SCL event: Crown Commercial Service model services contract – does it meet the needs of the users? - Wednesday 3 April 2019, London

When: Wednesday 3 April 2019

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Hosted and sponsored by Bird and Bird LLP
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Date: Wednesday 3 April 2019
Time: 6.00 – 7.30 pm (Registration from 5.30 pm) 
Venue : Bird & Bird LLP, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP - Map

Chair: Roger Bickerstaff
, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP

Speaker: John Yates, Consultant and Commercial Adviser, v-lex


Wendy Lawson-Shanks, Head of Advisory Services, IACCM
Amanda Pilkington
, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP
Mark Gordon, Commercial Director, Agilisys

Many SCL members will be familiar with the model services contract developed by the Cabinet Office, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and the Government Legal Service for services contracts with a value greater than £10 million. The model services contract is widely used across Central Government, and increasingly in local government and the NHS. Weighing in at a hefty 447 pages and 126,565 words, it is worth examining whether the model services contract meets the needs of its users (and not just the lawyers and procurement specialists who use it to ply their trade). John Yates will take us on a voyage of discovery down the highways and by-ways of the model services contract, as he seeks to answer this important question. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion to consider how the model services contract could be improved from the users’ perspective.

Although this event is open to all, it is recommended that attendees have at least a basic understanding of the structure and contents of the model services contract to get the most out of this event. On that basis, it is most likely to appeal to senior lawyers (in-house and private practice), commercial directors and procurement specialists.

This talk will be followed by a panel session and Q&A.

John Yates, Consultant and Commercial Adviser, v-lex
John is an independent consultant helping clients to make and manage complex technology contracts. John has been a managing partner, CEO and sector head in various law firms, big and small. He started his legal career with IBM. John is past Chairman of SCL, and is also a Fellow of SCL; he has been a regular contributor to the magazine and events over the years.

Why Attend?

  • an opportunity to ask questions to an expert in a one-to-one, relaxed environment
  • a fantastic networking opportunity where you can find like minded people

Administration notes:

The cost of attendance at this meeting is £35 + VAT (£42) for SCL members and £70 + VAT (£84) for non-members. Bookings can be made online or you can email to make your booking and request an invoice.

Concessionary places are available on request. To apply for a concessionary place please email 

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Fees can be paid by cheque (cheques should be made payable to "Society for Computers and Law"), Mastercard, Visa or bank transfer. All invoices for attendance at this meeting must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date or prior to the date of this event whichever is the earlier.

Non-members wishing to join the Society are entitled to membership of the Society valid for 12 months from the date of payment including full access to the content of the SCL web site, 6 copies of the SCL magazine "Computers & Law" plus notification of future SCL events. The cost of an annual SCL membership is £135.00. If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact the SCL office on Tel: 0117 904 1242 or Email:

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It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Society for Computers and Law to change the venue, content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

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