Dealing with the Insider Threat - Financial Services seminar 2

20 September 2012

With the continuing rise of automated trading in the financial services sector, employers and employees can become involved in increasingly sophisticated disputes over ownership, theft and use of algorithms and code.

This seminar series combines to form a master-class in everything any automated trading firm needs to know, including:

  • What can we do when employees leave with our code or specialist insider knowledge?
  • What if there are disputes relating to IP rights in the algorithms or coding?
  • How do we manage the PR of disputes that suggest we lost valuable data?

You are welcome to attend any of the seminars individually or the entire series.

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

08.00 - 10.30 (Registration from 08.00 - 08.30)

Given the substantial investment involved, what are your remedies if a competitor copies your algorithms or coding?  We look at the legal rights this investment creates, in particular copyright, and consider how database rights, trade secrets, computer misuse law and copyright can be used to protect an institution’s investment software.


Henry Carr QC is one of the leading intellectual property and information technology advocates, with particular expertise in algorithmic trading cases and computer contract litigation.

Peter Brownlow is a partner at Bird & Bird and is well known for his expertise in enforcing intellectual property rights.  He has particular experience in copyright, database right, trade secrets, and trade mark cases which regularly feature complex cross-border issues.

Chaired by Warren Wayne, partner at Bird & Bird.