• John Abramson

    General Counsel and Head of Compliance, Europe, Travelers

    John joined Travelers in 2012, and heads a team comprising in-house lawyers as well as compliance officers. He also acts as Company Secretary.

    John’s legal career in London began at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, where he qualified as a solicitor in the firm’s aerospace insurance department. He eventually moved to the London office of the US law firm LeBoeuf, Lamb Greene & MacRae (latterly known as Dewey & LeBoeuf) where he specialised in aviation claims, as well as international insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution.

    In 2002, John moved in-house to the global insurance company AIG as Regional Counsel for Central Europe and the CIS, and in 2010 was appointed Deputy General Counsel for the Greater Europe region.

    John studied English literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and law at the London School of Economics.

  • Adam Batty

    General Counsel and Company Secretary, Selfridges Group

    Adam is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary at Selfridges Group, the international luxury retail group that comprises 22 department stores in four countries under the brands Selfridges & Co, Brown Thomas, de Bijenkorf and Holt Renfrew.

    A corporate lawyer by training, Adam initially worked in private practice at Norton Rose Fulbright and in an investment bank before joining Mitchells & Butlers PLC in 2002 where he spent five years as Legal Director (and latterly Risk and Compliance Director). He joined Domino’s Pizza Group PLC in 2007 where he spent 5 years as General Counsel and Company Secretary, which involved being a member of their operating boards in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.

    Adam is also a trustee of the Born Free Foundation and a non-executive director of an AiM listed online gaming company.

  • Sarah Binder

    Legal & Compliance Director, Plusnet plc

    Plusnet, one of the original ‘dot-com’ companies founded in 1997, remains one of the UK’s fastest growing broadband companies providing fibre, broadband and fixed line services to customers across the UK. Based in Yorkshire, Plusnet prides itself on its service to customers and has just won its 7th Which? Award alongside other Best Broadband awards in 2015 from Broadband Genie and ISP Review. The focus on customer service and value for the customer is at the heart of the legal and compliance strategy executed by the lawyers and compliance professionals at Plusnet.

    Prior to setting up the Legal & Compliance function at Plusnet Sarah worked in-house at BT in the major transaction teams. She trained and qualified with Clifford Chance LLP as a corporate lawyer working in the London and Middle East offices.

  • Grainne Brankin

    General Counsel, Centaur Media

    Grainne has been with Centaur since July 2014 and is General Counsel as well as Company Secretary. Prior to joining Centaur Grainne was General Counsel at CBS Outdoor International where she was part of the management team delivering a successful sale of the division by CBS Corp. to Platinum Equity.

    Grainne had previously worked at Yahoo!'s EMEA HQ in London and then Switzerland for eight years and held various roles in the legal team including responsibility for M&A, restructures and employment.

    Grainne qualified at Clifford Chance in London and worked at law firm Bird & Bird before joining Yahoo!. She has undertaken a broad range of corporate and commercial work in Europe and the USA within media, telecoms and technology industries.

  • Justine Campbell

    General Counsel, British Gas

    Justine joined British Gas as General Counsel in December 2013. She is also currently responsible for Centrica’s response to the Competition & Market Authority’s Reference into the Energy sector.

    Prior to joining Centrica, Justine was Corporate & External Affairs Director of Vodafone UK for 5 years. She has been involved in the telecommunications industry for some years, having spent 7 years at O2/Telefonica, the final two as European General Counsel.

    Justine qualified as a lawyer with Freshfields, in London and Brussels and holds a law degree from Trinity College, Dublin and an advanced management qualification from the Said Business School, Oxford. She is married with 3 children.

  • Sophie Chandauka

    Head of Group Treasury (Legal), Virgin Money Group

    Sophie leads the legal execution of all treasury finance activity at Virgin Money and has advised on deals valued in excess of £12bn since joining in 2011, including Virgin Money’s recent IPO. Prior to this, Sophie was a Senior Associate at Baker & McKenzie, advising The Body Shop, Nike and Macquarie Bank and others.

    Sophie has been recognised by The Lawyer Awards and Hot 100, Women of the Future Awards, the Financial News and as one of the top 100 most influential Black Britons on the Power List 2014 and 2015. She is co-founder of the acclaimed Black British Business Awards, which launched in 2014 with the endorsement of the Prime Minister and Sir Richard Branson. She has served on the Board of Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charity for children living with HIV in Africa.

  • Thomas de la Mare

    QC, Blackstone Chambers

    Thomas de la Mare QC is recognised for his work across a wide range of areas. Clients seek him out, in particular, for his ability to provide comprehensive expert advice encompassing EU law, competition law, environmental law, public law and civil liberties. His practice has a strong regulatory emphasis, and his other areas of expertise include commercial litigation, media and entertainment, sports law and telecommunications.

    Tom is recommended in both of the leading independent legal directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 across a number of practice areas, and he is also ranked in Chambers and Partners Global 2015.

  • Jeff Eneberi

    General Counsel & Commercial Projects Director, Just Eat

    A City-trained creative problem-solver, Jeffrey heads the legal team, working as part of Just Eat PLC’s management team. In April 2014 Just Eat become the first company to IPO onto the High Growth Segment of the London Stock Exchange and now is a FTSE250 company.

    Jeffrey is a former geneticist and is in a hybrid legal and business role, which utilises his MBA from London Business School.

    As well as being a ‘secret’ entrepreneur, he has a passion for innovation and has experience in the tech. and clean-energy fields which has led to his mentoring of tech. start ups in his spare time.

  • Ian Haslegrave

    General Counsel and Company Secretary, RS Components

    General Counsel and Company Secretary at Electrocomponents plc, a FTSE 250 international electronics distributor, with responsibility for global legal, risk, indirect procurement, share plans and pensions.

    Previously a corporate lawyer at Freshfields where he spent time in Hong Kong, he has also had senior roles at United Biscuits plc, a global snack manufacturer, and Viacom, a global media and advertising group.

  • Jinder Jhuti

    General Counsel and Company Secretary, Poundland Group Plc

    Jinder joined Poundland in 2006 as Sole Counsel and Assistant Company Secretary and was appointed to the Board in January 2014. Jinder is responsible for managing legal risk, corporate compliance, insurance, customer relations and health and safety.

    She has over 24 years’ experience in the legal sector. Prior to joining Poundland Jinder worked in-house at Alliance & Leicester (now Santander Bank) and Barclays Bank plc in addition to having worked in private practice at Martineau Johnson.

  • Tim Jones

    General Counsel of England 2015

    Tim Jones is General Counsel of England 2015, the organising committee for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Previously he worked at Freshfields having joined the firm in 1981 and becoming a partner in 1990. Between 1994 and 2000 he worked in the firm's Madrid office. He has worked on a wide range of M&A and Equity Capital Markets transactions representing corporate, banks and governments.

    Tim held a number of management roles at the firm including Global Head of Capital Markets and London office Managing Partner.

  • Prash Naik

    General Counsel, Channel 4

    Prash Naik is Channel 4’s General Counsel overseeing the Legal & Compliance, Governance Regulatory and Trading teams at Channel 4. The teams are responsible for advising Channel 4 and its producers on legal, regulatory and editorial ethics relating to its programme content.

    Prash has for over 20 years played a key role in the broadcast and defence of many ground-breaking programmes before the courts and regulators. Channel 4’s Legal & Compliance team are past winners of the Lawyer In-house TMT Team of the Year award (2013 and 2004).

  • Sarah Nelson Smith

    Legal Director, Kentucky Fried Chicken & Pizza Hut UK, Ireland & Iberia

    Sarah Nelson Smith is the Legal Director at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, all owned by Yum! Brands. She has responsibility for the UK, Ireland & Iberia.

    Having trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer, Sarah worked with the US firm Baker Botts in international arbitration, before joining the Yum! legal team in May 2011. She sits on the Pizza Hut Management Team and leads a small in-house legal department, whilst playing an active role in the global Yum! legal team, comprised of over a hundred lawyers worldwide.

    Sarah won the title of In House Lawyer of the Year at the 2014 Lawyer Awards, and has spoken publically on, inter alia, franchising, managing and motivating an in-house legal team, and creating & maintaining great corporate culture.

  • Fiona Parkin

    QC, Atkins Chambers

    The main focus of Fiona's practice is in the energy, natural resources and utilities sectors where she has been retained to act for multinational energy companies; public bodies and international contractors in connection with high value disputes across the world. Fiona's recent notable successes include acting for the Government of Gibraltar in its battle with a large Spanish contractor to recover losses incurred as a result of an abandoned tunnelling project; recovering significant damages for a client in its professional negligence claim against a firm of City solicitors and acting for RWE Npower Renewables in defending claims against it arising out of the construction of a hydro-electric plant in Scotland.

    Fiona is recognised as a leader in her field in both Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession (UK and Global) and The Legal 500. She was recently identified by "The Lawyer" as one of its 2015 "Hot 100"

  • Peter Rees

    QC, 39 Essex Chambers

    Peter Rees QC is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers. He specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation and is widely recognised as one of the leading construction disputes lawyers in the world. He has been recommended as a leading expert in commercial arbitration and litigation by, amongst others, the Euromoney Guides to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers and Experts in Commercial Arbitration and in the Legal Business Report on Legal Experts as an Expert in Arbitration, Commercial Litigation and Construction and in the Chambers “Leaders in their Field” as an expert in construction.

    He has extensive experience of large scale and complex disputes in many industrial and commercial sectors and diverse jurisdictions and subject to a wide variety of governing laws, including Bahraini, Bulgarian, German, Irish, Laotian, Libyan and Turkish in addition to the many cases he has handled subject to English law. He is a Chartered Arbitrator, an accredited adjudicator and mediator and practises both as counsel and arbitrator.

    Peter was Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc from 1 January 2011 until he stepped down at the beginning of 2014. Prior to joining Shell Peter spent 27 years at Norton Rose, including 8 years as Head of Global Dispute Resolution, and 5 years as a litigation and arbitration partner at Debevoise & Plimpton.

  • Emma Stopford

    Former vice-president, GlaxoSmithKline

    Emma spent 14 years in-house at GSK and was the Vice President Consumer Healthcare trade marks. In this role Emma had responsibility for managing the trans-national legal team looking after the substantial global GSK Consumer Healthcare portfolio of trade marks. This included the clearance, protection and enforcement of the marks and related IP. This role has taken Emma all over the world, with particular focus on matters in Asia and the Middle East.

    Emma has also spent 7 years in private practice at Bristows in London and Deacons in Hong Kong. Over the years she has undertaken a broad range of IP matters from anti-counterfeiting initiatives to supporting multi million $ M&A transactions and everything in between.

  • Joanne Theodoulou

    General Counsel, NetOTC

    Joanne is Group General Counsel and Head of Compliance at NetOTC, an innovative platform providing a new generation of risk management solutions for the uncleared OTC derivatives market. With a product that is largely driven by legal and regulatory considerations, Legal is front and centre of its product offering.

    Before joining NetOTC at the beginning of this year, Joanne was Head of Legal for Global Markets (UK) at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) where she led the provision of English law advice to BBVA's global markets business across a range of geographies and financial products. She trained and worked at Linklaters where she specialised in structured financial products and derivatives and was seconded to the Lehman Administration to advise on negotiations and settlements of claims. She studied English Literature at university and trained as a dancer before switching to law.

    Joanne sits on the executive board of Women in Banking and Finance, a not-for-profit professional organisation. As Head of Governance she provides direction and leadership to the board on governance and best practice, and assists in the development and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of the organisation.

  • Jim Trainor

    Head of Legal Services and Compliance, Volkswagen Group UK Limited

    Jim qualified with Addleshaw Goddard in 2002 specialising in Commercial law and behavioural competition law.

    ​He moved to VW Group in 2007 heading up the Legal Department in 2010. Jim and his team provide a full range of legal and compliance advice to the Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Commercial Vehicles Brands together with the Group functions that make up VW Group in the UK.

  • Lesley Wan

    Corporate Real Estate Counsel, Lloyds Banking Group

    Lesley Wan is Corporate Real Estate Counsel for Lloyds Banking Group where her team is responsible for all mainstream real estate lending activities nationwide.

    She has been recognised externally by a number of awards, as well as the winner of the Woman of Achievement Award in Finance, and featured in the Guardian in 2014 as one of ten women changing the face of the City of London.

    Lesley is pro-actively involved in various community and charity initiatives, both personally and in her professional capacity. In 2012, she created Through the Looking Glass programme to inspire talented young students from less affluent areas to realise their potential, and currently leads a highly successful mentoring scheme for Lloyds Banking Group’s women’s network – Breakthrough.

  • Clare Wardle

    Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Kingfisher Plc

    Clare is Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of Kingfisher plc, which is Europe’s leading home improvement retail group and the third largest in the world, with over 1,200 stores in 11 countries in Europe and Asia. Its main retail brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix.

    Before joining Kingfisher, Clare was Company Secretary and General Counsel of Tube Lines Limited and prior to this she was Head of Post Office Ltd Legal Services where among other things she was responsible for legal advice on telecoms, financial services, mails and government services products as well as competition, data protection and freedom of information, health and safety and other regulatory matters, including dispute resolution.

    She was called to the bar in 1984, joined Lovells in 1986 and then moved to the Post Office in 1996.