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Welcome Drinks Reception: 2 October 2019
Conference: 3 & 4 October 2019

Dublin, Ireland

GC Engage Europe

"We are all trying to solve the same problems."

The Pan-European gathering of leading General Counsel covering the hottest topics, with world renowned speakers and offering our senior audience unparalleled networking opportunities in unique and interactive formats

Thank you to all who attended in 2018!

We're still putting the 2019 programme together but if you'd like to pre-register for the event, ask for more information or find out about partnering please click here.

Why should GCs attend?

  • No hard sell from vendors
  • Limited suppliers which are handpicked based on their capabilities
  • Extensive peer to peer engagement
  • Gain critical business insight through knowledge sharing between peers
  • Benefit from a fully qualified audience which is invite only
  • A genuine enterprise level, general counsel audience
  • Chatham house, closed door environment
  • Relaxed and highly focused
  • Bespoke agenda which is personalised to your needs

Our 2018 event was chaired by Dr. Catherine McGregor

Editor-in-Chief of The MCCA, Former Editor-in-Chief of GC Magazine & Managing Editor at Chambers and Partners

Unique round-table interactive format

  • Collaborating with high level peers to share your own expertise in an intimate private environment
  • Learning alongside peers who share similar challenges and issues
  • Networking with up to 70 senior industry decision makers on an invitation only basis

We will bring together up to 70 senior GCs from across Europe per event to attend a mixture of plenary sessions and interactive round-table discussion groups. 

The key element is that the GCs qualify themselves into the round-table discussions which are most relevant to them. This format maximises interaction and allows intimate networking and knowledge sharing with all the attendees.

  • Each table features a different discussion topic and is moderated by 2 hosts
  • Each group visits every topic table for a 40-minute discussion
  • Following the group discussion, each group moves to the next topic table
  • Keynote presentations and panel discussions anchor the event

Discussion Themes in 2018

Define Value? GCs Have More Choice Than Ever Before.

There has never been more choice in how legal services are procured, and with starting salaries for new lawyers in some firms pushing $180,000 and $340,000 for associates, the 'value' debate has never been more relevant. We will discuss how the most proactive GCs are adding tangible commercial value to their business. Also does private practice really understand what the GC definition of value is, or are corporations not communicating their requirements clearly enough?

Anti-Bribery & Corruption

An opportunity to dissect the core ABC challenges around fraud, sanctioned corruption, whistle blowing, 3rd party risk, and how technology and predictive analytics can be used to spot trends quickly to deliver a robust compliance programme.

Crisis Management: From Chaos to Clarity

We will examine the role the GC plays in preparing for, mitigating against and dealing with the inevitable crisis.


The industry is under the microscope with #MeToo, sexual harassment, equal pay and gender pay gap controversies. We will discuss the impact from an in house perspective.

Legal Technology & Innovation

Are the resources really available to deliver a successful and seamless implementation of technology? What can go wrong, why is it not the magic bullet?

The GC is the Most Powerful Person in the Organisation

We all accept that the role of the GC has changed and continues to evolve. The great GC has a deep knowledge of the law coupled with extensive business awareness - join discussions that understand this evolving role and learn why the next crop of CEOs should be from the GC ranks.

2018's Unique Keynotes

The CEO perspective- Transformation, Change and Leadership

Martin Mason, CEO, Trickers

Nilema Bhakta- Jones, CEO, Alacrity

Mason’s strategy has focused on innovation, digital strategies, new products and markets as well as investing in grassroots training and talent management. At GC Engage he will discuss why and more importantly how he achieved these changes.

Nilema will join Martin Mason on our CEO Panel to give the perspective of a GC who has moved into a CEO role and the synergies and differences between the two.

Leadership Tips from a Top Gun

Andrew Eberhart, Former Squadron Leader, US Navy Aviation

With the reboot of Top Gun coming later this year, the role of elite navy pilots will be front of mind in popular culture.

But the way in which their training inspires highly effective team work but also instills leadership skills will be the focus of Captain Eberhart’s keynote.

In this session we will examine how leaders can inspire teams, develop individuals under their command and help teams pull together even under challenging circumstances.

Getting caught doing the Right Thing

The importance of business culture and ethics in crisis
Dr Julian Friedland, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics, Trinity College

At GC Engage Julian will speak about the wider ethical context in which crisis events happen. His talk will consider the importance for business leaders, including general counsel, to make a business culture which will be able to weather crisis and reputational storms.

In depth interactive workshops in 2018