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The Apollo Leadership Institute brings together general counsel and senior in-house lawyers to collaborate on culture, leadership, and talent; as well as on the creation of meritocratic workplaces.  


Leadership in the legal sector agree that there is a strong case for organisational change and better culture in our sector because it results in:

(i) better talent management; 

(ii) increased efficiency; 

(iii) better delivery of service to clients; and 

(iv) better reflection of clients and wider society.  

Despite this, the legal sector has struggled with the delivery of this vision. 

The Institute has been over ten years in the making and is founded on the InterLaw Diversity Forum’s ground-breaking work in thought leadership, including:


  • Our Research. We have created a body of research over the past decade including our 2012 report, Career Progression in the Legal Sector, now updated for publication in 2020.   These reports cover all strands of diversity and social mobility in the UK legal sector.

  • The Apollo Project. We are continuing to build up an open-source library of effective D&I interventions, based on learnings from our global cross-sector Apollo Project.

  • Our Faculty. We are assembling a faculty who are experts in the field of leadership, culture, and diversity and inclusion.


The Institute is dedicated to:


  • Using Research and Data.  We use both our research and that of others to ensure our work is data-driven and focused. 

  • Sharing Best Practice. We share tools from best practice and innovation from the legal sector and beyond to unlock change.

  • Supporting Leadership.  We are creating a learning and development programme with the Institute’s faculty to support the members of the Institute.

  • Collaborating with Legal Service Providers.  We will support collaboration with panel law firms and legal service providers to encourage progress in this space.  



Membership to the Apollo Leadership Institute is limited to General Counsel and senior in-house lawyers.  

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Apollo Leadership Institute: Senior Advisory Board 

We are pleased to announce the establishment of our Senior Advisory Board, a body of leading general counsel and senior in-house lawyers who will advise the co-leads of the Apollo Leadership Institute on all aspects of our work, including prioritisation and implementation of projects (as well as accompanying timetables, etc.), to ensure that we are meeting our own goals as well as the needs of general counsel and senior in-house lawyers around diversity, inclusion, and culture.

  • Edward Bibko, General Counsel, Kobre & Kim

  • Sarah Blomfield, General Counsel EMEA, Evercore

  • Rob Booth, General Counsel & Company Secretary, The Crown Estate

  • Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel, Walmart

  • Alyson Clark, General Counsel, GE Renewable Energy

  • Ingrid Cope, Legal Counsel Western Europe, Coca Cola

  • David Jackson, General Counsel, Barclays Europe 

  • Ruchi Kaushal, General Counsel, Cable & Wireless Communications 

  • Fleur Knowsley, Acting General Counsel, Google Fiber (US)

  • Nicola Lancaster, Senior Legal Counsel, Shell

  • Barry Matthews, SVP General Counsel (EMEA and UK), Meggitt; Founder, Social Mobility Business Partnership; Member Board of Directors, Solicitors Regulation Authority

  • Sheldon Mills, Director of Competition, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

  • Banke Odunaike, Head Legal – EMEA, CBRE

  • Ike Osaki, General Counsel EMEA, Bank of America

  • Monica Risam, General Counsel, Lombard International Group

  • Emma Slatter, General Counsel, Visa Europe

  • Emily Smith-Reid, Deputy General Counsel, HSBC  

  • Dame Fiona Woolf DBE, Former Lord Mayor of the City of London; Former President of the Law Society 


If you are a General Counsel or senior in-house lawyer and would like to participate in the Apollo Leadership Institute, please contact:

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