The Changing Legal Environment and What it Means for Australia's General Counsel
Attorney General NSW
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In a business landscape of constant reinvention, negotiating legal issues calls for superior risk management with a firm focus on innovation. Today’s General Counsel must become agile legal strategists who can sustain business growth and integrity across diverse jurisdictions.
Bringing together the best in-house legal minds from Australia’s leading companies, the General Counsel Summit is the nation’s premier learning and networking platform designed for – and delivered by – General Counsel.
At the forefront of executive insight and inspiration, the General Counsel Summit equips in-house counsel with the strategies they need to further their vision, skills and leadership in 2017.
The 4th annual General Counsel Summit is a prestigious event that congregates the most senior in-house counsel from all sectors of the national economy.
Executives will hear from noted in-house leaders, learn about exemplary practice, share professional experiences, and enjoy exclusive networking opportunities.
▶ Be Inspired by the most distinguished General Counsel, locally and internationally
▶ Gain topical insights into the strategy, leadership and innovation shaping the success of in-house legal teams
▶ Learn the lessons of best practice and understand how you can apply them
▶ Engage with your fellow General Counsel and share experiences, ideas and solutions
▶ Discover what the future holds for in-house legal departments, technologies and processes
▶ Network effectively at dedicated lunches, breaks and networking drinks
// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Executive Office of the President (USA)
Group General Counsel
Carmel Mulhern commenced her role as Group General Counsel of Telstra in January 2012. Carmel is responsible for providing legal advice to Telstra’s Board, CEO and senior management. She manages one of the largest in-house corporate legal teams in Australia, with members also located in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, London and New York. Prior to this, Carmel was the Telstra Company Secretary, responsible for continuous disclosure, compliance, corporate governance and communication to Telstra’s 1.4 million shareholders. She has played a key role in the partial and full privatisation of Telstra (T2 and T3) and the two $11bn National Broadband Network (nbn) transactions signed with the Commonwealth Government and nbn co.
In 2015, Carmel was named General Counsel of the Year at the Australian Law Awards, the Association of Corporate Counsel Awards and the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. In 2016 she was named in The UK Financial Times Global General Counsel 30.
Carmel joined the Telstra legal team in July 2000 after a successful career at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King Wood Mallesons). She has previously held the positions of Associate to Justice Mary Gaudron of the High Court of Australia (the first female High Court judge) and Associate to Justice Philip Cummins of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has taught at Monash University on directors’ duties and advanced corporations law. Carmel is the author of two legal texts on criminal law and prosecution of corporations.
Carmel is a member of Telstra’s Ethics Committee, a member of the St James Ethics Advisory Council and a Director of Justice Connect. She is the founding Chair of the ACC Australia GC100, a member of Chief Executive Women in Australia and a member the General Counsel 50, part of World 50 Inc.
Carmel holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Laws from Monash University. She has three children and lives in Melbourne.
Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016.
Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chairman of the ACCC.
Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a Director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications.
Rod Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.
Dr Simon Longstaff AO|
The Ethics Centre
Senator The Hon George Brandis QC|
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane. He was educated at the University of Queensland (from which he graduated with first class honours in Arts and Law) and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law and won the Sir Rupert Cross Prize.
On his return from the United Kingdom, Senator Brandis worked as a lawyer at Minter Ellison before going to the Bar in 1985. He established a successful commercial practice specialising in equity and trade practices law. He took silk in 2006. He was for several years a part-time lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Queensland Law School.
Senator Brandis was selected to fill a casual Senate vacancy in May 2000, representing the state of Queensland. He was re-elected in 2004, 2010 and 2016.
Senator Brandis has served as a Minister in the Howard, Abbott and Turnbull governments. He has held the portfolios of Attorney-General and Vice-President of the Executive Council since September 2013. A member of the Liberal Party’s Leadership Group since May 2010, Senator Brandis was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate in September 2015.
Director of Legal, Australia and New Zealand
Former Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
The Honourable Mark Raymond Speakman SC MP|
Attorney General NSW
Dr Richard Dammery|
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary
Cathie Armour’s appointment as Commissioner commenced on 3 June 2013 and is for a four-year term.
Cathie has 18 years experience in legal counsel leadership roles in international financial institutions. Most recently, she was General Counsel for Macquarie Capital and an Executive Director of Macquarie Group, advising on equity, debt and private capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and financial investment transactions. She has also held senior compliance and operational risk positions at Macquarie Capital and at JP Morgan in Australia. Before she
joined ASIC, Cathie was also a member of the ASX Tribunal.
Cathie previously worked in private legal practice for the forerunners of the firms King & Wood Mallesons and Allens in Sydney and for Milbank,Tweed,Hadley & McCloy in New York.
Maya vanden Driesen|
Group General Counsel
Maya was appointed Group General Counsel of Wesfarmers Limited in January 2015. She joined Wesfarmers in 1993 in the position of Legal Counsel – Litigation, and was appointed to the Senior Legal Counsel role for the Corporate Solicitors Office (Perth) in 2009. In 2010 Maya was appointed General Manager Legal – Litigation overseeing the management and conduct of all litigation and dispute matters across the Wesfarmers Group. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Maya practised law at Parker & Parker and Downings Legal in areas including general commercial, industrial, regulatory and insurance litigation.
Maya holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws degrees from The University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1990. Maya is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member and former secretary of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (WA Chapter) and a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Andrew Finch is the Qantas Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, having joined the Qantas Group in 2012.
Mr Finch leads a team that is responsible for the management of legal risk and company secretarial matters across the Qantas Group. Mr Finch has more than 23 years legal experience in Australia and overseas, joining the Qantas Group from the leading Australian practice of Allens, where he had been a partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and general corporate and governance advice.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Master of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration (Exec) from the AGSM. He is a member of the ACC General Counsel Advisory Board, and ACC Australia’s GC100 and Advocacy Network.
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
Simon Tuxen was appointed General Counsel of Westfield Corporation in June 2014. Prior to the establishment of Westfield Corporation, Mr Tuxen was Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Westfield Group. Prior to joining Westfield in 2002, Mr Tuxen was the General Counsel of BIL International Limited in Singapore, Group Legal Manager of the Jardine Matheson Group in Hong Kong and a partner with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) from 1987 to 1996.
Geoffrey Watson SC|
Director of Legal
eBay Australia & New Zealand
Shoshana Shields, Director of Legal, eBay Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to working at eBay, Shoshana spent her first 8 years as a lawyer working in private practice, specialising in Commercial Litigation.
Shoshana moved from private practice to in-house roles, and has occupied in-house roles at Virgin Mobile, PayPal and now eBay. She has been at eBay since July 2012.
In her current role she heads the legal function, and works across a broad range of corporate and commercial law matters, regulatory issues and disputes work. She advises the company locally and globally on relevant issues. She also leads the eBay Diversity and Women’s Initiative for eBay Australia.
Kate was appointed General Counsel of oOh!media Limited in February 2014, and Company Secretary in September of the same year. Kate manages the legal, company secretarial and investor relations functions at oOh!media, and works across the corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of the business, most recently on the announced merger with APN Outdoor Limited.
Kate began in private practice in the areas of commercial, IP and sports law, moving in house in 2002. Prior to joining oOh!, Kate held roles of Group Corporate Counsel Asia Pacific with Associated British Foods, responsible for legal activity across ANZ and South East Asia for Twinings, Don and Tip Top, and Legal Counsel with BlueScope Steel across their ANZ OHS, manufacturing and construction operations.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The Australian National University and was admitted to practice in 1998. Kate is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, the Communications and Media Law Association, and the NSW Law Society, and is a former Director of the Australian New Zealand Sports Law Association.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Chief Executive Officer
Law Society NSW
Michael Tidball was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2006, having served as its Chief Operating Officer since 2001.
Mr Tidball had a policy background with the Australian Government prior to working as a Ministerial Advisor to the New South Wales Government. He has worked in the private sector in financial services, prior to serving in a Senior Executive Role in the Australian Capital Territory Government in Economic and Business Development Policy and Project work.
Mr Tidball has a long history in Legal Sector Administration Management. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Law Society of New South Wales to prepare the organisation for the introduction of voluntary membership which took effect on 1 July 2004.
Since being appointed Chief Executive Officer, he has overseen a range of reforms including the Law Society’s response to National Legal Profession Reform which is intended to establish a single Australian legal services market and regulatory system. Other key areas of focus have been the development of different membership strategies and offerings across the various segments of the profession, playing a lead role in the Society’s representational work.
In 2013 Mr Tidball was also appointed the Chief Executive Officer of LawAsia, a confederation of law associations across the Asia Pacific region which is committed to advancing the Rule of Law and pursing the interests and concerns of the legal profession in the dynamic economic region of the Asia Pacific.
Mr Tidball serves as a Director of LawCover Insurance and QL, Quality in the Law.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Sarah Turner is REA Group’s General Counsel and Company Secretary. She joined REA Group in September 2015 after a number of years with EBOS Group Ltd, a dual ASX/NZX listed diversified healthcare company where she was most recently General Counsel. Prior to this, Sarah was General Counsel and Company Secretary of SMS Management & Technology Ltd for five years.
She has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and technology. Sarah began her career at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in 1998 and was a lawyer in London for four years at Nabarro Nathanson and then US firm Kaye Scholer LLP. Early in her career she was Legal Counsel at BlueScope Steel Limited.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. She is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (formerly ACLA), a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Gilbert + Tobin
Peter joined Gilbert + Tobin as a partner in 1989 and specialises in communications and technology.
Peter has worked on regulatory, interconnection, wholesale contracting, numbering, IP peering and spectrum licensing issues throughout the region. He has been the principal external adviser on interconnection arrangements and regulation to Optus Communications in Australia, and Hongkong Telecom in Hong Kong, and CLEAR in New Zealand. During 1998-9 Peter was seconded to Cable & Wireless plc in London as acting Director of Regulation, with responsibility for the Group’s global regulatory affairs. Peter remains one of Telstra’s lead regulatory advisers on the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Peter has experience in complex structuring issues which require an understanding of the intersection between technical, regulatory, competition law and commercial issues. He has been involved in the establishment of large scale telecommunications and IT joint ventures, including the deployment of the world’s first large scale HFC local broadband network, in major telecommunications-related mergers in Asia Pacific and in Europe and 3G network deployment in Australia and Europe.
Peter’s understanding of the IT and communications environment also has allowed him to provide strategic legal advice to new economy businesses, such as portals, PKI providers, xDSL service providers, electronic cash and smartcard applications and Application Service Providers. Peter has worked on the early life cycles of many new economy firms, focusing on helping them realise and bring to market their technology.
Peter was the exclusive winner of the 2014 ILO Client Choice Award for Telecommunications in Australia.
Peter is an active participant in Gilbert + Tobin’s pro bono activities. He was Chairman of the Communications Law Centre, a major public interest body in Australia.
He completed his Master of Laws at Harvard Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Head of Compliance & Regulatory Risk
Maria Polczynski, Head of Group Legal, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, was 2012 ACLA Corporate Lawyer of the Year. Since joining the Bank in 2009 Maria has actively promoted the effectiveness of Group Legal, re-focussing the team on the most value-adding work. She has worked to enhance internal expertise, to provide flexible work options for staff and to promote more cost-effective external legal services to the Bank, including through value-based pricing. Prior to joining the Bank, Maria was a retail banking partner at Henry Davis York in Sydney.
Vice President & General Counsel
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Nevenka Codevelle is Company Secretary & General Counsel at APA Group. She is a senior executive with over 20 year’s experience as a corporate, commercial and competition lawyer, with a focus on infrastructure industries. She is currently responsible for the legal, company secretariat, risk and compliance functions at APA Group and has been part of the company’s core management team involved in all major transactions and growth initiatives that lead to the company’s growth from an ASX250 to an ASX30 company in less than 10 years. Prior to joining APA Group in 2008, Nevenka worked in private legal practice at major law firms in Sydney and London. She also spent over 3 years as a senior policy adviser to the National Competition Council.
Chief Executive Officer
Managing Partner, Clients
King & Wood Mallesons
Sharon is Managing Partner, Clients at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM). In this executive leadership role, Sharon is responsible for the execution of KWM’s client strategy and working with all members of the firm to create an exceptional experience for KWM’s clients. We want to help our clients shape their worlds.
Sharon leads the strategic account leadership program at KWM, focussed on account leadership and management; and the development of relationship capability in partners and lawyers. Sharon also walks the talk: she leads a small number of key client relationships.
Sharon is deeply experienced in client service delivery. As Managing Partner at Henry Davis York from 2008 to 2014, she led the transformation of the client experience by focussing on helping clients achieve their strategic objectives and building sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships.
As a lawyer, Sharon practiced in the fields of litigation and corporate insurance. She became a specialist in professional indemnity insurance law, directors and officers liability and corporate governance. She has been listed as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in the Australian Financial Review and as one of the world’s leading reinsurance and insurance lawyers in the Legal Media Group Guide.
In 2012 Sharon was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s inaugural 100 Women of Influence – Board and Management category. In 2013 Sharon was awarded the Lasting Legacy Award by Lawyers Weekly for having ‘acted as a trailblazer for women … and regularly used her position of prominence in the profession to agitate for change’.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Innovation outpacing regulation. Articulate and concerned consumers. Fear, mistrust, advocacy and connectivity amid international instability. What have General Counsel learnt from the external changes and challenges of the past 12 months? What are the regulatory, economic and geo-political shifts likely to impact the Australian business and legal landscapes in 2017? How are General Counsel responding?
In a fast-paced environment where legal perspectives must address the needs of the organisation, its customers and stakeholders, General Counsel are expanding the breadth and depth of their influence and responsibility. What leadership skills are rising in importance for the General Counsel of today? Given the growing public scrutiny of corporate ethics and transparency, how are General Counsel promoting best practice and strengthening company reputation? In what ways are General Counsel cultivating talent, diversity and flexibility across their legal teams and in-house culture?
Providing sound legal advice despite time constraints, tight budgets and limited resources hinges upon effective and inspired strategy. How are General Counsel managing pressures to deliver maximum value for minimum spend? What tools and metrics can help General Counsel to analyse the progress, performance and contribution of their legal teams? How are General Counsel working with CEOs and leaders of HR, IT, Finance and Procurement to manage risks, improve compliance and optimise outcomes for the organisation?
A General Counsel’s responsibility to both protect and enable a business can generate a positive creative tension – and with it, considerable potential for innovation. What are the obstacles to innovation facing General Counsel and legal departments? Which obstacles may be overcome to provide new opportunities for competitive advantage? What mindsets, business structures and technologies are improving in-house knowledge management and efficiency? How are General Counsel responding to the legal implications of innovation, including regulatory changes related to intellectual property, information governance and data privacy?
Complex deals and decision-making in different jurisdictions can make or break a company’s standing with overseas partners, investors and regulators. How are General Counsel anticipating and mitigating the risks of conducting business across borders? What strategies are enabling General Counsel to make the laws, expectations and cultures of foreign business accessible to CEOs and employees? What does it take to build a world-class legal team with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular region?
When in-house counsel partner with outside counsel, clear guidelines and mutual respect can enable better outcomes. What do in-house personnel find most valuable – and most challenging – about working with law firms? How can General Counsel improve the quality of their communication and collaboration with external partners? To what extent should in-house counsel actively work on improving the cost structures, efficiency and process innovation of their outside counsel in order to maximise results?
As more General Counsel explore innovations such as artificial intelligence, legal virtual assistants, automated case analysis, smart contracting and online litigation, there is growing potential to not only save costs, but also reduce risk and deploy human resources more effectively. How are General Counsel maintaining a role for human ethics and decision-making alongside the rise of electronic outsourcing? As more General Counsel occupy Board-level positions, how are they navigating between business advice, legal advice and the integrity of corporate governance? In what ways are General Counsel collaborating with other business leaders to manage change, embrace suitable technology and enable a prosperous and sustainable future?
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.
Gilbert + Tobin is a leading independent corporate law firm and a key player in the Australian legal market providing innovative, relevant and commercial legal solutions to clients.
As the first and only global law firm to be headquartered in Asia, King & Wood Mallesons is connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia.
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