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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.
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
// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Former General Counsel
Executive Office of the President (USA)
Hugh L. Brady is director of the Legislative Lawyering Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law. “Without ever stepping on the House floor, Hugh Brady . . . had a larger impact on the 78th Legislature than many representatives did,” reported the Texas Observer in 2003. An acknowledged expert on the Texas legislative process, Brady is the editor of Texas House Practice, considered the authoritative text on the Texas House Rules, and of Texas Senate Practice, a core material supplementing the Texas Senate Rules. As an Austin lawyer with a practice in legislative, administrative, and appellate law, Brady has provided advice on complicated legislative and legal issues to Texas lawmakers of both parties and local officials. He was appointed by President Obama to serve as general counsel for the White House Office of Administration and held that position from 2014-2017.
He is admitted to the practice of law in Texas and Vermont, and is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas. Brady is a member of the Education Committee of the Institute of Parliamentary and Political Law in Ottawa and serves on the Legislative Committee of the Austin Bar Association. In 2011, the UT Student Bar Association named Brady as one of two Faculty Members of the Year.
Brady was editor-in-chief of the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, worked for United States Circuit Judge Juan Torruella, and sat for and passed the Texas bar examination while still a third-year law student. Before becoming a lawyer, Brady worked as a reporter, political newsletter publisher, lobbyist, marketing firm executive, and legislative aide. The son of a preacher and a horsewoman, he was raised in Jack, Palo Pinto, and Dallas counties.
Group General Counsel
Caroline Cox joined BHP Billiton in 2014, and was appointed Group General Counsel of the dual listed resources company in March 2016. She is a key adviser to the BHP Billiton Board, and leads a team of more than 100 legal professionals across Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia.
Previously, Caroline enjoyed a distinguished 11 year career as Disputes Partner with leading global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. She specialised in cross-border regulatory investigations and performed advisory work for a number of multinational companies. She also led a range of significant public commissions of inquiry and commercial litigations, and developed best practice anti-corruption policies and procedures. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Caroline practised at leading Canadian business law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.
Caroline graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Civil Law (with Distinction) and was the Gold Medallist in Law at the University of Alberta in Canada. Caroline was born in the UK and grew up primarily in Canada, but now calls Melbourne, Australia home.
Group General Counsel
Carmel Mulhern commenced her role as Group General Counsel of Telstra in January 2012. Carmel is responsible for providing legal advice to Telstra’s Board, CEO and senior management. She manages one of the largest in-house corporate legal teams in Australia, with members also located in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, London and New York. Prior to this, Carmel was the Telstra Company Secretary, responsible for continuous disclosure, compliance, corporate governance and communication to Telstra’s 1.4 million shareholders. She has played a key role in the partial and full privatisation of Telstra (T2 and T3) and the two $11bn National Broadband Network (nbn) transactions signed with the Commonwealth Government and nbn co.
In 2015, Carmel was named General Counsel of the Year at the Australian Law Awards, the Association of Corporate Counsel Awards and the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. In 2016 she was named in The UK Financial Times Global General Counsel 30.
Carmel joined the Telstra legal team in July 2000 after a successful career at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King Wood Mallesons). She has previously held the positions of Associate to Justice Mary Gaudron of the High Court of Australia (the first female High Court judge) and Associate to Justice Philip Cummins of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has taught at Monash University on directors’ duties and advanced corporations law. Carmel is the author of two legal texts on criminal law and prosecution of corporations.
Carmel is a member of Telstra’s Ethics Committee, a member of the St James Ethics Advisory Council and a Director of Justice Connect. She is the founding Chair of the ACC Australia GC100, a member of Chief Executive Women in Australia and a member the General Counsel 50, part of World 50 Inc.
Carmel holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Laws from Monash University. She has three children and lives in Melbourne.
Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016.
Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chairman of the ACCC.
Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a Director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications.
Rod Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.
Dr Simon Longstaff AO|
The Ethics Centre
Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; “I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff”. Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
Senator The Hon George Brandis QC|
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane. He was educated at the University of Queensland (from which he graduated with first class honours in Arts and Law) and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law and won the Sir Rupert Cross Prize.
On his return from the United Kingdom, Senator Brandis worked as a lawyer at Minter Ellison before going to the Bar in 1985. He established a successful commercial practice specialising in equity and trade practices law. He took silk in 2006. He was for several years a part-time lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Queensland Law School.
Senator Brandis was selected to fill a casual Senate vacancy in May 2000, representing the state of Queensland. He was re-elected in 2004, 2010 and 2016.
Senator Brandis has served as a Minister in the Howard, Abbott and Turnbull governments. He has held the portfolios of Attorney-General and Vice-President of the Executive Council since September 2013. A member of the Liberal Party’s Leadership Group since May 2010, Senator Brandis was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate in September 2015.
Director of Legal, Australia and New Zealand
Katrina has almost 15 years of specialist in-house experience within technology companies, including executive leadership and board member roles.
Katrina joined Uber in April 2015 as Legal Director for Australia and New Zealand, after 12 years with the eBay group of companies in Australia and the US.
She now leads Uber’s Asia-Pacific legal team, a large and diverse region that includes markets such as India, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Australia and Indonesia, among others.
Katrina is also an independent company director of Trade Me Group Limited, and a member of its Audit and Risk Management Committee. Trade Me is a dual ASX and NZX listed business with a market cap of around $2 billion, and operates New Zealand’s largest online marketplace.
Named “Australian Young Gun of the Year” at the Australian Law Awards in 2006, Katrina has authored numerous white papers and specialist articles and is an experienced chair and speaker at CLE conferences and industry roundtables in Australia and Asia.
Former Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Jim Slattery is an experienced media attorney with broad-based transactional expertise. He is a seasoned negotiator in licensing and distribution of programming services, television stations and content to multi-platform distributors. He has also been involved in negotiating the Olympics. Most recently Jim was Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal. Previously, Jim spent 19 years in the media industry in various roles at USA Networks and All American Television.
Jim is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of video content distribution. His success can be attributed to his ability to craft creative solutions for complex problems, focus on strategically optimizing assets, and collaborate with divergent constituent groups to achieve objectives.
Recognized for his expertise in dealing with issues arising from the evolving digital media landscape, Jim has been a featured speaker at several leading industry events, including the 2017 General Counsel Summit in Sydney, Australia; the 2016 ACC Annual Meeting in San Francisco; and, the 2016 Korea Trade-Investment Agency’s Creative Contents Showcase. The focus of these presentations has been on piracy of online video content and enforcing intellectual property rights.
Jim is a member of the New York State Bar and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Previously, Jim served on the NBCUniversal Legal Diversity Council.
Jim received a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Currently Jim is a media consultant specializing in providing legal guidance and negotiation expertise for clients in the video content distribution space.
Attorney General NSW
Mark Speakman was born in Sydney and grew up in the Cronulla area in Sydney’s south, where he still lives today.
He attended Caringbah High School before graduating in law and economics from the University of Sydney. Mark then gained his Master of Law from the University of Cambridge.
Mark was a solicitor and subsequently a partner at law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) between 1983 and 1991.
He was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1991 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.
Mark was elected as the Member for Cronulla at the March 2011 state election.
In 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills, before becoming Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury in 2014.
After his re-election at the 2015 state election, Mark was appointed Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage.
In January 2017, Mark was appointed NSW Attorney General.
Dr Richard Dammery|
Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary
Richard Dammery is the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Woolworths Limited.
Prior to this, he was a Partner of Minter Ellison Lawyers in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group from 2008-2014. He was formerly the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Coles Group Limited, and led the transaction teams for the sale of Myer Ltd to TPG Capital and the sale of the Group to Wesfarmers.
Richard spent 10 years working in the communications industry, in a range of senior legal and senior general management roles with Telstra and Telecom New Zealand.
He has degrees in Arts (English) and Law from Monash University, an MBA from the University of Melbourne, and a Ph.D in history from the University of Cambridge where he was a Senior Rouse Ball scholar at Trinity College.
Cathie Armour’s appointment as Commissioner commenced on 3 June 2013 and is for a four-year term.
Cathie has 18 years experience in legal counsel leadership roles in international financial institutions. Most recently, she was General Counsel for Macquarie Capital and an Executive Director of Macquarie Group, advising on equity, debt and private capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and financial investment transactions. She has also held senior compliance and operational risk positions at Macquarie Capital and at JP Morgan in Australia. Before she
joined ASIC, Cathie was also a member of the ASX Tribunal.
Cathie previously worked in private legal practice for the forerunners of the firms King & Wood Mallesons and Allens in Sydney and for Milbank,Tweed,Hadley & McCloy in New York.
Maya vanden Driesen|
Group General Counsel
Maya was appointed Group General Counsel of Wesfarmers Limited in January 2015. She joined Wesfarmers in 1993 in the position of Legal Counsel – Litigation, and was appointed to the Senior Legal Counsel role for the Corporate Solicitors Office (Perth) in 2009. In 2010 Maya was appointed General Manager Legal – Litigation overseeing the management and conduct of all litigation and dispute matters across the Wesfarmers Group. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Maya practised law at Parker & Parker and Downings Legal in areas including general commercial, industrial, regulatory and insurance litigation.
Maya holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws degrees from The University of Western Australia and was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1990. Maya is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member and former secretary of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (WA Chapter) and a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Andrew Finch is the Qantas Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, having joined the Qantas Group in 2012.
Mr Finch leads a team that is responsible for the management of legal risk and company secretarial matters across the Qantas Group. Mr Finch has more than 23 years legal experience in Australia and overseas, joining the Qantas Group from the leading Australian practice of Allens, where he had been a partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and general corporate and governance advice.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Master of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration (Exec) from the AGSM. He is a member of the ACC General Counsel Advisory Board, and ACC Australia’s GC100 and Advocacy Network.
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
Simon Tuxen was appointed General Counsel of Westfield Corporation in June 2014. Prior to the establishment of Westfield Corporation, Mr Tuxen was Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Westfield Group. Prior to joining Westfield in 2002, Mr Tuxen was the General Counsel of BIL International Limited in Singapore, Group Legal Manager of the Jardine Matheson Group in Hong Kong and a partner with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) from 1987 to 1996.
Geoffrey Watson SC|
Geoffrey Watson SC has a Master of Arts (in economic history) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. He has practised as a barrister since 1984 and took silk in 2002. His practice at the Bar is mainly in the common law, with particular specialities in product liability, professional negligence and appeals.
Director of Legal
eBay Australia & New Zealand
Shoshana Shields, Director of Legal, eBay Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to working at eBay, Shoshana spent her first 8 years as a lawyer working in private practice, specialising in Commercial Litigation.
Shoshana moved from private practice to in-house roles, and has occupied in-house roles at Virgin Mobile, PayPal and now eBay. She has been at eBay since July 2012.
In her current role she heads the legal function, and works across a broad range of corporate and commercial law matters, regulatory issues and disputes work. She advises the company locally and globally on relevant issues. She also leads the eBay Diversity and Women’s Initiative for eBay Australia.
Kate was appointed General Counsel of oOh!media Limited in February 2014, and Company Secretary in September of the same year. Kate manages the legal, company secretarial and investor relations functions at oOh!media, and works across the corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of the business, most recently on the announced merger with APN Outdoor Limited.
Kate began in private practice in the areas of commercial, IP and sports law, moving in house in 2002. Prior to joining oOh!, Kate held roles of Group Corporate Counsel Asia Pacific with Associated British Foods, responsible for legal activity across ANZ and South East Asia for Twinings, Don and Tip Top, and Legal Counsel with BlueScope Steel across their ANZ OHS, manufacturing and construction operations.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The Australian National University and was admitted to practice in 1998. Kate is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, the Communications and Media Law Association, and the NSW Law Society, and is a former Director of the Australian New Zealand Sports Law Association.
Matthew FitzGerald is David Jones General Counsel and leads a team responsible for legal, risk and compliance across David Jones.
Mathew joined David Jones in 2005 and prior to his appointment as General Counsel Matthew held a range of legal and senior executive roles with David Jones.
Previously Matthew worked in private practice where he advised Senior Executives and Boards of ASX 100 companies over a broad range of legal matters including employment, commercial, contractual, intellectual property, public litigation, investment, distribution and joint venture transactions and across a range of industries covering Retail, Banking, Financial Services, Information Technology and Manufacturing.
Matthew began his career in Industrial Relations for the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Eleni is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of the National Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC). The ARLC is the governing body for one of Australia’s largest sporting communities. In this role Eleni is responsible for managing commercial legal issues across the organisation, including the recent sales of the NRL’s media rights. Eleni also has executive responsibility for the risk and people and culture functions at the NRL. Prior to joining the NRL, Eleni held senior in-house legal roles in an ASX listed company and a US multinational. She has also worked in private practice in London and Sydney, specialising in intellectual property, media and technology.
Chief Executive Officer
Law Society NSW
Michael Tidball was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2006, having served as its Chief Operating Officer since 2001.
Mr Tidball had a policy background with the Australian Government prior to working as a Ministerial Advisor to the New South Wales Government. He has worked in the private sector in financial services, prior to serving in a Senior Executive Role in the Australian Capital Territory Government in Economic and Business Development Policy and Project work.
Mr Tidball has a long history in Legal Sector Administration Management. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Law Society of New South Wales to prepare the organisation for the introduction of voluntary membership which took effect on 1 July 2004.
Since being appointed Chief Executive Officer, he has overseen a range of reforms including the Law Society’s response to National Legal Profession Reform which is intended to establish a single Australian legal services market and regulatory system. Other key areas of focus have been the development of different membership strategies and offerings across the various segments of the profession, playing a lead role in the Society’s representational work.
In 2013 Mr Tidball was also appointed the Chief Executive Officer of LawAsia, a confederation of law associations across the Asia Pacific region which is committed to advancing the Rule of Law and pursing the interests and concerns of the legal profession in the dynamic economic region of the Asia Pacific.
Mr Tidball serves as a Director of LawCover Insurance and QL, Quality in the Law.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Sarah Turner is REA Group’s General Counsel and Company Secretary. She joined REA Group in September 2015 after a number of years with EBOS Group Ltd, a dual ASX/NZX listed diversified healthcare company where she was most recently General Counsel. Prior to this, Sarah was General Counsel and Company Secretary of SMS Management & Technology Ltd for five years.
She has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and technology. Sarah began her career at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in 1998 and was a lawyer in London for four years at Nabarro Nathanson and then US firm Kaye Scholer LLP. Early in her career she was Legal Counsel at BlueScope Steel Limited.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. She is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (formerly ACLA), a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Emily joined Siemens in 1996. As General Counsel, she is responsible for the legal function. In her role as Company Secretary she advises the boards of group companies and fulfils corporate governance requirements.
During 2011 and 2012 Emily gained valuable inter-cultural insights when delegated to India as General Counsel Siemens South Asia, based in Mumbai. She also worked as a commercial litigation lawyer with Hall & Wilcox and on pharmaceutical licensing issues at Kanzlei Ommerborn in Munich, Germany.
Emily is a Chartered Secretary and an active committee member of the Victorian Division of the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia (ACC).
Wendy Peter is General Counsel at the ACCC. Prior to her appointment to that role in 2011, Wendy was a partner in the competition group at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) where her practice focussed on assisting clients to obtain informal merger clearance and responding to ACCC investigations and litigation.
Head of Compliance & Regulatory Risk
Maria Polczynski, Head of Group Legal, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, was 2012 ACLA Corporate Lawyer of the Year. Since joining the Bank in 2009 Maria has actively promoted the effectiveness of Group Legal, re-focussing the team on the most value-adding work. She has worked to enhance internal expertise, to provide flexible work options for staff and to promote more cost-effective external legal services to the Bank, including through value-based pricing. Prior to joining the Bank, Maria was a retail banking partner at Henry Davis York in Sydney.
General Counsel - Wealth, Australian Banking & Technology
Nigel Bond is the General Counsel, Wealth, Australian Banking and Technology at Westpac covering a number of areas including BT, Technology, Enterprise & Digital Legal and Retail & Business Banking. Nigel spent the last 8½ years with The Royal Bank of Scotland in both London and Sydney. While with RBS he occupied a number of roles including Asia Pacific General Counsel and Head of Legal Australia, before that he worked for both Clifford Chance and Freehills. Nigel has a Bachelor’s of Science (Neurobiology/Psychology) and Law (Hrs) from the Australian National University.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Nevenka Codevelle is Company Secretary & General Counsel at APA Group. She is a senior executive with over 20 year’s experience as a corporate, commercial and competition lawyer, with a focus on infrastructure industries. She is currently responsible for the legal, company secretariat, risk and compliance functions at APA Group and has been part of the company’s core management team involved in all major transactions and growth initiatives that lead to the company’s growth from an ASX250 to an ASX30 company in less than 10 years. Prior to joining APA Group in 2008, Nevenka worked in private legal practice at major law firms in Sydney and London. She also spent over 3 years as a senior policy adviser to the National Competition Council.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Tim has operated as a lawyer and adviser in the sports, entertainment and venue management sectors for nearly ten years.
He is currently the General Counsel & Company Secretary at Melbourne Stadiums Limited (which is the company that operates Etihad Stadium), and has responsibility for managing the legal, regulatory and governance functions of the stadium’s business.
Prior to his current role, Tim spent almost five years as a senior lawyer and adviser at Tennis Australia where his areas of expertise were complex media rights and commercial sponsorship arrangements relating to the Australian Open. Previously, he has worked for a specialist boutique sports law firm in Melbourne where he advised a number of national sporting bodies (including the AFL and Cricket Australia). Tim commenced his career as a corporate lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King and Wood Mallesons).
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
In the fast-paced world of technology, James North succeeds by bringing his almost 20 years legal experience to stay ahead of the pack. James has lent his deep industry knowledge to a range of government and corporate clients. He has expertise in commercial and regulatory issues relevant to the technology and telecommunications industries; including cyber security, data protection, cloud competing and privacy issues. James works with clients on every aspect of their cyber resilience framework including in relation to risk management, internal investigations, regulator engagement and legal claims.
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Ben is a partner with Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He is the national head of the Corrs Project and Construction Group. His expertise is in negotiations and conflict management, including in engineering and construction, general commercial, energy and resources related disputes, Security of Payment claims, and contractual and negligence claims. Ben is recognised as having deep expertise in conducting arbitrations (domestic and international), expert determinations, mediations, DRBs and adjudications. Ben works across multiple jurisdictions, advises clients about cross border risk. Part of the core services he provides is in advising on domestic and international risk profiles and strategies to ensure the efficient management of disputes and enforceability of rights and obligations.
Partner, Governance, Regulatory & Conduct
Karen Den-Toll is a Partner in Deloitte’s Governance, Regulatory and Conduct team. Karen is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, more than 10 years of which have been spent as General Counsel in major financial services organisations, including Group General Counsel of Insurance Australia Group Limited from 2002-2006, and General Counsel of ING Australia (now ANZ Wealth) from 2007-2010. Karen has also been in private practice, including at Clayton Utz, and consulted to international organisations, such as the World Bank, on consumer protection and regulatory issues.
Gilbert + Tobin
Peter joined Gilbert + Tobin as a partner in 1989 and specialises in communications and technology.
Peter has worked on regulatory, interconnection, wholesale contracting, numbering, IP peering and spectrum licensing issues throughout the region. He has been the principal external adviser on interconnection arrangements and regulation to Optus Communications in Australia, and Hongkong Telecom in Hong Kong, and CLEAR in New Zealand. During 1998-9 Peter was seconded to Cable & Wireless plc in London as acting Director of Regulation, with responsibility for the Group’s global regulatory affairs. Peter remains one of Telstra’s lead regulatory advisers on the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Peter has experience in complex structuring issues which require an understanding of the intersection between technical, regulatory, competition law and commercial issues. He has been involved in the establishment of large scale telecommunications and IT joint ventures, including the deployment of the world’s first large scale HFC local broadband network, in major telecommunications-related mergers in Asia Pacific and in Europe and 3G network deployment in Australia and Europe.
Peter’s understanding of the IT and communications environment also has allowed him to provide strategic legal advice to new economy businesses, such as portals, PKI providers, xDSL service providers, electronic cash and smartcard applications and Application Service Providers. Peter has worked on the early life cycles of many new economy firms, focusing on helping them realise and bring to market their technology.
Peter was the exclusive winner of the 2014 ILO Client Choice Award for Telecommunications in Australia.
Peter is an active participant in Gilbert + Tobin’s pro bono activities. He was Chairman of the Communications Law Centre, a major public interest body in Australia.
He completed his Master of Laws at Harvard Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Chief Executive Officer
Ian Goddard is a lawyer and the CEO of Yarris. Yarris develops cloud software to manage legal services, including Legal Panel Gateway & Dazychain.
Ian is at the forefront of the development and implementation of innovative strategies to transform the way legal services are delivered.
Before he joined the software industry, Ian was a partner with Corrs Chambers Westgarth and leader of the firm’s Banking and Finance group. He has held various private and public company board positions.
King & Wood Mallesons
Renae Lattey is a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons who specialises in telecommunications, commercial projects and regulated access.
As KWM’s National TMT Sector Leader, Renae has established a strong international profile having acted for major telecommunications clients throughout the Asia Pacific, the UK and Europe. This includes advising regional governments on World Bank telecommunications projects in developing countries.
Renae leads KWM’s strategic relationship with Telstra. She has advised on large-scale, highly-technical projects including Telstra’s NBN negotiations with the Australian Government, and on operational separation, T3, roaming arrangements, inter-operator arrangements, spectrum licensing and renewal, cable capacity arrangements, numbering and other technical regulation, as well as large supply contracts.
During her career, Renae has been awarded Telecommunications Lawyer of the Year by leading international survey Best Lawyers, the TMT Award at Euromoney’s Australasia Women in Business Awards, and was a Finalist in AFR’s Client Choice Awards for Most Client Focused Lawyer. She has also been identified by Legal 500 as offering “quality, commerciality and absolute dedication”, and is listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Best Lawyers.
Chief Counsel, ANZ
Janine Cane is Chief Counsel, ANZ at Thomson Reuters. She has headed up the legal function at Thomson Reuters in Australia since 2006 and is primarily responsible for supporting the Legal and Tax & Accounting businesses in this region.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Janine practised law in South Africa and the UK. She focused principally on Intellectual Property and general Commercial practice. In the UK, she initially devoted her time to advising sporting personalities as part of a football agency before joining the IP practices of Collyer-Bristow and ultimately Clifford Chance. During her time at Clifford Chance, she spent a year on secondment to a global FMCG company where she got her taste for in-house life and also worked on the London 2012 Olympic Bid.
In her current role, she supports the business in providing legal advice on all commercial initiatives and activities, regulatory issues, IP and M&A.
Completed Articled Clerkship at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and then worked as an in-house legal counsel at Village Roadshow Limited prior to joining the AFL in August 2000.
Was appointed AFL General Manager Legal & Business Affairs in June 2004 with responsibility for legal and business operations of the AFL. Since November 2011 has been General Counsel of the AFL and had roles as General Manager – National and International Development (November 2011 – July 2013) & General Manger – Legal, Integrity & Compliance (since July 2013).
In March 2017 was appointed as General Manager – Game Development in addition to role as General Counsel with responsibility for Community and state football, diversity programs, legal, risk, integrity, security and government.
Current board member of AFL Queensland, AFL Northern Territory, Australian Football League (Victoria), AFL NSW, Champion Data Holdings Pty Ltd, Cure for MND Foundation and Aardvark Worldwide Inc.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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Secure, powerful and agile Blueprint OneWorld is a robust entity management system. By centralizing data in our software, executives can be confident in meeting increasingly complex governance, risk and compliance obligations.
Leaders in legal service outsourcing, specialising in delivering solutions to General Counsel that improves efficiency, increases capability, reduces cost and reliance on externals.
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