The Iran Debate – The Long, Long Game

London, United Kingdom


Hopes that Iran’s economy is opening up to foreign business have been raised and dashed in recent years. Will this year’s election change the dynamic? (more…)

Insights on diversity and inclusion

London, United Kingdom


On 28th June, GC Magazine and The Legal 500, along with Paul Hastings hosted a debate on the global implications of diversity and inclusion, particularly for companies who operate in both the US and Europe. It was also a chance to raise some of the key issues and ideas outlined in the successful report on the subject by GC Magazine, which Paul Hastings also supported. (more…)

Dissenting Perspectives – Talent Management

London, United Kingdom


Facilitated by Bruce Macmillan, Founder Director of CLL, the evening was structured around four short ‘TED’ style talks and interactive exercises inspired by those talks. (more…)

Trailblazers – Norway

Oslo, Norway


On 23rd May we held our second Trailblazers event in Norway in association with Haavind. The event featured Bjarne Tellmann, Global General Counsel of Pearson, in conversation with Catherine McGregor, GC Magazine‘s Editor-in-Chief. Bjarne and Catherine discussed key ideas from his new book, Building an Outstanding Legal Team in an event attended by 70 of Norway’s leading in-house counsel. (more…)

GC Summit: Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland


On 18th May, we hosted the GC Summit Switzerland in association with Prager Dreifuss. Our keynote speaker was former Eurostar CEO, Hamish Taylor, who spoke to an audience of 80 Swiss GCs on innovation and the legal team. This was followed by comment from a panel of leading Swiss general counsel: Maria Leistner from UBS, Christophe Marclay from Zurich Insurance Company, Kees Van Ophem from Fresenius Medical Care and Jennifer Picenoni from Lindt. (more…)

Dinner with GC – Singapore

Singapore, Singapore


In the latest iteration of The Legal 500’s Dinner with GC series, we assembled elite corporate counsel from across Asia-Pacific in Singapore, to consider the role of technology and innovation in the delivery of legal services.


The Risk Debate – The Coming Storm

London, United Kingdom


On the day Brexit officially began, our annual Legal Business/Marsh round table found risk managers on the front line of a series of cataclysmic events.  29 March 2017 will be a date that will remain ingrained in the memory, with Prime Minister Theresa May invoking article 50, formally triggering the Brexit process. Later that evening it was inevitable that the real effects of Brexit would dominate the discussion at our annual risk management round table.


Commercial Litigation Summit 2017

London, United Kingdom


Legal Business is pleased to announce the return of the Commercial Litigation Summit – a high-level event uniting advisers and clients to debate the key issues facing litigators in a risk-driven environment.

There will be a host of leading speakers from the international disputes community.

For more information contact Lee Cashman on or 020 7396 5707.

Sponsors include:

Commercial Litigation Summit: Morning Session.

8:15am: Registration and breakfast

9am: Opening Speech

  • Lord Dyson – Former Master of the Rolls

9.15am-10.05am: Modernisation, funding and Brexit – the future of London as a disputes centre

In this broad-ranging debate, the panel will address the future of London as a disputes hub in an increasingly globalised market. The panel will cover:

  • Innovations such as the Shorter Trials Scheme currently being piloted in the Rolls Building.
  • Funding of the courts and judiciary.
  • The impact on technology on the courts system.
  • The ramifications of Brexit on the London courts and English law.


  • Lord Dyson – Former Master of the Rolls
  • Mr Justice Birss QC – High Court, Chancery Division
  • His Honour Judge Waksman QC – London Mercantile Court
  • Mr Justice Knowles QC – High Court, Queen’s Bench Division
  • Damian Taylor, Slaughter and May
  • Ed Crosse, Simmons & Simmons

10.25am-11.20am: Unitary Patents and the Unified Patent Court

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is set to open in London by 1 Jan 2018. This panel will discuss the impact of the UPC on litigation strategy for UK plcs and explore the challenges it creates create for in-house counsel. A panel debate will consider the competing interests of holders and manufacturers and ask how they will approach cases at the UPC. The panel will cover:

  • The UPC and litigation strategy – how national court/UPC tensions will work in commercial disputes.
  • Impact of Brexit on UPC and potential complications.
  • Opting out/in of the UPC – a discussion with senior counsel.
  • Unwired Planet vs Huawei case; the jurisdiction of UPC over FRAND licensing cases.
  • Patent trolls: A risk of the UPC?


  • Katharine Stephens, Bird & Bird
  • Daniel Alexander QC, 8 New Square
  • Matt McBrien, BAE Systems
  • Fiona Bor, MereoBiopharma
  • Dr Alex Robinson, Dehns

11.25am-12.20pm: Disputes Funding meets big ticket disputes – the Sky’s the limit

After years of being talked up, disputes funding has achieved a breakthrough in recent years, with spiralling amounts of capital being committed on both sides of the Atlantic and a string of funders taking prominent roles in high-stakes disputes. How far can the revolution run?


  • PJ Kirby QC, Hardwicke
  • Susan Dunn, Harbour
  • Andrew Brown, Capital Law
  • Neil Purslow, Therium Capital Management
  • Freddy Khalastchi, Menzies
  • John Keith, BT

— 12.20pm – 1.15pm: Lunch —


Commercial Litigation Summit: Afternoon Session with Fountain Court

1.15pm-4pm: The “Failure to Prevent” model – has commercial litigation entered a new era?


1.15pm-2.10pm: Global Investigations

The increasing criminalisation of corporate and financial conduct raises the question: Who would be a company director, GC or compliance officer? This panel considers some of the main trends coming from regulators, and the challenges they pose for corporate governance. It will cover:

  • Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) and self-reporting more generally.
  • “Failure to prevent” offences.
  • Developments such as the SMR as a potential barrier to disclosure.
  • The Criminal Finances Act 2017
  • The Money Laundering Regulations 2017


  • Eleanor Davison, Fountain Court
  • Richard Lissack QC, Fountain Court
  • Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance
  • Paul Laffan, State Street
  • Damian Bisseker, Credit Suisse
  • Joseph Smith, Barclays
  • David Entwistle, Deutsche Bank
  • Jonathan Middup, EY

2.10pm-3pm: Privilege

The right to claim privilege over documents in a litigation has become more problematic than ever before. This panel will consider recent decisions handed down by the courts and ask what role privilege plays when a company self-reports. It will also consider the risks that can arise when commercial litigants access privileged documents.


  • Tamara Oppenheimer, Fountain Court
  • Matthew Banham, Dechert
  • Sarah Garvey, Allen & Overy
  • Philip Linton, Goldman Sachs
  • James Norris-Jones, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • David Owen, Barclays

3.15pm-4pm: Fraud

As significant and far-reaching investigations become more common, legal teams and their advisers are having to find new ways of managing internal investigations. This panel will look at how legal teams can effectively run multijurisdictional investigations that arise from such investigations. It will cover:

  • Data protection and cyber fraud, including the insurability of risk and reputational risk around cybercrime.
  • Interim relief in fraud proceedings, in particular the availability of search orders against third parties.
  • Asset protection trusts and whether they can still be used to defeat claims of creditors who have been defrauded.


  • Ray Cox QC, Fountain Court
  • Robin Barclay, Fountain Court
  • Clive Zietman, Stewarts Law
  • Charles Thomson, Baker McKenzie
  • Nina Barakzai, Sky
  • Rhodri Thomas, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Robert Amaee, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

4pm-4.50pm: Moving things on – a view of the sophisticated in-house litigator

This GC-led panel will look at the cutting edge of in-house litigation management, including how to generate revenue from litigation cases, new systems for managing litigation in-house, problems with tracking and monitoring dispute volumes globally, and where the disputes hotspots are. Speakers:

  • Stephen Moriarty QC, Fountain Court
  • Laurent Geelhand, Hausfeld (and former European General Counsel, Michelin)
  • Damian Bisseker, Credit Suisse
  • Tepo Din, BNY Mellon
  • Tracey Dovaston, Barclays
  • John Keith, BT

4.50pm: Closing remarks


— 5pm: Drinks reception —