Junior Lawyers

This is the home page of the SCL Junior Lawyers’ Group

If you would like to join the SCL Junior Lawyers' Group and you are a member of SCL please email your details to maddie.southorn@scl.org All are welcome to join.

The SCL Junior Lawyers Group will cover topics of technology law which junior lawyers would like to know about but might otherwise be afraid to ask. We aim to increase understanding of technology, how industry is adapting to and exploiting new technologies and, of course, the law itself. For example, "how is software created?", "how is technology changing the retail industry?" and "what are the legal issues around data (whether big, small or regular-sized)?"

If you are not a member of SCL and would like to join, you can join SCL here

The SCL Junior Lawyers' Group committee is as follows:

Shayhan Patelmaster
, Senior, Digital and Privacy Law, EY

Shayhan is a Senior in EY Law’s Digital and Privacy Law team in the UK. Shayhan trained at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and subsequently spent two years as an associate in the TMT team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Shayhan advises a range of clients on a variety of commercial, transactional and regulatory matters across the technology, media and entertainment and telecommunications sectors, with a focus on complex contracts, commercial and IP matters and privacy, data and cyber issues. Shayhan has a particular interest in disruptive and emerging technologies. He is an active contributor to thought leadership initiatives, and regularly presents client seminars on blockchain technology, smart contracts, AI and fintech.

Rachael Gibbons, Associate, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Rachael's practice spans a broad range of advisory work in the IT, telecoms and e-commerce/ digital media sectors, but with primary focus on data protection, investigation and risk management around cyber issues.

Laura Wright
, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Laura Wright is a barrister at 4 Pump Court practising in IT, IP and commercial law. Laura is regularly instructed in a range of technology-related disputes involving computer systems, internet services and software across a variety of industry sectors. Laura holds a degree in law from Trinity College, Cambridge and has an LL.M. in International and European Intellectual Property, Trinity College Dublin. 

Quentin Tannock, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Quentin Tannock is a barrister with a broad commercial practice and particular experience in Technology and Telecoms, Intellectual Property and Financial Services disputes. Quentin has a keen interest in disputes which involve IP and the application of software, across all industrial sectors. He gives a series of lectures on IP and business to science Masters students at the University of Cambridge and, prior to being called to the bar, was a visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre. His recent IT related instructions include software licencing, software development and software copyright disputes across sectors including online gaming, electric vehicles and logistics.

Felicity Parsons, Solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP

Felicity is a Solicitor in the Commercial team at Pinsent Masons. She advises clients on all commercial, IP, and IT matters.

Judith Abanto, Associate, Reed Smith LLP

Judith is an associate in the Trade Finance team at Reed Smith. She is passionate about learning the ways technology can change the legal industry. Amateur programmer. Interested in data ethics, privacy, FinTech, Blockchain, Lawtech, digital trade and many others.Committee Members:
Alex Harbin, Solicitor, Fieldfisher

Alex is a solicitor in Fieldfisher's Technology, Outsourcing & Privacy team. Alex advises international and domestic clients from a range of sectors across all aspects of technology and outsourcing. His experience includes advising on telecommunications, digital media, software licensing and IT and business process outsourcings. He has also spent time on secondment at Viacom International Media Networks working closely with the MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon brands. See Alex's LinkedIn profile.

SCL Northern Junior Lawyers' Sub-Committee
Felicity Parsons, Solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP

The Junior Lawyers' Group have recently formed a Northern sub-committee based in Manchester but representing the whole region. Their first event "FutureLaw for Junior Lawyers" was held on 10 April 2018.
The Northern Junior Lawyers' Group are actively seeking additional committee members. Please email hello@scl.org or contact Felicity Parsons to get involved.

Upcoming Events
SCL Student Tech Law Challenge 2020 - Friday 21 February 2020, London

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