Legal risk is just part of the jigsaw of risk and reward which business people have to manage. Once an organisation establishes a legal department there can be a tendency for business people to abdicate and the in-house lawyer confiscate the management of legal risk. Poor management of legal risk can impair the prosperity and growth of a business by an accumulation of ineptitude or the drama of a showstopper.
It is undeniable that an organisation will be more agile in today’s demanding environment if it is:
- Equipped with a good understanding of the legal implications of actions (or inactions) and the commitments entered into
- Involving lawyers in the right things at the right time
In today’s tough economic conditions in-house legal departments are under pressure:
- To reduce or freeze headcount in line with cost reduction programmes
- To reduce legal spend or keep it under even tighter control
- To be more attentive to the risks of business failure and unreliable commitments
A key feature of this seminar is the practical workshop session which is designed to explore more effective ways in which legal awareness can be raised and legal risk better managed.
*Please note, events may be cancelled due to commercial or organisational reasons. In this case Research and Markets will refund all registration fees which have already been paid. Research and Markets will not refund any charges arising from the participant having to cancel or re-book transportation or accommodation which he or she has arranged.
Introduction: Striking examples of legal risk- lessons for us all
The top ten areas of legal risk in today’s business environment - Early detection and precautionary measures
Managing dispute resolution
Managing legal costs as part of managing legal risks
PRACTICAL WORKSHOP SESSION - Assessing legal risk in the context of key relationships
What does ‘legal risk’ mean to business people and to lawyers?
Influencing attitudes to legal risk
The full picture of regulatory compliance
Putting business development on a sound footing
Putting a competition compliance programme in place
Working together when business preservation is under threat
WORKSHOP - Concurrent practical workshop sessions
The aim of the workshops is to provide you with practical guidance, models and confidence to embark on these initiatives
Feedback from practical exercises
Wrap up and review of other available material
During his 21 years as an employed in-house lawyer, Mark worked for ICI and The BOC Group plc in the UK, and Biogen and SGS in Switzerland. He held the positions of General Counsel at SGS and Group Legal Adviser at The BOC Group plc. Since 1998 when he established Lawyers in Business, Mark has worked with in-house legal departments, providing coaching and support for in-house lawyers, wherever located, on management issues, legal department performance and projects involving raising legal awareness. Mark runs workshops for in-house lawyers in Europe and Asia. He also undertakes project management work for businesses, which have no legal department and interim management of legal departments.
Richard Norman is as an international business lawyer. He has worked in Europe, Asia and America for four multinational companies. He held the position of Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs for Dell Inc. from 1993 to 2006, where he built up and managed the 40-strong European legal team from inception as well as establishing the Asia Pacific Legal Department. He was a key member of Dell’s European Management Team and played a significant role in the multi-billion dollar growth of the EMEA business.
He was a member of General Counsel’s executive staff and also managed Government Relations issues in individual countries and with the EU in Brussels. Richard joined Dell from Tektronix, Inc. where he was European Legal Counsel based in Switzerland. Previously he worked for Hoover Plc and Grand Metropolitan Plc in London. In addition to working as a consultant for Lawyers in Business, Richard acts as an adviser to a Zurich law firm and leads further education course for lawyers at the Universities of Zurich and Luzern in Switzerland.
Justin Weare is a partner at Blake Morgan LLP. He is an English law qualified and practising commercial litigation solicitor who advises on complex commercial disputes, often international and multi-jurisdictional in scope. Justin has considerable experience - both at Blake Morgan LLP and at a global law firm where he practised for more than a decade - of heavyweight commercial claims in national and overseas courts and in international arbitration. His broad practice includes shareholder/joint venture, company, contractual, claimant civil fraud, offshore and energy disputes.
Adrian Phillips started his career at Simmons & Simmons in the corporate department where he concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and insolvency. In 1995, he joined Visa in London becoming General Counsel and a member of the excom of Visa CEMEA in 1996. He subsequently became Head of Risk and Legal Affairs in 2000. In 2006/7, he, together with a team, was responsible for the merger and IPO of Visa Inc on the New York Stock Exchange. Adrian moved to San Francisco in 2007, where he became Deputy Chief Risk Officer and was a member of the excom of Visa Inc. In 2010, Adrian joined Amadeus as Head of Legal IT and Privacy based in Madrid and subsequently Nice. He left Amadeus in the summer of 2014, and was involved in a number of activities including setting up a compliance SaaS company and acting as a special counsel for Jones Day. He is today GC for 441 Trust Company Limited, a company representing the interests of many banks in Europe in relation to their sale of Visa Europe to Visa Inc for c. $20 billion dollars.
Lawrence Brown is a partner in the Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) group at Simmons & Simmons. He has a particular focus on advising both customers and suppliers (including from regulated sectors) on major technology and outsourcing projects. Lawrence also has significant experience of advising clients on international data protection and communications law regulatory projects. He regularly speaks and writes articles on a range of topics, including the proposed new EU Data Protection Regulation, cloud computing, outsourcing trends and the Financial Conduct Authority’s rules on outsourcing.
De Vere Holborn Bars
138 - 142 Holborn
London, EC1N 2NQ
The nearest tube is Chancery Lane on the Central Line.
When leaving the station take exit 2 and the entrance to Holborn Bars is locaed approximately 50 metre ahead in the large red brick building.
From London Waterloo there are two bus services available, Bus 341 and Bus 521 (only Mon-Fri)
Alighting at Holborn Circus bus stop will ensure you are opposite the entrance to Holborn Bars