Legal and Policy Committee


To develop and sustain UK leadership in legal matters and policy in Open technology


  • Open technology is the norm across UK public services, businesses and individuals.
  • The UK is recognised as the leader in education and skills training in Open technology.
  • Open technology forms the basis of the UK’s thriving knowledge economy.


  • To enable the UK’s leadership in Open Technology by influencing the development of suitable law, policy and practice.
  • To represent and bring together legal and policy leaders in Open Technology in the UK while building a body of expertise and experience in legal and policy matters.
  • To promote understanding of legal and policy matters relating to Open Technology across individuals, enterprise, and the public sector through education and the provision of tools and resources to enable the adoption of Open Technology.


  • Amicus Brief Google v Oracle
  • FOSS4SME and letter to MP’s
  • Junior Lawyers Committee – review of Public Sector and Procurement Contracts and Processes
  • International Treaties
  • Response to new Legislation
  • Tools and Education
  • Joint Events with Society of Computers and Law
  • Climate Change Policy
  • DITO (Develop in the open healthcare project) input


Christopher Eastham

Field Fisher

Pro Bono General Counsel

Andrew Katz

Managing Partner and Head of Tech and IP, Moorcrofts, Pro Bono General Counsel, OpenUK

Andrew Katz is Managing Partner and head of Technology Law of Moorcrofts LLP and is...

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Committee members

Richard Archer

Sami Atabani

Toby Crick

Partner, Bristows Solicitors

James Lovegrove


Stuart Mackintosh

OpusVL, Chair

Based in Rugby, Stuart has been working with free and open source software since the...

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Iain Mitchell

QC, Pro Bono QC

Ann Todd

MacFarlanes Solicitors

Professor Ian Walden

Head of School, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary


DG Connect, #OSSBeyond2020 Response December 2019

FOSS4SME's Summary and MP's Letter, 31 January 2020

Junior Lawyers' review of public sector terms project and meetings with Public Sector and JOLTS Paper

Parliamentary All Party Intellectual Property Group meeting

Society of Computers and Law and OpenUK Joint Day at Wuthering Bytes

Meeting Dates


Minutes of Meetings


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