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In-House Lawyer Talks 2021 – Agenda

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Brexit: Where we are and what may change

Monday 22 November, 09:30-10:30

Nick Thody will discuss what has and hasn’t changed since the end of the Brexit transition period, and look at areas in which the UK government is planning to diverge from EU law and regulation.

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ESG in practice

Monday 22 November, 14:00-15:15

The rapidly changing compliance landscape and increasing stakeholder interest in the environmental, social and governance impact of businesses means there is much to consider for in-house counsel and compliance teams. Our panel of speakers will outline the areas of most interest for corporates and how the in-house legal function can play a role in ensuring a business has an effective approach to ESG.

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Employment law update

Tuesday 23 November, 09:30-10:30

In this session, Danielle Kingdon, Olivia Sinfield and Julian Hemming will discuss recent developments in employment law and flag evolving areas of risk that in-house lawyers should be aware of as businesses return to the office.

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Update on privilege

Tuesday 23 November, 14:00-15:00

When a dispute arises, it can be crucial to get privilege issues correct from the very start, in order to ensure that potentially damaging communications are not seen by the other side. There have been some important developments in this area in recent years. Michelle Radom, Dawn Troman and Peter Sheppard will discuss key features, highlight recent case law, list common mistakes and give practical advice on how to increase your chances of claiming and retaining privilege.

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When things go wrong: Spreading the load

Wednesday 24 November, 09:30-10:30

It’s a situation everyone prefers to avoid in the first place. But what can companies do to spread the load if things do go wrong and they are sued? Equally, when bringing a claim, other parties may be pulled into litigation – how does this affect your case and your strategy? Victoria Gwynedd-Jones, Daniel Cashmore and Robert Adjetey and discuss these issues and potential options, including how careful contractual drafting of indemnities can head off problems.

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Tax and unexpected risk: Why GCs should care about tax (and what they should do about it)

Wednesday 24 November, 14:00-15:00

Dealing with HMRC and managing risk arising from tax is not just for the finance department. HMRC has significantly increased its investigations not only into tax compliance but also supply chain management, which raises issues beyond tax, including data protection questions, and presents reputational issues for businesses. Veronica McMahon and Ian Hyde set out the areas beyond tax itself that in-house lawyers need to be alert to in managing risk for their organisations.

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Embracing the digital future with e-signing

Thursday 25 November, 09:30-10:30

Sarah Jordan will discuss the rapid rise in electronic signing. Is the new tech here to stay? And how can you harness its capabilities to drive efficiency in your business?

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The National Security and Investment Act: What you need to know

Thursday 25 November, 14:00-15:00

The UK’s National Security and Investment Act 2021 will come fully into effect from 4 January 2022 but is affecting M&A deals now. The new regime allows the UK government to intervene on national security grounds in a broad range of transactions, with those in 17 key sectors needing advance clearance. Dipika Keen and Rebecca Malone run through what in-house lawyers need to know about the preparations required, and the consequences of not getting it right.

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