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


Chris is a Director in the Technology, Outsourcing, and Privacy group at the law firm...

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Pro Bono General Counsel

Andrew Katz

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

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

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Committee members

Richard Archer

Owner and Managing Director of Bramble Hub, and Non-Executive Director of Open Forum Europe

Richard has been involved for several years in supporting Open Standards and a level playing...

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Sami Atabani

Director of Third Party Intellectual Property Licensing

Sami is an experienced Director Of Intellectual Property with a demonstrated history of working in...

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Amanda Brock


Amanda is CEO of the UK body for “open”, OpenUK, the Chair of the Open...

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Toby Crick

Partner, Bristows Solicitors

Toby is a partner at leading technology law firm Bristows LLP and has over 25...

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James Lovegrove


Iain G. Mitchell QC

Chairman, Scottish Society of Computers & Law, QC, Pro Bono Counsel for OpenUK

Iain graduated from Edinburgh University in 1973 and was called to the Scottish Bar in...

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Professor Ian Walden

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

Ian is Professor of Information and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies,...

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Raissa Sheikh


Ben Travers

Stephens Scown LLP

Ben heads up the Intellectual Property, IT and Data Protection team at Stephens Scown LLP....

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Anne Todd

Macfarlanes Solicitors

Anne is a Senior Solicitor in the Commercial department at the law firm Macfarlanes. She...

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Future Leaders Co-Chair

Robert Grannells, Fieldfisher

Robert is a technology lawyer experienced in advising a variety of clients of all sectors...

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Future Leaders Co-Chair

Katy Gibson, Bristows

Katy is an Associate in the Commercial IP/IT Team at Bristows LLP and advises on...

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Future Leaders - Committee Members

Michael Thonger, Arup

In-house Solicitor, Arup

Michael is an in-house solicitor at Arup: a multinational firm of an independent firm of...

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Lucy-Anne Ferrat

Stephens Scown

Raissa Sheikh


Ben Hughes, Bird & Bird

Adam Coughlin, Bristows

Max Harris, Bristows

Ashleigh Monagle, Arup


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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