Recordings of every session from the Accord Project Forum conference are available here.

The Accord Project hosted the first annual conference dedicated to the Smart Legal Contracts industry in London on June 6, 2019. The day-long conference featured a keynote speech by Lord Keen with industry speakers, panel discussions, and showcase demonstrations. The event included participation from the leading organizations involved in the development of Smart Legal Contract technology, applications and policy including UK LawTech Delivery Panel, ISDA, Law Society, IBM, R3 and many more.

Welcome & Keynote by Lord Keen

Keynote speech from The Rt Hon Lord Keen of Elie QC.

Lord Keen was appointed Advocate General for Scotland in May 2015. He also became the spokesperson for Ministry of Justice business in the House of Lords in July 2016.



Accord Project Overview

Dan Selman, Co-Director of the Accord Project makes key announcements and gives an overview of the technology that is being built on the Accord Project and future plans for the group.




R3 Showcase

Jason Rozovsky will be presenting the work that R3 has done alongside the Accord Project on the coding of a promissory note. Jason is Senior Counsel at enterprise blockchain pioneer R3 and founder of the firm’s Legal Center of Excellence, which brings together top global law firms with specialty practices that handle legal and policy issues impacting the blockchain industry.

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Mishcon de Reya Showcase

Alastair Moore & Niall Roche from Mishcon de Reya, provide an Overview of the Accord Project Real Estate and Construction Working Groups, and they describe their work on HM Land Registry Digital Streets project.

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Clyde & Co Showcase

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a specialist focus on insurance. Lee Bacon will be presenting Clyde’s recently launched parametric insurance smart contract. The contract will automate the performance of the policy by receiving weather data, calculating potential claims obligations, and producing an exportable report of insurance premiums or losses.

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Panel: Impact of Smart Legal Contracts on the Future of Capital Markets

Chaired by Simon Taylor (11FS), we will be joined by Ciaran McGonagle (ISDA), Oliver Hugh-Jones (Digital Asset), Declan McKeever (JP Morgan) and Sue McLean (Baker McKenzie) for this panel.

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ISDA Showcase

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) is a trade organization of participants in the market for over-the-counter derivatives. ISDA has also created a standardized contract (the ISDA Master Agreement) to enter into derivatives contracts among its legal and policy work. Ciaran McGonagle and Ian Sloyan will be presenting their work on the Common Domain Model (CDM) which is intended to provide an industry standard blueprint for derivative trades and its lifecycle.




IBM Showcase

Blockchain veteran Jerry Cuomo will be giving a presentation on the future of the technology and its current uses.



Panel: Trust in Business – Why Integrity Matters

Chaired by Oscar Vickerman, we will be joined by Adi Ben-Ari (Applied Blockchain), Scott Carlson (Kudelski Security) and Adrian Fletcher (Clause) for this panel.



LawTech Delivery Panel moderated by Christina Blacklaws

The LawTech Delivery Panel, a team of industry experts and leading figures from government and the judiciary, has been formed to help the UK legal sector grow and fulfil its potential.

By identifying both barriers to and catalysts for growth, the panel will provide direction to the legal sector and help foster an environment in which new technology can thrive.

Christina Blacklaws – President, Law Society of England and Wales
The Lord Keen of Elie – Advocate General for Scotland
Anna Donnovan – Vice Dean (Innovation) & Lecturer at UCL Laws, UK LawTech Delivery Panel, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies
Mary Kyle – Governance and Standards Adviser, City of London Corporation



DocuSign Showcase

DocuSign has pioneered e-signatures over the past 16 years and was one of the first companies to be used in enterprises. DocuSign is currently listed on the NASDAQ with a market capitalization of over $9bn. The team will be showcasing their integration with leading smart contracts company Clause.




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