Wellbeing Event: The legal profession is facing a wellbeing crisis. What can we do to fix it? – Thursday 20 June 2024

£0.00 (Member price)



Hosted and sponsored by Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP
Organised by
the SCL Women in Tech Law Group Committee

Event Title: The legal profession is facing a wellbeing crisis. What can we do to fix it? 
: Thursday 20 June 2024
Registration 6:00 pm, Panel session 6.30 pm, Drinks and networking from 7.30 pm
: Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, 21 Lombard St, London EC3V 9AH. Map. Please note: This event will be taking place in person only and will not be recorded. 
Bookings: This event is free of charge to attend and is open to all SCL members. If you wish to attend this event please book online.

Jana Srikumar

Claire Sanders, Legal Consultant, The Legal Space; Co-Founder, Being Human
Natalie Connor, VP Legal & Expansion, Crowdcube; Founder, Elevate.
Gillian Higgins, Barrister; Mediator; Mindfulness Teacher

Why people should attend:
Join the SCL Women in Technology Law group for an in-person event, focused on wellbeing.

Please note that, although this event has been organised by the Women in Tech Law Group, wellbeing is an important consideration for members, irrespective of gender, and both men and women are very welcome to attend.

This event seeks to explore some of the challenges faced by lawyers in the tech sector, with a particular focus on how these can affect wellbeing.  The panellists, all of whom are practising lawyers, as well as being experts in the field of wellbeing, will share their experiences and knowledge, offering valuable insights and practical advice on coping with the stresses and challenges of a career in law.

The panel will be followed by drinks and networking.

Who should attend:
All members, particularly those who are:

  • Looking to find a balance between their work and their wellbeing
  • Interested in promoting wellbeing within their organisation.

Event outline:
Join us for this in person evening event.

6.00pm Registration

6.30pm Panel session

7.30pm drinks and networking.

Speaker bios:

Jana Srikumar:
Jana is Senior Legal Counsel within the Global Privacy, Technology and IP team at dentsu – a global marketing and advertising agency headquartered in Japan. 

Having begun her career in private practice, Jana has worked as a technology lawyer in international firms and in-house at global organisations.

Jana is especially interested in the intersection of law, technology and DEI.  As a woman in law of a South Asian background, and as the first in her family to pursue higher education, she believes in the power of diversity (of people and thought) and the importance of minimising barriers to entry into the profession.

Jana has participated in numerous social mobility initiatives during her career and is committed to advancing, celebrating and connecting women in technology law. She has also helped organise workplace wellbeing events and initiatives, both internal and in collaboration with clients and third parties.

Claire Sanders:
Claire qualified as a corporate lawyer in 2007 and since then has practiced law, first in private practice before moving to lead the in-house legal functions of some of the fastest growing consumer brands in the UK.

She now splits her time between advising start up businesses through her legal consultancy, The Legal Space, and advising legal teams on driving efficiency through human skills through Being Human, an organisation she co-founded with her sister.

Through Being Human, Claire hosts Thrive Legal, an active community of 350+ in-house lawyers coming together to share practical skills for thriving.  She co-hosts a podcast called How to Thrive which shares insights on thriving from thought leaders across a diverse range of industries including aviation, veterinary, medicine and law.

Natalie Connor:
Natalie is a former barrister-turned-tech lawyer and wellness founder.

Natalie practised as a litigator for many years before moving in-house to set up legal and ops teams within scale-ups.  Currently VP Legal & Expansion at Crowdcube, Natalie also sits on a variety of boards helping SMEs navigate digital and other challenges, with a particular focus on female and ethnic minority-led businesses.

Natalie’s own health journey led her to found Elevate. – a wellness community and boutique retreat specialist which curates mind and body experiences for entrepreneurs, change-makers and senior leaders focused on three key ‘pillars’ – movement | functional medicine & nutrition | mindfulness & coaching.

Gillian Higgins:
Gillian is a senior international criminal barrister, mediator and mindfulness teacher.

Gillian is the Head of the International Practice Group at 9BR Chambers, with over 25 year’s experience as a barrister, specialising in international criminal law and international financial crime. She is an accredited civil and commercial mediator and faculty member of the London School of Mediation.

Gillian is also a mindfulness teacher and delivers courses to members of the legal profession.  Her approach to mindfulness has always been no-nonsense, scientifically based, and practical. Her Everyday Mindfulness programme provides instruction on how to feel less stressed, improve your focus, grow your self-compassion and enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing. She is the author of ‘Mindfulness at Work and Home’ and the host of the podcast ‘Mindful Life’. Gillian is also a Champion of LawCare, the mental health charity for the legal sector.

Administration notes:

Bookings: This event is free of charge to attend and is open to all SCL members and is free of charge to attend. If you wish to attend this event please book online.

Non-members wishing to join the Society are entitled to membership of the Society valid for 12 months from the date of payment including full access to the content of the SCL website www.scl.org, access to all online content of “Computers & Law” plus notification of future SCL events. The cost of an annual SCL membership is £165.00. If you have any queries about SCL membership please contact the SCL office on Tel: 07948 517049 or Email: hello@scl.org

Free membership for trainee lawyers and UK students:
SCL provides free membership for trainee lawyers until qualification and for UK students in full-time education with a valid ac.uk email address. Student members are eligible to attend SCL events at concessionary rates where a fee is applicable. Trainee members are entitled to attend SCL events at the standard members’ rate (the concessionary rate for UK students in full-time education does not apply). Trainees and UK students in full-time education can apply to join SCL for free by emailing hello@scl.org

Event changes:
It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of SCL to change the venue, content, and timings of an event or to substitute speakers. The safety and well-being of our delegates are paramount and therefore in-person events may be converted to online events due to government restrictions or travel disruption.

Code of conduct at SCL events:
The Society for Computers and Law (SCL) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at the event or on Twitter and other online media.

Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the discretion of the organisers.

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