About The Vis-à-Vis Legal IT Event

Hold the date! 1st, 2nd & 3rd October

Following the huge success of the events of the last two years, the date of this year’s Vis-à-Vis Legal IT is announced!  A sumptuous dinner on Sunday, 1st October, will be followed by the conference on Monday, 2nd October.  The theme of this year’s events is ‘What is innovation and how to manage it’.  Most firms talk about innovation or use it as part of the pitch to client – and this can be seen as the responsibility of the IT department.

But what is it really?   Do we really need it and how do you manage it?

We will be looking at these ideas with a constant check on reality!

A networking champagne reception will end the day followed by a less formal dinner at which you can continue the discussion with your peers, and departure is after breakfast on Tuesday, 3rd.

Enquiries to:  jan.decerce@visavisevents.co.uk

 

Accommodation – Sopwell House

Please note:  all the facilities of Sopwell House 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 – enquiries@sopwellhouse.co.uk

Impressive, exible, impeccably run and well located, these are key venue criteria for a smart event organiser – Sopwell House offers all of this and more.

From small meetings to product launches, conferences for hundreds or team building events, any business need can be expertly accommodated across 19 well-equipped exible function suites.

Deep in the Hertfordshire countryside, yet with London virtually on the doorstep, our Georgian country house hotel and its 12 acres of beautiful grounds is a hidden sanctuary for those who appreciate comfortable re nement and a real sense of freedom.

Once the private residence of Lord Mountbatten, Sopwell House is an important listed building, featuring elegant Georgian architecture, beautiful interiors and picturesque gardens. Complementing this

sumptuous environment, guests will be welcomed by the genuine warmth of our family-run hotel with its dedicated team and a host of sophisticated facilities and services.

In summary, the hotel features 128 stylish rooms and suites, including sixteen mews suites; ne dining and brasserie restaurants; charming bars and lounges; a luxury spa; a number of function suites for business or special occasions; complimentary on-site parking and free WiFi internet throughout.

How to get to Sopwell House

SAT NAV SETTINGS

Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2HQ

BY ROAD

From the M25 Clockwise, Heathrow

  • Exit the M25 at junction 21a and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A405 towards St Albans
  • Continue over two roundabouts and at the third take the third exit onto the A414 towards Hatfield
  • Take the first slip road signposted Shenley/Sopwell and turn left
  • At the mini roundabout turn left onto Cottonmill Lane
  • Sopwell House is situated approximately 1/4 mile down this road on the left hand side

From the M25 Anti-clockwise, Dartford Tunnel

  • Exit the M25 at junction 22 and at the roundabout take the third exit towards St Albans
  • Continue ahead at the next roundabout and at the end of the dual carriageway, take the third exit at the roundabout onto London Road
  • Continue to the third set of traffic lights and turn left onto Mile House Lane
  • Pass under the railway bridge and go straight over the mini roundabout onto Cottonmill Lane
  • Sopwell House is situated approximately 1/4 mile down this road on the left hand side

From the M1 Southbound

  • Exit the M1 at junction 7 and join the A414 towards St Albans
  • At the roundabout take the second exit onto the A414 towards Hatfield
  • Take the first slip road signposted Shenley/Sopwell and turn left
  • At the mini roundabout turn left onto Cottonmill Lane
  • Sopwell House is situated approximately 1/4 mile down this road on the left hand side

From the M1 Northbound

  • Exit the M1 at junction 6 following signs to St Albans
  • Continue over three roundabouts and at the fourth take the third exit onto the A414 towards Hatfield
  • Take the first slip road signposted Shenley/Sopwell and turn left
  • At the mini roundabout turn left onto Cottonmill Lane
  • Sopwell House is situated approximately 1/4 mile down this road on the left hand side
BY TRAIN
  • Thameslink operate a direct service between St Pancras International and St Albans station. Fast and semi-fast train call at West Hampstead station before St Albans and the journey time is approx.15 minutes. Look for either BEDFORD service or ST ALBANS service
  • There is also a local service from Kentish Town, West Hampstead, Cricklewood, Hendon, Mill Hill Broadway, Elstree & Borehamwood, and Radlett
  • On arrival at St Albans station there is a taxi rank outside and the journey to Sopwell House is 5-10 minutes depending on traffic.

“Quotes from our 2015 event…….

The event was attended by 28 IT Directors – this is a snippet of what everyone had to say about it:

Great event… very much targeted at the issues I am facing in terms of helping me gain traction within the firm and so put us in the best position to take advantage of the technology opportunities that are out there. Mike Ames and Sarah Spooner’s presentations in particular were very good

Nathan Hayes

IT Director, Osborne Clark

Really enjoyed the event and the venue was great.

Richard Harris

IT Director, Freshfields

Most valuable networking and “thinking” event this year.. Why? Because the focus was on people / change and transformation rather than technology!

David Aird

IT Director, DAC Beachcroft

As a vendor I’ve been attending legal events for over 10 years and this event was a real shining light. The sheer relevance of the content delivered in an intimate environment is unrivalled. I’d urge any vendor looking to add real value to their clients to attend this event and listen to the discussion taking place; understand the real business challenges that IT Directors face and help build better solutions.

Derek Kindercliff-Jones

Director, Managed Solutions, Phoenix Business Solutions

The speakers were a perfect fit for our current initiatives and the venue was outstanding.

Mike Burton

Head of IT, Cripps Harries Hall

A fantastic event! The speakers were exceptional and the content was relevant and stimulating.  The intimacy created by the limited number of attendees, as well as the event location, really added to the success of this event.

Samia Rauf

Managing Director, EMEA Regional Accounts, InTapp

Thank you for putting on the event, some great thought-leading content from the guest speakers, it is not every day you have the opportunity to listen to the head of legal for Vodafone and prestigious organisations such as PWC and Gartner.

Steve Sumner

IT Director, Taylor Vinters LLP

Networking with a such an interesting set of individuals I learnt more about the challenges you face in delivering value to your internal customers (lawyers), as well as putting in place the communications platform that the clients are looking for in terms of the client engagement that Sarah Spooner, Head of Legal at Vodafone and Mike Ames covered in their sessions.

Andrew Lee

Regional Sales Manager EMEA, ThinkingPhones

It was a great event and no real vendor selling which is unusual!

David Lawson

IT Director, Mattheson

I loved the event – excellent!

John Hunter

IT Director, European Court of Human Rights