On Thursday 29th November 2018, at the swanky Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, we’ll get together to celebrate and debate all the best ideas and successes in legal HR (and beyond!).
Facilitated by award-winning writer and broadcaster Declan Curry, this year’s HR in Law Conference will feature experts from law firms such as Kingsley Napley and CM Murray, and we’ll also hear from representatives from the likes of PwC, who’ll share excellence from the wider world of professional services.
The conference will explore three themes with presentations, panel discussions and keynote speakers covering topics such as #metoo, the future of talent, mental health in the workplace and other issues of current interest. It’s set to be a truly thought-provoking day of insight not to be missed.
What's in store
Theme 1 Navigating the Future
The future's not what it used to be. In this opening segment, we'll be looking at where work is heading generally. Professor Adrian Furnham will explore how the workplace of the future may look. Then we'll examine the future of talent, as Dominic Hammond, People Analytics and Insights Leader at PwC takes to the stage.Theme 2 Levelling the Playing Field for All
In our second theme of the day, we’ll be tackling sensitive issues such as the increasingly prevalent #metoo movement with a panel led by CM Murray LLP's Managing Partner Clare Murray. We’ll then hear first-hand from Joanne Theodoulou, UK GC at Simply Business, her personal tale about how mental illness can affect so many people in the workplace.
Theme 3 Current Issues
Many contemporary issues just can't be avoided, and cry out for a robust response from HR. In this segment we'll look at a number of such issues. Cognacity's Professor Pieter Kruger will be looking at performance in the digital age and how we deal with technology. Following Pieter our panel, including experts from SSQ and Group8, will be discussing the thorny issue of what makes laterals succeed.
Rob Hind, Chairman of HR in Law
Some futurologists are enthusiastic optimists, others reluctant pessimists. In this session Adrian will consider major changes in society as well as in the workplace with a special emphasis on the consequences of disruption. Alongside this, he will proffer some cautious predictions about the future and outline how to prepare for them.
We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and HR challenges – at a time when business leaders are already wrestling with unprecedented risks, disruption and political and societal upheaval. The pace of change is accelerating. Competition for the right talent is fierce. And ‘talent’ no longer means the same as ten years ago; many of the roles, skills and job titles of tomorrow are unknown to us today.
How can organisations prepare for a future that few of us can define? How will your talent needs change? How can you attract, keep and motivate the people you need? And what does all this mean for HR?
In this session we will consider the impact of technology disruption, what this means for the workforce and the impact this may have on Human Capital functions in Law, in the future.
Theme 2: Levelling the playing field for all
The days of quietly brushing sexual harassment allegations under the carpet have gone. The SRA is taking a tough stance; the government is planning mandatory obligations on employers to eradicate harassment; and the press are relentless in their appetite to expose the full extent of #metoolaw.
What does a best practice sexual harassment investigation look like and what are the common challenges that firms face? When and how should the firm notify the SRA? What if the harassment involves a criminal offence? And how should you deal with the inevitable press scrutiny? Ensuring law firm senior management buy-in to eradicating sexual harassment, and staff buy in to reporting it (even when they are not the victims), are key – but how do you achieve it? All of these issues and more will be discussed by our multi-disciplinary panel of partnership, employment, regulatory and criminal law specialists.
Theme 3: Current Issues
Using the latest information and research in cognitive behavioural psychology, we'll explore some of the challenges we face in the Information Age and particularly how technology is affecting our wellbeing and ability to perform optimally.
The Information Age has brought on a revolution in choice: where we eat, what we buy, how we work, whom we date – but the pace of change often outstrips our ability to cope.
Research indicates that many people are becoming more distracted, disengaged and distressed at work, with knock-on effects on productivity, engagement and wellbeing. Whilst every age throughout history has brought new opportunities and challenges, in this talk we ask: how well are we adapting to our new digital world?