Tuesday, November 16, 2021

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Pre-Event Drinks Reception

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM | Opening Remarks

Co-Chair: Charles Martin, Senior Advisor, Macfarlanes

Co-Chair: Adam O. Emmerich, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


9:15 AM - 10:00 AM | Opening Keynote: The Change Agenda: Unlocking Opportunity for Future Growth

Over the last 18 months we have seen a tsunami of change in the legal and wider business world, not least as a result of the pandemic. In this session we will look at some of these changes, what they have meant for clients and law firms and how you can leverage these developments to your competitive advantage.

Keynote Speaker: Christopher Saul, Managing Director, Christopher Saul Associates


10:00 AM - 10:45 AM | Panel Discussion: The New Frontier: What Does Law Firm Innovation Look Like In 2022?

Innovation within the legal sector accelerated far beyond anyone’s expectations in 2020. New working patterns and lockdowns fuelled by the pandemic led to a rapid uptake of legal technology, operations and innovative new approaches to management across the legal sector. Firms were forced to revisit their relationship with innovation strategy; its purpose within their firms; and how it should sit within their firm. In this session, we will explore the next steps on the digitalisation rollercoaster:

  • Discussing the best configurations for team, talent and innovation to ensure firm-wide growth and success
  • Data and innovation: The key to a competitive advantage in 2022
  • What does innovation mean in 2022 for law firms?
  • Tools to be reviewed and discussed: what’s worked and what needs work?
  • Waste of time or money OR good investment: should you invest or integrate a technology hub within your firm?

Moderator: Alexander Ritvay, Managing Partner, Noerr

Alexandra Woods, Director of Knowledge & Innovation, Slaughter and May

Emma Dowden, Chief Operating Officer, Burges Salmon

Pavla Prikrylova, Partner, Peterka & Partners


10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Networking Break


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | Panel Discussion: From Real Estate to Flexibility: What Is The Optimal Combination Of Modern Working Practices To Benefit Your Firm?

Over the past year businesses had to adapt fast to working from home practices in order to survive and keep their employees safe - and law firms were not immune to this as well. In this session, we will focus this session around what happens next, the new way of working and where we go from here in order to bring growth, prosperity and purpose to the heart of our firms.

  • Reassessing your real estate and its purpose in the new world of work
  • Reopening, restoring and reinvigorating your firm: what is the optimal balance of working from home and in the office?
  • Understanding the impact of work environments on culture, mental and physical health and how this impacts your firm and people
  • How do you achieve the best model and maintain culture while adapting to new trends
  • Weighing up the pros and cons of low cost centres outside major financial centres

Moderator: Maria-Pia Hope, Managing Partner, Advokatfirman Vinge KB

Pedro Pérez-Llorca, Senior Partner, Pérez-Llorca

Joanna Blackburn, Partner, Mishcon de Reya

David Crew, Head of Corporate Real Estate, Hogan Lovells


12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Capital Injection, Friendship vs Alliances and Change Psychology: How To Boost Your Business Strategy For Future Growth

This is the global independent law firm forum, we love independence, but as client demands change, all firms need to question their strategies. In this session, we will explore the pros and cons of how we operate vs the next best alternatives? And are there other alternatives to invest in, such as capital injection and business development, to drive firm wide growth.

  • Reassessing your strategy for growth post-pandemic
  • What are the pros and cons of each model?
  • Building strong relationships that support your firm and network
  • Leveraging change psychology as a means to drive business growth

Moderator: Per Magnusson, Founder, Magnusson Minds

Robin Wittering, Head of International & English Law -  Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Millennials & Gen Z: Best Practices For Attracting & Retaining New Talent

One thing we have most certainly learnt over the past year is the importance of being prepared. And whilst you cannot prepare for every eventuality having a strategy in place to prevent a major change can go a long way to ensuring the future success of your firm.

As we prepare for the future, how can we develop remuneration and flexible working, for example as it relates to attracting new talent? Once a part of our firm, how can we then cultivate the talent and set them up for success? And how can we put succession planning in place to set the firm up for lasting success as well?

  • Competitive Proposition: What is the next generation of talent looking for and how can we adapt to meet some of these needs?
  • Where is the compensation model heading?
  • Flexibility, ESG, technology and D&I: What is high on the agenda for millennials and Gen Z?

Moderator: Petra Zijp, Managing Partner, NautaDutilh NV

Marco Imperiale, Chief Innovation Officer, LCA


12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | Networking Lunch Break


1:45 PM - 2:30 PM | Panel Discussion: How Prepared Are You For The ESG Movement?

Good relationships with clients are the hallmark of success for any firm. Over the past year understanding and being able to anticipate their needs has become increasingly important in a faster and more competitive and globalised world. 

In 2020 and 2021, we saw an ever greater need to make faster improvements in diversity and inclusion within our workforce as well as the looming need to be more aware and responsive to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. In this session, we will explore what clients look for in 2022 from their law firms:

  • Why clients look to law firms to demonstrate not only D&I policies but also their own ESG policies and how ESG policies can provide a competitive edge to firms
  • Discussing ESG in the context of the practices of independent law firms: how to speak the “ESG language” across all practice areas
  • The Ethical Dilemma: Choosing your clients wisely
  • Understanding how ESG policies should be implemented within your firm and how to live up to those standards

Moderator: Kathleen Russ, Senior Partner, Travers Smith

Sarah Binder, General Counsel, Lime

Geoff Moore, Managing Partner, Arthur Cox

Marnix Leijten, Managing Partner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM | World Cafe

The World Café provides the unique opportunity for attendees to explore the key updates, challenges and regulatory trends from different regions across the globe. Each roundtable will be focused on a specific jurisdiction and will be led by a regional expert.

Host: Paul Hodkinson, Editor in Chief, Law.com International


Roundtable 1

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Roundtable 1: Africa Market Update

Hosted by ǼLEX

Roundtable 2
Roundtable 3
Roundtable 4

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Networking Break


3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Resetting the Strategic Dial: How to Define & Market Your Firms’ Brand In 2022

Sharpening your marketing strategy has therefore never been more important for driving growth. 2022 will be an important year for re-setting the strategic dial as we head somewhat towards the end of the pandemic. Combined with an increasingly competitive market, law firm leaders need to align their brand and purpose, distil their differentiation and effectively communicate these elements both internally and externally.

In this session, we will explore how you can set your firm up for success with a strong marketing and brand strategy:

  • Discuss how you can leverage agile working methods to bring attractive differentiation to your recruitment brand
  • Explore how to define and align your brand with a purpose
  • Examine the best-in-practice marketing tools and techniques for driving future growth

Moderator: Elliot Moss, Partner and Chief Brand Officer, Mishcon de Reya

Shawn McReynolds, Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Jason Foo, CEO, BBD Perfect Storm

Andrea Carta Mantiglia, Managing Partner - BonelliErede


4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Closing Interview with Aedamar Comiskey, Senior Partner and Chair, London at Linklaters

Interviewer: Rose Walker, News Editor, Law.com International

Interviewee: Aedamar Comiskey, Senior Partner and Chair, London, Linklaters


5:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Co-Chair: Charles Martin, Senior Advisor, Macfarlanes

Co-Chair: Adam O. Emmerich, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


7:00 PM -

British Legal Awards

To enquire about special rates at the dinner for Global Independent Law Firm attendees please contact John Radley jradley@alm.com