Dr. Sam De Silva

Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (CMS)

Sam is a partner at the leading international law firm, CMS and advises on the negotiation and drafting of complex commercial agreeents specialising in strategic IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), outsourcing (IT, BPO and off-shoring), system development and supply, system integration, software licensing, support and service agreements. Sam also regularly advises on data protection and cyber security.

At an international level, Sam is both the UK representative on the EU Commission’s Expert Group on Cloud Computing Contracts and on the IT Law Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). Sam is on the International Advisory Board of Cyber Rescue Alliance, which is a business assistance alliance helping its members reduce the harm caused by cyber-attacks and is a former Global Board of Trustee for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

At the national level, he is the past Chair on the Law Society’s Technology and Law Committee (but still a member of that Reference Group) and a committee member of the EU Committee of the Law Society. Sam is on the Board of the IT Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Sam has recently been elected as a Trustee to the British Computer Society (BCS) and is also on the Advisory Council of the BCS. Sam is the Co-convenor (with the Chinese) on a ISO Working Group tasked with developing a new ISO Standard on the management of contract and legal risk and is the Chair of the Legal Special Interest Group at the Institute of Risk Management.

Sam’s considerable experience with the above-mentioned committees and groups provides deep market intelligence which supports clients in their strategic planning and future proofing of projects. Sam has written and spoken extensively on technology, outsourcing and data privacy and is regularly called upon by the industry as a thought leader in these areas. He has been interviewed in the press, radio, webinars and on television.

Sam is also one of very few UK solicitors who is a Fellow of CIPS (FCIPS), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Sam has post-graduate degrees in information technology and business administration so is well aware of the commercial, business and technical issues facing both users and suppliers of technology. Sam has in-house industry legal experience having been seconded to Accenture UK as a Senior Legal Counsel. He is recognised as a leading individual in the most recent edition of the Legal 500 and as a Star Individual in Chambers & Partners directories. Sam is named in the Who’s Who of Information Technology 2019,Who’s Who of Data Privacy and Protection 2019 and the Who’s Who of Data Security 2019 as one of the world’s leading lawyers in those areas of law. In addition Sam has been listed in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2019. As well as being a qualified English law solicitor, Dr De Silva is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.

Session Details

Legal Matters: Will Brexit break the Supply Chain?

However much scenario planning organisations may have undertaken already, Brexit still has huge potential to disrupt any global supply chain that involves UK businesses.

So what happens to existing cross-border contracts if the UK leaves without a deal? What if one party feels it is economically or logistically impossible to continue, due to extra costs and constraints that weren’t predicted when the contract was first negotiated?

How long will it take to draw up replacement legislation to bridge the cracks that will inevitably start to appear after 31st October? And what can you do now to start mitigating for the impact of whatever eventually happens?

Join our closing keynote for a down-to-earth legal opinion and (hopefully) a few answers.