International law firm Pinsent Masons to sponsor and host the Lawyers’ BD Club GENERAL COUNSEL SUMMIT at their stunning new offices in Dublin

International Law Firm Pinsent Masons

to sponsor and host our

General Counsel Summit in Dublin

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 |  4.30 PM to 7.30 PM  |  ADMISSION FREE  |
(An exclusive Summit for in-house lawyers)
Pinsent Masons new offices in Dublin in the very impressive 1 Windmill Lane building.

Good evening,

I am delighted to announce that Pinsent Masons will sponsor and host our General Counsel Summit in Dublin.  I’m looking forward to bringing together Ireland’s in-house lawyers for a series of fireside chats with our amazing line-up of guest speakers.  It promises to be a very enjoyable and fun evening.

Our guest speakers bio’s are below.

My thanks to Dennis Agnew, a founding partner of Pinsent Mason’s Dublin office for agreeing to sponsor and host our event. For those of you who haven’t been to Pinsent Masons new offices at 1 Windmill Lane in Dublin, you are in for a treat.  1 Windmill Lane has one of the most stunning event spaces in the city.  Some photos of the building / offices can be found, by clicking HERE.  You may also be interested to read the Irish Times (24 March 2018) piece on Pinsent Masons new office opening in Dublin (article HERE).


If you are an in-house lawyer and would like to receive an invitation, please feel free to drop me a line.  It would be great to hear from you.  

Colin (Email:

Dennis Agnew 

Partner at Pinsent Masons, Dublin

Dennis is a Corporate partner who specialises in advising international companies on establishing in Ireland either through acquisition, equity investment or green field investment. His areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, private equity, foreign direct investment, commercial contracts, corporate restructuring and corporate governance.

Dennis advises both Irish and international private and public companies. Chambers Global and Legal 500 have recognised Dennis as being an “extremely talented, hands-on and practical” lawyer and as being “collegiate and knowledgeable with excellent commercial understanding“.

About Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in its deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which our clients operate.

With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 24 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, we are well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.

The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors.

The Dublin office brings Pinsent Masons’ sector focus and innovative approach to the Irish legal market.. Working with clients domestically and internationally, our worldwide network connects our clients globally.

The Dublin team shares Pinsent Masons’ commitment to excellent service and value for money. Winners of the Financial Times innovation awards for the last two years and the prestigious “Law Firm of the Year” at the 2018 The Lawyer Awards, we are leaders in finding new ways to deliver legal services more efficiently and cost effectively. We continue to invest in new ways of harnessing technology to legal know-how, so we can best serve the interests of our clients across our global network.

We support clients who use their Irish office as a gateway to doing business across EMEA and work closely with Pinsent Masons’ many offices throughout the region. Our presence in Dublin strengthens our existing European network of the UK, France, Germany and Spain and builds on our successful office in Belfast.

Guest Speakers

for our

General Counsel Summit

Brendan Noud

CEO & Co-Founder of LearnUpon

Brendan Noud

Brendan Noud is CEO and co-founder of LearnUpon.

With over 800 customers across the globe, LearnUpon is one of the fastest growing cloud-based learning management systems in the world.

Brendan has 14 years experience in the eLearning industry. During that time, he has worked on some of the largest and most complex LMS implementations in the world.

Brendan has appeared as a guest speaker at eLearning conferences in the US and the UK and has also written a number of published white papers and reports on the latest trends in the industry.

Prior to co-founding LearnUpon, Brendan previously worked with WBT Systems and KPMG Consulting.

About LearnUpon


  • Founded in 2012, raised €1.3m in funding to-date
  • LearnUpon is a cloud based LMS used by companies all over the world to deliver online training to their employees, customers, partners and resellers.
  • Over 800 customers today including Tripadvisor, PING, Allstate, Intuit Quickbooks and Vauxhall.
  • Team of 70 across offices in Dublin, Philadelphia, Belgrade and Sydney and expected to double in the next 18 months
  • LearnUpon has won numerous awards including 4 Brandon Hall Awards in 2017 and 3rd in the Deloitte Fast 50 in 2017.

Ruth Murphy

Chief Counsel, BT Enterprise

Ruth is Chief Counsel, BT Enterprise, and sits on the Management Team of its Major & Public Sector Division, supporting large businesses and public sector organisations across the UK and Ireland to deliver on their digital transformation agendas. BT Enterprise has a turnover of over £6.5bn and 17,000 people. Ruth leads a team of lawyers that provide strategic, risk savvy, customer-centric advice on customer, supplier and commercial matters.

Ruth is a BT lead for Diversity and Inclusion and is BT’s Partner Champion for Lean In Circles. She is passionate about the need for better gender balance and tapping into the full potential of men and women in the corporate world, including the impact it can have on employee engagement, brand awareness and customer retention as well as business and financial outcomes. She is also a huge believer in the importance of nurturing the next generation and giving them the opportunity to display and hone their talents, acting as Chairperson of the Judges for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, one of the longest standing science and technology exhibitions of its kind in the world.

Ruth graduated with an honours degree in Law from Trinity College Dublin and is on the Legal500 GC Powerlist for Most Influential Lawyers in Business. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1999 and started her career with Eversheds as a Commercial Lawyer. Ruth lives in Dublin with her husband Dave and their two boys, Jack and Tom.

Lory Kehoe

Managing Director with ConsenSys

Lory Kehoe

Lory is a managing director with ConsenSys and leads ConsenSys Ireland. He is passionate about Ethereum enabling a decentralised world.

He has over 11 years cross-industry consulting experience. Prior to ConsenSys he was a director with Deloitte and founded and ran Deloitte’s EMEA blockchain lab based out of Dublin. He also spent 5 years with Accenture.

Lory is a Qualified Financial Adviser, registered stockbroker and is currently (and has been for the past 10+ years) an adjunct assistant professor in Strategic Management and Information Systems with the Department of Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin.

Diarmaid Cunningham

Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of ICON plc

Diarmaid Cunningham is Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of ICON plc and sits on ICON’s executive leadership team.  ICON is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.  ICON is headquartered in Dublin, listed on NASDAQ and currently operates from 98 locations in 38 countries and has approximately 13,380 employees.

Diarmaid joined ICON as General Counsel in 2009 having spent 10 years with A&L Goodbody. Diarmaid was based in ICON’s headquarters in Dublin from 2009 to 2013 and was seconded to ICON’s US office in Pennsylvania in 2013 and will return to be based in Dublin in August 2018.  In July 2016, Mr. Cunningham was appointed as Chief Administrative Officer in addition to his role as General Counsel.  Due to the expansion of his role and responsibilities, ICON’s Client Contracts Services, Quality Assurance, Facilities and Procurement groups also report into Diarmaid in addition to ICON’s Legal group.

Diarmaid graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin in 1997, qualified as a lawyer with A&L Goodbody in 2001 and is on the Legal500 GC Powerlist for Most Influential Lawyers in Business.  In order to help develop his experience and knowledge outside of the legal sphere, Diarmaid completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in California in 2015 which was an intensive 6 weeks full time course in Stanford focused on strategy, leadership and executive development.

Diarmaid also served as Secretary to the Board of the Association of Clinical Research Organisations (ACRO) in 2013 and 2014. ACRO represents the CRO industry globally to key stakeholders including pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, regulators, legislators and patient groups.

 Nigel Kemp

General Counsel of Citibank Europe plc

Nigel is a Managing Director and has been with the Citi Legal Department for 20 years.

In 2016, Nigel was appointed to a newly expanded role, based in Dublin, as Citibank Europe Plc General Counsel .

This encompasses  : (1) the creation and development of a Product based Legal Department focusing on custody, funds, and private banking; and (2) senior legal support for the management and governance of Citibank Europe plc and the bank`s interface with both regulators and (EU) legislators.

Nigel has led legal teams covering Transaction Services businesses and has had oversight of Technology Legal functions.  More recently Nigel has managed  regulatory reform initiatives such as client asset protection, EU funds regulation, the regulation of financial markets and resolution and recovery.

Nigel has been with Citi since 1996 , prior to which he was and banking and restructuring lawyer at Hogan Lovells in London and Hong Kong.

Nigel is a history graduate of King’s College London.


2nd Annual General Counsel Summit | London


Our GC guest speakers gave us amazing Talks about their personal career journeys.  One of our GC guest speakers said:

“The whole event was such a credit to you Colin, so professionally executed and everyone there was cooing about how your events are the best ones they go to. I don’t think you realize how unique and how valued your events are in comparison to the usual run of the mill seminars and talks by law firms and industry bodies.” [Comment received from one of our General Counsel guest speakers on 24 May 2018]

Photos from our Summit are HERE.

Executive Search


Legal Recruitment arm of the Lawyers’ BD CLUB

I’m delighted, that we now have an Executive Search & Legal Recruitment arm of the Lawyers’ BD CLUB.

If you are thinking of moving jobs in Dublin or London or would like some information on the legal jobs market, I would be delighted to hear from you. Colin






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