First for Tech & Comms Disputes Conference

31 January 2018

15.15 - 21.00

Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

We are pleased to present a tailored afternoon programme of talks and debates addressing the key contentious issues facing our clients in the Tech & Comms sector.

In addition to large group sessions focussing on technology project contracting and the legal challenges posed by evolving technologies, we also invite participants to a choice of break-out sessions that include tackling infringing and illegal online content and identifying the misuse of business secrets. The conference will end with an interview with Smita Oza, Senior Director, Legal Operations, Verifone who will share her experiences of working for a global technology company and the issues that confront her company going forward.

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The programme

15:15 - 15:45

  • Arrival and refreshments

15:45 - 15:50

  • Welcome and Introductory remarks

15:50 - 16:15

  • Common sources of IT project disputes and top tips for defusing them

    • In this session, Rachel Glass and Russell Williamson will examine three key issues that frequently arise in IT projects and discuss the practical ways in which they can be avoided (or alleviated). The issues include: (1) premature commencement of work; (2) poor performance and delay; and (3) clearly defining a project's objectives and scope.

16:15 - 16:40

  • Looking to the future: evolving technologies and business models – recognising and limiting the risks

    • In this session Jeremy Sharman and Ian Edwards will examine the risks that new and evolving technologies will give rise to, such as the increasing use of cloud based services and artificial intelligence, as well as how best to mitigate and manage those risks.

16:40 - 17:00

  • The end of the road: navigating contractual termination

    • In this session Jonathan Speed and Priyan Meewella will examine core issues in successfully navigating termination in IT projects and identify some common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

17:00 - 17:15

  • Refreshment break and networking

17:15 - 17:40

Please choose one of the following sessions:

  • From live site-blocking injunctions to takedown notices - tackling infringing and illegal content online

    • In this session Rebecca O'Kelly-Gillard and Laura Hubbard will look at the current state of play for removing infringing and illegal content online. They will discuss the practicalities of implementing the courts' remedies, by whom the cost burden for such action should be borne and some recent developments from the UK, Europe and around the globe, covering legislative updates and the rapidly developing case law in this area – from the perspective of both service providers and product manufacturers.


  • Does an agile approach to IT projects avoid the problems typically associated with the traditional (waterfall) approach?

    • Jeremy Sharman, Ian Edwards and Jack Colthurst in this session discuss what can you do to minimise the risks associated with both approaches.

17:40 - 18:05

Please choose one of the following sessions:

  • Business Secrets: where have they gone, how to recover them, remedies for misuse

    • In this session Sophie Eyre and Matthew Foote will look at identifying who has taken information, interim remedies available to assist in identifying misuse and stopping confidential information being disclosed, options for recovery of information, the court's versatility to assist victims promptly and damages for misuse.


  • Arbitration vs Litigation for tech and comms disputes

    • In a highly interactive session Jonathan Speed and Garreth Wong will debate the pros and cons of arbitration and court litigation as forums for resolving technology disputes.

18:05 - 18:10

  • Guests will be invited back into one group

18:10 - 18:40

  • Knowledge Connect: an interview with Smita Oza, Senior Director, Legal Operations, Verifone

18:40 - 18:45

  • Closing remarks

    • Sophie Eyre, Partner, Joint Head, UK Dispute Resolution

18:45 - 21:00

  • Drinks reception