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FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summit 2016

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Brent Irvin

Brent Irvin


Louise Pentland

Louise Pentland

Director: Hitachi

Professor David B Wilkins

Professor David B Wilkins

Harvard Law School


Event Concept

Modelled on the early ‘Davos’ meetings, the FT Innovative Lawyers summit aims to capture that spirit of ideas exchange and forward momentum for the legal profession. This event will bring in outside commentators and business innovators to create a unique gathering of the world’s most innovative lawyers where they can share ideas and be inspired. The FT will supply an independent platform for attendees to discuss the critical issues facing their businesses and the profession more generally.

Guests will be drawn from organisations that have appeared in the FT special reports in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. They will comprise managing or senior partners, innovative partners, chief legal officers and c-suite directors at law firms, corporations, financial institutions and disruptive legal businesses. The 200 guests will be split between law firm partners and general counsel but will include other professionals and people working at alternative legal suppliers.

The event is structured in partnership with RSG Consulting, the legal strategy firm and the FT’s long-term research partner on the Innovative Lawyers programme and the Harvard Law School Centre on the Legal Profession.

fallback Add to my Calendar 06/20/2016 18:30:0006/21/2016 21:30:00trueFT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summit 2016Event ConceptModelled on the early ‘Davos’ meetings, the FT Innovative Lawyers summit aims to capture that spirit of ideas exchange and forward momentum for the legal profession. This event will bring in outside commentators and business innovators to create a unique gathering of the world’s most innovative lawyers where they can share ideas and be inspired. The FT will supply an independent platform for attendees to discuss the critical issues facing their businesses and the profession more generally.Guests will be drawn from organisations that have appeared in the FT special reports in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. They will comprise managing or senior partners, innovative partners, chief legal officers and c-suite directors at law firms, corporations, financial institutions and disruptive legal businesses. The 200 guests will be split between law firm partners and general counsel but will include other professionals and people working at alternative legal suppliers.The event is structured in partnership with RSG Consulting, the legal strategy firm and the FT’s long-term research partner on the Innovative Lawyers programme and the Harvard Law School Centre on the Legal Profession.FT/RSG-Innovative-Lawyers-Summit-20164a2d42035740eda009f822e6b0dec8acMM/DD/YYYY

Advisory Board and Speakers (32)

Brent Irvin

Brent Irvin

Vice President and General Counsel

Brent Irvin joined Tencent, a leading global Internet company, in 2010. He is currently Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing all legal matters, including intellectual property, litigation, privacy, compliance and public policy. Prior to joining Tencent, he worked at a leading Silicon Valley law firm, specializing in M&A and technology transactions, with a special emphasis on Internet companies. He received his JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in Asian Studies from Yale University and a BA in History from Carleton College.

Louise Pentland

Louise Pentland

Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, PayPal
Director: Hitachi

Louise Pentland is responsible for PayPal’s global People, Legal, Communications, Intellectual Property, Government Relations and Social Innovation functions. In this position, she drives focus on PayPal’s financial, regulatory and legal requirements across all global markets and engages stakeholders to promote PayPal’s reputation globally through corporate affairs initiatives. She is also responsible for PayPal’s People function, which leads and drives leadership excellence, culture, training, workforce planning, employee relations, compensation, benefits, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. Before joining PayPal, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation where she managed a team of 400+ lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals and support staff working in more than 30 countries. During this time, she led M&A integration and ran an IP P&L in excess of one billion euros annually. Consistently cited for its excellence in IP management, the Nokia legal team she managed was named Europe’s most innovative in-house legal team by the Financial Times in 2011. She has served as a member of Hitachi’s Board of Directors since 2015 and was named to the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in May 2016. She also served on the Board of the Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens, from 2012 to 2014, and played a leading role in the sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft. Ms Pentland is licensed to practice law in England, Wales, a licensed attorney admitted to the New York bar, and Registered In-House Counsel of the California bar.

Professor David B Wilkins

Professor David B Wilkins

Lester Kissel Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Professor David B. Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Faculty Committee of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.

Prof. Wilkins has given over 50 endowed lectures at universities around the world and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and law firm and corporate retreats. He is the author of over 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals as well as a co-author of several books, including The Chinese Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization (Forthcoming), The Brazilian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization (2018), The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization (2017), and Diversity in Practice (2016), all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession (5th edition 2009, South Carolina Press).

Prof. Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers including The Legal Profession, Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century, and Challenges of a General Counsel. In 2007, he co-founded Harvard Law School’s Executive Education program, where he teaches in several courses including Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel.

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2012 and the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors in 2014 and most recently was the recipient of the Harvard Law School Association Award in 2016. His major research interests include the legal profession, legal ethics, diversity and globalization.

Rochael Soper  Adranly

Rochael Soper Adranly

General Counsel and Legal Design Lead

Rochael Soper Adranly is General Counsel and Legal Design Lead for the international design firm, IDEO. A JD/LLM graduate of Duke Law School in Durham, North Carolina, Ms Adranly has been representing creative and innovative individuals as well as pursuing her own creative projects for over 15 years. She has also been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, and an adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law.  She was featured in Modern Counsel magazine for her role as a creative counselor, walking the line between the rules based world of law and the non-roles based culture of innovation.

In her role as Legal Design Lead, Ms Adranly works with both lawyers and designers on her team to make IDEO legal processes and assets fit IDEO’s human-centered culture.  Additionally, Rochael co-leads IDEO’s legal design and innovation practice, building on IDEO’s work with organizational design throughout the fields of healthcare, government and education, to bring IDEO’s design methodologies to some of the most pressing challenges of the legal industry.

Nigel Boardman

Nigel Boardman

Slaughter and May

Nigel Boardman’s broad practice includes domestic and international corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, demergers, private acquisitions and disposals, private equity, public takeovers, issues of compliance and corporate governance, investigations and insolvency, restructurings, investigations and sports law.

He has received a number of accolades including the Financial Times' Special Achievement Award, Chambers Directories Lifetime Achievement award and Lawyer of the Decade award from Financial News (2015). Mr Boardman is included in Debrett's 'Who's Who' and is ranked as a 'star performer' for Corporate and M&A work by Chambers  in its UK, Europe and Global directories.

Mr Boardman is a consulting editor of the Oxford University Press' 'Annotated Companies Acts' and is on the Editorial Board of the 'Journal for Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice'. He is a Trustee of the British Museum and a Vice President of Save the Children UK.

Jessica Butcher

Jessica Butcher

Co-Founder and Director

Co-Founder of Blippar, one of Britain’s best-funded technology ‘unicorn’ scale-ups, currently enjoying rapid ascent as the world’s leading mobile visual-browser. Blippar is funded to the tune of over $100M and in June 2016 was ranked 19th in CNBC’s global ‘Disruptor 50’ list alongside the likes of Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat and Spotify.

Ms Butcher has in turn, managed the commercial, marketing and communication functions of the business earning Blippar 60M+ consumer downloads in <5 years and a blue-chip client roster.  The business is currently 300 staff strong across 10 international offices.  

Jessica Butcher is one of those rare ‘women in tech’ who is championing the use of a cutting-edge leading mobile technology to pioneer a new behaviour in consumers and the powerful new verb, ‘to blipp’. She is the recipient of numerous female entrepreneur and tech awards including BBC’s Top 100 Women and Fortune’s Most Powerful female entrepreneurs and is a passionate start-up mentor, public speaker and writer on subjects as diverse as women in technology, female entrepreneurialism, digital innovation, digital detox and work-life balance.

Karl Chapman

Karl Chapman

Chief Executive Officer
Riverview Law

Karl is CEO of Riverview Law and has a long pedigree in starting, growing and managing successful companies.
After reading law at Birmingham University, Karl joined Guinness Mahon Investment Management in 1985 and in 1987 was Money Observer’s top-performing UK unit trust fund manager.
In 1989 he set up CRT Group plc, a consultancy, recruitment and training business. Under Karl’s leadership CRT grew to a market capitalisation of over £600 million, sales in excess of £400 million with 2,500 employees in over 200 locations. In 1996 CRT sold 50.1% of its equity for £109 million.
Karl set up AdviserPlus Business Solutions, a leading advisory outsourcing organisation providing HR, and H&S solutions to organisations of all sizes, in 2001. Karl remained as owner and a non-executive until the sale of AdviserPlus in 2016.

Riverview Law acquired Kim Technologies (formerly CliXLEX) in September 2015. Kim is a Knowledge Automation and Workflow Platform applicable to all sectors and functions. Through its no-code configuration model Kim enables knowledge workers to take control of their critical business processes to improve decision making, speed and effectiveness. Kim does this utilizing its patent pending artificial intelligence, assimilation and data management capabilities. Karl is Chairman of the Board of Kim Technologies. The Kim Technology powers the Riverview Law Virtual Assistants and is applicable across all sectors and functions, in any country.

Chew Seng Kok

Chew Seng Kok


Mr Chew Seng Kok, Managing Director, is primarily responsible for the business development, overall strategy and management of ZICO Holdings Inc. (ZICO).  ZICO is a listed company on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. The Group is an integrated provider of multidisciplinary professional services focused on the ASEAN region, provides advisory and transactional services, management and support services and licensing services. 

Mr Chew is also the Chairman of ZICO Law, a network of independent law firms in the ASEAN region which is part of ZICO.  The network has offices in 17 cities throughout South East Asia including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. ZICO Law won the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards for Innovation in Corporate Strategy in 2014, Innovation in the Business of Law in 2015 in addition to being shortlisted for other rankings in both years. 

Mr Chew graduated with a LLB (Hons) in 1984 and obtained a LLM (1st Class) from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ in 1989. He started practice in Malaysia in 1985, and was with Chapman Tripp in Wellington and Baker & McKenzie, Singapore. In 1991, he joined Zaid Ibrahim & Co. and became its managing partner in 2004. He assumed the role of regional managing partner of ZICO Law in 2011.  In November 2014, Seng Kok left his managing role in Zaid Ibrahim & Co. to take up a full time role as the Managing Director of ZICO and as the Chairman of the ZICO Law Network.

Ron Dolin

Ron Dolin

Senior Research Fellow, Center on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School

Ron Dolin received his B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley before heading to Geneva to work at CERN, the high-energy physics lab. After a few years there, he left for graduate work, obtaining a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Santa Barbara with his dissertation on scalable search. He ended up as one of the first 100 employees at Google, and left after several years to attend law school and is a licensed attorney in CA.

Mr Dolin is an angel investor, focusing on legal technology startups, and has taught legal technology and informatics at Stanford Law School and Notre Dame Law School. He has taught MCLE courses on document automation for the CA Bar, and was on the executive committee of the Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology section.

He co-founded the Program for Legal Technology and Design with SLS alum Margaret Hagan and has worked on legal innovation at the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Notre Dame Law School.  Mr Dolin has been asked to participate on panels and give talks at universities such as Stanford and Harvard, and organizations such as COLPM, ILTA, and ACC, on issues related to legal technology and innovation. A selected list of his presentations can be found at his blog,  He was selected as one of the 2014 Fastcase 50, and 2014 ALM Recorder’s Innovator Award recipient.

Dan  Fitz

Dan Fitz

Group General Counsel

Dan Fitz is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.  Dan joined BT Group plc in April 2010.  Dan chair’s BT’s Group Risk Panel and is also BT’s Diversity & Inclusion Champion.

He is a member of the European General Counsel Association, the Association of General Counsel and the GC100. 

Dan studied economics and law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA 1981, JD 1985) and international relations at the London School of Economics (Dipl. 1982). He is an attorney (New York) and a solicitor (England & Wales).

Professor Adrienne  Flanagan

Professor Adrienne Flanagan

Professor of Musculoskeletal Pathology
UCL, and clinical lead Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Professor Flanagan received her medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland:  she pursued a career in pathology in London after which she undertook a PhD studying bone biology at the University of London. She is the head of pathology (research) at University College London’s UCL Cancer Institute where she is the lead molecular, and sarcoma pathologist. Her research, which has led the molecular classification of bone tumours, has been translated into recruitment of patients into clinical trial for new therapies. She practices clinical pathology at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), the largest sarcoma service in the UK and is the clinical lead for UCL Advanced Diagnostics - the largest diagnostic specialist cellular and molecular pathology service in the UK.   Professor Flanagan is the cancer lead for the 100,000 genomes project in the North Thames Genomic Medical Centre. Previously she was the Medical Director at the RNOH.

Eric	 Friedman

Eric Friedman

Executive Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Eric Friedman has served as Skadden’s Executive Partner since 2009, furthering the firm’s mission to provide the highest quality legal service to clients, attract and develop top legal talent, and maintain its deeply rooted dedication to pro bono and diversity and inclusion.

Under his leadership, Skadden has topped the Financial Times annual U.S./North America “Innovative Lawyers” report three of the six times it has been published, including in 2015, and has been ranked among the two most innovative firms every year. The firm also has been recognized for innovation by the Financial Times for its work in Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2015, Skadden became the first law firm to handle more than $1 trillion in global announced M&A deals in a single year, ranking first by value globally and in the U.S. according to Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters.

Mr Friedman has advised on a number of significant M&A and corporate finance transactions, representing clients such as Citigroup Inc., Nasdaq, Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, the New York Mercantile Exchange and Mars, Incorporated.

As Skadden’s Executive Partner, Mr Friedman has built upon the firm’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2011, the firm received the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s first-ever Law Firm of the Year Award, for its commitment to public service and diversity; and in 2012, Mr Friedman received a Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association in recognition of his commitment to diversity at Skadden.

Mr Friedman is a dedicated board member of organisations including the Legal Aid Society, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Phoenix House Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He also chairs the Skadden Fellowship Foundation board of trustees.

Stuart  Fuller

Stuart Fuller

Global Managing Partner
King & Wood Mallesons

Stuart Fuller is Global Managing Partner of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), based in its Hong Kong office.
Stuart is responsible for the development and implementation of KWM’s global strategy, overall development of its practices and global client program as well as the functional integration of the firm.
His role encompasses the firm’s operations in over 30 offices throughout China, Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Japan and US.
Stuart is a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Global Engagement Taskforce, the Advisory Council for the Asia Society and the Law Society of New South Wales.

Jan-Coos Geesink

Jan-Coos Geesink

Managing Director
Thomson Reuters, Legal UK & Ireland

Jan-Coos Geesink is Managing Director of Thomson Reuters Legal, UK & Ireland. He joined Reuters in 1987, and held executive positions in The Netherlands, Ireland and the Middle East, before becoming Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region. During that time he also served as board member for Hong Kong based AFE Solutions and as advisor to the Singapore Government's Economic Development Board.

In 2002, Mr Geesink relocated to London as Global Head of Sales Strategy and Operations and took commercial responsibility for Reuters electronic trading business. In 2008, he became the first Chief Executive of TSS Ltd, a joint venture offering security services to international business travellers and expatriates. In 2011, he returned to Thomson Reuters as Senior Vice President, Financial Crime and Reputational Risk, leading Thomson Reuters global activities in this area.

Al Giles

Al Giles

Head of Legal Services

Al Giles oversees Axiom's global Insourcing business, including its 16 international offices, and non-banking client relationships. Prior to this role, Al founded Axiom's first European office in London. Prior to joining Axiom, Al was a corporate lawyer at Linklaters and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Bob Gogel

Bob Gogel

Chief Executive Officer

Bob Gogel has over three decades of experience as both a provider and purchaser of global outsourcing, technology and consulting services. 

A proven senior executive of high-value services businesses, Mr Gogel has held a number of CEO roles in world class outsourcing organisations. He has been active in developing both onshore, near-shore, and offshore service delivery centres for global organisations. He has worked closely with and for private equity firms, multinational companies, and the public sector and is a recognised industry thought leader.

Before joining Integreon as CEO in July 2011, Mr Gogel was CEO of Enrich, the employee benefits consultancy, and has held positions on the executive boards of AXA Group and Siemens Business Services GmbH. Prior to that, he had 17 years of strategy and organisational consulting experience at Gemini Consulting (formerly the MAC Group) as a senior partner in both the US and Europe. His industry focus has been on financial services firms and professional services organisations and he has extensive experience in building teams across multiple countries and cultures.

Mr Gogel is co-founder of a leading think tank – the European Executive Council (EEC), the editor-in-chief of The State of the European Union annual conference, and a member of the faculty teaching the MBA program at HEC in Paris and Shanghai. The author of several business books and a frequent contributor to publications and forums, he holds a BA from Harvard, a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Louvain and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a participant in many of Integreon’s CSR initiatives and believes passionately in improving the communities where Integreon does business.

Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt

Senior Managing Director
FTI Consulting

Mark Hunt is a Senior Managing Director of FTI’s Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice in London who specialises in investigations and dispute resolution, including acting as Skilled Person for the UK Financial Services regulators under FSMA 2000. He joined FTI in March 2015 having previously been Head of Financial Services at BDO LLP. Prior to that he was a partner at KPMG for 13 years.

During his career Mr Hunt has been an audit Registered Individual for 21 years, and has worked with international groups on complex accounting advisory and GAAP implementation projects including IFRS, UK GAAP and US GAAP frameworks. He was a member of BDO’s Audit Executive and its Accounting Technical Panel from January 2008 to October 2014 and was also a member of the ICAEW’s Big 6 Banking Audit Forum. He has acted as Reporting Accountant on numerous IPO’s and public Circulars.

Mr Hunt is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Brad Karp

Brad Karp

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Brad Karp is the Chairman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a position he has held since 2008. Brad is one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers, with extensive experience successfully defending financial institutions and other companies in “bet the company” litigations and regulatory matters. Prior to being named chair of Paul, Weiss, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department.

Brad has been profiled as one of the leading lawyers in the United States by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Chambers, The Lawyer (U.K.), Crain’s, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, Lawdragon, Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, Euromoney Institutional Investors, Best of the Best USA, Law360, and Benchmark/Institutional Investor.

For the past several years, Brad has been named one of the Most Influential People in the Boardroom by the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 2014 Crain’s named Brad one of the Most Influential New Yorkers. In 2011, Lawdragon named Brad its “Lawyer of the Year.” For the past several years, Chambers has selected Brad as the only “Star” in its Nationwide Securities Litigation category. Best Lawyers named Brad its 2014 “Banking and Finance Litigator of the Year,” and its 2012 “Securities Litigator of the Year.” In 2012, The Financial Times selected Brad as one of the 10 most innovative lawyers in the United States. In 2013, Benchmark Litigation/Euromoney selected Brad its “Litigator of the Year.” In 2013, the New York Law Journal awarded Brad its first-ever Impact Award, in recognition of his “significant and lasting impact on the legal community in New York.”

Brad has lectured on business litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and NYU Law School. Brad is active in the community, serving as a director/trustee of the Legal Action Center, the Riverdale Country School, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Partnership for New York City, the Harvard Law School Leadership Council, the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, Junior Achievement Global, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc., the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, American Friends of Hebrew University, the New York Bar Foundation, the Program Advisory Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, the Mark Messier Foundation, the Best Lawyers Advisory Board, the Economic Club of New York, the Federal Bar Council Second Circuit Inn of Court, the Union College President’s Council, and the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. Brad is a founding member of the PriceWaterhouse Leaders Council examining financial services industry regulatory reform, and is a member of The New York City Bar Association Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. Brad currently is chairing the 2016 Harvard Law School Annual Fund.

Brad graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1984, and has spent his entire professional career at Paul, Weiss.

Sonya  Leydecker

Sonya Leydecker

Joint Chief Executive Officer
Herbert Smith Freehills

Sonya Leydecker is the joint CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) alongside Mark Rigotti.  Prior to becoming CEO in 2014 she was head of Herbert Smith's and then Herbert Smith Freehills' global Dispute Resolution practice.

She has played a role in HSF's global development including the opening of the firm's near-shoring operation in Belfast in 2011, the first of its kind in the legal sector, and setting up the firm's US office in New York, which focuses on dispute resolution and corporate crime and investigations.  She has a keen interest in the changing market for legal services as well as the internationalisation of the sector.

Ms Leydecker is a member of the firm's Council, co-chair of the Global Executive and Executive sponsor for the firm's Pro Bono and Citizenship initiatives.

Jami  McKeon

Jami McKeon

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Jami Wintz McKeon is the Chair of Morgan Lewis, providing strategic direction to the largest law firm in the world led by a woman. Under her leadership Morgan Lewis has grown into one of the principal global providers of legal services, assisting clients throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. While Chair, she has continued her own legal practice counseling Fortune 100 companies — particularly those in the financial services and technology industries—on complex litigation and investigations. Jami has made exceptional client service the centerpiece of her work and her administration of the firm, and she is long-time advocate of diversity within the legal industry.

Jami has addressed numerous premier leadership conferences and industry events, including such gatherings as the American Banker’s Mentor Factor Women’s Conference, the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers North America Awards ceremony, the Global Law Firm Leaders Conference, the Big Law Business Summit hosted by Bloomberg BNA, and the Center for Women in Law’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. Chambers USA recently announced that Jami has made the shortlist for its Women in the Law Awards as "Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession.” Her many other awards and recognitions include a Financial Times Special Achievement Award, The American Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Award, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative Award. Jami has a longstanding commitment to the Philadelphia community and currently serves on the Board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. She resides with her husband and family in the Philadelphia area.

Piet Hein  Meeter

Piet Hein Meeter

Global Leader - Legal Services

Since June 2014 Piet Hein Meeter is the Global Managing Partner for Deloitte Legal. His ambition is to build a law firm with a truly global footprint. By 2020 Deloitte aims to have legal practices in at least 100 countries.

“We aspire to disrupt the legal profession by changing the client experience. We go beyond legal. We combine deep legal skill sets with business advisory services. ”

“These days clients are looking for broader solutions. We believe that Deloitte Legal is best positioned to respond to the changing client demand.”

Mr Meeter is also leading the global pursuit of Inorganic Growth through Acquisitions, Recruiting, Team Hires and Alliances (Global Corporate Development Leader Tax & Legal).

He serves on the Global Tax & Legal Executive, the global leadership forum for Deloitte Touche Tomatsu Limited. Prior to his global roles, Mr Meeter served as the Country Tax Leader for The Netherlands (2008-2011) and member of the Dutch Executive during this period.

Mr Meeter’s aims to make an impact that matters by forming true partnerships through relationships with clients and society.

David Morley

David Morley

Former Senior Partner
Allen & Overy LLP
Chris  Osborne

Chris Osborne

Co-Chairman, Europe, Middle East and Africa
FTI Consulting

Chris Osborne is Co-Chairman of FTI Consulting in EMEA. He is also Global Head of the Firm's Economic and Financial Consulting Practice. Prior to this he was the European Managing Director of LECG and Head of Arthur Andersen Economic and Financial Consulting.

Mr Osborne has over 25 years’ experience in bringing definitive economic and financial expertise to complex commercial and regulatory disputes. During the course of his career he has been involved in over 150 cases of litigation and arbitration, covering expropriations, loss of profits claims, post-acquisition disputes and restrictive trade practices.

Bill  Reilly

Bill Reilly

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Bill Reilly is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary for Ansell Limited, a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions that enhance human well-being.

Mr Reilly is based in Iselin, NJ at one of Ansell’s four global HQ hub locations and manages the Company’s Legal & Regulatory Affairs functions, including Compliance. The L&RA team, like Ansell, is very global and  based in Brussels, Belgium; Cyberjaya, Malaysia (KL); Melbourne, Australia; Shanghai and Wuhan, China; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Frankfurt, Germany; and Trelleborg, Sweden. Mr Reilly reports to Ansell’s CEO, Magnus Nicolin, and serves on the Company’s Executive Leadership Team. He oversees all legal matters, including M&A, litigation, IP and Corporate Governance.

Mr Reilly joined Ansell in 2000 from C.R. Bard, Inc., a leading multinational medical device company, where, for ten years, he was Associate General Counsel overseeing all legal matters for several Divisions and managing major M&A and the company’s litigation. Prior to that, Bill had in-house positions of increasing responsibility at Hertz Corporation, McKesson Corporation, Dresser Industries and GAF Corporation.

Mr Reilly has practiced and managed in an in-house role for 32 years following 3 years at a major New York law firm. He is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars and admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal Courts. He received his J.D. degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut. He is a member of both the Association for Corporate Counsel and the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ and President of the Sean Reilly TBI Fund, a public charity that serves severe traumatic brain injury victims in New Jersey.

Steven  Rosenblum

Steven Rosenblum

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Steven A Rosenblum has been a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1989 and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Department.  He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, takeover defense, corporate governance, shareholder and hedge fund activism, proxy fights, joint ventures and securities law.  Mr Rosenblum has been recognized by Chambers Global as one of the world's leading transactional lawyers and by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America.  He was named a 2015 BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group for his level of dedication and commitment to exceptional client service.

Mr Rosenblum’s recent significant representations include:  Michael Dell in Mr Dell’s and Silver Lake’s buyout of Dell, Inc. (for which Mr Rosenblum was named Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer) and in Dell’s pending acquisition of EMC; Visa in its pending acquisition of Visa Europe; Verizon in its acquisition of Vodafone’s 45% interest in Verizon Wireless; Cracker Barrel in its four consecutive proxy fight victories over Biglari Holdings; the board of General Motors in the repurchase of its common stock from the United States Treasury; Ralcorp in its takeover defense and subsequent sale to ConAgra; and Duke Energy in its merger with Progress Energy. Mr Rosenblum’s prior significant representations include:  Smurfit-Stone in its acquisition by Rock-Tenn; Morgan Stanley in its acquisition of Smith Barney, as well as in its investment from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group; Ameriprise Financial in its acquisition of H&R Block Financial Advisors; Ceridian in its proxy fight with Pershing Square and subsequent going private transaction; and Nextel Partners in its sale to Sprint Nextel.  He has also previously represented AT&T in a number of transactions.

Mr Rosenblum received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1982 and his B.A. from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1978.  Prior to joining the firm, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro, United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts. Mr Rosenblum is a member of the American Law Institute, the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws, and the Board of Advisors of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. 

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Managing Director
RSG Consulting

Reena SenGupta founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With nearly 30 years’ experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession. As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides. In 2005, Ms SenGupta came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.

Ms SenGupta has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family-owned graphic design business out of recession. A journalist, entrepreneur and now senior consultant, Ms SenGupta is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report and the Innovative GC Club. She is a regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.

Peter  Solmssen

Peter Solmssen

Former General Counsel and Managing Board Member
Siemens AG

Peter Solmssen was a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and its General Counsel from October 2007 until January 2014. He was responsible for both the global function Legal and Compliance and the company’s businesses in North and South America.  In that latter role he was the Chairman of Siemens Corporation in the United States. He has since returned to private practice.

Before joining Siemens, Mr Solmssen was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of GE Healthcare, one of the six operating units of General Electric Company.  He joined GE after a fifteen years in private practice. Mr Solmssen graduated from Harvard College and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the law review. He read law as a Knox Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. 

Tim Steinert

Tim Steinert

General Counsel and Secretary
Alibaba Group

Tim Steinert has been general counsel of Alibaba Group since July 2007 and also serves as secretary.

Before joining Alibaba Group, Mr Steinert was a partner in the Hong Kong office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. From 1994 to 1999, he was an associate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Hong Kong and New York, and from 1989 to 1994, he was an associate attorney at Coudert Brothers in Beijing and New York.

Mr Steinert is qualified to practice law in the State of New York and in Hong Kong. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College and a juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law. 

Hugh Verrier

Hugh Verrier

White & Case

Hugh Verrier is the Chairman of White & Case LLP, a global law firm with 39 offices in 26 countries.

With White & Case for 34 years, Hugh has been Chairman since 2007 and directs the Firm’s strategy and operations around the world.

A New York-qualified lawyer, Hugh spent most of his career with White & Case overseas in Indonesia, Turkey and Russia, where his practice was focused on the development of natural resources.

Hugh has law degrees from the University of Ottawa and Harvard Law School.  He clerked for Justice Bertha Wilson, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Canada.

Bill Voge

Bill Voge

Chair and Managing Partner
Latham & Watkins

Bill Voge is the Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins. Mr Voge chairs the firm’s Executive Committee and is responsible for the strategic vision and management of Latham.

Mr Voge earned his law degree from the University of California Berkeley, School of Law, his Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley (Haas School), and his Bachelor’s Degree in Science at California State University, Fresno. Prior to his university education, Mr Voge served in the United States Army.

Dr Peter Waggett

Dr Peter Waggett

Emerging Technology Director

Dr Peter Waggett has had an extensive research and development career.  He started work as a Senior Research Scientist at the Marconi Research Centre and is now IBM's Director of Emerging Technology.  He has advised a number of public and private sector clients on how to harness innovative and disruptive technologies and acted as a subject matter expert on a number of major projects. He now leads a team of specialists who are charged with developing first of a kind and prototype systems using research and development assets for IBM's clients and partners.  The team is based at IBM's Hursley laboratory near Winchester and includes developers of IBM's Watson cognitive computing offerings and 'big data' analytic solutions.  The team is currently combining these solutions and taking advantage of the government led Open Data Initiative to provide innovative analytics using a range of freely available datasets.

Peter Wallqvist

Peter Wallqvist

Chief Executive Officer
RAVN Systems

Peter Wallqvist started his career in the information retrieval industry as a research engineer at BT Research at the turn of the millennium. From there he went to being part of delivering some of the largest and high profile search and unstructured data processing systems in the world both at organisational like Autonomy (now HP) and as an independent consultant.

Mr Wallqvist co-founded RAVN Systems in 2010 together with equally experienced scientists and engineers to build and deliver the next generations of advanced search-based cognitive computing systems, taking on the role of CEO.

In the past few years he has overseen a tectonic shift in perceptions regarding cognitive computing systems and the level of trust clients and other stakeholders are starting to put into the technology. This shift is likely to have dramatic consequences within the legal space and seldom has the word “disruptive” been more apt to use when speculating the implications for information intensive industries.


Keynote Speaker (1)

John Ridding

John Ridding

Financial Times Group

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, a role he has held for the past 10 years. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operations, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and most recently Longitude.

He managed the acquisition of the FT by Nikkei in 2015, a merger than has been completed smoothly to create a global news media leader. He also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.
During his tenure the FT has built its reputation for quality global news and analysis and digital transformation. The FT now attracts the largest paying readership in its 129-year history, with two-thirds of its readership now coming from digital channels and a growing presence in video and social media. It has won a series of awards for its strategy and its coverage and is recognised as an industry leader in innovation and communications.

Mr Ridding has been at the FT for 29 years, including leadership roles in editorial, business and at the FT’s former parent company, Pearson, where he was President of Pearson Professional, a division of the global education business. He was a member of Pearson’s executive board, and also served as President of Pearson in Asia, over-seeing the group’s regional education strategy. He launched the Corporate Learning Alliance in partnership with IE of Spain and the FT125, a leadership forum now complemented by a forum for women in business.

Prior to his Pearson role, Mr Ridding was the editor and publisher of the Financial Times in Asia. He led the launch of the FT’s Asia edition in 2003, steering it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. He also led the development of the FT’s Chinese language website, which now has more than 2m users and is the leading international source of business news in China. He launched a number of training and educational initiatives in the region.

During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both editorial and business departments, including deputy editor, managing editor, Asia editor, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks.

FT Contributors (2)

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

FT Frequent Flyer columnist

The Guiding Principle Behind the Summit

“Conversations are the elixir that hold organisations together. Or as Steve Johnson said, chance favours the connected mind. All are necessary for innovation: networks, serendipity, accidental encounters and discovery. The first FT Innovative Lawyers Summit has ambition: to connect the legal innovators we have vetted and researched for the past 10 years in the three regional FT reports. We will attempt to recreate the 21st century version of the London coffee shops that formed a fertile breeding ground for some of the ideas that powered the industrial revolution. Two hundred corporate counsel and private practice lawyers thrown together with some chief executives, leading thinkers and academics and external innovators chosen by the FT, what alchemy will happen?”

Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting


Thomson Reuters ‘How To’ breakfast

How to… deliver Legal Services differently
The Summit is a great chance to explore the big themes affecting our industry, but what does innovation really mean and how are organisations driving transformation on the ground? This session on delivering legal services differently will showcase some real-world examples of innovation from your peers. Join us for some quick-fire case studies as our speakers from the buy-side and sell-side walk through their experiences of driving efficiency and transformation in their organisations through technology adoption and culture change. In this interactive session, you’ll have a chance to quiz our panellists on what impact these projects had, how they brought others along on the journey with them and more.


Alex Hamilton,Founding Partner, Radiant Law

Innovation: Radiant Law combines a willingness to experiment with the latest collaborative project management and document automation tools to ensure they’re delivering legal services differently.

Alex is the CEO and co-founder of Radiant Law, a new type of UK law firm that supports clients with both high volumes of commercial contracts as well as their high value outsourcing, technology and commercial agreements.  Radiant brings together fixed fees, judgement calls, a service centre in Cape Town, lean process and proprietary technology, with a total focus on client needs.  Previously Alex was a Partner at Latham & Watkins and co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ global Technology Transactions Group.

Maaike De Bie, General Counsel, Royal Mail

Innovation: In 2015, Royal Mail’s legal team made a move to data-driven decision making, supported by a new law department management system.

Maaike is the General Counsel of Royal Mail.  She obtained her legal degrees in the Netherlands and Canada and is qualified to practise as a solicitor in both New York and the UK.  Maaike started her career in private practice in New York moving to London 6 years later where she has held a number of senior in-house legal roles at the EBRD, GE and EY.  In addition to her professional career, Maaike trained as a coach in 2005.  Maaike uses these skills both professionally and personally as well as pro-bono through the Aspire Foundation Mentoring Scheme.

David Fazakerley, Chief Information Officer, MW Solicitors

Innovation:  MW Solicitors has transformed its High Street legal network through investments in automated conveyancing workflows, document automation and cost focussed management information for fee earners driving up quality at volume, lower operating costs and value for money for its clients.

David is the CIO and Board Director at MW Solicitors Ltd. In the last 3 years he has transformed MW’s platforms and systems to deliver exponential growth at the firm, from 160 staff and 10 branches 3 years ago to over 400 staff 22 branches today, aiming for 50 branches and 800 staff in the next 3 years.  For the 4 years prior to MW, David was Founder and CEO of a cloud desktop delivered managed service business within the legal sector having previously been Head of Service Delivery and Head of Strategy at Eversheds LLP for 3 years.


Jan Coos Geesink, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters, Legal UK & Ireland

Jan-Coos is Managing Director of Thomson Reuters Legal, UK & Ireland. He joined Reuters in 1987, and held executive positions in The Netherlands, Ireland and the Middle East, before becoming Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region. During that time he also served as board member for Hong Kong based AFE Solutions and as advisor to the Singapore Government's Economic Development Board. In 2002, Jan-Coos relocated to London as Global Head of Sales Strategy and Operations and took commercial responsibility for Reuters electronic trading business. In 2008, he became the first Chief Executive of TSS Ltd, a joint venture offering security services to international business travellers and expatriates. In 2011, he returned to Thomson Reuters as Senior Vice President, Financial Crime and Reputational Risk, leading Thomson Reuters global activities in this area. 


FTI Consulting 'How To' Breakfast

Innovation & Regulation – disruptors and the response

Today's markets are undergoing unprecedented change. From Airbnb to Bitcoin to Uber, disruptive technologies and innovative business models are shaking up industries from hospitality to financial services to transport. Developments in regulation are similarly rapid – leaving incumbent businesses, and their lawyers with much ground to cover to catch up, let alone stay ahead of the field. The panel will outline their thoughts on how lawyers can best respond to today's innovation, and prepare to be one step ahead of tomorrow's regulation.


Louise Pentland is Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary at Paypal. Before PayPal, Louise served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation.

Geoffrey Timms is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Legal & General. Prior to joining L&G, Geoffrey was a solicitor with Clifford Chance and then Clyde & Co.

Bas Boris Visser is Global Head of Innovation and a Partner in the Finance & Capital Markets practice of Clifford Chance in Amsterdam, where he was Office Managing Partner until 2015.


Chris Osborne is EMEA Co-Chair and Global Head of Economic & Financial Consulting at FTI Consulting. Previously, he was European MD of LECG and Head of Arthur Andersen Economic & Financial Consulting.


Working Group Lunch

Salon Leaders

Richard Foley, Senior Partner, Pinsent Masons

Jacquelyn MacLennan, Executive Partner and Global Pro Bono Practice Leader, White & Case

Clare Wardle, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Kingfisher


Ranajoy Basu, Partner, Reed Smith

Susan Bright, Regional Managing Partner UK & Africa, Hogan Lovells

Luis de Carlos, Managing Partner, Uría Menéndez

Sarah Davis, Group Commercial Legal Director, Guardian Media Group

Dana Denis-Smith, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Obelisk Support

Professor Laura Empson, Director, Centre for Professional Service Firms, Cass Business School

Sandra Esquiva Hesse, Partner, FTPA Law Firm

David Kerr, Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Bird & Bird

Suet-Fern Lee, Managing Partner, Morgan Lewis Stamford

William Liu, Partner, Linklaters

Massimo Mantovani, Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Eni

Jami Wintz Mckeon, Chair, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Siobhan Moriarty, General Counsel, Diageo

Karyl Nairn, Partner, Global co-head of International Litigation and Arbitration Group, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Brian O'Gorman, Managing Partner, Arthur Cox

Greg Spak, Partner, White & Case

Meg Sullivan, Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer, Paul Hastings

Penelope Warne, Chair, The Senior Partner, CMS


Agenda - 20th Jun

  • 6:30pm
    Networking Drinks
  • 7:30pm
    Dinner Event

    A 10-Year Retrospective - learnings and insights from the FT & RSG’s investigation into innovation in the legal sector.

    Presentation:Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

    Discussion 1

    “Un-picking the Poison-Pill”

    Steven Rosenblum, Partner,  Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz talks about the creative process behind the story of the archetypal legal innovation, how it came about and why it lays the template for all legal innovations.

    Discussion 2

    “Liquid, Mobile Innovation”

    Louise Pentland, Chief Legal Officer, PayPal talks about her experiences of being GC of Nokia with particular focus on the period prior to divesting a major portion of their business to Microsoft.  A lesson for all business lawyers.

    Moderator: Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

  • 8:15pm
  • 9:30pm

Agenda - 21st Jun

  • 8:00am
    The ‘How To’ Breakfasts Hosted by Thomson Reuters and FTI Consulting
  • 9:15am

    Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    Session 1: Outside Perspectives

    The worlds of the knowledge worker, especially those in media, medicine and consulting have undergone transformative change over the past five years. We will hear from the chief executive of the Financial Times how the organisation has met the challenges of new technologies and competition.  His address will be followed by a panel discussion from other professional service thinkers who will share their stories as to how their organisations have dealt with disruption.

    Keynote Address and Conversation: John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times Group


    Jessica Butcher, Co-Founder and Director, Blippar

    Professor Adrienne Flanagan, Professor of Musculoskeletal Pathology, UCL, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

    Dr Peter Waggett, Emerging Technology Director, IBM

    Moderator:Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Session 2: Innovations in the legal profession: The Future and Today

    Over the past decade, we have seen more change in the legal profession in terms of how legal services are delivered than in the previous decades. New and different legal suppliers have entered the legal market to take advantage of the growing trend to segment legal work into repetitive and more complex tasks. Many are now a familiar part of the ecosystem. Whilst lawyers may have slowly adapted to un-bundling their services, the profession is still grappling with the implications of artificial intelligence. But machine-learning technologies are progressing fast. Milestones are reached every month. In March 2016, Google’s AlphaGo beat the reigning Asia champion in the age-old, complex game of Go, which requires human intuition to play. Elements of machine learning exist in available software products. How will the profession adapt to disruptive technologies coming down the line when contemporary technologies are still in their infancy in terms of adoption? In addition, how will the profession also adapt in the face of new (and old) disruptive suppliers who are more culturally inclined to marry up their professional expertise with many of these new technologies?


    Case Study Presenters

    Peter Wallqvist, Chief Executive Officer, RAVN Systems

    Karl Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, Riverview Law



    Al Giles, Head of Legal Services, Axiom

    Piet HeinMeeter, Global Leader – Legal Services, Deloitte

    Moderator: Robert Armstrong, Head of Lex, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
  • 11:50am
    Discussants for Session 1 & 2


    Brad Karp, Chairman, Paul Weiss

    Hugh Verrier, Chairman, White & Case

    Bill Voge, Chair and Managing Partner, Latham & Watkins

    Moderator: Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting

  • 12:30pm
    Session 3: Working Group Lunch

    How can the profession work together better across in-house and private practice, jurisdictions and generations? Delegates will be appointed to one of three salons into groups of 10. They will be asked to come up with their best ideas to solve or respond to three of the challenges facing the profession today, in a way that harnesses the input of all stakeholders.

  • 2:00pm
    Salon Leaders present a summary of lunch discussions
  • 2:15pm
    Session 4: Bridging the Gap

    How can both sides of the profession work more effectively together in the interests of business and society? What will be the biggest changes in the relationship going forward five years, then 10 years?

    There will be three conversations between the law firm chairs of the FT’s most innovative law firms and past winners of the FT’s most innovative corporate counsel awards drawn from Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. 

    Conversation (North America): Bill Reilly, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Ansell talks to Eric Friedman, Executive Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

    Conversation (Europe):Dan Fitz, Group General Counsel, BT talks to Wim Dejonghe, Senior Partner, Allen & Overy

    Conversation (Asia Pacific):Tim Steinert, General Counsel and Secretary, AlibabaGroup talks to Stuart Fuller, Global Managing Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

    Moderator:Jan-Coos Geesink, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Legal UK & Ireland

  • 3:30pm
  • 3:45pm
    Session 5: Professionalism in the 21st Century: Disruption, Globalisation and the Future of Legal Practice

    What will the lawyer look, think and act like in 2025 in private practice and in-house? As the role of the lawyer evolves, it is clear that only being a technical specialist is not enough to meet the demands of business clients. However, what is not clear is what the lawyer should be? Will the young lawyer require an MBA, an accounting qualification or modules in data science to perform their roles? This session, led by David Wilkins of Harvard University will look at how lawyers and the practice of law will change, the critical trends driving this change and the possible ways in which the profession might rise to the challenge.

    Presenter: Professor David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


    Rochael Adranly, General Counsel, IDEO

    Chew Seng Kok, Chairman, Zico Law

    Ron Dolin, Senior Research Fellow, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

    Sonya Leydecker, Joint Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Moderator: Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times


  • 5:00pm
    Session 6: View from the Top

    How do the FT Special Achievement Award winners from the past few years see the future of the profession? From their different perspectives, as practitioners, leaders and general counsel, some of the stand-out legal lights of the past decade will share their views on how they feel the profession needs to change, the ways it can remain relevant to clients and what a change agenda should entail.

    View from the Top

    Peter Solmssen, Former General Counsel and Managing Board Member, Siemens AG

    Nigel Boardman, Partner, Slaughter and May

    Jami McKeon, Chair, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

    Moderator:  Mark Hunt, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

  • 6:00pm
    Closing Address

    Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting will sum up the key issues that have emerged from the day.

  • 6:30pm
    Drinks Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Summit Dinner

    Chair: Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00pm
    After Dinner Remarks

    Bob Gogel, Chief Executive Officer, Integreon will provide after dinner remarks before introducing Brent Irvin, Vice President and General Counsel, Tencent Holdings Limited, an Innovative General Counsel, winner of the first Asia-Pacific in-house award in 2013 and featured in the inaugural Financial Times GC 30, a new report from the Innovative Lawyer series.

Who Attends?

Guests will comprise managing or senior partners, chief legal officers and c-suite directors at law firms, corporations, financial institutions and disruptive businesses. The 200 guests will be split between law firm partners and group general counsel but will include other professionals, academics from Harvard University and people working at alternative legal suppliers.


Content Partner (1)

RSG Consulting was set up in 2001 by Reena SenGupta, the ex-Publishing Director of Chambers and Partners and the creator of the Chambers rankings and research methodology in the mid-nineties.
Initially, the company focused on client relationship management projects, working for the magic circle law firms and top US firms. In the course of that work, RSG realised that the profession was on the brink of tumultuous change and founded a ranking of lawyers on innovation which became the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers programme.
Today, RSG is a leading innovation agency for lawyers and works with law firms, in-house legal teams and law companies to help them innovate and build a culture of innovation. It has a unique position in the legal market globally as a connector and its networks of lawyers, built up over 25 years, are unrivalled.  It works in emerging markets such as India to help drive up standards of professionalism and client care. All its work is underpinned by robust research and it has been the author of many thought-leadership studies over the past 18 years.

Academic Partner (1)

The Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) seeks to make a substantial contribution to the modern practice of law by increasing understanding of the structures, norms and dynamics of the global legal profession. In pursuit of accomplishing our mission, we:

  •   Conduct, sponsor and publish world-class empirical RESEARCH on the profession;
  •   Innovate and implement new methods and content for TEACHING law students, practicing lawyers and related professionals about the profession; and
  •   Foster broader and deeper connections BRIDGING between the global universe of legal practitioners and the academy.

View our website at

Subscribe to CLP's digital magazine, The Practice at

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Integreon is a trusted, global provider of award-winning legal, document, business and research support solutions to leading law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions and professional services firms. Around the globe, Integreon’s 2,400 Associates support more than 250 clients in areas such as market and competitive intelligence, discovery, legal process outsourcing (LPO), operating model transformation and back office redesign. Integreon also excels in business support services such as IT, document processing, finance and HR. With our unrivalled outsourcing experience and industry-leading onshore and offshore capabilities, clients increasingly rely on Integreon to provide value-added solutions that meet their needs in a demanding business environment. Integreon has won more than 50 industry awards over the past six years and supports its global client base from 14 delivery centers across the US, UK, India, China, Philippines and South Africa.

Platinum Sponsors (2)

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets.  Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. For more information, visit

The Legal business of Thomson Reuters delivers best-of-class solutions to help legal professionals practise the law, manage their organisation and grow their business. Our solutions include Practical Law, Westlaw UK, Contract Express, Sweet & Maxwell, Serengeti and Thomson Reuters Elite. For more information, visit

FTI Consulting is one of the world’s leading business consulting firms, acting as trusted advisor to eight of the world’s top 10 bank holding companies; 96 of the world’s top 100 law firms and 49 of the Fortune 100.  We are agile and discreet, sourcing the best team from our extensive global network of subject matter experts, responding rapidly to issues ranging from AML, cyber security, data governance, fraud and financial crime to providing asset tracing, crisis management, responses to regulatory breaches and real-life simulations. Our experts use the latest technologies from AI to e-discovery tools to provide fast, innovative and lasting solutions for maximum impact.

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We recognise that giving a first class service goes beyond just legal excellence. Pinsent Masons is a modern professional services business with law at the core. This means that we deploy a wider range of professional disciplines, combining best in class people, process and technology to deliver outcome-focused solutions that enable our clients to achieve their business strategies.

Pinsent Masons is a market-leading international law firm built around the needs of our clients across five global sectors: energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and technology, science and industry. We respond to the pressures and opportunities facing businesses globally with excellence and innovation.

We were named the most innovative law firm in Europe by the Financial Times in 2015 and since then have consistently featured in the law firms rankings whilst achieving recognition in the Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The firm employs over 3000 people worldwide, including over 1550 lawyers and over 480 partners. The firm's international footprint encompasses seven offices across Asia-Pacific, two offices in the Middle East, six offices in continental Europe and one in Africa. The firm also has comprehensive coverage across each of the UK's three legal jurisdictions.

We provide ‘Legal input. Business output.’ to the in-house legal, risk, contract, compliance and related functions. Via our three service lines – managed services, projects and licensed technology – we help in-house teams evolve their operating model so that the right work is done by the right people at the right price, whether the work is undertaken internally or externally. We license our service delivery and workflow platform to in-house teams of all sizes. This proven technology automates processes, helps team members make better and quicker decisions and is underpinned by comprehensive reporting and dashboards.

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today's G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world's most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Silver Sponsor (1)

In today’s world of transformative change, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.

GC Report Partners

Over the decade the FT & RSG have been researching innovation in the profession, we see most innovation in the in-house segment of the profession. The office of the general counsel radically changed post the credit crisis of 2008. General counsel now sit at the intersection of business, science and the law and play a very different role in their organisations to before the crisis. At the same time, the explosion in the compliance burden and increasingly complex and often contradictory global regulations have meant that general counsel have more responsibility and functionality in their organisations.

To capture this change and movement, the FT has decided to publish a special report dedicated to the in-house segment of the profession, focusing on trends, developments and in-house innovations in North America, the UK and Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Sometimes called the ‘white blood cells’ of any organisation, the internal lawyers can take a different angle to their c-suite colleagues and play a critical role in creating and maintaining sustainability. The report will also include views from chief executives and other c-suite directors as to the essential role the in-house legal function can play in driving competitive advantage for the business.

White & Case

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today's G20 world.  As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients. In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.  We work with some of the world's most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.


In today’s world of transformative change, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.

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Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm specialising particularly in the Advanced Manufacturing and Technology, Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure and Real Estate sectors. We partner with our clients to find new solutions, using a clever combination of people and technology, to respond to the pressures, challenges and opportunities they face. We were proud to be recognised as the most innovative law firm of 2015 at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards Europe.


Why Sponsor?

  • Gain access to 200 of the most important and influential lawyers who will be attending the event;
  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility;
  • Demonstrate thought leadership around the current critical issues affecting the legal industry;
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns.

John Wallace, Sponsorship Opportunities, Financial Times



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