In-House Lawyers in Dublin to Convene at the Lawyers’ BD Club’s GENERAL COUNSEL SUMMIT on 25th September hosted at Pinsent Masons

In-House Lawyers in Dublin

to convene for

General Counsel Summit 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 |  4.30 PM to 7.30 PM  |  ADMISSION FREE  |
Sponsored & hosted by: Pinsent Masons, 1 Windmill Lane, Dublin


Good afternoon,

I hope you are well.

I’m excited about our General Counsel Summit in Dublin on 25th September (4.30 PM to 7.30 PM).

We have an amazing line-up of guest speakers (see below).  Our speakers will join us for a series of fireside chats to discuss their career journeys, lessons learned and leadership.   It will be a very relaxed and informal evening.

My thanks to Pinsent Masons for sponsoring and hosting our Summit at their very impressive new offices.

If you are an in-house lawyer interested in joining us, please feel free to get in touch. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

My email is:

Have a great weekend.  Colin

Guest Speakers

Sarah Lennon

Google – General Counsel, Ireland & Northern Ireland

Sarah Lennon serves as Google’s General Counsel for Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Based in Dublin, she provides round-the-clock legal counsel for Google’s European HQ, which employs over 8,000 people.

Sarah advises on a broad array of issues from launching Google’s innovative products in Ireland to managing high profile litigation that helps shape platform liability law and the free exchange of information.

Sarah also regularly represents Google with regulators, government and other outside influencers to help foster a greater understanding of Google’s products and advocate for a pro-innovation approach to the regulation of online technologies.

A graduate from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Civil Law and Masters of Law, Sarah began her career with McCann FitzGerald Solicitors. She then moved in-house to work as the sole legal counsel for a Northern Irish tech start-up before joining Google in 2014. Sarah was also recognised as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2017 Irish Early Career Awards.

Ruth Murphy

Chief Counsel, BT Enterprise

BT Head Shot

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.

Brendan Noud

CEO 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.

Jennifer Hourihane

CEO & Founder of Oathello


Jennifer is a qualified solicitor and spotted the Oathello opportunity from first-hand experience.

Career Highlights

  • an Honours BCL Clinical degree in Law and the Southern Law Association scholarship at University College Cork, placements at international law firm Bonn Schmitt in Luxembourg, Ronan Daly Jermyn in Cork, and admission to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland in 2014 where she practiced law at Byrne Wallace and A&L Goodbody before founding the business. Areas of specialisation included Banking and Corporate M&A.
  • In 2017 she was listed by the Sunday Independent as one of Irelands most exciting business stars under 30 and for the next decade intends to lead the charge in automation for her industry. Irish Business Stars Under 30, the first Irish Female Founder admitted to the Barclays Techstars Accelerator in London and a proud alumni of the AIB Start Up Academy.


New Executive Search &

Legal Recruitment arm of the

Lawyers’ BD CLUB

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

If you are thinking about a new career move, particularly in London or Dublin and would like to have a confidential conversation, please feel free to drop me a line.  I would be delighted to hear from you.




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