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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
President, External Affairs and General Counsel
Philip Morris International (USA)
speaker
Jenni Aldrich
Director of Legal, APAC
Google (SGP)
speaker
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC, MP
Attorney General NSW
speaker
The Hon. Margaret Stone
Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
speaker
The Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC, MP
Shadow Attorney-General
speaker
Michael Antaw
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Nestlé Australia
speaker
Santiago Montt
Vice President Legal Regulatory and Disputes
BHP Billiton
speaker
Rachel Launders
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Nine Entertainment Co.
speaker
Dayna Field
Chief Legal & Risk Officer
Virgin Australia
speaker
Ryan Rayfield
Vice President & General Counsel, Australia & New Zealand
American Express
speaker
Craig Katerberg
Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs, APAC South Zone
Carlton & United Breweries (AB InBev)
speaker
Peter Huston
Director Corporate Services & Chief General Counsel
Fortescue Metals Group
speaker
Betty Ivanoff
Group General Counsel
Coca-Cola Amatil
speaker
Adrian D’Amico
Defence General Counsel
Department of Defence
speaker
Samantha Nichol
Chief Counsel
Australian Federal Police
speaker
Chris Bertuch
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
IAG
speaker
Chaman Sidhu
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Xero
speaker
Patrick Eyers
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Rugby Australia
speaker
Sean Hughes
Group General Counsel
Tabcorp
speaker
Christine Harman
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Cricket Australia
speaker
Pita Williams
General Counsel
QBE Australia
speaker
Katherine Grace
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Stockland
speaker
Libby Davidson
Group General Counsel and External Relations Director
Lion
speaker
Trent Czinner
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Vodafone Australia
speaker
Paula Martin
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
The Star Entertainment Group
speaker
Michael Tidball
Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society NSW
speaker
Helen Clarke
Partner
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
speaker
Karen Den-Toll
Partner
Deloitte
speaker
Joshua Paffey
Partner
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
speaker
Ian Goddard
Chief Executive Officer
Dazychain
speaker
Michael Williams
Partner
Gilbert + Tobin
speaker
Evie Bruce
Managing Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance and Financial Institutions
King & Wood Mallesons
speaker
Rob Gitell
Vice-President/ Director of Sales, Australia & New Zealand
Thomson Reuters
speaker
Anna Golovsky
Head of Operations, Legal & Governance
AMP Insurance
speaker
Ali Dibbenhall
Senior Legal Counsel Pacific
LexisNexis
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Sessions

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

  • 08:50Opening Remarks from the Chair

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

    The Rise of the In-House Lawyer
    The Hon. Mark Speakman SC, MP
    Attorney General NSW

  • 09:05Opening Keynote

    The Changing Scope of the General Counsel: A Case Study on Virgin Australia Group
    Dayna Field
    Chief Legal & Risk Officer
    Virgin Australia
  • 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?

    Paula Martin
    Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
    The Star Entertainment Group
    Katherine Grace
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Stockland
    Evie Bruce
    Managing Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance and Financial Institutions
    King & Wood Mallesons
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Partner Keynote

    Cyber Security – Your Role as In-House Counsel
    Helen Clarke
    Partner
    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?

    Betty Ivanoff
    Group General Counsel
    Coca-Cola Amatil
    Christine Harman
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Cricket Australia
    Libby Davidson
    Group General Counsel and External Relations Director
    Lion
    Karen Den-Toll
    Partner
    Deloitte
  • 12:25National Keynote

    Law & Technology: Contemporary Challenges & Opportunities for General Counsel in a Changing World
    Adrian D’Amico
    Defence General Counsel
    Department of Defence
  • 12:50Lunch Welcome Remarks

    Russell Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Wolters Kluwer
  • 12:55Lunch & Networking

    Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer

  • 14:00National Keynote

    An Introduction to the Law by an In-house Lawyer
    Santiago Montt
    Vice President Legal Regulatory and Disputes
    BHP Billiton
  • 14:35Strategy 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 Australia
    Peter Huston
    Director Corporate Services & Chief General Counsel
    Fortescue Metals Group
    Sean Hughes
    Group General Counsel
    Tabcorp
    Michael Williams
    Partner
    Gilbert + Tobin
  • 15:25Afternoon 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?

    Samantha Nichol
    Chief Counsel
    Australian Federal Police
    Chaman Sidhu
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    Xero
    Ian Goddard
    Chief Executive Officer
    Dazychain
  • 16:50Mastermind Keynote

    Regulating Innovation and Innovating in Regulation
    Marc S. Firestone
    President, External Affairs and General Counsel
    Philip Morris International (USA)
  • 17:25Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Law Society NSW
  • 17:30Networking Drinks Welcoming Remarks

    Katelin Grammer
    Head of Sales, Practical Law
    Thomson Reuters

  • 17:35Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:35Close of Day One

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

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Law Society NSW
  • 09:05Opening Ministerial Address

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

  • 09:15International Keynote

    Jenni Aldrich
    Director of Legal, APAC
    Google (SGP)
  • 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 & General Counsel, Australia & New Zealand
    American Express
    Jenni Aldrich
    Director of Legal, APAC
    Google (SGP)
    Pita Williams
    General Counsel
    QBE Australia
    Joshua Paffey
    Partner
    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • 10:40Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:20Platinum Keynote

    Trust in the Age of Distrust
    Karen Den-Toll
    Partner
    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, APAC South Zone
    Carlton & United Breweries (AB InBev)
    Rachel Launders
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Nine Entertainment Co.
    Patrick Eyers
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Rugby Australia
    Ali Dibbenhall
    Senior Legal Counsel Pacific
    LexisNexis
  • 12:40Lunch & Networking

  • 13:40National Keynote

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

  • 14:15Future Session

    A Perfect Partnership? General Counsel and Technology

    Artificial intelligence and automation promise to redefine the legal function. But for time-starved General Counsel, negotiating the ever-changing world of technology redirects attention away from tangible duties as the company’s legal and strategic advisor. From machine learning and predictive coding in e-discovery to automated workflows, how can General Counsel begin adopting revolutionary tools that add value to the legal department? How are disruptive technologies redefining the legal function and helping General Counsel to measure performance, reduce external legal spend and achieve efficiencies in a cost constrained environment?

    Trent Czinner
    General Counsel & Company Secretary
    Vodafone Australia
    Chris Bertuch
    Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
    IAG
    Anna Golovsky
    Head of Operations, Legal & Governance
    AMP Insurance
    Rob Gitell
    Vice-President/ Director of Sales, Australia & New Zealand
    Thomson Reuters
  • 15:10Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Law Society NSW
  • 15:15Close 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 clients’ tomorrow. We do more than advise; we adapt.

www2.deloitte.com/au/en.html

Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, risk and financial advisory services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges.

www.kwm.com/au

Recognised as one of the world’s most innovative international law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience.

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 is all-in-one cloud software designed specifically for in-house counsel. Manage matters, store documents, file emails directly from Outlook and produce strategic reporting on one user-friendly platform.

www.lexisnexis.com.au

LexisNexis® is a leading provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help our customers make more informed decisions, increase productivity and serve their clients better.

www.thomsonreuters.com/en.html

Thomson Reuters Legal Australia is the leading source of intelligent information for the legal industry. We deliver software solutions to help you control your legal spend, streamline your processes and achieve operational efficiency.

www.wolterskluwer.cch.com.au

Wolters Kluwer provides the right tools and instant answers you need to stay ahead of the competition.

Instantly access the latest high quality legal research content with the latest commentary, legislation and rulings wherever you are.

www.icertis.com

Icertis, the leading provider of enterprise contract management in the cloud, solves the hardest contract management problems on the easiest to use platform.

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 Standard Price Per Delegate
In-house Legal Professional: 1-2 Delegates $2200 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1980 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1760 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 10+ Delegates $1540 + GST

Please note if you are a Service Provider to in-house counsel professionals, email timl@cmgroup.com.au to register.

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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.