Our Tech & Comms group hosted its annual Tech Law update at the British Library in London, welcoming over 140 delegates from the UK Tech sector. Partners from across our international network and guest speakers presented on the most current and pressing issues in Tech Law, providing in-house lawyers working in technology companies and contracting personnel in user organisations an understanding of the important tech legal and contract developments over the last year.
Following a welcome from Roger Bickerstaff (London), Andrew White (London) gave an update on contract law. Alexander Duisberg (Munich) then looked at the legal issues involved in Big Data, while Benoit Van Asbroeck (Brussels) presented on Current trends in Cloud Service contracts.
The second part of the day was kicked off with a review of the Internet/eCommerce law year by Graham Smith (London), followed by Roger Bickerstaff, who examined what an EU Digital Single Market means for Businesses. Howard Rubin (London) was then joined by guest speakers Lyndon Coppin (Director, Head of Legal - Barclays Operations, Technology & Commercial Legal, UK & EME) and Clive Taylor (Programme Director - Post Office digital transformation project) to talk about Digital Transformation in Practice in Criminal Justice and Financial Services.
In the morning the delegates were invited to attend one of two workshops:
- Financial Services/Adapting to Technology Developments: Exploring how traditional banks and FinTech suppliers/start-ups can adapt to the disruptive digital technologies challenge – led by London associates Jonny Emmanuel, Ali Ramadan and Oli Irons.
- Funding the Internet of Things: Reviewing a range of alternative funding approaches for IoT, particularly looking at parallels from the more innovate energy developments – led by Professor Mischa Dohler, Chair Professor of Wireless Communications, Kings College London and partners Roger Bickerstaff and Isabel Evans.
In an adjacent demo room, rolling presentations took place throughout the day looking into the latest disruptive technologies from early stage and scale-up companies.
The companies presenting included the 2014 winners of the Bird & Bird Disruptive Technology Challenge 2014 held in Munich, as well as FabLab (one of our UK CSR partners) and Fliplet (the platform many of the Bird & Bird apps have been developed on).
The highly successful day was rounded off by drinks and networking. You can see tweets from the day at @twobirdstech