Programme

November 19, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM | Registration and Networking Breakfast


8:50 AM - 9:00 AM | Welcome Remarks

Heather D. Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media


9:00 AM - 9:10 AM | Opening Address

Dana Denis-Smith, Founder, First 100 Years


9:10 AM - 10:10 AM | Interview: Building A Collaborative Platform To Support Female Leaders

Collaboration is the key to success. So, how can we take meaningful steps towards building the frameworks that support collaboration between General Counsel and their teams? In this session, hear how you can build a supportive platform encouraging open communication, engagement and mentorship. 
 
Interviewer: Dr Catherine McGregor, CEO, Catherine McGregor Research
Interviewee: Lesley Wan, General Counsel, FBN Bank 

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Panel Discussion: Managing People And Processes: The Secret To A Lean Department

With more restricted budgets being imposed on General Counsel and Legal Departments, we take a deep dive into how you can maximise the resources and processes both internally and externally to drive a lean function and business enabling department.
  • How can you optimise the structure and cost efficiency of your team, gain further budget and buy in from the board and flex up and down to the meet the evolving needs of the company?
  • How do you go about choosing your law firms, providers and contractors and work with them to reduce spend?

Moderator: M.E. Reidy, Interim Head of London, Axiom

Clare Belcher, Head of Legal, Travelex Limited, part of Finablr PLC

Dana Grey, Director of Legal, Compliance & Ethics, Pension Protection Fund

Melissa Strong, Head of Litigation Insurance and Wealth Management, Lloyds Banking Group

Sponsored by Axiom
 

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM | Networking Refreshment Break


11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Panel Discussion: The GC and the Board: Partnering With The C-Suite and Chairman to Manage Risk

A strong relationship between the General Counsel and C-Suite is imperative to successfully navigating risk in today’s volatile economic environment. Join our panel as we focus on the key to collaboration with the C-Suite to mitigating unforeseen risks lurking just around the corner.
 
Moderator: Kathryn Britten, Partner/Managing Director, AlixPartners
Ruth Daniels, Former General Counsel and Company Secretary, Global
Amy Wallace, General Counsel, Onfido
Rebecca Smith, Global General Counsel and Company Secretary
 
Sponsored by AlixPartners
 

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM | Networking Lunch Break


Executive Leadership Forum

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

Panel Discussion: Top Negotiation Strategies To Deploy Within Your Organisation

Deep dive into the best negotiation strategies to support your vision, communicate effectively and negotiate in the board room and across the business.
  • Hear real life negotiation experiences
  • Discover the most effective strategies
  • Explore the impact gender play in negotiation

Moderator: Dr. Ula Cartwright-Finch, Managing Director, Cortex Capital

Ali Rathod-Papier, Vice President, Group Financial Crime Legal, Barclays

Dr. Heike Ottemann-Toyza, General Counsel, Generali Deutschland AG

Samantha Hammonds, General Counsel, Premiership Rugby

Mentorship Programme

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

Introduction to Mentorship

Mentorship programmes can provide an essential framework to the support, development and progression of professionals as they move up the corporate ladder. With a greater number of females entering the legal profession, yet many struggling to obtain senior positions, we take a look at how mentorship can be the key to breaking the glass ceiling. 
MOSAIC (Mentoring Opportunities Shared Amongst In-House Counsel) is a non-for-profit mentoring programme designed bespoke for the in-house legal community. Learn from the Founders Claire Debney and Emma Sharpe on the benefits of mentorship for both mentors and mentees and how it can benefit both in house legal teams and the wider organisation and how to build a strong mentorship for both parties.
During this session you will have the perfect opportunity to engage with others interested in the value of mentorship over an interactive based workshop helping to expedite the breaking down of barriers and discover practical skills to take away when partaking in mentoring.
Following this session, you will be able to further network with potential mentors and mentees over shared interests, expertise and background. At the end, you will be provided with more information regarding the mentorship programme and have the opportunity to sign up for a yearlong programme supported by WIPL UK and MOSAIC (Mentoring Opportunities Shared Amongst In-House Counsel).

Led by MOSAIC (Mentoring Opportunities Shared Amongst In-House Counsel)
 


2:40 PM - 3:10 PM | Networking Refreshment Break


Executive Leadership Forum

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM

Panel Discussion: Key Communication Strategies For Dealing With Stakeholders and Business Units

Engaging key stakeholders and the wider business units can be essential to staying ahead of potential business risks. What are the best strategies for aligning with the rest of the business?
 
Moderator: Dr Catherine McGregor
Swati Paul, General Counsel, London Luton Airport
Susie Flook, Former Group General Counsel, The Body Shop
Ellen Hastings-Jones, General Counsel, Pepper Money UK
Mentorship Programme

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM

Interactive Workshop: The Power Of Mentorship In Supporting Mental Health and Well-Being in the Legal Profession

Increasingly the focus on mental health in the legal profession is top of mind. Historically it is a topic that has not been openly discussed and resources for those impacted have not been readily available. This special workgroup session will focus on the importance of mentorship and how it can support and promote mental health and well-being in the workplace.

Led by MOSAIC (Mentoring Opportunities Shared Amongst In-House Counsel) and Legal Week
 

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM | Presentation: Helping The Next Generation Of Female Legal Professionals Up The Ladder

As senior legal professionals, how can we help the next generation of female lawyers’ progress through the legal profession and reach the top positions? Our closing keynote from I. Stephanie Boyce will reflect on her experiences climbing the ladder, while also focusing on the key initiatives led by The Law Society of England and Wales to drive transformative change for the future.

I. Stephanie Boyce, Deputy Vice President, The Law Society of England and Wales


4:40 PM - 4:50 PM | Closing Remarks

Heather D. Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media


4:50 PM - | Welcome Drinks Reception and Inspirational Women in Law Awards 2019

Following the success of the expanded categories of the Awards in 2018, 2019 sees the return of five categories to celebrate inspirational women across the profession!

The five categories are:
- Inspirational Woman of the Year, Under 35 Lawyer of the Year
- Inspirational Woman of the Year, In-House Lawyer of the Year
- Inspirational Woman of the Year, Solicitor of the Year
- Inspirational Woman of the Year, Barrister of the Year
- Inspirational Women Awards Champion of the Year (Any gender, any field, making a
contribution to equality, not restricted to lawyers).

The Inspirational Women in Law Awards seek to identify women leaders in law, in the lead up to the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which allowed women to enter into the legal and other professions for the first time.


November 20, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM | Registration and Networking Breakfast


8:50 AM - 9:00 AM | Welcome Remarks

Heather D. Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Interview: With The First Female Judge of The Commercial Court

Interviewer: Heather D. Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media
Interviewee: The Rt. Hon. Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE, PC

Leadership & Development

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Critical Leadership For Managing A Multi–Generational Workforce

Over the past year we have seen the first wave of Generation Z entering the workforce. With five generations now part of the workforce in the UK, we examine how you can best manage the divides between these generations and promote a collaborative work environment for all.

  • How does each generation differ and what do each generation desire from management?
  • Successful strategies for bringing together a productive and collaborative team
  • How can you leverage the best out of each generation?
  • How can we evade tensions and manage relationships?

Moderator: Rachel Murphy, Head of Client Solutions, UK, LOD 

Katherine Thomas, General Counsel, Travelodge

Mitzi Berberi, Former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, FOX Networks

Natalie Tan, Global Head Legal Strategic Transactions, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Sponsored By LOD (Lawyers On Demand)
 
Risk & Response

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Triage Advice For Managing Risk On A Daily Basis And When Disaster Strikes

The role of the General Counsel in navigating the day to day risks can be turbulent at times, yet imperative to avoiding reputational damage. In this session, we will explore the key strategies that can help you to in first line of defense to managing a crisis at large. The digital world continues to increase the speed and impact of crisis and daily risks making it now even more incumbent upon the response team to manage internal and external stakeholders in face of confusion, negativity and drive an agile and rapid response to resolve the situations.

Moderator: Tami McGonigal, Executive Coach

Emily Smith-Reid, Deputy General Counsel, HSBC

Natasha Aziz, General Counsel (IP, Brand and Customer), The Body Shop

Helen Stanwell-Smith, Head of Legal - Intellectual Property, Thomas Cook

Debbie Spragg, Head of Legal UK, Elis

Employment Law

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: The Aftermath of the "#MeToo" and “#Times Up” Movement

Following last year’s #metoo and #timesup movements that took on global significance, we take a deep dive into the current state of play and find out what has already changed and what still needs to change within the legal profession around unconscious bias and workplace harassment.

Moderator: Jules Quinn, Partner, King & Spalding

Elaine Hutton, Associate General Counsel, JUUL

Yukiko Lorenzo, Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection, Mastercard

Nikki Squire, Executive Coach and Trainer

Sponsored by King & Spalding


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


Leadership & Development

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: How to Inspire The Next Generation Of Legal Professionals

With more millennials and Gen Z joining the workforce each year, we take a look at what steps you should take to inspire and engage your newest team members. What do millennials look for from their employers? How should you support their career development? How do you leverage the best qualities out of them to achieve business objectives?

Moderator: Kathleen Russ, Senior Partner, Travers Smith

Natalie Salunke, General Counsel, Fleetcor

Kate Burns, General Counsel and Company Secretary, notonthehighstreet.com

Ruth Walker, Legal Counsel, UK & IE, H&M

Sponsored by Travers Smith

Risk & Response

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Best Practices For Building A Robust Data Privacy Strategy!

Regulatory enforcement in recent times has driven an increasing focus on internal compliance programmes and procedures to ensure avoidance of reputational damage, unforeseen risks and fines. In this session, we will explore the best practices and top tips for building a data privacy programme from scratch and improving what you already have in place:

  • Gaining buy in from the top and building a corporate culture prioritising compliance
  • Bridging the gaps between business units
  • Communicating and rolling out successful data privacy programmes
  • An update on the latest developments

Moderator: Heather D. Nevitt, Editor-In-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media

Sarah Pozner, Global Data Protection Officer, ITV

Belinda Doshi, Head of Legal, Data Protection and IP, Lloyds Banking Group

Kasey Chappelle, Data Protection Officer, GoCardless

Joanna Blazey, Data Privacy Director, Envista Holdings Corporation

Employment Law

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: The Future Is Flexible: Managing Work Life Balance

Flexible work arrangements, including working from home, remote working, flexi-hours and part time roles, are being increasingly explored within businesses. This dramatic shift in approach has been partly driven by the differences in workforce composition, rise in digital platforms and technology, introduction of co-working spaces and the sharp increase in workspace rental prices. There is much debate at the moment over the role and impact these flexible work arrangements play in business. However increasingly we are seeing a positive improvement in productivity, employee satisfaction, and mental health and well-being.

Moderator: Stephanie Dillon, Co-Founder, Reignite Academy

Stephanie Wallace, Head of Legal, RateSetter

Georgina McManus, Global General Counsel, Manolo Blahnik

Lucie Grant, Senior Director and Regional Senior Corporate Counsel UK & Ireland, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Katie Power, General Counsel, Crabtree & Evelyn


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


Business Partner Strategies

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Redefining the Role Of General Counsel And Becoming A Strategic Business Partner

The role that the General Counsel plays within business has rapidly changed over recent years with many taking on more responsibilities than the General Counsel of the past. Join this session to explore how you can develop into a strategic business partner and which areas you can have the biggest impact for the business. 

Moderator: Lisa Unwin, Co-Founder, Reignite Academy

Joanna Nayler, Group General Counsel, Just Group

Catherine Palmer, Freed of London

Ruth Pearson, General Counsel, LendInvest

Clara Eisenberg, Head of Legal, The Dune Group

Legal Technology & Operations

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion: ​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. 

Moderator: Tamara Box, Managing Partner - Europe and Middle East, Reed Smith

Sarah Barrett-Vane, Freelance Legal Operations Consultant and Former Director of Legal Operations, Royal Mail

Maria Passemard, Head of Legal Operations, John Lewis Partnerships

Amy McConnell, Head of Legal Operations, Vodafone Business

Confidence & Communication

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Post-Maternity Leave: Returning To The Office With Confidence

An increasing proportion of the female population, both within the legal profession and across the wider business world, are choosing to return to work after maternity leave. Yet, returning to work after maternity leave can be daunting for many. Hear from General Counsel who have successfully made the transition back into an In House role and their top tips for success.

Moderator: Catherine Sherwin, Senior Managing Director, AlixPartners

Katie White, General Counsel and Company Secretary, C. Hoare & Co.

Katie Cosgrove, General Counsel, Nested

Monique Pettigrew, Head of Legal, Brookfield Financial

Sponsored by AlixPartners
 

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Networking Refreshment Break


Business Partner Strategies

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion: The Board Room Journey: From Starting Out To Establishing Your Presence

The board room can be a daunting place to speak up. However, in order to gain respect and visibility in the board, General Counsel need to step into the shoes of a business professional and take off their legal shoes.  Learn how to manage relationships, express your views and vision in the boardroom and demonstrate your alignment with the commercial objectives.

Moderator: Rose Walker, News Editor, Legal Week (ALM Media)

Laura Battley, General Counsel, New Look

Vanessa Cowling, General Counsel, VentureFounders

Rupa Patel, General Counsel, Awaze

Helen Hayes, Legal Director - Northern & Eastern Europe, Uber

Legal Technology & Operations

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Over Hyped Or Undervalued? Legal Technology For The Modern General Counsel

Emerging technologies have demonstrated an abundance of opportunities for improving the processes within the In House legal department. With the dust settling on the first waves of legal innovations, what has been the impact so far on the In House community and the wider business? Should you implement today or wait for the next generation of legal technology just around the corner?

Moderator: Lisa Burton, Owner, Legal Digital Workspace

Maike Weber, Head of Legal, Native Instruments

Leigh Kirkpatrick, Managing Legal Counsel, Outsourcing, Technology & IP, Royal Bank of Scotland

Katie Power, General Counsel, Crabtree & Evelyn

Confidence & Communication

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Building Your Brand Within Your Organization

Your brand within the organisation is key to securing successful outcomes from any objectives. In order to role out your vision, you will also need to build a ‘trusted’ brand within the wider business. How do you become a trusted and reliable source and gain buy in from the wider business and your own team?

Moderator: Alison Treliving, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs 

Catie Sheret, General Counsel, Cambridge University Press

Lara Oyesanya, Legal Director, Klarna

Sarah Binder, General Counsel, Pizza Hut UK (Yum! Brands)

Helen Barraclough, Associate General Counsel - Global Commercial, Smith & Nephew

Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Interview: Where Will Digitalisation Take The Legal Sector?

The digital era is here to stay and adapting to the fast moving developments of digitalisation can be daunting for many who do not come from a technology background. Our digital native generation can help light the path and navigate these changes, but what are the LegalTech and LawTech innovations, strategies, trends and opportunities to look out for in developing the future In House legal department fit for the modern era?   

Interviewer: Heather D. Nevitt, Editor In Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media

Interviewee: Chrissie Lightfoot, CEO and Founder, EntrepreneurLawyer Limited and Robot Lawyer Lisa Limited


5:00 PM - 5:10 PM | Closing Remarks

Heather D. Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media


November 21, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM | Registration and Networking Breakfast


8:50 AM - 9:00 AM | Welcome Remarks

Heather D. Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Presentation: The Power Of Gender Equality To Transform The Business Of Law

In recent years, increasing pressure has been placed on businesses to transform their internal culture to be more focused on inclusivity and diversity. As we deep dive into the past, present and future of the legal sector, find out the key milestones the legal sector has achieved in the past 100 years and what the future looks like for female professionals working in the legal sector.

Christina Blacklaws, Independent Consultant, Blacklaws Consulting and Former President, The Law Society of England and Wales


9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Interactive Presentation: Understanding the Inner Workings of Performance

Our psychology workshop, led by a former lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, will hone your skills for understanding the inner workings of the mind and how you can more effectively manage your attention to produce successful outcomes at an individual, team and leadership level.

Tamzin Muir, Senior Consultant and Facilitator, The Potential Project


Regulation & Compliance

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Panel Discussion: Political Risk – Navigating The Volatile Economic And Political Climates In The Modern Era

Everywhere you look, the globe is beset by geo-political tensions from Brexit and Donald Trump to armed conflicts, sanctions and the rise of Asia. In a period of such uncertainty and upheaval, can business really continue as usual? Or do we need to adapt our usual approach to the role of the In House legal function and crisis management during these turbulent times?

  • Horizon scanning: what to look out for in risk jurisdictions?
  • Political turbulence and its impact on risk and crisis management
  • Managing relations on a global scale

Moderator: Josie Cox, Independent Journalist and Communications Consultant

Helen Lamprell, General Counsel and External Affairs Director, Vodafone UK

Leisa Turner, General Counsel, Komatsu Mining Corporation 

Cheryl Yuan, Deputy General Counsel, M&A and Partnerships, VEON


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


Regulation & Compliance

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Panel Discussion: Building A Strong Compliance Culture To Mitigate Future Risk

With General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers working closer than ever before to mitigate risk, we take a deep dive into the best strategies to building and developing a strong compliance culture.

  • What are the ingredients to consider when building a successful compliance programme or strategy?
  • Top tips for communicating and rolling out the vision
  • Gaining buy in from stakeholders, the board and the rest of the business

Moderator: Daniella McGuigan, Partner, Ogletree Deakins International

Christiane Dahlbender, Associate General Counsel Compliance EMEA & Global Sales, Mars Incorporated

Vix Sherliker, General Counsel, MVision Private Equity Advisers

Ailsa (Longmuir) Harding, Associate General Counsel, Centrica

Katie Tomashevski, Data Protection Officer, Unison

Sponsored by Ogletree Deakins


12:30 PM - 12:40 PM | Closing Remarks

Heather D. Nevitt, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel and Global Leaders in Law, ALM Media


12:40 PM - 1:40 PM | Networking Lunch Break