SCL London Group

London is one of the most vibrant, connected and rapidly evolving commercial environments in the world. The SCL London Group’s remit is to explore the ways in which the evolution of technology and technology law create new opportunities and new challenges for lawyers, businesses, technology professionals, regulators and consumers. We seek to bring together thought leaders in technology and in the law to consider a range of issues, particularly those affecting London and the surrounding areas. These include, for example, how technology is transforming banking, mobile commerce, the public sector and legal sector, challenges facing start-ups, how regulators work together to tackle disruptive business models, the opportunities and risks of Brexit and more. 

We are always open to new ideas and initiatives, and we are keen to engage a wide audience, including in-house lawyers, regulators and technical specialists with an interest in the law. We are keen to support and engage the tech community including new entrants and start-ups. So, if there are any issues you’d like to promote, do get in touch.

We meet regularly for committee meetings, and to host and develop Group events.

In September 2017, we held our first event in a series of talks on ‘Technology and the City’ tackling a range of issues such as open banking, mobile payments, biometrics in financial services, the future of financial regulation and more besides.

Watch this space for news of our latest events coming soon….

Meet the Committee

Scott Fairbairn is Head of Legal, Marketing, Media and Intellectual Property at Three with a particular focus on Digital Products. Scott has been at Three since 2012, prior to which he practised at CMS Cameron McKenna as an intellectual property and TMT lawyer. Scott has a keen interest in the future of the internet, connectivity and the changing nature of commerce in a digital world. Scott has chaired the London Group Committee since Autumn 2016. You can get in touch at

Lee Gluyas: is a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. He specialises in resolving disputes arising from failed IT projects and general commercial disputes for clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. He also advises clients on data protection and data security. He can be contacted at

Sharon Mitchell: is a freelance consultant solicitor, specialising in IT and IP law. Her practice covers corporate and commercial law, primarily in the technology industry. Sharon's experience before working freelance ranged through partnership, working in niche practices, working in-house, and working in the legal publishing industry. She has been a member of SCL since the early days, and a committee member for several years. Sharon has resisted, with difficulty, the temptation to turn techie and contents herself with spending far too much time playing with IT. Sharon can be contacted via LinkedIn at or at

Andrew Joint: Andrew is a Technology Partner at Kemp Little and is also the Managing Partner of the firm. He specialises in Cloud, AI/Automation, BPO, business transformational, IOT and complex technology contracting and advising. Andrew is ‘IT Law Accredited’ by the SCL and is editor of the “Computer Contracts” chapter of Sweet & Maxwell’s “Practical Commercial Precedents”. Andrew has been a member of the SCL London Group since 2011 and chaired the group from 2013 – 2016.

Richard Cumbley: Richard is Global Head of Linklaters’ TMT practice with 20 years’ experience in a mixture of commercial and regulatory technology work, including outsourcing and data protection compliance. His expertise also covers advice in relation to networks, IT and business process services. He can be contacted at 

Viv Nissanka is a non-practising solicitor who joined the Rail Group – Passenger Services within the Department for Transport as the Contract Design Manager from Fieldfisher LLP having worked as an experienced technology and commercial lawyer for over 15 years in private practice and in-house. Viv has been a SCL committee member since 2006. You can get in touch at

David Berry is a senior associate with a specific focus on large technology and outsourcing projects. He has a Masters in Legal Practice focusing on IT & IP legal issues and is known for his pragmatic advice having been on a number of client secondments. Read David's full profile.

Richard Osborne is a barrister with 4 Pump Court. Richard has substantial experience of work in all of Chambers core practice areas. Since commencing practice he has gained extensive experience acting as a junior member of a team of counsel, and the conduct of full trials and interim hearings (including applications for injunctive relief and security for costs) in his own right. Richard is ranked as a leading junior in Information Technology disputes by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. Read Richard's full profile.

Forthcoming events

Rescheduled Date: SCL London Group meeting: "Innovation & Tech in the Rail Sector" - Wednesday 6 March 2019

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