Brexit for the IT Industry: A Legal Overview

Tuesday 19 December 2017, 18:30 - 21:00

The Griffin, 10-12 Church Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7AD

Free to both BCS and Non-BCS members


Out of Treaties that are tens of thousands of words long and which govern the operation of the European Union law, Article 50 is short at only 261 words long. There is much conjecture as to how any certainty may be gleaned about the process of leaving Europe from those 261 words. Dai will explain the nature of the referendum we had, and how the government has decided to interpret the referendum in the light of the judgment in the successful challenge by Gina Miller to the referendum.

This talk debunks many of the myths of Brexit and explains why a so-called hard Brexit is inevitable under article 50. What has passed many by is that many legal changes have already happened: for example the notional right to appeal certain points of law to the European Court, since by the time any appeal launched today was complete, the United Kingdom would already have left the European Union.

We also look at some of the legal changes that will occur immediately the United Kingdom leaves Brexit as well as the laws that will take considerably longer, if ever, to change. This is done in the context of examples in the Information Technology industry.

Dai will also look at some particular features of Brexit as it affects the Information Technology, including:

  • Information Technology Outsourcing
  • The effect on Data Protection law
  • Freedom of movement of Goods
  • Database rights
  • Changes in the right to obtain injunctive relief for breaches of copyright and patents

Speaker Bio

Dai Davis is a Technology Lawyer and Chartered Engineer. 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 for decades 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, Dai is now a partner in his own specialist law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co.

He has a nationwide legal practice and travels regularly throughout the UK. 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. 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

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