Victoria Brackett, Group Chief Commercial Officer, Irwin Mitchell
Chief Commercial Officer Victoria sits on the Board at Irwin Mitchell and is responsible for the planning and execution of growth plans for the group: setting the strategy on organic growth, M&A and strategic lateral hires.
She has helped to build and support the firm’s sector strategy and client relationship management programme which ensures strong engagement with the firm’s clients.
Victoria trained as a commercial disputes lawyer with Freshfields specialising in banking and insurance for 10 years. She then moved to Thomas Eggar where she led the Commercial Litigation department and became Managing Partner before a merger led to her joining Irwin Mitchell’s leadership team.
Shane Gleghorn, Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing
Shane is the UK Managing Partner and Global Co-Chair of the board at Taylor Wessing. In the last 18 months of leadership, Shane has successfully delivered a new firmwide strategy, new business opportunities and an alternative route to market in the US through the firm’s relationship with Wilson Sonsini, and opened a new UK office in Liverpool. He left Australia in 2001 to join Baker McKenzie in London and, soon after, was asked to join Taylor Wessing in 2006 to expand and lead its litigation practice. Before becoming UK Managing Partner in 2018, Shane co-led the firm’s international Disputes & Investigations group. More recently, Shane has enhanced the leadership in the firm with the appointment of new board members to focus more on key areas of growth, including innovation. He is focused on the sector strategy at the firm which mirrors its impressive client base in technology, life sciences and private wealth.
Oliver Dudok van Heel, Head of Client Sustainability and Environment,
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
He has 20 years of experience as a corporate sustainability advisor, helping multinational enterprises manage the risks and capture growth opportunities arising from the sustainability agenda.
He is a Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership and teaches on the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business. He is also a fellow of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity where he focuses on reframing the ‘negative narrative’ that shapes our understanding of the world we live in and influences our belief that sustainable prosperity is possible.
He is a recognised expert on sustainable economic models (lead author of ‘An Economy That Works’ report for the Aldersgate Group), sustainable community development and launched a local currency to promote local trade-in Lewes, Sussex. Most recently he led the ‘New York Circular City Initiative’ a multi-stakeholder collaboration convened by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer seeking to help New York City make the transition to the circular economy.
Emma Dowden, Chief Operating Officer, Burges Salmon
Emma is the firm’s Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the firm’s strategic approach to its operations, leading a variety of business services teams including legal service delivery, risk, project management, technology and innovation. She is a member of the partnership committee and the executive committee of the firm. She joined the firm in 2007 from Hamptons Group Ltd where she was a member of the board. Prior to that, she undertook various legal, risk and operational management roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers.