Wednesday, May 18, 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 move on up to lead with authenticity?

Viv Groskop, Author, Comedian, and Host of How to Own the Room and We Can Rebuild Her



Powerful Influencer

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Session - 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

Speakers:
Lara Oyesanya, Group General Counsel, Company Secretary and C-Suite Executive - World Remit
Tracey Dovaston, Partner - Pallas Partners LLP
Louise Wilkins, Deputy General Counsel - Oxfam
Laurence Perrin-Rees, Chief Compliance Officer - Chanel

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Strategic Architect

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Session - 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?  

Speakers:
Gemma Roberts, Partner - Goodwin
Emily O'Neil, General Counsel, UK - Deminor
Amy Wallace, Chief Legal Officer - Yoto
Jayne Bowie, General Counsel - Amey

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


Powerful Influencer

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Session - The Influential GC: 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 ongoing issues and barriers faced by female general counsels. This session creates a space to talk about:

  • Addressing the ongoing 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 managing up, embracing our vulnerability and handling 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-centered traits?
  • Supporting next-gen talent: How do we ensure authentic role-modeling and mentor/mentee relationships that keep 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 Security
Robyn Sandilands, Head of Legal - The Pets at Home Group plc
Rose Walker, News Editor, Law.com International - ALM
Strategic Architect

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Session - The Modern Legal Department of Tomorrow: Effectively 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:
Kirsten Hewson, Partner & Head of Real Estate - Shoosmiths
Leigh Kirkpatrick, Managing Legal Counsel, Outsourcing Technology and IP, - The Royal Bank of Scotland
Tamara Franks, Head of GGC Operations - Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

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


Powerful Influencer

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Session - How to Transform and Thrive with Great Legal Technology

Many in-house leaders are transforming their legal departments — putting innovation at the heart of their operations and finding new ways to create efficiencies, and increase value. Whether it’s revamping processes, improving analytics or implementing new technology, in this session we bring together leading innovators from corporate legal, and technology to discuss:

  • Shifting the status quo with innovative solutions that enhance the value
  • How technology empowers teams and develops skills 
  • How great solutions help mitigate risk, manage costs and modernise systems
  • What impact looks like — practical examples of transformation in action

Speakers:
Emily Rose, Client Success Manager - DISCO EMEA
Rhianne Armstrong, Head of Legal Operations - Dyson
Camilla Woodall, Head of Legal Operations - Travers Smith

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Strategic Architect

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel Session - 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:
Lucy Lambert, Legal Operations Consultant - Consilio
Francesca Porter, General Counsel - Onfido
Caroline O'Connor, Group General Counsel - Tractable Ltd
Varsha Patel, Reporter - Legal Week - ALM

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Powerful Influencer

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel Session - Post Pandemic Team Cohesion: 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:
Esther Gunter, Head of UK Talent - Axiom
Tami Irokawa McGonigal, Founder and Trainer, and former corporate lawyer - Rinzen Project
Caroline Colliston, Managing Partner and Co-Lead on D&I - DWF Scotland

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Strategic Architect

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Successfully Managing & Driving Your Organization's ESG Initiatives

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:
Ariel White-Tsimikalis, Partner - Goodwin
Becky Clissmann, Managing Director - The Chancery Lane Project
Nomsa Fulbrook-Bhembe, Vice President - Permira

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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: 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

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Roundtable 3: 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.


Thursday May 19, 2022

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


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Morning Keynote - Women In Leadership: Inspiring Through Vision & Purpose

As a Legal leader, it can often be challenging to navigate and effectively usher your organisation and teams through current affairs. It is imperative to be aligned as an organisation on a strategic vision and that leaders build engagement and leaders with purpose. 

  • How have current affairs affected the way legal leaders operate?
  • As leaders, how do you effectively communicate and engage your organisation on the purpose and vision?
  • What are the key lessons learned and what can be done better?

Speaker: Sacha Romanovitch OBE, Former CEO - Grant Thornton UK


Leaders of Change Track

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Session - 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:
Catherine McGregor, Author and Co-Lead - Brave New Law
Danielle Ayres, Legal Advisor - Pregnant Then Screwed
Christiane Deniger, Senior Vice President - Burford Capital
Meta Hanlon, Assistant General Counsel - Capital One

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Future-proofing Business Track

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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Session - 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

Speakers:
Kerry Westland, Partner, Head of Innovation & Technology - Addleshaw Goddard
Laura Martin, Customer Success Director - Conga
Emma Reynolds, Head of Legal Operations, Dispute Resolution - Travers Smith

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


Leaders of Change Track

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Candid 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:
Kate Teh, General Counsel - Telegraph Media Group
I.Stephanie Boyce, President - The Law Society
Georgina McManus, Chief Legal Officer - Manolo Blahnik
Shanika Amarasekara, Chief Impact Officer - British Business Bank
Georgia Morgan-Wynne, Executive Director - Taylor Root

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Future-proofing Business Track

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Session - Preparing for the Unknown: How To Handle Geopolitical and External Threats to the Business

With the world in the throes of one of its most unsettled periods, and the pandemic just one of many threats challenging businesses worldwide, making sense of the instability and uncertainties such as the evolving regulatory landscape, cyber threats, business continuity, and the after-effects of the global pandemic and COP26 of turning promises into action, are just some of the 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 AI and flood of technology coming down the track and being prepared legally
  • Developments in privacy, data  and useful points of consideration
  • Working in challenging markets – how we strategise, budget, and move forward with certain suppliers

Speakers:
Gretchen Scott, Partner - Goodwin
Sophie Lees, Deputy General Counsel - Deliveroo
Sarah Beddoes, General Counsel & Company Secretary - Adarga

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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: 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.

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Roundtable 2

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Roundtable 2: 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.

Roundtable 3

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Roundtable 3: Beating Burnout: Tips for Success

Hosted by Hannah Walker, Reporter - Law.com International

Roundtable 4

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Roundtable 4: Fostering a Culture of Mentorship

Hosted by Heidi Mallace, Owner - Mallace


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
Aksa Kalam, Head of Legal - Cognism
Aarti Thakor, Director of Legal and Professional Services - Charity Commission for England and Wales
Sarah Coady, Senior Solutions Consultant, eDiscovery - Nuix

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