John Buyers

John is a commercial outsourcing and information technology specialist with over twenty years’ experience of large-scale domestic and international transactions. John also heads up our artificial intelligence and machine learning client team.

He joined Osborne Clarke in 2013, and leads the firm’s commercial practice. He is very experienced in the creation and negotiation of large scale managed services agreements, including outsourcings, system integration agreements and SaaS based licenses. He has a diverse practice, which also includes exposure to Middle Eastern markets in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

John leads Osborne Clarke’s international artificial intelligence and machine learning client team, and has released a second edition of his book on the legal implications of these new and innovative technologies. He is currently advising a number of private sector and public sector clients (including a large UK healthcare trust) on the use and implementation of machine learning systems, and recently advised a global software services company on the liability issues of deploying AI within Europe. He recently completed a large outsourcing on behalf of a big four accountancy practice to implement an AI powered solution for an international bank to automate its client due diligence processes.

John also has extensive experience of PPI (payment protection insurance) and IRD (interest rate derivative) remediation outsourcing. He structured and devised the UK’s first Sharia’h compliant outsourcing, which was to set up the UK’s first dedicated Sharia’h compliant insurer, Principle Insurance Holdings, and set up an innovative on-line portal that handles all of the UK’s routine road traffic accident claims.

John’s team won the National Outsourcing Association’s Outsourcing Adviser of the Year award in 2008. He is a member of Outsource Magazine’s editorial board and part of ITechLaw’s policy committee on developing an ethical framework for the use of artificial intelligence. John is also a ranked practitioner in Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal profession.


Emily Barwell

Emily is a senior associate in the US team who specialises in data protection and technology contracts.

Emily originally joined Osborne Clarke as an associate in the commercial team in Bristol in November 2019, but now works as part of our US team providing in-time-zone UK legal support to global and expanding companies. She has previously worked on international projects providing data protection advice and supported a number of IP and corporate transactions.

Emily’s experience includes advising a wide range of companies, from international global organisations to SMEs on a range of commercial, intellectual property and data protection issues. She has worked closely with companies in the software, gaming, entertainment, automotive and energy industries.

She also has specialist experience on advising on alternative data sharing arrangements and on legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence. As part of Emily’s work on artificial intelligence, she has contributed to the published IEEE Standard for Transparency of Autonomous Systems.

Emily has previously spoken at a number of conferences and webinars including speaking at the Information Law and Policy Centre’s annual conference and at the Society for Computers and Law.


Benjamin Docquir

Benjamin leads the IP, IT & Data team in Brussels. His expertise encompasses technology law, data privacy and digital regulation. His practice is a mix of transactional, advisory and contentious work for both international and Belgian clients.

Benjamin supports clients through the many faces of digital  projects. He is a recognized expert in data protection and digital regulation, with hands-on experience in the TMC, Life sciences and  Financial services industries. He has a particular interest in data, software and databases, and relentlessly works with clients to help turning those into valuable assets, redefining business models and value chains. His practice covers algorithms and artificial intelligence, data pooling and sharing projects, international data transfers, and  other regulatory challenges. Benjamin also has litigation experience and represents clients in front of the data protection authorities.


This program is approved for CLE credit in the following states: New York, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, Nevada.


This program is pending CLE credit in the following states: Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming and Wisconsin.


This program is pending CLE and CPD credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Québec, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington.


We do NOT provide CLE for: Virginia or Mississippi.


This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.

Navigating the EU AI Act: A Guide for In-House Counsel


Event Description

In the swiftly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), regulatory frameworks are critical to ensuring safe, ethical, and effective implementation. The European Union’s forthcoming AI Act represents one of the most comprehensive attempts globally to govern the development and deployment of AI technologies. As this Act will soon become law, in-house counsel must be adept at navigating its complexities to safeguard their organizations while fostering innovation.


Join us at 12pm ET / 9am PT on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 for the next edition of our IHC Intellectual Property Deep Dives Series, as John BuyersEmily Barwell and Benjamin Docquir of Osborne Clarke will provide a deep dive into the EU’s perspective on AI regulation and its direct implications for US businesses operations.

Key discussion topics include:


  • Understanding the EU Framework: Learn how the AI Act will impact various business sectors and what it specifically means for US-based operations
  • Key Industry insights: Insights into tackling negotiations, areas of risk and what to look out for, and doing business with the UK
  • Designing a Practical Step Plan for Compliance: Walk away with a concrete step-by-step plan to ensure your company meets all new legal requirements effectively and efficiently
  • Vendor Management Best Practices: Identify how to assess and manage your AI technology providers to ensure compliance across borders

Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in understanding and implementing the EU Artificial Intelligence Act – essential for safeguarding your company’s future in an AI-driven world.


Who Should Attend

This program is designed for in-house counsel who manage international IP programs for their organizations.


There is NO COST to attend this LIVE program!

This program is FREE thanks to our gracious sponsor, Osborne Clarke! If you can’t make it to the live program, the recording will be available for viewing via our paid CLE library, In-House Connect On-Demand!

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