Bristol Speakers

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experienced recruiters and other leading industry figures. Our speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Charles Waddell

Charles Waddell

Panellist, partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Charles is a corporate partner in Pinsent Masons’ Tier 1 ranked life sciences practice. His main focus is on VC financings, IPOs and M&A in the biotech and medtech sector.

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah

Workshop leader, partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Sonal specialises in PPP transactions, concessions and other large infrastructure projects and focusses particularly on transport and defence projects.

Will Sefton

Will Sefton

Workshop leader, partner, RPC

Will Sefton specialises in defending professionals and company directors, and advising liability insurers on policy coverage. Will and his team act for directors facing the full range of claims, including from liquidators/administrators and investors and those involved in unfair prejudice proceedings. He advises a number of the major D&O insurers on coverage issues on both commercial and financial institution risks.

Catherine Wolfenden

Catherine Wolfenden

Keynote speaker, partner, Osborne Clarke LLP

Catherine is a partner in Osborne Clarke’s regulatory disputes practice and leads the firm’s regulatory group. Catherine is a recognised expert in public and utilities regulated procurement and is Tier 1 Ranked in Chambers & Partners for public procurement. She has been advising public bodies, regulated utilities and suppliers as a specialist in procurement law, compliance and litigation, for 15 years. Catherine advises on the procurement of major contracts, including concessions, across all of Osborne Clarke’s sectors.

Caroline Bush

Caroline Bush

Workshop leader, senior associate, Osborne Clarke LLP

Caroline is a senior associate in the projects team. She works for clients across a number of sectors, including renewables, energy, environmental, commercial, retail, residential and industrial developments. Her typical work includes providing regulatory and environmental advice to clients working in the energy and utilities sector, or advising in relation to the construction and operation of renewables assets and commercial buildings. She joined Osborne Clarke as a trainee in 2012 and qualified as an associate in 2014.

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp

Workshop leader, partner, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Bronwen has over 30 years’ experience in the travel and insurance sector. She specialises in all aspects of travel insurance including policy wording, coverage, advice on legal expense cover and in third party liability issues. She has particular expertise in matters of winter sports liability, having been involved in many complex skiing liability cases within both European and North American jurisdictions.

Alice Gardner

Alice Gardner

Workshop leader, partner, TLT LLP

Alice specialises in mergers, acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses. She regularly works on management buy-outs, investment and shareholder agreements, share buybacks and corporate reorganisations and is head of TLT’s company secretarial team.

Nick Pike

Nick Pike

Workshop leader, partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Nick is a restructuring specialist with 30 years’ experience in the sector.

Olly Jones

Olly Jones

Workshop leader, partner, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Olly specialises in strategic employment law matters such as a highly sensitive people risk management problems, complex litigation, business protection matters and whistleblowing. He acts across a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on financial institutions, asset management & investment funds and FinTech.

Alison Rutherford

Alison Rutherford

Workshop leader, head of bids, Womble Bond Dickinson

Alison is head of bids at Womble Bond Dickinson.

Rob Morris

Rob Morris

Panellist, partner, RPC

Robert Morris specialises in professional indemnity and financial institutions dispute resolution work. Robert is an expert in dealing with claims against accountants, financial professionals of all kinds and insurance brokers. He has a particular interest in insurance policy coverage issues and regularly advises on complex coverage disputes.

Anna Dixon

Anna Dixon

Panellist, resourcing specialist, Burges Salmon LLP

Anna manages the trainee solicitor and legal apprentice recruitment at Burges Salmon. Her previous role with the firm was with the L&D team so she has a good understanding in all areas of the trainee solicitor programme.

Edmund Fiddick

Edmund Fiddick

Panellist, partner, TLT LLP

Ed has extensive experience in a wide range of high level contentious work, including significant High Court and national and international arbitration proceedings. He advises major clients on litigation involving a variety of contract disputes (including warranty and indemnity claims), negligence claims, and related causes of action. He regularly acts in cases involving the breach of restrictive covenants and confidentiality, defamation, and commercial agencies.

Jonathan Bower

Jonathan Bower

Workshop leader, partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Jonathan is a partner, planning and infrastructure team leader and head of responsible business in Bristol. Jonathan specialises in the delivery of infrastructure projects and advises clients on development consent orders, planning applications, appeals, section 106 planning agreements, highway agreements and enforcement including advocacy.

Sarah Hoskinson

Sarah Hoskinson

Workshop leader, partner, Burges Salmon LLP

Sarah specialises in complex financial settlements on divorce and asset protection issues, including pre and post marital agreements. She handles cases with significant and/or complex assets, income, corporate or trust issues and international elements.

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