Who We Are
SCL is a registered educational charity and the leading UK organisation for those advising and practising within the tech law sector. Our mission is to inform and educate legal professionals and the wider audience on the impact of IT on law and legal practice through the promotion of best practice, thought leadership, and the fostering of a global tech law community.
SCL has an international membership made up of private practice and in-house IT lawyers, consultants, legal technologists, barristers, students, academics, and other tech law professionals.
Our tagline is 'tech law for everyone' and our core values are Education, Collaboration and Community.
What We Do
Events and Training
We provide unrivalled essential training on key tech law topics devised and delivered by experts in the field. From annual updates on Data Protection and IT Contracts, expert half-day masterclasses and conferences dedicated to AI and the Tech of Tech Law, through to networking events for trainees and students and our online informal conversation series, Tea & Tech - there really is something for everyone at every stage of their tech law career.
In addition to our yearly calendar of events, the SCL Tech Law Essentials is a rolling programme of seminars and content in key areas of practice that is consistently updated to ensure that new law and new problems are addressed, whilst ensuring that the enduring essential knowledge and skills tech lawyers need to gather and maintain throughout their careers are covered. And, finally, there is our flagship Annual Conference which will be a very special event this year as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. It is a must-attend event for all those interested in law and technology looking to be part of the ever-expanding opportunity that a career in law and technology represents.
News and Editorial
Tech law is a fast-moving sector and it's important to stay up to date, so we present articles, news, blogs and insights from thought-leaders across the sector on our website, e-newsletters and our social media platforms. We also produce a bi-monthly C&L digital magazine and a monthly News Review packed with incisive and relevant content.
SCL is proud to foster a thriving and supportive community of legal professionals who come together to share experience, ideas, and expertise. The Society is shaped by its members and the wider community and works hard to offer meaningful support at every career stage, from students to senior partners. Our special interest Groups ensure that relevant topics and important issues are represented and explored and are a fantastic way of getting more involved in the Society and supporting our work.
Over the years we have launched many exciting projects and taken part in many valuable collaborations with other organisations. Our key current initiatives include:
- The SCL Adjudication Scheme Adjudication Scheme - a three-month procedure for “technology” disputes.
- SCL AI for Schools - an SCL outreach initiative aimed at helping underprivileged 6th form students consider a career in the tech law sector.
- The SCL AI Contractual Clauses Project - a project led by the SCL AI Group to draft contractual clauses for AI contracts (with accompanying drafting notes). Currently out for consultation with the SCL membership and launching very soon.
- Blockchain Legal & Regulatory Group Report 2023 - SCL has been delighted to be involved in the production of the 3rd edition of the Blockchain Guidance which for the first time includes training videos as well as written guidance.