Briefing Operational Leaders In Legal 2018 conference

The only event to specifically target chief operating officers, business managers and others in operational leadership roles from large UK and international law firms, Briefing's Operational Leaders in Legal event returns in 2018 to enlighten, challenge and engage operational leaders by uncovering and discussing the issues they face in an increasingly challenging and fast-changing market.





Confirmed speakers

In-house counsel

>> Catherine Johnson, group general counsel, London Stock Exchange Group
>> Adam McArthur, assistant general counsel - operations, AstraZeneca
>> Matt Newman, assistant general counsel, Royal Mail
>> James Ormrod, chief legal officer and company secretary, International Personal Finance
>> Martin Potter, group legal counsel, Canary Wharf Group
>> Sarah Spooner, head of legal, Vodafone
>> Kate Staples, general counsel and secretary, Civil Aviation Authority
>> Lucy Vernall, global general counsel, Funding Circle

Law firm leaders

>> Andrew Edginton, chief operating officer, Gowling WLG
>> Mike Giles, finance director, Fieldfisher
>> Rod Harrington, chief operating officer EMEA, Norton Rose Fulbright
>> Becca Johansson, head of operations, real estate, DLA Piper
>> Bob Jones, head of UK operations, Linklaters
>> Joanna Lorimer, director of administration, Hunton & Williams
​>> Nathan Cornell, business and operations manager, Linklaters
​>> Andrew Powell, director of IT, Macfarlanes
​​>> William Robins, operations director, Keystone Law
>> Steve Rowan, chief financial officer, RPC
>> Sean Twomey, director of business development and marketing, HFW
>> Stuart Whittle, business services and innovation director, Weightmans
>> Dan Wright, partner, service innovation, Osborne Clarke

​​Specialist consultants

>> A representative from the National Cyber Security Centre
>> Tom Birdseye, managing director, head of EMEA consulting, Elevate
>> Felicity Burch, head of innovation and digital, Confederation of British Industry
>> David Cook, founder and chief executive officer, Mason & Cook
>> Jack Diggle, vice president, global head of consulting, Elevate
>> Dr Trevor Gedeon, forensic psychiatrist, psychological skills mentor, Chimp Management
>> ​James Gilding, managing director, Mitie document management
>> Norm Mullock, vice president - strategy, Wilson Legal
>> Chris Rowe, founder and empathic designer, Rehumanise
​​>> Andy Wansell, managing director, OJK
>> Ben Weinberger, lawyer in residence, Prosperoware

​Operational leaders outside of legal

>> Danvers Baillieu , chief operating officer, InfoSum
>> Justin Nuccio, european director of finance and operations, Advent International
>> Dominic Regan, senior director EMEA logistics, Oracle


Agenda highlights

This year’s conference examines how to develop operational excellence in times of uncertainty, through the lenses of people, technology and change.


> How to overcome silos and get operational and business services leaders working constructively together across boundaries.

> How should your firm be presenting itself to attract new talent and millennials?

> How far can business services professionals go in the legal sector and how do you get there?

> Building the business case for investments in staff wellbeing. 


> What technology is currently being leveraged within firms, is its true value being realised and if not, what are the barriers?

> Which solutions should you be investigating in to create an agile workplace that is both people and results driven.

> To what extent will technology support the restructuring of roles within the firm?

> Moving beyond the hype: what is the reality on the ground now, what realistic investments should firms be looking at for tangible gains?


> Prioritising where change needs to be made first and putting in place a change management plan to get there.

> What impact will AI, robotics and automation have on your firm and how can you mitigate and leverage these effects on pricing strategies, workflow and career development?

> To what extent does the financial model of the firm need to change and how do you incentivise the partnership to do this?

> Design Thinking and the role it can play in helping your firm tackle big ideas in a manageable way.



Operational Leaders in Legal testimonials

‘Like every other business in the current climate, Thomson Reuters Elite has to be hugely selective around which events we attend.  The reality is that we could go an event every week if we chose to!  We therefore have to be hugely selective when it comes to our participation in anything and Briefing Operational Leaders in Legal remains consistently within the top three events that are a must for us to do.  For us it delivers on all levels; the seniority of the delegates, the calibre of the content and the opportunity to put us at the forefront of the people who matter in legal is unrivalled.  In 2018 the Briefing team organised an executive private lunch for us to meet a very targeted set of key individuals from the day.  We were expecting eight guests, they delivered 12, you really can’t ask for more!’ - Peter Gill, director of sales - EMEA, Thomson Reuters Elite

"Just a quick note to say that the conference today was excellent with a great agenda and a fantastic set of GC’s that helped project very clearly the voice of the client. Well done to the whole team for putting on a very well organised day." - Nick Lakhani, finance director, ASB Law

"Thanks for hosting a great, insightful and eye-opening day, thoroughly enjoyed it." - Steffen Kroh, interim head of projects – business services IT, DAC Beachcroft LLP - Bristol

"Meeting like-minded staff, great presentation." - Andrew Edginton, COO, Gowling WLG


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