was a member of the SCL's outsourcing committee. In 2017 Toby was appointed a Trustee of the SCL.

I am really honoured to continue as an SCL Trustee. I have been an active member of the SCL for many years and consider it a key part of my job to share my own knowledge and to gain expertise from others' experience of practicing IT Law. The SCL provides a unique forum for this to happen. Since qualifying in the late 90s, at the start of the first dotcom boom, technological driven change and technology businesses have transformed society and the economy. I consider myself really lucky to have chosen to work as an IT lawyer during this time and to have been able to benefit from the knowledge transfer and networking opportunities afforded by the SCL. Since being appointed a Trustee of the SCL I have really enjoyed the opportunity the role provides to help shape the future of the SCL and influence the practice of IT law. I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Trustees and the wider membership to prepare for the next wave of technological and regulatory change that the tech world – and the IT law profession – now faces.

New Trustee
Sue McLean
Sue is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Technology group and the firm's global tech lead for FinTech and Blockchain. 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 advises on a wide range of technology matters including outsourcing, digital transformation, technology procurement, development and licensing, m/e-commerce, cloud computing, AI, FinTech, blockchain, social media, data privacy and cybersecurity.

I have been an SCL member for the majority of my 20 years practising technology law and a regular contributor to SCL publications and events. In 2018, keen to encourage a drive for greater gender diversity within the SCL and across the tech law sector generally, we launched the SCL Women in Tech law network. I am now delighted to have been invited to join the SCL Trustees. The SCL plays such a vital role in connecting and educating the lawyers in our field. The pace of technology change is as fast as ever and the SCL plays a critical role in helping the sector consider the legal, policy and ethical considerations posed by new technologies. By being appointed a trustee, I am delighted to provide support to SCL, my fellow Trustees and the SCL membership as we navigate the future and continue to be relevant for our members.

Neil Brown and Anna Cook will retire from the SCL Board of Trustees at this meeting.

Society for Computers and Law A company limited by guarantee 1133537 Registered Charity No. 266331 VAT Registration No. 115 4840 85 Registered in England and Wales Registered office: Unit 4.5, Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH.

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