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

When: 02/10/2019

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Non-member: £600.00
Professional member: £396.00

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 8.45 am


Sponsored by 4 Pump Court

Essential training from only £330 + VAT
£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

Speakers to include:
Fiona Morris, Lead Counsel & Managing Director, Strategic Contracting & New Business Models, Accenture
Victoria Thompson, Head of Innovation Legal, Barclays
Matthew Lavy, SCL Trustee, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Professor Chris Marsden, Professor of Media Law, University of Sussex; Director, Centre for Information Governance Research
Natasha Tardif, Co-managing Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Patricia Shaw, SCL Trustee, CEO, Beyond Reach

"The New Technology Lawyer" - SCL Annual Conference 201

Draft Programme
hile increasingly all lawyers have 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.

During the Conference four broad themes will be explored. The themes and sessions are as follows:

Platform Regulation

  • A general discussion of issues including the Copyright Directive, platform tax, press regulation
  • “Breaking up” the platforms

Technology Law

  • Tech law and M&A law
  • Digital deals

Innovation and the Law

  • Simpler, automated, quicker and cheaper vs riskier and (ultimately) more expensive: can we really move to the 6 page contract and tick boxes?
  • New tools – what is going on and what is out there

Cutting Edge Technology and the Law

  • Mobility/Connected Technologies: 5G, IoT
  • Health Tech/Digital Health

Conference Schedule:

8.45 - 9.30: Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 - 9.40: Introduction

9.40 - 10.15: Opening Keynote

10.15 - 10.30: Flash Talk

10.30 - 11.00: Session 1

11.00 - 11.30: Session 2

11.30 - 11.50: Coffee

11.50 - 12.05: Flash Talk 

12.05 - 12.35: Session 3

12.35 - 13.00: Session 4

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch

14.00 - 14.30: Session 5

14.30 - 15.00: Session 6

15.00 - 15.20: Tea Break

15.20 - 15.35: Flash Talk

15.35 - 16.05: Session 7

16.05 - 16.20: Flash Talk

16.20 - 16.50: Session 8

16.50 - 17.30: Keynote

17.30: 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

Be part of the SCL Annual Conference 2019

We are putting out a call for speakers for the Annual Conference. If you have expertise in any of the subject areas outlined in the Programme above, and you have something interesting to say, we would like to hear from you!

So, if you have not spoken at an SCL event before, please email
hello@scl.org with details of the topic you would like to speak about. Please include a brief CV outlining your previous speaking experience.

The deadline for speaking applications is Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Flash Talks
Following the incredible success of the Flash Talk sessions at last year's Conference we're including them in this year's programme and we’re inviting you to be part of it. 

Here’s how it works: 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. 

"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!" Mark O'Conor, Chair of SCL

Please send short biographical details and an outline of the talk you would like to give to hello@scl.org

The closing date for entries for the Flash Talks session is Wednesday 31 July 2019.  

Many thanks to our sponsor:

Sponsorship Opportunities - Visit our dedicated Sponsorship Page for full details of the packages available 

Join 4 Pump Court and support the SCL Annual Conference 2019. 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: sarah.forster@scl.org

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.

How to book:  If you wish to attend this event please book online or email sarah.forster@scl.org 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. 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.

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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