Agenda

12 September 2019

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM | Registration & Networking Breakfast


9:15 AM - 9:30 AM | Conference Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks


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

With Brexit negotiations remaining unpredictable and seemingly every day a new development occurs that effects the global economy, businesses and their legal teams must remain agile and flexible to react to turbulent times.  In addition to economic and regulatory issues, megatrends in digital technology, labor automation, social norms and demographic shifts are shaping the future. This opening session will address the major issues that will impact businesses decisions and specifically the legal system.
Speakers:
Simon Croxford, General Counsel, Investment Bank and EMEA, UBS
Raj Roy, General Counsel, UK and Ireland, Centrica

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Refreshment & Networking Break


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 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 organization. In addition to ethical compliance, how do effective legal teams focus and measure the overall value it contributes to the organization? Additionally, how do effective legal teams maximize in-house team performance and maximize private practice and ALSP resources?
Speakers:
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

Session A

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Session A – The Small Legal Team: Small Departments, Big Challenges

While your team may not comprise of hundreds of lawyers, small legal teams need to track and report on matters just as much as large teams do – and the pressures on team member’s responsibility and productivity are even greater.  This session will address the strategies on how to maximize the effectiveness of smaller legal teams.
Session B

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Session B – The Legal Team as Business Strategy Partner within the Organization  

Increasingly, the role of a general counsel (GC) has developed a principal member of senior management teams to participate in senior leadership discussions on not just legal matters but in helping shape discussion and debate on broader business issues. This session will discuss the evolving role of in-house counsel and the strategies to be both legal and business advisers to the chief executive and executive leadership teams. 
Speaker:
James Rember, General Counsel, AXA Partners CL
Session C

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Session C – Can Compliance Really Drive Innovation?

Traditionally legal and compliance teams have been viewed as the ‘break’ for stopping the business meet commercial objectives.
However, compliance processes can be hugely advantageous in not only navigating risk, but identifying unlocked opportunities to driving innovation and aiding these business decisions. How can you leverage the true value of the compliance function and be seen as that all-important business partner

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Networking Luncheon


2:00 PM - 3:00 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 organizations. It is now even more incumbent upon the response team to manage the internal and external stakeholders in the face of the confusion/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.
 
Facilitator: Ciara Cullen, Partner, RPC (Read Ciara Cullen's blog post)
Panelist:
Edward Bridge, UK General Counsel, Zurich Insurance
Chris Gilmour, MPRCA, Director, Beattie Communications Group
Robin Chalmers, Chief Legal Counsel, All3Media
 
 
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Session A

3:15 PM - 4:00 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 with the organization.  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?
Speaker: Jonathan Cary, Partner, RPC
Session B

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Session B – Corporate Compliance: Corporate Liability Arising From Criminal Activity

This session will address; the type of offenses from which corporate liability may arise including the liability for crimes committed by representatives or subsidiaries; the type of sanctions applicable to the company; and the liability of directors or managers for not having adopted (intentionally or negligently) measures for the prevention of the crime.
Speakers: 
Michael Shaw, Group General Counsel, Royal Bank of Scotland

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | End of Day 1 – Leisure Networking


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


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


13 September 2019

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


9:10 AM - 9:15 AM | Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks


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

The Corporate Governance Code implemented in January 2019 is making the advancement of shareholder rights and the implementation of robust governance practices an increasing 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 potential unforeseen consequences of the new provisions, and the value that counsel can provide in business policies aligning with the company’s strategy and values.
Speakers:
Tim Ashby, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Landsec
Kirsty Cooper, Group GC, Aviva

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 GCs and legal departments?

• What are the benefits and opportunities of addressing risk management in the cloud?

Speaker:  Mike Brown, Director, EMA, Lighthouse


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


Session A

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Session A - The Road After Becoming a General Counsel: The Next Natural Progression

The role of the general counsel has evolved well beyond the role of chief legal officer, to include becoming a strategic and operational business adviser to the CEO, CFO, and the board. This access to the corner office raises the key question of “what’s next” for many general counsels.  This interactive session will discuss the potential pathways forward for general counsels and how to prepare for the next steps. 
Speaker:
Chris Fox, Chief Legal Officer, Kambi Group
Session B

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Session B - Fostering a Culture of Diversity, Engagement, and Productivity within a Multi-Generational Organization

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 organization.
Speakers:
David Foley, Managing Counsel, Legal Shared Services, Centrica
Nick Havers, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Anna Thomas, Head of Legal, Direct Line Group
Session C

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Session C – Growing Your Legal Operations Team

Rising demand on in house legal departments to align with the wider business and become more business savvy have driven many General Counsels to explore the new realm of legal operations.  As many begin to roll out new roles and teams grounded purely in legal operations, we take a look at the smart strategies for building a legal operations team from the ground up. Learn the key areas to focus on, from financial management, human resources, analytics and data, and which strategies yield the optimum success for driving in house transformation. 

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM | Examining the Current Legal Issues and Latest Cases that are Impacting 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.
Speakers:
Suber Akther, Principal Litigation Counsel, Siemens
Michael Shaw, Group General Counsel, Royal Bank of Scotland

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | Networking Luncheon


Session A

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Session A – Lawyer Wellbeing: Strategies for Supporting Your Team’s Mental Health

Increasingly, the focus on mental health in the legal profession is top of mind and historically the topic have not openly discussed and resources for those impacted have not been readily available. This special workgroup session will discuss the tactics on how to improve their teams work environment and promote an environment of mental wellbeing.
 
Session B

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Session B –Integrating Technology within the Process: Implementation Lessons to Live By

Legal departments are realizing they need technology solutions to help streamline their increasingly hefty workflows and to increase their productivity and focus. This session will discuss how to the most of the technology you have at your disposal and evaluate what technology you require now and what technology you think you will need in the future.
Speaker:
Paul Sweeney, General Counsel, Legal & General Investment Management
Session C

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Session C – Collaboration and Communication: Thriving Through Global Uncertainty

Innovation in the digital age has increasingly opened channels for enhanced communication and collaboration between businesses. Initially hesitant to embrace these new tools, legal professions are increasingly adopting new methodologies to help their company thrive and compete in a global market place. Faced with turbulent cross boarder climates, but armoured with the latest tools and strategies, how can you effectively work with your cross boarder legal teams, business functions and law firms to create a seamless strategy.    

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM | Post-GDPR Ripple Effects & What We Have Learned

The General Data Protection Regulation 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 the GDPR.  This session will address GDPR’s successes and failures, and what new developments and regulations are still to come. 
Speakers:
Justinian Boghici, Head of Legal and Regulatory, ETFmatic;
Stuart Goldberg, General Counsel, CGI

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM | Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks


*Agenda is subject to change.