Donohoe & Co international divorce and family law firm sponsors 2nd Annual General Counsel Summit in London

Donohoe & Co

international divorce and family law firm in London-


2nd Annual General Counsel Summit | London | 23 May 2018


I am delighted to announce that Donohoe & Co has come on board as the international divorce and family law firm sponsor of our 2nd Annual General Counsel Summit.  A special thanks to Helena Donohoe, the Managing Partner of Donohoe & Co.

I am very excited about our 2nd Annual General Counsel Summit to be held on Wednesday, 23 May in London.  My thanks also to our headline sponsors Matheson and CMS.

Some of the most influential and inspirational General Counsel in the UK have very kindly agreed to give us a 20 minute TED-style TALK about their personal career journey and share with us some lessons they learned along the way.  I hope it will be a very enjoyable, fun and inspirational afternoon.  More details below.

Join us on Wednesday, 23 May in London

Our General Counsel Summit is open to all UK based lawyers.  If you would like to join us, please get in touch.  It would be great to hear from you. 

My email is: or you can complete the contact form below. 

Profile of Helena Donohoe

Managing Partner of Donohoe & Co


Helena Donohoe is the founder and managing partner of Donohoe & Co.

Helena specialises in all aspects of private family law, particularly cases with an international element. She has dealt with cases involving competing jurisdictions across the world, including Monaco, Thailand, Cyprus, Spain, France, UAE, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

She obtained her law degree from the London School of Economics and passed the Legal Practice Course with Distinction. She trained with a “City” firm and worked for a wide range of practices before setting up her own boutique family law firm in March 2010.

She is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland in addition to practicing in England and Wales. She is particularly adept at advising in cases with complex company and trust structures, often located in various offshore jurisdictions, and prides herself on giving sound commercial advice in a family setting, with a compassionate approach.

She is an active member of Resolution, a nationwide professional network of specialist family lawyers. She is a member of the International Bar Association. She is a trained collaborative lawyer and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

In her spare time Helena tries her best to grow fruit and vegetables in her London garden and likes to escape to her native Ireland as often as work permits.

About Donohoe & Co

Donohoe & Co

We are a niche divorce and family law practice based in Bloomsbury, Central London. Our aim is to deliver realistic, practical advice whilst always keeping our clients’ wishes at the forefront of our mind.

We work hard to achieve what is best for our clients by listening to their goals and aspirations and tailoring our approach to meet their individual needs and interests. Our lawyers are particularly adept at dealing with issues arising for international families and we have built up excellent links with family lawyers in Europe, the US, Asia and Australia to assist us with providing bespoke advice in those countries when appropriate.

We provide accurate and up to date advice about what you can expect in terms of getting divorced in England compared to elsewhere so that our clients can make informed choices. Where necessary, we are able to act quickly to protect our clients’ interests, both domestic and abroad.

Whilst our international practice is what delineates us, we have also established a strong domestic practice, dealing with all aspects of law relating to family life. We are acutely aware of the stress involved in any legal dispute but most particularly in matters concerning the family. Instructing us guarantees you will be treated in a sensitive, respectful and discrete manner, with the same advisers working with you throughout the process from beginning to end.

2nd Annual General Counsel Summit

London  |  Wednesday, 23 May 2018  | 2.00 PM to 6.30 PM  | CMS, Cannon St, London

Admission: FREE (for UK based lawyers)



Headline Sponsors: Matheson & CMS



International divorce & family law sponsor:

Donohoe & Co

Donohoe & Co


Funke Abimbola MBE, General Counsel and Head of Financial Compliance, Roche UK


Patricia Christias, General Counsel at Microsoft (UK)

Maaike de Bie, General Counsel at Royal Mail

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Orla Muldoon, Chief Counsel EIMEA for Archer Daniels Midlands


Clare Wardle, General Counsel & Company Secretary at Coca-Cola European Partners


Richard Given, General Counsel at 10x Banking


Tim Grayson, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs


Sajid Hussein, General Counsel (EMEA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Nigel Kemp, General Counsel of Citibank Europe plc


Andrew Magowan, General Counsel & Company Secretary of ASOS



Éanna Mellett, Corporate Partner at Matheson


Éanna is a partner in the Corporate Department at Matheson and is resident counsel in the firm’s London office.  He advises on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate reorganisations. Éanna has advised the Irish State and many leading Irish and international companies, institutions and private equity houses.

About Matheson


Headquartered in Dublin with offices in London, New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco, more than 650 people work across Matheson’s five offices, including 85 partners and tax principals and over 350 legal and tax professionals. Matheson concentrates on serving the Irish legal needs of internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Matheson’s clients include the majority of the Fortune 100 companies and over half of the world’s 50 largest banks. Matheson has worked closely with some of the world’s largest tech multinationals and high-profile start-ups advising 7 of the top 10 global technology brands.

Awards and Endorsements

  • Matheson was named Ireland’s Legal Adviser of the Year in the Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2017.
  • Matheson was ranked Ireland’s Most Innovative Law Firm in the 2017 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards.  In addition, the firm was ranked in the FT’s Top 20 Most Innovative Law Firms in Europe.
  • Matheson won seven Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2017 relating to M&A, Equity Capital Markets, Loans and Financing and International Financial Services.
  • Matheson was named International Firm in the Americas by International Tax Review 2017 and also won European Financial Services Tax Deal of the Year.
  • Matheson was named UCITS Law Firm of the Year by the Hedge Fund Journal 2017
  • Matheson won ILO Client Choice Awards in the categories of Corporate, Banking and IT and Internet Law in Ireland.

Rita Lowe

Head of the Banking & Finance Team, CMS

Rita Lowe is the Head of the Banking & Finance Team.

Rita has a wide and varied practice which includes advising stakeholders (such as banks, private equity, funds and pension trustees) on general issues with respect to stressed/distressed entities, advising directors, administrators/liquidators and also purchasers of distressed businesses as well as investors in distressed businesses.

Rita has acted on a number of market leading assignments, including the administration of King & Wood Mallesons LLP, Dewey & Le Boeuf LLP and Halliwells LLP: the largest European, U.S, and UK firms (respectively) to go into an administration process.


Ranked as the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS can work for you in 42 countries from 74 offices worldwide. Globally 4,500 lawyers offer business-focused advice tailored to our clients’ needs, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.

With the coming together of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang on 1 May 2017, we have created a new future-facing firm, one that is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence.

This means putting our clients’ interests and priorities at the very heart of everything we do. And, in a world of ever-accelerating change, that demands unwavering sector focus combined with quality practice specialism.

It would be great to hear from you :  Contact details

I’d love to see you on 23 May if you were free and interested in joining us.

I hope to see you soon.



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