Smart Places

What does Smart mean in the context of Place? What are the benefits and opportunities arising from deploying smart technologies and ways of working, and what are the hurdles to achieving these aims?


24 April 2019, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Browne Jacobson, Nottingham (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Browne Jacobson’s offices in Birmingham and London)

Presented by Bevan Brittan

Course overview

This course will focus on what Smart Place means, the types of technologies and ways of working this concept includes and why Local Authorities should consider deploying them.

From this baseline we will look at the practical and legal hurdles that exist in delivering smart technologies and how strategies can be developed to remove/reduce or mitigate these hurdles.

Suitable audience:

Lawyers, transformation leads

Overview and topics to be covered include:

• Contracts/collaboration
• Communications and technology legal and practical issues
• Strategy development

Interactive elements

Depending on the audience, we will include case studies and a workshop element.

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

B Technical legal practice

B2 Legal research

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Richard Lane is a partner at Bevan Brittan with experience of advising public, private and third sector clients on IP and ICT projects and contracts. Richard and his team have been advising on smart cities and smart place technologies for a number of years including supporting the development and ongoing activity of Bristol City Council and Bristol University’s joint venture company Bristol is Open and a number of projects relating to the sharing and use of personal health data between health and social care organisations.

Barney Smith, before setting up Perform Green Limited to support smart technology strategy and deployment activities across the public sector, was the head of ICT for Defra and Natural England for a number of years. Since establishing Perform Green, he has been directly involved in smart technologies including leading the team to establish Bristol City Council joint operations centre and leading Bristol Is Open Limited as it Managing Director for a number of years. More recently Perform Green have been providing support to a wide range of local authorities and central government on smart technologies including the potential deployment of 5G.

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.