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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

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

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

Adam Emmerich, Partner - Wachtell Lipton
Charles Martin, Senior Adviser - Macfarlanes

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | UK & USA Independent Legal Scene Update

Hear in-depth analysis from our esteemed UK and USA Editors-in-Chief on what is happening in the two most influential legal markets in the world. Covering the dynamics at play; winners and losers and why; how the role of clients is changing and what you as law firm leaders need to know about the market. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Close observations of the market: Hires, moves, reshuffles, trends, geopolitics, and disrupters
  • What is the role of the independent law firm relative to the world and what practice or solutions are bearing fruit?
  • Insights into the UK and USA domestic positioning, global expansion plans, and the latest analysis into the world markets
  • How do the independent law firms across UK and USA compare and is the pecking order changing with rising competition and market changes? 

Gina Passarella, SVP Content, ALM - ALM
Paul Hodkinson, Editor in Chief - ALM

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM | Panel: The Reinvention of the Workplace: Driving Employee Engagement & Office Re- Integration

Changes in the workforce driven by the pandemic have created a series of ripple effects, challenges, and opportunities, including shifts to blended working models, talent retention concerns, and poignant exploration of humanising in the workplace.

Whilst the pandemic has taught us a significant amount about how we can apply hybrid working models to business practice, firms are now grappling with the big return-to-work agenda. With benefits for both employer and employee returning to the office, from boosting innovation, cross-departmental collaboration and greater opportunity for personal development this panel will explore the purpose of the workplace, what returning to the office will look like, and preparedness to deliver value and purpose to employees embedded at the heart of the future firm. 

Key Takeaways:

  • A compelling case: What do your employees and incoming talent want from your office space? 
  • How do we make the employment and work environment more human-centric with flexibility and autonomy to achieve business outcomes?
  • Thriving as a hybrid law firm – the rethink, flexibility, coordination and trade-offs 
  • Bricks and mortar: How much space is needed in 2022 and beyond, and how important is the design, location and usage of workspaces to attract and retain talent?

Michael Wallin, Partner - Minter Ellison
Geoff Moore, Managing Partner - Arthur Cox

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Practice Spotlight: Private Equity in Today’s World: Highlighting Opportunities For Growth

With private equity practice accounting for a large revenue earner for law firms this session delves into the detail of this lucrative sector and explores how to continue to build strength in this area and the potential roadblocks to be mindful of. 

Key Takaways:

  • Private equity trends, activity, and economic forecasts
  • Can private equity weather the impending economic downturn and where is its practice resilience strongest? 
  • Where is the focus for investors and how can independent law firms support them?
  • Value creation – pre-empting client needs as the sector evolves 

Charles Martin, Senior Adviser - Macfarlanes
Sarbjit S. Basra, Managing Partner - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

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

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Region in Focus: Germany - Insights On the Latest Business and Legal Trends 

Join this session to hear a legal market overview with a specific focus on the strengths, opportunities, and risks arising from the region. Our speakers will also delve into practice areas of focus, the commercial viability roadmap, and other important topics such as Diversity, ESG, and the future way of work in Germany.

Alexander Ritvay, Co-Managing Partner - Noerr

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Breakout: The Mutual Benefits of Understanding the Mindsets and Role of Millennials and Gen Z Cohorts In Your Firm 

With the last of the status quo challenging millennials paving out the start of their careers, the next generation of ‘zoomers’ are starting to enter the job market. Soon Generation Z will become a critical part of companies’ talent management strategy, yet to achieve the latter law firms will have to understand the mindsets of millennials and Gen Z to identify their differences, their role in the firm, and how they are nurtured to become the biggest asset for the firm. 
This breakout session explores:

  • Going beyond established talent management strategies to develop progressive and flexible working environments attractive to this cohort
  • The new wave of workers: How to support junior lawyers in the hybrid workplace with career progression and upskilling  
  • Attracting the Gen Z talent pool: Branding, compelling digital campaigns, and the X factor
  • Wellbeing: Building strategies for psychological safety, mindfulness, and healthy habits in the workplace and when working from home

Kathleen Russ, Senior Partner - Travers Smith

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Breakout: Branding Yourself and Your Firm In Unsettled Times

With a huge amount of competition today, resonating with clientele to deliver truly impeccable service is priority in an era where clients are better informed, more demanding and prepared to move if they do not get the service they want. 

With business pipeline pressures and high benchmarks for success, this breakout session navigates how branding helps you and your firm connect with potential customers and build client loyalty, covering: 

  • What makes a strong law firm brand? 
  • Branding your firm amidst global financial and healthcare turmoil - anticipating future client needs and shifting to a trusted advisor role
  • Building your individual personal brand– what should you be doing to keep your name front of mind?
  • Projecting your firm's core messaging with authenticity and consistency   

Elliott Moss, Partner and Chief Brand Officer - Mishcon de Reya
Bruce MacEwen, President - Adam Smith, Esq., LLC

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

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM | World Café

Roundtable 1

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable 1: Asia

Roundtable 2

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable 2: US & Canada

Roundtable 3

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable 3: Middle-East

Roundtable 4

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable 4: Latin America

Roundtable 5

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Roundtable 5: Africa

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM | Keynote Interview: Creating a Culture that Prioritises Employees & Profitability

This anticipated keynote comes from the first woman to lead a UK magic circle firm and her journey in prioritising the people at her firm. Sharing insight into:

  • Creating an inclusive environment at Freshfields: From mental health first aiders, and ethics committees through to diversity commitments – results to date and lessons learned.
  • Insights into the global talent program for black and minority ethnic colleagues 
  • How Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s relatively new workspace in London was designed with agility and collaboration in mind – is the space working, and why?
  • The evolution in culture, business priorities, and continuing roadblocks at the firm 

Gina Passarella, SVP Content, ALM - ALM
Georgia Dawson, Senior Partner - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | Global Leaders Panel: Tackling the Industry’s Biggest Questions With a Growth Mindset

  • Pricing and profitability pressures – where are conversations headed and what are the high-risk factors to firm growth?
  • Is a niche, a network, or an edge needed to stand out in the legal landscape?
  • The long-term play to improve culture and diversity & inclusion – reflections, learnings, and areas in need of improvement
  • Bricks and mortar or virtual workspaces – is a blended approach better for the bottom line? 
  • Winning the talent acquisition, retention, and competency battle – wins, fails, and new approaches to recruit and retain more diverse lawyers to firms
  • Do we transform the firm’s business in pursuit of net zero targets or social impact goals?
  • Top shelf cyber security, data, and technology infrastructure – the growing need to keep clients safe and tapping into a wealth of insights in an increasingly online world – where is the greatest ROI? 

Christopher Saul, Founder - Christopher Saul Associates
Sebastian Prichard Jones, Senior Partner - Macfarlanes LLP

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM | Keynote: In Conversation with…

Adam Emmerich, Partner - Wachtell Lipton

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM | Chair's Closing Remarks

5:00 PM - | Close of Conference