Chairpersons 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 keynote 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 (e.g. tech, attitude, budgeting skills)
  • 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

A choice of one of the following options

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

  • Creating the right environment and culture for a mentally healthy workplace
  • Managing and adapting to a high-stress environment and job role
  • Creating the right mindset for self-awareness; Understanding and accepting the signs of stress

Option 2: Diversity: Stop discussing and start addressing

  • Changing demographics of the profession, business and society
  • Diversity challenges within a global organisation
  • Using technology to increase diversity
  • Advocating for board diversity once you’ve got a seat at the table
  • Promoting diversity within your suppliers
  • In house diversity v private practice


Breakout options

A choice of one of the following 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
  • Jose Gonzalez Chief Legal Officer, QBE North America

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

During this interactive workshop, you will have a chance to discuss one of the three topics below in-depth with one of the speakers. All three speakers will then summarise the key findings and discuss with the entire audience.

  • 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.




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

A choice of one of the following options

Option 5: Internal investigations, technology and litigation

  • Do’s and don’ts of internal investigations
  • How to use technology to maximise results
  • Artificial intelligence and predictive coding
  • New technology
  • Electronic disclosure
  • Reporting
  • Common pitfalls in internal investigations

Option 6: Leading by example: Legal technology in action

This session will offer an in-depth look at legal technology in action, offering insights from the newly formed partnership with eBrevia’s machine learning technology and Thomson Reuters Contract Express.


Breakout options

A choice of one of the following options

Option 7: Staying ahead of the game – preventing, detecting and responding to fraud and corruption risk

  • Prevention – compliance programmes, risk assessments
  • Detection – using data analytics to detect potential issues early and take a proactive approach
  • Response – responding appropriately
  • Case studies
  • Zoe Newman Managing Director, Investigations & Disputes, Kroll
  • Dan Fitz Company Secretary, BT

Option 8: The litigation culture of the future: Disclosure Reform

This session will look at the new rules on Disclosure, which will apply to most civil proceedings in the Business & Property Courts of England and Wales.  These rules have been introduced directly in response to concerns expressed by GC100 about the increasing burden and costs of conducting litigation.  Led by senior members of the Rolls Building Disclosure Working Group, this session will provide an overview of the new rules and explain how they will bring about a fundamental change in culture and behaviours by litigants, their advisers and the courts when approaching disclosure.


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.