Enterprise GC 19-20 April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are closely monitoring advice from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments for their latest updates and guidelines.

The well-being of our delegates, speakers and staff are our paramount priority and we will take all necessary and recommended action for each of our events

Date: 19-20 April 2021

Location: Hilton London Syon Park, Park Rd, Isleworth, Brentford TW8 8JF, UK

Time: 8.30am

At a glance

Enterprise GC 2021 is the marquee, two-day general counsel event from Legalease (the business behind Legal Business and The Legal 500). This will be the fifth year of EGC, held at the Hilton London Syon Park, in April 2021.

The summit gathers more than 100 senior speakers and guests and provides sponsoring partners with a chance to work on a best-in-class event from one of the top legal publishers in the world.

The programme includes plenary sessions, workshops, keynote speeches and roundtables, drawing on the elite of Europe’s in-house profession as well as selected speakers from the wider business and academic community. Another highlight is the Monday-night gala dinner at the historic Syon House.

The event

Enterprise GC comes off the back of a comprehensive overhaul in 2019 under the oversight of the editorial team behind Legal Business and the UK GC Powerlist series to bring delegates an ambitious programme including 70 speakers. Aside from a host of big-name GCs, the 2019 summit included a heavyweight line-up of outside speakers including 30% Club founder Dame Helena Morrissey, Cass professor André Spicer, broadcaster Gavin Esler and City columnist James Ashton. A few highlights from across the programme can be seen here.

The summit, the flagship GC event from Legalease, returns in 2021 to explore the issues defining the thriving in-house profession at a time when company lawyers have never been asked to assume so much responsibility, opportunity and risk.

Sponsors

Founding partner

RPC

RPC is a modern, progressive and commercially focused law firm. Our market-leading, multidisciplinary teams advise clients globally on a wide range of legal areas. We’re big enough to handle the most complex matters, but small enough to adapt quickly to our clients’ changing needs. We relish change and big challenges because it means we can think outside of the box and create innovative and bespoke solutions for our clients.

We love the law. But we take just as much pride in our ability to translate that technical expertise into concise, commercial advice. Jargon-free. On time. On budget. Delivered by people with personality – people for whom listening to clients is a genuine passion, and delivering on promises is a must. The success of this approach is reflected in the stellar quality of our client base, and in the long-term relationships we build.

That’s RPC. Here to help you shape the future.

Sponsored by

Luminance

Luminance is the leading artificial intelligence platform for the legal profession. Founded by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Luminance has developed the Legal Inference Transformation Engine (LITE), the first true application of machine learning to the legal industry, combining pattern-recognition technology with supervised and unsupervised machine learning to read and understand human language. Luminance is used by law firms and in-house teams in over 46 countries around the world to improve processes such as due diligence, contract negotiation, regulatory compliance reviews, property portfolio analysis and eDiscovery. The company has offices in London, Cambridge, New York, Chicago and Singapore.

SSQ

SSQ is a leading international search and recruitment consultancy. With over 90 dedicated legal search professionals around the world, we have a built an unrivalled track record in placing partners, associates and in-house lawyers at all levels of seniority. We also place paralegals and other non-qualified legal professionals on a permanent, contract or temporary basis.

We have 13 offices across the globe in London, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Milan, Rome, Madrid, Dubai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore.

We work with the leading UK, US, international and domestic law firms placing lawyers from newly qualified and associate to senior and managing partner. We also specialise in team moves and offer expert knowledge to law firms looking to launch in new regions.

SSQ’s in-house legal recruitment team is recognised as a leader in its market, recruiting for leading global and domestic brands within commerce, industry and financial services. We specialise at helping business start and grow their legal teams at all levels.

UnitedLex is an award-winning enterprise legal services provider that drives transformation throughout the entire legal ecosystem. UnitedLex was founded in 2006 with a singular mission to improve the performance of leading corporations, law firms, and academic institutions. Since then, more than 2,700 attorneys, engineers, and consultants across four continents have deployed innovative service models and digitally powered solutions that deliver unparalleled business impact resulting in risk mitigation, efficiency improvements, and cost optimisation for clients around the world.

AGENDA

Millennial who? Attracting and retaining the lawyers of tomorrow

As Millennials become the new boomers of the corporate world, we explore what it will take to attract, hire and motivate the lawyers of tomorrow. Will address the hugely-divergent experiences of companies in different sectors, including how to leverage – or work around – your brand when hiring.

Coded messages – tackling the new Corporate Governance Code

Coming effectively into force for premium listed companies in 2021, the code imposes new reporting and governance duties on major plcs. What do GCs need to know?

Talking a good game – in-house D&I under the microscope

2019 saw several high-profile examples of GCs calling out law firms for lack of progress on diversity on both sides of the Atlantic but are in-house teams living up to their own rhetoric? A frank debate assessing the victories and failures of the in-house community.

Bring me the horizon – 2021 events that your business needs to know about

Amid a hectic period for regulatory change our panel explores 2021 and beyond to look at the rules, judgments, trends and business developments that should be on the agenda of plcs and their legal teams. What are the five things coming that will matter to your board?

The Mindful Business Charter – can it deliver?

The Mindful Business Charter is the most high-profile attempt by in-house teams and law firms to tackle work-place stress but it has struggled to bring on board in-house teams. We explore the initiative and assess the profession’s wider record on tackling increasingly pressing quality-of-life issues.

A seat at the table – smarter tactics to influence the board

There has never been more pressure for GCs to have effective boardroom skills but support and training are hard to find. We hear from veterans and consider as well the challenge of taking on the company secretary role.

Lifelong learners – executive education for general counsel

There has never been more demand for general counsel to bolster their CVs with leadership training and business but do business schools have much to offer chief legal officers? We look at the options.

#Metoo – The GC challenge

After two years that have generated terrible headlines for the legal profession, we assess the challenges for legal teams in managing poor behaviour in their own companies, the thorny issue of NDAs and ask if problems of harassment demonstrated in private practice extend to in-house teams.

Crossing the floor – GCs taking on commercial roles

Despite much talk of in-house counsel building commercial skills for their day job, few GCs take full-fledged commercial roles. A discussion looking at the practical options for individuals to take revenue generating roles, both to build their long-term legal careers and to permanently cross the floor. Will also address the role of GCs in encouraging secondments and transfers of their team into commercial roles.

Keynote speaker

James Kerr

James Kerr is a leadership and strategy consultant. Most notably he has studied the success of the New Zealand rugby team to uncover their strategies for success. The lessons range from leadership to embracing innovation.

For his best-selling book Legacy. What the All Blacks can teach us about the
business of life – 15 lessons in Leadership
, James spent time with the All Blacks witnessing first hand how the team operates. He analyses how the team comes together and what enabled them to move from an impressive 75% win rate to 86% in five years, becoming a dominant force in world rugby, despite hailing from one of the smallest populations.

James’s conclusions have important lessons for anyone involved in leading,
building or working in a team. From having senior players tidy up the dressing room to focusing everyone’s minds on the ‘core story’ of the team, its culture and its heritage. Other key points include the value placed on recruitment based on character not just talent, how working for a bigger goal delivers bigger performances, and why you should change your game when you’re on top of your game. In addition to writing, James has worked as a consultant for businesses including HSBC, Boeing and Shell, specialising in how to lead change and deliver top teams.

2021 Steering committee and speakers

The senior in-house counsel already joining our core advisory group to refine our programme and speak at the event include:

  • Rosemary Martin – Vodafone
  • Richard Price – Anglo American
  • Maaike de Bie – easyJet
  • Matt Wilson – Uber
  • Simon Croxford – UBS
  • Mel Rowlands – Smiths Group
  • Mark Maurice-Jones – Nestlé
  • Jeremy Barton – KPMG UK
  • Elizabeth Messud – Kingfisher
  • Sonya Rogerson – Bank of China (UK)
  • Dan Toner – Spire
  • Rushad Abadan – Standard Life Aberdeen
  • Hannah Hullah – John Lewis
  • Mark Gregory – Rolls-Royce
  • Catherine Johnson – London Stock Exchange
  • Ruwan De Soyza – Halma
  • Rob Booth – The Crown Estate
  • Justine Campbell – Centrica
  • Trevor Faure – Smarter Law Solutions

19/04/2021

London, United Kingdom


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