Why you should attend this course
Cloud computing has long (in IT industry terms) since ceased to be a buzz expression and is now a reality for many businesses. Indeed, after the hand-wringing in the early days when few businesses trusted the amorphous cloud, nowadays many businesses depend, at least to some extent, on cloud computing. Some even run their businesses on it.
In the early days, there was little experience of the potential pitfalls and lawyers were uncertain in their approach to drafting – with many users especially opting for full-blown outsourcing terms. Since then, it is clearer what commercial considerations apply and both providers and users should now be aware of the contracting pitfalls and what points are to be negotiated.
Obviously, a negotiation will not necessarily yield everything either party wants, it comes down to a compromise, but a knowledge of what are the desirable points to negotiate is an essential starting point for both parties.
Who should attend?
This course is aimed at both lawyers and commercial managers. As for the lawyers, it would be ideal for junior lawyers who are starting out in a department where they will encounter cloud contracts or for more senior lawyers who are approaching cloud contracts for the first time.
Commercial managers will all benefit, especially when they are acquiring cloud services for the first time and are looking at a contract and not sure of what they should be negotiating.
What is the course outcome?
Delegates will come away with a knowledge of the different types of cloud service and the different types of contract used for each of them. More importantly, delegates will appreciate the commercial risk areas and what are consequently the key terms for each side to negotiate and what the ideal outcome is for a negotiation.
What is the agenda?
There is much to cover and the agenda for this half-day session is as follows:
This course will also consider key clauses taken from a Cloud contract and provide opportunities for discussion as well as the chance to consider further more detailed drafting points.
A technology lawyer of more than 20 years experience, Richard has seen the IT industry from all sides – as an in-house lawyer with two substantial UK based systems houses, a lawyer within a top-rated City practice, and now as the head of his own practice.
Richard has been involved in some of the largest IT litigation and transactions in this country and in his own practice is especially concerned with outsourcing agreements, and gets involved in major re-negotiations of large deals. Richard is also a qualified mediator in the realm of IT and intellectual property disputes, and more recently has started in practice as an arbitrator.
Richard is a well-known IT lawyer, is rated as a "leader in his field" by the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, and at the end of last year stepped down after two years as Chairman of the Society for Computers and Law.