Held in the world’s leading legal capital on November 09 & 10, 2017, the conference witnessed participation from leading GCs & business lawyers.

Geopolitics, Conflict & Crisis: Key Challenges For Lawyers & Business

Adding one more feather to its much-decorated cap, Legal Era Magazine organized the 6th Edition Legal Era Conclave 2017 in the beautiful city of London, making it the second such event to be hosted in what is also known as the world’s leading legal capital. The Conclave, held at Hotel Crowne Plaza, London, UK, and spread over November 09 and 10, 2017, saw meaningful participation from leading GCs and business lawyers from different parts of the world. Panel discussions on a wide range of topics were led by numerous international speakers and senior corporate counsel from multinational companies.

Leading-Edge Legal Leadership
Legal Horizons: Mastering The International Landscape Of Corporate Regulation
Information Security & Data Privacy

The inaugural session of the Summit was aptly titled, “Geopolitics, Conflict & Crisis: Key Challenges For Lawyers & Business,” and saw Robert Wyld, Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery, and Immediate Past Co-Chair, IBA, Anti-Corruption Committee, Australia; Stephen Denyer, Director, Strategic Relationships, The Law Society of England & Wales, UK; V. Lakshmikumaran, Founder and Managing Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S), India; and Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) & General Counsel (Europe), Hinduja Group, UK, taking to the stage to elaborate on the idea behind the Conclave and its central theme. Aakriti Raizada, Founder & Managing Editor, Legal Era Magazine, Legal Media Group, India, welcomed the delegates.

General Counsel In A World Of Crisis & Conflicts
The Arbitration World
Bribery & Corruption – To Report Or Not To Report: Is That The Question?

The Conclave witnessed participation from top industry professionals such as: Bruce P. Elman, Professor of Law, University of Windsor, Canada; Agnes Di Leonardi, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Board Director, Mazda Canada Inc, Canada; The Right Revd Dr Peter Selby, Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London, UK; Ajit Yadav, Managing Partner, Lexaya Partners (Formerly, Co Secretary & Senior Corporate Counsel, Unilever India, Executive Director-Legal, PepsiCo South Asia; President & Group General Counsel, Vedanta Group), India; Shukla Wassan, Executive Director - Legal & Corporate Affairs, South Asia, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., India; Laurence Lieberman, Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP, UK; Karishma Vora, Barrister (England & Wales) & Advocate (India); Fernando Victoria Pena, Legal and Compliance Director, Teleperformance Columbia Group, Colombia; K. S. Suresh, General Counsel, ITC Limited, India; Nina Barakzai, President and Chair, In-House Counsel Worldwide, and Group Head, Data Protection & Privacy, Sky UK Ltd, UK; Phillip D’Costa, Partner, Penningtons Manches LLP, UK; Suhail Nathani, Managing Partner, Economic Laws Practice, India, UK; Anubhav Kapoor, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Tata Technologies, India;

Bapsy Dastur, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Stolt-Nielsen Limited, UK; Deepak Jacob, President & General Counsel - Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Star India Pvt Ltd, India; Elizabeth O'Neill, General Counsel, UK Government Investments, UK; Mathew Sherratt QC, Barrister, Carmelite Chambers, UK; John Carl Townsend, Barrister, Carmelite Chambers, UK; Nicholas Tse, Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP, UK; Ravinder Thukral, Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP, UK; Dipen Sabharwal, Partner, White & Case LLP, UK; Christine Uriarte, Anti-Corruption Division, OECD, France; Filippo Ferri, Lawyer, Cagnola & Associati, Studio Legale, Italy; Cindy Dorrington, Partner, Bivonas Law LLP, UK; Brendan Kelly QC, Barrister, 2 Hare Court, London, UK; Ian Casewell, Partner, Mintz Group, UK; Bharat Vasani, Legal Advisor to Tata Group Chairman, Tata Sons Ltd., India; Nimisha Agarwal, Senior Associate, Taylor Wessing LLP, UK; Rachel Cropper-Mawer, Partner, DAC Beachcroft LLP, UK; Richard Leedham, Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP, London, UK; Stephen O'Dowd, Senior Director, Harbour Litigation Funding, UK; Charles Gibson QC, Head of Chambers, Henderson Chambers, UK;

Cross-Border M&A
Class Actions And Collective Redress – A Scorecard On Their Success For Victims
GC in the C-Suits, Boardroom & Beyond

Lesley Wan, (Formerly) Corporate Counsel, Lloyds Banking Group PLC, London, UK; Dr Ece Gürsoy, Formerly Chief Legal Officer and Director, Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings Limited, UK; Shanika Amarasekara, General Counsel & Company Secretary, British Business Bank, UK; B. Gopalakrishnan, Senior Partner, S.K. Singhi & Co. (Advocates), India; Al-Karim Makhani, Esq., Vice President, Consulting & Information Governance, TransPerfect Legal Solutions, UK; Nilema Bhakta-Jones, Group Legal Director, Ascential, UK; Priya Grewal, Senior Associate, Stephenson Harwood LLP, UK; Jonathan Tickner, Partner, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, UK; Ros Prince, Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP; and James Sheedy, English Barrister and Jersey Advocate, Baker & Partners, UK.

Impact Of Digitalisation: Business In Changing World
Asset Recovery – On The Trail Of Stolen Money

These legal luminaries shared their views on a wide range of topics such as Legal Leadership, The International Landscape Of Corporate Regulation, Information Security And Data Privacy, Third-Party Funding Of Litigation And Arbitration, Cybercrime, Bribery And Corruption, Cross-Border M&A, Class Actions, The Impact Of Digitization, and Asset Recovery.

The icing on the cake was Legal Era Magazine’s release of the first-ever coffee-table book titled “World’s Leading General Counsel 2017-2018”. Legal Era Magazine took the opportunity to felicitate the star GCs featured in the book.

The book is a unique initiative—a compilation of 100 leading General Counsel—and is a comprehensive guide to GCs and in-house counsel from different world jurisdictions who have helped shape legal theory and practice and in doing so, contributed immensely to the business community. Legal Era Magazine took up the gauntlet of profiling the world’s most distinguished GCs of 2017-18, all of whom have achieved the pinnacle of success, not through shortcuts but by setting goals and achieving them by dint of hard work and sheer dedication.

The two-day 6th Edition Legal Era London Conclave 2017 culminated with the Legal Era Global Achievers’ Awards 2017, where Legal Era Magazine felicitated Global Achievers in the legal arena with Best-in-Class Awards. The awards were categorized as: Star Individuals, In-House Legal Teams, & Law Firms. The winners were honored at a glittering ceremony in the power-packed ballroom of Hotel Crowne Plaza, London, UK, on November 10, 2017.

The Global Achievers’ Awards are all about achievers, super-achievers, and business leaders, attracting the best of the best across the UK. The Awards recognized and rewarded business leaders who steered their business through turbulent times by applying their very best to keeping their missions alive and ticking.

And the winners are:

“Regional Young Lawyer of the Year (35 Years And Below)” was conferred on Filippo Ferri; “Leading Lawyer of the Year” was presented to Joanne Wheeler; Jonathan Blair received “Managing Partner of the Year”; “Social Initiative of the Year” was awarded to Lesley Wan - Through the Looking Glass Charity; “Leading QC of the Year” was won by Peter Rees QC; “Lifetime Achievement Award of the Year” was bagged by Stephen Denyer; “In-House Legal Team of the Year” was presented to National Grid PLC; Norton Rose Fulbright received “Leading UK Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year”; “Leading UK Corporate Law Firm of the Year” was awarded to Linklaters LLP; “Leading UK Law Firm of the Year - White Collar Crimes” was conferred on Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP; Mintz Group won “Best UK Consulting Firm of the Year”; Taylor Wessing LLP bagged “Firm To Watch For - UK”; “Leading Law Firm of the Year” was presented to CMS; and “Global Law Firm of the Year (Overall)” was received by Baker McKenzie.

The celebrations continued into the small hours of the next day as experts from the global legal fraternity bonded with each other over cocktails and dinner.

Regional Young Lawyer of the Year (35 Years And Below)

Filippo Ferri
Leading Lawyer of the Year

Joanne Wheeler
Managing Partner of the Year

Jonathan Blair
Social Initiative of the Year

Lesley Wan - Through the Looking Glass Charity
Leading QC of the Year

Peter Rees QC
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Year

Stephen Denyer
In-House Legal Team of the Year

National Grid PLC
Leading UK Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

Norton Rose Fulbright
Leading UK Corporate Law Firm of the Year

Linklaters LLP
Leading UK Law Firm of the Year - White Collar Crimes

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP
Best UK Consulting Firm of the Year

Mintz Group
Firm To Watch For - UK

Taylor Wessing LLP
Leading Law Firm of the Year

Global Law Firm of the Year (Overall)

Baker McKenzie