Laura Battley, General Counsel & Company Secretary, New Look
Laura Battley is Group Company Secretary and General Counsel at New Look. Having spent over 6 years at Slaughter and May, Laura spent time at Addleshaw Goddard and then KPMG, where she joined New Look initially on secondment and then later returned in a permanent role as Company Secretary to head up the legal and secretariat team. In her current role, Laura is now also responsible for the wider group compliance functions across the business (including data protection, internal audit, operational audit, corporate governance, profit protection, insurance, incident management, business continuity and health and safety).
Sarah Binder, Chief Legal Officer, Pizza Hut UK & Europe (Yum! Brands)
Sarah is currently General Counsel for Pizza Hut in Europe and the UK. Sarah leads a team of corporate, consumer and franchise lawyers and legal professionals to manage all elements of the Pizza Hut franchise business across 1,400 restaurants in 28 countries. Sarah was previously at BT for 6 years in a number of roles including as an M&A lawyer, creating and operating the legal and compliance function at Plusnet and Head of Privacy Law and DPO for EE. Sarah has developed a particular passion and experience for turning around & establishing legal and compliance functions. Sarah’s philosophy is that legal must be embedded into the heart of business and to always take a pragmatic approach to all legal matters to find innovative and effective solutions for businesses. Sarah trained and qualified with Clifford Chance in London and the Middle East. Sarah is also a local councillor for Wandsworth Council and most importantly, a parent to two toddlers (who give her excellent practice in her negotiation skills….)
Kate Burns, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Notonthehighstreet.com
Kate is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of notonthehighstreet. Notonthehighstreet.com is the leading curated online marketplace connecting the best small creative businesses with the world. The brand has gained the trust and loyalty of its customers through offering an alternative to the High Street: a curated product selection with unique designs, high-quality craftsmanship and inspiring stories behind the people who make them. Founded in 2006, the brand has experienced exceptional growth connecting 3 million customers to 5,000 businesses.
Prior to notonthehighstreet, Kate spent fifteen years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP both as a Corporate lawyer specialising in the retail and leisure sectors and in the management team advising on strategy and change management (including operational and gender diversity change).
Helen Hayes, Legal Director - Northern & Eastern Europe, Uber
Helen Hayes leads the Northern & Eastern Europe legal team at Uber. Having trained and qualified at DLA Piper, she spent 10 years in the litigation department specialising in commercial litigation and technology disputes, before moving to Uber in March 2016. The legal team has grown substantially in line with the business, and deals with a broad range of issues which includes complex regulatory requirements as well as day to day legal issues and problem solving. Helen works closely with the business, advising the UK Board on legal and regulatory compliance matters. She splits her time between London, Amsterdam and North Yorkshire where she lives with her husband and 2 teenagers.
Helen Lamprell (OBE) General Counsel & External Affairs Director, Vodafone
Helen Lamprell is General Counsel and Director of External Affairs, Vodafone UK, where she has been responsible for core areas including sustainability, media relations, government affairs and corporate security since 2014. She is also a proud trustee of the Vodafone Foundation, using the power and innovation of technology to effect positive local and global change. Additionally, she sits on the Women’s Business Council, helping to promote women’s roles in the country’s economic growth and advise companies on the best practice for enabling them. She has over two decades’ experience in the provision of expert legal counsel for businesses, with over half of that spent at Vodafone driving best practice and leading expansion. Helen is a strong believer in the power of businesses to drive positive change, from the empowerment of women and girls to the treatment of mental health in the workplace.
Lara Oyesanya, General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer, Contis
An experienced solicitor in the financial services sector that is skilled in regulatory, payments, enterprise risk management, consumer protection, small-medium enterprises, retail and commercial banking. The external Member, Committee on Benefactions External and Legal Affairs (CBELA), University of Cambridge and, a non-Executive Director, Plan International UK. A Contributing Editor, LexisNexis Encyclopaedia of Banking Law and a Member, Consulting Editorial Board, LexisPSL. A Fellow of The RSA and 'Business Woman of the Year' & 'Corporate Leader', 2018 FL National Awards. Formerly, legal director at Klarna, senior legal counsel at Barclays and BAE Systems, a divisional counsel at RAC, a legal director at HBOS (Lloyds Banking Group), and Group Head of Legal at Lex (Lex Autolease). Also a barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and a law graduate (LL.B Hons) of the University of Lagos with an LL.M in Comparative Company Law.
Vicky Sandry, Group General Counsel, Sky
Vicky is Group General Counsel for Sky, responsible for the legal and compliance functions across Sky’s European territories, and a member of Sky’s executive management committee. She has 20 years’ experience in-house in the media and communications industry and in 2018 she was recognized as one of the UK’s top 100 lawyers. Mother of two boys, she has been working part time since 2003 and achieved an industry award in 2013 as one of 50 people working part time at the top of their profession. Vicky is a strong advocate for, and supporter of, diversity and inclusion. She champions all forms of flexible working and is the executive sponsor for the employee wellbeing network at Sky.
Emily Smith-Reid, Deputy General Counsel, HSBC
Emily is a Deputy General Counsel at HSBC. She splits her time between two roles: general counsel support for the Global Retail Banking business; and Global Head of competition law for all HSBC business lines and regions. She sits on the Group Legal Risk Executive Committee, which oversees legal risk management across the whole organisation. She is also chair of the legal Diversity & Inclusion ambassadors network. Emily joined HSBC in 2001 and prior to that spent c. 7 years at British Telecom in London as senior competition and regulatory counsel. Whilst at BT she also spent 3 years outside of legal, working in purely business roles in new product development and corporate strategy. Emily qualified into the Antitrust, Competition & Trade team at Freshfields in 2000. During this time she worked in their London, Washington, DC and Singapore offices and gained broad experience working for blue-chip clients in a diverse range of industry sectors sectors. Outside HSBC, Emily is a trustee of the international charity Consortium for Street Children. She is married to her wife, Rosalind, and has two children.
Katherine Thomas, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Travelodge
Katherine is General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Travelodge Hotels group, having joined in 2014 to build the group’s legal function. Prior to that she spent 6 years advising on corporate law in private practice. Katherine heads the growing legal team which provides support across the breadth of the business as Travelodge aims to become the favourite hotel for value. She has a particular focus on strategic projects and compliance and is passionate about empowering her team.
Lesley Wan, General Counsel, FBN Bank
Lesley Wan is General Counsel for FBN Bank responsible for overseeing and managing legal, company secretariat and regulatory risks. She has extensive experience in private practice and in the corporate world including A&O, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group. Earlier this year, Lesley received the “Power of Women in Leadership Award”. Lesley was also responsible for creating and leading the hugely successful “Breakthrough Mentoring Programme” at Lloyds Banking Group in 2012. Lesley is also Founder & President of The Eagle Club, a global network of 180 women in senior leadership positions; and Founder and CEO of Through the Looking Glass Charity, which provides less affluent young people an insight into City professions and encourages them to pursue higher education or apprenticeships.