Be part of the conversation with the world's foremost legal leaders as we learn and debate the future of the in-house legal profession. This will be a day to remember, and unlike any other legal conference, you've attended before.
Our agenda is thoughtfully curated with inspiration, practical insights and fun provocation that can help you take your career to new heights. Our themes for the day are:
Be inspired to go beyond growing your career by ultimately owning it. Learn, unlearn, and level up in all ways.
How can you move beyond surviving in an increasingly complicated world where everything, including the kitchen sink, is thrown at you. Learn to thrive in these environments, preempt, prepare and be proactive.
The narrative is changing, legal is no longer a cost center, and you're finally able to bring your whole self to work. How can you demonstrate your value and go beyond giving just legal advice but achieve better business outcomes together?
In an era of relentless cost pressures, new providers in the marketplace, and increasingly intelligent machines, what jobs will there be in the future for in-house lawyers?
Richard Susskind will answer this question by exploring the growing impact of technology on the legal world and explaining the potential and limitations of artificial intelligence for lawyers. But he will also dig deeper and discuss why lawyers (in-house and external) are needed at all and whether the demands they currently satisfy might be met in years to come in quite different ways.
The future of legal services will not simply be an automated and streamlined version of what we have today. We will instead see a transformation in the way in which disputes are resolved, guidance is secured, documents are drafted, and risks are managed.See Session
Society for Computers and Law
Professor Richard Susskind OBE is the world’s most cited author on the future of legal services. He is President of the Society for Computers and Law, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, and, since 1998, has been Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He advises leading law firms, in-house legal departments, and governments and judiciaries around the world. In the 1980s, he wrote his doctorate on artificial intelligence and the law at Balliol College, Oxford. Richard’s work has been translated into 18 languages and he has been invited to speak in over 60 countries. He has written ten books, including The Future of Law (1996), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013, 2017) and Online Courts and the Future of Justice (2019, 2021).
President and Author
Society for Computers and Law
Professor Richard Susskind OBE is the world’s most cited author on the future of legal services. He is President of the Society for Computers and Law, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, and, since 1998, has been Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He advises leading law firms, in-house legal departments, and governments and judiciaries around the world. In the 1980s, Richard wrote his doctorate on artificial intelligence and the law at Balliol College, Oxford. Richard’s work has been translated into 18 languages and he has been invited to speak in over 60 countries. He has written ten books, including The Future of Law (1996), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013, 2017) and Online Courts and the Future of Justice (2019, 2021).
Margaret is General Counsel in Fexco, an Irish-owned international company which provides a range of financial, fintech and other services, including dynamic currency conversion, corporate payments, investment services, bureau de change, managed business solutions and outsourcing. Margaret provides legal support and advice to Fexco’s many business units and manages strategic and operational decisions. Since joining Fexco, Margaret has led multiple corporate, strategic and tactical legal initiatives. Prior to joining Fexco, Margaret worked as a Solicitor in Matheson. She graduated from the University of Limerick in 2005 with a 1.1 honours degree in Law and European Studies. Following this, she graduated with an LLM from University College Cork.
COO & General Counsel
Florida-based James is Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at crypto and payments app, Ziglu, which announced an exit from Robinhood earlier this year. Previously he headed up the legal team at Monzo. In his current role, he oversees legal, risk, compliance, financial crime, and operations. James has worked with disruptive, fast-growth, early-stage companies since 2018. Before entering the FinTech world, James had legal roles in investment management and previously worked in telecoms.
Director of Legal Operations
London-based Stephanie Stevenson has over a decade of experience working on strategic projects in the legal industry, in private practice, at LOD (the original ALSP), and in her current role as Senior Legal Operations Manager at TripleLift (an AdTech platform). She focuses on process improvement, improving cross-functional collaboration, and identifying and implementing new tech solutions. Stephanie sees the benefits of her legal operations role as enabling the business and creating an excellent environment for counsel to work.
Paysend Group Ltd
Danh Nguyen is the Group General Counsel of Paysend Group - a fintech payment platform. He has over 20 years of experience in commercial practice experience across financial services, payments, FinTech and technology sectors. Danh has worked for banking stalwarts Westpac and Western Union, where he was previously General Counsel and Vice President. This experience has allowed Danh to develop a strong skillset in navigating complex commercial, compliance and regulatory frameworks across multiple jurisdictions to deliver value to the business. He is well versed in leading large licensing, regulatory compliance and transformation initiatives and using Lean Management principles, tools and practices to drive organisational, operational and cultural change. Legal innovation is a big driver for Danh. He spent three years in a management consulting role with KorumLegal. Danh is a true global citizen. He grew up in Sydney, was born in Vietnam, worked in Hong Kong for a decade and is now based in London. He is passionate about putting people and the client first.
Junior In-house Legal Counsel
Senior Legal Counsel
JOE & THE JUICE
Senior Director, Legal and Transaction Management
Fabien Bonavia is the Senior Director of Legal and Transaction Management at OakNorth Bank. He has worked in finance and private practice. Fabien is driven by the desire to contribute to business goals, creating a legal function that acts as an advisor for an organisation. With a law and economics degree, the conjunction of finance and law is Fabien's bread and butter.
Chief Legal Evangelist
New Zealand-based Shaun Plant is the Chief Legal Evangelist at LawVu. He is a guru in Legal Project Management (LPM), with a Masters’s degree in the subject, and provides LPM training through The College of Law (New Zealand). Shaun’s legal background spans public and private enterprises in environmental and project law. He is focused on the untapped potential of in-house counsel - he sees his role as a vehicle to elevate strategic advisory services and enjoys transforming complex frameworks into simple and intuitive technical systems.
Influenceo Global Inc.
Shadé Zahrai is an award-winning peak performance specialist for Fortune 500 companies. Based in Australia, she harnessed her 10 + years of corporate experience and passion for people to co-found Influenco Global. The mission of Influenco is to provide companies and leaders with actionable, science-based, and commercially minded strategies to elevate employee performance and engagement. Influenco centres its strategies around ‘humanness’ and emotional intelligence. Shadé is studying for her PhD at the University of Monash in career performance. In 2021 Shadé was voted as a Top 5 Speaker for Spice News & Magazine and named Adweek's Careers Creator of the Year in the Creator Visionary Awards. She was a member and contributor of the Forbes Coaches Council for 2020-2021. Shadé received the Mentor of the Year, Women in Financial Services Award in 2019.
Senior Legal Counsel & Legal Operations
Self-described tech-enthusiast Asim Khan is a Senior Legal Counsel and Legal Operations whiz. Based in Gloucester, England, Khan is big on tech and harnessing it to make in-house counsel more effective and efficient. He believes the legal function is a value-adder, not a cost-centre.
Founder and Director
Demetrio is the founder and director of Law Squared, a NewLaw firm specialising in working with Australia’s leading disruptive businesses, corporates, ASX listed entities and multi-national clients. Founded in 2016, Law Squared has grown rapidly to become ‘Australia’s most innovative law firm’ and become a leader in NewLaw and legal innovation. An accomplished entrepreneur and lawyer, having worked with many corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs and ASX-listed companies, Demetrio is focused on achieving outcomes and success for his clients. Law Squared takes an entrepreneurial approach to providing legal services by offering a model of partnering with its clients as risk advisers to protect them against future risk and to partner with them to advance their business. Since its launch in March 2016, Law Squared has opened offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and now has a team of 32 across those cities.
Legal Operations Manager
Amsterdam-based Ummu is the Legal Operations Manager for Camunda - a process orchestration software company. She has worked in several legal roles across multiple jurisdictions, gaining experience in commercial and corporate law, litigation, human rights law and in-house legal operations. She sees her role as a Legal Operations Manager as a bridge that connects the Legal Team to the business. Ummu is passionate about process improvement and all things legal tech.
Master of Ceremonies
Bríd Heffernan is LawVu’s Senior Director of Global Sales. She is qualified to practice law in both Ireland and Australia, has worked in-house and is incredibly passionate about legal tech and how it can optimize the legal function. As Bríd says, “If something can be done with one click instead of seven I like it, and if it can be automated I need it!” Bríd has experience in the full scope of legal tech, from practice management, investigations, eDiscovery, and legal operations.
GM of Partnerships
In his role as Director of Partnerships at Xero, Michael and his team work closely with Xero’s 1000+ connected app partners, banks and financial institutions. He covers banking and fintech engagement, leveraging Open Banking and PSD2 to realise and deliver the next generation of services for Xero customers. Michael has 10+ years of experience working with high-growth technology companies across New Zealand and the UK in legal, partnerships and advisory roles. As a lawyer in his previous life, Michael is passionate about legal tech and its ability to move the needle for in-house teams looking to provide world-class legal services and support.
Senior Customer Success Manager & Change Expert
New Zealand-based Deanna Hinde is a Senior Customer Success Manager at LawVu. She works to ensure clients' adoption of their new legal platform is successful. Change is a fascinating journey, and as it becomes a required skill for many stakeholders in an organisation, Deanna works to ensure clients have the necessary tools to bring the organisation and their people on the journey. Deanna has a degree in Social Science, majoring in Psychology and Education, and is a certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner. With experience across many sectors, she now brings her well-rounded approach to give practical steps to support projects requiring individuals to embrace the change.
In-House Counsel and DPO
Danny started as a paralegal and trainee at the City & Guilds Group before qualifying into a full-service legal/compliance function undertaking corporate, commercial, IP and developing privacy expertise through leading on GDPR implementation. Having taken an interest in financial services at university, Danny decided to take a role at Raymond James, where he continued to undertake commercial practice, act as a privacy officer, build financial services regulatory experience, and develop the legal function. Danny moved to the start-up/fin-tech world with Lending Works (a regulated consumer credit firm). As in any growing business, the key focus is delivering critical projects within tight timelines, providing efficient, pragmatic advice across various practice areas, and (of course) dealing with a range of non-legal matters! Danny also acts as pro-bono ‘honorary counsel’ for UD Music – a charity that educates, empowers and creates life opportunities for young people inspired by the sounds, words and rhythms of Black music culture.
Director, Group Head of Legal
Malgosia is Group Head of Legal in Personio, a German-owned People Operating System company with a mission to make HR processes as transparent and efficient as possible so HR can focus on what matters most: PEOPLE. Malgosia with her team provides legal support to Personio’s operations in Munich, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Dublin and Amsterdam. Before joining Personio, Malgosia led the EMEA Legal team at Cloudflare (the US web performance and security company) and worked at the FTSE250 online trading leading provider, IG Group. She studied law in Poland, France and the UK before becoming a solicitor in 2011. Malgosia is passionate about people, teamwork, inclusive leadership and creating a high performance culture where people are empowered to do their best work every day.
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