"Convergence - Managing Complexity"- The SCL Annual Conference 2020 - live online on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October

When: 07/10/2020

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Non-member: £540.00
Professional member: £354.00

Advising and succeeding in a rapidly changing world. Essential training from only £295 + VAT

Date: Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 October 2020
: Fully digital and live online
: from 9.45 am on both days
Fees: £295 + VAT for members (purchase 3 places, get one free)

@computersandlaw #SCLConf20

Sponsored by:

Patricia Shaw, SCL Trustee, CEO, Beyond Reach
Mark Lumley, SCL Trustee, Partner, Knights plc

As the world around us continues to increase in complexity, we rely more and more upon technology woven in ever more complicated and converging systems, many of which individually we might not truly understand.

In these testing times, one prediction we think will hold good: whatever the future brings it will be more complex, it will be global, it will be digital and it will need more knowledgeable, technologically astute legal advisors. SCL are here to help you meet that challenge.

Working and advising effectively and successfully in this environment requires more knowledge, greater understanding, new thinking and the ability to adapt. 

The SCL Annual Conference is the essential event in the calendar for all those interested in law and technology, whether in practice or in-house, a seasoned academic or a student or trainee, looking to be part of the ever-expanding opportunity that a career in law and technology represents. SCL is here to support the single largest tech law community in the world.

This year’s Annual Conference provides a superb mix of essential knowledge to enhance your everyday practice (or working environment) plus thought-provoking, cutting edge information around the latest technology and legal developments and what they mean for us all. 

Watch the Conference trailer

Conference programme
(NB: a brief amount of time has been allocated between sessions for handover)

Day One
9.45 - 10.00: Registration and waiting room

10.00 – 10.15: Introduction and welcome Patricia Shaw and Mark Lumley

10.15 am – 10.45 am: Opening Keynote: Jamie Susskind, Author, Speaker, Barrister
Jamie Susskind is a barrister and an author. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he has held fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge. The Evening Standard has said he, “could be one of the great public intellectual rock stars of our time”.

The central concern of Jamie’s work is that advances in digital technology are transforming the way humans live together, but that we are not yet ready - intellectually or legally - for the changes that are taking place. Jamie’s first trade book, Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech was awarded the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize for 2019. The previous recipients of this prize were the Nobel Laureates Mohammad Yunus and Joseph Stiglitz, and professors Francis Fukuyama, Niall Ferguson, and Sir Paul Collier. 

Jamie appears regularly in the print and broadcast media and has a significant online following. He has been invited to speak around the world - to heads of state and government, to think tanks and universities (including Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge, and Stanford), to technology companies (including Microsoft and Google) and in the private sector. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, the Daily Telegraph, Fast Company, and the New Statesman.

10.50 am – 11.30 am: Complexity and Change
Roger Bickerstaff
, Partner, Bird & Bird, London and San Francisco, Honorary Professor, School of Law, Nottingham University, SCL Fellow

11.35 am - 11.45 am: Flash talk - “All you need to know about DeFi” Leigh Sagar, Barrister, New Square Chambers 

11.45 am – 12.05 pm: Coffee break and screen downtime

12.05 pm - 12.45 pm: Tech for Tech Lawyers: Understanding the technology behind Software Development & Technology Projects, essential knowledge to support technology contracting.
James Taylor
, Senior Legal Adviser, Legal & Commercial, Fujitsu

12.50 – 13.00: Flash talk - "AI: teaching robots new tricks" Katie Simmonds, Associate, Womble Bond Dickinson 

Lunch: Screen downtime

14:00 – 14:40: Risk Thinking: The new standard for legal and regulatory risk – essential knowledge for in-house and those who support in-house and advise complex businesses
Sam De Silva
, Partner, CMS UK

14:45 – 14:55: Flash talk - “The rise of the data breach group action in the UK? What is happening and why care?” Anna Hoffman, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

15:00 – 15:10: Wrap-up of day one and preview of day twoPatricia Shaw and Mark Lumley

Close of day one

Day Two
9.45 am - 10.00 am: Registration and waiting room

10:00 – 10:10 am: A look ahead to today’s sessions - Patricia Shaw and Mark Lumley

10:15 am – 10:45 am: Keynote 

10:50 am – 11:30 am: The Future of Work
Melanie Farquharson
, Legal Services Consultant, 3Kites Consulting Limited
Panel to include:
Anna Thomas, Co-Founder and Director, Institute for the Future of Work

11:30 am – 11:50 am: Coffee break and screen downtime

11:50 am – 12 noon: Flash talk - “New forms of legal knowledge management that involve collaborative representations of considerations and balancing, rather than texts and rules” Marc Lauritsen, Capstone Practice Systems 

12:05 pm – 12:50 pm: International Data Transfer - Advising in a globalised world
Marta Dunphy-Moriel
, Partner and Interim Head of Data Protection & Privacy Team, Kemp Little LLP

12:55 -13:05: Flash talk - "The trustworthiness of screenshots" Chris Ireland, Founder and Operations Manager, SCL StudentBytes

Lunch: Screen down-time

14:00 – 14:10: Flash talk - "Digital Identification" Samuel Rowe, Yoti

14:15 – 14:55: Smart Cities & Digital Villages
The latest developments in legal technology - how to thrive as a digital lawyer!
Sean Brannigan QC
, Joint Head of Chambers, 4 Pump Court 

Ben Hawes, Engagement Director Benchmark Initiative, Geovation. Associate Director, Connected Places Catapult. Director, DL Cities.
Miriam Theobald, Consultant, Founder DONGXii.com
Jennifer Werthwein
, Entrepreneur shaping the Sustainable Digital Transformation

15:00 – 15:20: Convergence with the Human
Elizabeth Surkovic
, Head of Policy, Resilience and Emerging Technologies, The Royal Society

15:20 -15:30: Closing remarks: from Mark O'Conor, SCL Chair, Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP, Patricia Shaw and Mark Lumley

Online Social: Virtual Drinks reception

This year’s conference provides amazing value, world class experts in technology and law, the latest thinking and indispensable knowledge.In these challenging times and in the face of converging technology and its use, it has never been more important to be able to distinguish yourself from the machine, let SCL be your guide. 

Booking fees include:

  • Attendance at the Conference on both days
  • Access to a recording of all Conference sessions after the event (only available to Conference delegates)
  • Access to speaker and delegate profiles for networking during and after the Conference
  • Virtual drinks reception

Flash Talks: the deadline has now passed for submitting flash talks.
Following the incredible success of the Flash Talk sessions in previous years - we’re excited to include them again in this year’s programme.

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").

"This will be a lively, format-busting way to shake up the event, and it’s a great opportunity to make a bit of a name for yourself too!" Mark O'Conor, SCL Chair

Many thanks to our sponsor:

Sponsor the SCL Annual Conference 2020
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: SCL, Tel: +44 (0)7948 517049  Email: hello@scl.org

Conference fees:
The cost of attending the SCL Annual Conference on 7 and 8 October 2020 will be £295 + VAT (£59.00) for SCL members and £450 + VAT (£90.00) for non-members.

Offer: Any organisation that purchases 3 places at the same time is entitled to a 4th place free of charge. This offer is not available online - please email sarah.forster@scl.org to make a block booking and take advantage of this offer.

SCL "rising star" bursaries:  If your organisation is already paying for a full-price delegate, you are invited to nominate a tech law "rising star" to attend this event at a reduced rate. "Rising stars" are required to record their impressions of the Conference - this can take any form and we encourage you to get creative (make a word cloud, sketch a cartoon, record a video, write a poem!) This will then be published on the SCL website and shared on our social media platforms after the Conference. Assisted places at the Conference cost £100 + VAT. Please send details of your nominee to Sarah Forster at sarah.forster@scl.org

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. 

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 £140 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: 07948 517049, Email: sarah.forster@scl.org

Free membership for trainee lawyers and UK students: SCL provides free membership for trainee lawyers until qualification and for UK students in full-time education with a valid ac.uk email address. Student members are eligible to attend SCL events at concessionary rates where a fee is applicable. Trainee members are entitled to attend SCL events at the standard members' rate (the concessionary rate for UK students in full-time education does not apply). Trainees and UK students in full-time education can apply to join SCL for free by emailing hello@scl.org

Booking terms and conditions for the SCL Annual Conference 2020: Application online, by email or over the telephone constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the full conference fee. This event will be recorded for those unable to attend on the day. Cancellations will not be accepted.

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.

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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