Head of Commercial and Competition Law, Sainsbury's
With experience in private practice, UK and EU antitrust enforcement and in-house, Edward advises Sainsbury’s on all commercial and competition law matters. He currently enjoys managing a large in-house team of commercial and competition lawyers. His recent workload includes building on the victory against MasterCard in the CAT in relation to the interchange fee litigation, now heading to the Court of Appeal and leading Sainsbury’s first trial franchise agreement. He is also responsible for competition law compliance across the Sainsbury’s group (including Argos and Habitat) and engagement with competition regulators.
Strategic Advisor, Nextlaw Labs
Dr Miranda Brawn
Director of Legal and Transaction Management, Daiwa
Dr Miranda Brawn has a background as an investment banker and barrister. Miranda is a senior business, legal and diversity executive. Outside of her day job, she is the Founder and CEO of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation which has won an award from the UK Prime Minister Theresa May MP for making history by launching the first race diversity lecture aimed at schoolchildren. Miranda has been named as one of the UK’s leading diversity champions where recent press has called Miranda the go-to person for race diversity in the City of London. Miranda focuses on all forms of diversity and equality especially race and gender across all sectors in the UK workforce.
A multi-award winning legal, business and diversity leader who is hailed as a trailblazer and honoured numerous times domestically and internationally for her achievements. A regular business and diversity expert on television and radio while being quoted in the national press. Her television work includes regular appearances on BBC Breakfast, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Sky News and London Live. Miranda is also a guest lecturer for various organisations including higher education establishments and writes regularly for national newspapers on social policy, cultural and equality issues.
Miranda has regularly been named as one of the most influential persons in the UK by various annual “Powerlists” including Top 100 BAME business executive leaders Powerlist (Financial Times), Top 100 Women in European Finance (Financial News) and UK’s Top 10 inspiring females changing Britain (Metro) to name but a few. Miranda’s work has also been personally praised by HRH The Prince Charles of Wales, Mayor of London, Mayor of Brighton, Mayor of Cambridge and the UK Prime Minister. Miranda received a Doctor of Letters in 2017 for her contribution and services to business, financial services, law, diversity and the next generation across the Globe. With a refreshing and diverse background, Miranda is also an advisor and patron to a number of companies, charities, individuals and governments. She has spoken across the globe including Parliament, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.
Professional Support Lawyer, Dentons
Emma joined Dentons’ Real Estate practice in 2016 as a professional support lawyer having previously practiced as a commercial property partner. She is responsible for all aspects of real estate knowledge management including training (both internal and external), research, creation of knowhow material (including articles, client briefings and legal updates) and thought leadership. A particular focus of Emma’s role is the management of knowhow as a means of providing a value-added service for clients dealing with real estate.
Global CEO, M/Six Media
UKME Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Dentons
Anna specializes in all aspects of intellectual property law, both contentious and non-contentious. She advises clients on the protection and exploitation of their valuable intellectual property portfolios, in a wide range of different industries and sectors. Her contentious IP work often includes providing clients with strategic advice to resolve disputes at an early stage, but she has also represented clients in many intellectual property infringement court actions and other proceedings (including at all levels of the English courts and at various domain name dispute resolution forums). She also regularly advises on defamation disputes. Her non-contentious IP work includes advising on the assigning, licensing and securitization of different intellectual property rights in a wide range of different commercial arrangements (including brand licensing, sponsorship, outsourcing, software supply, R&D projects, large-scale corporate due diligence and audit projects, and distribution and manufacturing agreements).
General Counsel, Godiva
Peter is General Counsel, Godiva International and Global Projects with responsibility for all Godiva’s markets outside North America, principally in Europe, the Middle East, Japan, China and Pac Rim. Godiva is the world’s leading premium chocolatier with origins in Belgium but now with approximately 750 stores worldwide and is present in over 100 countries. Prior to Godiva, Peter was a senior corporate counsel at SABMiller and before that he trained and practised as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Peter was recently awarded Global Legal Post’s Luxury Business General Counsel of the Year 2016.
CEO , Whittard of Chelsea
Mark Dunhill joined Whittard of Chelsea in January 2014 as C.E.O. with the objective of transforming the company from a UK high street retailer to a global aspirational brand.
Prior to Whittard, Mark worked for T.M. Lewin as International Director from early 2011.
Before that role, Mark held the position of CEO of Fabergé, where he led the multi-national team to restore the famous name to its former position as one of the most desirable jewellers in the world.
Previously Mark worked for Alfred Dunhill Ltd for twelve years where he undertook a variety of roles, including Product Manager, General Manager responsible for the company’s operations in a succession of markets in the Asia Pacific region, Managing Director, UK, and President of the Japan subsidiary; he returned to London in 2006 as company President.
An Oxford graduate, Mark worked for BP for the first 8 years of his career, most of which was spent in France. While in France, he also found time to pursue entrepreneurial projects including setting up a restaurant as well as a fast automotive servicing business in Toulouse.
Mark is married with four children and now lives in the countryside to the South of London.
Head of Privacy & Cyber Security , Dentons
Nick Graham is the Global Co-Chair of Dentons’ Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. He specialises in data privacy, cybersecurity, information governance, as well as freedom of information. Nick advises across all sectors including retail, telecoms, energy, manufacturing, banking, insurance, transport, technology and digital media.
Nick has over 20 years’ experience and has been advising on data privacy since the days of the Data Protection Act 1984 and the early enforcement activities of the FTC. He has advised on all aspects of data privacy including global compliance strategy, privacy impact assessments, data breach and incident response, international data transfers, customer data strategy, data retention and data exploitation. Most recently, he has advised on Big Data, cloud computing, cyber attacks, consumer tracking, biometrics, data sovereignty, conflicts of data laws, compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation and transfers in light of the Safe Harbor invalidity ruling.
General Counsel, Sainsbury's
Head of Competition, Dentons
Adrian is Head of Dentons’ Competition practice in London. He has over 30 years’ experience of advising on a wide range of UK and EU competition law issues, including UK and EU merger control, cartel investigations, market investigations, abuse of dominance, commercial agreements and conduct, competition-related litigation and disputes, compliance training and counselling and public procurement. Retail clients Adrian has advised on competition law issues include Tesco, Sports Direct, Welcome Break and John Lewis
Alistair is a freelance Legal Engineer and practising solicitor who specialises in using technology to solve legal problems. Until last year Alistair was Head of Contracts and Data Protection Officer for Asda.
Alistair is also the founder of SYKE. SYKE is a legal automation and data privacy consultancy. SYKE helps businesses and law firms to use Contracts Express, Docusign and other technologies to solve legal problems. These technologies have now reached a level of sophistication where they can be a game changer for lawyers overwhelmed by the demand for pace and cost-efficiency.
SYKE also helps businesses to prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation which is set to land in Spring 2018. Many businesses are struggling to recruit suitably qualified data protection officers so we are offering a data protection officer on demand service to help fill the gap.
Partner, Head of Retail, Dentons
Babette heads up the firm’s Global Franchise Group. She advises retail and restaurant companies on their international expansion into new markets.
She specialises in global franchise, distribution, agency, wholesale and concession agreements and IP-driven joint ventures. She also advises retail clients on the strategic use of licensing strategies in emerging markets using both traditional and innovative structures for international expansion in the global marketplace.
Babette has transactional experience in over 100 countries. Recent deals include work in all major emerging markets (Russia, India, China, Brazil and South Africa) as well as in the Middle East and Africa.
Her clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Godiva, Wagamama and LEGO.
General Counsel, Hertz Europe Limited
Group Legal Counsel, European Tyre Enterprise Ltd
Gillian spent 10 years in private practice, for the majority of that time at Dentons. She specialised in Landlord and Tenant, mainly in the retail sector, acting for companies such as Sainsbury’s, Westfield, Barclays, and Virgin Active. She is now Group Legal Counsel at European Tyre Enterprise Limited (“ETEL”)and amongst other things is responsible for all property matters, which includes the substantial retail portfolio of ETEL’s subsidiary, Kwik-Fit.
Senior Legal Advisor, Strategic Transactions, Royal Mail
Senior Director Antitrust, CMA
Head of CDO Legal, Reckitt Benckiser
Head of Legal, John Lewis
Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial Division, Dentons
Scott is the Head of Dentons’ Corporate and Commercial Division. Scott specialises in commercial contracts, IT and data privacy law and is directory-ranked in all of these areas. Scott is particularly well known for his work in the retail sector, where he advises a number of the UK’s best known names on the high street.
Scott is ranked in Chambers 2017 as a leading practitioner for commercial contracts, which recognises he “has considerable experience across a range of commercial matters. He has a reputation for handling strategically significant large-scale agreements for market-leading and brand-name clients”. Scott has acted for many household names on large-scale commercial deals involving supply of goods and services, joint ventures, distribution agreements, transportation, logistics, marketing agreements, design and manufacturing agreements and consultancy agreements.
Scott is a member of Dentons’ Band 1-ranked IT and Telecoms team and is an expert in IT, outsourcing, payments transactions, software law and the exploitation of databases. He was previously a computer programmer and draws on this background alongside 20 years’ experience advising in this field to enable him to share with his clients not just technical expertise, but also insight into what is contractually achievable in the market. Scott focuses especially closely on deals involving payments, cloud services, Software as a Service (SaaS), agile development and deals with major technology vendors and has a keen understanding of current market positions. Scott is also very experienced at deals for major projects and IT outsourcings.
Scott is an expert in data privacy law and is one of the partners in Dentons’ Band 1-ranked team. He has advised numerous data controllers and data subjects on all aspects of data privacy, including GDPR compliance, data breach, cyber risk, global data transfers, customer data and consents, data sharing, sale and purchase of databases, subject access rights, employee monitoring and data protection policies. Scott is recognised in directories “for his focus on practical solutions” (Legal 500 2017).
General Counsel, Asprey
Chief Counsel, Dixons Carphone
Sarah Aziz – Advisory Board
Deputy General Counsel, L'Oréal (UK) Limited
Sarah Aziz is Deputy General Counsel for L’Oréal UK & ROI. As a generalist, this involves advising various business units across a range of legal practice areas such as dispute resolution, IP and sponsorship, commercial contracts, competition, advertising and marketing, e-commerce and IT, digital and privacy. Sarah has been at L’Oréal for 9.5 years, prior to which she was an associate in the Corporate department at Clifford Chance LLP.
Laura Battley – Advisory Board
General Counsel & Company Secretary, New Look
Laura is group company secretary and general counsel at New Look with responsibility for the global legal function (including group data protection officer). Laura’s role includes supporting the board and senior management to provide innovative solutions, working with stakeholders across the business to navigate complex situations, providing commercial legal advice.
Before taking on her role at New Look Laura held positions at Slaughter & May, Addleshaw Goddard and KPMG as both a corporate lawyer and professional support lawyer.
Nick Harrison – Advisory Board
Legal Counsel, Debenhams
Nick is an experienced member of Debenhams in-house legal team specialising in commercial contracts, intellectual property and data protection matters. Nick’s work has an increasing International focus as Debenhams continues to grow overseas through a number of different operating models.
Prior to joining Debenhams, Nick spent time as the sole legal counsel of Burton’s Biscuits, one of the UK’s largest biscuit manufacturers whose leading brands are Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers.
Nick trained with global law firm Dentons and qualified into their Technology Media and Telecoms team. Nick has considerable retail experience having undertaken secondments, whilst at Dentons, with Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd and the John Lewis Partnership (Waitrose).
Elaine Hutton – Advisory Board
European General Counsel, Shiseido
Elaine worked for Clifford Chance in London & Rome before beginning her in house career at Channel 4, where she spent 5 years specialising in Corporate & Regulatory work. She then joined the world’s largest TV production company, FremantleMedia, as VP of Legal & Business Affairs of worldwide licensing before becoming Head of Legal for Apple’s Retail business in EMEA. After 3 busy years at Apple where she focused on Apple’s European expansion & launch of the iPhone and iPad, Elaine was SVP of International Legal for Paramount Pictures before joining Shiseido as European General Counsel for the Dolce & Gabbana, NARS, Laura Mercier & bareMinerals cosmetics brands. Elaine has a postgraduate degree in EU Competition law and is fluent in German, French & Italian.
On a personal note, Elaine is passionate about women in the Law & also acts as a mentor, working with the College of Law, Sutton Trust & Social Mobility Foundation which aim to encourage students from non traditional backgrounds to enter the Law & is a Governor of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust.
Bryn Thomas – Advisory Board
General Counsel, Special Projects and Business Development, Colgate Palmolive
Bryn Thomas is GC for Special Projects and Business Development at Colgate-Palmolive, having previously been Colgate’s GC for Europe with oversight of its European legal team. Bryn has had a huge amount of legal and management experience, having worked previously at GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen and Gillette. He is an experienced compliance investigator.