My name is Stephen Mason. I am a barrister. I was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in November 1988.
BA (Hons) (History and Educational Philosophy), MA, LLM, PGCE (FE)
I specialise in electronic (digital) evidence, identity, authentication and security. My books on the topic cover these areas: Electronic Signatures in Law; Electronic Evidence; International Electronic Evidence. I discussed digital evidence in a pod cast (number 70) with Mike Semple Piggot, author of the Charon QC Blawg, and a further pod cast (number 73) on electronic signatures.
I provide practical and clear written advice to governments and businesses, including entrepreneurs and inventors that devise new software applications and products, and who want advice regarding the admissibility of their product in legal proceedings.
I also offer:
Non-contentious advice and statements to solicitors, in-house counsel, and lawyers in other jurisdictions.
Legal advice for the investigation and collection of digital evidence across jurisdictions.
I also organise seminars and fact finding events for business and governments.
If you wish to instruct me, please note the terms that I undertake work.
As far as I am aware, I was the first lawyer to write an e-book in 1999 on the Y2K issue (distributed on the cover CD ROMs of PC Magazine in May 1999 and PC Pro in July 1999 to 300,000 readers); I was the first barrister to write a set of e-commerce precedents for lawyers on behalf of the Butterworths Tolley Electronic Business Law web site in 2000; I prepared the electronic evidence and electronic signatures part of the syllabus for the British Computer Society ISEB Certificate in IT Law Essentials course in 2006, and I have taken part in European Union projects:
Admissibility of electronic evidence in court (AEEC) project
European Certificate on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence (ECCE)
e-Newsletter dealing with the topic of cybercrime – I was the editor responsible for Jurisprudence and Events
I was invited by the National Notary Association of the United States of America to help draft the Model Notary Act (January 1, 2010)
The IALS Think Tank on Law Reform has adopted a proposal of mine which has been entitled the Mason Report of the IALS Think Tank on the reform of the law concerning the presumption that mechanical instruments – in particular computers (now an out-of-date concept) are ‘in order’.
eEvidence and eSignatures
I am the author and general editor of a number of books on the topic: Electronic Signatures in Law; Electronic Banking: Protecting Your Rights; Electronic Evidence; International Electronic Evidence, and I am the founder, general editor and publisher of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review
Speaking and training
I provide training, seminars and take part and speak at conferences. Next engagements:
R3, The Association of Business Recovery Professionals at the 24th Annual Conference, 14-16 May 2014, Vilamoura, Portugal
Academy of European Law, The validity and admissibility of electronic evidence in cybercrime cases, 5-6 June 2014, Prague
I am a member of:
IT Panel of the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales
The scientific committee of Tech and Law Center, a research center of the University of Insubria (Como)
Society for Advanced Legal Studies
tScheme Limited (tScheme is the national body responsible for accreditation and supervision referred to in Article 3(4) of the EU electronic signature Directive) (I was invited to be an independent member of the Board of Directors in 2009)
I am a friend of:
Global Prosecutors e-Crime Network
Council of Europe Octopus Cybercrime Community
I am an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and I have acted as the external marker in postgraduate degrees (Masters, PhDs) dealing with electronic evidence (University of Oslo; University of Exeter; Queensland University of Technology).
Something that is not law
Men: be romantic – see my draft European Union Regulation on Friday Afternoon Presents.
My recipe for rosemary buns is now used regularly in the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur.
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