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Cryptocurrency and blockchain conference

Date: 8th May 2018

Time: 09:00 - 13:30

Law Society of Scotland
Atria One, 144 Morrison Street

This conference will explore what lawyers will need to learn in the sphere of cryptocurrency and if the law as we know it is ready to manage this new technology.

Book by 8 April to save 40% on the above prices with our early bird rate

3.5 verifiable CPD hours

With numerous news reports of Bitcoin rocketing (and occasionally plummeting) in value, it is unsurprising that blockchain and cryptocurrency has finally entered mainstream discourse. However, these concepts have taken on their own meaning and they look set to impact our lives in ways going far beyond Bitcoin. On the basis of recent developments in the financial sector, it’s possible that blockchain could transform the way transactions are carried out, and lawyers – particularly those with clients in finance and technology – would be wise to keep up to date with the way cryptocurrency and smart contracts are beginning to be used.

Beyond this, blockchain and crypto pose a number of fascinating questions such as:

  • What are the ethics of this system?
  • What will lawyers need to learn?
  • Is the law as we know it ready to manage this new technology?

Join us as we explore the answers with some of this area's professional vanguards.

  • Discover potential legal applications of blockchain and cryptocurrency
  • Learn how other industries are marking use of blockchain solutions
  • Review the ways in which blockchain might affect the law
  • 09:00 - 09:40

    Registration and breakfast
  • Chair: Samuel Moore, Legal Technologist, Burness Paull LLP

  • 09:50 - 10:40

    Introduction to blockchain and cryptocurrency

    •    Defining key concepts
    •    Understanding the difference between traditional transactions and crypto transactions
    •    Introducing smart contracts: advantages and limitations 

    Paul Forrest, Chairman, MBN Solutions

    10:40 - 11:30

    Panel: How have other sectors reacted to blockchain?

    Dr Greig Paul, Research Engineer, University of Strathclyde

    Robert Clint, Chief Technology Officer, Spiritus Partners

    Ella Tallyn, UX designer and research associate in the Design Informatics team, Edinburgh University

  • 11:30 - 11:45

    Refreshments and networking
  • 11:45 - 12:35

    How will cryptocurrency affect the role of the legal professional?

    Samuel Moore, Legal Technologist, Burness Paull LLP

    12:35 - 13:25

    How should the legal infrastructure react to deal with cryptocurrency and blockchain?

    Dr Burkhard Schafer, Professor of Computational Legal Theory, University of Edinburgh

  • 13:25 - 13:30

    Final comments and close


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