In-House and Public Sector Panel 2019

Event Type Law Society Finuas Skillnet
Venue Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square, Galway
CPD Hours 3 Management & Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)
Date 04 December 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Aims and Objectives
The In-house and Public Sector Committee in collaboration with the Galway Bar Association and the West of Ireland in-house solicitors are pleased to host a panel discussion on getting and demonstrating value for money in legal services.  

This discussion will address the challenges for in-house solicitors in trying to recognise, achieve and demonstrate value for money in legal services. It will be of relevance to all in-house solicitors, whether in the private or public sector and whether acting as sole practitioner, head of the in-house legal function or a member of the legal function team. Synergies exist through the in-house sector and our private practice colleagues working closely together, in a positive and constructive way, to achieve value for money for the benefit of our mutual clients. 

The discussion will be facilitated by a select panel of both public and private sector in-house solicitors, who will share personal observations and insights based on their career experiences. Smaller break-out discussion groups will follow, which will provide an ideal opportunity to learn and explore further the issues raised by the panel with your in-house colleagues.  


Mark Cockerill, ServiceNow Ireland, Chairperson of the In-house and Public Sector Committee
Mark is Vice President, Legal (EMEA/APJ) and Head of Global Privacy for ServiceNow - one of the world's largest Enterprise SaaS providers and recently Forbes 'Most Innovative Company'. Prior to this, Mark was Director of Legal Services at Eir and Senior Legal Counsel at Telefónica Ireland. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (LLM) and Nottingham Trent University (LLB), Mark has lectured in Company and Contract Law for nearly fifteen years, lectures on the Law Society’s Diploma in In-House Practice and also represents the Law Society at the European Company Lawyers Association.


David Rowe, Outsource, Dublin   
David is a Chartered Accountant with a primary degree in law and has extensive experience in all of the business aspects of the provision of legal services, through law firms and in-house capacity. He held the position of Finance Director for leading law firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice for 10 years, before leaving to set up Outsource in 2000. Since establishing Outsource, David has provided ongoing strategic, financial, and management advice to law firms and buyers of legal services in Ireland. David also advises In-house and Public Sector clients on how to manage relationships with external law firms and achieve best advise at the best cost through tendering and other methods.

Helen Dooley, Group General Counsel, AIB   
Helen is a solicitor with more than 25 years’ experience, principally in financial services.  Helen was appointed AIB Group General Counsel and a member of the executive management team in October 2012.  Before joining AIB, Helen worked at EBS Building Society for 7 years, during which time she held a number of roles, including Head of Legal, Head of Regulatory Compliance and Group Company Secretary. Prior to joining EBS, Helen worked principally as a banking and restructuring lawyer in private practice in London, Hong Kong and Dublin. Helen is also a member of the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland and a Chartered Director. 

Áine Ní Chualáin, Director, Research and Development Counsel, Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited, Athlone

Elaine McCormack, General Counsel, Bio-Medical Research, Galway 

Other panellists to be confirmed