This episode is hosted by senior junior Nik Yeo and looks at algorithms and, in particular, the distinction between deterministic and non-deterministic algorithms.

Nik is joined by three other specialists in this area, who all bring a different perspective to the discussion. They are:

  • Julia Smithers Excell who is a partner in the financial services regulatory team of White & Case. She has extensive experience across a number of areas including fintech and artificial intelligence, topics on which she is regularly invited to speak at conferences and seminars. Julia is a working group member of the Financial Markets Law Committee and contributes to various publications covering topics including the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, fintech and financial market infrastructure.
  • Minesh Tanna who is a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons where he specialises in technology disputes and is also the firm’s global AI Lead. He regularly advises clients on AI-related legal and ethical issues and is frequently invited to speak at seminars and workshops on the subject. Minesh has recently been appointed Chair of the newly established AI Group of the Society for Computers and Law.
  • Jacob Turner who is a junior barrister at Fountain Court. He is a former solicitor-advocate, having previously worked for Cleary Gottlieb, and has a particular specialism in technology disputes and more specifically, artificial intelligence. Jacob is the author of Robot Rules, published by Macmillan, and a contributing author to The Law of Artificial Intelligence, published by Sweet & Maxwell. He has worked on a number of cases in this area and has advised governments, regulators and businesses on their AI governance.

Nik himself was previously a solicitor with Slaughter and May and has a long-standing interest and specialism in fintech and technology, having acted in a market-leading cryptocurrency and algorithmic trading case before the Singapore International Court of Appeal, while currently acting in a range of other cryptocurrency disputes, as well as advising on “smart contracts”, technology disputes and financial regulation. He has published articles on various aspects of cryptocurrency and algorithmic trading.

Topics discussed in this episode include the distinction between deterministic and non-deterministic algorithms, and issues arising for both types of algorithms in doctrinal law (that is, causes of action) and regulatory law, both from a UK perspective and EU perspective.

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