“Interim Remedies in IT Disputes” - 1st December 2004

SCL Northern Group Meeting

“Interim Remedies in IT Disputes”

 Speaker: Craig Sephton QC, Deans Court Chambers

Chairman: Stewart James, Associate, DLA

 Wednesday 1 December 2004 –  18.00 hours

 Venue: DLA, Princes Exchange, Princes Square, Leeds, LS1 4BY.

Tel: 08700 111 111   www.dla.com


Not too long ago, IT was the concern of nerds and anoraks, and their interest was in hardware and the software that runs on it.  Now, the hardware and software are taken for granted, and the contemporary issue is how we use it, which means electronic commerce, the Internet, the manipulation and protection of personal data.

 Craig Sephton QC will begin his presentation with a brief consideration of the modern practice of information technology so as to put the subsequent legal discussion into its context, discussing the very fast rate of technical development and the rapid change in attitudes towards IT.  He will then outline briefly the most important legal concepts in modern IT practice and point out that whereas previously, issues of sale of goods and contract dominated IT law, the modern focus is on information.  Hence, the concerns are now with intellectual property, defamation, data protection, privacy and protection from spam.  Craig will then go on to address the law of interim remedies, and consider its special application to IT disputes.

 Craig Sephton was called to the Bar 1981 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 2001.  He was appointed Recorder of the Crown Court in 2001 and claims, in his words, to have been a computer nerd since about 1985.  His practice is Technology and Construction, Commercial, Data protection issues, Health, Safety and Regulatory Professional Negligence (especially solicitors and surveyors negligence) and Personal Injury (particularly catastrophic injuries and diseases).

 Administration notes:

      The cost of attendance at this meeting is £20.00 + VAT (£23.50) for SCL members and £35.00 + VAT (£41.13) for non-members.  VAT invoices will be issued to all delegates.

  •       If you wish to attend this meeting please email caroline.gould@scl.org by Monday 29 November 2004 and request an invoice.   Fees can be paid by cheque (cheques should be made payable to “Society for Computers and Law” please), Mastercard, Visa, Switch or bank transfer. 


  •        SCL Bank details: Account name: Society for Computers and Law Registered Charity.  Account no: 60441368.  Sort code: 20-13-34.  Name and address of bank: Barclays Bank plc, 86 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1RB.  When paying by bank transfer please ensure that we are sent a remittance advice so that we can trace your payment easily in our records.  All invoices for attendance at this meeting must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date although payment before the date of the meeting would be appreciated.


  •        The SCL membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. Non-members wishing to join the Society and the Northern Group will be entitled to membership of the Society valid from now until 31 March 2006 including 6 copies of the SCL magazine “Computers & Law” plus notification of future SCL group meetings.  The cost of an annual SCL membership including Northern Group membership is £90.00.


  •        If you have any queries about your application for this meeting or SCL membership please contact Caroline Gould (Tel: Bristol 0117 923 7393   Email: caroline.gould@scl.org).


  •        Under the Law Society’s CPD scheme, ILEX’s CPD Scheme and Barristers – new and established practitioner programmes this meeting is accredited with 1 hour.


  •       Booking terms and conditions: Application by email constitutes a firm booking and an undertaking to pay the meeting attendance feeCancellations will not be accepted (and refunds made) unless received in the Society’s offices in Bristol at least one week before the date of the relevant event or meeting.


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