Annual IT Law Update

22 October 2014

10.30 - 19.00

British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

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The past year has seen a number of high profile challenges to IT operations. The Snowdon disclosures highlighted the potential for large-scale state surveillance of IT services. The recent iCloud hacks of celebrities' accounts shows the inherent insecurity of some public facing services.

Our Annual IT Law Update is designed to give in-house lawyers working in IT companies and IT contracting personnel an understanding of the important legal and contract developments over the last year which impact the IT and e-commerce environment.

In addition, we also held two more focused workshops in the morning, and for the first time at the IT Law Update, throughout the day a demo-room ran showcasing recent IT developments and services, presented by technology consultants, Ntegra Greenside. Participants were able to visit the demo room throughout the day.

An additional workshop entitled 'IT Project Disputes: Defining an Exit or Renegotiation Strategy'  was held during the morning session. For further details, please see the below programme.

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The programme


10.30 - 11.00

Workshop registration and refreshments

11.00 - 12.30   

Workshops - choose from one of the following:

Financial Services/Technology Developments

A round table discussion looking at the factors driving the technological revolution in the retail banking sector and how banks can adapt their legacy technologies to the 24/7, real-time, online customer-centric model.

Leader: Jonny Emmanuel, Associate, Bird & Bird

IT Project Disputes: Defining an Exit or Renegotiation Strategy
A session looking at the rights, obligations and "rescue" options of parties to failing or delayed IT projects, including: termination rights, non-termination approaches such as Alternative Dispute Resolution, and practical considerations in protecting the parties' rights pending resolution.
Leaders: Steven Baker, Partner, Bird & Bird and Rachel Glass, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird

Innovation in Outsourcing

(Please note: this workshop is now full and registration has closed)

Lack of innovation is often cited by customers as a chief source of dissatisfaction with outsourcing, yet suppliers claim to  invest significantly in service improvements. This workshop will discuss these issues and explore how outsourcing innovation can be maximised.

Leader: Mark Leach, Partner, Bird & Bird

11.00 - 17.00

Technology Developments Demo-room

Throughout the day an informal demo-room will showcase and explain recent IT developments and services.  This workshop is aimed at presenting new technology to non-IT professionals. Bird & bird lawyers will be on hand at various times throughout the day to answer any questions on legal implications arising from  these new developments.

Leader: Ntegra Greenside

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

14.30 - 15.00

Implementing Cloud services following Snowden - Barry Jennings, Associate, Bird & Bird

15.00 - 15.30

Responding to Cybersecurity incidents - Ian Edwards and Simon Shooter, Partners, Bird & Bird

15.30 - 16.00

Tea and coffee break

16.00 - 16.30

Review of the Internet/E-commerce law year - Graham Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird

16.30 - 17.00

Using OpenSource software in "mainstream" environments - Martin von Haller Grønbæk, Partner, Bird & Bird

17.00 - 17.30

What's special about US IT contracts? - Treena Dunlea-Peatross, Associate, Bird & Bird

17.30 - 19.00

Drinks and networking