In-House Financial Services Conference

July, 2018

London

Shaping up to be the Financial Sector’s must-attend event, this 1-day conference is the perfect opportunity for in-house lawyers and compliance professionals to share their challenges in implementing the latest regulatory change, to understand how companies and industries are affected in practice by the new regulation and to benchmark with 90 of their peers.

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Event overview

90 senior in-house lawyers in attendance

67% of attendees have purchasing responsibility

85% of attendees feel the conference is the place keep up to date with market trends

86% of attendees feel the conference met their objectives for attending

86% of attendees feel attending the event is important to their business/organisation

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In-House Counsel as Business Partner

November 2018,

London

The Lawyer’s In-house Counsel as Business Partner conference is an event where in-house lawyers can enhance their ability to meet the wider demands of their organisation, support their professional development needs and benchmark with their peers.

Focused on efficiency, innovation and commerciality, the event is an excellent opportunity for in-house lawyers to advance their legal and commercial skills and achieve operational excellence in their legal function.

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Event overview

140 senior in-house lawyers in attendance

82% of attendees feel the conference offers the opportunity to attend sessions of the highest quality

95% of attendees feel the conference offers the chance to network with peers

86% of attendees feel the conference offers a wide variety of sessions and the ability to tailor the day to suit their needs

89% of attendees feel the conference is the place to stay up to date with the industry

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Managing Risk and Litigation

5th December 2017

Etc venues, Fenchurch Street London

The Lawyer’s Managing Risk and Litigation conference continues its legacy as the only event where in-house litigators, heads of risk and compliance professionals share strategies on both how to prevent and manage commercial disputes. From keeping abreast of potential risks, to discussing prevention and compliance tactics as well as tackling the latest dispute resolution challenges, the event delivers an unrivalled platform for education and networking.

Designed by and for in-house professionals, the event is an excellent opportunity to keep up to date with the latest trends in dispute resolution and to discuss practical solutions to common challenges with your peers.

81% of attendees feel the conference offers the opportunity to attend sessions of the highest quality

80% of attendees feel the conference offers a wide variety of sessions and the ability to tailor the day to suit their needs

93% of attendees feel the conference offers the chance to network with peers

90% of attendees were very or fairly satisfied with the conference

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Walker Morris shortlisted for Yorkshire Legal Awards

Walker Morris has been shortlisted for both the Managing Partner of the Year Award and the Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year Award for this year’s Yorkshire Legal Awards.

Described by Chambers as ‘one of the driving forces behind the practice’ Ian Gilbert will end his successful eight-year tenure as the firm’s managing partner when he retires next April. Under his leadership, the firm has implemented numerous strategic, business development and HR initiatives that have contributed to the successful development of the firm as a leading independent high-quality law firm.

Assuming his role in the depths of the last recession, Ian has focussed on establishing a strong collaborative culture within the firm built around client focus and talent engagement. He was one of the first managing partners in the UK to appoint an independent non-executive director and he has also developed a structured firm wide Key Client Development programme that has contributed significantly to the successful development of the firm.

During his term of office, the firm has also significantly extended its reputation internationally, been consistently ranked as one of the UK’s ‘Top Graduate Employers’ in the national survey conducted by The Guardian and been awarded  a ‘one to watch’ award by Best Companies to Work for.

Over the past year, the Walker Morris corporate and commercial group has seen significant investment in the recruitment and development of real strength-in-depth. Following James Crayton’s appointment as head of commercial in 2016, the group has appointed seven lateral hires, including two directors and five associates, and three newly qualifieds.

Ranked in Tier 1 by both Legal 500 and Chambers, the group acted on over 60 deals in 2016, with a deal value over £2.5bn. As such it was ranked as one of the UK’s top 20 most active law firms for M&A deals by Bloomberg.

The winners of the awards will be announced on 12 October at an awards ceremony at New Dock Hall.

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Walker Morris expands planning and environment team

Walker Morris has expanded its specialist planning and environment legal team with the appointment of Alison Ogley as partner.

Alison rejoins Walker Morris, having previously worked in the firm’s planning and environment team before moving to Kings Chambers to practice as a barrister. As a former barrister, Alison is able to provide combined advocacy and litigation services in High Court cases, including judicial review and section 288 challenges, significantly reinforcing the team’s existing advocacy expertise.

With over 10 years experience, Alison specialises in advising clients in all areas of planning and environment law, from the inception of projects through to securing permissions for developments at appeal and, thereafter, representing clients in any subsequent High Court proceedings. Alison’s ability to act at all stages of a project ensures she has an in-depth understanding of the case and provides continuity of service and relationship to clients.

Alison brings particular specialist expertise in wildlife and biodiversity matters, having obtained a Masters in environmental law and advising on the first case to obtain secretary of state approval for the use of biodiversity offsetting (to mitigate development impacts on wildlife). She also has specialist expertise in nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs), having acted on the first Development Consent Order to be subjected to a hearing and acted as a parliamentary agent in NSIP related special parliamentary proceedings.

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KWM employees poised to accept six figure redundancy settlement

Around 200 former King & Wood Mallesons EUME employees are poised to accept a six figure offer made by the collapsed firm’s administrators instead of taking their claim to an employment tribunal, The Lawyer understands.

The employees, which formally launched their action earlier this year against the KWM EUME LLP, could receive almost £800,000 through this deal.

A source close to the case said they thought it was likely the former employees – who had their salaries cancelled following the collapse of the firm’s European arm in January – would accept the offer of eight weeks’ pay instead of taking the matter to the employment tribunal.

The lawyers acting for the group, Herrington Carmichael, urged their clients to accept an offer which would allow a maximum of £479 per week per person to be recouped. The most an individual can claim from the Redundancy Payment Office stands at £3,832.

An email sent to employees said: “They [Quantuma] argued that in the months prior, redundancies were not anticipated and a full business sale was expected, allowing all employees to transfer to the buyer. This obviously then didn’t happen but it is claimed that due to the timeframes allowed by the fluid situation, it was impossible for them to comply with their obligations.”

The source said it would not be worthwhile to proceed with the claim owing to the potential risk and weight of further expense incurred at an employment tribunal.

It is thought that an additional factor in the likeliness of the group accepting the offer is their vulnerable financial position.

“I hope this will lay all of this to rest,” the source added.

The former KWM employees who were deemed “non-essential” staff allege that their former employer failed to give the 45-day consultation period required when making more than 100 redundancies at once.

Earlier this month, The Lawyer reported that up to 20 staff members affected by the collapse were set to receive financial support from ex-partners after the firm’s “hardship fund” closed.

The fund went live officially at the end of April in which recently departed partners were asked to contribute money to support those affected by the firm’s demise, with the figure thought to be in the region of £50,000.

The trustees of the fund, which comprises three former and current KWM partners, are now in the process of making payments to between 15 to 20 staff members who are in financial difficulty.

The Employment Tribunal claim was given the green light to go ahead in April after it was temporarily brought brought to a standstill owing to the Employment Tribunal’s decision to put a stay of proceedings over it.

Its fate now hangs in the balance. A final administrators’ report is expected to be released shortly, in which the much-chronicled factors that led to the extraordinary collapse will be assessed, along with any losses recovered.

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Stewarts Law advises passengers evacuated from Thomas Cook flight

Our Aviation team is advising and assisting passengers who were evacuated from a Boeing 757-300 at Egypt’s Hurghada Airport on 19 July 2017. Operated by Thomas Cook as Flight MT-519, the crew reported smelling burning and smoke was spotted in the cabin just before take-off.

Our international Aviation team has commenced an investigation into the incident, drawing upon its extensive experience in previous airline incidents involving emergency evacuations during take-off and landing. This includes representing passengers and crew from British Airways Flight 38 at Heathrow in 2008, Lot Flight 16 at Warsaw in 2011, British Airways Flight 7762 at Las Vegas in 2015 and Emirates Flight EK521 at Dubai in 2016.

James Healy-Pratt, head of aviation and travel, and regarded as the leading claimant aviation lawyer in the UK commented: “Emergency evacuation cases present complex legal and technical challenges. Thomas Cook did a superb and professional job of evacuating the aircraft without any serious physical injuries to passengers or crew. However, our experience of helping many passengers in aviation evacuation incidents worldwide is that psychological injuries are commonplace and often underestimated by many. These types of accidents can frequently be seconds away from a very different and more deadly conclusion.”

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UK data protection laws to be overhauled

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published a statement of intent (the “Statement of Intent”) for a New Data Protection Bill. While the General Data Protection Regulation (the ‘GDPR’) will become directly applicable in all EU Member States from 25 May 2018, it is the government’s intention to bring this EU law into our domestic law to ensure a smooth transition through Brexit.

The GDPR allows Member States a number of derogations and the Statement of Intent indicates where the UK government is planning to derogate. One such derogation is the threshold for the minimum age at which a child can consent to data processing can be set to any age between 13 years and 16 years and they have indicated, after receiving responses for a call for views that they see no reason to set this threshold higher than age 13.

In addition to implementing the GDPR, the New Data Protection Bill will implement the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive (the ‘DPLED’), which would otherwise not have direct applicability to UK law. The DPLED is designed to cover the gap in the GDPR regarding the processing of personal data for “prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security”.

Although the DPLED is focused on cross-border data sharing, the government has decided that the standards which the DPLED establishes will be extended to all domestic data processing for law enforcement purposes. Howard Ricklow, a partner in Collyer Bristow’s team focused on supporting SME compliance with GDPR, said: “The Statement of Intent demonstrates the UK’s commitment to strong data protection legislation post Brexit, however it could mean that many organisations need to review their data privacy and protection policies so that they are compliant with the new laws”.

Howard added that “with the increased fines and penalties available to the Information Commissioners Office for breaches of data protection law it is every company’s best interests to undertake this review sooner rather than later to avoid a breach when the laws come into force”.

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Andrew Perfect joins Serjeants’ Inn Chambers

Andrew Perfect (2007) has joined Serjeants’ Inn Chambers.

Andrew practises in clinical negligence, inquests, personal injury, and costs.

Andrew is a strong court advocate, equally comfortable bringing and defending medical negligence claims. His clear and succinct advice is highly regarded by solicitors, who describe him as robust and sensible. He is particularly sought out where there are difficult client issues or particular sensitivity is required.

An established practitioner, Andrew’s arrival adds to the depth and range of experience in the areas of practice. His arrival demonstrates an ongoing commitment to building the expertise and service for clients.

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The 60 second interview: Tech has transformed my team

Vodaphone Global Enterprise legal and external affairs director Kerry Phillip talks to The Lawyer ahead of this year’s Business Leadership Summit, which focuses on the law firm of 2025.

Will AI be as commonplace as photocopying by 2025? 

Who photocopies now? Working in a paperless environment is so much better!

What will be the impact of tech on team roles and how will it help to shape your team of 2025? 

Kerry Phillip

Over the last 3 years the shape of my team has already changed to include an offshore team for low complexity or high volume work, managers of change and programmes, data specialists and contract lifecycle management platform experts. This trend will only continue as technology and AI become more and more central to the workings of a legal team.

How do you envisage private practice and in-house working to deliver value in 2025?  

I envisage a collaborative partnership between corporate legal teams and law firms, where law firms are one element in the eco-system called upon by corporate legal teams – probably for the most complex, knotty problems. The best law firms will make a huge effort to understand their clients’ needs and will add value by combining deep legal and market expertise, an intimate knowledge of best practice and broad industry insight.

What technology do you anticipate will revolutionise the industry by 2025?  

Virtual assistants are already commonplace. I hope that by 2025 we will have virtual assistants that can advise on law and regulation in any country and apply to a given set of facts to recommend the best course of action.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).

  • I had been a lawyer for 6 years before I sent an email
  • I don’t have a desk at work
  • I couldn’t live without social media

If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?

Interpreter.

With agile working becoming the norm, which spot in the world would you most like to work from?

It already is the norm – my laptop and my mobile are my office.

Kerry will be speaking at this year’s Business Leadership Summit on a panel discussion around how to foster an atmosphere of innovation. For more information on the summit, a copy of the agenda, or to enquire about tickets to attend, please contact Kenan Balli on +44(0) 20 7970 4017 or kenan.balli@centaurmedia.com

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