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


Hugh Brady
General Counsel
Executive Office of the President (USA)
Carmel Mulhern
Group General Counsel
Rod Sims
Dr Simon Longstaff AO
Executive Director
The Ethics Centre
Senator The Hon George Brandis QC
Katrina Johnson
Director of Legal, Australia and New Zealand
Jim Slattery
Former Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
NBCUniversal (USA)
Dr Richard Dammery
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary
Woolworths Limited
Cathie Armour
Shoshana Shields
Director of Legal
eBay Australia & New Zealand
Geoffrey Watson SC
Kate Eastoe
General Counsel
Ooh! Media
Simon Tuxen
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
Westfield Corporation
Matthew FitzGerald
General Counsel
David Jones
Andrew Finch
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Eleni North
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Jessica Lyons
General Counsel
Carlton & United Breweries
Dayna Field
Chief Legal Officer
Virgin Australia
Julian Hoskins
General Counsel
Julian Rebechi
General Counsel
Swisse Wellness
Michael Tidball
Chief Executive Officer
Law Society NSW
Sarah Turner
General Counsel & Company Secretary
REA Group
Emily Madder
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Wendy Peter
General Counsel
Peter Waters
Gilbert + Tobin
Maya vanden Driesen
Group General Counsel
Wesfarmers Limited
Maria Polczynski
General Counsel
AMP Bank
Head of Compliance & Regulatory Risk
AMP Group
Craig Cawood
Vice President & General Counsel
McDonald's Australia


  • Mapping Uncertainty: External Forces on the Radar of Today’s General Counsel
  • Leading-Edge Legal Leadership: Where Capability Meets Business Responsibility
  • Dynamic by Design: Energising & Optimising In-House Strategy
  • Intersecting with Innovation: General Counsel & the Pursuit of Value Creation
  • Legal Horizons: Mastering the International Landscape of Regulation
  • Strong Partnerships, Superior Results: Optimising External Legal Services
  • Future Focused: General Counsel in a Changing World



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.

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


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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.