The Legal 500 is delighted to formally announce the GC Summit: Ireland. Tuesday, 7th February 2023 will see the best and brightest in-house lawyers in Ireland meet at The Marker Hotel in Dublin to share experiences, learn from each other and network in a relaxed and professional environment.
Our first conference in the country since 2019, the GC Summit Ireland will cover a wide breadth of the issues and challenges facing in-house counsel today. Among other topics, we will tackle communicating and managing regulators, investigations, employment issues and the Senior Executive Accountability Regime.
As always, the event will conclude with drinks, food and an opportunity to meet and interact with peers from the Irish in-house legal world.
Alongside our event partners, Maples group and Dillon Eustace, we are honoured to present this schedule of panel sessions. Drawing on the vast experience of our highly accomplished speakers, this event will provide practical, hands-on advice. – it is a must-attend for any in-house counsel in Ireland who are aiming to reach the next level of their professional development.
2.00pm-2.40pm Arrival and Registration
2.40pm-2.45pm Opening remarks
- Emily Ennis, Vice president and assistant general counsel, Aramark
2.45pm-3.35pm Understanding the Senior Executive Accountability Regime
- Keith Waine, partner, Dillon Eustace
- John O’Riordan, partner, litigation and dispute resolution, Dillon Eustace
- Helen Dooley, group general counsel, AIB
- Racheal Batten, general manager – national R&D lead for legal and data protection research support services, HSE
3.40pm-4.30pm Practical Advice for Handling Regulators and Investigations
- Brian Clarke, partner, dispute resolution and insolvency, Maples Group
- Claire Morrissey, partner and head of data, commercial & technology, Maples Group
- Karen Killalea, partner and head of employment, Maples Group
- Sarah Irwin, head of legal, Tines
4.30pm-4.50pm Coffee break
4.50pm–5.40pm Cyber Security challenges and new regulations in Ireland: a guide for in-house counsel
- Jon Legorburu, head of litigation and dispute resolution, ByrneWallace
- Colm MacCarvill, Assistant general counsel, Director and company secretary, Squarespace
- Meabh Gallagher, Director of corporate governance & Legal counsel, Data Protection Officer, Aer Lingus
5.40pm-5.50pm Closing remarks
5.50pm-7.00pm Drinks, canapés and networking
Emily Ennis, Vice president and assistant general counsel, Aramark
Emily Ennis joined Aramark in 2019, and leads the legal team for Aramark’s food, facilities management, property and Avoca businesses in Ireland and the UK food and global offshore business. She is a member of the Aramark Northern Europe Management team, advising and enabling the business to achieve its objectives, whilst mitigating risk.
Prior to joining Aramark, Emily was Head of Legal for Aer Rianta International (ARI), a global travel retailer with operations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Emily also spent seven years as a corporate and commercial solicitor with Arthur Cox advising international companies.
Emily is a graduate of UCD and the Honorable Society of Kings Inns and has been recognised by The Legal 500 in The GC Powerlist Ireland as an influential and innovative corporate counsel passionate about driving the business forward.
Emily is a mentor for The Law Society of Ireland’s Women in Leadership Mentoring Programme and a board director for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland.
Keith Waine, partner, Dillon Eustace
Keith Waine is a partner in Dillon Eustace and Head of its Financial Regulation team. He provides regulatory advice to domestic and international clients, including banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, payments & e-money firms, insurers and non-bank lenders.
Prior to joining Dillon Eustace, Keith spent 10 years working in senior executive roles at leading international banks and as Co-Founder and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer of an alternative mortgage lender. He began his career at Linklaters in London, where he qualified as a solicitor in 2002.
Waine holds the LCOI designation of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and is a frequent author and speaker on financial regulatory topics.
Advising on a range of regulatory issues, including licensing, governance, anti-money laundering and prudential requirements, he aims to provide clear, practical solutions to help clients protect, manage and grow their businesses within complex and fast changing regulatory environments.
John O’Riordan, partner, litigation and dispute resolution, Dillon Eustace
John is a specialist in commercial litigation, regulatory investigations, fraud and asset recovery and maritime and transport law. His clients include national and international corporations, banks and financial institutions, insurers, individuals, hauliers, freight forwarders and shipping companies. He is highly experienced in all types of High Court proceedings and regularly represents clients before the Irish Commercial Court. John acts in a variety of contractual and tortious disputes and represents clients in arbitration and mediation.
John’s specialist expertise includes: financial services and banking litigation; shareholder disputes; fraud, mis-selling claims; advising clients through the Central Bank administrative sanctions procedure; appearing before the Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal; enforcing foreign arbitral awards; and property and vessel damage claims.
John is a member of the International Bar Association and the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland. He is a regular contributor to local and international publications and has spoken at international conferences in the area of commercial litigation.
Brian Clarke, partner, dispute resolution and insolvency, Maples Group
Claire Morrissey, partner and head of data, commercial & technology, Maples Group
Karen Killalea, partner and head of employment, Maples Group
Sarah Irwin, head of legal, Tines
Sarah is Head of Legal at Tines, the Irish cybersecurity no-code automation start up helping companies deal with fast-evolving security challenges in a scalable way. Sarah is also Founder and Chair of Irish Tech General Counsel, an independent community which she set up to enable innovative in-house legal professionals working at tech companies in Ireland to connect and share knowledge within an inclusive, supportive environment, and to prevent members from becoming isolated in their working lives. Sarah has 13 years’ legal experience across two jurisdictions, having first trained as a barrister in London and later cross-qualifying as a corporate/technology solicitor in Ireland. Sarah ultimately pivoted from Maples Group to in-house practice and in 2022 was included in the Legal500 GC Powerlist: Ireland.
Helen Dooley, group general counsel, AIB
Jon Legorburu, head of litigation and dispute resolution, ByrneWallace
Colm MacCarvill, Assistant general counsel, Director and company secretary, Squarespace
Colm is Assistant General Counsel, Company Director and Corporate Secretary at Squarespace. Responsible for leading product, privacy, international governance and payments teams. Colm is a graduate of UCD, the Honorable Society of the Kings’ Inns and has an MBA from Trinity College Dublin. Outside of his role at Squarespace, Colm is a member of the board of directors of Sports Dispute Solutions Ireland, the dispute resolution body for sport in Ireland. He is also recognised by The Legal 500 in the The GC Powerlist Ireland, highlighting top in-house legal counsel in Ireland.
Meabh Gallagher, Director of corporate governance & Legal counsel, Data Protection Officer, Aer Lingus
Méabh is Director of Corporate Governance & Legal Counsel at Aer Lingus where she has worked since 2012; she also acts as Aer Lingus Company Secretary and Data Protection Officer.
Méabh trained as a solicitor in London and has experience working in the UK, US and Ireland. She has completed the Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Michael Smurfit School of Business in UCD and the CIPP/E.
Prior to Aer Lingus she worked in the media and tech sectors. Her areas of interest include corporate governance, commercial legal advice, advising on technology and commercial contracts and data protection.
Racheal Batten, General manager - national R&D lead for legal and data protection research support services, HSE
Racheal has over thirteen years extensive experience as a legal professional both in the public and private sector, having qualified as both a barrister-at-law and as a solicitor. She has over seven years’ experience developing corporate governance within the public sector, most recently working as General Manager within the National R&D Lead for Legal and Data Protection Research Support Services within the HSE. Racheal is an expert in Data Protection, Privacy, Information Security as it relates to personal data and has been helping the HSE, RSCI medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies develop strategies, policies, and governance in this ever-evolving area.
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Dillon Eustace is one of Ireland’s leading law firms focusing on Asset Management and Investment Funds, Banking and Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Employment, Financial Services, Insurance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Taxation.
Founded over 30 years ago, today the firm has, 40 partners and a total staff of almost 200. The firm is headquartered in Dublin, and has offices in the Cayman Islands, New York, and Tokyo. The firm advises clients on Irish and Cayman law matters.
The firm’s client base includes international and domestic asset managers, investment fund promoters, insurers, banks, corporates, financial institutions, TPAs and custodians, prime brokers, government, and supranational bodies as well as newspapers, aviation and maritime industry participants and real estate developers and investors.
The Maples Group, through its leading international law firm, Maples and Calder, advises global financial, institutional, business and private clients on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey, and Luxembourg. With offices in key jurisdictions around the world, the Maples Group has specific strengths in areas of corporate commercial, finance, investment funds, litigation and trusts. Maintaining relationships with leading legal counsel, the Group leverages this local expertise to deliver an integrated service offering for global business initiatives. For more information, please visit: maples.com/services/legal-services.
ByrneWallace LLP is one of Ireland’s largest full service law firms, dedicated to the protection and promotion of their clients’ interests through the provision of expert legal services. This expertise is borne out of a 50 year heritage, high professional standards and a commitment to recruit and develop the most talented lawyers. The firm provides specialist advice on Irish law to domestic and international clients, with niche expertise in banking and finance, employment, property, litigation, corporate, recovery, intellectual property, data protection, tax, technology, life sciences, financial services, public sector, energy, healthcare and retail.
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As data grows in size and complexity, we help organisations better govern, secure, find, analyse and rapidly make sense of information. Innovative technology, expert services and tenacious problem-solving provide our global clients with defensible and repeatable solutions. Organisations rely on us to root out fraud, maintain regulatory compliance, reduce legal and IT costs, protect sensitive materials, quickly find facts and harness organisational data to create business value.