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Riding the Waves of Change | Unleashing Value as a Modern In-house Lawyer


The last 24 months represent potentially the greatest shift in the role and responsibilities of in-house lawyers ever seen.

Skill-sets are having to be reevaluated and sharpened like never before. Due diligence and M&A documentation has been replaced by total revisions of employee handbooks, vaccination policies and an unrelenting wave of ESG-related documentation from an ever-growing range of stakeholders.

As a corporate counsel operating within the African mining sector, it can feel like you just can’t catch a breath.
The good news is that the Investing in African Mining Indaba, Africa Legal and a wonderful, but under-connected, peer group of mining in-house lawyers stand ready to deliver you the insights, practical tips, connections and a moment of “pause” that you’re so desperately in need of! 

All of this is delivered by the only dedicated event for mining in-house counsel, the GC Forum, running this year in-person on 12 May 2022 as part of the wider Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Launched in 2020, the event’s content is laser-focussed on delivering practical and real-world insights which you can, sometimes immediately, start applying to your own role and organisation for significant benefit. As the event organisers, the more notes we see being scribbled down and tapped onto ipads during the event, the happier we are! 

Don’t just take our word for how valuable this event is, though. Our returning (from 2020) co-chair for the event, Daniel Driscoll, VP Legal, Risk and Compliance at Endeavour Mining plc had this to say: 

“I’m thrilled to, once again, be co-chairing this event and look forward to welcoming as many of mining’s in-house counsel as possible to Cape Town in May. In a world that is requiring the in-house lawyer to navigate an increasingly complex spectrum of legal issues - ranging from the implications of the global pandemic, conflict and sanctions, to engagement with local stakeholders and managing on the ground expectations - the Mining Indaba’s GC Forum is the only symposium of its kind that focuses on the unique challenges faced by in-house lawyers specialising in the African mining sector.”

Must-attend sessions at the 2022 event include:
  • An opening keynote address from the CEO of the International Council on Mining & Minerals, Rohitesh Dhawan, looking at addressing the “trust deficit” between miners and their global stakeholders.
  • A session bringing together both in-house counsel and their government counterparts on “Working together for long-term governance” chaired by Andrew Irvine, General Counsel of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
  • A panel of leading practitioners and C-suite looking at “Turning ESG Inwards” and discussing the powerful role corporate culture has to play in delivering business stability.

Interested in attending the 2023 General Counsel Forum? Register now to secure your spot. 


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