Interactive boardroom discussion
Date & Time
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 2:10 PM - 3:10 PM
Nicola Woodfall AMIR BOCAYUVA Sadiq Jafar Robert Millard Dimitris Paraskevas
Our expertly facilitated boardroom discussions, run under the Chatham House Rule, allow you to choose topics that are of the most importance and relevance to you. Come prepared for in-depth discussions and detailed peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing. 

A)The impact of geopolitical issues on independent law firms 
In this interactive boardroom discussion our speakers will discuss the impact of geopolitical issues in their jurisdiction and the impact that it has had on their law firm, clients and how they have prepared: 
  • Strengths and weaknesses of domestic firms in times of international stress 
  • How work types change 
  • The opportunities 
  • Lessons learned 
Amir Achcar Bocayuva Cunha, Managing Partner, Barbosa Mussnich Aragao, Brazil
Sadiq Jafar, Managing Partner, Hadef & Partners, Dubai 
Dimitris E. Paraskevas, Managing Partner, Elias Paraskevas Attorneys, Greece 

B) How to build an innovation hub 
Join our speakers as they take an in-depth look at the journey of creating a collaborative innovation department that develops the latest solutions for clients and law firms: 
  • What is the strategy behind creating your own innovation hub: is it worth the investment? 
  • What resources do you need in place to successfully execute your strategy? 
  • What are the common pitfalls that firms have come across when trying to create a technology hub? Can they be resolved by combining forces with other law firms? 
Lisa Burton, Director of Advisory EU, Lighthouse, UK
Robert Millard, Partner, Cambridge Strategy Group, UK
Nicola Woodfall, E-Disclosure Manager, Travers Smith, UK 

C) Millennials: A group discussion on the challenges and opportunities 
Differentiation is essential for independent firms to thrive in the competitive legal market and one way to stand out from the crowd is to create an outstanding team and an appealing culture. A selected panel of associates and trainees will candidly discuss the challenges of the future for their firms, including their concerns about organisation business flexibility, technology, and work/life balance. 
Moderator: Rishabh Shroff, Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, India 
Kylie Dollard, Associate, Arthur Cox, Ireland 
Ceri-Ann McGraa, Senior Solicitor, Macfarlanes, UK