IFCLA Conference 2016
9-10 June 2016
Institution of Engineering and Technology

Conference Programme

Hosted and organised by the Society for Computers and Law (SCL)

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2016, London

IFCLA Conference 2016

Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London

IT law is global. IT lawyers, almost uniquely, have to master local law and yet look beyond their borders. Whether your focus is on outsourcing, the Internet, apps, cryptocurrencies, data protection, Big Data, the Internet of Things, gaming or any of the myriad of other fields affected by IT law, compliance in one jurisdiction gives no security – you have to think globally.

IFCLA 2016 offers an unrivalled opportunity for IT lawyers to broaden their outlook and make it truly global. IT law thought-leaders will be gathering in one of the world’s great cities and you can be a part of the event. With an emphasis on an interactive event, participants at IFCLA 2016 will both add to and draw from the experience. 

IFCLA 2016 also offers a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded peers, whether that is meeting up with old friends or making new contacts. 

All this and coverage of up-to-the-minute legal issues, focused discussion and debates over two days and outstanding value. IFCLA’s two-day event at the newly refurbished Institution of Engineering and Technology by the River Thames costs just £720 + VAT for IFCLA members. Please see here for more details.



Pre-Conference drinks reception – from 6 pm
A chance to meet colleagues, peers and fellow enthusiasts in an informal setting overlooking the iconic London skyline.

Venue: DLA Piper UK LLP, 10th floor Terrace, One London Wall.

Hosted and sponsored by DLA Piper UK LLP


Day One: "Tech in Regulated Environments"
Day one of the conference will explore the constraints and opportunities posed by the delivery of IT solutions and services in regulated environments. As IT service provisions becomes increasingly and integral component of the business offering the provision of IT becomes increasingly regulated by the rules applicable to the sector.

08:30 am: Registration, tea and coffee

09:30 am: Introduction and welcome from Roger Bickerstaff, President of IFCLA

09:45: Morning Keynote

10:30 Tea and coffee break 

11:00 – 12.30: SESSION 1: FinTech - IT and Financial Services Regulation

Chair: Gareth Davies, Senior Legal Counsel, Bank of England

Speakers to include:
Dr Joachim Schwerin
, Senior Policy Advisor, DG Industry and Enterprise, European Commission, Brussels
Simon Deane-Johns, Consultant Solicitor, Keystone Law

12:30-13:30: Lunch in the Lancaster Room at The IET

13:30 – 15:00: PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 2 or 3)

SESSION 2: 13:30 – 15:00: Stream A: IT in Health Care Environments

Chair: Arto Linnervuo, Partner, Castrén & Snellman, Head of TMT & Outsourcing, Helsinki

Professor Roger Brownsword
, Professor of Law at King's College London
Neil Brown, Senior Lawyer and Academic
Nick Maltby, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Genomics England

SESSION 3: 13:30 – 15:00: Stream B: Data Protection – Compliance in a Heavily Regulated Environment 

Chair: Bridget Treacy
, Partner and Head of the UK Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, Hunton & Williams

Bojana Bellamy
, President, Centre for Information Policy Leadership
Jim Halpert, Partner, Co-Chair, US Cybersecurity Practice, DLA, Washington DC
European Data Protection Supervisor, (Speaker TBC)
Vivienne Artz, Managing Director and General Counsel, Citigroup
Hilary Wandall, Chief Privacy Officer, Merck & Co, New York

15:00 – 15:30: Afternoon tea

15.30 - 17.00: SESSION 4: Digital Single Market – Stocktake on Proposals

Chair: Belén Arribas Sánchez, Partner, Head of IT, MILINERS Abogados y Asesores Tributarios SLP, Barcelona

Speakers to include:
Roger Bickerstaff
, Partner and Head of Digital Business Campaign, Bird & Bird, IFCLA President and SCL Trustee 
Julie Samnadda, Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels

17:00: Closing remarks and conclusion of day one 

19.00 – 20:00: Drinks reception on the Riverside Roof Terrace at The IET

20:00 Gala dinner in the Riverside Room at The IET

FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2016 

Day Two: Tech in a Fast Moving Environment

Day two of the conference will take stock of the legal implications of emerging Tech developments.  Tech moves ahead very quickly whilst the law struggles to keep in touch.  These sessions will give practitioners an opportunity to stay ahead of the game. 

08:45: Tea and coffee 

09:30: Introduction: Professor Richard Susskind OBE, SCL President

09:45: Morning Keynote: Professor Mischa Dohler
Misha Dohler is Chair Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, member of the Board of Directors of Worldsensing, Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies.

Mischa has contributed to numerous wireless communications standards, and published more than 160 refereed scientific papers and books. He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, the House of Lords UK, the European Commission, and various start-ups. He is also an entrepreneur, angel investor, passionate pianist and fluent in 6 languages.  His contributions have featured in the Wall Street Journal and BBC.

10:30 - 11.00: Tea and coffee

11:00 - 12.30: PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 5 or 6)

SESSION 5: 11:00 - 12.30: Stream A: Impact of Digital Transformation

Chair: Stephane Lemarchand
, Partner and Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Group, DLA Piper, Paris

Speakers to include:
Rywa Salamander
, Public Affairs Consultant, Axel Springer, Berlin

SESSION 6: 11:00 - 12.30: Stream B: Internet of Things / Data analytics – Transatlantic perspectives on data usage

Chair: Professor Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy and Information Law at CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Dr. Nikolaus Forgó
, Chair of IT-Law and computer science at the University of Hannover, Director of the Institute of Forensic computer science (IRI), Director of the University course for Information and Media Law at the University of Vienna.
John Beardwood, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto 
Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

12:30-13.30: Lunch at in the Lancaster Room at the IET

13:30 – 15:00: PARALLEL STREAMS (Choose one session - 7 or 8)

SESSION 7: 13:30 – 15:00: Stream A: Industry 4.0: Legal Impacts of Robotics including Driverless Cars

Chair: Dr Anselm Brandi-Dohrn, Partner, Partner IP/IT, von Boetticher Rechtsanwälte, Berlin 

Rob Buckingham
 – Director of Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE), UK Atomic Energy Authority
Chris Holder, Partner, Bristows
Professor Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann, Chair of Public Law, Information Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Science, Goethe University, Frankfurt

SESSION 8: 13:30 – 15:00: Stream B: Cybersecurity

Chair: Dai Davis
, Partner, Percy Crow Davis & Co

Speakers to include:
Richard Knowlton
, Chairman, Richard Knowlton Associates, CEO, Internet Security Alliance for Europe (ISAFE)
Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-Chair, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Team, Orrick, Seattle

15:00 – 15:30: Afternoon tea

15:30: SESSION 9: Virtual Currencies and other Blockchain Environments

Chair: Christopher Marsden
, Professor of Internet & Media Law, University of Sussex.

Speakers to include:
Matthew Lavy
, Barrister, 4 Pump Court

17:00:  Closing remarks and end of day two

Close of the conference

CPD: 11 hours

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