Welcome to the Page for the SCL Women in Technology Law Group
SCL Women in Technology Law (WiTL) Mission Statement
SCL WiTL's mission is to advance, celebrate and connect women in technology law, across private practice, companies, academia and the legal technology sector.
SCL WiTL's objective is to accelerate the number of women entering, advancing through, and celebrated in the technology law sector in order to achieve a more inclusive and diverse sector.
SCL WiTL seeks to achieve this objective by running educational, networking and promotional events, organising initiatives, providing a mentoring programme and providing a forum for discussion with internal and external stakeholders.
SCL WiTL aims to run inclusive and diverse events and initiatives, welcoming people regardless of gender.
Sue McLean, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP
Sue is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Technology group and the firm's global tech lead for FinTech and Blockchain. Sue advises clients on technology, sourcing and digital media business models and deals, as well as the legal issues relating to the implementation of new technologies. Sue advises on a wide range of technology matters including outsourcing, digital transformation, technology procurement, development and licensing, m/e-commerce, cloud computing, AI, FinTech, blockchain, and data privacy. Sue is focused on driving greater gender diversity in the legal sector. She is on the Baker Women Executive Committee and a member of the Law Society Woman Lawyer's Division working group. Sue is founder and chair of the SCL Women in Technology Law group.
Anita Sivapalan, Senior Associate, Travers Smith LLP
Anita is a senior associate in the Commercial, IP and Technology department at Travers Smith. She advises on IT outsourcing projects, large scale service contracts and software development. Anita also advises on intellectual property issues and data protection, including GDPR compliance.
Lucie Audibert, Trainee Solicitor, Taylor Wessing LLP
Trainee Solicitor at Taylor Wessing. Passionate about IT Law, digital rights, Internet governance, platform regulation, emerging technologies, freedom of information, and many others. Interested in research and work at the intersection of technology, democratic accountability, and fundamental rights.
Rebecca Keating, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Rebecca is a barrister at 4 Pump Court, with a particular interest in technology and intellectual property. Recently she has been instructed on disputes involving bespoke software, defective IT systems and the use of a robo-advice model across a range of issues including data security, cyber security and intellectual property. Prior to joining 4 Pump Court, Rebecca worked at Dropbox's European Headquarters, where her work focused on assisting clients in the large-scale deployment of cloud technology. She has published several articles on the topic of technology and the law in both national and international publications.
Pilar Pescador, Commercial Lawyer, Santander UK Ltd
A talented and capable lawyer, with a solid background in commercial contracts, I provide commercial and legal input in all activities arising from the day to day business
Despina Chatzimanoli, Legal Expert, European Banking Authority
Dr Despina Chatzimanoli, LL.M. is Legal Expert at the European Banking Authority (EBA), advising, among other topics, on fintech issues. Previously she worked for the EBA’s predecessor organisation, CEBS (Committee of European Banking Supervisors), and for the (then) UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) acting as coordinator for the FSA’s participation in the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision (BCBS). Prior to that, Despina worked for international organisations (EPLO, Athens; IDLO, Rome), a Greek publishing house (Nomiki Bibliothiki) and in private practice (in Greece).
Sandy Tsakiridi, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC
Sandy Tsakiridi is a Senior Legal Counsel in HSBC’s Group Data Privacy Legal team. As part of her responsibilities, she provides advice on privacy and data protection-related matters, including privacy risk management, across all lines of business of HSBC at global level. Prior to her current role, she has worked as an external legal counsel in leading international law firms and one of the Big Four. She is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and has obtained various professional certifications (CIPP/E, COBIT, PRINCE2). Sandy regularly speaks and contributes to professional publications on privacy and data protection topics.
Alison Berryman, Partner, Waterfront Solicitors LLP
Alison Berryman heads up the Technology and Commercial Law practice at Waterfront Solicitors LLP. Having trained at the firm and qualified back in 2006, she has spent the past decade and a half building up a practice primarily focused on supporting tech SMEs. Consequently, she has had the opportunity to work on a huge variety of technology contracts, and with some of the UK’s most innovative businesses. In addition to her client work, Alison is the Training Principle at Waterfront and the number of trainees she has supervised is now well into double figures. She very much enjoys seeing trainees learn and their skills develop as they progress through the two year training period and beyond.
Holly Lambert, Trainee Solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP
Holly is a Trainee Solicitor at Pinsent Masons. Her interests include data protection, privacy and data sharing in both corporate and public contexts. Other related areas of interest include artificial intelligence, FinTech and the regulation of these fields across different jurisdictions.
The SCL Women in Tech Group would like to compile a list of volunteer women techlaw speakers. The intention is not only to offer an alternative to men-only speaker panels but to become a valuable resource for those looking for fantastic female speakers. It will also shine a light on those who might not have had opportunities to share their knowledge and experience at techlaw events.
If you would like to volunteer, or have a recommendation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a speaker form to complete.
The Group has put together a short survey aimed at gauging women's experience of working in tech and law.
If you're a woman working in the technology and/or law sectors, and you'd like to share how you got started, what advice you'd give to others etc., please take a few moments to send us your answers.