a joint even hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills and WIPR

What is WIPR Influential Women in IP?

With issues such as the gender pay gap consistently hitting headlines, there has been a lot of negative press surrounding law firms in particular, but also within IP-focused corporations.

It can be argued that the legal sector is one of the professions which already enjoys the highest number of women within its ranks but, although women outnumber men entering the legal profession, men still greatly outnumber women in the most senior positions, in law firms as well as corporations.

WIPR have partnered with innovative law firm Herbert Smith Freehills on this important campaign to celebrate, promote and support influential women in IP, as well as to highlight achievements and identify any barriers that remain.

Please join us in an interactive panel discussion and roundtable event on 'Harnessing the power of diversity in IP', where we aim to facilitate an educational, networking forum to share best practice across sectors and work towards continuing to improve gender diversity across the IP industry.

This event is aimed at all genders and will be of most benefit to you if you work in an IP/ legal role and have an interest in championing and increasing diversity in your organisation.

We aspire to be the leading global law firm for diversity and inclusion. Our inclusive workplace is the hallmark of a high performance organisation and is characterised by openness, respect, equality and non-discrimination. We are not limited in our approach to diversity and have a range of initiatives across our organisation with respect to gender, race, age, religion and belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and social mobility. We regularly engage with our clients and partners via our diversity and inclusion programmes in order to be best placed to meet the needs of a diverse global client base.
Published six times a year, the World Intellectual Property Review Bi-Monthly provides timely news and analysis on the most relevant and important issues affecting brand owners, while WIPR Leaders showcases the leading lights of private practice intellectual property law. This is a must-read for businesses, their in-house counsel and other intellectual property lawyers.

Programme for the day 

08:45 - 09:00
Registration and coffee/ tea
09:00 - 09:15
Introductions from HSF and WIPR
09:15 - 10:00

Panel discussion: Harnessing the power of diversity in IP

Sarah Morgan, Editorial Lead, WIPR
Heather Newton, Senior Associate, HSF


Nadia Whittley, CEO, Arquer Diagnostics
Emma Campbell, Head Counsel, Operations and IP, Sky UK
Alexa Pickersgill, Senior Legal Counsel, Ball Packaging Europe
Carollanne Lindley, Partner, Kilburn & Strode
Tracey Cooke, Head of Patents, British American Tobacco

10:00 - 10:45
Roundtable Discussions
10:45 - 11:10
Coffee break
11:10 - 11:40
Feedback from roundtables  
11:40 - 11:55
Room based discussion
Sarah Morgan, Editorial Lead, WIPR
11:55 - 12:00
Close from HSF and WIPR
12:00 - 12:30
Networking and lunch

speakers include: