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Welcome

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

Speakers


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

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Tuesday 1st May 2018
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:50Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Law Society NSW
  • 08:55Ministerial Welcome

    Truth and Transparency: Instilling Public Confidence in the Legal System
    The Hon. Mark Speakman SC, MP
    Attorney General NSW

  • 09:05Keynote

    Balancing Civil Liberties and Community Protections Senator
    The Hon George Brandis QC
    Attorney-General

  • 09:40Outlook Session

    The Law in Context: Reading the Regulatory Landscape

    In an interconnected world where innovation outpaces regulation, General Counsel not only manage the known, they also help lead the unknown. As overseers of transformation on the frontline of disruption, General Counsel are accountable for navigating a shifting regulatory landscape. How are General Counsel adjusting their strategies and business models to adapt to important shifts in regulation and political risk? What regulatory developments are likely to have the most impact on General Counsel, and why are these changes unfolding? What competitive forces are challenging the structure and reputation of in-house legal teams?

    Chris Ryan
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Energy Australia
    Patrick Brown
    General Counsel & Corporate Affairs Manager
    Ladbrokes Australia
    Katherine Grace
    Group Counsel & Company Secretary
    Stockland
    Senior Representative

    King & Wood Mallesons
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Partner Keynote

    Senior Representative

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • 11:35Leadership Session

    Legal Accountability: Where Aspiration Meets Advocacy

    The amplified scope of the in-house function holds immense promise for leaders who are empowered to adapt. General Counsel with an intimate knowledge of their company’s culture and business processes are becoming indispensable strategic allies and impacting the boardroom. How are General Counsel engaging stakeholders and equipping the board to fully assume legal and business leadership positions? How are General Counsel promoting best practice and strengthening company reputation? Can General Counsel reconcile system transparency with strategy? Should General Counsel assume increasing responsibility for technological renewal to secure long-term advantages and leadership aspirations?

    Christine Harman
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Cricket Australia
    Betty Ivanoff
    Group General Counsel
    Coca-Cola Amatil
    Libby Davidson
    Group General Counsel and External Relations Director
    Lion
    Senior Representative

    Deloitte
  • 12:25Keynote

    Adrian D’Amico
    Defence General Counsel
    Department of Defence
  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

    Risk, Reputation and the General Counsel
    Caroline Cox
    Group General Counsel
    BHP Billiton
  • 14:15Strategy Session

    System Efficiency: Energising and Optimising In-House Strategy

    Time is an invaluable commodity in the age of information urgency. By enhancing a process, General Counsel can renew the legal function and expediently deliver real business value. How are General Counsel innovating to deliver maximum value for minimum spend? Should General Counsel be adopting shared management platforms to actively build a reputation as enablers? How are General Counsel reconceiving crisis management to moderate daily reputational risks? What tools and metrics can help General Counsel to analyse the progress, performance and contribution of their legal teams?

    Michael Antaw
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    Nestlé
    Anna Lozynski
    General Counsel, Australia & New Zealand
    L'Oreal
    Peter Huston
    Director Corporate Services, Chief General Counsel
    Fortescue Metals Group
    Sean Hughes
    Group General Counsel
    Tabcorp
    Senior Representative

    Gilbert & Tobin
  • 15:30Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 16:00Security Session

    Security by Design: Developing Resilient Leadership

    Inspiring a cultural shift in cyber-security now falls within the expanding ambit of General Counsel. Mounting exposure to calculated cyber-crime – amplified by new attacker footholds in the Internet of Things and the accessibility of malware – is prompting General Counsel to build organisation-wide security posture. How are General Counsel managing the vulnerability of devices given the rampant demand for mobility? What digital mechanisms are General Counsel adopting to securely, expediently and legally destroy data? How are General Counsel promoting and enforcing vendor security diligence and liability? Can General Counsel cultivate security awareness to safeguard confidential information?

    Connie Carnabuci
    General Counsel
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Dayna Field
    Chief Legal Officer
    Virgin Australia
    Sue Bird
    Acting Chief Operating Officer
    Australian Federal Police
    Chaman Sidhu
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    Xero
    Ian Goddard
    Chief Executive Officer
    Dazychain
  • 16:50Keynote

    Managing Across Markets: A Guide to Cross-Border Litigation in Heavily Regulated Industries
    Marc S. Firestone
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    Philip Morris International (USA)
  • 17:25Closing Remarks from the Chairman

  • 17:30Networking Drinks Reception

    Senior Representative

    Thomson Reuters
  • 18:30Close of Day One

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chairman

  • 09:05Keynote

    Transparency and Accountability: Instilling Public Confidence in the Legal System
    Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP
    Shadow Attorney-General

  • 09:50International Session

    International Influence: Priorities and Pitfalls for Global Counsel

    The business-critical consequences of non-compliance are pronounced – reputation is everything and risk is everywhere. Unique international opportunities will present themselves to General Counsel who command a deliberate approach and drive their organisations into the connected future. How are General Counsel staying ahead of critical new developments in foreign jurisdictions? How are General Counsel anticipating and mitigating the risks of conducting business across borders? How are General Counsel articulating the laws, expectations and cultures of foreign business to executive management and employees?  What does it take to build a world-class legal team with the skills and knowledge to succeed overseas?

    Ryan Rayfield
    Vice President & Head of ANZ Legal
    American Express Australia
    Emma Zipper
    General Counsel and Company Secretary, Australia & New Zealand
    Bupa
    Jenni Aldrich
    Director of Legal, APAC
    Google (SGP)
    Gordon Kenwright
    Chief Counsel
    AECOM
    Senior Representative

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:20Platinum Keynote

    Senior Representative

    Deloitte
  • 11:45External Session

    Agents of Change: Capitalising on External Support

    We are witnessing unprecedented growth in the size and maturity of the in-house legal function. In a fiercely competitive market primed for disruption, law firms need to differentiate the experience they offer their clients. What are the hallmarks of an exceptional client offering? How can General Counsel improve the quality of their communication and collaboration with established firms? How are General Counsel approaching disruptive firms who have entered a contested market on a competitive costs basis? How can General Counsel deliberately build respect into professional partnerships to unlock the real value in trust?

    Craig Katerberg
    Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs
    Carlton & United Breweries
    Rachel Launders
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Nine Entertainment Co.
    Jenny Rees
    General Counsel
    Optus
    Patrick Eyers
    General Counsel
    Australian Rugby Union
  • 12:35Keynote

    Jenni Aldrich
    Director of Legal, APAC
    Google (SGP)
  • 13:00Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

    Regulating Intelligence: Creating a Culture for Compliance
    The Hon. Margaret Stone
    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

  • 14:15Future Session

    A Vision for Tomorrow: The General Counsel of the Future

    Artificial intelligence and automation promise to redefine the legal function – and General Counsel are now processing the human capital implications. As General Counsel move to unleash the potential of machine learning, predictive coding in e-discovery, and automated work flows, there is immense potential to reposition knowledge workers for strategic influence. Should General Counsel be assigning data skills more value to embed in-depth analytic competencies throughout the legal function? How can General Counsel with limited capacity to interrogate the AI sphere position themselves to adopt new digital platforms? Can General Counsel maintain a dynamic and transformative role in modern business? How are General Counsel ensuring that the ethics of automated processes are brought into sharp relief? What will the General Counsel of the future look like?

    Kylie McPherson
    Corporate Relations & Legal Director
    Diageo Australia
    Pita Williams
    General Counsel, Risk & Governance
    QBE Australia
    Trent Czinner
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Vodafone Australia
    Chris Bertuch
    Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
    IAG
    Senior Representative

    Thomson Reuters
  • 15:05Keynote

    The Reformation of Trust - A Legal Perspective
    Nik Azli Abu Zahar
    Executive Counsel
    Malaysia Airlines (MYS)
  • 15:55Closing Remarks from the Chairman

  • 16:00Close of Summit

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Sponsorship

www.corrs.com.au

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.

www.dazychain.com

Dazychain – Matter management software that specialises in everything you need, all in one place.

www.gtlaw.com.au

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.

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

Venue

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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Accommodation
To receive a discount on accommodation, contact reservations directly on +61 (2) 9238 8870 or groups.sydney@swissotel.com and quote CON0517_001

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

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    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:

    All prices quoted are in AUD. 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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  • 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.