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Webinar: Finding your voice: empathy, confidence and assertiveness in the workplace

This free to watch webinar on the role of empathy, confidence and assertiveness in the workplace, and at gender biases in the legal industry was part of the virtual conference Managing Risk and Litigation that took place on the 18-19 November. Complete the fields below to access the 40-minute recording of this discussion. The webinar features 4 inspirational women working in litigation and the lessons they have to share with the rest of the industry, with the discussion moderated by The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths. Empathy, confidence and assertiveness should not just be the burden of women. Nevertheless, there are particular traits that seem to be associated with gender and an expectation that all women must have the impostor syndrome. In fact, the panel stresses how the idea that all women “are going around feeling like they’re incapable of doing their job effectively” can be quite damaging. Other interesting concepts discussed in this webinar include the notion of “guarding your voice” and how it’s all about choice: you are the one deciding when to speak, but also when to be silent. Often for those with an impostor syndrome, the issue is about making the choice not to speak when they know they should speak. “So don’t hold back, because you will have something important to say, something highly relevant that needs to be factored into the decision making”.  And if people don’t really want to listen to your advice, it’s because it might be difficult advice to take on board, and not a reflection on you as an individual. Speakers: Carol Paton, Head of Litigation & Investigations, NatWest Claire Darwin, Matrix Chambers Chinwe Odigboegwu, Senior Commercial Legal Manager & Secretary, Diversity and Inclusion Board, Guinness Nigeria Charlotte Digby, Chief Counsel – Litigation and dispute resolution, Rolls-Royce   Moderator: Catrin Griffiths, Editor, The Lawyer  

Webinar: Managing hearings and trials more efficiently with technology

This free to watch webinar on how the legal industry has embraced the “tech revolution” of 2020 and the challenges of virtual hearings was part of the virtual conference Managing Risk and Litigation that took place on the 18-19 November. Complete the fields below to access the 40-minute recording of this discussion. Virtual court hearings and trials are concepts that at the start of 2020 seemed futuristic to most of us. But the last 9 months have shown us that the technology is there, and the issue is mostly with culture and our willingness to embrace change. So, what are the permanent long-term changes we can expect from this year’s tech revolution? Can technology truly make things more efficient? Watching a screen all day is quite different from being in the courtroom. It is almost impossible to pick up the nuances, and there are genuine concerns when it comes to witnesses not being in the same room, despite the fact that it has been commonplace in English trials for a while now for certain witnesses to give their evidence by video. The conclusion is that we should expect a more institutionalised change around the optimal way of running a trial, now that we’ve seen what can be achieved through the use of technology. Watch the full webinar for further thoughts and predictions from Sir Nigel Teare, 10 Fleet Street and Dorothy Cory-Wright, Partner at Dechert.

Webinar: Culture, regulators and litigation risk

This free to watch webinar on how regulators and organisations are looking at culture, the connection to litigation risk, and how companies are managing this was part of the virtual conference Managing Risk and Litigation that took place on the 18-19 November. Complete the fields below to access the 25-minute recording of this discussion. Businesses are having to operate in a global environment of heightened regulatory accountability and scrutiny, with regulators increasingly focusing on cultural change and on issues that only a few years ago would not have been seen as a regulatory priority area. Despite the fact that most businesses operate in an environment of rules and principles, this hasn’t delivered better outcomes so perhaps dealing with the root cause of bad behaviour, culture and conduct, is the way forward. The temptation for organizations is to only look at how to fix the problems, instead of what is actually causing them. This session aims to shed some light on how regulators and organisations are looking at culture, the connection to litigation risk, and how companies are managing this. The role of regulation in corporate culture: can a rulebook dictate culture? Why do regulators care about culture and can they influence this through their policies? Is the regulatory focus on culture leading to a reluctance to take responsibility?   Speakers: Tepo Din, EMEA Head of Litigation, Enforcement and Investigations, BNY Mellon Christine Moran, Global Lead for Conduct Risk, State Street David Abbotts, Former Global Head of Regulatory Compliance, Legal, Conduct and Culture Audit, HSBC

Webinar: Risk and reputation management in an increasingly politicised world

This free to watch webinar on how businesses can best respond to external and internal pressures and how to successfully manage reputational risk was part of the virtual conference: Managing Risk and Litigation that took place on the 18-19 November. Please complete the fields below to access the 30-minute recording of this discussion. In today’s increasingly politicised world, companies often find themselves forced to “take a side” and join the political discourse. This session, therefore, touches on some of the non-COVID related big issues for 2020, such as the killing of George Floyd, the BLM movement worldwide, the impact of the US elections and some of the campaigns led by people like Marcus Rashford; huge societal issues that very difficult for current global organizations not to engage with. As a result, a lot of companies that are traditionally apolitical have found themselves getting involved in such issues, either out of choice or because they were compelled to as a result of the pressure received from their employees, shareholders or other stakeholders. Taking a stance is not enough though – it is important for companies to do so in a way that’s authentic while being aware of the potential backlash and how to respond to it. As an international business operating in multiple jurisdictions, sometimes with opposing political agendas, how do you define and uphold your company values when something that is right in one country might not be in another? Can companies remain apolitical, when their employees are increasingly political, expecting and demanding a reaction? Speakers: Tarun Tawakley, Head of Employment Law and Commercial Litigation, Deliveroo Stuart Leach, Head of Litigation and Disputes, Montfort Communications John Zerafa, Founder, Clear Thought Communications Sarah Emerson, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Teacher Stern

Webinar: Changing the way we work, starting with the where

This free to watch webinar was part of the virtual conference In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY that took place on the 21st – 23rd of October. Complete the form below to access the 40-minute recording of this discussion. Given the swift and somewhat seamless move from the office to working from home and a realisation that teams can get offshore commoditised work (and the fact that no one likes the morning commute), should we now be re-evaluating the necessity for office space? This session explores the new ways of working and what this means for the office of the future, current employees and new recruits. The speaker panel features Conga digital transformation officer Aishling Finnegan, Uber legal director Kandarp Thakar, Countrywide general counsel and company secretary Gareth Williams and is led by Cory Riverside Energy general counsel and company secretary Tess Bridgman.

Webinar: A candid run-down of a project

This free to watch webinar was part of the virtual conference In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY that took place on the 21st – 23rd of October. Complete the form below to access the 25-minute recording of this discussion. In this session, Ian Waterworth, head of programme and change – legal COO and executive director at Standard Chartered Bank offers an uncensored and personal view on a project he has worked on. He reflects on the things that went well, the things that didn’t go so well and how nothing ever goes exactly to plan. Some of his top tips includes the need to plan properly to avoid risks, be realistic about your goals, maintain a contingency and management reserve for those known unknowns and enjoy the rewards when you get to the end, the journey is worth it!

Webinar: Practice makes perfect: Building resilience and dealing with the loss of control in times of uncertainty

This free to watch webinar was part of the virtual conference In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY that took place on the 21st – 23rd of October. Complete the form below to access the 40-minute recording of this discussion. COVID-19 has led to a period of uncertainty for people, on a personal level and professional level. Lawyers in particular have had a hard time coping with the situation, as they tend to be perfectionists and overachievers; their job is to sort out issues and control problems. This webinar discussion focuses on our illusion of control and how we can better equip ourselves to mentally cope with times of uncertainty. The speaker panel, led by RVU head of legal Natalie Salunke, includes Liberis general counsel Alexis Alexander, Campari general counsel and public affairs manager Jane George, Sky head of UK legal operations & development Brian Hanlon and The Adecco Group Deputy General Counsel Meera Ferguson, who candidly share what has worked for them, from playbooks and the creation of FAQs to checking in with team members and the wider business. A loss of control at a time of uncertainty is almost inevitable on the scale of COVID-19, but bringing yourself back into the time zone that you can control; the day to day or even the next few hours is vitally important to reduce workplace stress and anxiety. Brian Hanlon reminded us all to look down the mountain at what we have achieved at the end of every day, instead of looking up at the mountain that you still have to face. Lawyers are neither nailing nor failing this crisis, success is somewhere in the middle and as Jane George said, “the best view comes after the hardest climb, we will get to the top and see the sunlit valleys”.

Webinar: Crisis-catalysed innovation; the divining of solution orientated process

This free to watch webinar was part of the virtual conference In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY that took place on the 21st – 23rd of October. Complete the form below to access the 40-minute recording of this discussion. Plato said necessity is the mother of innovation and legal teams demonstrated this, from operating and continuing organisational processes in a constrained environment, to teams thinking creatively about the interpretation and application of regulation in a much more purposeful way. In this session led by Barclays Ventures law tech director Christopher Grant, Smiths general counsel for BIS & VP for legal operations Vanya Bromfield together with Entrepreneur First director of operations and interim general counsel Victoria Wells, The Kraft Heinz Company legal operations manager EMEA Baljinder Samrai, and Unite Group PLC head of operations for legal Martin Jones share the ways in which covid-19 has helped innovate the way they work by developing a more efficient and effective way of working.

Webinar: Addressing data security challenges in a remote legal contractor workforce

This free to watch webinar was part of the virtual conference In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY that took place on the 21st – 23rd of October. Complete the form below to access the 30-minute recording of this discussion. Over the last few months, the number of legal professionals working remotely has exploded beyond anything we could have imagined before the crisis.  All signs point to a continuing shift towards remote work in the long term.  As we reflect on this trend, the legal profession is rightly sensitive to the need to protect confidential data while we work outside physical offices. In this talk, Consilio’s VP of review solutions for Europe & Asia Ben Rusch aims to demonstrate that protecting information is not simply about preventing sophisticated cyber-attacks. Rather, Information Security is about creating a comprehensive system of protective measures – from the process-driven to the behavioral, from system-level measures down to the steps each of us can take to assist in protecting clients’ information. “It is not the severity of the punishment that solves the crime, it is the risk of detection. Making the detection of any egregious behaviour easier helps to prevent crime”.

Webinar: Dealing with a fluctuating risk appetite

This free to watch webinar was part of the virtual conference In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY that took place on the 21st – 23rd of October. Complete the form below to access the 40-minute recording of this discussion. “What could possibly go wrong?” Risk appetite is dictated by the business through its strategy. Legal teams are expected to align themselves with this – which doesn’t always come naturally. As a legal team, how do you deal with a fluctuating risk appetite within the business, and fully understand the risks that you are taking on as a team and as a business? In this webinar, Barclays Ventures head of legal for ventures and platforms Martin Halford, Monzo Bank head of legal and company secretary James Sullivan, Contis general counsel and chief risk officer Lara Oyesanya and Southampton Football Club chief legal and risk officer Tim Greenwell come together to share their views on the following issues:   Was the speed at which legal teams had to operate during the crisis good or bad? Are we seeing any ramifications of this so far? How do you go about giving practical legal advice when the appetite for risk from the business is higher than usual? What can we learn from the risk appetite of start-ups? Discussing the measures and/or technology deployed by legal teams to support managing risks How do you successfully flex your risk appetite as a legal team? Sharing experiences of having to make judgment calls on the spot as to how high a risk you are willing to take on an issue

Webinar: Becoming a purposeful company and doing the right thing: what does that look like in practice?

This free to watch webinar was part of the virtual conference In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY that took place on the 21st – 23rd of October. Complete the form below to access the 35-minute recording of this discussion. “Being purposeful is critical for businesses” The 2020 conference kicked off with a presentation by the formidable Helen Lamprell at Vodafone who is shaking up the status quo. In this webinar, Helen shares how legal teams can help businesses drive purposeful change, including tips on how to tackle diversity in a meaningful way: “we will never solve the problem of diversity if we focus on women because it is increasingly obvious that we need to ensure that men pick up their own fair share”… watch this space for 16 weeks full paid paternity leave at Vodafone!

Webinar: COVID-19 as a catalyst for change

This free to watch webinar was part of the virtual conference In-house Counsel as Business Partner in association with EY that took place on the 21st – 23rd of October. Complete the form below to access the 40-minute recording of this discussion. There has been a lot of negative and unfortunate circumstances resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak that we’ve all been privy to, if not directly affect by. EY Law’s Philip Goodstone kicks off the discussion by asking the panel to share the positive lessons that we can take away from the past few months as we move from now to next and beyond. It seems the increased connectivity through technology and diversity within meetings (and of course the lack of commute) are resounding positives that the panel were all thankful for. For EY Law’s Chris Price, the pandemic has stripped away a lot of the assumptions, “assumptions always make you see someone else’s reality through your lens and shredding yourself from that has been a true positive”. Despite the fact that the current situation has been intellectually challenging and demanding, we have witnessed the democratisation of teams, a levelling of the playing field for those who may not previously have been able to attend the in-person meetings and new-found levels of empathy. “The overwhelming kindness and empathy has been extraordinary and that ‘how are you’ that starts a conversation now has a different meaning, and long may it last”. The full webinar speaker line-up includes OakNorth Bank head of legal & transaction management Ben Wulwik, GE Aviation executive counsel for commercial Tristan Chubb and Lloyds Banking Group head of legal & regulatory change group transformation Justine Sacarello.