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Events Calendar

Personal perspectives from the NED world

BCKR hosts webinars open to all its members two or three times a month. Subjects covered include informed guidance on the application and appointment process, the personal experience of current and former lawyers who have been successful in this field, headhunters who specialise in trustee and board appointments, sympathetic chairmen, senior NEDs and trustees, and areas of general interest for lawyers wishing to expand their horizons.

For a run down of all our previous events, click here; our members can search and watch back previous webinars in the Members’ Area. 

Lawyer and Beyond with Matthew Rhodes

Matthew Rhodes
Date & Time
9.00am Wednesday 2 February 2022

After reading Archaeology and Anthropology, Matthew started his legal career as a litigator at Ashurst, leaving in 2000 to found RollOnFriday. He has also spent 6 years as a trustee of Prisoners Abroad and is a visiting lecturer at BPP Law School. Matthew was appointed an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s List for services to legal pro bono, and we’re delighted to report, is one of the founder Directors of BCKR. Matthew will share with members his experience of leaving practice to found RoF.  And more usefully, perhaps, his insights into the legal profession today and how it helps its senior lawyers to develop and move on from the profession.  What are other firms and legal departments doing to help senior lawyers?



Widening horizons – technology and tomorrow’s lawyers with Richard Susskind

Richard Susskind
Date & Time
9.00am Thursday 3 March 2022

Richard is a leading authority on the interaction between technology and the law. He is a prolific author and speaker as well as being an independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is the IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and holds professorships at the University of Oxford, Gresham College and Strathclyde University.

Richard has thought deeply about how technology can change the way in which lawyers work and the way in which the law itself works. He will discuss how this should shape the ambitions and horizons of lawyers.



The Portfolio Lawyer with Kathryn Ludlow

Kathryn Ludlow
Date & Time
9.00am Thursday 24 March 2022

Kathryn qualified as a lawyer in 1988 and was a partner at Linklaters for 20 years where she specialised in commercial dispute resolution and investigations. She was also the firm’s first Global Pro Bono Partner and chaired the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Kathryn had a number of external roles whilst at Linklaters, including as a trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Centre, the Bingham Centre and on the Aberystwyth University development board. Since retiring from Linklaters a few years ago, Kathryn has joined the board of The Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust and two not-for-profit organisations, The Hall for Cornwall – the leading arts organisation in Truro – and the humanitarian organisation International Rescue Committee UK. She also continued to serve on the Linklaters new partner election committee, worked with G3 and spent a short period returning to the law in an executive capacity, taking the role of General Counsel at Centerview Partners UK.

In recent years, Kathryn has gained considerable experience of not-for-profit organisations and their boards and will be talking about how she made the decisions which have shaped her post-law firm partner roles and some of the matters to take into account when deciding on a role and operating as a NED. She will also touch on her brief return to executive life as a GC and mention her new business venture…. to be launched imminently.