ONE HUNDRED and fifty of the UK's leading companies have already agreed to send delegates to Legal Monte Carlo '98, which promises to be one of the largest ever gatherings of in-house counsel.
The event, staged by The Lawyer and sponsored by leading legal IT supplier Axxia Systems, is intended to bring together in-house counsel and private law firms in a series of pre-schedule face-to-face meetings.
It is expected 300 in-house lawyers and 300 private practitioners will attend the event, between 30 October and 2 November, which will also provide a forum for debates and seminars on key legal issues.
David Lock, parliamentary private secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Department, Thomas Sager, associate general counsel and chief litigation counsel at Dupont, and Bronwyn Curtis, chief economist at Nomura International, are among the speakers.
Among in-house delegates attending are: Paul Newton, head of legal at Bupa; Ian Kellow, global head of legal and compliance at ING Barings; and Jane Reid, Body Shop company secretary.
Richard Wiseman, legal director of Shell UK, said: "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to have a look at the market and see what firms are offering that is different from those we already instruct."
Gill Switalski, director of corporate services at Camelot Group, said she was "looking forward to an exciting exchange of ideas".