Benson & Associates sponsors LBDC’s General Counsel Summit in London

LBDC  |  Lawyers’ Business Development Club  |
London | Dublin | Paris | Dubai | Boston | New York | San Francisco

News:  Delighted to announce:

Benson & Associates


as our sponsor

for our


Wednesday 2 November 2016

hosted at the stunning offices of Keltie LLP

Good afternoon,

I am delighted to announce that Benson & Associates (the leading specialist legal recruitment agency in Dublin) will be our sponsor for our Inaugural General Counsel Summit.



Benson & Associates


Established in 1996, we are the pioneer of specialist legal recruitment services in Ireland.

Benson & Associates remains the leading agency specialising in the sourcing of high calibre lawyers from newly qualified to partner level. Our clients include pre-eminent legal practices, SMEs and large corporate entities in Ireland, the United Kingdom and international markets.

We also assist with legal executive and key non-fee earner appointments including finance directors, human resource managers and marketing professionals.

Our substantial database of lawyers qualified to practice in Ireland, the UK and in other major jurisdictions is backed up by advanced IT and is continually updated through research and our extensive network of contacts.

Michael Benson


Michael is a law graduate of University College Dublin and qualified to practice as a solicitor in the Republic of Ireland (1985) and in England & Wales (1991).

With 10 years’ legal experience in the City of London, working both in private practice and in-house with KPMG, coupled with 20 years expertise in legal recruitment, Michael fully understands the personal qualities and technical skills which our clients are searching for in prospective candidates.

To contact Michael


Tel:  +353 (0)1 670 3997

Inaugural General Counsel Summit  |  London

Wednesday 2 November 2016  |  2.00 PM to 6.30 PM

Venue:  Keltie LLP  |  No. 1 London Bridge

 Gold & Host Sponsor
Keltie LLP
Silver Sponsors
Michael Benson & Associates  |  Boston College’s Global Leadership Institute  |  Catalina Consulting  |  US Visa Solutions

Good afternoon,

To celebrate the LBDC’s | Lawyers’ Business Development Club |


we are organizing a very special and unique event; our Inaugural General Counsel Summit in London.

Our 12 wonderful guest speakers have each very kindly agreed to give us a TED style TALK about their personal career journey.  It promises to be a fun and inspirational afternoon.



General Counsel

Guest Speakers at our GC Summit



Emmy Nominated Journalist & Filmmaker at Channel 4

I am also delighted that the Emmy nominated journalist and filmmaker (Shaunagh Connaire) will be our guest speaker and give us a Talk about her career journey.

Shaunagh reports for Channel 4’s critically acclaimed foreign affairs series Unreported World and their flagship show Dispatches. In 2014 she travelled to Sierra Leone and filmed in the epicentre of the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever recorded. The resulting film was nominated for an Emmy award and won the prestigious Columbia DuPont award. Shaunagh also did TEDx talk in 2015 about her experience as the first filmmaker to cover the Ebola crisis

In 2015 she went undercover into China and worked with LGBT activists to expose clinics who were offering conversion therapy and sometimes even electric shock therapy as a so called cure for homosexuality. In 2016 she was the first ever reporter to make a film in Iran for Unreported World. Shaunagh’s most recent film explores the plight of LGBT refugees who have escaped persecution in Syria and Iraq only to find they’re exposed to the same levels of homophobic abuse in Europe.

Shaunagh has produced and directed for BBC 1, BBC World, CNBC International and regularly produces debates alongside the World Economic Forum in Davos. Shaunagh’s work has been published in the Guardian, the Telegraph, Elle Magazine and The Irish Times. Before pursuing a career in journalism Shaunagh trained as an accountant with KPMG in Ireland.

Shaunagh’s TED TALK

If you are interested in watching Shaunagh’s powerful TED TALK, you can do so by clicking on the link below:

Link to Shaunagh’s TED TALK


Funke Abimbola

General Counsel & Company Secretary of Roche UK


Matthew Fawcett

Executive Vice President & General Counsel of NetApp Inc (Fortune 500 Co).


Tim Grayson

Managing Director at Goldman Sachs


Mark Horncastle

General Counsel at GE Capital International


Robert Ivens

General Counsel (retired end August 2016) of Marks and Spencer plc


Pavel Klimov

General Counsel EMEA at Unisys


Andrew Magowan

General Counsel & Company Secretary of ASOS plc


Catie Sherat

Associate General Counsel at Pearson Plc


Edward Smith

General Counsel at O2 (a Telefonica company)

Richard Tapp

General Counsel & Company Secretary of Carillion plc

Christian Waida

General Counsel of Open Text



This will be a small intimate invite-only event.

If you would like to receive an invitation to join us, please drop me a line.

It will be FREE to attend if you are a UK based lawyer.  If you are an over-seas lawyer and would like to join us, please drop me a line and I can provide you with the registration details.

I look forward to hearing from you.



LBDC  |  Lawyers’ Business Development Club |
London │Paris | Dublin | New York | Boston | San Francisco | Dubai
50 Guest Speaker Talks  |  Est’d London 2011
Previous Guest Speakers include:
The Chairman of Goldman Sachs International | The Deputy Worldwide Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi | The CEO of Facebook (Ireland) | The CEO of PayPal (MENA) | The CEO of Hogan Lovells | The CEO of O2 / Telefonica

Official Partner in London – Keltie LLP  |  Official Partner in Dublin – Boston College’s Global Leadership Institute   

Est’d London 2011

Comments are closed.

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: