Event: Annual Practical Law Law Department Forum, 11th Successive Year

Positioning you and your team for the future

About the Forum

19-20 March 2013
The Langham Hotel, London

I am delighted to be chairing Practical Law's 11th Law Department Forum, dedicated to general counsel, in-house lawyers and executives with responsibility for legal strategy, compliance and legal risk management.

With little or no growth in their core markets, businesses are increasingly looking for opportunities in both risky and unfamiliar jurisdictions and innovative lines of business. These trends present fresh and significant challenges for you and your legal team that require new skills and new ways of working.

From a personal perspective, the role of GC is changing, in some cases with an increasingly high-profile and proactive role within the corporate senior management team. But is this new role correctly matched to your skill sets in terms of demands and rewards? Practical Law's Law Department Forum, researched in conjunction with our Advisory Committee, will include critical discussion and topics giving you a clear picture of where the in-house legal market is changing, and give you the tools to make the most of those changes.

Through case studies from some of the world's leading companies and individuals, you will better understand where you and your team need to be adding value, and how to build the right team within the appropriate departmental structure to ensure that you become critical to the company's long-term future success.

I am looking forward to a day of informative presentations, discussion and debate.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Mahy

Helen Mahy,
Former Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, National Grid

Advisory committee

Each year, an advisory panel of leading in-house lawyers help to shape the programme of the Practical Law Law Department Forum. They identify workshop topics to provide the most useful and practical take-aways for the industry, and drive spirited, lively and open debate. The panel include:

    Helen MahyChaired by HELEN MAHY, Former Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, National Grid

  • MALCOLM WOOD, Company Secretary and General Counsel, Standard Life
  • MICHAEL SHAW, Deputy Group General Counsel, Barclays
  • ANNE FLETCHER, Compliance Director, Royal Mail
  • JOHN DOWNING, Company Secretary, Imperial Tobacco Group
  • ELEANOR EVANS, Formerly General Counsel and Company Secretary, Amec
  • BRUCE MACMILLAN, SVP, Senior Commercial Legal Counsel, Visa Europe
  • NICK FOLLAND, Group Corporate Affairs Director: Net Positive, Kingfisher
  • CHRIS ROBERTS, Divisional General Counsel, Smiths Detection
  • DAN FITZ, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, BT Group
  • RICHARD GRAY, Global Head of Legal, Global Banking & Markets, HSBC
  • LAILA MARTIN, Senior Manager, Shilton Sharpe Quarry

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Stephen Collier

Helen Mahy

Former Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, National Grid

Non Executive Director of Stagecoach plc and Chair of its Safety, Health and Environment Committee. Member of the advisory board of Opportunity Now. Formerly Chair of the GC100 Group, non-executive director of Aga Rangemaster Group plc and member of the Bar Council. Helen is a barrister, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and an accredited performance coach.

Stephen Collier

Stephen Collier

Group Chief Executive, General Healthcare Group.

Stephen Collier is Group Chief Executive of General Healthcare Group, and was appointed to this post in 2011.

A barrister by profession, Stephen joined the Group following practice at the Bar. Stephen worked as a corporate lawyer until the Company's flotation in the late 1980's, when he became Executive Director of Ross Hall Hospital, Glasgow – a post he held for three years.

In the 1990s Stephen returned to London to the post of Commercial Director, operationally managing a number of the Group's international healthcare investments across Europe and Scandinavia. He combined this with a legal and commercial role in the UK, majoring on financing, mergers and acquisitions as the Group's General Counsel.

He was then appointed Strategy Director and supported the development of the Group's current strategy on the NHS and to NHS engagement generally. He was appointed Group Chief Executive in June 2011.

Stephen is a Vice Chair of the NHS Partners Network. He is also Treasurer of the Bar Council and a Governor of a Southwark Primary School. He enjoys jogging and cycling.

Allan Cook

Allan Cook

Chairman, Atkins

Allan Cook was appointed a non-executive director of WS Atkins in September 2009, taking up the post of chairman on 1 February 2010. He is a chartered engineer with more than 30 years’ international experience in the automotive, aerospace and defence industries. He was chief executive of Cobham PLC until the end of December 2009. Prior to this he held senior roles at GEC-Marconi, BAE Systems and Hughes Aircraft. He is chairman of FINMECCANICA UK Ltd, chairman of SELEX Galileo Ltd, deputy chairman of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Limited and a member of the operating executive board of J.F. Lehman & Company. He is also chairman of the Skills & Jobs Retention Group, chairman of UK Trade & Investment’s Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board, chairman of the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA), past president of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), past president of the Society of British Aerospace and Defence Companies (SBAC) and director of the Industry Forum. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2008 and is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Sir John Parker

Sir John Parker

Chairman, Anglo American plc

Sir John Parker is Chairman of Anglo American plc, Vice Chairman of DP World (Dubai) (2006), Non Executive Director of Carnival Corporation (2003) and EADS (Airbus) (2007). He was elected President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2011).

He was recently Chairman of National Grid plc (2002 to 2011) and Chair of the Court of the Bank of England (2004-2009), Joint Chairman of Mondi plc (2007-2009), Chair of the BAe – Vosper Shipbuilding Joint Venture (2008-9), a Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Council for Britain (2007-2010) and Chancellor of University of Southampton (2006 – 2011).

Richard Tapp

Richard Tapp

Company Secretary and Director of Legal Services, Carillion plc

Richard Tapp is Company Secretary and Director of Legal Services. Carillion plc is a major support services and construction company, with revenues in excess of £5.1bn and more than 45,000 employees, and an in-house team of some 30 lawyers focusing on the provision of innovative business solutions.

He led the restructuring of Carillion's legal resourcing to refocus the internal legal function, and to form the Carillion Legal Network of law firms which serves the groups legal needs. He is the co-author of Managing External Legal Resources (ICSA Publishing).

Liz Kelly

Liz Kelly

Divisional Director – Group General Counsel, Nationwide Building Society

Liz was appointed Divisional Director – Group Legal & Compliance in 2011and prior to that had various roles in Group Legal.

Whilst at Nationwide she has led the legal support on the mergers with Portman, Derbyshire and Cheshire and the acquisition of parts of Dunfermline, developed and implemented a new strategy for Group Legal and has set up a new general Legal panel to advise the Group. Liz was in The Lawyer’s "Hot 100 Lawyers list!" in 2010 and won The Lawyers In House Lawyer of the Year award in 2011. She started her legal career at Clifford Chance and worked in the Commercial Department for 4 years. She then spent a couple of years helping to set up an American firm in London before moving in-house to become Head of Legal for an international sports marketing company. More recently she was the Legal Director and Company Secretary at World Snooker.

Malcom Wood

Malcom Wood

Company Secretary and General Counsel, Standard Life

After a career as a corporate lawyer in private practice in London and Edinburgh, latterly as Head of the Corporate Department at the Scottish law firm Burness, Malcolm Wood joined Standard Life as Director of Legal Services in 2001. He became Group Company Secretary and General Counsel in 2004 and was closely involved in the work which led to the demutualisation of The Standard Life Assurance Company and the flotation of Standard Life plc on the London Stock Exchange in July 2006. Standard Life plc joined the FTSE 100 in September 2006.

In 2007, he received the ICSA award as Company Secretary of the Year and the Law Awards of Scotland award as In House Lawyer of the Year. In the same year, the Standard Life legal team won awards as In House Legal Team of the Year from "Legal Business" and "Financial News".

He is an Adviser to The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He is also a Member of the Company Law Committee of The Law Society of Scotland and the GC100.

Bill Cohen

Bill Cohen

Partner, Deloitte LLP

Bill Cohen is a Deloitte partner in the executive remuneration practice. Bill has over twenty years of experience in this area. Bill has wide experience in advising companies in the structuring and implementation of their remuneration strategies. He advises many global companies, and their remuneration committees, on their arrangements. His responsibilities range from initial design through to appropriate structuring and implementation and from senior executive remuneration packages through to non-discriminatory incentive programmes for all employees in a group.

In addition, Bill has considerable experience in the area of global share plans and has worked with many of the largest international companies in the world in developing their global share plan strategies.

His clients cover a broad range of businesses from the financial services sector to industrial sectors. Many of his clients are headquartered outside the UK.

Bill has written numerous articles dealing with compensation and related issues which have been published in journals, newspapers and books. He also regularly broadcasts on the subject.

Bill has an LLB (Hons) from Nottingham University. He is also qualified as both a barrister and a solicitor. He is a scholar and prizewinner of Lincoln’s Inn. Bill is past secretary to the Society of Share Scheme Practitioners, and is a member of the Global Equity Organisation and the Advanced Share Scheme Study Group.

Nick Folland

Nick Folland

Corporate Affairs Director, Net Positive, Kingfisher

Nick joined Kingfisher in May 2007 and the B&Q Board in July 2009. He leads Kingfisher's and B&Q's legal affairs, company secretariats and corporate responsibility programmes. He is also responsible for Kingfisher Group government relations, health & safety and insurance. Nick was previously Company Secretary and Group Legal Director at EMAP having qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters and Paines.

John Downing

John Downing

Company Secretary, Imperial Tobacco Group

John joined Imperial Tobacco Group PLC in 2005, having previously worked in the corporate department of Linklaters (including a three year secondment to their Bangkok Office). He has held a number of senior legal roles at Imperial and was appointed Head of Group Legal in 2010. He played a leading role in all aspects of the €15 billion public takeover of the Franco-Spanish tobacco company Altadis and has considerable experience in managing key corporate projects related to financing, business development and other commercial matters. He was appointed Company Secretary in June 2012.

Dan Fitz

Dan Fitz

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, BT Group

Prior to joining BT, Dan served for six years as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary of Misys plc. Dan spent 12 years at Cable & Wireless plc. He served as Group General Counsel at C&W his last four years there. Before becoming an in-house lawyer, Dan worked at both Baring Brothers, the UK investment bank, and Pillsbury Winthrop, the US law firm.

Dan's main practice areas are corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, software licensing and governance.

Dan studied law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (JD Hons. 1985). Dan also has an economics degree from UNC (BA Hons, 1981) and a Diploma in International & Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics (Dipl. Distinction 1982).

In 2009 Dan was Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), an in-house lawyers association with over 26,000 members. He is an attorney (New York) and a solicitor (England & Wales).

Peter Maher

Peter Maher

Partner, Deloitte Forensic

Peter Maher is a partner in Deloitte’s Forensic Services practice. He has worked in the field of forensic accounting since 1992, in both New York and London. Peter specialises in fraud and corruption investigations. He has made presentations on behalf of clients to a number of regulators and prosecutors including the Department of Justice, SEC and various state authorities in the US and the FSA in the UK. He has testified in deposition, in arbitration and given testimony to the SEC. Peter is a UK Chartered Accountant, a US CPA as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Jack Diggle

Jack Diggle

Director, Barclays

Anne Fletcher

Anne Fletcher

Compliance Director, Royal Mail

Anne Fletcher was appointed as Compliance Director for Royal Mail Group on 14 June 2010.

Previously Anne was with BT for almost 24 years, mainly in the legal department, where she was involved a very wide range of legal matters for all parts of the company, most recently for 9 years as Group General Counsel. Before BT, Anne worked for two firms of solicitors – Foysters, Manchester and Freshfields, London.

Anne has a particular interest in equality and diversity issues as they impact the legal profession.

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw

Deputy Group General Counsel, Barclays

Michael Shaw joined Barclays in 2009 as Deputy Group General Counsel.

Prior to joining Barclays, Michael spent over 20 years as a corporate lawyer in private practice, initially at Clifford Chance and then from 1992 at Herbert Smith specialising in M&A and capital markets. From 1996 he spent two years on secondment as Joint Secretary to The Panel on Takeovers and Mergers.

Michael's clients comprised a range of investment banks and major corporates, and his final transactions while in private practice included the takeover of British Energy by EDF and the associated nuclear power joint venture with Centrica, and the subsequent disposal by EDF of its UK distribution networks.

While at Herbert Smith, Michael held a number of positions of responsibility, including managing part of the London Corporate practice and serving on several management committees.

While in his current role at Barclays, he has also served as the Retail Banking General Counsel on an interim basis and is a member of the Legal Executive Committee, which oversees the Barclays Legal Function, and currently chairs a number of other committees including the Function's Operating Committee.

Miles Jobling

Miles Jobling

Group Legal, BT Legal

The Head of Litigation and Employment for BT for 20 years and a qualified UK Solicitor since 1979. Extensive knowledge of both UK and International litigation.

Responsible for the financial reporting of all BT's litigation and employment cases throughout the world. Set up BT Claims Ltd.

Ex member of the Litigation Committee of Law Society of the UK and the Civil Justice Council.

Bruce Macmillan

Bruce Macmillan

SVP, Senior Commercial Legal Advisor, Visa Europe

Bruce Macmillan is General Counsel to the Legal Services Board – the new oversight regulator for the English and Welsh legal profession. Prior to joining the Legal Services Board, Bruce was Dell EMEA Senior Counsel for the Consumer, Retail and business distribution divisions. Prior to Dell Bruce was UK Head of Legal for telecoms groups Tele2, and Alpha Telecom and was in house counsel at ONdigital/ITV Digital and Cable & Wireless. Bruce started his legal career at Gouldens (now Jones Day) and also worked for SJ Berwin before moving in house. Bruce has been an active member of legal trade associations including the Commerce & Industry Group (where he was chair of the Corporate Governance Committee) and the Cisco IT lawyers' forum.

Jarrod Haggerty

Jarrod Haggerty

Partner, Deloitte Forensic

Jarrod leads the Forensic Technology practice within Deloitte Forensic. During his twenty years of professional experience, Jarrod has consulted on analytic and forensic technology solutions including electronic disclosure, litigation readiness, financial and transactional data analytics, data compromise and forensic data analysis. Jarrod has worked for multinational entities within the UK and around the globe. His practice specialises in the extraction and analysis of electronic data in a legally admissible manner and, in essence, finds facts from data.

Eleanor Evans

Eleanor Evans

Formerly General Counsel and Company Secretary, Amec

Eleanor Evans was until end 2011 General Counsel & Company Secretary at AMEC plc and prior to that Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary at Cobham plc. Eleanor is currently consulting on governance, compliance and risk matters with a global mining group.

In both roles Eleanor was responsible for legal, compliance and secretariat matters globally, was a member of the Executive Committee and the risk committee and was secretary to the board of directors and their principal committees. While at Cobham she chaired the business ethics & compliance committee and at AMEC was chief ethics officer. Additionally at AMEC she led the risk management and insurance teams and was responsible for the oversight of health, safety, security & environment.

Her early career as trainee and then Assistant Solicitor, Corporate Finance was spent in London and Hong Kong at Norton Rose. Subsequently Eleanor held senior legal roles with Security Capital Group Inc, BOC Edwards and Corus Group plc.

Eleanor has extensive international mergers & acquisitions and general corporate & financial experience and broad commercial legal experience, including intellectual property, compliance/regulatory and dispute resolution.

Tom Kilroy

Tom Kilroy

General Counsel, Misys

Tom qualified as a lawyer in the City of London but has spent most of his career as a member of successful leadership teams in US multi-national and UK public companies, helping grow and transform businesses while managing their regulatory and litigation risk. Tom is currently the General Counsel for Misys, a privately held software business, in which role he also leads the HR department. Tom spent four months as acting Chief Executive Officer of Misys plc, a FTSE 250 company until its sale and delisting on 1 June 2012. Tom was named by the Financial Times as the most innovative European in-house lawyer in 2012.

Prior to joining Misys in 2009, Tom spent eight years with GE Healthcare (a division of the General Electric Company), and with Amersham plc, which was acquired by GE in 2004. During that time, Tom held roles of increasing seniority, rising to become General Counsel, EMEA, responsible for a business with revenues of $5 billion.

Earlier in his career, Tom specialised as an intellectual property lawyer at Hasbro Inc, developing international IP strategies. Prior to that, Tom was a litigator at Hammond Suddards in the City of London. He began his legal career at Farrer & Co, also in London.

Tom is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales. He graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) in Metallurgy & Materials Science. Tom is married with three children. He lives with his family in Oxfordshire, UK.

Simon Ramage

Simon Ramage

Simon joined Prudential in 2010 as Director of Group Legal. He was previously General Counsel for GE Capital's UK business and spent 12 years with GE Capital in a variety of European roles in both commercial and consumer finance businesses.

Before joining GE, Simon was at Freshfields, where he worked in the corporate and finance groups in the London, Paris and Moscow offices of the firm.

Simon is a solicitor and was educated at Oxford University and the College of Law in London. He is married with three children.

Laila Martin

Laila Martin

Senior Manager, Shilton Sharpe Quarry

Laila Martin studied law at the University of Nottingham, followed by a period working within the litigation teams of two top 15 UK law firms. Laila moved into legal recruitment in 2006 at another international legal search consultancy before joining the in-house recruitment team at Shilton Sharpe Quarry in early 2010. She focuses on placing lawyers into companies in the financial services and commerce and industry sectors. Laila has built out the legal functions of a number of the leading FTSE 100/250 corporates and financial services institutions in the UK, USA, Continental Europe and Africa.

Laura Field

Laura Field

Senior Manager, Shilton Sharpe Quarry

Laura Field studied psychology at Southampton University before starting her career in legal recruitment in 2002. Laura joined Shilton Sharpe Quarry in 2007 after working for a number of years at another well known recruitment consultancy. Laura specialises in recruiting lawyers on behalf of financial institutions and companies.

Mike Maddison

Mike Maddison

Cyber Security Lead and Managing Partner, UK and EMEA, Deloitte

Mike Maddison is Deloitte's cyber security lead and managing partner for both its UK and EMEA security and resilience practices. With over 17 years' experience in technology risk information and physical security, Mike regularly provides briefings at the highest level of government on security and intelligence issues.

Mike's primary focus remains the integration of risk management and information/cyber security into the delivery of strategic business objectives and the awareness of security issues at the executive level.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Mike held a number of senior end-user security management roles including Director of IS Security & Business Continuity for a FTSE top 20 company.

Don Hughes

Dr. Don Hughes

Vice President and EMEA General Counsel, Hitachi Data Systems

Don Hughes is Vice President and EMEA General Counsel of Hitachi Data Systems responsible for legal affairs in the EMEA region and managing the company's team of lawyers in Europe, Russia and South Africa. Prior to Hitachi, Don was Deputy Head of Legal at Cable & Wireless having joined C&W from Clifford Chance

Joel Hanson

Joel Hanson

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Thames Water

Joel is an English-qualified lawyer and was appointed General Counsel & Company Secretary of Thames Water (the UK’s largest water utility) in July 2007.

Having trained and qualified at City law firm, Herbert Smith, Joel left private practice to become General Counsel of the telecoms businesses of the Lattice Group (which then became part of National Grid). After leaving National Grid, Joel worked in a number of project roles for major UK clients before joining Thames Water.

A corporate specialist, Joel has significant international M&A and capital markets experience. In addition to regulated businesses, he has worked extensively in the IT and telecoms sector.

Manu Kanwar

Manu Kanwar

Head of Corporate and Commercial Affairs EMEA, Yahoo!

Manu heads up Corporate and Commercial Affairs for Yahoo! EMEA. He sits on the Legal and Commercial leadership teams for Yahoo!'s EMEA's business, providing strategic and technical support to both. Manu has been at Yahoo! for over 9 years. Prior to that he was a senior lawyer in Osborne Clarke's London Technology and Media team. Manu is well known for his energy, entrepreneurial spirit and his proactive commercial approach. Manu is involved in various industry schemes to identify business opportunities and/or share knowledge and best practices. Manu has also been working with the board of PRIME and various General Counsels to extend this work experience scheme for disadvantaged children to the in-house sector.

Clemens-August Heusch

Dr. Clemens-August Heusch

Head of European Litigation, Nokia

Dr. Clemens-August Heusch, LL.M. is Head of European Litigation at Nokia where he is responsible for litigation and arbitration throughout Europe with a strong focus on German and UK IP litigation. Before joining Nokia, Clemens worked for more than four years (2004-2008) as attorney at-law at the international law firm Bird & Bird LLP.

Clemens studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Bonn, Germany. He received a LL.M. degree from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands and a doctorate degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. During his traineeship, he worked inter alia in the competition law team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne and Brussels, Belgium.

Clemens is registered lawyer at the Cologne Bar and holds the title of a certified IP lawyer. He regularly gives legal presentations and publishes legal articles. He is fluent in German, English and French.

Paul Stark

Paul Stark

Sales Director, BoardVantage

Paul joined BoardVantage in 2012, he has over 10 years industry experience having previously been with Computershare Governance Services. Paul’s current focus is to extend the European operation to support clients across the continent. BoardVantage is a provider of electronic board portals and is the Digital Document Sponsor for this event.

David Kemp

David Kemp

Executive Director of Legal Policy, Autonomy

David Kemp is an industry and subject area expert for Autonomy working with Corporate Boards, General Counsel and Risk Managers to meet their key challenges by empowering their institutions, protecting them and enabling them to promote their corporate business. By profession a Solicitor, he worked in private practice before joining ABN AMRO as a Corporate Banker. Since becoming a Legal & Compliance Business Manager at ABN AMRO / RBS in 2001, he created a number of influential cross-industry market groups for self-help in areas of Compliance, Legal Intelligence, Records Management and other areas of Investment Banking.

Philip Coggan

Philip Coggan

Capital Markets Editor, The Economist.

Philip Coggan is the Capital Markets Editor of The Economist, where he writes the Buttonwood column. He was awarded the title of Senior Financial Journalist in the Harold Wincott awards, and won the category for best personal finance story at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards.

Philip was previously Investment Editor of The Financial Times, and wrote the Long View and the Last Word columns. In previous positions at the FT he has been market editor, economics correspondent, personal finance editor and the Lex columnist.

He is the author of The Money Machine: How the City works, Easy Money, and the Economist Guide to Hedge Funds.


Time Details


Coffee, pastries and juice will be served


Welcoming comments from Chair

Helen Mahy, Former Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, National Grid


Economic Scene - Setter for the Global Business Environment

  • What is the global situation?
  • Are we in a position to prepare for new opportunities/growth?
  • What if a sharp change of direction occurs in relation to Greece and the eurozone?
  • Where are the growth areas?
  • Update on emerging markets

Philip Coggan, Capital Markets Editor, The Economist.


SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Taking the experience of working in a commercial role back to your organisation

Meet two leading business men who have worked in the legal function but have also made a significant impact in the business world. Hear their thoughts and better understand their drivers as to how they translate their commercial knowledge and experience back into the legal function.

  • Aligning general counsel's output with companies' strategy
  • How do you measure commercial success?

Stephen Collier, CEO, BMI Healthcare.
Tom Kilroy, General Counsel, Misys


Coffee Break


Focus sessions

The Law Department Forum offers you the opportunity for interactive learning. These sessions are designed in conjunction with the Advisory Committee.

Choose from one of the sessions listed below:

Session A: Using benchmarks and metrics to maximise efficiency and performance

Companies require well thought out strategies to maximise their potential given the market in which they operate. You need to know the current status of a number of performance indicators and profit drivers. From this point you can work towards a set of clearly defined goals.

Whilst the more financially successful firms share some strategic and operational traits, is there one true model for guaranteed success?

  • Analysing activity.
  • Performance metrics.
  • Balanced scorecards.
  • Benchmarking.
  • Capturing perception.
  • Towards a generic checklist for general counsel to create and measure value.

Richard Tapp,Company Secretary and Director of Legal Services, Carillion
Joel Hanson, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Thames Water
Chris Deconti, Senior Vice President, Axiom

Workshop B: Running your law Department as a Profit Centre to add value to the bottom line

  • Assessing the processes and resources available through the business and leveraging them to good advantage
  • Building a superior team of people who will create and execute a legal strategy that generates value for the business

Dan Fitz, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, BT Group
Miles Jobling, Group Legal, BT Legal
Paul Stark, Sales Director, BoardVantage


  • How is Computer Assisted Review changing the legal business model for the client and the law firm.
  • The benefits and risks clients are considering in the outsourcing, in- sourcing or near sourcing their e-Discovery technology and services.
  • What comes first - e-Discovery or Records Management?
  • How to best respond to the revised CPR cost amendments.

Peter Robinson, Director, Forensic & Dispute Services, Deloitte
Richard Covell, Senior Manager, Deloitte


Buffet lunch


Focus sessions

Choose any one from the workshops listed below.

Session A: Adding value to a company by influencing legislation and regulators

  • How to influence regulators and legislators on a national and international level.
  • Entering into dialogue with government and businesses.
  • Comparing lobbying activity in US and Europe.
  • The role of professional bodies.
  • Influencing ‘best practice'.

Malcolm Wood, Company Secretary and General Counsel, Standard Life
Dr. Clemens-August Heusch, LL.M, Head of European Litigation, Nokia

Session B: Overcoming the operational, technical, regulatory and cultural barriers in new jurisdictions

  • Using local firms appropriately in new jurisdictions.
  • Ensuring you operate within international standards of law.
  • Overcoming issues around IP and data protection.
  • Communicating and resourcing successfully across cultures to achieve sustainable improvements in performance.
  • Overcoming the challenges of deploying the Bribery Act across new jurisdictions.
  • Is the quality of advice good?

John Downing, Company Secretary, Imperial Tobacco Group
Peter Maher, Partner, Deloitte

Session C: Talent Acquisition and Retention

  • Should you encourage lawyers to move out of the legal function and into the business for secondments?
  • Examining human development as well as intellectual development
  • In-house vs using external counsel – save costs by growing the team and encourage your team to become lawyers and not just a procurement officer.
  • Should the legal team have a Chief Operating Officer function?
  • Appointing the right people who can deliver within the legal department.
  • Making sure you've got the right team in place.
  • How do you provide career progression and retain engagement with those located regionally?

Dr. Don Hughes, Vice-President and EMEA General Counsel, Hitachi Data Systems
Laila Martin, Senior Manager, Shilton Sharpe Quarry

2.50pm Afternoon tea

Workshop sessions

Choose any one from the workshops listed below:

Session A: Determining the optimum structure for international legal departments

  • Should an international legal function be centralised or decentralised?
  • Should you use local lawyers or move central ones out? How do you structure the reporting system?
  • Where do you put your regional lawyers? Centrally with you or move them locally? If local, at what point do you move them? The risky jurisdictions which need a legal function are often not the most profitable so how you do budget for this?
  • Right shoring: where do you put your lawyers? Within the business or centrally located?
  • Control over legal resources – budget, allocation resource
  • How do you deal with managing bonuses if they are working on different projects?
  • Managing the department structure through remuneration and development packages

Michael Shaw, Deputy Group General Counsel, Barclays
Jack Diggle, Director, Barclays
Malcolm Wood, Company Secretary and General Counsel, Standard Life

Session B: Offering the right pay package and rewards to retain the right staff

  • What is happening in the area of executive remuneration?
  • Changes in regulation and legislation
  • How do you effectively pay the people in the legal department when they are doing different things?
  • Team remuneration – benchmarking

William Cohen, Partner, Deloitte
Simon Ramage, Director of Group Legal, Prudential

Session C: Addressing emerging market threats of cyber security (and ensuring your systems are protected for growth)

On 28 March 2012, the European Commission announced the establishment of a European Cybercrime Centre within Europol, which will become the EU's focal point in the fight against cybercrime. This session will consider:

  • The policies companies are adopting to deal with the increasing threat of cybercrime to business and how to protect your corporate reputation.
  • How to identify and mitigate risks of cybercrime?
  • How to secure your information?
  • How companies deal with confirmed security breaches?
  • Calculating the losses of corporate espionage.

Phil Thompson, Partner, White & Black Legal
Ken Heap, Head of Cyber Intelligence, BP
Mike Maddison, Cyber Security Lead and Managing Partner, UK and EMEA, Deloitte


PANEL: The evolving role of general counsel – maximising the role of general counsel

  • Is the role of general counsel becoming more influential in the Boardroom? Fact or myth?
  • How can general counsel become more forward-thinking and start developing mechanics to identify future risks and potential opportunities
  • Identify the deficiencies in General Counsel
  • How can general counsel make themselves more useful to the company?
  • Aligning yourself with strategic objectives'
  • Identifying the deficiencies in general counsel
  • How does the role of general counsel change depending on the size, age and location of the company?
  • Comparing the role of general counsel in the same company across both sides of the Atlantic
  • Examining the joint general counsel and company secretary roles and discussing who is responsible for governance
  • Overcoming the challenges of joint role responsibilities as general counsel
  • Carrying out a 'GAP Analysis' of your own competencies

Nick Folland, Corporate Affairs Director, Net Positive, Kingfisher
Liz Kelly, Divisional Director – Group General Counsel, Nationwide Building Society
Manu Kanwar, Head of Corporate and Commercial Affairs EMEA, Yahoo!
Seth Berman, Executive Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg


Closing comments


Drinks followed by dinner. Dinner will be finished by 21.00.

Marc Woods

We are delighted to announce that Former British Paralympic Swimmer and four time gold medallist, Marc Woods will be joining the Forum 2013, as a guest dinner speaker on Tuesday 19 March.

Marc Woods was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17 and had his left leg amputated below the knee. Before losing his leg Marc swam in local races, but never achieved his potential. Eighteen months later, he represented Great Britain - and went on to win twelve Paralympic medals, four of them gold.

His presentation follows him on his journey from 'taking personal responsibility' to 'working within a small team' through to 'enthusing the broader support team'.

The Practical Law Department Forum Gala Dinner will take place from 7pm following a drinks reception, at the Langham Hotel. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Shilton Sharpe Quarry, for supporting this event.


Time Details

Recap from yesterday


Identifying and managing legal risk

  • How much risk is acceptable across different jurisdictions? Measuring risk appetite
  • What does legal risk mean? Where does it begin and end?
  • Who has responsibility for risk?
  • Translating legal risk into action. Not just registering risk but acting on it
  • What is the real definition of compliance?
  • Determining what are acceptable levels of risk and contractual risk
  • Identifying exposure to risk
  • Managing non legal peers and managing your team across cultures
  • How do you keep them under control when different cultures?

David Kemp, Executive Director of Legal Policy, HP Autonomy
Seth Berman, Executive Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg
Eleanor Evans, Formerly General Counsel and Company Secretary, Amec
Anne Fletcher, Compliance Director, Royal Mail
Bruce Macmillan, SVP, Senior Commercial Legal Advisor, Visa Europe

10.20am Coffee break
10.50am Focus Session

Data Protection Directive

This workshop will follow the release in 2012 of the European Commission's proposed reforms of the Data Protection Directive, and as the draft regulation reaches debate in the European Parliament, it will provide a timely opportunity to examine what impact the changes will have on the Data Protection and Privacy landscape and will offer companies an insight as to how the new legislation will work in practice and how it should be implemented across your organisation.

This workshop will enable delegates to:

  • Determine where we are at with the Data Protection Directive and where it fits with emerging technologies
  • How do you comply with everything coming out of EU Data Protection in cloud computing?

Nick Mathys, Senior Associate, White & Black Legal LLP
Phil Riman, Managing Partner and Founding member, White & Black Legal LLP
Phil Thompson, Partner, White & Black Legal LLP


Chair session: How are the General Counsel Law Department viewed by the business and how can they increase their influence?

  • US and UK attitudes towards role of in-house teams
  • How can they expand their area of business influence

Sir John Parker, Chairman, Anglo American
Allan Cook, Chairman, Atkins


Closing comments and end of Conference

12.50pm Buffet lunch


Date: 19-20 March 2013

Location: The Langham London

1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA, United Kingdom TEL: +44 20 7636 1000

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HP Autonomy

HP Autonomy

HP Autonomy is a global leader in software that processes human information, or unstructured data, including social media, email, video, audio, text and web pages, etc. Autonomy's powerful management and analytic tools for structured information together with its ability to extract meaning in real time from all forms of information, regardless of format, is a powerful tool for companies seeking to get the most out of their data. Autonomy's product portfolio helps power companies through enterprise search analytics, business process management and OEM operations. Autonomy also offers information governance solutions in areas such as eDiscovery, content management and compliance, as well as marketing solutions that help companies grow revenue, such as web content management, online marketing optimization and rich media management. Please visit autonomy.com to find out more.



Deloitte LLP offers professional services to the UK and European market. With over 14,000 exceptional people in 29 offices in the UK and Switzerland, Deloitte has the broadest and deepest range of skills of any business advisory organisation. We provide professional services and advice to many leading businesses, government departments and public sector bodies, and publish many influential studies and thought leadership pieces

Deloitte LLP is the UK member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited ("DTTL"), a UK private company limited by guarantee whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities located in more than 150 countries and 48 member firms, and approximately 182,000 staff.

Shilton Sharpe Quarry

Shilton Sharpe Quarry

SSQ is a legal search and recruitment consultancy founded in the twenty-first century with a distinctive and modern vision. We do not look like other consultancies. We do not act like other consultancies.

We have built SSQ on two principles: transparency and quality.

We offer a positive and unique recruitment experience.

Twenty-first century recruitment requires a bespoke approach.



Used by one-third of the Fortune 500, BoardVantage is making the paperless boardroom a reality. As leaders in iPad innovation, we are setting the bar for the director mobile experience, and as experts in process capture, we are driving the shift from book access to board process. BoardVantage consistently meets the security standards of enterprise IT departments, including those of major financial institutions.

Stroz Friedberg

Stroz Friedberg

Stroz Friedberg is a leading global digital risk management and investigations firm. The company specialises in digital forensics, data breach and cybercrime response, electronic disclosure, security risk consulting and business intelligence and investigations. Working at the crossroads of technology, law and behavioural science, the company provides technical assistance and strategic advice to help manage the inherent risks and responsibilities of doing business in a digital era. Learn more about the firm's capabilities and experience at www.strozfriedberg.com

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organisation.

Across the legal landscape Thomson Reuters provides the content, tools, software, and bespoke solutions that help organisations to drive productivity, streamline processes, and deliver efficiencies. In the UK we've been doing it for over 200 years.

eBilling & Project Management

  • Serengeti built by in-house lawyers for in-house lawyers, Serengeti makes it easy to track external spend and project budgets, organise and share documents, create reports and ensure that you are coordinated with outside counsel on all project activity through one interface. serengetilaw.com/international/uk

Legal research, analysis, news and updates

  • Westlaw UK our flagship research service, Westlaw UK uses innovative technology to drive intelligent research. It helps legal professionals up and down the country become more efficient every day. westlaw.co.uk

White & Black Legal

White and Black Legal

White & Black Legal LLP is a specialist corporate and technology law firm. We focus on advising companies on technology-related law, transactions and disputes and, as a result, many of our clients come from the high-tech sectors including information technology/cloud computing, e-commerce, communications and online gaming. Our three practice areas, all of which have a bias towards technology law, are corporate (including venture capital for which we have been independently ranked by Chambers since 2009 as one of the top 20 UK law firms), commercial & technology (including data protection and information security), and dispute resolution.


Standard price

Who should attend?

This event is open to those working in-house only.
General Counsel
Senior members of the legal team

This event is for in-house only. If you do not fall into these criteria but are still interested in attending please contact Samantha Carpenter: Samantha.carpenter@practicallaw.com or call her on +44 (0)203 423 6621.

Attendance at the event is subject to the Practical Law event terms and conditions.

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- Nick Folland Company Secretary and Director of Governance and Corporate Services

"It is one of the few events which I really find valuable."

- Dan Fitz, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, BT Group

"Once again I've made some great contacts and have been in touch with a number of GCs. Very useful networking and the conference content was great."

- Beat Hess Former Legal Director, Royal Dutch Shell

"Well organised, great venue, good range of subjects and speakers - thank you"

- Richard Reade, UK General Counsel, ISS

"Well chaired, well organised. Good quality delegates"

- Sarah-Jane Mills, Senior Legal Counsel, PPG Architectural Coatings UK Ltd

"Having attended the Forum in previous years, it is now a fixture in my calendar"

- Malcolm Wood, Company Secretary and General Counsel, Standard Life

"Excellent event; much enjoyed my first time in attendance"

- Steve Weatherley, Former Commercial Counsel William Grant & Sons Ltd

"Well organised, breakout sessions worked well, Good networking opportunities. Well organised, correct level of informative talks and practical workshop sessions. Well run, good pace, good content."

- Carol Chesney, Company Secretary, Halma Practical Law

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