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2024 Legal Leaders: Being influential in your role as an in-house lawyer

Legal Leaders Programme 2024

  • Event date: 17 January 2024 02:00 PM
  • Event type: Webinar
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Provided by: The Centre for Legal Leadership and Thomson Reuters

We are delighted to be continuing our special content partnership with Thomson Reuters into 2024.

The Programme consists of four virtual events, each focusing on a different theme relevant to the role and career of in-house lawyers.   
Each event runs for one hour from 2.00 pm and includes a presentation by two prominent in-house lawyers together with a Q&A session. 

Being influential in your role as an in-house lawyer

A key aspect of the role of any in-house lawyer is to influence your in-house ‘clients’. The most obvious example is in relation to your legal advice, which you want to be clear, understood and to aid the progress or resolution of the business issue or problem to which it relates. But getting your advice accepted is often not just a matter of what you say or write but also how much influence you have in the relationship and generally.

In this event we will explore what influence means for in-house lawyers and legal teams and how you can become more influential in your relationship with ‘clients’, colleagues and with other key stakeholders.    

Our two regular presenters are both experienced, senior in-house lawyers well versed in dealing with many of these matters, who will speak about their personal experiences in handling some of these challenges.   

Our guest presenters are:

Mandy Kaur, Legal Director at PizzaExpress

Mandy joined PizzaExpress in 2008 and founded it’s Legal Function in 2014. Her responsibilities include Group Legal and Corporate Governance Services, Quality and Safety, Loss Prevention, Facilities Management along with being a statutory director for all Group subsidiaries. As an advocate for equity in the workplace, Mandy is a member of the WiHTL Race & Ethnicity Committee and the Race & Ethnicity lead for PizzaExpress.

Mandy was listed on the MBS and WiHTL’s Women to Watch Index in 2020 and recognised as one of The Empower 100 Executive Role Models in 2022.

In 2022 she took part in a focus group with ShareAction and the Runnymede Trust to help develop a toolkit on Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting in the hospitality industry and earlier this year, was invited to speak at the House of Commons as an advocate of Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting in the UK.


Sinead Murray, General Counsel at Ofgem

Sinead  is a member of the Senior Executive Committee and sits on the Board. She is also a sponsor of the department’s disability network EnAble.

Prior to Ofgem, Sinead was a Director in the Government Legal Department (GLD) as Legal Director at BEIS from January 2019.  She jointly headed the Division, mainly leading on energy, intellectual property, science and space. Prior to joining GLD, Sinead was the Director of Personal Tax and Corporate Services at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Solicitor’s Office. 

Sinead joined government from the independent bar in 2000 and in her early career led on projects such as the Olympic Bid, setting up the UK Border Agency and advising on international criminal matters.

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