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Legal Leaders Programme - A lawyer at the table: being influential in your organisation

In collaboration with Thomson Reuters, we are delighted to bring you the first in a series of four webinars.

  • Event date: 23 February 2022 02:00 PM
  • Event type: Webinar
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Provided by: The Centre for Legal Leadership and Thomson Reuters

In this event we will explore how the in-house lawyer can ensure that they are involved in the most legally significant areas of their organisation’s business and ensure that they are involved at a time when they can influence outcomes rather than being seen as a legal ‘rubber stamp’ on decisions already taken.

 The session will consider important challenges for in-house lawyers around:

  • influence and persuasion;
  • how to develop relationships; and
  • trust and the contribution of the in-house lawyer to the leadership of the organisation.

We are delighted to announce our speakers for this first session:

Jenny Block, General Counsel - Ofwat

Jenny Block was appointed as Ofwat’s General Counsel from September 2016.   Jenny has over 25 years' experience as a specialist in competition law and economic regulation, and has worked both in private practice and the public sector. She joined Ofwat from the City firm, Pinsent Masons. Jenny trained with Simmons & Simmons where she was a partner for 10 years before joining Postcomm as its Legal Director in 2010. Jenny has also had roles as a legal advisor with the UK Competition Commission (now part of the CMA).

Chris Fowler, General Counsel Technology - BT Group plc

Chris Fowler is General Counsel Technology at BT Group plc. Technology is the part of BT which builds and runs BT’s fixed and mobile networks as well as its research and development unit. Chris is also a Director of BT’s joint venture MBNL Limited which builds and manages mobile infrastructure across the UK. Previously Chris was the COO for BT Legal during which was responsible for BT Legal’s new operating model, its technology strategy and adopting alternative providers. Chris was also previously the General Counsel for Commercial and was responsible for setting BT’s trading policies and managing the commercial lawyers across BT’s enterprise trading divisions in the UK. Prior to joining BT Chris worked in the legal departments of Experian and Volkswagen Audi Group and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn.

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