27 March 2019

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Welcome drinks reception

28 March 2019

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM | Registration and networking breakfast

8:45 AM - 8:55 AM | Co-chair opening remarks

Charles Martin, Senior Partner, Macfarlanes, UK
Adam O.Emmerich, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, USA

8:55 AM - 9:25 AM | Keynote: Success in a changing world

Dr Azeem Ibrahim, Entrepreneur, Investor & Philanthropist, UK

9:25 AM - 10:25 AM | Keynote- Legal upheaval: A guide to creativity, collaboration, and innovation in law

Professor Michele DeStefano, University of Miami Law School, USA
Interviewer (last 20 minutes): Adam O Emmerich, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, USA 

10:25 AM - 10:45 AM | Refreshment and networking break

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM | People issues in times of turbulence and change

Shifting client expectations and increased competitive pressures from the global players are amongst the challenges that independent law firms are faced with. But, how do you keep the firm together during disparate performance?  This panel will look at the challenges and the strategic choices firms are making today that will shape them for years to come. 
  • Culture, morale and pay: the interrelationship
  • Diversity and inclusion: the challenges
  • Feedback, mentoring and assessment

Shawn McReynolds, Managing Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Canada
Geert Potjewijd, Managing Partner, De Brauw, Holland

11:35 AM - 12:20 PM | Thrive in today’s world: How to implement technology transformations & drive value

Join our expert panel as they explore how technology will change the future landscape of independent law firms in both the short, medium and long term: 
  • What strategy and framework should you use to implement change? 
  • What technology is worth the investment and how innovative are clients expecting their law firm to be? 
 Moderator: Rob Sumroy, Partner, Slaughter and May, UK
David Griffin, Head of Legal & Governance Systems and Change, BT Group, UK
Isabel Parker, Director of Legal Services Innovation, Freshfields, UK

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM | Lunch and networking break

1:20 PM - 2:10 PM | Law firms marketing surgery: Ensuring your brand thrives

Strong marketing and brand positioning are crucial if you want to stay ahead of the game. How can independent law firms compete in a globalised world? What fresh approaches should you be adopting to make sure that your overall communications strategy is strong and coherent whilst bringing your competitive positioning to life?
Elliot Moss, Partner & Head of Business Development, Mishcon de Reya, UK 

2:10 PM - 3:10 PM | Interactive boardroom discussion

Our expertly facilitated boardroom discussions, run under the Chatham House Rule, allow you to choose topics that are of the most importance and relevance to you. Come prepared for in-depth discussions and detailed peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing. 

A)The impact of geopolitical issues on independent law firms 
In this interactive boardroom discussion our speakers will discuss the impact of geopolitical issues in their jurisdiction and the impact that it has had on their law firm, clients and how they have prepared: 
  • Strengths and weaknesses of domestic firms in times of international stress 
  • How work types change 
  • The opportunities 
  • Lessons learned 
B) How to build an innovation hub 
Join our speakers as they take an in-depth look at the journey of creating a collaborative innovation department that develops the latest solutions for clients and law firms: 
  • What is the strategy behind creating your own innovation hub: is it worth the investment? 
  • What resources do you need in place to successfully execute your strategy? 
  • What are the common pitfalls that firms have come across when trying to create a technology hub? Can they be resolved by combining forces with other law firms? 
C) Millennials: A group discussion on the challenges and opportunities 
Differentiation is essential for independent firms to thrive in the competitive legal market and one way to stand out from the crowd is to create an outstanding team and an appealing culture. A selected panel of associates and trainees will candidly discuss the challenges of the future for their firms, including their concerns about organisation business flexibility, technology, and work/life balance. 

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM | Refreshment and networking break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM | Collaboration: Practical solutions for common challenges

This session seeks to get to the bottom of how law firms can collaborate from within in order to better service their clients. Once this is achieved, how can independent law firms work with one another (particularly those in a different jurisdiction) to achieve true cost savings, efficiencies and quality for their clients?  
  • How do you create a collaborative culture and align the gorillas with the soldiers?  
  • Consideration of cultural differences between firms and the impact this can have on collaboration 
  • What is the impact of increasing use of technology in relation to collaboration and how will this develop in the future? 
  • Project management: a vital tool for efficiency and collaboration- how to raise your game? 
Moderator: Professor Heidi Gardner, Harvard Law School, USA 
Charles Martin, Senior Partner, Macfarlanes, UK 
Jan Dernestam, Managing Partner, Mannheimer Swartling, Sweden 

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM | Evolution of business services within law firms

The importance of business services within law firms increases every year. Risk, finance, HR, Marketing, IT are all areas that have vital client facing elements. Some law firms have non-lawyer CEO's and frequently non-lawyer COO's. The heads of these functions have partner level status and influence. 
  • What are the trends? 
  • How to identify the talent that you need? 
  • War stories and ideas for successful engagement 
Nick Woolf, Partner, Sainty, Hird & Partners, UK 
Richard Punt, CEO - Peerpoint, Allen & Overy, UK 

5:00 PM - 5:35 PM | Closing keynote

Rosemary Martin, the Group General Counsel of the Vodafone Group, will speak candidly about the advantages and disadvantages of independent firms: 
  • Current thoughts on panel composition?
  • Tricks and tips that law firm managing partners can incorporate into their strategy you improve relationships with clients? 
Interviewer: Charles Martin, Senior Partner, Macfarlanes, UK 
Interviewee: Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel, Vodafone Group, UK 

5:35 PM - 5:45 PM | Chairmans closing remarks

Charles Martin, Senior Partner, Macfarlanes, UK
Adam O.Emmerich, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, USA