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Join us for our first ever conference for GCs, Deputy GCs, Heads of Legal and their teams in Newcastle.

This full day conference will open with the ever popular Professor Ewan McKendrick, Professor of English Private Law and editor of Goode on Commercial Law. Professor McKendrick will deliver his commercial contract update covering the most important cases of the year. 

We’re also delighted to announce our key note speaker, James Hanlon, General Counsel (Head of Legal Operations) & Company Secretary IKEA USA, who will share his experiences of being a GC on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Facilitated by WBD's own Malcolm Dowden, the event will deliver actionable insights, together with topical legal and regulatory updates on the latest developments in commercial law.

Drinks and networking to follow until 18.00.


: Free
Speaker bios

James Hanlon, General Counsel (Head of Legal Operations) & Company Secretary IKEA USA

James HanlonJames began working for IKEA USA as General Counsel in January 2018. His department oversees the main holding company as well as a disparate number of subsidiaries including property, distribution and retail units. James also works as a global lawyer reporting to Group General Counsel in Sweden and formerly served as   the UK and Ireland Head of Legal for six years until his recent move. James started his career as a barrister in Chambers based in London and is now split between IKEA offices between Philadelphia, London & Sweden …” Following his move to the US at the beginning of this year, James will be sharing valuable insights from the US for UK GC's.

Professor Ewan McKendrick

Professor Ewan McKendrick

Professor of English Private Law at the University of Oxford, and editor of Goode on Commercial Law, Professor McKendrick is a Queen’s Counsel (Honoris Causa) and practices as a barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray’s Inn. Prior to being appointed as Registrar he was Pro—Vice-Chancellor in the University and was also Chair of the Law Board.

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