The Leeds Conference

Leeds will once again host a major business event to highlight the city’s growing stature as the UK centre of excellence for legal services outside the City of London. "This year sees a global focus" according to Yorkshire Post Business & Finance (see the article here)

£50 + VAT - Members
£70 + VAT - Non-members
(includes £5 donation to Leeds Children's Hospital)

The Leeds Law Society and Leeds City Council have joined forces to help promote the strength of the Leeds legal community to business leaders and politicians around the world. Last year saw over 200 legal professionals gather for this event.
Confirmed speakers to date include:
  • Head of the Government Legal Department 
  • Senior figures from magic circle law firm Linklaters and FTSE 100 giant Aviva,
  • The enterprise editor of the Financial Times
  • The first female president of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce
  • Government representatives from Hungary, Luxembourg and Flanders
  • A prominent New York-based international entrepreneur who grew up in Leeds.
Other speakers include new overseas investors in Leeds from China, directors from the Legal 500 and the business editor of the Yorkshire Post.  More high-profile business and civic speakers will be added in the coming weeks.

This will be a full day event on the 13th June. The morning sessions will focus on Leeds and the UK, with break-out sessions on wellbeing and living wage. The afternoon will be looking at the international issues facing Leeds and the sustained growth of the legal sector in Leeds.

9.00-9.10 Welcome from Bill Barton, Ex -President of Leeds Law Society, to open conference
and set out aims and objectives
9.10 – 9.30 Stephen Braviner-Roman - Director General, Government Legal Department, to
talk about their location and expected growth in Leeds and the potential for more
parts of GLD to relocate to Leeds
9.30 – 9.50 Paula Dillon – President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce – update on performance
of Leeds companies since Brexit and view from the Chamber of Leeds
9.50 – 10.15 Stuart Wright of Aviva and Matt Sparks of Linklaters –to cover living wage and issues surrounding inclusion in Leeds and benefit of the living wage to the Leeds corporate
10.15- 10.30 Diversity and Inclusion – Michele Wightman –  hlw Keeble Hawson LLP 5
10.30 -10.45 Tea/Coffee break  
10.45- 11.30 Break out sessions- Session 1. Mental health and wellbeing to be led by Paula
Dillon; with Gill Trevor, Director of Phoenix Health and Wellbeing Charity; and
Leeds Mind. Session 2. The living wage – Tom Chigbo of Leeds Citizens/Citizens
UK; Sam Hepher – living wage foundation; and Calum Carson – Doctoral Researcher,
Centre for Employment Relations, Leeds University.
11.30 -11.45 Feedback from break out session  
11.45 – 12.00 Jen Mitchell – General Manager of Leeds Direct Arena – the role of the Arena in
Leeds and attracting events to Leeds
12.00 – 12.20 Legal 500 David Burgess and David Goulthorpe – The ranking of Leeds Law
Firms, some inside tips and advice.
12.20 – 12.45 Tom Riordan – Chief Executive Leeds Council 9
12.45 – 13.00 QUESTIONS  
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH  
14.00 – 14.15 Marc Jacobs – Expert on cultural relations – what to look for post Brexit 10
14.15 – 15.15 The Leeds Economy post Brexit –the International Perspective.
Consulate General Li of the People’s Republic of China; (14.15 to 14.35)
John Simmons - Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the US Embassy
London;  (14.35 to 14.55)
Peter Hoppal, Hungarian Secretary of State for Human Capacities; (14.55 to 15.15)
Each speaker to be introduced by Andy Bounds of The Financial Times who will
also moderate QA session.
15.15 – 15.30 Tea  
15.30– 16.15 Location Leeds.
To be introduced by Larry Gould of The Big Word.
Four companies discuss and compare their reasons for relocating to Leeds -
Howard Grindrod, MD of Hisense; Niamh McBreen of AMP Capital;
Andrew Jenkinson,  managing partner, Reed Smith, London; and Isabel Hunt
Director of Improvement and NHS Digital.
QA to be moderated by Larry Gould of Big Word.
16.15 – 16.45 The importance of Culture. You need more than lawyers!
An update on Leeds2023 from Cluny Macpherson – Chief Officer Leeds
Peter Hoppal on the Hungarian bid for EU capital of Culture.
Sharon Watson – Director Phoenix Dance to talk about setting up Phoenix
Dance and the impact of her production Windrush.
16.45 – 17.00 Close David Cowgill, President, Leeds Law Society and Sarah Wales, Events
Officer, Leeds Junior Lawyers Division – The Year Ahead.

Yorkshire Post Press Release:

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All ticket prices include a £5 donation to Leeds Children's Hospital

Date: 13/06/2018 (09:00 - 17:00)

Status: FULLY BOOKED | 5 or more places remaining

Members: from £50.00 | Non-Members: from £70.00

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