The Liver Building

**NEW** Conference for In House Lawyers


Speaker: Various

Date: Friday 5th July, 2019

Time: 09:30 - 14:30

Areas of Law: Civil Litigation; Company & Commercial; Criminal; Employment; Family; Management; Personal Injury; Property; Wills, Trust, Tax & Probate

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4282


Aimed at General Counsel or in-house lawyers (lawyers in commerce or industry, financial services sector, the not-for-profit sector, a trade union or local government).


Welcome, introduction & relevance of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce ~ Lesley Martin-Wright

Drafting contracts: lessons from recent case law ~ Chris Beanland

In this session we will look at lessons to be learned for contract drafters following recent cases. The session will include:

  • Drafting to deal with implied obligations of good faith as seen in Al Nehayan v Kent [2018] EWHC 333
  • Getting entire agreement clauses right – lessons from Al Hasawi v Nottingham Forest FC [2018] 2882
  • Clauses agreeing a state of affairs exists: Aquila WSA Opportunities ii Ltd v Tasimacilik AS [2018] EWHC 519 & First Tower Trustees Ltd v CDC (Superstores International) Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1396
  • The approach of the courts to construing contracts after Wood v Capita Insurance Services Ltd [2017] UKSC 24


Compliance Issues ~ Shazia Zamir

  • Roles and responsibilities(role of in house lawyer)
  • Obligations(SRA Code, PCP’s, Reporting – risk registers, ICO, SRA, NCA)
  • Managing risk (tips and guidance)(different types of risks examples e.g. business continuity, employees, market risks etc)
  • Key compliance challenges for in-house teams(managing risks v adding value, project management non-legal work, communicating to non-legal staff)
  • General compliance update, future events(SRA standards and regulations, transparency brief and key changes)


Employment Law: what's new? ~ Lindsey Knowles

A round-up of the latest developments and a look ahead to what’s in store in employment law 2019 covering:

  • Increase in NMW rates / NMW for sleep-ins;
  • Settled status for EU nationals;
  • Auto-enrolment;
  • Payslips;
  • Gender pay gap reporting / CEO pay gap reporting;
  • Micro chipping employees;
  • NDAs;
  • Supermarket Equal Pay Claims;
  • Case law developments”

Stakeholder relationships: Dealing with Conflict ~ PCA Law

An experiential 30-minute session that will leave you with:

  • Clarity on how to navigate through challenging situations whilst staying future-focused
  • An understanding of how to be firm on the situation, but highly collaborative with the person
  • Tools on how to gain a deeper understanding of another’s perception, so you can identify how to move forward together

Brexit: where are we now? ~ Alexandra Cardenas

  • Update on where we are – Government and EU approach
  • Update from the Law Society on its Brexit activities
  • What does the proposed UK future framework mean broadly for in-house lawyers


Summary & thanks ~ Lesley Martin-Wright

Lunch & networking

Speaker Biographies

Chris Beanland qualified in 1992 with Eversheds, where he continued to practise in the Insolvency Department for a number of years. Chris is now an Associate Professor at The University of Law, Manchester and lectures extensively on company, commercial and insolvency issues.

Alexandra Cardenas is Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at the Law Society –  her team manages the organisation’s relationships with parliament and government, including on Brexit. She acts as the secretary of the Brexit Law Committee. Alexandra is a dual qualified solicitor, England and Wales (2014), and in Colombia (2004). Prior to the Society, she led national and international campaigns in Macmillan Cancer Support and Animal Defenders International which achieved legislative change. For over four years she practised as a Human Rights Lawyer litigating cases before the Inter American Commission of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee. She was also an associate for a medium size law firm practising corporate and commercial law.

Lindsey Knowles is Partner and Head of Employment at Kirwans.  Lindsey qualified in 2007 having completed her training contract focused on employment law with long established Wirral firm Percy Hughes and Roberts.  Lindsey specialises in all aspects of employment law and represents both employers and employees in Tribunal.  Lindsey is an active member of the Liverpool Law Society, a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and is Chair of the Liverpool Law Society Employment Law Committee.

Ms Lesley Martin-Wright has worked in Newcastle, Singapore, London and now in Merseyside.  She began her career first in local government then changed direction into sales and marketing.  After 12 months in the Far East, she spent 10 years working in London for ‘blue chip’ companies.  In 1989 she came to Merseyside working for a local company before beginning her own consultancy.  After a successful time in this role, she was approached by one of her clients, a commercial law firm, to work for them full time and again a change of direction resulted.  After 10 years, the post of Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce became vacant and in June 2010 she took on the appointment.

Shazia Zamir has over 20 years expertise in the Legal, Financial and Law Enforcement sectors and so has developed the perfect platform on which to build a successful career in the field of risk and compliance. As a Compliance Consultant, her aim is to share this expertise with you.

PCA Law (The Personal Communications Academy for Lawyers) are legal sector speciali lawyers to build successful relationships with clients and colleagues, as a means of achieving their commercial goals. Together, our team of Consultants have worked with over 90 leading international,
national and regional law firms and in-house legal teams – including 9 of the 10 top global law firm brands according to the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index – helping them to win new high-value work,
retain high-performers and differentiate themselves.


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Non-member £180
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