ENGAGE 2020: European D&I and Pro Bono Summit

In association with:
  • White & Case LLP
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Chambers European Diversity & Inclusion and Pro Bono Summit 2020

European Diversity & Inclusion and Pro Bono Summit 2020 – Overview

Update on ENGAGE 2020 Summit and COVID-19  

Following the recent developments resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have been closely following the advice of the government public health officials including the UK Government and the WHO.

The safety of our partners, attendees, speakers and employees remain of the utmost importance and we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused but feel that this is the most appropriate form of action given the current situation. We will be in contact once we are able to confirm a new date.

Your registrations and payment will still be valid for the rescheduled programme. However, if you wish to be refunded now please contact [email protected]

Thank you for registering for our events and your continued support.


Aims to:

  • Create a safe, dynamic and cutting-edge environment for inclusion and pro bono best practice
  • Encourage global conversations between firms, chambers, in-house legal teams and NGOs
  • Create and share a best practice report including case studies and top tips

Why attend? 

  • Hear from inspirational speakers from The Ocean Cleanup, Save the Children, IBA, White & Case LLP, Serle Court and more
  • During the Summit you will learn about D&I and pro bono best practice
  • Network and connect with lawyers from across the profession

Who should attend:

Barristers, solicitors, in-house legal teams, NGOs

European D&I and Pro Bono Summit 2020 – Agenda

08.30 – 09.00 Registration & Breakfast
09.00 – 09.10 Chambers’ Inclusion and pro bono insights: Dee Sekar, Chambers and Partners, Luke Vincett, Chambers and Partners
09.10 – 09.40 Keynote speaker: Lord Simon Woolley Kt, Chair of The Race Disparity Unit Advisory Group, Founder of Operation Black Vote
09.40 – 10.50 Creating and maintaining European human rights and pro bono partnerships in the dawn of Brexit.

  • Jacquelyn MacLennan, White & Case LLP
  • Professor Suzanne Rab, Serle Court
10.50 – 11.10 Break
11.10 – 12.30 Overcoming D&I challenges across the sector including the Bar, solicitors, in-house teams and NGOs.

  • Sonali Naik QC, Garden Court Chambers
  • Faisel Sadiq, Ely Place Chambers
  • Rutger de Witt Wijnen, The Ocean Cleanup
12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch
14.00 – 14.50 Us Too? Bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession.

Presented by Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Advisor, IBA

14.50 – 15.00 Break
15.00 – 16.00 Access to Justice: Challenges and Solutions 

  • Habibunnisha Patel, Save The Children
  • Padraig Hughes, Media Defence Initiative
  • Paul Bowen QC, Brick Court
  • Merav Ben-Touval, HP Inc.
16.00 – 16.30 Call to action: The Duty of the Legal Profession to Address the Climate Crisis

Keynote speech from Rutger de Witt Wijnen, General Counsel, The Ocean Cleanup

16.30 – 18.00 Networking Drinks


Ticket information

  • Barristers, private practice solicitors: £150+ VAT
  • Barristers/Private Practice solicitors additional attendee £100+VAT
  • In – House legal teams: No charge
  • NGOs: No charge
  • Junior barristers and trainees: No charge (one per firm/chambers)

Register here

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event, please contact Omar Ghiani , Business Development Manager at [email protected]