In-house lawyers’ Summer School at Queens’ College Cambridge,
16-18 September 2018

Our highly respected skills development events and residential leadership programmes give individuals the confidence and tools to succeed.

The development programme is aimed specifically for those lawyers of whatever experience who are new to in-house roles, but is also valuable to any in-house lawyers who would like a comprehensive refresher on skills and issues relevant to the sector.

Overall rating? Fantastic! Would I recommend others attend it? I’d insist they do!


The LBC Wise Counsel Team

LBC Wise Counsel was founded to work with in-house lawyers. Our team comprises a small core group of consultants who have worked as General Counsel and in other senior legal or business roles. In addition we are supported by a group of brilliant Associates all of whom have very significant other roles, but who also support our projects, programmes and events in the UK and overseas and who mentor for us as well.

Paul Gilbert

Chief Executive -- Paul leads many of LBC's significant projects and lectures widely at events and conferences in the UK, Europe, the U.S. and South Africa. Themes include legal services strategy, skills development and the changing face of the legal profession.

Lawrence Smith

Director of Organisation Development -- Lawrence holds an MBA in Legal Practice Management and has a broad range of experience gained through delivering projects for in-house teams across a range of sectors.

Jerry Angrave

Client Experience Associate -- Jerry is a customer experience specialist (not a lawyer). However, Jerry has helped with law firms in the past to develop their client experiences and the supporting organisational infrastructure and he also spent many years in senior management roles as a customer experience practitioner within Lloyds Banking Group.

Tina Harris

Events Co-ordinator -- Tina is our Events Co-ordinator, general 'go-to' girl and 'mother' to everyone. Tina has a legal background with experience in both private practice and in-house, latterly PA to the Head of Legal at Kraft Foods. She joined us at LBC Wise Counsel around 8 years ago.

Geoffrey Williams

Chairman -- In 1970 he graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, where he read classics.

Bruce Beveridge


Stephen Gold

Associate -- Stephen was senior partner and Golds' best-known rainmaker, until the firm merged with national giant Irwin Mitchell in 2007, where he stayed for just under 3 years, first as a partner and then as a consultant, working with the firm's commoditised, corporate and commercial practice areas.

Charles Grimes

Associate -- Charles coaches corporate teams and individuals to help them boost performance. He holds an MSc from Ashridge Business School, has taught on the Advanced Management Programme at Henley Business School and is an Associate Course Director for The Leadership Trust

Feizal Hajat OBE

Associate -- Feizal Hajat OBE, Head of Law at one of the UK's largest Local Authorities, Birmingham City Council. Feizal's service to Local Government was recognised by the Queen when she awarded him the OBE in June 2011.

Dragana Hartley

An experienced advertising and marketing professional, with extensive voluntary sector trustee experience in medical, arts and education charities

Craig Hunter

Associate -- Craig Hunter is a qualified company secretary, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and the founding director of an award winning consultancy specialising in corporate governance and compliance. He was also the Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB for London 2012, leading a team of 300 athletes and over 250 support staff.

Carolyn Kirby OBE

Associate -- Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales since 1999.

Fiona Penhallurick

Associate -- Fiona is General Counsel at Lafarge Tarmac, having previously been Managing Director at Coventa Energy

Chris Smyth

Associate -- Solicitor and Consultant; Non Executive Director Bath Building Society, former Head of Legal Services, Cheltenham & Gloucester plc / Lloyds Banking Group

John Sutherland

Associate -- Senior Adviser at the Financial Conduct Authority, previously CEO of Stroud & Swindon Building Society, Senior Adviser at the Bank of England and Executive Director Sales & Marketing at Nationwide.

Ian White

Associate -- Ian is an experienced Chief Legal Officer/Company Secretary for both listed & major private companies and he has worked across sectors including financial services, retail and construction.

Graeme Wilson

Associate, South Africa -- Graeme completed his articles and joined Gold Fields as a member of their legal department where he gained extensive experience in all areas of corporate and commercial law.