SCL AI Group

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This is the home page of the SCL AI Group.

If you would like to join the SCL AI Group and you are an SCL member, please email All are welcome to join.

The aim of the SCL AI Group is to:

  • provide a discussion forum for those interested in legal, regulatory and ethical issues relating to AI
  • increase knowledge and awareness of AI and these issues amongst legal professionals 
  • lead on initiatives relating to AI, particularly within the legal community 
  • contribute to policy and legal developments relating to AI
  • represent the SCL in interactions with the public and other bodies in the context of AI

The SCL AI Group Committee

Minesh Tanna, Partner, Litigation & Arbitration, Simmons & Simmons LLP, SCL Trustee

Minesh is a Partner at Simmons & Simmons in London. As well as acting for clients on a range of contentious issues, Minesh has particular experience in advising on technology, media and telecommunication disputes. He also specialises in artificial intelligence and is Simmons & Simmons' global AI Lead. Minesh is a member of the European AI Alliance and a past member of the CBI’s AI Working Group. He is regularly invited to speak about AI-related legal and ethical risks, including at a United Nations conference and at CogX, and is due to be published as a contributing author in two forthcoming AI books. Minesh is an SCL Trustee.


Shanthini Satyendra, Managing Legal Counsel, Technology & Innovations Santander UK, SCL Fellow

Managing Legal Counsel, Technology & Innovations, Santander UK – passionate about digital transformation, new technologies such as AI and the related law and building high performing legal teams in this space. Chair of Santander’s Legal and Regulatory Digital Practice Group, UK representative of Santander’s global legal simplification programme, Fellow of Society for Computers & Law, member of the UK Finance AI Round Table on Regulating AI and member (past Chair) of Santander UK’s Pro Bono Group and Social Mobility practice group.

Professor Lorna Woods OBE, University of Essex
Lorna Woods is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Essex and a member of the Human Rights Centre there. She has research interests across a range of new technologies and the law, with a focus on social media and on surveillance. Recent projects include work with Carnegie UK Trust on a statutory duty of care for which she was awarded an OBE and participating in the OSCE work on AI and Content Moderation. She is also a member of the ANPR Users' Group, chaired by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and is senior associate research fellow at the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies.

Imogen Palmer, Associate Legal Counsel, Google

Imogen is Associate Legal Counsel at Google.
Prior to this, Imogen was an Associate in the Technology Transitions and Strategic Sourcing team at DLA Piper. She focuses her practice on complex technology transactions and strategic global IT projects, including the procurement of cloud and ‘as-a-Service’ solutions and multi-supplier arrangements. She has particular experience in Artificial Intelligence, having advised on a number of AI transactions and provided thought leadership and training in this area. Imogen is a key Associate in DLA Piper’s own AI Working Group and recently completed the University of Oxford/Saïd Business School Artificial Intelligence Programme. 

Sara Vero, Emerging Technologies Counsel, JP Morgan

Sara is an experienced financial services lawyer. As in-house counsel at JP Morgan she advises on all legal aspects of emerging technologies and their impact on the banking industry. With a dual academic background in law and data science, she is able to take a practical approach to both identifying and solving legal issues involving artificial intelligence.

Charlie Lyons-Rothbart, Head of Legal, Wayve Technologies Ltd

Charlie is a transactional IP and commercial lawyer specialising in technology, with a primary focus of working with early-stage and high-growth tech companies. Many of Charlie's clients operate in the AI space, whether developing innovative AI solutions themselves or buying in AI-enabled products and services to use within their business. 

Iain Munro, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Iain Munro is a commercial barrister and mediator at 4 Pump Court. He has substantial expertise as sole and junior counsel in technology disputes, particularly IT project failures – both for employers and suppliers, in the public and private sectors, and across varied industries (such as healthcare, insurance, automotive, telecoms, and retail websites and warehousing). Iain also practices in the fields of energy, shipbuilding, shipping and construction disputes - benefitting from overlapping and varied experience in these areas. Iain is a specialist contributor to The Law of AI (Sweet & Maxwell, 2020) and the IT chapter of Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings, and dabbles in podcasting ( He is a member of Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution’s conciliator panel.

Anne Todd, Partner, Michelmores LLP

Anne is a Senior Solicitor in the Commercial, Technology & Digital team at Macfarlanes. 

She spent over 20 years as a senior in-house lawyer and General Counsel advising market-leading companies in the telecommunications, technology and digital infrastructure sectors. During the course of her career she has advised on many pioneering telecommunications and technology initiatives including the launch of some of the first public internet services in the UK, development of smart phone technology and applications, and the launch of national and international telecommunications operators.

Anne advises customers and suppliers on a wide range of telecommunications and technology matters, including IT outsourcing, software licensing, cloud / SaaS agreements, platform services, digital infrastructure, digital transformation, AI, data protection and cyber risk. She also advises on the technology, intellectual property and data privacy aspects of M&A, joint ventures and financial services projects.

Anne has an LLM in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary, University of London and she is a member of the Legal & Policy Committee of OpenUK.

Alison Rees-Blanchard, Practice Support Lawyer, TMT, Lexis Nexis

Alison trained at Pinsent Masons, qualifying in 2004, where she worked in their Technology team advising major retail and commercial sector companies on a diverse range of matters dealing with contentious and non-contentious IP, IT, Outsourcing, Information Law and Commercial issues. After six years she moved in-house to work for Ericsson Television Limited, a subsidiary of Ericsson. As Senior Group Legal Counsel she worked with Ericsson’s multimedia business unit advising on legal issues arising in relation to its content management and delivery solutions and compression products. She advised development and sales units on the legal implications of new technologies and their sale through different and new business models, looking in particular at Cloud service solutions, digital rights management issues, cyber security and internet of things. She currently works for LexisNexis PSL managing TMT content, with a focus on their Internet and New Technologies (including AI) modules.

Coran Darling, AI & Data Analytics, DLA Piper (UK) LLP

Coran Darling is a member of DLA Piper’s AI and Data Analytics team where he focuses on assisting companies navigate the challenges of emerging technology regulations and policy across the world, with particular focus on AI, open-source software, and data.

Coran is a recognised thought leader on the responsible governance and ethical deployment of AI and is a regular contributor to dialogue on the matter, often quoted in international media. His recent work on AI policy and generative AI has been subject of discussion by governmental select committees as part of enquiries into developing future regulatory mechanisms for AI in the UK and abroad. He is also a member of the Alan Turing Institute’s Data Ethics Group, where he contributes to the Institute’s research on ethical approaches to data use and best practices in data science.

Coran is a keen advocate for the ‘levelling up’ of international standards and best practices in the deployment of AI in the public and private sector. He is a committee member and advisor to the British Standards Institute’s ART/1 AI and IST/6 Data Communications programs, where he contributes to the development of technical and organizational best practices and standards for the ethical and responsible deployment of AI and data. As a recognized expert on AI by the OECD’s AI Policy Observatory, Coran contributes to the work of the OECD’s Expert Groups on AI Incidents and AI Risk & Accountability which focuses on creating frameworks and practices for the development of a responsible and trustworthy international AI environment. Coran is also a non-governmental member of the UK Government’s All Party Parliamentary Groups for AI and Data Analytics, which focuses on the advancement of the UK’s regulatory environment in the face of new international approaches to AI and data and technological advancements in the industry.

Ricky Cella, Senior Associate, RPC

Ricky is a Senior Associate in the IP & Tech team at RPC, which regularly acts for several of the largest technology platforms, in addition to a range of other enterprises and organisations. Ricky has particular experience in acting for and advising clients in respect of software development disputes.

Ricky has recently completed an MSc in Computer Science, during which he undertook research in the fields of computer vision and machine learning.

John Maton, Assistant Director of Legal Services, Charity Commission for England and Wales

John has spent seven years at the Charity Commission, where his remit includes the legal aspects of policy development, decision-making and data governance, as well as leadership and management of the Legal Services division. Before joining the Commission John was a Senior Associate at Trowers & Hamlins, specialising in mergers, governance and regulation for charities, housing associations and public bodies. His interests in the law surrounding AI focus principally on public administrative law and data processing, and on the application of these technologies to the delivery of public services. 

Daniel Gray, Associate Solicitor, Mishcon De Reya 

Daniel is an Associate in the Employment department. He advises clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment related matters including helping clients set and execute termination and restructuring strategies, advising on HR processes such as disciplinary matters and grievances, advising in relation to claims brought before the Employment Tribunal and advising on multi jurisdictional projects.

Jack Sayle, Legal Counsel, Basis Technologies

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