November 19, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM | Welcome Remarks

9:00 AM - 10:00 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
Interviewee: Lesley Wan, General Counsel, FBN Bank 

Executive Leadership Forum

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Managing Budgets and Resources To Develop A Lean Department

Progression into the General Counsel role inevitably brings greater financial responsibilities. Join us for our crash course in budget management and polish your skills in financial statement analysis and P&L to help your department thrive for the year ahead.
Moderator: Lisa Young, General Counsel, Axiom
Clare Belcher, Head of Legal (UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific: Commercial Trading), Travelex
Dana Grey, Director of Legal, Compliance and Ethics and Data Protection Officer, Pension Protection Fund
Sponsored by Axiom
Mentorship Programme

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Structured Networking: Meet Your Mentor/Mentee

Our structured networking provides the perfect opportunity to meet your mentorship partner at the beginning of the event over a structured activity that helps establish and build a lasting relationship.


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

Executive Leadership Forum

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: The GC and the Board: Partnering With The CEO, COO, CFO and Chairman to Manage Risk

A strong relationship between the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer is imperative to successfully navigating risk today’s volatile economic environment. Join our panel as we deep dive into the key to working together and mitigating unforeseen risks lurking just around the corner.
Moderator: Catherine Sherwin, Senior Managing Director, Digital UK Lead, AlixPartners
Ruth Daniels, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Global
Amy Wallace, General Counsel, Onfido
Sponsored by AlixPartners
Mentorship Programme

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Masterclass: How To Be A Good Mentor and Mentee

Learn the best practices for building a strong relationship with your mentor/mentee as we deep dive into the key ingredients to a successful mentorship programme and the top qualities for building a lasting relationship.

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

Executive Leadership Forum

1:30 PM - 2:30 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.
Ali Rathod-Papier, Vice President, Group Financial Crime Legal, Barclays
Dr Heike Ottemann-Toyza, General Counsel, Generali
Samantha Hammonds, General Counsel, UKTV
Mentorship Programme

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Masterclass: Working Through Challenges

Explore the key challenges facing your day to day work and identify areas in which mentors can help provide guidance to their mentee.

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

Executive Leadership Forum

3:00 PM - 4:00 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?
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

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Masterclass: Setting Your Goals For The Mentorship Programme

Work within your mentorship pair to set goals for the year ahead around key areas of development and the steps mentees need to take to reach a General Counsel position within the next five years.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Presentation: Helping The Next Generation Of Female Legal Professionals Up The Ladder

Join us for our closing keynote as we interview a leading legal professional as they share their experience of rising up the ladder and how they are helping the next generation. Discover how you too can provide a helping hand to the millennial workforce.

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

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

5:10 PM - | Welcome Drinks Reception

November 20, 2019

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

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

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Interview: With The First Female Judge of The Commercial Court

The Rt. Hon. Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE, PC

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Presentation: The Future of Business and 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

Leadership & Development

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

It is the time five generations have worked together at once within business. With more millennials flooding into the In House legal role and Gen Z just around the corner, what steps should we take to engage both the new and more established members of our workforce?

Katherine Thomas, General Counsel, Travelodge
Mitzi Berberi, VP and Deputy General Counsel, FOX Networks Group
Natalie Tan, Global Head Legal Strategic Transactions, Pharmaceuticals​​​​​​​, Novartis
Risk & Response

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Political and economic turbulence has inevitably driven greater pressure on General Counsels to navigate risk on a daily basis. How can you proactively prevent risks from developing further? Which risks should you place higher priority on in 2020?

Emily Smith-Reid, Deputy General Counsel, HSBC

Deborah 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

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

Simone Tudor, General Counsel, Homebase

Kate Burns, General Counsel and Company Secretary,

Sponsored by Travers Smith

Risk & Response

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

The aftermath of GDPR is becoming increasingly apparent with recent fines taking their toll on businesses. As cyber-attacks continue to rise, the risks imposed can have a devastating impact to the reputation and profitability of the business. What is essential to a robust building a robust strategy?  

Sarah Pozner, Head of Legal - Digital and Data Protection, Aviva

Employment Law

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: The Future Is Flexible: The Art Of Balancing Family Life And A General Counsel Role

There are many complexities across the business that General Counsels must have on their radar, but having visibility of the whole business at all times while focusing your time on more complex and demanding issues can be a juggling act even without kids. How should you begin to balance the pressures of work and family life?

Flexible work arrangements including ‘working from home’, flexible hours and part time roles are being agreed open as businesses begin to respond to the needs of a modern workforce. Join as we hear from the legal departments paving the way in flexible work arrangements. 

Rachel Jacobs, Group General Counsel, Springer Nature

Georgina McManus, General Counsel, Manolo Blahnik

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

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. 

Joanna Nayler, Group General Counsel, Just Group

Catherine Palmer, General Counsel, HR Director and Board Member, Joseph

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. 

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

Maria Passemard, Head of Legal Operations, Royal Mail

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 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 Counsels who have successfully made the transition back into the In House GC role and their top tips.

Panel Moderator: Kathryn Britten, Partner/Managing Director, AlixPartners

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

Katie Cosgrove, General Counsel, Nested

Evelyn Styles, General Counsel, UK and Ireland, Hays

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

Business Partner Strategies

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion: The Board Room: Managing Tough Decisions

The board room can be a daunting place to speak up. However, in order to gain respect and visibility in the board, General Counsels 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.

Laura Battley, General Counsel, New Look

Vanessa Cowling, General Counsel, VentureFounders

Rupa Patel, General Counsel, Awaze

Legal Technology & Operations

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Over Hyped Or Under Valued? 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?

Maike Weber, Head of Legal, Native Instruments

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

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)

Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Presentation: 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?   

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

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

5:15 PM - | Evening Drinks Reception

November 21, 2019

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

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

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Psychology Workshop: Understanding the Inner Workings of Business

Our psychology workshop, led by a former lawyer at White & Case, will hone your skills for understanding the inner workings of business functions and how you can effectively manage these relationships to produce successful outcomes for the whole business.

Tamzin Muir, Senior Trainee and Consultant, The Potential Project and Mindfullness Teacher, Mindfullness at Work

Regulation & Compliance

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

Brexit and Sanctions upheavals and many other turbulent geo-political climates and shifts have shaken the foundries of business over the past few years and bought much uncertainty to business decisions. With these turbulences unlikely to fade into the background anytime soon, arm yourself and your business with the latest insights to help navigate these uncertain times.

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

The Chief Compliance Officer has played a significant role in businesses over the past few years. With GCs and CCOs working closer together than ever before to develop a strong compliance culture, what are the ingredients to developing a strong compliance programme that can be rolled out across the entire organisation?

Panel Moderator: Daniella McGuigan, Partner, Ogletree Deakins International

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

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

Ailsa (Longmuir) Harding, Associate General Counsel, Centrica

Sponsored by Ogletree Deakins

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

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