the international trade organization for legal procurement

best practices for buying legal services and legal technology

The Buying Legal® Council is the international trade organisation for legal procurement. Our members are tasked with sourcing legal, alternative and ancillary legal services and managing supplier relationships.
With a laser-sharp focus on the buying of legal, alternative and ancillary legal services, our conferences are the place for education on legal procurement. We combine sharing best practices and learning new skills with cutting-edge industry insights and academic knowledge contribution.


8:00   Registration & Breakfast


8:45   Welcome

         Stephen Millar (CMS)

9:00   Presentation of Legal Procurement Trends

           Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein (Buying Legal Council)

9:30   Keynote: Regulation of Legal Tech and AI and the Impact on Buying Legal Services

           Prof. Stephen Mayson

10:00 Panel Discussion

            Laura Buliga (Adidas), Olivia Knight (Credit Suisse), and Morag Powney (Smiths)

          Moderator: Jonathan Ames (The Times)

10:45 Morning Break | Networking

11:15 Conversation: What impact is LawTech Having on the Traditional Relationship Between In-house Counsel and Law Firms?  

           Stephen Denyer and Sophia Adams-Bhatti (both The Law Society)

12:00 Panel Discussion 

            Stephanie Hamon (Barclays), Steph Hogg (Validatum), and Chris Bird (Wellcome Trust)

            Moderator: Paul Hodkinson (Legal Week)

12:45 Lunch Break | Networking

13:45 TedTalk: AI Beyond the Hype

            Dr. Orazio Difruscolo (Swiss Re)

14:00  Workshop: Global Legal eDiscovery/eDisclosure: World-class Engagement and Savings

          Caroline O'Grady and Stacey Coote (both Coote O'Grady)

14:45 TedTalk: Why Don’t Clients Push Firms Harder on Innovation and Legal Tech?

           Jane Challoner (CMS)

15:00 Afternoon Break | Networking

15:30 TedTalk: Legal Procurement & CSR: Procurement for The Greater Good

            Pamela Cone (Amity Advisory)

15:45 TedTalk: 10 Ways eBilling Can Help Your Business (and you) 

         Antoni Chrysostomou (BusyLamp)

16:00  Panel Discussion: Parallel Evolution of Technology and Legal - Increase in Transparency so Clients Can Make More Informed                              Decisions |

            Tim Roberts (Takeda Pharma), Rose Keegan (BP), and Geraint Evans (CMS)

            Moderator: Dominic Carman (Journalist)

17:00 Closing Thoughts 

            Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein and Helen Bukulmez Cork (Buying Legal® Council)

17:15 Cocktail Reception


Members of the Buying Legal® Council get a 20% discount on the respective ticket price. Please email Doria.

Friends of the Buying Legal® Council get a 10% discount on the respective ticket price. Please email Doria.

You might also be interested in our EMEA Pricing Workshop taking place the following day, 12 June. Please email Doria if you would like to acquire a special ticket (preferred pricing) to both the conference and the workshop. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Written requests for registration refunds must be received via email ( by 7 May 2019. All conference cancellations received on or before that date will receive a full refund less an administrative fee of £100. No refunds for membership or friendships. No refunds will be made after that date (name substitutions only). Refunds are not given for no-shows.



Dr. Silvia Silverstein                               Stephen Millar                                Stephen Mayson                                Jonathan Ames    


             Marc Olivier Morant                              Caroline O'Grady                               Stacey Coote                         Laura Alexandra Buliga


                       Orazio Difruscolo                                Stephen Denyer                                Jane Challoner                                  Pamela Cone


                          Dominic Carman                                  Helen Bukulmez                                  Tim Roberts                          Sophia Adams-Bhatti 


                            Paul Hodkinson                                        Geraint Evans                                  Steph Hogg                             Stephanie Hamon   


                               Olivia Knight                                       Rosie Keegan                                   Morag Powney                              Sandra Farrell


                            Anne-Marie Botha                            Antoni Chrysostomou                           







CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Cannon Place

78 Cannon Street

London EC4N 6AF


For questions, please contact

Dr. Lena Campagna, Conference Director (

Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, Executive Director (


Grange St. Paul Hotels

10 Godliman Street

London EC4V 5AJ

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Grange St. Paul’s Hotel has the rate of £ 200.00 + VATper room per night, which includes Buffet breakfast & Wi-Fi. Rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking. Guests will make the reservations and confirm, book and pay individually. 50% of the rooms will be released 6 weeks prior to arrival; all rooms will be released 4 weeks prior to arrival. Therefore, we recommend booking your room in advance of your travels. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Marigold Cantuba at or Tel :+44 20 7630 2000.

Crowne Plaza-City

19 New Bridge St

London EC4V 6DB

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For questions, please contact

Helen B. Cork, Conference Director (

Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, CEO (