Wednesday 8 March, 2023

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Registration & Networking Breakfast


10:00 AM - 10:45 AM | Opening Keynote


Building Your Personal Brand

10:50 AM - 11:35 AM

Championing for Yourself: How To Build and Keep A Network That Fosters You Through Your Career

Whether it's the increased visibility, extra exposure to resources, or the possibility of newfound opportunities, networking and building lifelong connections are essential to evolving as a legal professional. Often networking can be overlooked and not prioritized, but in an increasingly connected world, it can be incredibly valuable especially if it's a network you can consistently rely on. Attend this session as our experts provide insights into the key skills required to network and explore best practices to ensure you can build and expand on your existing network.

Efftichia Dower, Senior Legal Counsel - Onfido
Lesley Wan, General Counsel - FBN Bank UK
Helen Kimberley, Assistant General Counsel - Mars

Risk & Disruption

10:50 AM - 11:35 AM

Organisational Resilience in the Face of Volatility: Managing Through Cost Cuts, Recession & Inflation

As the cost of living crisis becomes more prominent, the uncertainty of today’s economic climate will continue to have a massive impact on businesses. The resulting budgetary restraints on organisations will ultimately affect not only the bottom line of businesses but also their growth potential.  Join this session as our GCs share insights into how to prepare for and support a company through the recession, provide practical advice on how to approach cost cuts and inflation, and discuss how to show resilience as an organization and project forward during uncertain economic times.

Annabel Tagoe-Bannerman, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary - Bakkavor Group
Annabelle Newman, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - Head of EMEA - Syneos Health
Felicity Carrick-Eede, Legal Counsel - H&M

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM | Networking Break


Building Your Personal Brand

12:05 PM - 12:50 PM

Proving Your Value: Living in the Seat You Earned

As female legal leaders, we’ve made it but questioning our achievements despite one’s abilities and credentials is a common mindset affliction. In a male-dominated working environment, it is even more important as women to understand the importance of exuding confidence, owning your power, and being comfortable as a legal leader. As female legal leaders, knowing your worth is essential to future growth, earning trust and respect, and enhances your ability to lead. Join this session as expert panelists share their struggles and best practices in owning your seat, consistently providing value to the organization, and how to strive for bigger and better opportunities.

Kimberley Whitaker, General Counsel - Health Hero
Oliver Dale, VP Elavon - c/o Lorna Gibb @ Nokia
Leigh Kirkpatrick, Managing Legal Counsel, Outsourcing Technology and IP - The Royal Bank of Scotland

Risk & Disruption

12:05 PM - 12:50 PM

Navigating the Data Privacy Minefield

Global privacy regulations are shifting frequently and GCs need to stay current with the emerging laws to avoid legal and financial ramifications. With big privacy changes in key regions such as China, Brazil, and India, the landscape of data privacy will continue to evolve making it even more essential for in-house teams to be prepared and build a robust privacy program. Join this session as our privacy experts review existing global privacy laws, and share their insights into navigating the upcoming risks and changes expected in the privacy space.

Gwen Morvan, Associate General Counsel - Clearwater Analytics
Sam Sayers, Head of Global Privacy - KFC

12:50 PM - 2:00 PM | Networking Lunch


Visible Leadership

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Overcoming Their Fear of Failure: Gaining Trust and Encouraging Curiosity to Drive Creative Solutions

Often the most creative and innovative solutions are developed in cultures that breed confidence and trust. Therefore, as legal leaders, it's imperative to build a company culture and mindset that empowers teams to not be afraid of failure. Join this session as our expert panelists discuss ways to generate curiosity and creativity that lead to the company’s growth, introduce tools and processes to help foster a new way of thinking, and understand the position of GCs as influencers and solution drivers within organizations. 

Robyn Sandilands, Head of Legal - The Pets at Home Group plc
Caroline O'Connor, Group General Counsel - Tractable Ltd
Anna Butler, Group General Counsel - Long Harbour Ltd

Innovation Strategies

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Scalable Legal Ops Strategies: Meeting the Changing Conditions of Business

With business pressures increasing, in-house lawyers should be thinking ahead about how to integrate Legal Ops frameworks into their everyday workflows. In this session, we’ll use a forward-looking scope to evaluate the smart strategies for scaling your Legal Ops department, and review lessons learned along the way. Discover innovative ways to transform the way in-house teams provide legal services to the business and learn the key areas to focus on from financial management, human resources, analytics, and data and which strategies yield the optimum results for the legal department.

Sandy Scott, Director or Legal Affairs - Robert Walters
Martyna Budzynska, Director of Legal - Tide
Sharon Evans, General Counsel - TotallyMoney

Visible Leadership

2:50 PM - 3:35 PM

Finding the Right Balance As a Legal Leader: Protecting the Business & Supporting Your People

As a legal leader within a company, you may oftentimes find yourself in a difficult situation when conflicts arise between the business and employees. Regardless of the position, you agree with, as a GC your responsibility is ultimately to ensure the business is protected at all costs. Join this session as our expert panelists discuss balancing the dilemma of representing the business while also supporting people, providing examples and insight on how to rise above as a legal leader within an organisation in these circumstances.

Tamara Franks, Head of Operations, Group General Counsel (Legal, Governance, Compliance) - Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited
Aniela Foster-Turner, Legal Director - Gore Street Capital
Zusana Blazkova, General Counsel - Benefex

Innovation Strategies

2:50 PM - 3:35 PM

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Realistic Approaches to Customizing & Implementing the Right Tech Solutions for Your Legal Department

GCs are often overworked and understaffed but are still forced to keep up with their corporation's legal demands. It is essential for an in-house leader to prioritize the practice of law with efficient tools and processes to enhance their legal service delivery. One way to support the growing legal demands is with the use of legal technology; however, implementing and integrating new technology can be tricky, costly, and time-consuming. With numerous options available, how do you determine the best legal tech for your organisation? Hear from our panel of thought leaders who have successfully implemented legal tech solutions in their companies as they discuss the best approaches to finding and customizing legal technology that fits your business needs, pivoting, and adapting effectively. 

Kamilė Valatkaitė, Senior Legal Counsel - Vinted
Naaika Himidi, General Counsel - Pleo

Champagne Roundtables:



4:35 PM - 5:35 PM | Drinks Reception


5:35 PM - | Close of Day One


Thursday 9 March, 2023

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


10:00 AM - 10:45 AM | Day Two Opening Keynote


Regulatory Update

10:50 AM - 11:35 AM

Avoiding Compliance Fatigue & Preparing for Regulatory Changes on the Horizon

Every business has its own set of unique regulatory challenges, making compliance difficult to implement and sustain for each individual business. Having an effective compliance program is not only a legal obligation for businesses, but it is also absolutely essential for risk mitigation. This session will delve into how to effectively prepare for regulatory and policy changes, and will also cover how to avoid compliance fatigue. Leave with an understanding of how to build a robust compliance program, from standards, policies, and procedures, to investigations and remedial measures that are tailored to your specific organization.

Employment Law

10:50 AM - 11:35 AM

Labor & Employment Regulatory Update

The many nuances of the changing regulation for labor and employment are front and center for GCs and their companies right now. This session will dive deep into understanding how in-house counsel can deal with the different patchwork of rules in different places and across jurisdictions, including the changing landscapes due to the remote workforce and the residual effects on policies. Join our speakers as they address the current labor and employment landscape, the most pressing challenges, and how to move forward as we look ahead to the future.


11:35 AM - 11:45 AM | Transition Break


Evolution of ESG

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Emerging ESG Related Risks

As regulations, enforcement and expectations continue to evolve quickly around various ESG matters, in-house counsel needs to align the goals of their organizations and help strategize the best plan of action to mitigate risks to come. This session will cover emerging ESG-related issues and risks that GCs and businesses should be considering, as well as what structures need to be in place to make sure organisations are where they need to be. Panelists will touch upon crisis response frameworks GCs may wish to consider implementing should one of these risks materialize and will also provide a clear path for maneuvering environmental disclosures, from the proposed SEC Climate Rule and Global Mandatory regimes to carbon pricing scenario analysis, target setting, net zero standards and examining science-based targets.

Talent Attraction & Retention

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Breaking Down the Barriers of Generational, Gender & Pay Gaps

Despite making strides to improve the workforce landscape for women, companies continue to show hesitancy surrounding conversations about pay transparency and the imbalance between genders. Disconnects also remain between the different generations in the modern workforce. Join this lively discussion to discover solutions to help navigate these gaps, better understand transparency legislation and discuss what steps need to be taken in order to see real change in the push for equity and inclusivity.


Networking Lunch Roundtables:



Evolution of ESG

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Measuring the Progress of Your 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 of the General Counsel can be critical in driving the ESG agenda and upholding responsible business conduct. Without meaningful action and accountability, ESG initiatives and efforts are completely ineffective. Organisations that don’t have a framework in place are struggling because they are unable to gauge and evaluate their goals and efforts over time. Our expert panelists will discuss how to advise businesses on implementing ESG policies and structure, stakeholder communications, reporting framework, and monitoring the effectiveness of compliance efforts.

Talent Attraction & Retention

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Finding the Path to GC: Growing from Important Career Lessons and Accomplishing Your Goals

This session will provide a unique opportunity to hear from female business leaders who will share the highs and lows of their journeys, retrospective insights, and career-defining moments. Join this inspirational panel as they advise on the GC career trajectory and provide guidance on how to effectively elevate your in-house career. 


2:50 PM - 3:35 PM | Closing Plenary