12 September 2019

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM | Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:20 AM - 9:30 AM | Welcome Remarks

Rhiannon Van Ross, Vice President of Global Memberships, ALM

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Macro Trends: The Economic, Government & Regulatory Outlook - How Will It Impact Business?

Brexit negotiations remain unpredictable. With a new development occurring seemingly on a daily basis and effecting the global economy, businesses and their legal teams must remain agile and flexible to these turbulent times. In addition to economic and regulatory issues, megatrends in digital technology, labour automation, social norms and demographic shifts are further shaping the future. This opening session will address the major issues that will impact business decisions and specifically the legal system.
Robbie Gibb, Former Press Secretary and Director of Communications, No.10 Downing Street and Former Head, BBC Westminster 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | The Value-Add Legal Team: Exploring The Best Practices Of Effective Legal Teams

Whether you are leading a small legal team, or spearheading diverse specialists within a large legal department, today’s leaders are expected to contribute more value to the organisation. In addition to ethical compliance, how do effective legal teams focus and measure the overall value it contributes to the organisation? Additionally, how do effective legal teams maximise in house team performance and maximise private practice and ALSP resources?
Moderator: Rose Walker, News Editor, Legal Week 

Libby Campetti, Legal Director, Reckitt Benckiser Corporate Services
Bronagh Kennedy, Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, Severn Trent
Sean Thomas, Group General Counsel, AlphaSights
Gaynor Wood, General Counsel, CLS Group
Chris Fox, Chief Legal Officer, Kambi Group

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Networking Refreshment Break

Session A

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Session A: The Legal Team As A Business Strategy Partner Within The Organisation

In recent years, the General Counsel role has evolved to become a principle member of senior management. Participating in senior leadership discussions, on not just legal matters, General Counsels are increasingly helping to shape discussion and debate on broader business issues. This session will discuss the evolving role that in house counsel and the strategies you can deploy to be both as a legal and business adviser to the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Leadership Team.

James Rember, General Counsel, AXA Partners CL

Session B

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Session B: Metrics, Data, Analysis – How Legal Can Show Value In Advancing The Business And Averting Risk

While in-house teams continue to grow and examples of GCs with increased influence are more prolific, the impact of the legal function can still be muted. Moreover, while there is plenty talk of “demonstrating value” – how to clearly articulate value beyond cost reduction remains a challenge. This interactive session applies legal design to explore how to use and approach data and metrics as powerful tools to tangibly communicate the value of legal beyond cost reduction – and make a difference to the performance of the legal department. From starting with the right questions and understanding the why, to discussing types of metrics to consider and how to practically manage reporting and application of data and insights.

Lucy Glyn, Market Development Director, LexisNexis

Manu Kanwar, former General Counsel, Yahoo, POWA Technologies and Magine

Sponsored by LexisNexis

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Networking Lunch Break

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM | Recovering From A Viral Crisis: Key Tactics For When A Crisis Becomes A Social Media Phenomenon

Social media has changed the speed and impact of crises which descend on organisations. It is now even more incumbent upon the response team to manage the internal and external stakeholders in the face of the confusion and negativity that is commonly associated with an occurrence – whilst also swiftly managing the crisis itself. A multi-disciplinary panel comprised of compliance and public relations experts will interactively work through a case study of an unfolding event and discuss the real-world strategies that they have found helped them to gain a foothold, develop a plan and effectively respond to a situation.

Moderator: Ciara Cullen, Partner, RPC (Read Ciara Cullen’s blog post)

Edward Bridge, UK General Counsel, Zurich Insurance

Chris Gilmour, MPRCA, Director, Beattie Communications Group

Robin Chalmers, Chief Legal Counsel, All3Media

Sponsored by


Session A

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Session A: How to Handle Internal Investigations

In this session, a case study will be presented that will delve into the effective process and individual roles associated with an investigation within the organisation. Points of discussion will include: at what stage do you engage external advisors? How is the investigation communicated internally and externally? How are internal staff interviews protected by privilege? What are the HR employment issues that may arise during an investigation?
Jonathan Cary, Partner, RPC
Sponsored by
Session B

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Session B: Examining The Current Legal Issues And Latest Cases That Impact Business Decisions

What Court considerations and recent judgements will have an impact of future business directions? This session will review recent judgements and current considerations and its potential impact on business directions.

Suber Akther, Principal Litigation Counsel, Siemens

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM | End Of Day One: Check In For Hotel Accommodation And Prepare For Leisure Activities

4:00 PM - | Networking Leisure Activities

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Drinks Reception

Sponsored by Lighthouse

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Gala Dinner

Sponsored by RPC

13 September 2019

8:30 AM - 9:10 AM | Networking Breakfast

9:10 AM - 9:15 AM | Welcome Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM | Corporate Governance Revamp

The Corporate Governance Code implemented in January 2019 makes the advancement of shareholder rights and the implementation of robust governance practices increasingly a business priority. Businesses in all sectors are setting higher standards of corporate governance to promote transparency and integrity, and in some sectors, attract investments. This session will address the regulatory and societal trends that are impacting this issue, the positive and potentially unforeseen consequences of the new provisions, and the value that counsel can provide in business policies aligning with the company’s strategy and values.

Moderator: Paul Hodkinson, Editor-In-Chief, Legal Week (ALM)

Tim Ashby, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Landsec

Fiona Davis, Partner, Risk and Advisory Services London, BDO 

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM | Why Moving To The Cloud Is A Legal Conversation

Companies (97% of Fortune 500) are moving to the cloud to benefit from streamlined infrastructure, data management and collaborative technology opportunities. However, IT rather than Legal are often the driving force. How can legal teams ensure that not only are current risks being addressed in this environment, but areas such as information governance, compliance, and preparing for and responding to investigations, are considered strategically? Join this session and hear the panel address questions like:

  • What impact is the cloud having on managing legal business risks such as Compliance, Investigations and Shadow IT?
  • How are companies managing investigations and DSARs currently?
  • How does the use of prevalent cloud platforms benefit General Counsels and legal departments?
  • What are the benefits and opportunities of addressing risk management in the cloud?

Moderator: Michael Brown, Director, EMA, Lighthouse

David Griffin, Head of Legal and Governance Systems and Change, BT Group

Nicola Woodfall, E-Disclosure Manager, Travis Smith

Andrew Olsen, Deputy General Counsel, Eigen Technologies

Sponsored by Lighthouse

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Networking Refreshment Break

Session A

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Session A: Integrating Technology Within The Process: Implementation Lessons To Live By

Unlocking the value of legal technology in streamlining hefty workflows and optimising productivity and focus has proven vital to the modern legal department. This session will discuss how you can leverage the most out of the technology at your disposal and evaluate what technology will elevate your teams’ functionality and productivity today verses the future.

Antoni Chrysostomou, Director Sales and Business Development – United Kingdom, Ireland and Nordics, Busylamp

Paul Sweeney, General Counsel, Legal & General Investment Management

Sponsored by Busylamp

Session B

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Session B: Fostering A Culture Of Diversity, Engagement, And Productivity Within A Multi-Generational Organisation

This workgroup session will delve into the General Counsel’s increasing role as corporate culture influencers, including how to foster an environment of engagement, collaboration, and retention across all multi-generational teams; what it takes to attract and retain the younger generation of workers, and how to promote diversity and inclusion within the organisation.

David Foley, Managing Counsel, Legal Shared Services, Centrica

Anna Thomas, Head of Legal, Direct Line Group

Nick Havers, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Networking Lunch Break

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM | Lawyer Well-Being Workshop: How Can You Best Support Your Team?

Increasingly the focus on mental health in the legal profession is top of mind. Historically it is a topic that has not been openly discussed and resources for those impacted have not been readily available. This special workgroup session will discuss the tactics on how to improve the teams work environment and promote metal well-being in the workplace.

Moderator: Rose Walker, News Editor, Legal Week

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Post-GDPR Ripple Effects And What We Have Learned

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in May 2018. While there has been a measurable increase in reports of data breaches since the GDPR’s implementation, there are still shortcomings that need to be addressed. As companies have to grapple with different regulations concerning data privacy, they also need to expect that European regulators will dole out higher fines on companies that violate GDPR. This session will address GDPR’s successes and failures, and what new developments and regulations are still to come.

Moderator: James Willer, Senior Analyst - Legal Intelligence, Legal Week (ALM)

Dave Hart, Legal Director - Data and Digital, BT

Justinian Boghici, Head of Legal and Regulatory, ETFmatic

Stuart Goldberg, General Counsel, CGI

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM | Closing Remarks

*Agenda is subject to change.