Computer Law (including data protection Law) after Brexit

BCS (Bedford)

DateTuesday 04 Jul 2017

18:30 to 20:00


Tavistock Suite The Park Inn Hotel, 2 St Mary's Street, Bedford MK42 0AR

SpeakerDai Davis, Partner, Percy Crow Davis & Co.

This talk examines the legislative outcome of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, with an emphasis on Computer Law.

The primary protection of Software in the United Kingdom is by virtue of a European Union law originally passed in 1991 but restated in Directive 2009/24/EC on the legal protection of computer programs. Not only will certain aspects of that legislation change on Brexit, but also in fact it can be argued that the law has already changed.

Data Protection has taken a tough new turn with the passing of the new General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") in May 2016. Irrespective of the "Brexit" vote, this new European Union Regulation will, in any event, come into force on 25th May 2018. While it is possible that is subsequently changed after the UK leaves the European Union, it is inconceivable that the UK will leave the European Union without retaining the GDPR. One reason for this is because, were it do so, European financial institutions would be prohibited from sharing data with UK organisations.


Photo Dai Davis is a Technology Lawyer. He holds Masters degrees in both Physics and Computer Science. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Dai has consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession. Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds for a number of years, Dai is now a partner in his own specialist law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co.

Although he works in Leeds and London on a weekly basis, he has clients throughout the country and also works out of other cities such as Manchester and Birmingham regularly. Dai advises clients on intellectual property in Information Technology products, and all types of computer and technology law issues including such topical matters as Open Source, IT Security, Cloud Computing and Data Protection issues. Dai is a non-executive director of FAST (The Federation Against Software Theft) and a Freeman of the WCIT (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists).

He is primarily a non-contentious lawyer, specialising in advising on commercial agreements relating to software and technology products, including outsourcing agreements, web-related contracts and data protection. A further "super specialism" that Dai has practised for over two decades is high-tech product safety and product recall, including the law relating to CE Marking. Dai can be contacted on 07785 771 721 or

18:30 Registration, refreshments and networking
19:00 Guest speaker - Dai Davis
20:00 Opportunity to network and talk to the speaker


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