Janders Dean Horizons London 2017

10th May 2017 – Andaz Hotel, London

About the Event

Janders Dean is pleased to announce yet another unparalleled conference aimed at the legal industry – one that clearly differentiates itself again from the “same-old-same-old” static and stale conferences that have plagued the industry in the past, one that actually inspires our delegates to apply new thinking to their roles and their firm, and one that is developed and planned not by a conference company with limited connections to the real world, but by our own team of expert global consultants and thought leaders who work day in and day out at the front lines of legal services transformation with our clients and emerging suppliers.

Our audience will again be a deliberate mix of private practice lawyers, in-house legal champions, senior knowledge and technology personnel, representatives from the emerging and evolving areas of legal pricing, process improvement, project management and service delivery enhancement. We believe that for an event such as this, the best knowledge sharing comes from a delegate community of job titles that has been “mixed up to fix up”.

We’re pleased to confirm that we have again assembled a unique speaking faculty to bring you lessons from the industry, from out-of-industry, and from the voice of clients. Representatives from a vast range of organisations will be presenting on the day and will share their experiences on a variety of successes and failures. Delegates will be allowed insights on emerging trends and issues, real successes and real failures, and be shown opportunities to transform the practice of law.

We look forward to welcoming you to this unique and coveted event, and to constantly striving towards the future horizon.


John Lewis Partnership

Maria Passemard – Head of Legal Projects (Legal Operations) at John Lewis Partnership

Maria is currently Head of Legal Projects (Legal Operations) at John Lewis Partnership who has gained extensive experience advising businesses and building strong relationships with stakeholders.

Maria has worked for both International and regional law firms, and in her role at John Lewis Partnership, reports directly to, and works closely with, the General Counsel on all key aspects of delivering value to the business through the Legal function.

Prior to her most recent role, Maria was Head of Employment for 14 months responsible for managing a team of 6 and being the key adviser to the Director of Personnel, Head of Employment Strategy and Reward, Chairman and the Board on a number of high profile, valuable and strategic matters including, Holiday Pay and Overtime Project, Working Time Regulations compliance issues, Large scale contractual change programmes, and senior exit and entry. Maria has worked across a number of sectors including technology, retail, financial services, and the public sector.

She is strongly commended for her enthusiasm, positivity, hard work, commercial approach, ability to form relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, flexibility and consistent delivery of results.

Creative Practice

Michael Atavar – Founder & Author (Creative Practice)

Michael is a leading consultant and author, solving professional problems, using creativity as a key. The results of Michael’s creative approach might be innovation, better listening skills, team building, increased productivity or new ways of thinking. Employing creative tools to effect business changes.
Michael’s latest book “Better Magic – How To Have Creative Ideas in 24 Steps” contains examples from his recent work in the creative industries and offers tips, exercises, group tasks and games. Whether you are working in business or teams, leadership or creative solutions, this volume will help you to locate the good idea.
Michael has written three other books about creativity Everyone Is Creative, 12 Rules Of Creativity and How To Be An Artist, covering the areas of process, individual practice, generating ideas and group dynamics. In his work, he also uses his own cards 210CARDS, a system created with Miles Hanson of Collaboration Company. More information on Michael’s work can be found via his website www.creativepractice.com or on Twitter @michaelatavar


Chris Watson – Partner, Global Head of Technology, Media & Communications Group (CMS)

Chris Watson is a partner and Head of TMC at CMS. He focuses on international commercial matters in the technology, media and communications sectors, particularly in areas where competition and regulation overlap, and on EU law arising in cross-border and complex telecommunications transactions. He also has extensive experience in other regulated network sectors, such as postal and other utilities, as well as in general commercial, corporate, and financial matters.

Chris works with an extensive range of clients in the global telecommunications industry. He has been recognised in The International Who’s Who of Telecoms & Media Lawyers for 2016 as one of only three “Thought Leaders” for Telecoms & Media across the EMEA in which he is described as “exceptionally bright” and “technically excellent”, and boasts an “amazingly international practice”.

He has a strong interest in the Middle East, having lived in Iran for a number of years, and has developed a global practice with approximately half of his clients based outside the UK. Chris is a regular contributor to magazines, a sought after speaker and is frequently quoted in the media. He is a member of the governing Council of the International Bar Association (IBA), and a past chairman of the Communications Law Committee. Chris’s memberships also include Supreme Court of England and Wales, Paris Bar and board membership of the Space Law Committee. He is dually qualified as a solicitor in England and as an avocat in France.

aosphere LLP

Claire Farley – Executive Director (aosphere LLP – an affiliate of Allen & Overy)

Claire is the Executive Director of aosphere and has overall responsibility for aosphere’s entire product strategy. In her current role, she is also the head of aosphere’s online regulatory subscription services. aosphere provides market-leading standardised legal information to 280+ clients globally and is an affiliate of leading international law firm Allen & Overy LLP.
Claire has been responsible for designing and developing Rulefinder Shareholding Disclosure into the market-leading standardised legal solution used by 170+ institutions globally, in addition to restructuring and delivering Rulefinder Marketing Restrictions and providing a springboard to the launch of a funds-focused product in the same space.
Her skills and experience primarily acts as a bridge across legal and technology and enables her to deliver online legal services and manage large teams of exceptionally bright and talented lawyers to deliver market leading results.

Meta Profiling

Dr Gorkan Ahmetoglu – Lecturer of Business Psychology (University College London) & Co-Founder (Meta Profiling)

Gorkan is a Lecturer of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL). He has previously held the positions of Director of Management and Entrepreneurship, Director of Digital Entrepreneurship, and Director of Consumer Behaviour at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has also taught at London’s City University and Heythrop University.
The UK Governments Economic and Social Research Council sponsored Gorkans research for four years, and he has published numerous articles and reviews in leading academic journals, as well as a book on the science of personality and psychological assessment (Personality 101).
He is a leading expert in psychological profiling and assessment and a business adviser and speaker in the areas of consumer decision-making and marketing strategy. He is also the co-founder of Meta Profiling Ltd., a digital start-up that enables organisations to identify individuals with entrepreneurial talent, and an associate to Harvard’s EFL Global. Gorkan consults to global organisations and the UK government, and frequently appears in media as expert adviser.

His clients include HSBC, LVMH, ABF, Google, Ford, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Mars, McKinsey & Co, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, The Edrington Group, the Office of Fair Trading, the Intellectual Property Office, the British Brand Groups, Government Social Research, The Grocer, The Marketing Magazine, and KPMG.

Eversheds Consulting

Victoria Pickard – Senior Management Consultant (ES Consulting, Eversheds Sutherland)
Victoria is a Management Consultant at Eversheds Consulting practice group. She is a PRINCE2 qualified project manager with over ten years’ experience across a variety of sectors. She is experienced in managing multi-stream, complex projects in time and resource-limited environments.

Her recent experience includes: the implementation of an FCA-readiness programme for an international consumer finance company; a strategic review of the legal department for a major news and media organisation; a review of the compliance function of a leading pharmaceutical services company; and an FCA-readiness review for a financial data and information solutions company.

Centre for Ethics and Law UCL

Anna Donovan – Co-director, Centre for Ethics and Law (UCL)

Anna is a company law lecturer at UCL’s Faculty of Laws and the co-director of the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law, a research centre that explores the interplay between business, law, technology and ethics. Before joining UCL, Anna was a senior corporate solicitor in London and she is also admitted to the New York bar association. Anna’s research interests include company law and governance and the regulation of complex systems.


Nick Schweitzer – CoFounder (Metadrift)

Nick is the co-founder and CEO of Metadrift, a “creative AI” startup helping companies solve problems by harnessing the knowledge of how similar problems have been solved before. He believes in building technologies that spur curiosity, exploration and serendipity. Nick studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge and has prior experience working as a technology advisor in M&A at KPMG.


Anne Mottram – Software Engineer (Metadrift)

Anne is a machine learning engineer at the “creative AI” startup, Metadrift. In this role she undertakes the challenge of building an engine capable of deriving meaning from vast volumes of text-based content and identifying hidden patterns and relationships. A former investment banking associate at J.P. Morgan Chase, Anne holds two degrees from Imperial College London in Mathematics and Computer Science. At Imperial she carried out research into a variety of branches of machine learning, with applications ranging from predicting player performance in professional tennis matches to programming autonomous robots.


Grace Cordell – Global Head of Knowledge and Collaboration Management, Global Sales and Markets (KPMG)

Grace is a senior member of Global Knowledge and Collaboration leadership team, with responsibility for supporting global priority sectors and largest and most strategically important global accounts, as well as enabling member firm knowledge and collaboration programmes and initiatives.
At KPMG, Grace manages a large global team of Knowledge and Collaboration specialists. Developed strategy and deployed innovative Account Based Knowledge Services. She delivers high impact, business-focused knowledge solutions that directly contribute to winning business and delivering on our commitment to invest in client relationships.

In addition to the above, Grace is also responsible for content management strategy, processes and systems (e.g. portals and internal social media platforms). She is highly experienced in developing and implementing organisational change, including team restructuring, business requirements analysis, and technology programmes.
Grace is a strong people Leader for 35 Knowledge Managers and accountable for the development and continuous improvement of KPMG’s global research strategy including design and delivery (onshore/offshore), including oversight of offshore delivery teams (150 FTE), competitive intelligence products and services and budget holder for global external data, analysis and awareness tools and services.

Cate Campany Consulting

Cate Campany – Director of Cate Campany Consulting
Cate is a Chief Operating Officer, with over 25 years experience in international banking, within client facing business units and core central functions, most recently leading a global team of 85, supporting a function of 1,200. She has proven skills in setting strategic direction, driving organisational and transformational change, and has delivered efficiency optimisation programmes across multiple elements of the function operating model.

Cate has demonstrated her ability to operate at senior levels across a number of different businesses; a strategic thinker who delivers pragmatic solutions in challenging environments.

Leah Cooper Consulting

Leah Cooper – Founder & Director (Leah Cooper Consulting)
Leah is an acknowledged innovator in the legal services industry, Leah is both a highly skilled lawyer as well as an expert in legal services management and business development. By combining the skills of a seasoned lawyer and a senior leader in several global organisations, Leah Cooper Consulting is able to offer an array of services to corporate legal teams, law firms and legal services providers.

La Boétie Partners

Christopher Bockmann – Founder (Leadership Lifecycles) & Partner (La Boétie Partners)

Christopher advises professional service firms and coaches partners and senior executives on the whole life cycle of professional development for individual and teams. He speaks regularly at conferences and has published a number of articles on leadership and organisational development (see www.cbockmann.com for details). He is also member of La Boétie Partners, a consulting and coaching firm focussing on facilitating deep transformations.

Key areas of interventions include helping leadership teams in the process of making critical decisions (e.g. new strategy or reorganisation), organisational renewal through leadership development, and career renewal (stepping up into new leadership role, succession, career change) both from an organisational and individual perspective.


Allison Schneider, Human (x.ai)

Simmons & Simmons

Caroline Hunter-Yeats – Partner (Simmons & Simmons)

Caroline is a financial markets litigation specialist with a particular focus on wealth management firms and complex products sold to high net worth investors. She also regularly advises on the contentious regulatory aspects of the FCA’s product and distributor governance in the retail structured products and asset management sectors.
Caroline has been recognised in the major UK directories for a number of years and is currently ranked by Chambers UK 2015 as a leading individual in banking litigation. It notes Caroline as being regarded by sources as “absolutely first rate”. She is also listed as a “Super Lawyer” for banking in London Super Lawyers Magazine 2014.
In 2009 Caroline was seconded to the wealth management division of a major bank where she headed up their litigation function. This has given her an in-depth insight into the challenges faced by in house counsel and how external lawyers can best support them.
Caroline is responsible for the firm’s eDiscovery function. Having had over 10 years’ experience using electronic review platforms and bringing a wealth of experience in managing large scale disputes, Caroline is perfectly placed to drive the strategy of the team so that it provides the best solutions for our clients.

DLA Piper

Jean O’Grady – Senior Director of Research & Knowledge (DLA Piper)

Jean P. O’Grady is Senior Director of Research & Knowledge Services at DLA Piper US, LLP. She has over 25 years’ experience developing strategic information initiatives for large law firms. She holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, an M.L.S. from St. John’s University and a B.A. in History from Fordham University. She has previously held Director positions at WilmerHale and Shea & Gould, and is Chair Elect of the Private Law Libraries Section of the American Association of Law Libraries and a past President of the Law Library Society of Greater New York.

School of Life

Brennan Jacoby – Trust Consultant, Faculty Member (School of Life)

Brennan Jacoby is a London-based philosopher and trust consultant helping individuals and organisations refine important questions, develop well-thought-out answers, and build better trust. While Brennan brings an analytical and creative perspective to any project he works on, he has particular expertise on the topic of trust. His doctoral research analysed trust and betrayal, and explained what it means for individuals and institutions to be trustworthy. Brennan continues to research trust and develop creative ways to help individuals, brands, and organisations that want to build better trust, respond well to broken trust, or simply understand trust more clearly.
In his capacity as a philosopher and trust consultant, Brennan has worked with a range of partners including: ARKEN, Copenhagen; John Lewis; The European Association of Communication Directors; The Museum of London; Theos Think Tank; Whole Systems Partnership; and Saracens Rugby Club. Originally from Detroit (USA), Brennan holds degrees in philosophy from Macquarie University, Sydney (Ph.D), Western Michigan University (M.A.), and Spring Arbor University (B.A.).


Vanessa Ulrich – CMO, Timeular

Vanessa Ulrich is the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of Timeular, a startup that developed the world’s first tangible time tracking solution. The company’s vision is to help people work smart and be more productive by providing them with accurate and actionable insights into how they spend their time.

Before joining Timeular, Vanessa was heading the expansion of a successful B2C app into the German speaking markets. Additionally, Vanessa is part of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, the UK’s leading programme for aspiring entrepreneurs.


Senior Legal Advisor – BUPA UK

Griffith University

Professor of Law & Society
Inaugural Director of Law Futures Centre
Griffith University

General Counsel & Company Secretary
BUPA Australia


This exclusive invitation only thought leadership event will be hosted at the boutique hotel, Andaz Liverpool Street. Located in the heart of the City and bordering vibrant East London, Andaz Liverpool Street hotel lends itself as the perfect location for business and leisure guests alike. Opened as the Great Eastern Hotel in 1884 and one of London’s original railway hotels, the Andaz is housed in a beautiful redbrick Victorian building designed by the architects of London’s famed Houses of Parliament.

Andaz Hotel

Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7QN


Wednesday 10th May


08:30 – 17:30


Sponsors and Partners

Janders Dean is pleased to announce the following sponsor and partner organisations for our inaugural EMEA event. For further information on the benefits of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Janders Dean via email on info@jandersdean.com







Totum Partners





  • Registration & Introductions
    08:45 - 09:00
  • Legal Service Transformation
    Our Industry’s Future
    09:00 - 09:30
    Chris Watson – Partner, Global Head of Technology, Media & Communications Group (CMS)
  • Legal Education
    Fact or Fiction, Challenge or Opportunity
    09:30 - 10:00
    John Flood, Professor of Law & Society (Griffith University)
  • Lawyer, Artist, Innovator or Engineer?
    Learning to Unlock & Embrace Creativity in Legal Practice
    10:00 - 10:30
    Michael Atavar – Founder & Author (Creative Practice)
  • Refreshments
    10:00 - 10:30
  • Law’s Current Challenge
    Protecting Shrinking Margins Through Efficiency, Productise Knowledge or Both?
    11:00 - 11:20

    Claire Farley – Executive Director (aosphere LLP – an affiliate of Allen & Overy)

  • Secret Super Science Stuff
    Making Knowledge & Problem Solving More Discoverable
    11:20 - 11:30
    Nick Schweitzer – CoFounder (Metadrift)                             

    Anne Mottram – Software Engineer (Metadrift)

  • Changing Faces of Law
    Challenges & Opportunities of Non-Traditional Skillsets in Law
    11:30 - 11:50
    Victoria Pickard – Senior Management Consultant (ES Consulting, Eversheds Sutherland)
  • Thinking Differently
    Combining Tactile Design & Technology to Solve Problems
    12:00 - 12:10
    Vanessa Ulrich – CMO (Timeular.com)
  • The Future of Professional Services Knowledge & Collaboration
    Process, Productisation & Priorities
    12:10 - 12:30
    Grace Cordell – Global Head of Knowledge and Collaboration Management, Global Sales and Markets (KPMG)
  • Networking Lunch
    12:30 - 13:30
  • You’re Not Really That Innovative
    So Now What?
    13:30 - 14:00
    Dr Gorkan Ahmetoglu – Lecturer of Business Psychology (University College London) & Co-Founder (Meta Profiling)
  • Crossing Chasms
    The Emerging Power of Operational Roles in Corporate Legal Departments
    14:00 - 14:15
    Maria Passemard – Head of Legal Projects (Legal Operations) at John Lewis Partnership
  • The Rapidly Maturing In-House Function
    Be Afraid
    14:15 - 14:30
    Cate Campany – Advisor and Consultant, (Cate Campany Consulting)

    Leah Cooper – Founder & Director (Leah Cooper Consulting)

  • Does Your Firm Have an Insights Engine?
    14:30 - 14:45
    Jean O’Grady – Senior Director of Research & Knowledge (DLA Piper)
  • Tomorrow’s Lawyers
    Teaching Law Students Differently Beyond 2020
    14:45 - 15:00
    Anna Donovan – Vice Dean (Enterprise and Innovation), Lecturer in Law

  • Refreshments
    15:00 - 15:30
  • Lasting Lessons
    The Psychology of Cooperative Behaviours Inside Professional Service Firms
    15:30 - 16:00
    Christopher Bockmann – Founder (Leadership Lifecycles) & Partner (La Boétie Partners)
  • Sharpening Focus of AI
    Identifying & Solving Narrow Issues
    16:00 - 16:10

    Allison Schneider, Human (x.ai)

  • An Absence of Curiosity Kills Law Firms
    Fostering Consultative Mindsets in Law
    16:10 - 16:30

    Caroline Hunter-Yeats – Partner (Simmons & Simmons)

  • The Innovative & Disruptive In-House Legal Wave
    16:30 - 16:45
    Alexander Eadie – Senior Legal Advisor (BUPA UK)

    Emma Zipper – General Counsel & Company Secretary (BUPA Australia)

    The Role of Trust in Collaboration, Knowledge Sharing & Corporate Culture
    16:45 - 17:15
    Brennan Jacoby – Trust Consultant, Faculty Member (School of Life)
  • Legal Data Jam Feedback Session
    17:15 - 17:30
    17:30 - 17:45
  • Janders Dean #JDHorizons Cocktail Reception
    17:45 - 19:00
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You’ll be pleased to know that Janders Dean and LexisNexis are again pulling together the next iteration of the super successful Legal Service Design Jam (London May 10th) in parallel to the Legal Horizons conference.

Since our highly publicised service design jams across London and Sydney in 2016, many firms have now embraced service design philosophies in their efforts to innovate and transform, and although we won’t claim full credit, we do like to think that the aweomse jammers from 2016 helped increase the noise as to what is possible.

This year’s jam will be slightly different – it will focus on data in law, will be undertaken again involving cross discipline representatives from many firms, and will be referenced as the world’s first Legal Data Jam. It is going to rock!

The jam this year will run for half a day at the Andaz Hotel – starting at 9:30am and running until 1:00pm. Jammers will then have the opportunity to join the main conference agenda if they wish. We’ll be looking to have 3-4 teams of 6 people in each mini-jam group. These can be professional support staff from any discipline, partners, lawyers, in-house folks, or students. Each team will be facilitated by an expert, and no prior data science qualifications or experience is necessary – just a desire to explore, experiment, collaborate and have fun.


This event is strictly invitation only and exclusively designed for our clients and close contacts in the industry. We have a strictly capped number of places available, and based on the success of previous year’s events, these are typically filled within the first 48 hours following the announcement of the event. If you have not received an invitation, please contact us on info@jandersdean.com to discuss; however please be aware that unfortunately not all requests can be accommodated.

Contact us

Email: info@jandersdean.com     Phone: +44 7807 398 620