Thursday 9 June

Attracting and Retaining Staff in the post-pandemic era

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Start: Thursday 9 June 2022, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 9 June 2022, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

The evidence over the past two years of Working From Home (WFH) is that most fee earners and non-fee earners can be both productive and profitable working outside the office. This has presented employees and partners alike with a good argument to continue this practice. Since the UK government lifted WFH guidance on 19 January 2022, there has been an emergence of initiatives by IP firms to Return to The Office (RTO) at least for part of the week. This has been a trigger for employees and partners to re-evaluate their working arrangements and work-life balance. Recruitment agencies have reported their busiest time in over a decade with a ‘candidate-led market’. This phenomenon is not just limited to the UK. In the US it is being referred to as ‘The Great Resignation’ and ‘IP brain drain’. Employee mobility related to this shift in working patters is being driven by a number of factors. Can a WFH-only model continue to work well?  What does WFH mean for the need to build firmwide culture, loyalty, knowledge transfer (both hard and soft professional service skills)?  How can firms overcome the challenges? How do you attract and retain staff with hybrid working?

Join us for an interactive panel discussion on how the working patterns forced by the pandemic response have affected the profession and what to expect going forward. The panellists will discuss what importance candidates looking to move jobs place on flexible working policy, what rights to employers and employees have in this regard, whether we should be encouraging hybrid working or a complete return to the office, and how firms are dealing with the challenges and opportunities they face in shaping the future of working patterns in their firms, the development of the next generation of leaders and the future of the profession itself.  A moderated discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session.




Richard Lucas, StreamlineIP

Richard Lucas, StreamlineIP

Richard Lucas will moderate the panel. Richard Lucas is the Managing Director of StreamlineIP. His practice helps the leaders of IP firms and in-house IP teams with business strategy and enabling digital transformation. He has over 20 years’ experience in IP with a wealth of knowledge about the IP and legal market, software vendors and service providers. He is passionate about the use of leading technology to transform the IP business and create strategic advantage over competitors.  Recently he studied AI Strategy at US Berkeley School of Information and Blockchain at UCL. He built a professional services company from 25 to 350 people before floating this on the stock exchange and has a background in investment banking.

Catherine French, Sacco Mann recruitment

Catherine French, Sacco Mann recruitment

Sacco Mann’s IP Division, headed by Catherine French, is one of the largest recruitment teams in the sector and acts for Patent and Trade Mark practices, in-house Legal and IP departments, and IP teams within Law Firms. Clients come back to us time and time again because we proactively work with them to plan ahead and add tangible value to their businesses, as well as to the careers of the employees within them.

Chris Braganza, Sheridans

Chris Braganza, Sheridans

Chris Braganza is a Partner in the Employment and Business Immigration Group at Sheridans in London.

Chris acts for a number of blue-chip clients across a range of sectors, including professional and financial services, service providers, the Diplomatic Corps, traditional and new media, and sport.

Chris is particularly noted for his track record in high-value, sensitive disputes.

Nash Imam, Ocado

Nash Imam, Ocado

Nash Imam started his career with eight years in industry as an engineer and project manager. This led to him being named inventor on multiple patents and his interest in IP. He spent 16 years in a private practice firm, which included his promotion to partner in 2010. Nash joined Ocado in 2020 where he was quickly promoted to lead the New Developments team, managing three patent attorneys. Nash is an active member of CIPA Council and is one of the few patent attorneys to hold an MBA.

Claire Tanner, Gill Jennings Every’s

Claire Tanner, Gill Jennings Every’s

Gill Jennings & Every LLP (GJE) is a leading European intellectual property firm based in London and Munich and has over 100 employees. Claire is responsible for the management of the human resources department.  Her role covers everything from remuneration through to policy development and employee engagement. She works closely with the practice groups and business support departments to continue to ensure that GJE is a great place to work. Claire has a background in HR in professional services, joining GJE in 2006.

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