Wednesday, March 10, 2021

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | Platform Opens


10:15 AM - 11:00 AM | Opening Keynote: Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex

Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex

Lorraine was the first female controller of BBC1,was a former CEO of TalkbackThames and most recently became CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.

Lorraine's varied career has meant she is no stranger to controversy - known as the woman who sacked Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon for taking cocaine, turned the tables on reporter Roger Cook by door stepping him for a Channel 4 Documentary and secured the first ever television interview with notorious villain Mad Frankie Fraser for a series on the history of crime in Britain.

Lorraine is a trail-blazing business leader who has driven success and transformation in the public, private and third sector. A Fellow of the Royal Television Society and external adviser to Channel 4's Growth Fund, she is an inspirational speaker that shows how women can succeed in business.


Strategic Architect

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Embracing Change & Developing Resilience In A Rapidly Evolving Environment

Change is inevitable, but we don’t always have a say in what comes next. Yet, we can influence how our legal teams and the wider business respond to these small fluxes or more impactful change. 

As we begin to anticipate what might be next on the regulatory horizon, we examine our approach to embracing and responding to change.

In this session, we will explore the best practices to engage the wider business, managing change within your function, and how you can become an agile, calm and influential leader throughout these times.


Speakers:
Kate Burns - notonthehighstreetcom
Elaine Hutton - JUUL Labs
Zoe O'Sullivan - Southampton FC
Operational Innovator

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Building The Optimal Global Team: Leveraging The Best From Your Internal and External Resources

It can be challenging to maintain high quality legal advice and function whilst working with shrinking budgets and limited resources. Add on trying to communicate effectively across a global team, feeling stretched is an understatement.

With a plethora of new models and strategies, discover how you can maximise your internal and external resources and drive efficiency for your legal function. 

From leveraging the most from your internal resources and evaluating your hiring process to establishing excellent relationships with external providers, we will uncover the strategies for delivering an optimised legal function across the globe.


Speakers:
Emily Smith-Reid - HSBC
Sarah Woodhouse - Unilever
Maria Polemitis - Robert Walters

Strategic Architect

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Jill Of All Trades: Stepping Out Of Your Legal Shoes

General Counsel must juggle providing expert legal support whilst stepping out of their legal shoes to provide strategic advice on wider business ventures.

However, becoming an influential business partner is much easier said than done.

In this session, we look at the key to providing strategic advice inside and out of the boardroom; how to align yourself with the wider business goals; identify opportunities for business growth and prevent unforseen risk; and formulate powerful relationships with key stakeholders across the business.


Speakers:
Katherine Thomas - Travelodge
Victoria Wells - Entrepreneur First
Ruth Daniels - Superdry
Operational Innovator

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Crisis Survival Mode: How To Respond and Adapt To A Sustainable Lifestyle

When entering crisis mode decisions are made quickly and workload builds up but working at this pace is not sustainable for any human and can lead to burnout. However, change also brings the opportunity for more flexibility and innovation within businesses.

The global pandemic caused a swift and significant jolt to businesses at the start of 2020. No one expected the disruption which was to follow and many did not know the best response to dealing with a crisis of this magnitude.

In light of the global pandemic and its impact to date, this session will reflect on our response strategies, exploring how to maintain pace when the workload builds whilst delving into the opportunities working at an optimum level encourages amoungst a team.


Speakers:
Rosana Pfaffhauser - Mundipharma
Emma Howes - Selfridges Group

Strategic Architect

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Building Revenue: Expanding Into Emerging Markets With Effective M&A Strategies

Complex decisions are unavoidable with any merger and acquisition. Legal, financial and organisational issues must all be taken into account. General Counsels are often asked to manage strategic aspects of such decisions and implement effective due diligence.
 
Inevitably, these challenges are accentuated when the M&A or team are spread across the globe.
 
In this session, we will focus on the key strategic considerations, negotiation communications and integration planning and the risk areas to avoid and effective due diligence procedures to deploy.

Speakers:
Sarah Binder - Pizza Hut Europe (Yum! Brands)
Ailsa Longmuir - Centrica
Operational Innovator

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Cyber and Regulatory Resilience: The Smart Approach To Protecting Your Data

Following recent eye-watering fines, we look at the regulatory backdrop succeeding post-GDPR implementation and the practical steps we must all take in order to protect employee and customer data.

With the focus shifting from cyber security to cyber and regulatory resilience, how can you armour your business and prevent future damage?

This session will explore the new thinking behind cyber regulatory resilience; how to develop resilient systems; and your role in ensurinig the correct infrastructure is in place.


Speakers:
Stephanie Dominy - Snyk
Rejane Cohen - Fortive

Strategic Architect

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Crystal Ball Gazing: What Is Next On The Horizon For Geo-Political Challenges?

General Counsel are inundated with information on a daily basis regarding legislative change, geo-political turbulence and regulatory developments.

Discerning the facts from the fiction and the information from the white noise has become increasingly difficult in the age of information fuelled by the knowledge economy.

In this session, we will critically examine the information of recent times and the impact this will have on businesses in the year ahead. We will also cover how you can build a proactive warning system to help you to identify and navigate these challenges in the future.


Speakers:
Rachael Carolan - what3words
Timiko Cranwell - Budweiser Brewing Group
Mackenna Roberts - Choice Telemedicine
Operational Innovator

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

The Legal Ops Journey: From The First Building Block To Scaling Up

The rising demand of in house legal departments to align with the wider business and become more business savvy have driven many General Counsel to explore the new realm of legal operations. As many begin to roll out new roles, initiatives and units dedicated to this area, we take a look at the smart strategies for building a legal operations team from the ground up and lessons learnt along the way. Learn the key areas to focus on from financial management, human resources, analytics and data and which strategies yiels the optimum results for the legal department.


Speakers:
Monica Zocca - Kering
Tamara Franks - Universities Superannuation Scheme
Helen Barrett-Hague - Rotork

Thursday, March 11, 2021

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | Platform Opens


10:15 AM - 11:00 AM | Opening Keynote


Powerful Influencer

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Pushing the Needle: How to Drive Meaningful Change For Diversity & Inclusion

Change has been a driving factor for the start of the new decade, with Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement creating waves in every business diversity has been brought to the forefront to discuss and take action.

With room for improvement across the board and the opportunity to take the lead in building the framework within your respective organisations to develop and attract legal talent. What Diversity & Inclusion initiatives should you consider rolling out and what role do legal teams play in supporting these initiatives and measures?


Speakers:
Angela Roberts - Wells Fargo Bank
Rachel Jacobs - Springer Nature
Innovation Trailblazer

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Flexibility & Remote Working: Leveraging Technology To Build A Collaborative, Remote & Flexible Work Environment

With the global pandemic causing mass lockdowns at the start of 2020 and enforcing people to stay at home, many businesses scrambled to explore remote working options enabling the same productivity at home as in the office. From technology to culture, many aspects of the business have had to be transformed to withstand the significant disruption to business as usual.
 
Moving forwards, working from home is looking to be a popular option for many, adding further uncertainty to what the new office space will look like. But with remote working comes new challenges, it poses the question, when new lawyers come on board where and how do we focus the training and support they would usually receive?
 
In this session, find out which strategies and technologies have come out top and how this will continue to drive collaborative and productive teams, improved employee satisfaction and greater support for those with disabilities, families and commitments outside of work.

Speakers:
Georgina McManus - Manolo Blahnik
Terra Potter - Hexcel Corporation
Helen Woollett - Natura &Co

Powerful Influencer

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

The Career Gap & Maternity Leave: A Powerful Return To The Workforce

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 a career gap.

Women are also facing a new obstacle - the pandemic. With women usually expected to pick up the household chores and care for the children, the boundaries betweek work and home have become blurred. The 'double shift', lack of childcare and other pressures has led to a number of women having to leave the workforce.

Returning to work after a career gap, maternity leave or otherwise can be daunting for many. In this session, you will hear from General Counsel who have successfully made the transition back into an In House role and their top tips for success.


Speakers:
Barbara Levi - Rio Tinto
Vicky Sandry - Sky UK
Stephanie Dillon - Reignite Academy
Anna Morfey - Hausfeld
Gaby Dosanjh-Pahil - SSE PLC
Innovation Trailblazer

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Culture & Conduct: Will The New Regulatory Requirements Generate A Positive New Environment?

Following the #metoo campaign, and the more recent Black Lives Matter movement, we witnessed many businesses begin to address the imbalance across their workforce and begin to build frameworks that support a positive work environment.

However, there is still more that needs to be done. With the FCA issuing regulatory guidance for financial institutions within the past year, we look at the importance this plays across sectors and how you can support the development of a new culture and conduct internally for your own business. 

In this session, we will look at how you can partner with HR to generate an inclusive and positive work environment; uncover your part in the wider business culture and conduct; and discuss the essential frameworks needed to support these initiatives and identify and deal with wrongful conduct.


Speakers:
Lesley Wan - FNB Bank
Powerful Influencer

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Building Your Online Brand: Influence & Leadership in the Digital Age

An online presence has never been more important than in the new decade, whether that is from developing your brand online over remote working platforms, such as Slack and Microsoft Teams, to networking and developing a community on social media, such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
 
The importance of developing an online brand will not diminish in the years to come and its importance will only accelerate.
 
In this session, we will look at the ways to build a following, build brand and develop your own community online.

Speakers:
Alexis Alexander - Liberis
Innovation Trailblazer

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Harnessing The Power Of Data: Metrics, Analytics and Averting Risk

With data being championed as the new oil, many companies have begun to invest and place a greater focus on unlocking and leveraging hidden value from their data.

Most importantly for General Counsels, it can provide invaluable factual support to strengthen informed decisions reducing risks and providing strategic legal insights to inform business objectives.

In this session, we will demystify the buzzwords, cutting through the white noise, to provide you with strategic advice for getting the most from your data as a legal team.


Speakers:
Lara Oyesanya - Contis
Bea Miyamoto - Panasonic
Sarah Walker - Aon

Powerful Influencer

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Authenticity & Presence: Building Gravitas Within The Boardroom & With Key Stakeholders

Your individual unique brand is key to securing successful outcomes. As the General Counsel, you must develop a trusted brand in order to be seen as a reliable source of information and thus influence business decisions.

Authenticity can be vital to becoming this influential "trusted" leader, but balancing authenticity and vulnerability can be rather challenging.

In this session, we will explore emotional intelligence in leadership, banishing stereotypes and growing your own leadership style to assist you in gaining buy in from your team and wider company. We will also delve into perfecting your negotiation skills to greater emphasise your success within and outside of the boardroom setting.

 


Speakers:
Carolyn Stephenson - Mitsubishi Motors in the UK
Helen Hayes - Uber
Lisa Unwin - Reignite Academy
Innovation Trailblazer

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Preparing for the Worst: Building Smart Strategies to Protect Against Cyber Threats

Hackers have become much more astute in recent years, targeting firms on a much greater scale with even greater ramifications. Some companies have also been held to ransom by hackers and forced to pay a fee to be freed from the hack. Covid-19 has also brought a new series of problems, with a shift toward remote work, companies scrambled to put security protocols in place for those using home devices. But employees also need to be up to speed on the latest attacks and defences needed during this enhanced hacker period.

It can be difficult to anticipate a potential hack, but ensuring the right measures and procedures are in place can be vital to a quick recovery.

In this session, our panellists will explore effective security approaches that are essential to every security playbook.


Speakers: