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Peter Craddock

Hello world. Here’s a little summary of who I (Peter Craddock) am and of what I do in terms of work.

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Me @ work in 140 characters

Legal technologist: lawyer (Belgium & EU: commercial, IP and IT law) & software developer (web tools to support legal work and productivity)

What makes me different

I’m a lawyer who writes software. There aren’t all that many coding lawyers in the wild, so you can label Peter Craddock as a PHP lawyer. The combination of legal expertise and technical IT know-how is useful in both fields: as a lawyer, it means that I understand the tech better and am in a better position to give relevant advice, or draft a contract that makes sense; as a developer, it means that I know what software tools lawyers need in their daily work… and what their clients need.

The work I am doing right now

Current legal work:

Lawyer @ Liedekerke (Brussels, Belgium)
Associate at the law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in the Intellectual Property & Information Technology team, with a focus on intellectual property law, (industrial and information) technology law and marketing law, as well as commercial law more generally.
January 2014 – present
Assistant lecturer @ University of Namur (Namur, Belgium)
Assistant lecturer for the Comparative Law course and course of Law & Language for 3rd year undergraduate law students at the University of Namur.
September 2014 – present
Member (lawyer) @ REPUTATION 365 (Brussels & Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
Member of the REPUTATION 365 team, exclusive role as go-to lawyer for legal questions relating to intellectual property, information technology and other aspects of both offline and online reputation.
May 2014 – present

Current software development work:

Document generator
Development of a fully featured document generator (document automation), initially for contracts but made broader.
Miscellaneous projects
Ongoing maintenance & improvement of the Interest Calculator (see below), creation of a statistical formula (and website implementing it) for calculating notice periods in distributorship agreements, as well as smaller apps.

Spoken & supported languages

Languages in the everyday sense of the word

  • English: native
  • French: native
  • Dutch: fluent, almost like a native (thanks to my Flemish wife)
  • German: I used to be pretty good, but have forgotten most of what I knew
  • Japanese: I know a couple of phrases. Hajimemashite!

Computer languages in which I code all the time

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Javascript
  • SQL

Some of the work I have done in the past

Previous legal work:

Lawyer @ Loyens & Loeff (Brussels, Belgium)
Junior Associate in the Technology, Media and Litigation department, working in Commercial law, Intellectual Property law & Information Technology law.
October 2010 – January 2014
Summer intern @ Allen & Overy (Brussels, Belgium)
One-month internship in English, French and Dutch, in Intellectual Property/Information Technology (IT) Law.
July 2009
Summer intern @ Baker & McKenzie (Brussels, Belgium)
Summer internship involving research & writing (legal documents and opinions) in English, French and Dutch, in many fields of law (corporate, criminal, IT & pharmaceutical law among others).
July 2008

Previous software development work:

Interest Calculator
Web tool for computing interest, for practitioners of Belgian law. Published by Larcier, one of the largest legal publishers in Belgium, and integrated within its online legal database StradaLex, the Interest Calculator is used by legal practitioners (lawyers, judges, etc.) all over Belgium.
Miscellaneous projects
I have made many random websites or web apps, including: the Brick Painter (for creating blueprints for LEGO paintings), a practical guide on how to build and defend a company’s e-reputation, a newsletter editor @ Loyens & Loeff, a case law monitoring tool, a timekeeping app, a URL shortener for legal links, various websites.

What I studied, and where

Master of Laws in Regulation & Technology
LL.M. @ King’s College London, London (UK), with courses on intellectual property, information technology, ethics & technology (nano, bio, neuro, …).
Dissertation: Legal Implications of Internet Filtering.
2009-2010
Master of Laws
Postgraduate degree in law @ UCLouvain (Université Catholique de Louvain), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), with a focus on European Union law, international business law and intellectual property law.
Master Thesis: Use of Comparative Law in European Law.
2007-2009
Bachelor of Laws
Undergraduate degree in law (at the same time as political science – see below) @ University of Saint-Louis, Brussels (Belgium), with a trilingual curriculum (in English, French and Dutch).
2004-2007
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Undergraduate degree in political science (at the same time as law – see above) @ University of Saint-Louis, Brussels (Belgium).
2004-2007

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