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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.
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.
// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Marc S. Firestone|
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Philip Morris International (USA)
Nik Azli Abu Zahar|
Malaysia Airlines (MYS)
Group General Counsel
Director of Legal, APAC
Jenni leads Google’s legal team for the Asia Pacific region and is based at Google’s regional hub in Singapore. She is an Australian lawyer with degrees in Law and Commerce (Finance) from the University of NSW, and has been practising for 25 years in a number of countries including Australia, Japan, UK and Singapore.
Jenni began her legal career in private practice at Mallesons Stephens Jaques as a solicitor in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice area in Sydney. She was then drawn to in-house work in unique and cutting edge fields. She first joined the organising committee for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games where she provided counsel on all facets of the 4 year project from the planning, multi-million dollar procurement and sponsorship arrangements, through to the windup of the organisation after a successful Games.
Subsequently, she moved to London to lead the commercial and consumer legal teams for Hutchison Whampoa in the launch of its 3G network and mobile services in UK and Ireland. Jenni has now been at Google for the past 10 years where she advises Google’s senior management on regional legal issues and strategies for its products and business, and oversees the legal management for Google’s product operations, partnerships, contentious and regulatory matters throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
The Hon George Brandis QC|
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC, MP|
Attorney General NSW
The Hon. Margaret Stone|
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
Hon Mark Dreyfus QC, MP|
Mark was elected to parliament in 2007 as the Member for Isaacs. He studied Arts and Law at the University of Melbourne.
A former Director of the Law Council of Australia, Mark served on the Victorian Bar Ethics Committee and Victorian Bar Council. In 1999 he was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel.
Mark is a strong advocate for social justice and believes in creating a sustainable environment for our future generations.
During his time in the law, Mark worked with Australia’s Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and was involved in the landmark Stolen Generations case before the High Court.
In February 2013 Mark was sworn in as Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management and in March 2013 took on the additional responsibilities of Minister for the Public Service and Integrity and Special Minister of State.
On his appointment as Attorney-General, Mark said:
“I believe our laws should provide a framework that allows us to protect and care for all Australians, including our elderly, our sick, our injured, our workers, our new arrivals, our indigenous people, our young and our outspoken writers, artists and journalists, reflecting our national values of fairness and equality of opportunity.”
Mark is proud of his achievements in government and opposition which include seeing off the Abbott and Turnbull governments’ proposed weakening of the race hate protections in section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, strengthening whistleblower protections, and amending the Sex Discrimination Act to ensure intersex people are officially recognised.
In July 2013 Mark led Australia’s winning case against Japan’s whaling regime at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Mark and his wife Deborah have three children.
Mark is the son of a composer and a teacher. His father came to Australia as a refugee from Germany at the age of eleven having fled from the Nazi regime.
Mark is a passionate but long-suffering member of the St Kilda Football club and enjoys cycling, swimming and spending time with his family.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Nine Entertainment Co.
Chief Legal Officer
Dayna joined the Virgin Australia Group (formerly Virgin Blue) in 2007 and in her current role as Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Dayna is responsible for enhancing and protecting organisation value by providing legal and advisory services to the domestic and international operations of Virgin Australia, Tigerair, Virgin Australia Cargo and loyalty program Velocity. Dayna leads the Group’s Legal, Workplace Relations, Internal Audit Risk and Compliance, Corporate Governance and Sustainability teams.
Virgin Australia’s Legal and Workplace Relations teams provide a full range of in-house legal services advising on matters such as acquisitions and disposals, restructures, joint ventures, regulatory compliance, competition and consumer law, employment law, commercial contracts, property and leasing, discrimination law, IP and trademarks, finance and litigation as well as delivering a comprehensive legal training program to the Group. The function operates as trusted advisors to senior management and are key stakeholders in delivering strategic outcomes.
Dayna was previously a corporate lawyer at international law firm Allens Linklaters.
Vice President & Head of ANZ Legal
American Express Australia
Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs
Carlton & United Breweries
General Counsel, Australia & New Zealand
Anna Lozynski has been the General Counsel of L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand since September 2012 building the first legal team for its Australia & New Zealand businesses with their 29 brands in Australia and 19 in NZ as well as Corporate functions. L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand are wholly owned subsidiaries of L’Oréal, the world’s leading and largest beauty company. Anna is part of the Executive Committee, is the Security & Privacy Officer and has recently been appointed to the Business Integrity Council of Australia, having previously served as a Director of Accord Australasia, the industry association for the hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products industry. Anna has been leading the team on a legal innovation journey to transform the way the function supports the A/NZ businesses by embracing automation, digitisation and data analytics. Prior to joining L’Oréal, Anna worked in-house at General Motors (in Australia (Holden) and Shanghai) and Westpac Banking Corporation, after working in M&A and as a commercial litigator with a major Australian firm.
Director Corporate Services, Chief General Counsel
Fortescue Metals Group
Group General Counsel
Gordon is Chief Counsel & Company Secretary of AECOM’s Australian and New Zealand businesses. AECOM is the world’s premier fully integrated infrastructure firm with close to 90,000 employees worldwide, with around 3,500 of those across Australia and New Zealand. Whilst AECOM’s business in ANZ has historically been primarily design focussed, AECOM is now moving into the construction and O&M spaces. In his role, Gordon provides strategic legal advice on a broad range of operational, corporate, commercial and litigation matters. Gordon is also a member of the AECOM ANZ Executive Team and has extensive experience managing corporate governance, legal and compliance matters, both within ANZ and throughout South East Asia.
Defence General Counsel
Department of Defence
Adrian D’Amico is the Defence General Counsel (DGC). Adrian has responsibility for the provision of high quality, strategic, legal advice on a broad range of issues within Defence including the provision of legal advice on complex and sensitive matters referred by Head Defence Legal, senior management within Defence and the Minister. Adrian is also responsible for the development, co-ordination and maintenance of the Defence legislation program.
Adrian’s family moved to Canberra in the late 1960s. He completed a BEC/LLB (Hons) in 1988 at the Australian National University before joining private practice. Adrian spent 23 years in private practice, where he was a partner in two of Australia’s major private firms, Phillips Fox and Norton Rose. Adrian joined the Department of Defence in August 2012.
In his time in private practice, Adrian acted for a number of private and government clients. Adrian’s private practice experience was broad based, acting in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Adrian is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Through the use of ADR he has resolved a number of complex high profile disputes. In 2009 Adrian was awarded a CDF Commendation in successfully remediating a disputed Defence logistics contract.
Adrian has two children, Dorothea and Dorian. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, fishing, cinema, the outdoors and coaching his children’s soccer teams.
Acting Chief Operating Officer
Australian Federal Police
Sue Bird is the Chief Counsel at the Australian Federal Police (AFP) where she is a member of the Senior Executive Leadership Team. Prior to joining the AFP Sue was the Chief Counsel at the Department of Human Services where she also held two other non-legal General Manager roles.
Sue has experience at the SES level leading teams of lawyers and non-lawyers in a number of Commonwealth agencies and joined the public sector from Private Practice in 2006.
Sue has a special interest in organisational change and risk management and the evolving expectations on in-house legal teams. She strives for constant improvement with her teams, especially in times of declining budgets, and on motivating lawyers of varying experience to innovate and engage in designing and managing their personal careers.
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Corporate Relations & Legal Director
Group General Counsel
General Counsel & Company Secretary
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Group General Counsel
General Counsel, Risk & Governance
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Connie is the General Counsel of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has over 25 years’ experience as a legal advisor to the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector. She was based in Hong Kong for 13 years has broad experience working across Asia, predominantly in China.
She joined Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney as a graduate in 1987, and was admitted to the partnership in 1997. In 1999 she relocated to the Hong Kong office and successfully established the firm’s corporate and commercial TMT practice.
In 2002 she joined the international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as the Head of their regional Asia TMT practice group, a position she held until May 2013. From 2009 to 2013 she was Global Co chair of the firm’s Technology group. During this time she worked on many high profile mandates, her major focus being on China inbound and outbound technology intensive deals. She has been internationally recognised as a leading lawyer in her field by a number of independent commentators, including Euromoney (Leading Woman in Business law , Technology).
Connie has held a number of management roles,these required her to provide strategic direction and leadership for those practice areas for which she had P&L accountability. She was the Co-Chair of the firm’s Asia sub-committee for Diversity & Inclusion (2009 -2012) and the firm’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (2009-2012). She was recognised for her work in championing pro bono legal services in Hong Kong by the Home Affairs Bureau (2012) She returned to Australia in 2014.
Connie is now also building a career as a professional non executive director, and is currently the Chair of a NFP, Kids Giving Back. She is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of the UNSW Business School. Connie is a graduate of UNSW (B.Commerce (Marketing) ,with merit/LLB,1986) and is a GAICD (2017).
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Australia & New Zealand
Group Counsel & Company Secretary
Ms Grace has over 15 years’ legal experience specialising in the property sector. Before joining Stockland in August 2014, Ms Grace was General Counsel and Company Secretary for Westfield Retail Trust. She has extensive experience in corporate, property, debt and capital markets transactions. Prior to this role, Ms Grace was General Counsel and Company Secretary at Valad Property Group. She has previously held positions in legal private practice (where she acted for a variety of corporations and financial institutions in relation to landmark developments across Australia and overseas) and at Multiplex Limited and Pacific Capital Partners.
Group General Counsel and External Relations Director
General Counsel & Corporate Affairs Manager
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Trent Czinner has been General Counsel of VHA since December 2013 and Company Secretary since November 2015.
Trent is responsible for VHA’s legal, company secretarial and corporate security functions and leads a team of expert lawyers and analysts who provide advice on a wide range of legal matters across the business.
Trent has worked as a telecoms and technology lawyer since 1998 when he was employed as Legal Manager for Hutchison Telecoms Australia. He spent the following 13 years working as a senior lawyer for Hutchison Whampoa’s telecoms businesses in Australia and Europe.
From 2011 to 2013, Trent ran the legal function for salesforce.com in Australia and NZ. Trent started his legal career as a litigator.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Chaman Sidhu is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Envato Pty Ltd. Based in Melbourne but “born global”, Envato runs an ecosystem of international websites that support the creative professional community – such as digital marketplaces offering images, templates, project files and creative assets, a network of online learning sites, and a services marketplace offering access to creative digital services like logo and web design. The Envato legal team was a winner of a LexisNexis® Legal Innovation Index award in 2015 for its innovative use of “agile” workflow management, MVP approach to legal services and “natural language” online user terms and conditions.
Chaman manages a range of global and cross-border matters including general commercial transactions, intellectual property issues, licensing, user-focussed online terms, and complex regulatory areas. She is an executive leader with a passion for people, culture, and natural language legal communication, and has extensive experience in Australia and the US in e-commerce, internet, digital media, strategic alliances, commercial negotiation, cross-border transactions, special project implementation, intellectual property and publishing.
Australian Rugby Union
Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society NSW
Chief Executive Officer
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
King & Wood Mallesons
Gilbert + Tobin
Gilbert & Tobin
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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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