In this series, we shine a spotlight on a number of experienced General Counsel and answer your burning questions to help you on your journey in-house.

Our General Counsel from around the world are in the spotlight as they share their career tips, challenges and milestones on topics from diversity and inclusion to the move from private practice to in-house.

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Episode 3 – Truly understanding your business as an in-house lawyer with Kevin Withane

In this episode Kevin Withane, Group Ethics and Compliance Director at TI Fluids, answers your questions on how to truly understand your business, demonstrate commerciality and showcase yourself as a true business partner. Kevin shares lessons learnt from his own career journey in-house as he navigated the business arena, built relationships across all business functions and managed the talent in his team; creating opportunities for himself, his team and his organisation along the way.

Kevin Withane is Group Ethics and Compliance Director at TI Fluid Systems, a FTSE 250 company, where he leads regional legal functions. He is the founder of Diversity-X, a community, fund in the making, and ecosystem to support underestimated founders that are making a positive impact in the world. He is also an investor for Clim8 Invest, an app for sustainable investment and a deeply passionate DE&I advocate.

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Episode 2 - Moving from private practice to in-house with Robyn Sandilands

In this episode Robyn Sandilands, Head of Legal at Pets at Home Plc, answers questions on changing your career from private practice to in-house. Robyn shares her experiences and the challenges she faced, providing insight and advice on how to manage your career at different stages of life. She advises on the importance of shaping your why when making big career decisions; plus how learning to ‘be comfortable with being uncomfortable’ is a key skill for in-house counsel.

Robyn is Head of Legal for Pets at Home Plc and heads up the veterinary side of the Group which comprises 440 Joint and Group Venture Veterinary Practices. Previously Robyn worked in-house as a litigator for Vodafone and spent a decade in private practice at Bevan Brittan LLP working as a litigator on commercial disputes and contentious regulatory matters. Before training to be a lawyer Robyn worked in Central Government and television.

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Episode 1 - Diversity & Inclusion for in-house lawyers

Matt Lepore, Group General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at BASF, answers questions on Diversity & Inclusion including who should be championing change, the many benefits of diverse teams and how crafting an inclusive environment is more important than numbers.

Matt Lepore was Corporate Secretary & Chief Governance Counsel for Pfizer Inc., New York. Before Pfizer, Matt was a partner at DLA Piper, and prior to that he was a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice. Matt received his J.D. from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia; and his B.S. from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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