Luxury Law Summit – Tuesday 15 May – Ham Yard Hotel, London

08:15  Morning Refreshments & Registration

08:50  Welcome

09:00  Luxury Futures In A Disruptive World

Pierre Mercier, Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

09:30 A Day In the Life Of A GC

Chair: Barbara Kolsun, Professor of Fashion Law and Director, Cardozo’s FAME (Fashion Arts Media and Entertainment) Program

Stefania Geraci, VP & General Counsel N.A, Luxottica Group
Sara Citterio, Corporate Affairs, Legal and Compliance, Trussardi
Suzanne White, Associate General Counsel, Tapestry

10.15 Legal Challenges in the Art World

Nicola Steel, General Counsel, Christies

10.35  Refreshments and networking


Session One, hosted by Baker McKenzie

Sustainability: what’s driving the agenda and how can your business evolve to meet and stay ahead of demand?

From the Green Carpet Fashion Awards to Stella McCartney’s recent calls for an overhaul on waste in the fashion industry, sustainability is increasingly becoming a focus for luxury and fashion businesses. This roundtable will look at:

  • What is driving the agenda? We will look at the changing expectations of consumers, social media pressures and legal reform on sustainability reporting.
  • How can innovation help businesses to meet these demands? From supply chain transparency to new materials, what tools are businesses using to comply with their obligations?
  • How do you evolve your business and build a sustainable brand? How can businesses implement sustainable development goals and protect and promote their investment in business practices while still growing?

Christie Constantine, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Baker McKenzie

Session Two hosted by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschebaum & Nagelberg

    • Details to follow

Session Three, hosted by Bryan Cave

Being Beautiful Online

Technology is transforming the cosmetics industry, and many companies are taking the confusing and overwhelming prospect of shopping for beauty products to a new level of experimentation and fun for consumers. Smartphone applications, virtual makeovers and color matching technology can narrow a client’s choices to a few key products they would like to try on and ultimately purchase. As more companies are finding ways to allow clients to explore and experiment, it is a strategic imperative to consider how technology can enhance the buying experience.

This panel will explore:

  • The ways in which global beauty companies are using technology to allow customers to experiment with looks and products before purchase
  • The impact that these advances in technology are having on the online sale of beauty products
  • Acquisition opportunities that are turning beauty companies into technology companies
  • Legal considerations for everything from the development of virtual makeover applications to capturing and storing customer data as they engage with the technology

Session Four, hosted by INCOPRO & Wiggin

Design rights – Why it’s essential to know what these rights are and how you can use them to protect your business.

Many luxury brands create high quality and valuable designs that are capable of intellectual property protection at an EU and UK national level.

In the first half of the workshop, expert lawyers at Wiggin will offer an interactive discussion on how UK unregistered design right interweaves with European-derived design rights to provide a useful package that luxury brands need to be aware of. We will also answer your concerns on how these rights will be affected by Brexit.

In the second half of the workshop, expert brand analysts from INCOPRO will provide an interactive discussion based on some practical case study examples that show how design rights have been used to ensure that online platforms remove the sale of knock off items. Why do some platforms accept these rights? Which platforms don’t? What can you do about that?

Simon Baggs, CEO at INCOPRO and Partner and Head of the IP Team at Wiggin
Rachel Alexander, Partner, Wiggin

12.00  Luxury Takeaways

Your opportunity to hear the key learnings from the morning’s breakout sessions

12.10  Defining Luxury Hospitality

Arrigo Cipriani, son of Giuseppe Cipriani, the founder of the world-renowned Harry’s Bar will set the scene in defining luxury hospitality.  Bringing his 60-year experience as a restaurateur, Mr. Cipriani will take us on a journey where we will look at whether luxury is a state of being or the mere possession of certain goods which we consider luxurious.  We will look at the significance of service that separates luxury from snobbism and how luxury hospitality can make the impossible happen.  Mr. Cipriani will talk us through the complexity of simplicity which his restaurants are renowned for. 

Arrigo Cipriani

12.25  Diversification& Business Challenges In The World Of Luxury Food

Arthur Artinian, Partner, K&L Gates
Bobby Chinn
Arrigo Cipriani

12.50 Lunch and networking


Delegates again have the choice of sessions, each led by a leading law firm specialising in the luxury sector,

Session one, hosted by Lewis Silkin

Creating a lasting change

2017 was the year the issues of workplace sexual harassment dominated the public conversation. As the year closed, the media spotlight was firmly focused on sexual harassment and the far reaching #metoo campaign. But it hasn’t just been about sexual harassment – the Hampton-Alexander review showed that women remain under-represented at senior levels across all sectors and the pace of change needs to be accelerated.

Over the years, a number of public and private sector initiatives have failed to make the sort of lasting change that we would all like to see. We want to translate the impetus created by 2017’s media scrutiny into long-lasting improvement in women’s experience of work. We recognise that creating a lasting change requires a multi-disciplinary approach – focusing on separate legal, political, cultural and structural solutions is unlikely to lead to effective or sustainable outcomes.

This session is an opportunity to explore the issues affecting organisations and their female employees. We don’t have all the answers – but we hope this will be a forum to share thoughts and ideas (and successes) and the start of an open conversation about what we need to do to achieve lasting change.

Richard Miskella, Partner, Employment, Immigration and Reward, Lewis Silkin
Emma Richardson, Director, Lewis Silkin Worksphere

Session two, hosted by Van Bael and Bellis

Competition Law Strategies – Protect Your Brand, Protect Your Retail Partners, Protect Your Revenue

This session covers strategic planning on issues of brand-protection, managing retail partners and addressing parallel trade in the light of recent legal developments. These areas are fraught with possible competition law issues, but are also areas of opportunity where up-front strategic planning can allow for more effective systems to improve your results.

This panel will explore:

  • Protecting Brand Image – Advantages and limits of selective distribution systems, including online
  • Managing Retail Partners – Managing sales strategies of retail partners to enhance the effectiveness of your retail network and preserve incentives to enhance services (limiting their use of market places, price comparison tools and other online marketing)
  • Addressing Parallel Trade – Internal and external structures and systems to manage parallel trade in compliance with the law

Andrzej Kmiecik, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis
Michael Clancy,
Senior Counsel, Van Bael & Bellis

 14:55  Luxury Takeaways

Your opportunity to hear the key learnings from the breakout sessions

15.10 The digital and ecommerce revolution in luxury: next steps

Two views, from an entrepreneur and a more established luxury business, on the opportunities and challenges created by the developing digital and ecommerce landscape

Margarita Serrano, Serrano
Speaker tbc  

15.30 Refreshments 

16.00 Navigating the new world of collaboration in the luxury sector   

As established luxury brands seek new consumers and innovation through collaborations with other brands, designers and influencers, what are the potential pitfalls and opportunities?  This session will uncover the key issues and challenges that need to be addressed to ensure collaborations deliver success 

Chair: Lewis Cohen, Commercial Partner, IP Protection, Mischon de Reya

Holly Fulton, Creative Director, Holly Fulton

16:30  Luxpreneurs: Jade Jagger: The Interview

17.00  Chairpersons summing up