SCL AI Group

This is the homepage of the SCL AI Group

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 maddie.southorn@scl.org. 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

Chair:
Minesh Tanna, Solicitor Advocate and AI Lead, Simmons & Simmons


Minesh is a Managing Associate in Simmons & Simmons' Dispute Resolution team 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.

Committee:

Shanthini Satyendra, Managing Legal Counsel, Technology & Innovations Santander UK, Fellow, Society for Computers & Law

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 Lilian Edwards, Professor of Law Innovation and Society, Newcastle University

Lilian Edwards is a leading academic in the field of Internet law. She has taught information technology law, e-commerce law, privacy law and Internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence (AI) since 1985. She worked at the University of Strathclyde from 1986–1988 and the University of Edinburgh from 1989 to 2006. She became Chair of Internet Law at the University of Southampton from 2006–2008, and then Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sheffield until late 2010, when she returned to Scotland to become Professor of E-Governance at the University of Strathclyde, while retaining close links with the renamed SCRIPT (AHRC Centre) at the University of Edinburgh. She resigned from that role in 2018 to take up a new Chair in Law, Innovation and Society at Newcastle University. She also has close links with the Oxford Internet Institute.

She is the editor and major author of Law, Policy and the Internet, one of the leading textbooks in the field of Internet law (Hart, 2018). She won the Future of Privacy Forum award in 2019 for best paper ("Slave to the Algorithm" with Michael Veale) and the award for best non-technical paper at FAccT* in 2020, on automated hiring. In 2004 she won the Barbara Wellberry Memorial Prize in 2004 for work on online privacy where she invented the notion of data trusts, a concept which ten years later has been proposed in EU legislation. She is a partner in the Horizon Digital Economy Hub at Nottingham, the lead for the Alan Turing Institute on Law and AI, and a fellow of the Institute for the Future of Work. 

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, DLA Piper (UK) LLP

Imogen is 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. 

Lucy McCormick, Barrister, Henderson Chambers

Lucy McCormick is a commercial barrister at Henderson Chambers. She undertakes a variety of product liability and property damage work, and is particularly known for her expertise in relation to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs). She is a co-author of The Law and Autonomous Vehicles (Routledge; 2019) and a contributor to An Introduction to Technology Law (Lexis Nexis; 2018) and The Law of Artificial Intelligence (Thomson Reuters; 2021). 

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, Senior Associate, Taylor Vinters

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. 

Charlie is a Senior Associate in Taylor Vinters LLP's commercial technology practice and has been working with clients developing and implementing AI technologies for over 5 years.

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 (techlaw.chat). He is a member of Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution’s conciliator panel.

Anne Todd, Senior Solicitor, Macfarlanes

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, 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, Trainee Solicitor, DLA Piper (UK) LLP

Coran Darling is a trainee solicitor at DLA Piper with experience in data privacy, artificial intelligence, and robotics, having joined the firm from the technology sector. He holds a LL.M in Innovation, Technology, and the Law from the University of Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to academic and commercial publications alongside his work with DLA Piper’s own Working Group on AI. His main interests lie with algorithmic transparency and issues of cyber-security.

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