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Date: Wed 11 Oct 2023 Time: 6.00pm - 11.00pm Venue: The Medley, Fleet Street East, Dublin


Artificial Intelligence is leading to exciting new opportunities for lawyers and companies, but it is bringing legal and commercial questions. In this Ireland GC Forum, attendees will receive practical insights on the latest generative AI tools being used in law, plus we will have an open discussion about risks and practical realities. Expect to hear from panel of leading in-house counsel to share their insights and perspectives on the impact and future of AI.

Topics we will be covering include:

  • Streamlining legal processes, enhancing efficiency and improving decision making for in-house legal teams
  • How in-house counsel have responded to the enhanced need for their teams and the law firms they instruct to use AI
  • Value for money – expectation vs reality
  • Mitigating regulatory risks – governance structures
  • Talent development – strategies for upskilling in-house legal teams to leverage AI technologies


Helen Dooley, group general counsel, AIB

Helen joined AIB as Group General Counsel in 2012. She previously worked in private practice in the City of London, Hong Kong and Dublin, before taking up an in-house role as Head of Legal in EBS Building Society in 2005, which became part of the AIB Group in 2011. Over the last 16 years, in addition to her legal role, Helen has also held the Company Secretary position and managed the regulatory compliance and HR functions. Helen is currently responsible for the Legal, Corporate Governance and Customer Care functions. The in-house legal team is the largest of its kind in Ireland, comprising c. 100 lawyers advising on a wide range of matters including retail and wholesale banking, litigation and M&A activity.

Kerry Westland, head of innovation & legal technology, Addleshaw Goddard Ireland

Kerry is the Head of the Innovation Group at Addleshaw Goddard and is responsible for the Innovation & Legal Technology, Addleshaw Goddard Consulting and Research & Knowledge Services Teams focusing on delivering new and innovative services lines to client. The Innovation Group at Addleshaw Goddard helps to support General Counsel and Heads of Legal Operations and their teams to optimise their use of legal tech and maximise their return on investment. As well as working with lawyers across Addleshaw Goddard to help deliver more imagination and more impact to their clients, Kerry’s practice includes working collaboratively alongside General Counsel and Legal Operations teams to: cut through the hype to understand the best legal technology options for their teams; align their technology strategy with their legal operations strategy and goals; make better use of products they have already purchased; and–make legal technology deliver impact for them.

David Hackett, head of IP/IT & data protection, Addleshaw Goddard Ireland

David is Head of IP/IT & Data Protection in Ireland. He advises a broad range of clients on all issues connected with protection and commercialisation of IP, technology and software arrangements, and data protection and privacy matters. In the area of IP, David’s expertise covers trade marks, passing off and branding, copyright, design rights, patents, confidential information, trade secrets and know how. He regularly advises on issues including software development and licensing, SaaS arrangements, computer services and managed services agreements, IT integration projects, website terms, e-commerce arrangements, and maintenance, support and SLAs for IT systems. David also assists clients in the areas of data protection (GDPR) compliance and privacy.

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