Tuesday, March 8, 2022

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Registration & Breakfast


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Morning Keynote: Leading with authority and mastering change management

Whether it is leading a large-scale organisational transformation or effecting business function change, how do we as women do so with passion, with authenticity, and with our own voice.

  • What is the thinking, dialogue and communication style around purpose and vision needed?
  • What environments do we need to align to business objectives and operationalise supporting goals and strategies?
  • What core competencies must we manifest and master?
  • Anecdotes and retrospective insights on my personal leadership journey - battle wounds and badges of honour

This inspiring keynote will kick off the 2022 WIPL UK conference and provide tools to achieve results with confidence.


Strategic Architect

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Opening Keynote Panel - General Counsel: Navigating the evolution from legal leaders to strategic business partner

The pandemic has shone a light on the value in-house legal leaders bring in value as trusted advisors and business partners. Whilst legal plays a critical role it is increasingly seen as an enabling function to drive the business forward and deliver results. General Counsel’s remit by nature is growing and isn’t without growing pains. In this session we will cover:

  • How do we service our business in smart and more efficient ways and what are the ongoing challenges female GCs are navigating?
  • Maintaining the momentum gained during the pandemic of being truly integrated into the business to drive continued business value
  • Where are we now and how do we get back to ‘normal’?
  • Navigating the trusted advisor role and leveraging skillset as new tenets are added to the in-house counsel role e.g. ESG, ethics and culture
  • Being prepared for the pendulum swing of those that see the value of the GC and those that don’t – communication, approaches and what still needs to be done?  
     
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Powerful Influencer Track

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Opening Keynote Panel: Managing reputational risk and crisis management in 2022

With a heavy reminder lingering worldwide that unexpected events can happen when least expected, where the difference between success and failure is the ability to pivot and respond in a crisis, we now find ourselves navigating in uncharted waters. This session will explore:

  • Insights into specific situations where companies were in crisis, how this was handled by legal and business, and retrospective views if things could have been handled better
  • Interactions with the c-suite: Managing crisis and market changes with the board, investors and key stakeholders
  • What works – peer insights into tried and tested approach to managing risk, pivoting to market change and operating in regulated and unregulated markets
  • The reputation narrative: Thoughts on the balancing act of strategic risk assessment, skills and toolbox that can ensure preparedness
  • Navigating legal side of the current technology boom – embracing the excitement of learning and being part of the change


Speakers:
Lara Oyesayna, Group General Counsel, Company Secretary and C-Suite Executive, World Remit
Selene Brett, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Open Banking
Gaby Dosanjh-Pahil, Group Anti-Financial Crime Officer, SSE plc


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


Strategic Architect

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: The modern legal department of tomorrow: Driving success and efficiency

As the remit of the in-house counsel’s grows and diversifies as legal department competencies expand to react to wider business requirements, what does good look like today and tomorrow? With legal increasingly being seen and positioned as a strategic partner what approaches, skills and ways of demonstrating value must be taken. This session will cover:

  • Leveraging commercial nuance – moving people out of the legal box and help the business lead the strategic play
  • Pragmatism and practicality: What sort of approaches work when giving advice and what we need to do when working a part of a collaborative, unified team?
  • Priming the team to take on core functions plus and contributing to the wider commercial business with minimum resistance – incentives, commercial KPIs and skills needed
  • Service expectations: Are data driven approaches and legal tech the way to show the value the function brings?

Speakers:
Omiyinka Doris, Legal Counsel, VEON
Catie Sheret, General Counsel, Cambridge University Press and Assessment
Leigh Kirkpatrick, Managing Legal Counsel, Outsourcing Technology and IP, The Royal Bank of Scotland

Operational Innovator

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Tackling the ongoing challenges for General Counsel: Finding your voice and being your authentic self

It starts with us, to be role models, to be change agents and our own champions to power business success. The upheaval of the pandemic has created a new course ahead, one that has the potential to create positive change and tackle the on-going issues and barriers faced by female general counsels. This session creates a space to talk about:

  • Addressing the on-going challenges for in-house counsels – what is holding us back and prevents the legal leader to seize the opportunity?
  • Courage, resilience, ownership and communication: Examples of manage up, embrace our vulnerability and handle difficult conversations
  • Do we need to be alpha? How do we play well in the sandbox and navigate as we climb up the career ladder without comprising our female centred traits?
  • Supporting next gen talent: How do we ensure authentic role-modelling and mentor/mentee relationships that keeps the ladder firmly on the ground and empower the next gen of women rising up?

Speakers:
Cheryl Yuan, General Counsel, VEON Ventures
Elaine Hutton, General Counsel, NTT Data
Robyn Sandilands, Head of Legal, The Pets at Home Group plc


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Networking Lunch


Strategic Architect

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Setting up and expanding in-house legal departments – the approach, the mindset and learnings

Setting up a legal department offers a great opportunity to create a tailored and agile service offering, that is free of legacy, brimming with potential, and the chance to break the mould using innovation and creativity. Hear from those who have already done the heavy lifting to create a high performing legal department, covering:

  • Taking a fresh look at organisational structure: Establishing the legal needs and requirements of the business – approaches and considerations
  • Defining legal’s role – designing the next generation legal department that goes beyond legal advice and support
  • Growing pains: Preparing for a new wave of corporate litigation and embedding technology to support – what pitfalls to avoid and judgement calls to consider?
  • Working and hiring smarter – learnings from legacy culture, hiring practices, and tackling the age-old challenge of low value, high volume work from the outset

Speakers:
Alison Charnock, General Counsel, Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited
Liza Haskell, Chief Administrative Officer, Tide 

Operational Innovator

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Creating psychologically safe environments to innovate

Increasingly, we are seeing that demonstrating innovation and creative thinking plays an important part in the new breed of in-house counsel, to showcase personal impact and value as the legal role diversifies. Whether it is driven by necessity or mindset, how do we open ourselves to this creative opportunity, remove any reticence and ensure parity in how the team brings ideas and issues to the table? This session will explore:

  • Why are lawyers intimidated by innovation?
  • What tried and tested environment, culture and frameworks are needed to drive the desired behaviours and results and challenge it when it’s not working?
  • Diversity of thought: The role innovation plays in retaining, upskilling and profile-raising good talent
  • Strategies for creating safe psychological environments to be curious, challenge the status quo and innovate with successful results

Speakers:
Dominique Ashby, Founder, Neuro at Work
Natalie Saluke, Head of Legal, RVU


Strategic Architect

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion: The rise of Environmental, Social, and Governance – are you ready to go beyond lip service?

With investors, shareholders and customers focusing on environmental, social and governance progress and how these values are embedded into the business, the role the General Counsel can be critical in driving the ESG agenda and upholding responsible business conduct. Join this session and consider:

  • Interrogating your ESG plan – where do you stand today? Where are you going? How are you going to get there? Do you have good metrics and KPIs to get there?
  • Executive communication: Using the ear of senior leaders to influence and transform the company’s ESG performance and create greater value – what information to share, and how to approach the conversation?
  • Cascading ESG down the supply chain: Are we holding our suppliers to account? Do you have the right contracts templates in place to build meaningful policy and practice?
  • M&A due diligence: Understanding the ESG consequences when buying a company - what are the key considerations?
  • Avoiding the ‘guilt of green washing’ in advertising, conduct and practice
  • Getting buy-in from the business to formally take on the sustainability role - how to influence in the right way and is ESG the tool to diversify legal department skillsets?

Speakers:
Ellie Mulholland, Steering Committee Member, The Chancery Lane Project
Clara Eisenberg, Legal and Sustainability Director, The Dune Group

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Operational Innovator

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Inclusive leadership: Hiring, retaining and building an inclusive workforce

As the role of the General Counsel expands, navigating and building a culture of inclusivity through leadership is increasingly within the job remit. Add to this the changes in workforce structures, strategies and employer-employee expectations in a new era dominated by remote, hybrid and ‘work from anywhere’ ways of working, this session will explore:

  • Real-world examples, lessons learned and failures from operationalising change and building an inclusive culture, and inclusive leadership in a hybrid working environment
  • Impassioned leadership: How do you remotely and physically share knowledge within the team, mentor and develop the next generation of senior lawyers?
  • Global workforce: How are hiring and on-boarding practices evolving to ensure employees feel a meaningful sense of belonging and what employment law and policies should be noted around this?
  • Preventing proximity bias – leading with empathy, trust and continuous upskilling to establish new behaviours and a culture of fairness and recognition of work
  • Keeping the ladder down for the next generation of female legal leaders – strategies for retaining strong women in the law

Speakers:
Bhavisha Mistry, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Mawdsleys
Tami Irokawa McGonigal, Founder and Trainer, and former corporate lawyer, Rinzen Project
Caroline Colliston, Managing Partner and Co-Lead on D&I, DWF Scotland


3:00 PM - 3:15 PM | Transition Break


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM | Champagne Roundtables:

Roundtable 1

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Roundtable 1: Employment Law Update

With many anticipated employment law changes been delayed or postponed, this roundtable provides an update on forthcoming legislation and changes to be expected in 2022 and beyond.

Roundtable 2

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Roundtable 2: The secret sway: Getting winning results with neuro-linguistic programming

The use and soft skills of NLP are increasingly being utilised by lawyers to operate more smoothly and effectively. In this roundtable we will explore how NLP can be used as a powerful tool to gain unconscious insight and expand your communication technique.

Roundtable 3

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Roundtable 3: Enabling the next generation in service delivery: Best practices for implementing legal technology in your legal department

This roundtable will cover the business case tactics and wider business collaboration needed to ensure success executive buy-in for legal technology investment and the wider business alignment needed to ensure integration and implementation of new solutions are successfully on-boarded.

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Roundtable 4

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Roundtable 4: Keeping up with global data privacy regulations and initiatives

With data regulation standards and responsible data flow mounting in prioritisation, this roundtable provides specialist insight in the UK’s proposed changes to GDPR as it reacts to developments in the field of AI, IoT and big data, and understanding the competing goals to navigate the reputational risk and treatment of data privacy matters.

Wednesday March 9, 2022

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Registration & Breakfast


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Morning Keynote: Owning our seat at the table

As female legal leaders, we’ve made it but questioning our achievements despite one’s abilities and credentials is a common mindset affliction. Why do we contend with imposter syndrome? How do we identify and address this feeling and the move on up to lead with authenticity?

Viv Groskop, Author, comedian and host of the chart-topping podcasts How to Own the Room and We Can Rebuild Her


Leaders of Change Track

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Discussion: Being the levers of change - driving sustainable progress in diversity, equality and inclusion

Diversity, equality and inclusion has never been more important in the workplace, however, current measures in embedding sustainable strategies with collective business buy-in is still falling short. With new ways of working, a more globalised workforce and a renewed sense of importance around collaboration the timing to come together to root out systemic bias and shortcomings of businesses to level out the playfield is now. The key takeaways from this session includes:

  • How must we in our roles continue to champion the ethical and moral frameworks companies adhere to and navigate the roadblocks?
  • Making it easier to do the right thing – approaches to supporting workforce diversity initiatives and sharing DE&I data to measure progress
  • Scaling, scouring and growing diverse talent – what initiatives are working and where is there still work to be done?
  • Modifying behaviour: Successful initiatives to support women coming back to work after career gaps, women’s health or maternity leave

Speakers:
Banke Odunaike, Head of Legal EMEA, CBRE
Dr Catherine McGregor, Author and Co-Lead, Brave New Law
Danielle Ayres, Legal Advisor, Pregnant Then Screwed

Future-proofing Business Track

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Discussion: Advancing law department excellence with the use of legal operations

As digital transformation gears up, we are beginning to reap the rewards of technology and collaborative working driving positive change in the legal ecosystem. As we continue to strive for slick, efficient and pain free legal and business process design how do we avoid the pitfalls and integrate the best tech, process and thinking?

  • Legal operations – bringing diverse skill sets to support improved efficiency, billing, fee and spend management foundations
  • Breaking away from silo thinking to cross organisational impact – tackling the common mistakes
  • Optimising matter management – use cases and results from practice
  • Practices to improve collaboration between legal, IT, procurement and operations
  • The latest best practice and innovations in contracting technology

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


Leaders of Change Track

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Keynote Interview: Candour and conversation: Inspiring career stories

A unique opportunity to hear from female business leaders who are passionate about the law and come from all backgrounds and disciplines, who will share stories of highs and lows, retrospective insights and career defining moments. Key takeaways from this inspirational session include:

  • Stories and anecdotes from the career journey of UK’s leading legal leaders
  • Role models, allies and unexpected champions along the way
  • War stories and battle wounds: Insights into tough and challenging career moments

Speakers:
I.Stephanie Boyce, President, The Law Society
Georgina McManus, Chief Legal Officer, Manolo Blahnik

Future-proofing Business Track

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Stargazing ahead: The technology boom, Brexit, Covid-19, climate change and geopolitics

With the world in the throes of ones its most unsettled periods, and the pandemic just one of many threats challenging businesses worldwide. Making sense of the instability and uncertainties such as tech wars and the after effects of COP26 of turning promises into action is just some of issues we are navigating. Attend this session to explore:

  • Key legal developments, risks and regulation impacting business and what else is coming down the track?
  • Seeing beyond the noise: The growth of crypto, blockchain, AI and flood of technology coming down the track and being prepared legally
  • Developments in privacy, data and capital markets: Useful points of consideration
  • Working in challenging markets – how we strategise, budget and move forward with certain suppliers
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Networking Lunch


1:30 PM – 2:15 PM | Coffee Roundtables:

Roundtable 1

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Roundtable 1: More than a lawyer: Building your personal brand

In today’s connected, digital world where social media and online sources can reveal all manners of information about you, standing out for the right reasons and controlling your narrative has never been so important. In this roundtable we will discuss how a compelling personal brand at work can help boost opportunity, build your reputation and the tools needed to establish your profile.

Roundtable 2

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Roundtable 2: ESG at the coal face – day to day considerations and giving advice

With increasing General Counsel’s taking on the leadership of the ESG agenda and upholding responsible business conduct, this pragmatic roundtable explores the FAQs, advice being sought and common roadblocks encountered and how to navigate forward.

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Roundtable 3

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Roundtable 3: Women’s health in the workplace: Supporting women to live better lives

In this roundtable we will talk openly, raise awareness and discuss what the right support looks like to help women in the workplace who dealing with mental health, fertility issues, menopause, stress, providing care giving and beyond.

Roundtable 4

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Roundtable 4: Perfecting your outside counsel panel review: Criteria, minimum requirements and business impact

This roundtable discussion will explore how to evaluate and review your panel firms and ensure you are getting the most from them, whilst also exploring the ESG, diversity, mental health initiatives they are undertaking.


Leaders of Change Track

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Keynote Conversation: Boardroom calling: Moving roles at executive level

With a general one-way traffic trend from private practice to in-house, climbing the heights to board level is a key GC aspiration. Although boards are under increasing pressure to diversify their ranks the bar scrutinising board readiness is at an all-time high. In this session we will hear from female GCs who have successfully moved into board level, sharing:

  • Journey to developing boardroom capital – what is the DNA required?
  • Achieving success with an inclusive and diverse boardroom and in corporate leadership
  • What to do to prepare and position oneself for success?
  • How many extra feathers in your cap are needed and is a personal brand important?
  • How to find, leverage your network to make those crucial boardroom and executive moves?
  • Career progression for women in-house versus private practice – opportunities, roadblocks and does the glass ceiling still exist?

Speakers:
Ruth Daniels, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Superdry

Future-proofing Business Track

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Navigating the risk and compliance landscape

With the events of the last few years redefining business as usual and the risk and compliance landscape this session will explore how the legal advisory role is evolving given changes in regulation, policy and the steep rises in cybercrime, fraud, growing M&A activity, global supply chain disruptions, ESG and beyond, covering:

  • Crystal ball gazing to predict risk, best practice in capability building, compliance and risk assessments - how it may play out and its associated legal consequences
  • Setting out corporate governance frameworks and accountability on identifying risk, due diligence and proactive investigation of potential risks - who is going to do it? How are they going to do it?
  • Stress testing, exercising and business continuity – examples from peers on GDPR, IP, ransomware, cyber-attacks and third-party due diligence when on-boarding
  • Collaboration and innovation: How do legal work with compliance on complex issues, and ensure programmes constantly innovates?
  • Reducing risk: Where are we behind the curve?

Speakers:
Joanne Wardale, Head of Legal and Compliance, Cigna Global Health
Aarti Thakor, Director of Legal and Professional Services, Charity Commission for England and Wales
Aksa Kalam, Head of Legal, Cognism (Confirmed)

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