About The Vis-à-Vis HR Event

Managing the Workforce of the Future

Hold the date! 23rd/24th May 2017

Luton Hoo Resort, Bedfordshire

We have created a unique event that exclusively focuses on the strategic challenges facing the most senior HR leaders in the UK’s large law firms.  Our stimulating and highly interactive programme looks out beyond the day-job and scans the horizon as the fundamental nature of legal work and the legal workforce shifts around us and as firms look to their HR leaders to anticipate, interpret and adopt very different ways of working.

Amidst dramatically changing business models, generational attitudes and capabilities, mobile and agile working and – of course – an intensifying war for talent, how CHROs and their departments reposition themselves and influence those around them to achieve is a thread that runs through the day. Programme highlights include our keynote speaker, Lucy Adams, author of the recently published – and very successful – book ‘Disruptive HR’ and leading consultant on people and HR issues, to kick off the event.  Lucy will lay out her case for why HR has to change, in characteristically lively and challenging style, drawing on her fascinating experience leading HR at the BBC and a career in senior HR roles which includes leading HR at Eversheds.

Our guest presenter on Managing the impact of generational diversity is Doctor Michael Gill, a member of the internationally-regarded faculty at University of Bath’s School of Management – which has more top 10 rankings in HR Magazine’s ‘Most Influential HR Thinkers 2016’ than any other institution.  Michael’s is a member of the Future of Work (FoW) research centre and his work has included studies of lawyers and other professions.  His engaging and thought-provoking take on how organisations will be impacted as more of the millennial generation enter the workforce is one of our highlights of day 2.

Our conference co-host Chris Bull is Executive Director of legal & professional service advisory firm Kingsmead Square and brings his extensive experience in law firm management to present a panel examination of the changing nature of law firm organisation design and governance, as structures and C-suite roles that were once the preserve of large corporations become embedded in professional partnerships.  Charlie Keeling, who has held HRD and COO roles at firms including FieldFisher, Clydes and DAC Beachcroft, is our other co-host and he will lead our day 2 session ‘Introducing your next generation lawyers’.  In debate with a panel of other legal HR luminaries, Charlie will explore the changing nature of attracting, hiring, retaining and developing talent in the age of millennials, Apprentices, ‘not going to Uni’, specialist paralegals, virtual and freelance lawyers.     A full programme will be published soon.

Vis-à-Vis events are not all stimulating debate and insight either.  Somehow, we manage to squeeze in more time to network and get to know your fellow attendees – including senior representatives from some of the most influential service providers to the legal HR sector – than comparable events.

Enquiries to:  chris.bull@visavisevents.co.uk

Accommodation – Luton Hoo Hotel

Please note:  all the facilities of Luton Hoo are available to you, both prior to check-in and following check-out, should you wish to make use of the spa or partake in a round of golf.  This can be arranged direct with the hotel via the attached link – http://www.lutonhoo.co.uk/spa-wellness-0

Beyond the magnificent facade of the Mansion House which greets guests on arrival, lies a 5 star hotel on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, which is like no other in the home counties.
However, our guests quickly discover that behind the imposing grandeur of Luton Hoo, the atmosphere is very relaxed and welcoming.

The pillared halls and elegant lounges, individual period rooms, formal gardens and the award-winning Wernher Restaurant create a unique ambience of gracious living which is without equal in the locality. The Country Club is set within a Grade II* listed Robert Adam courtyard which previously formed the stables of the mansion house.

It offers a superbly appointed Spa, an indoor pool with a view onto woodlands and relaxed dining in the Adam’s Brasserie.  Here you can also enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Adam’s Bar and The 19th which is very popular with golfers who have just completed our championship 18 hole par 73 golf course. By contrast,

Warren Weir forms a world of its own. This ultimate exclusive use venue is surrounded by tumbling water, and features light and airy function rooms for business meetings, special occasions and weddings, or any event where the emphasis is on complete privacy.

Replenishing the natural habitat of Luton Hoo has been just as important to us as restoring the Mansion House to its former glory. Beyond the formal gardens, designed by Capability Brown, stretch over 1,000 acres of glorious parkland, meadows, woodlands, lakes, rivers and nature trails to be explored.

Not all luxury hotels in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire are the same, and at Luton Hoo there is simply so much to enjoy and experience that we have our own fleet of specially customized London taxis to ferry our guests around the estate. The only difference being that our taxi cabs are free.

With excellent transport links between St. Pancras and Luton Parkway railway stations, we are as easily reached from London as we are from nearby Cambridge. And Luton Airport puts us in touch with cities from all over Europe.

How to get to Luton Hoo Hotel

Satellite Navigation

To ensure you are directed to the correct part of the estate, please enter the hotel name ‘Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa’ into your Sat Nav as well as the postcode.
Guests – LU1 3TQ
Deliveries – LU1 3TG

By Road

Leave the M1 at Junction 10 signposted Luton Airport. Drive along the dual carriageway and take the 1st exit to the left signposted “A1081 St Albans and Harpenden”. Keep bearing left until you get to a roundabout. There are brown signs saying “Luton Hoo” to the left. Take the 1st exit to the left and you will go under the dual carriageway. At the 2nd roundabout take the 2nd exit (straight on) and continue on the A1081 towards St Albans and Harpenden. Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa is approximately ½ mile on the left hand side

By Rail

Luton Parkway Station is situated a 5 minute taxi ride away and is served by First Capital Connect with a frequent 30 minute service into the City of London. From Central London there is a regular Northern Line underground service to the International Terminal Link – St Pancras serving the Eurostar route.

By Air

Luton Airport – 10 minute transfer time Stansted Airport – 70 minutes Heathrow Airport – 40 minutes Gatwick Airport – 90 minutes

By Taxi

From hotel by prior arrangement.

Car Hire

From hotel by prior arrangement.

By Helicopter

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Our 2017 Sponsors

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