We are thrilled to announce that the 2020 Annual Conference will take place virtually on Tuesday, 3rd November at 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

Join LES B&I for their online conference featuring invited panellists and a Q&A session to discuss how to position your company for investment.

Issues to be covered:

What does a venture capitalist look for when prospecting investment? Identifying the key areas to set up your business for investment.

What to expect when contracting with regulated organisations.  Becoming prepared for signing major agreements.  Understanding the contractual landscape and setting up your business to ensure compliance.

IP ownership and positioning for investment. Identifying and protecting your company’s core IP assets and maximising them for investment.


Dr Mary Canning

Phil Hall and Craig Allan
NatWest Group

Megan Briggs and Paul Scullion
Burness Paull

Read about the speakers here.



2:00pm – 2:05pm     LES Britain & Ireland President’s Welcome

Patrick Cantrill, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

2:05pm – 2:15pm     Conference Introduction by Organising Committee Chair

Mark Cruickshank, The Royal Bank of Scotland

2:15pm – 3:00pm     Securing Venture Capital Investment

Mary Canning, Epidarex Capital

This talk will give a venture capitalist’s perspective on early-stage investing, covering the attributes that investors look for and how to build a strong case for securing investment.

3:00pm – 3:50pm      Investor Readiness: Legal Aspects

Megan Briggs and Paul Scullion, Burness Paull

When thinking about investment it is important that you are “diligence ready” and that includes your intellectual property rights.  Megan will discuss the different intellectual property rights that each business should be considering and why it is crucial to think about intellectual property from the outset.  This will include advice on some of the common misconceptions which can often prove costly.Paul will speak to his experience of advising both investors and investee companies on the actions that businesses who are looking to make themselves “investor ready” should take from a legal perspective.  All this will be aimed at ensuring that your fundraising proceeds smoothly and quickly.  He will also speak to some of the key points for legal and commercial negotiation which typically arise when taking on external investment.

3:50pm – 4:45pm     What can you expect when contracting with large organisations?

Phil Hall and Craig Allan, NatWest Group

An overview of what can be expected when contracting with a large organisation.  The session will include some practical advice and words of caution around commonly seen clauses, traps to avoid and things to be wary of.

4:45pm – 5:00pm     Summary and Finish