Unlocking the Blockchain (Part 2): Understanding Smart Contracts


Breakfast seminar
March 9, 2016 | London, United Kingdom

Smart contracts, in conjunction with distributed ledgers and blockchains, have the potential to deliver revolutionary changes to the way in which business transactions are undertaken.

Featuring insights from our legal and regulatory specialists, alongside perspectives from leading blockchain entrepreneurs, professionals and academics, this seminar will focus on the potential applications and impact of smart contracts, and the key legal and regulatory considerations in relation to their use.


08:30 – 09:00 Registration and breakfast
09:00 - 09:20

An introduction to smart contracts

A beginner’s guide to the science of smart contracts from a non-technical perspective, including their connection to blockchains and distributed ledgers. 

Professor Peter McBurney, Co-Founder, Kwori; Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Department of Informatics in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences of King's College London.

09:20 - 09:40

Smart contracts: a demonstration

SETL will demonstrate their payment settlement platform which illustrates the use of a smart contract in operation.

Anthony Culligan and Peter Randall, SETL Development Limited

09:40 - 10:00

Analogue law, digital challenge

Analysis of the legal and regulatory issues that arise in relation to the use of smart contracts including a discussion of contract law and financial services and consumer protection regulations.

Imogen Garner, Partner and Victoria Birch, Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

10:00 - 10:15 Coffee break
10:15 - 11:15

Industry panel discussion

Sean Murphy, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Dr Lee Braine, Investment Bank CTO Office, Barclays
Vinay Gupta, Strategic Architect, Consensus Systems
Ian Grigg, Architect, R3
Leanne Kemp, CEO, Everledger
Robert Sams, Founder and CEO, Clearmαtics

11:15 Networking and discussion


Norton Rose Fulbright
3 More London Riverside
London SE1 2AQ
United Kingdom


There is no charge to attend, however places at this event are limited.

To secure a place for yourself or a colleague please complete the registration form.