Legal Disruption 2020


What? Exclusive event showcasing legal tech innovations and modern legal departments, tailored for company lawyers

When? 26-27 February

Where? the gibson hotel

For whom? Company lawyers of all sectors and seniority levels, legal technology enthusiasts
This conference qualifies as General CPD training (6 hours)
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Legal Disruption is back in Dublin! We pick up in 2020 where we left off and continue showcasing best practices with legal technology and actions that aim to modernise processes in legal departments. 



26 February 2020




Welcome Speech
Mark Cockerill, ECLA Vice President, VP, Legal – EMEA & Head of Global Privacy, ServiceNow


Innovating the In-House Legal Team…and what it means for you
Jane Challoner
– Director of Innovation and Knowledge, CMS Legal Services




Get-together with Flying Dinner

27 February 2020


Mark Cockerill, ECLA Vice President, VP, Legal – EMEA & Head of Global Privacy, ServiceNow


09:15 – 10:45
Session 1: 
The ever-evolving data privacy regime


1. What has shifts has the European privacy regime undergone and what is to happen next?
Denis Kelleher, Head of Privacy EMEA, Linkedin 


2. Cookies, Jt Controllers and more – Hot Topics and Tips for Privacy in 2020
Dr. Sally-Anne Hinfey, Legal Director, Surveymonkey


3. The CCPA vs. GDPR Overlaps & Gaps for a Harmonised Program
Linda Thielova, Data Privacy Counsel, OneTrust


10:45 – 11:15
Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00
Session 2: Utilising tech for efficient workstreams


1. Easing workloads with legal technology – best practices for smaller legal departments
Julienne Jameson, General Legal Counsel & Data Protection Officer, Ewopharma


2. Our e-billing and legal spend management journey: lessons learnt and successes so far
Nicola Palmer,
 Senior Legal Adviser, Group Legal Services, Bank of Ireland


3. The benefits of legal innovation and technology in a modern legal department
Jean-Philippe Doho
, Legal Innovation Specialist, Ubisoft


13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:45
Session 3: 
Operating new-age legal departments


1. Flexible working practices for in-house lawyers
Monica Mahay, Head of Cybersecurity, Data and Privacy Legal, EMEA, Intel Corporation
Fireside chat, moderated by Mark Cockerill, ECLA Vice President


2.Digitalisation and legal departments in global technology companies
Cian Farrell CIPP/E
,Head of Legal, Huawei Ireland


3. Unifying processes and technologies in a legal department after a merger
Michelle Feely,
Assistant General Counsel, Ribbon Communications


15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:15
Session 4: What’s next for company lawyers?


1. The modern general counsel: From reactive legal experts to proactive decision makers
Colm O’Connor,
Director of Legal Affairs, SCOR Ireland


2. A look into the evolution of legal departments – where are we heading?
William Irwin,
Assistant General Counsel, Glassdoor



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Mark Cockerill
VP, Legal – EMEA & Head of Global Privacy, ServiceNow
Vice President of ECLA


Monica Mahay
Head of Cybersecurity, Data and Privacy Legal, EMEA, Intel Corporation

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Cian Farrell
Head of Legal, Huawei Ireland


Dr. Sally-Anne Hinfey
Legal Director, Surveymonkey

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William Irwin
Assistant General Counsel, Legal Director, Glassdoor


Julienne Jameson
General Legal Counsel & Data Protection Officer, Ewopharma

Denis Kelleher

Denis Kelleher
Head of Privacy EMEA, LinkedIn


Jean-Philippe Doho
Legal Innovation Specialist, Ubisoft

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Linda Thielova
Data Privacy Counsel, OneTrust

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Michelle Feely
Assistant General Counsel, Ribbon Communications

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Colm O'Connor
Director of Legal Affairs, SCOR Ireland

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Nicola Palmer
Senior Legal Adviser, Group Legal Services, Bank of Ireland

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Jane Challoner
Director of Innovation and Knowledge, CMS Legal Services

Arrival & Accommodation

Event Location:
the gibson hotel
Point Square, North Dock
Dublin, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 681 5000


Reservation – limited room block on 26 Feb 2020
A room block has been optioned until 27 Jan 2020 (upon availability)
Room rate single occupancy: EUR 140,00 per night incl. breakfast

Please use this booking link for your reservation.


Special member price: EUR 390,00 (+VAT): for company lawyers, who are a member of a member association of ECLA.

Normal price: EUR 990,00 (+VAT): for company lawyers, who are no member of a member association of ECLA.

Registration conditions:

After your online registration you will receive a booking confirmation and an invoice by ECLA Association Services SPRL to your given email address.
If you are unable to attend, you can transfer your registration to another person. Such a transfer must be notified and approved by the event organiser ECLA Association Services SPRL. A possible cost difference depending on the membership status will be charged accordingly.
If you are unable to find a substitute participant, you can cancel your registration in written form with the organiser ( For written cancellation until 30 days prior to the event, a handling fee of EUR 150,00 will be charged. For cancellation less than 30 days prior to the event, the registration fee will be payable in the full amount. The date on which written notice of cancellation is received by the organiser shall be decisive.

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Monica Mahay
Head of Cybersecurity, Data and Privacy Legal, EMEA, Intel Corporation

Monica Mahay is a veteran privacy lawyer with 17 years’ experience in the field. She provides strategic and commercial advice on a range of matters relating to privacy compliance, security management, and data governance, on an international basis. Her expertise spans a wide range of technologies, including autonomous vehicle solutions, for which she is the lead privacy lawyer globally for Intel. Monica has also worked with clients on cookies, facial recognition, employee monitoring, AI development, profiling, and children’s online services during her career. She has been working a mixture of part-time, condensed hours, and remote-working for the last 10 years and believes working on a flexible basis doesn’t only make for happier, more productive employees; it is better for the whole organization, and life in general!

Cian Farrell
Head of Legal, Huawei Ireland

Cian Farrell joined Huawei Ireland in November 2017 as Legal Counsel for carrier, consumer, services and R&D matters and was promoted to Head of Legal in September 2019 extending his role to oversee the company’s legal, policy and regulatory affairs.

Prior to joining Huawei Ireland, Cian worked as a Senior Manager in the Verizon Ireland (Centre of Excellence) Procurement Team. Before moving to Verizon Ireland, he served as Senior Legal Counsel for First Data Ireland. Prior to that Cian was an Associate in the Taylor Wessing (London) Private Equity Department and moved back to Dublin, Ireland in 2010 to become a Senior Associate in Matheson’s Technology and Commercial Contracts Group . He received his undergraduate degree in law from University College Dublin and went on to obtain a Commercial Law Masters at the same college.”

Sally-Anne Hinfey
Legal Director & Global Head of Privacy, SurveyMonkey

Sally Hinfey is Legal Director and head of privacy and data protection for SurveyMonkey, the online survey development cloud-based software as a service company. Prior to working with SurveyMonkey Sally also worked in two of Ireland’s top tier commercial law firms in their IP and technology departments representing a large variety of technology and software clients on areas like data protection, intellectual property and commercial contracts. Prior to practising as a lawyer, Sally undertook and completed a PhD in University College Dublin examining the various legal mechanisms to protect databases and database content.

William Irwin
Assistant General Counsel Glassdoor

Experienced with both indigenous and multinational companies including DHI Group, Sharptext, Diageo, SanDisk, Creative Labs, Tibotec Pharmaceuticals (Johnson group).
Admitted as a Solicitor in England, Ireland & Wales
Qualified Tax Consultant.
Fellow of Information Privacy IAPP

Denis Kelleher
Head of Privacy (EMEA), LinkedIn

Denis is the author of several text books on data protection law including EU Data Protection Law (Bloomsbury Professional 2018) with Karen Murray and Privacy and Data Protection Law in Ireland (Bloomsbury Professional) 2015.  He delivers the Professional Certificate in Data Protection for the Institute of Banking (UCD).  Previously he was a Senior Legal Counsel in the Central Bank of Ireland, Advisory Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union.

Jean-Philippe Doho
Legal Innovation Specialist, Ubisoft

Graduated in Business Law in France and Intellectual Property in the US, Jean Philippe had experience in TV and movie production before joining Ubisoft. As a Legal counsel he has been working on topics related to corporate communications activities and video game production. He is now part of the legal innovation team as a project manager, leading efforts on awareness, automation and content strategy.

Geeky by nature, Jean-Philippe has multiple passions including basketball, movies, music, anthropology, food and wine.

Linda Thielova
Data Privacy Counsel, OneTrust

Linda Thielová serves as Privacy Counsel at OneTrust, the largest and most widely used dedicated privacy management technology platform for compliance with global privacy laws. In her role, Linda provides guidance on GDPR, ePrivacy and global privacy-related obligations to support product innovation and assist with compliance efforts for a wide spectrum of organizations from both private and public sectors. She also conducts training and workshops on the global privacy landscape and contributes to various publications and conferences on a regular basis.

Michelle Feely
Assistant General Counsel, Ribbon Communications.

Michelle joined Ribbon Communications in July of 2018, following the merger of the Sonus and Genband group of companies.  Michelle has over ten years’ experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, managing intellectual property portfolios and advising on company secretarial, corporate governance, regulatory and compliance matters. Michelle trained and qualified with A&L Goodbody, specializing in intellectual property and information technology. Most recently, prior to joining Ribbon, Michelle was the Head of Business & Legal Affairs for the Telegael Group of Companies where she worked for five years and advised the board of directors in respect of the buyout of RTE as a company shareholder and the acquisition by Toonz Media Group of a majority stake in the company. Michelle was nominated and appeared in the Legal 500 GC Powerlist for in-house counsel in Ireland in 2015 and later in an article on the World’s Leading General Counsel in a publication issued by Legal ERA magazine in November 2017, where she was recognized for her wide-ranging experience in IP, media and entertainment law.

Colm O'Connor
Director of Legal Affairs, SCOR Ireland

Prior to his present position at SCOR, Colm was a lawyer in the City of London with international law firm Clyde & Co. Whilst at Clyde & Co., Colm gained considerable experience advising on corporate and commerical matters as part of a team ranked Tier 1 in the UK by the Legal 500 and Band 1 by Chambers. In addition, he completed a nine month secondment into the Lloyd's of London market with Sompo Canopius and a three month secondment with Markel. Colm has also worked in Malta where he was a corporate lawyer with Ganado Advocates' market leading corporate team (ranked Legal 500 Tier 1 and Chambers Band 1).

Nicola Palmer
Senior Legal Adviser, Group Legal Services, Bank of Ireland

Acting as an in-house solicitor with the Bank for over 9 years, holding a variety of diverse roles – currently leads Efficiencies Team, which oversees Group’s Legal Panel and related external Legal Spend matters, including BusyLamp cost management system; previously was a Partner in a number of large/prominent Dublin Law Firms, specialising in commercial property; banking and structured/forward funding transactions. Initially qualified with an Arts degree from Trinity College, Dublin; then qualified as a solicitor with Law Society of Ireland; and most recently secured an MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School in Dublin.

Jane Challoner
Director of Innovation and Knowledge, CMS Legal Services

Jane Challoner works for CMS Legal Services as Director of Innovation and Knowledge.

Jane is a qualified Banking lawyer who joined CMS as a trainee in 2001. She practiced in Asset Finance before moving into operational and strategic roles. Her current goals are to provide insight for clients into a confusing legal tech landscape, increase the pace of innovation across member firms and to build on the extensive tech expertise at CMS to develop or integrate new technologies that improve client service delivery.

In her previous role as Head of Tech Innovation, Jane led on researching, developing and implementing the CMS innovation strategy for CMS UK. Before that she ran multi-disciplinary teams as Head of International Knowledge and People and Head of Learning and Development. She also took on responsibility for the set-up and management of a large offshore document/design and legal templates team. She also has many years of experience as a professional support lawyer. She enjoys building client relationships to optimise their solutions and results.