Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2016, London

Hosted and organised by the Society for Computers and Law (SCL)

Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London

IT law is global. IT lawyers, almost uniquely, have to master local law and yet look beyond their borders. Whether your focus is on outsourcing, the Internet, apps, cryptocurrencies, data protection, Big Data, the Internet of Things, gaming or any of the myriad of other fields affected by IT law, compliance in one jurisdiction gives no security – you have to think globally.

IFCLA 2016 offers an unrivalled opportunity for IT lawyers to broaden their outlook and make it truly global. IT law thought-leaders will be gathering in one of the world's great cities and you can be a part of the event. With an emphasis on an interactive event, participants at IFCLA 2016 will both add to and draw from the experience. 

IFCLA 2016 also offers a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded peers, whether that is meeting up with old friends or making new contacts. 


Pre-Conference drinks reception – from 6 pm

A chance to meet colleagues, peers and fellow enthusiasts in an informal setting overlooking the iconic London skyline.

Venue: DLA Piper UK LLP, 10th floor Terrace, One London Wall, EC2Y 5EZ.

Hosted and sponsored by DLA Piper UK LLP

Day One: 'Tech in Regulated Environments'

Day one of the conference will explore the constraints and opportunities posed by the delivery of IT solutions and services in regulated environments. As IT service provisions becomes increasingly and integral component of the business offering the provision of IT becomes increasingly regulated by the rules applicable to the sector.

Registration, tea and coffee - Haslett Room/Flowers Room

Introduction and welcome from Roger Bickerstaff, President of IFCLA - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Morning Keynote: 'The Future of Technology: the Era of Increasingly Capable Machines' to be given by Professor Richard Susskind OBE, President of SCL - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

A pioneer in the field of information technology and law, Professor Richard Susskind is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is President of SCL, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute. His numerous books include the best-sellers, The End of Lawyers? (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow's Lawyers (OUP, 2013) and The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts (OUP 2015), his work has been translated into more than 10 languages, and he has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. 

Tea and coffee break - Flowers Room

SESSION 1: FinTech - IT and Financial Services Regulation - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Gareth Davies, Senior Lawyer, CLGp Team F – Ministry of Justice, Commercial Law Group, Government Legal Department

Joachim Schwerin,  Senior Policy Advisor, DG Industry and Enterprise, European Commission, Brussels
FinTech and Regulation: What is it actually? – A view from the EU Commission
• Delineation of FinTech: definition; what is new; who are the drivers.
• Characteristics of FinTech: disintermediation; network effects; reduction of transaction costs; speed; disruption of existing business models.
• Applications: crowdfunding; cryptocurrencies; execution of shareholder rights etc.; online payments; but the underlying technologies (first and foremost distributed ledgers) also apply to real economy applications: IoT and smart fabs for example.
• Opportunities vs risks: as there are many regulators that have already highlighted risks, focusing on opportunities (but not forget risks). 
• Regulation: there is a lot of regulation around that applies to FinTech (more or less) but has not specifically been designed for FinTech -  a discussion of the issues.

Simon Deane-Johns, Consultant Solicitor, Keystone Law
FinTech: innovating for the customer
•        Keeping humans at the heart of technology
•        Co-regulation: “new sheriffs” and potential choke points
•        Evolution from P2P to fully distributed marketplaces 

Kenny Robertson, Head of Business Services Legal, RBS 
FinTech and Regulation – the RBS Perspective
• The bank’s approach to innovation and FinTech (with reference to the investment in creating a designated innovation hub at the RBS HQ, and specific initiatives around APIs, robotics, AI, blockchain, “scouts” based in Israel & Silicon Valley and so on).
• Regulatory landscape in which we as in-house lawyers are advising the innovation and FinTech teams (and the challenges this creates)
• Governance and control challenges created by the establishment of in-house innovation hubs: the tension between an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset and an adequate risk management strategy which reflects the regulatory position
• The wider risks presented to large banks by FinTech, from customer disintermediation to dealing much more widely with SMEs.

Lunch in the Flowers Room/Lovelace Room at The IET

PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 2 or 3)

Stream A: IT in Health Care Environments - Turing Lecture Theatre

Chair: Arto Linnervuo, Partner, Castrén & Snellman, Head of Digital & TMT and Outsourcing, Helsinki

Roger Brownsword, Professor of Law at King's College London
It is trite that newly emerging technologies are ‘disruptive’—economically, socially, and legally disruptive. Current debates about automation and robotics vividly illustrate concerns about disruption to the labour market and to the wider economy, as well as challenging what is socially acceptable, and raising questions about legal responsibility and liability. 
In The Future of the Professions (2015), Daniel and Richard Susskind anticipate major disruption in the provision of professional services, impacting on all professions including medicine and health care. The medical profession will no longer be able to monopolise its skill and knowledge. There are now many ways in which we can access medical information online; and ways in which we can contribute to that body of information and experience.
In a context of rapidly developing technologies, what are the principal regulatory challenges?

Neil Brown, Solicitor and Managing Director, decoded:Legal
• In this world of changing technology, what is a “healthcare environment”
• Does the advancement of technology demand a different approach to the regulatory framework for emergency calling
• Regulating applied, indirect uses of health data

Nick Maltby, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Genomics England
The 100,000 Genomes Project – pushing the boundaries of IT and data
• Introduction to the 100kGP
• Key challenge that regulatory framework lags behind practice
• Juggling the demands of privacy and data protection with accessibility and research
• Big Data 
• Ethics/Consenting
• Technology 

Stream B: Data Protection – Compliance in a Heavily Regulated Environment - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

As businesses devise new and increasingly sophisticated ways to use personal data, ensuring compliance with global data protection laws is becoming more of a challenge. Those tasked with managing data protection compliance must work closely with an array of colleagues from software engineers and designers to IT security and legal, translating complex legal compliance obligations into procedures that can be implemented, audited and measured. In this session, we will explore how organisations and regulators are preparing for life under the new General Data Protection Regulation, and how they are prioritising key compliance risks.  
• How are organisations identifying and prioritising their preparations for implementation of the Regulation? 
• The concept of accountability underpins many of the compliance obligations in the Regulation. How can organisations use this to their advantage? What do regulators expect?
• How can Privacy by Design and Privacy by Default enable creativity yet ensure compliance? 
• To what extent should data ethics inform the data protection compliance framework?   

Chair: Bojana Bellamy, President, Centre for Information Policy Leadership

Nina Barakzai, Group Head of Data Protection & Privacy, Sky
Richard Thomas, Global Strategy Advisor, Centre for Information Policy Leadership
Vivienne Artz, Managing Director and General Counsel, Citigroup

Afternoon tea - Flowers Room

SESSION 4: Digital Single Market – Stocktake on Proposals - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Belén Arribas Sánchez, Partner, Head of IT, MILINERS Abogados y Asesores Tributarios SLP, Barcelona

Roger Bickerstaff
, Partner and Head of Digital Business Campaign, Bird & Bird, IFCLA President and SCL Trustee 
Julie Samnadda, Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels
Lisa Felton, Head of Services Regulation, Vodafone Group 

Closing remarks and conclusion of day one

Drinks reception on the Johnson Roof Terrace at The IET sponsored by Bird & Bird LLP

Gala dinner in the Riverside Room at The IET

Day Two: Tech in a Fast Moving Environment

Day two of the conference will take stock of the legal implications of emerging Tech developments.  Tech moves ahead very quickly whilst the law struggles to keep in touch.  These sessions will give practitioners an opportunity to stay ahead of the game. 

Tea and coffee - Flowers Room

Introduction: Roger Bickerstaff, President of IFCLA - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Morning Keynote: 'Where is Tech Heading?' to be given by Professor Mischa Dohler - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Mischa Dohler is Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, member of the Board of Directors of Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies.

Mischa has contributed to numerous wireless communications standards, and published more than 160 refereed scientific papers and books. He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, the House of Lords UK, the European Commission, and various start-ups. He is also an entrepreneur, angel investor, passionate pianist and fluent in 6 languages.  His contributions have featured in the Wall Street Journal and BBC.

Tea and coffee - Flowers Room

PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 5 or 6)

Stream A: Impact of Digital Transformation - Turing Lecture Theatre

  •  What does Digital Transformation mean? Is this an industrial revolution?
  • What this revolution means for in-house lawyers in terms of skills, New Priorities, Risks and also Changes for Legal Departments - Let's share experiences!
  • What does this mean for the legal industry and the way legal services are/shall be provided?
  • Compare US and Europe approaches of the issues

Chair: Stephane Lemarchand, Partner and Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Group, DLA Piper, Paris

Jeremy Moreton, Head of Legal, Global Business Services, International Airlines Group 
Jenna Karadbil, Law Office of Jenna F. Karadbil; Immediate Past President, International Technology Law Association
Keith Wixler, General Counsel Europe, Michelin

Stream B: Internet of Things / Data analytics – Transatlantic perspectives on data usage - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Dr Mark Watts, Partner, Bristows

Professor Dr. Nikolaus Forgó
, Chair of IT-Law and computer science at the University of Hannover, Director of the Institute of Forensic computer science (IRI), Director of the University course for Information and Media Law at the University of Vienna.
John Beardwood, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto 
Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Lunch at in the Flowers Room/Lovelace Room at the IET

PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 7 or 8)

Stream B: Cybersecurity - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

Chair: Dai Davis, Partner, Percy Crow Davis & Co

Professor Nico van Eijk,  Professor of Information Law, Media and Telecommunications Law, Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR)
Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-Chair, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team, Orrick, Seattle
Chris James, Senior Technology and Privacy Associate, Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

Afternoon tea - Flowers Room

SESSION 9: Virtual Currencies and other Blockchain Environments - Kelvin Lecture Theatre

  • Is blockchain distributed ledger technology suitable for large scale transactional security?
  • Is the hype around Blockchain justified, or is this a new version of the electronic signature hype of the 1990s?
  • What are the regulatory, legal and ethical issues associated with blockchain? Is it a techno-libertarian solution and was Bitcoin a false dawn?
  • Where are the proof of concept experiments for blockchain? Will land registries, tax records and financial transactions be blockchain enabled?

    Chair: Professor Chris Marsden
    , Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex.

Matthew Lavy
, Barrister, 4 Pump Court
Martin von Haller Grønbæk, Partner, Bird & Bird LLP, Denmark
Dr Jonathan Cave, Professor of Applied Game Theory & Economist, Regulatory Policy Commission

Closing remarks and end of day two

Close of the conference  

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