Annual IT Law Update

Date: 18 October 2012

Bird & Bird is delighted to invite you to its Annual IT Law Update on Thursday 18 October 2012 at The British Library Conference Centre, London

IT Law and IT contracting are developing quickly. A number of legal cases decided this year will have a significant impact on IT businesses and the way the businesses contract for IT.

Our Annual IT Law Update is designed to give in-house lawyers in IT companies, lawyers with a responsibility for IT and IT contracting personnel an overview of the legal and contract developments over the last year which impact the IT and ecommerce environment.

In addition, we will also be holding a number of more focused workshops in the morning. These will provide an opportunity to discuss specific developments. There is no requirement to attend one of the workshops. Attendees are welcome just to attend the afternoon conference programme.

For further information, or to register to attend future seminars please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

The programme

10.30 - 11.00
Workshop registration and refreshments

11.00 - 12.30
Workshops - choose one from the following:

Introducing mobile payment structures: the legal and regulatory issue
Leader: Trystan Tether, Partner, Bird & Bird

Public Sector IT - what's on the agenda?
Leader: Peter Elliott, Partner, Bird & Bird

Big Data - what is it, what are the legal issues?
Leader: Alexander Duisberg, Partner, Bird & Bird

Where are the clouds? What is happening in the transition to cloud service provision Leaders: Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird and Howard Rubin, Partner, Bird & Bird

12.30 - 13.45
Afternoon registration, networking and lunch

13.45 - 14.00
Welcome and introduction - Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird

14.00 - 14.30
Contract law update - Andrew White, Partner, Bird & Bird. Andrew will highlight some key recent cases including Compass Group v Mid-Essex Hospital Trust on good faith in outsourcing; AstraZeneca v IBM on IT exit provisions, and Shared Network Services v Nextiraone on caps on liability.

14.30 - 15.00
Contracting for Agile software development projects - Ian Edwards, Partner, Bird & Bird. Ian will review the key challenges associated with contracting for Agile software development projects, including pricing, liability, termination and generally how to structure the contract, and seek to identify ways in which these challenges can be addressed.

15.00 - 15.30
Software Licensing - Howard Rubin, Partner, Bird & Bird. Howard will provide an overview of the legal analysis together with a review of the business implications for the development of a market in second-hand software arising from the UsedSoft v Oracle ruling in the European Court of Justice.

15.30 - 16.00
Tea and coffee break

16.00 - 16.30
Internet/E-Commerce Law - Graham Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird. Graham will review the key developments in a busy year for internet law including copyright, intermediary liability, defamation, distance selling regulation and cross-border jurisdiction.

16.30 - 17.00
Outsourcing: moving to a multi-vendor solution - Mark Leach, Partner, Bird & Bird. Mark will examine the practical and legal challenges involved in re-structuring existing deals in preparation for a transition to a multi-vendor and service tower environment. Mark will also examine some of the strategies for ensuring co-operation and effective service integration amongst multiple suppliers.

17.00 - 17.30
Social media policies - Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird. Roger will review the key legal issues which are emerging as businesses and individuals engage in social media activities for business purposes, focussing on the need to develop corporate policies to deal with these issues.

17.30 - 18.30
Drinks and networking