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Welcome

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.

Why attend?

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

Gain Access

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

Speakers


speaker
Hugh Brady
General Counsel
Executive Office of the President (USA)
speaker
Caroline Cox
General Counsel
BHP Billiton
speaker
Carmel Mulhern
Group General Counsel
Telstra
speaker
Rod Sims
Chairman
ACCC
speaker
Dr Simon Longstaff AO
Executive Director
The Ethics Centre
speaker
Senator The Hon George Brandis QC
Attorney-General
speaker
Katrina Johnson
Director of Legal, Australia and New Zealand
Uber
speaker
Jim Slattery
Former Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
NBCUniversal (USA)
speaker
Dr Richard Dammery
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary
Woolworths Limited
speaker
Cathie Armour
Commissioner
ASIC
speaker
Maya vanden Driesen
Group General Counsel
Wesfarmers Limited
speaker
Andrew Finch
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Qantas
speaker
Simon Tuxen
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
Westfield Corporation
speaker
Geoffrey Watson SC
speaker
Shoshana Shields
Director of Legal
eBay Australia & New Zealand
speaker
Kate Eastoe
General Counsel
Ooh! Media
speaker
Matthew FitzGerald
General Counsel
David Jones
speaker
Eleni North
General Counsel & Company Secretary
NRL
speaker
Jessica Lyons
General Counsel
Carlton & United Breweries
speaker
Dayna Field
Chief Legal Officer
Virgin Australia
speaker
Julian Hoskins
General Counsel
Tabcorp
speaker
Julian Rebechi
General Counsel
Swisse Wellness
speaker
Michael Tidball
Chief Executive Officer
Law Society NSW
speaker
Sarah Turner
General Counsel & Company Secretary
REA Group
speaker
Emily Madder
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Siemens
speaker
Wendy Peter
General Counsel
ACCC
speaker
Peter Waters
Partner
Gilbert + Tobin
speaker
Maria Polczynski
General Counsel
AMP Bank
Head of Compliance & Regulatory Risk
AMP Group
speaker
Craig Cawood
Vice President & General Counsel
McDonald's Australia
speaker
Nick Macdonald
General Counsel
Australia Post
speaker
Nevenka Codevelle
General Counsel and Company Secretary
APA Group
speaker
Tim Browne
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Etihad Stadium
speaker
Senior Representative
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
speaker
Senior Representative
Dazychain
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Sessions

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Tuesday 2nd May 2017
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:55Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    Law Society NSW
  • 09:00Official Welcome

  • 09:10Opening Keynote

    Leading Charge: Reform and the Australian Legal System
    speaker
    Senator The Hon George Brandis QC
    Attorney-General
  • 09:50Outlook Session

    Mapping Uncertainty: External Forces on the Radar of Today’s General Counsel

    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?

    speaker
    Carmel Mulhern
    Group General Counsel
    Telstra
    speaker
    Cathie Armour
    Commissioner
    ASIC
    speaker
    Peter Waters
    Partner
    Gilbert + Tobin
    speaker
    Maya vanden Driesen
    Group General Counsel
    Wesfarmers Limited
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:20Partner Keynote

    speaker
    Senior Representative

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • 11:50Leadership Session

    Leading-Edge Legal Leadership: Where Capability Meets Business Responsibility

    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?

    speaker
    Julian Hoskins
    General Counsel
    Tabcorp
    speaker
    Dr Richard Dammery
    Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary
    Woolworths Limited
    speaker
    Simon Tuxen
    Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Westfield Corporation
    speaker
    Julian Rebechi
    General Counsel
    Swisse Wellness
  • 12:40Lunch & Networking

  • 13:45Strategy Session

    Dynamic by Design: Energising and Optimising In-House Strategy

    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?

    speaker
    Matthew FitzGerald
    General Counsel
    David Jones
    speaker
    Maria Polczynski
    General Counsel
    AMP Bank
    speaker
    Nick Macdonald
    General Counsel
    Australia Post
  • 14:35Keynote Interview

    Guiding Conduct: Legal Insights from the ACCC
    speaker
    Rod Sims
    Chairman
    ACCC
  • 15:15Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:45Innovation Session

    Intersecting with Innovation: General Counsel and the Pursuit of Value Creation

    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?

    speaker
    Katrina Johnson
    Director of Legal, Australia and New Zealand
    Uber
    speaker
    Dayna Field
    Chief Legal Officer
    Virgin Australia
    speaker
    Nevenka Codevelle
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    APA Group
    speaker
    Senior Representative

    Dazychain
  • 16:35Mastermind Keynote

    The Influence Imperative – Priorities for Today’s General Counsel
    speaker
    Hugh Brady
    General Counsel
    Executive Office of the President (USA)
  • 17:15Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    Law Society NSW
  • 17:20Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:20Close of Day One

Wednesday 3rd May 2017
  • 08:50Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:05Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    Law Society NSW
  • 09:10Opening Keynote

    Stop Thief!!! International Piracy of Online Video Content in the Digital Age
    speaker
    Jim Slattery
    Former Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
    NBCUniversal (USA)
  • 09:50International Session

    Legal Horizons: Mastering the International Landscape of Regulation

    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?

    speaker
    Shoshana Shields
    Director of Legal
    eBay Australia & New Zealand
    speaker
    Emily Madder
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Siemens
    speaker
    Senior Representative

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
    speaker
    Craig Cawood
    Vice President & General Counsel
    McDonald's Australia
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

  • 11:35External Session

    Strong Partnerships, Superior Results: Optimising External Legal Services

    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?

    speaker
    Jessica Lyons
    General Counsel
    Carlton & United Breweries
    speaker
    Sarah Turner
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    REA Group
  • 12:25Ethics Keynote

    Promoting the Ethical Agenda
    speaker
    Dr Simon Longstaff AO
    Executive Director
    The Ethics Centre
  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 14:00Future Session

    Future Focused: General Counsel in a Changing World

    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?

    speaker
    Kate Eastoe
    General Counsel
    Ooh! Media
    speaker
    Andrew Finch
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Qantas
    speaker
    Eleni North
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    NRL
    speaker
    Wendy Peter
    General Counsel
    ACCC
  • 14:50Keynote Interview

    The Compliance Factor: Enforcing Regulation in NSW’s Public Sector
    speaker
    Geoffrey Watson SC

  • 15:20Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    speaker
    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    Law Society NSW
  • 15:25Close 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.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.

www.dazychain.com

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

The General Counsel Summit is exclusively crafted for – and delivered by – the nation’s most senior in-house legal executives. This event offers a powerful business agenda within a sophisticated executive networking environment.

Being a sponsor of the 4th annual General Counsel Summit actively works for you before, during and after the event, increasing your credibility in the minds of senior in-house legal executives.

Enhance your market visibility, put your CEO on the programme and gain dedicated face-to-face time with an influential audience in a specialised closed event environment.

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

Venue

Swissotel Sydney,
68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

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Packages Early Bird Price (ends 17 March) Standard Price (from 18 March)
In-house Legal Professional: 1 Delegate $1995 Inc. GST $2495 Inc. GST
In-house Legal Professional: 4 Delegates (Includes 1 Free) $5985 Inc. GST $7485 Inc. GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3995 Inc. GST $3995 Inc. 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

    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 ticket 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. 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 Events 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 Events 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 Events 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. In registering for this event, delegates grant permission to Connect Events to take and to have full and free use of video/photographs containing their image/likeness for promotional use. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@connectevents.com.au

    Photography and Video

    Connect Events 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 Events in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Events in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events.

    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.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    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 privacy@connectevents.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: www.connectevents.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@connectevents.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@connectevents.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.