The Lawyer – In House Counsel as Business Partner Conference 2017

The Lawyer’s ‘In-house Counsel as Business Partner’ Conference took place this week in London. The two-day conference has shaped up over the years into The Lawyer’s biggest and most encompassing conference, supporting in-house laywers on all levels and aspects of their job.

This conference is the only event in the legal calendar where lawyers receive updates on the latest developments affecting the in-house profession, enhancing the ability to meet the wider demands of the business, support professional development needs and to benchmark with other peers.

The in-house legal profession has changed tremendously and will continue to change in the future. Lawyers are much more integrated in the business, and the skills required of them can range from risk management and compliance to cyber security and IT and much more. The conference looked at what skills were needed to survive and thrive in a law department where there might be a greater deal of automation, less resources and money and the legal market for provision of legal services will be more diverse and fragmented.

BPP were pleased to attend this event where Adam Curphey, LPC Head of Innovation Technology at BPP delivered a workshop which focused on ‘The Legal Department of the Future’ to in house lawyers, alongside Mark Collins from Herbert Smith Freehills.

The workshop specifically focused on the following:

  • Understanding a P&L or a balance sheet, commercial skills, negotiation, IT skills – what are the essential skills of today’s and tomorrow’s in-house lawyers, helping them stay relevant and in tune with their business.
  • With automation and technology changing the rules of the game, what skills are needed for a flexible and resilient law department.
  • What does the “digital lawyer” of the future look like?

Adam Curphey said “it was fantastic that BPP could attend this event and there was such a great level of buy-in from the participators. In-house lawyers are in a unique position with regards to innovation and it is a really exciting time for those willing to make the most of it.”

The event itself was split by various topics throughout the day which varied from Innovation and Change, Disruption to Business, Business Partner Workshops, and Operational Excellence to Compliance and Regulation. Adam and Mark were joined at the Conference by a whole host of guest speakers from NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Barclays, Zurich Insurance, The Lawyer and Network Rail, among others. Other exhibitors included ICSA, Exigent, Technology Law Alliance and United Lex.

BPP look forward to attend more events focusing on the future of legal practice both for in-house departments and law firms.