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About SCL

SCL is the leading UK organisation for legal professionals advising and practising within the IT sector or advising in a commercial context with a brief that includes such issues as IT, data protection and e-commerce. SCL membership extends across the globe.  

SCL’s mission is to inform and educate legal professionals and the wider audience on the impact of IT on law and legal practice through the promotion of best practice, thought leadership, and the fostering of a global tech law community.

Useful Information

SCL President
Professor Richard Susskind OBE

SCL Vice-President of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL):
Mark O'Conor
, Partner, DLA Piper (UK) LLP

Chair of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL):

Patricia Shaw, CEO, Beyond Reach

Vice-Chair of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL):

Sue McLean, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP

Trustees of the Society for Computers and Law:

Toby Crick, Partner, Bristows LLP

Matthew Lavy, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

Mark Lumley, Consultant, Freeths

Cynthia O'Donoghue, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Dr Katherine Ramo, Of Counsel (Tech & Media), Head of Pro Bono Practice, Founder & Chair CMS ENABLE (disabilities & well-being) Network 

Fernando Barrio, Senior Lecturer in Business Law and Director of International Engagement, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

Shelley Thomas, Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Andy Crystal, Corporate Counsel - EMEA at Amazon Web Services

SCL Chief Executive
Caroline Gould

Recent SCL Articles

Managing a legal dispute arising from a failed IT project: Part 1
In previous articles we looked at the common reasons why IT projects go wrong and the steps parties can take to manage a project which is slipping off track. In this two part article we consider the resolution of a dispute through legal proceedings. In this part, we review the fundamental issues of preparation, issuing proceedings and evidence. Part II will look at settlement negotiations and the trial.

Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act: A review of the major changes ahead (Part 4)
Darren Grayson Chng, in the fourth and final part of a series, explores the background to forthcoming changes to the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act.

Explainable machine learning: how can you determine what a party knew or intended when a decision was made by machine-learning?
Tom Whittaker and David Varney ponder what the courts might do in determining liability for actions taken by machine learning.

SCL Initiatives

SCL Adjudication Scheme (SCLA)
A three-month procedure for “technology” disputes – meaning any dispute arising from a contract for the provision of tech-related goods and services including software development contracts, outsourcing arrangements, systems integration contracts, IT consultancy contracts, software licensing agreements, blockchain/smart contracts and cloud computing contracts.
The scheme is the result of considerable work by a small and dedicated group of SCL members over the past two years, growing out of the SCL Better Contracts Initiative. The scheme was launched on 15 October 2019 in London.
Read more about the Scheme

SCL Women in Tech Law
SCL Women in Tech Law Group - SCL WiTL's mission is to advance, celebrate and connect women in technology law, across private practice, companies, academia and the legal technology sector.
The First 100 Years : We Need a Hero! - to celebrate the first 100 years of women lawyers, SCL is inviting people to nominate a female tech law hero.
SCL Women in Tech Law Survey - The SCL WiTL Group have put together a short survey aimed at gauging women's experience of working in tech and law.
Women in Tech Speaker Resource - 'Disrupting the Manels' - we are putting together a list of fantastic volunteer female speakers that offers an alternative to men-only speaker panels and shines a light on women who might not have had the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience at techlaw events.

Remote Courts Worldwide
Led by SCL President Professor Richard Susskind this initiative has grown out of the SCL Online Courts Forum held in 2019 in partnership with HMCTS.
Our purpose. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and courts around the world are closing, this website is designed to help the global community of justice workers - judges, lawyers, court officials, litigants, court technologists - to share their experiences of 'remote' alternatives to traditional court hearings.

Did You Know?

  • The Society was established as a registered charity on 11 September 1973 under the leadership of its first President, Lord Scarman and celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special dinner at the House of Commons in 2013. 
  • One of SCL's major achievements was the establishment of BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute) following a meeting arranged by SCL in London on 8 November 1999.
  • SCL was a founder member organisation of IFCLA (International Federation of Computer Law Associations) and hosted their biannual conference in Bath in 1994, Oxford in 2004 and London in 2016.
  • Since its inception in 1973 SCL has attracted many enthusiastic and innovative leaders including Lord Scarman, Lord Saville, Sir Brian Neill, Sir Henry Brooke, Theodore Ruoff, Professor Richard Susskind OBE and Professor Christopher Reed amongst others.
  • SCL held an event on SexTech, Porn and the Law in 2017 – watch the video on the SCL YouTube Channel 

If you would like to feature any SCL activities, require specialist comment from one of our members or are interested in a press pass for one of our events, please contact:

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SCL Communications Officer
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