Consumers, technology, populations, and politics are moving on a global scale, upsetting traditional business models whilst creating new opportunities for disruption.

Combined with the increased risk of technology-related security breaches, General Counsel are in a unique position to take the lead on identifying, preventing and managing organisational risks as well as shaping strategic corporate objectives.

Celebrating its 5th year, the General Counsel Summit is the most senior and significant gathering of in-house legal professionals in Australia. Gathering the best legal minds from Australia’s leading companies, it is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance organisational performance today.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of in-house legal management in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies.

  • Gain first hand insights from the world’s most influential organisations
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in in-house legal management in Australia
  • Learn the lessons of best practice from General Counsel and understand how you can apply them
  • Discoverwhat the future holds for in-house legal departments, technologies and processes
  • Explore topical insights into the strategy, leadership and innovation shaping the success of in-house legal teams
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers at dedicated breaks in a five-star environment

Gain Access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment


Sara Moss
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
The Estée Lauder Companies (USA)
Marc S. Firestone
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Philip Morris International (USA)
Nik Azli Abu Zahar
Executive Counsel
Malaysia Airlines (MYS)
Jenni Aldrich
Director of Legal, APAC
Google (SGP)
Caroline Cox
Group General Counsel
BHP Billiton
The Hon. Margaret Stone
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
The Hon George Brandis QC
Hon. Mark Speakman SC, MP
Attorney General NSW
Michael Antaw
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Rachel Launders
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Nine Entertainment
Dayna Field
Chief Legal Officer
Virgin Australia
Ryan Rayfield
Vice President & Head of ANZ Legal
American Express Australia
Craig Katerberg
Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs
Carlton & United Breweries
Anna Lozynski
General Counsel, Australia & New Zealand
Peter Huston
Director Corporate Services, Chief General Counsel
Fortescue Metals Group
Betty Ivanoff
Group General Counsel
Coca-Cola Amatil
Adrian D’Amico
Defence General Counsel
Department of Defence
Sue Bird
Acting Chief Operating Officer
Australian Federal Police
Chris Bertuch
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Kylie McPherson
Corporate Relations & Legal Director
Diageo Australia
Sean Hughes
Group General Counsel
Chris Ryan
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Energy Australia
Christine Harman
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Cricket Australia
Malcolm Haack
Group General Counsel
Pita Williams
General Counsel, Risk & Governance
QBE Australia
Connie Carnabuci
General Counsel
Emma Zipper
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Australia & New Zealand
Jenny Rees
General Counsel
Patrick Brown
General Counsel & Corporate Affairs Manager
Ladbrokes Australia
Trent Czinner
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Vodafone Hutchison
Chaman Sidhu
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Patrick Eyers
General Counsel
Australian Rugby Union
Michael Tidball
Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society NSW
Katherine Grace
Group Counsel & Company Secretary
Libby Davidson
Group General Counsel and External Relations Director
Senior Representative
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Senior Representative
Senior Representative
King & Wood Mallesons
Senior Representative


  • Mapping Uncertainty: External Forces on the Radar of Today’s General Counsel
  • Leading-Edge Legal Leadership: Where Capability Meets Business Responsibility
  • Dynamic by Design: Energising & Optimising In-House Strategy
  • Intersecting with Innovation: General Counsel & the Pursuit of Value Creation
  • Legal Horizons: Mastering the International Landscape of Regulation
  • Strong Partnerships, Superior Results: Optimising External Legal Services
  • Future Focused: General Counsel in a Changing World



Our influence and our shadow outweigh our size. With strategic innovation and deep client relationships, Corrs Chambers Westgarth is taking the lead in today’s legal market while shaping the business landscape for our client’s tomorrow. We do more than advise; we adapt.


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Celebrating its 5th year, the General Counsel Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this decision-making audience, before, during and after the event.

As marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior in-house legal professionals the General Counsel Summit offers unrivalled cut-through

This event was sold out in 2017

Tim Lockwood – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: timl@cmgroup.com.au


Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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To make a booking, contact reservations directly on +61 (2) 9238 8870 or groups.sydney@swissotel.com

Packages Early Bird Price (ends 23 March) Standard Price (from 24 March)
In-house Legal Professional: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $2020 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1840 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1660 + GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3630 + GST $3630 + GST

* This option is for service providers to in-house legal professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event and must submit an online application for internal review.

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  • Terms & Conditions

    Connect Events is part of Connect Media Group Pty Ltd

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. Group discounts will only be applied on the original order – added delegates will not receive a discount once registration in processed. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media Group endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media Group reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media Group reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media Group may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media Group in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media Group in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@cmgroup.com.au

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

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    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email team@cmgroup.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – when you book 3 delegates a 4th attends for free. The group booking discount will be calculated by reducing the individual cost of each pass by deducting the free pass from the total booking amount. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@cmgroup.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of in-house legal Professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.