Welcome from Thomson Reuters


Chairpersons and GC100 welcome


Keynote: The Business Environment of the Future

Business is currently encountering a significant period of change with the transformative impact of technology and the emergence of new and significant risks including the challenges of managing data; cyber security and climate change. This session will offer a glimpse into the challenges companies and their general counsel will encounter in the coming years.


Building the legal team of tomorrow

Developing a team with the skillset to meet the challenges of the changing business environment.

  • The skillset needed for the law department of tomorrow
  • Millennials:  The changing behaviour of the next generation of GCs
  • Ensuring that the team is engaged, motivated and determined to succeed
  • Addressing the need for face to face communication in a technological age


Morning break


Breakout options

Option 1: Managing stress and mental well-being to retain a motivated team

  • How to successfully manage an agile working team
  • Adapting to a high-stress environment and job role
  • Stress prevention and recovery methods
  • The importance of goal setting as a coping mechanism

Option 2: Diversity – Stop discussing and start addressing

  • Changes in the profession
  • Diversity challenges within a global organisation
  • Difference between diversity within in-house roles compared to private practice
  • Using technology to increase diversity
  • Advocating for board diversity once you’ve got a seat at the table


Breakout options

Option 3: Identifying legal department KPIs and proving value to the business

  • Efficiency models: Measuring and demonstrating the team’s value to the business
  • Activity trackers: Ensuring the right people are doing the right tasks
  • How do you justify spend?
  • How are you driving forward continuous improvements?
  • How are you contributing to the bottom line?
  • Dan Kayne General Counsel (Routes), Network Rail Infrastructure

Option 4: Working with external counsel: Building innovative and strategic partnerships

  • What do you value and how do you structure and create a panel that delivers on this?
  • Alternatives to a traditional panel, such as technology and expanding your internal team.
  • How breaking the mould can lead to efficiency; how creating a model that refocuses its value proposition can not only lead to greater efficiency but also greater diversity.


Lunch break


Afternoon Keynote


Harnessing technology to maximise the effectiveness of legal and compliance

  • Collaborating with IT and the wider business to create a technology roadmap
  • Understanding which existing systems can be used and perfected
  • Securing enterprise level awareness and buy-in on your tech initiatives
  • Disruptive technologies coming down the line


Breakout options

Option 5: Crisis Management: Risk and security challenges

  • How to minimise cyber risk and mitigate issues that arise from using new technology
  • Responding to a crisis: Anticipate, detecting and responding to global risks
  • Detecting and responding to issues early
  • Managing cross border investigations
  • Case studies
  • Zoe Newman Managing Director, Investigations & Disputes, Kroll
  • Catie Sheret General Counsel and Company Secretary, Cambridge University Press

Option 6: Disclosure pilot scheme: The litigation environment

Session on the new litigation environment driven by the need to introduce efficiencies to the litigation process through the new Disclosure Pilot Scheme.

Option 7: The impact of new technologies on the legal department


Afternoon break


Innovation Showcase: Smarter Machines, Smarter Lawyers

Join us as technology providers show case the interesting things they are working on in a fun and interactive session.


Closing comments from co-chair’s


Drinks reception


*Please note this agenda is subject to change.

The page will be updated with further details on the agenda once they are confirmed.