The theme for last year's In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY was ‘Myself, My team, My business’. The 2017 event provided support for in-house lawyers on all levels and in all aspects of their job: individual development, managing the in-house legal function and the business they work for.

Below we have listed four spotlight sessions from last year's two-day conference.


Interested in finding out how you, your team and your business can benefit from this year's event?

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How do you foster innovation within your team?


Last year's event kicked off with a crucial session on innovation. Innovation is and has always been critical for success and history has shown us that if you are not innovative you get left behind. Do companies and teams only innovate when they are under pressure or is there a more proactive way of doing this? 

EY head of law for UK&I Philip Goodstone together with National Grid group head of legal operational excellence Mohammed Ajaz, Wolseley UK general counsel Vanessa French, Smiths Group director of legal operations & innovation Jamie Fraser and Dixons Carphone general counsel and company secretary Nigel Paterson will shared their views on what it means to be innovative when it comes to legal services.

Fostering innovation within your team

Mohammed Ajaz, National Grid
Jamie Fraser, Smiths Group Plc
Vanessa French,  Wolseley UK
Nigel Paterson, Dixons Carphone

Philip Goodstone, EY


Smarter working and the magic formula for doing more with less


Designed for those in-house lawyers who are yet to find the magic formula for doing more with less, this second session aims to equip attendees with some alternatives to become more efficient but also by evaluating the value of the different work they do.

Novartis head of operational excellence Maurus Schreyvogel, Leigh Murrin Chief legal operations counsel for GE Capital International and Imperial College London head of legal services Milena Radoycheva will talk about how they have gone about making their legal function more efficient and what operational excellence means for them.

Smarter Working


Milena Radoycheva, Imperial College London
Maurus Schreyvogel, Novartis International
Leigh Murrin, (former) GE Capital International

Maria Passemard,
 John Lewis Partnership


The in-house lawyer - strategic advisor to the business


In-house lawyers who are true business partners to their company have a key role when it comes to supporting their organisation - they can use their knowledge, skills and expertise to influence and advise on the strategic direction of their organisation. So how can you engage with your company in such a way that you are no longer the "last resort" and instead you become a strategic adviser that guides them along the way?

GSK head of legal consumer healthcare Europe, global categories and R&D Neil Laventure, Barclays head of legal for emerging markets in EMEA Amol Prabhu and Telefónica UK Ltd (O2) deputy gc & director of legal affairs Kent Dreadontalk about using their knowledge, skills and expertise to influence and advise on the strategic direction of their organisation and how to engage with your company so that you are no longer the “last resort”.

Strategic advisor to the business


Neil Laventure, GSK
Amol Prabhu, Barclays
Kent Dreadon, Telefónica UK Ltd (O2)
Joanne Theodoulou, (former),

NetOTC & Board Member - Mind


Aligning your objectives with the needs of the business


Aside from influencing and advising on the strategic direction of their organisation, in-house lawyers also have a critical role in the implementation of this strategy. This usually requires an alignment of objectives between the legal function and the business and a clear view on the value of the work your legal team does.

General Counsel for Royal Mail Group, Maaike de  Bie, Dan Kanye, general counsel - routes, Network Rail and Mary Geragthy, director EMEA, Starbucks Coffee take the stage to define what value means within your company and where individual lawyers actually add value.

Aligning your objectives


Maaike de Bie, Royal Mail Group
Dan Kayne, Network Rail
Mary Geraghty, Starbucks Coffee

Michael Luckman, Growling WLG


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