In-House Lawyer Talks 2022
Our annual in-house lawyer programme this year focuses on core knowledge topics relevant to your day-to-day work.
The programme will run over four days, from 21 to 24 November 2022 and will be entirely online. Join us for a mix of talks and panel sessions covering, among other topics, how to navigate distressed supply chains, ESG and climate risk, the latest in data protection, consumer and employment law, updates on privilege, and forthcoming developments in digital regulation that will affect businesses across all sectors.
Navigating distressed supply chains
Monday 21 November | 10:00 GMT
Delays, defects, disputes – supply chain disruption is always a risk in the ordinary course of business but global challenges now mean that this is a key risk for many businesses. In this session, our expert panel will discuss the pressures that supply chains face and what companies receiving supplies should consider when managing disruption, as well as offering insights into contract drafting, dispute resolution and dealing with distressed suppliers to mitigate risk and ensure the continuity of supply.
Employment law update
Monday 21 November | 14:00 GMT
With the cost of living crisis driving an increase in employment-related complaints, coupled with the continuing need to handle sensitive employee conduct issues, understanding the complexities that can arise in employee investigations is increasingly important. In this session, Anna Elliott and Leanne Coates will be looking at the difficult legal and practical questions that arise in the course of internal investigations and will also consider some of the wider employment issues for employers to be prepared for in the current economic climate.
The ESG agenda: how to avoid climate-related risk
Tuesday 22 November | 10:00 GMT
Regulators, consumers and investors the world over continue to focus attention on measures businesses are taking to tackle the climate emergency. Our panel of speakers will consider areas of risk and opportunity that in-house lawyers are best-placed to manage, covering greenwashing, climate-related litigation, green tax incentives and climate-related financial disclosures.
Dark patterns and the latest developments in UK consumer law
Tuesday 22 November | 14:00 GMT
The UK is proposing to make some major updates to consumer protection law. These are in addition to the numerous changes to consumer law in the UK and EU in recent years. As part of this, there is a particular focus, at both the UK and EU level, on dark patterns (an issue across consumer protection and data protection). This session will provide an update of developments that in-house lawyers should have on their radar when advising their businesses.
Digital regulation: the cross-sector impact of what is coming down the track
Wednesday 23 November | 10:00 GMT
Digital regulation is increasing significantly in volume. As all sectors digitalise and data-driven digital business models proliferate, it is also expanding considerably in scope. This session will give an overview of this growing field, including the planned expansion of EU data regulation far beyond privacy. We will highlight the opportunities that the coming wave of new legislation could offer and the issues that in-house counsel should be on the alert for. Catherine Hammon will chair a discussion with digital regulation specialists from around our international network.
Data protection round-up
Wednesday 23 November | 14:00 GMT
With continuing growth in data-driven business opportunities, data protection remains an important and evolving topic for all businesses. In this session, our expert panel will discuss recent developments and trends, including data transfer risk assessments, recent developments in the UK legislative and regulatory regime, and how to handle data subject access requests when they are being used tactically in litigation to obtain early disclosure.
Harnessing the power of your IP: the importance of a fit-for-purpose IP strategy
Thursday 24 November | 10:00 GMT
Devising a comprehensive IP strategy is key to ensuring that your IP portfolio is fit for purpose and is positioned to become a revenue-generating asset. In this highly practical session, Osborne Clarke's IP specialists will discuss how to harness the power of your IP, drawing on a wide range of practical sector specific examples and considering the risks of not appropriately managing your IP portfolio. We will look at how to take stock of your IP position through IP audits – setting out the practicalities and the pitfalls to avoid – and how to move from audit to meaningful strategy, including securing organisational buy-in.
How to protect your privilege
Thursday 24 November | 14:00 GMT
This session will provide an update on the key case law decisions on privilege since last year and provide practical tips in light of those decisions. Topics covered will include without prejudice privilege (what you can and can't say during settlement discussions, whether one party can share privileged material with non-parties), how to improve your chances of claiming privilege, and, on the flip side, how to avoid losing privilege.
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