SCL Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

Dr Sam De Silva, Partner, CMS Ltd

Sam De Silva is a Partner in the IT and Outsourcing team. Sam specialises in strategic and complex IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), outsourcing (IT, BPO and off-shoring), system development and supply, system integration, software licensing, support and service agreements, acting for both users and suppliers. Sam also regularly advises on data protection, privacy, cyber-security and PCI DSS issues.

Sam is deeply immersed in the technology sector and at the forefront of related policy issues, representing the UK on a number of international committees. This market intelligence supports clients in their strategic planning and future proofing of projects. Sam is also heavily involved with procurement best practice, having just completed a 4 year term on the Global Board of Trustees at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Sam has written and spoken extensively on IT and outsourcing and is regularly called upon by the industry as a thought leader in these areas. Sam has been named in Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) 2017 as one of the world's leading TMT lawyers. As well as being an English qualified solicitor, Sam is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, and has been involved in some of the most cutting-edge IT and outsourcing projects in those jurisdictions.

Tania Williams, Partner, Commercial, Technology and Outsourcing, RPC

Tania is a partner in Commercial, Technology and Outsourcing at RPC.
Prior to this she was at Deloitte Legal.Tania assists clients with sourcing and technology-based transactions, with a particular focus on large scale outsourcing projects, business process outsourcing and complex procurement.

Tania is focused on diversity and inclusion in the legal sector. Tania was vice-chair of Kemp Little’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for a number of years, and is an active member of the Law Society’s London and South East and East D&I Forum.  Tania is proud to be a member of the SCL Diversity & Inclusion Group and helping to advance diversity within the profession. 

Lorraine Chimbga, IGNITE Trainee Solicitor, Clifford Chance (Qualifying September 2023)

Lorraine graduated from UCL Laws in 2016, where she also went to the LSE for Information Technology Law in her final year. Following this, she worked in Fintech coding financial regulations for a SaaS solution and currently works in LegalTech helping to train AI that analyses commercial agreements. 

As well as being awarded Best International Future Lawyer by The AIJA for her research on the future of technology and the law, Lorraine will commence on the new tech training contract IGNITE at Clifford Chance in 2021.

Chris Ireland, Trainee Solicitor, Clifford Chance 

Chris is a third-seat trainee in the London office of Clifford Chance, currently on secondment to Amazon. Chris has completed seats in the firm's technology advisory practice, litigation and dispute resolution (with a focus on white-collar crime).

Chris has previously worked in legal technology and operations roles at law firms Simmons & Simmons, Fenwick Elliott, as well as startups BRYTER, Josef and SYKE. He has also held data protection research assistant roles at Immuta, a data governance middleware SaaS platform, and the University of Southampton.

Prior to these roles, for many years, Chris was a freelance web developer, focused on full stack applications in Python (Django), PHP, backend JavaScript (Node, Sails), with a particular strength in CSS design and asset pipeline management.

Chris held a volunteer executive position at STRIVE, a city law access scheme.

Rory O'Keefe, Partner, Matheson

Rory is a partner in Matheson’s Technology and Innovation Group. Rory has extensive experience on a broad range of international and domestic technology and business transformation deals.  

Rory brings together significant in-house and practical experience in advising on technology and commercial legal issues with industry knowledge and an understanding of emerging and innovative technologies. He is a technology and outsourcing lawyer, with a particular specialism in cloud, digital and business transformation, AI, Robotics, IoT, cybersecurity, system integration and complex technology contracting.

Prior to re-joining Matheson, Rory worked as Senior Legal Counsel in a Fortune Global 500 company. Rory spent over 10 years working, primarily in London, where he advised on a number of complex, high value, fast-paced, innovative, multi-jurisdictional deals. His previous company is a well-respected provider of professional services with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security, covering more than 40 industries, with offerings in strategy, consulting, creative services, technology and operations. Rory supported industries in health, public services, communications and media telecommunications, financial services, utilities, and products. 

Abi Allison, Senior Legal Counsel, Apple Europe Limited

Nigel Liddell, General Counsel, Bravura Solutions

Nigel is the General Counsel for Bravura Solutions, an ASX-listed global fintech that powers the administration of the world’s leading financial services organisations. He is Bravura’s global leader for Diversity & Inclusiveness. Prior to joining Bravura in 2008, he was Director and Group General Counsel at DST Global Solutions and has held senior roles at GE Capital IT Solutions, Action Computers (a London-listed company) and Hertz Europe. 

Shobana Iyer, Barrister, Swan Chambers

Shobana is a practicing commercial barrister and arbitrator with expertise in technology and intellectual property. Her IT practice covers software and hardware procurement, outsourcing, supply and development, SaaS contracts, e-commerce, digital marketing, social media, telecommunications and data protection as well as the legal issues on the use of emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and blockchains. Shobana has extensive experience of working on challenging and technically complex cases, usually involving an international element and regularly deals with conflict of laws.

Professor Lorna Woods OBE, University of Essex
Lorna Woods is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Essex and is a member of the Human Rights Centre there. She started her career in private practice, advising in the TMT sectors and has retained her interest in their regulation in her University teaching and research. Her most recent project, under the aegis of Carnegie UK Trust, has been on the reduction of harm arising on social media and her work in this area has been widely accepted by charities, NGOs and a range of Parliamentary select committees, and recognised by the award of an OBE for her services to internet safety policy. She is serving a second term as a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, is a member of the Digital Freedom Fund's Panel of Experts, sits on the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) National User Group, advising the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, is a senior associate research fellow at the Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. 

Anurag Bana, Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Policy & Research Unit, International Bar Association

With over 17 years of experience, as a legal advisor, practitioner, researcher, Anurag Bana has worked across jurisdictions, in the arena of International law and policy sector. He is an Indian qualified lawyer with a BCL from the University of Oxford. His work trajectory spans a judicial clerkship with a Supreme Court of India Judge, internships at international organizations including the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference. He has practiced in Indian law courts and worked briefly in the corporate sector with Skoda Auto in Czech Republic. 

Anurag is an influencer and thought leader in the emerging areas of disruptive innovation, internet of things, digital assets and attorney-client privilege and confidentiality issues. He has published and presented several specialist papers on technology law related issues covering cyber security, blockchain technology, digital identity and social media laws. Anurag’s professional experience has enriched his holistic understanding of the dynamic nature of the legal landscape and its implications on the provision of access to justice. He firmly believes that the bedrock of technology law rests firmly on an ethical platform that encompasses diversity and inclusion, and for this there is a great need for jurisdictional capacity building.

Harry Small, Senior Consultant, Baker McKenzie
Harry Small is a Senior Consultant in the IT/Commercial Department of Baker McKenzie’s London office and handles all aspects of information technology and communications law. He acts for a broad base of information technology and communications products and service providers — assisting them in their contract negotiations and managing their disputes. He also practises in contentious intellectual property law.

Harry is an SCL fellow, an honour awarded to a small group of leading IT lawyers who have made notable contributions to the field. He is the author of the standard outsourcing contract precedent in the Sweet and Maxwell Outsourcing Manual, and regularly writes and lectures on topics related to the Internet and computer networking law. Harry is a widely acknowledged champion of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

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