POSTPONED: SCL "Tech Law for Good" Awards 2020 - Thursday 24 September 2020

When: 24/07/2020

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Celebrating the positive difference to society made by tech law over the past 12 months. Awards ceremony and dinner.

Event: SCL Tech Law for Good Awards 2020 - Ceremony and Dinner
: Thursday 24 September 2020
Venue: The Riverside Room, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. Map
Time: from 7 pm


The Society for Computers and Law is delighted to announce that its first "Tech Law for Good" awards will take place on Thursday 24 September 2020 at the IET in London.

This event is a departure from the usual format adopted for most award ceremonies in that it not only celebrates the past year in tech law and those nominated for an award, but is also a "must-attend" for those working in the tech law field as attendees will take away an essential update on the issues facing them in their day-to-day practice. The evening will be informal and relaxed with plenty of opportunity to network.

The award categories are as follows

  • Best tech law corporate social responsibility/pro bono contribution - firm and/or individual
  • Best use of tech law for (commercial) good - commerce & industry
  • Best use of tech law for (public sector) good - public sector
  • Best academic contribution to tech law
  • Best tech legal educational contribution to SCL
  • Best tech law influence on government policy/new laws
  • Best use of tech law initiative for public awareness
  • SCL special recognition award  

Judging Panel:
Emily MacLoud
, Product Manager, JUST: Access
Rachel Armstrong, Legal Counsel, Accenture
Lorraine Chimbga, Future IGNITE Trainee Solicitor, Clifford Chance
Melanie Farquharson, Consultant, 3Kites Consulting
Professor Lorna Woods, University of Essex
Victoria Thompson, Head of Innovation Legal, Barclays
Vijayalaxmi Aithani, Head of Enterprise Legal, Microsoft UK
Paul Andrews, Managing Director, Family Business United
Neil Brown, Managing Director,
Gareth Davies, Senior Legal Consultant, HSBC 
Neil Rose, Editor, Legal Futures
Lawrence Akka QC, 20 Essex Street
David Chaplin, Editor, SCL

Cynthia O'Donoghue
, SCL Trustee, Partner, Reed Smith
Mark O'Conor
, SCL Chair, Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP
Patricia Shaw
, SCL Trustee, CEO, Beyond Reach

: If you would like to apply to be considered for an award or would like to nominate a person or organisation for any of the above categories - an application form is available to download here and can also be obtained by emailing SCL at Entry is free of charge.

The deadline for submission of this information for the judging panel to review is 5 pm on Friday 22 May 2020.

If you are shortlisted for an award, you will be notified in early July 2020. Those who are shortlisted for an award will be invited to give a "flash talk" during the evening. Flash talks will include a brief overview of the project and also the societal impact, lessons learned and what the project means for the future.

Show your support for the Tech Law for Good Awards
: If you would like to support this event - the sponsorship packages available are outlined here.

Attend the Awards Ceremony
: If you would like to attend the SCL "Tech Law for Good" Awards 2020 the cost of attendance is £75 + VAT per person and includes dinner and wine.

You may also be interested in attending the SCL Annual Conference - Thursday 24 September 2020. A discount is available for those wishing to attend the Annual Conference and the SCL Tech Law for Good Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Please contact Sarah Forster for more details.

Administration notes
Fees: The cost of attendance at the Awards Ceremony including dinner and wine is £75 + VAT (£90) and is open to all.

A significant concession on the attendance fee
is available for UK academics, students, the unemployed and those experiencing financial hardship. Please note that you cannot book concessionary places online. To apply for a concessionary place and request an invoice please email

Accessibility at the venue
: The IET is dedicated to offering the highest possible levels of accessibility. The IET's accessibility guide is available to download here. If you have any additional accessibility requirements when attending this event, please contact the SCL team at

To book: If you wish to attend the SCL Awards Ceremony please book online or email and request an invoice. Attendance 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.

VAT invoices will be issued to all attendees.

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 £140.00. If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact the SCL office on Tel: 0117 904 1242 or Email:

Please note the booking terms and conditions for this event: Application online or by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the event attendance fee. Cancellations will not be accepted (and refunds made) unless received in the Society's offices in Bristol at least one week before the date of the relevant event.

SCL Code of conduct for SCL events 

SCL is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at the event or on Twitter and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the discretion of the organisers. 

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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