"The New Technology Lawyer" - SCL Annual Conference 2019, Wednesday 2 October 2019, London

When: 02/10/2019

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The skills and innovations you need to understand in order to practice tech law in the 2020's. Essential training from only £330 + VAT

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019
Venue: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. Map
Registration: from 8.30 am

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£330 + VAT (£396) for SCL and IFCLA members
£500 + VAT (£600) for non-members

Sue McLean, SCL Trustee, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP
Toby Crick, SCL Trustee, Partner, Bristows LLP

Conference Programme

While increasingly all lawyers are required to have a basic grounding in technology law, it is also important that technology lawyers remain at the cutting edge of tech and innovation. At that cutting edge are two separate but related issues: the response of regulators and governments to the increasing power of technology companies; and the new and disruptive technologies only now coming on stream.

8.30 am - 9.15 am: Registration

9.15 am - 9.25 am: Welcome – Sue McLean and Toby Crick

9.25 am – 10.00 am: Opening Keynote – “The Internet: Broken or About to be Broken?”
Graham Smith
, Of Counsel, Bird and Bird LLP

Graham Smith is renowned as a leader in the IT market, with unparalleled knowledge of internet law. He is one of the UK’s leading cyberlaw experts, with a practice encompassing advisory and contentious work in the internet, IT and intellectual property fields.

He advises all kinds of internet actors on liability, including copyright, defamation and cross-border issues. His internet work includes interception and lawful access issues under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. He has also handled a variety of disputes in the IT sector, ranging from IT project litigation to software copyright disputes.  

He advised the States of Guernsey on the preparation of their electronic transactions legislation and advised Yahoo! and the UK Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA) in their successful campaign to persuade the Home Office to include a hosting defence in the Religious and Racial Hatred Act 2006.

Graham edits and co-authors the leading textbook Internet Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell), which first appeared in 1996 and is now in its 4th edition. His section of the Encyclopedia of Information Technology Law (Sweet & Maxwell) contains a detailed account of non-contractual liability in the IT field, including negligence liability of suppliers and consultants. In 1995 he wrote, for Computer Law & Practice, the first published article in the UK examining damages awards in computer project disputes.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Information Law & Policy Centre. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology. He is rated by Chambers UK Directory as a Leading Individual for Information Technology and by PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook as a Recommended Lawyer for TMT: Technology. 

10.00 am - 10.15 am: Flash Talk: How to make Free and Open Source Software “trustable”
Amanda Brock
, CEO Trustable Software 

10.15 am - 11.00 am: Contracting for Digital – Less is More? With the increase in digital deals, technology being provided on SaaS and utility models and a rise of projects starting as proof of concepts or pilots, we have seen a move away from large complex technology contracts to shorter, more standardised forms of agreements. Those that favour this approach to contracting believe it provides for simpler, easier to use, contracts and because these contracts can be created in an automated manner helps reduce the costs and speed of tech procurement. Others argue that taking this new approach to contracts is ultimately riskier (for clients, but potentially also for vendors) and can be ultimately prove more expensive in the long run. In this panel, we will explore whether we can really move to a 6-page contract and tick boxes for most tech deals or whether there is still a place for a more traditional approach to tech contracting. 

Sue McLean
, SCL Trustee, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP

Helen Anderson, Interactive Legal Counsel, Accenture
Victoria Thompson
, Head of Innovation Legal, Barclays
Sarah Ellington, Legal Director, DLA Piper (UK) LLP
Terence Bergin QC
, 4 Pump Court

11.00 am - 11.30 am - Coffee

11.30 am - 11.45 am: Flash Talk - Using Data Science to Improve your Firm's Debtor Days 
Otto Godwin, Data Scientist, DLA Piper (UK) LLP 

11.45 am - 12.45 pm: How should the law tackle Big Tech? In 2019, following a series of high-profile events, we have seen the "techlash" against the global tech giants continue apace, with increased political and regulatory scrutiny and regulatory enforcement of their activities. Whether it's down to data breaches, tax contributions, unlawful content, fake news or mounting anti-trust concerns, there is increased pressure on governments around the world to fast track new laws to help control big tech. In this session we will discuss some of these pressures, the impact of this rise in national laws and ask, is it time to break-up the platforms? 

Emma Wright, Partner, Commercial and Technology Team, Kemp Little LLP

Natasha Tardif, Co-managing Partner, Reed Smith LLP, Paris
Professor Chris Marsden
, Professor of Media Law, University of Sussex; Director, Centre for Information Governance Research
Paul Herbert, Head of Media and Communications, Goodman Derrick LLP 

12.45 pm - 1.00 pm: Flash Talk – Digital Taxation
Oliver Pendred, Senior Tax Advisor, Baker McKenzie LLP
The growth of the digital economy has disrupted not only traditional business models, but also traditional tax models and governments are grappling with how to tax the new business models. This flash talk will discuss some of the challenges and how taxing authorities are responding to the new landscape.

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm – Lunch

2.00 pm – 2.40 pm: Law Tech – “New Tools or Bring Back Boring?”
Innovation in legal services is a key area of focus for law firms and in-house teams alike. In recent years we have seen an explosion of companies focused on Law Tech products and solutions. In this session we aim to cut through the hype and have a practical discussion of examples of Law Tech and innovation in action, what barriers remain to adoption and what we can all do to help drive change in the sector.

Karen Watton
, qLegal Director, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London

Ruth Angus, COO, Luminance
Nimrod Aharon, Co-founder and CEO, LitiGate
Kevin Oliver
, Head of Adv Delivery (Tech), Allen & Overy LLP

2.40 pm - 2.55 pm: Flash Talk: Data Trusts – What are the legal considerations? 
Emily Barwell, Science and Technology Team, BPE Solicitors LLP

This flash talk gives a quick overview of a data trust and what a technology lawyer needs to consider before adopting this new model.

First, this talk gives a quick definition of a data trust, what they can be used for, and what stage they are in their development. By way of summary, a data trust is a legal framework to enable sensitive (personal or commercial) data to be pooled and access only to be granted subject to a set of legal rules. The trust itself will have overview and governance by an independent legal body.
Secondly, the talk discusses the hurdles of setting up a data trust. This addresses the point that data cannot be owned in the way that money or property can meaning that the traditional trust model cannot apply. Therefore, a data trust needs more creative legal solutions to enable it to exist in a legal format.

Finally, the talk discusses when companies should consider the data trust model. In particular, what factors make it an appealing solution and when it might start to become a widely available method. This would be especially of interest to in house counsel at companies who are looking for new methods to manage large scale data sharing of sensitive data.

2.55 pm - 3.25 pm :Tech Law and M&A Law: The Rise of Data
Data assets now fundamental to so many deals whether a tech co is the target or not as everyone relies on data. This session will examine how we as tech lawyers can facilitate M&A deals in this new environment by looking at the importance of cultural alignment between technologists, marketeers and other experts who exploit and interrogate data on the one hand and deal lawyers on the other. Then, in that context, we will examine how in practice data related assets and risks can be managed in the context of M&A deals. Olivia will focus on cultural and behavioural side and Tamara on the practitioner side.

Olivia Whitcroft, Principal, OBEP 
Tamara Quinn, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP

3.25 pm - 3.55 pm - Tea Break

3.55 pm - 4.10 pm: Flash Talk – “10 Things I Hate About the Online Harms White Paper”
Laura Wright, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

  • The planned “duty of care” and the role of the independent regulator. 
  • The harms intended to be caught by the duty of care and the problems with defining them. I would give some (fictional, hopefully light-hearted) examples of tweets which could potentially be within the scope of the proposed legislation.
  • The measures companies may be required to have in place to combat online harms. 
  • The powers of the regulator/sanctions for breaching the duty of care. 
  • The appeals process (or lack thereof). 

4.10 pm - 4.50 pm: The 5G Revolution – Opportunities and Challenges 
5G is the next generation of mobile technology and everyone is talking about it. All four UK mobile operators have now launched their 2019 5G programmes.
So we're all ready. But do we know what we're ready for? In this session, Yohannah will provide an overview of 5G is and why everyone is so excited about it.

  • What is 5G technology and how does it work?
  • How mobile operators have been getting ready?
  • What it will really mean for the industry and for us as customers?

Our panel will then consider some of the key regulatory, commercial and IP challenges raised by 5G and the new business models enabled by 5G transformation across a range of sectors, including smart devices and infrastructure. 

Chair and introduction:

Yohannah Walford Blythe, Director of Legal: Corporate, Commercial & People, Three 

Vadim Doronin, Senior Consultant, Compliance & Market Intelligence, Access Partnership 
Professor Ian Walden
, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London
Jason Raeburn, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie LLP

4.50 pm – 5.30 pm – Closing Keynote: Ivana Bartoletti in discussion with Trish Shaw

Ivana Bartoletti
, Head of Privacy and Data Protection, Gemserv, Co-Founder, Women Leading in AI Network
Patricia Shaw
, SCL Trustee, CEO, Beyond Reach

In discussion with SCL Trustee, Trish Shaw, Ivana Bartoletti will talk about AI and emerging tech providing opportunities as well as risk; the role of Trusted and Trustworthy AI; responsibility of providers to provide assurance and respect privacy, informational autonomy and human agency not just within the confines of the law, but going beyond compliance; considering what “ethics” truly means in the fourth industrial revolution.

The session will close with a discussion about what this means for the new technology lawyer: changing the way lawyers work, challenging the way we communicate to clients, adapting to the new nature of the work, creating new law as we go, and being creative in how we train the next generation of lawyers.

Ivana Bartoletti is Head of Privacy and Data Ethics at City-based consultancy Gemserv, and supports businesses in their privacy by design programmes, especially in relation to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology.

Ivana was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ (2019) in the Cyber Security Awards in recognition to her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI.

She is a sought after commentator for the BBC, Sky and other major broadcasters and news outlets (Guardian, Telegraph) on headline stories where the tech economy intersects with privacy and data law and politics.

Ivana launched the Women Leading in AI network in May 2018, a thriving international group of scientists, industry leaders and policy experts advocating for responsible AI. Their 2018 report made waves among tech leaders, international institutions and the media, who backed many of its recommendations.

Bartoletti is Co-editor of the Fintech Circle’s AI Book, their first major publication focused on how AI is reshaping financial services. Ivana's first book focuses on the socio-economic impact of AI will be released in 2020 by Indigo Press.  

5.30 pm – Closing remarks

Why you should attend this Conference
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?

  • Tech Lawyers (in private practice and in-house)
  • Tech 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
  • Drinks reception sponsored by 4 Pump Court

Many thanks to our sponsors:

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Conference fees:
The cost of attending the SCL Annual Conference on 2 October 2019 will be £330 + VAT (£396) for SCL and IFCLA members and £500 + VAT (£600) for non-members.

Concessionary rates for academics, students, the unemployed and those experiencing financial hardship are available upon application. Please contact sarah.forster@scl.org for more information.

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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. Professional membership of SCL costs £135 and 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: sarah.forster@scl.org

Booking terms and conditions for the SCL Annual Conference 2019: 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 9 September 2019. 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.

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