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Date(s) - 22 Feb 2017
8:30 am - 4:40 pm


The 11th In-House Congress Middle East, Dubai took place on February 22 and was attended by more
than 230 delegates. Around 50 percent were general counsel and 40 percent of the remaining were also from legal in-house teams.


The day began with London-based general counsel veteran Evangelos Apostolou urging our distinguished panel to explore what “cost, quality and value” means to each of them. He introduced the topic by using a metaphor of three stone masons, each performing the same task of chiselling a piece of marble. The first, when asked, believed he was simply earning a living; the second that he was supporting his family; and the third answered that he was building a mosque. The point of the analogy being that our motivation determines the success, or otherwise, in our engagement in our careers. The discussion continued to explore the effect of technology and legal practice, and also established the “pizza test” for in-house counsel to help demonstrate the comfort, or otherwise, an in-house counsel team can draw from their external providers through breaking bread with them.


The day continued with top of the drawer Workshops from the following firms:


BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates; Clyde & Co; Conyers Dill & Pearlman; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Hade & Partners; Hogan Lovells; Kroll; Reed Smith, and Tritonian Law Advisors covering the topics listed below:


A Practical Guide to Handling Commercial Regulatory Issues in the UAE Legal Market
  • Cracking the Contract — Do’s and don’ts when drafting and reviewing UAE legal contracts
  • Drafting Sound Contracts — Developments in English contract law in the last year
  • Dubai Expo 2020 — The legal story so far
  • Legal and Regulatory Changes Affecting the Investment Outlook in 2017
  • Offshore Meets Onshore — How the offshore jurisdictions integrate with and complement onshore jurisdictions, including DIFC SPCs
  • The Role of the Legal Team — Before and after a cyber breach
  • Sanctions in the Trump Era — From Iran to Russia and beyond

The general evaluation of the day as provided by our delegates was overwhelmingly encouraging, with more than half indicating that the content of the day was “excellent”. Andrew Glendenning, senior legal counsel at PwC summed up the general sentiment very aptly: “The 2017 In-House Congress Middle East, Dubai was a great success. As always the sessions were very informative and the event provided a great opportunity to meet and network with other in-house lawyers.”




Bookings are closed for this event.