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Change is erupting across the in-house landscape. Leaps in automation, intense commercial competition, and mounting exposure to cyber-attacks have created significant volatility – but there is opportunity in the chaos. General Counsel are assuming greater strategic responsibility and commanding new influence across the corporate and government hierarchy.
Celebrating its 6th year, the General Counsel Summit is the most significant event for in-house counsel in the region. Hosting the most esteemed legal minds from all sectors of the national economy alongside international thought-leaders, it is the optimal platform from which to formulate strategies and unlock the competitive edge to lead and succeed in 2019.
This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 35 leading perspectives from the highest levels of in-house legal management on the world-stage. Across 2 days in a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies and government agencies.
// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 250+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Senior Vice-President & Chief Ethics Officer
Emmanuel joined L’ORÉAL in 1999 as Group General Counsel for Human Resources and in 2007, created the Group Chief Ethics Officer mission.
Emmanuel has an extensive knowledge and experience in the field of business ethics. He has given more than 100 Master Classes on business ethics and human rights at leading universities, business and public institutions on every continent and has been featured in the media in over 40 countries.
Emmanuel’s achievements in the ethics arena have been internationally recognized as innovative and visionary. In 2018, Emmanuel was honoured as UN Global Compact SDG Pioneer for Advancing Business Ethics.
Under his leadership, L’ORÉAL has been recognized for a 10th time as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere and in 2019 was ranked 1st out of 6,000 companies worldwide for its ethical reputation in the Covalence ESG Ranking.
In addition to representing L’ORÉAL in a number of international organizations, Emmanuel is a Director of the Ethics Resource Center, former Chair of the Global Council on Business Conduct, member of the MEDEF (French Employers’ Association) Ethics Committee and a “One Young World” Counsellor.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
GSK Consumer Healthcare
Sean left Simmons & Simmons in 1998 and joined SmithKline Beecham as Senior Counsel for Middle East, taking on Africa in 2000. In 2001 he worked on the merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham resulting in the formation of GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”). He moved to Philadelphia in late 2001 to do scientific transactions and US regulatory wok, then returned to the UK in 2005 to be Lead Counsel for Global Drug Safety.
In 2007, he was appointed to lead international Research and Development Legal Operations and led the work to establish GSK’s R&D presence in China. In 2008, Sean was appointed as the Head of Legal Operations for Emerging Markets, Asia Pacific and Japan and was promoted to the global legal management team for GSK. In 2010, he took on additional responsibility for Legal Operations Corporate (UK and US) and Stiefel (Dermatology). In 2013, Sean became General Counsel and Head of Compliance, GSK Consumer Healthcare, a global joint venture between GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis with an annual turnover of approximately $10bn.
GlaxoSmithKline bought out Novartis’ share of the joint venture in 2018 and in December 2018 agreed with Pfizer, the US pharmaceuticals group, to form another joint venture to pool the assets of both companies’ consumer healthcare businesses. This transaction is awaiting regulatory clearance and is expected to close in the second half of 2019, creating the world’s leading over-the-counter medicines company.
It was also announced in December that this company will be demerged from the GlaxoSmithKline group within three years of deal close and separately listed on the London Stock Exchange. Sean has recently been appointed as the General Counsel designate of this organisation.
Vice President, Chief International Counsel
Lisa Mather is Vice President, Chief International Counsel at PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), a leading global digital payments company which offers services in over 200 countries. Based in Singapore, she works with a market-leading in-house global legal team which is spread across the world and well known for its ‘unmatched navigation of complex international regulatory frameworks’.
Lisa is passionate about working in-house in global organizations to deliver scalable value and effective legal outcomes for businesses across multiple jurisdictions. Before joining PayPal, she served as Vice President, Division General Counsel, APAC at another Fortune 200 global company. Lisa has also held various general counsel and specialist counsel positions, in Australia, Europe, the United States and Asia during her in-house career.
She began her legal career as a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, practicing with major global law firms in both Sydney and Hong Kong. Lisa is admitted to practice in Australia, Hong Kong and England & Wales, and holds a MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science and Law (Honors) from Macquarie University. Lisa has served on several boards in Asia, Australia and Europe, including a listed company Board.
Well known for her engaging legal leadership and a collaborative working style in delivering business objectives, Lisa is also widely recognized for her ability to proactively identify, manage and reduce legal and reputational risks in businesses across multiple jurisdictions. She is a respected legal, corporate affairs and compliance adviser to senior business leaders, including CEOs, and boards, and is adept at building trust and natural rapport with stakeholders at all levels within an organization.
Lisa has won various awards and is frequently invited as a speaker at industry and professional forums internationally. Most recently, Lisa and her International Legal Team at PayPal were recognized in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Southeast Asia Teams 2018, which identifies the most innovative and influential in-house counsel working in the region.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Christine is a senior executive at Cricket Australia leading the legal, risk, and integrity teams, and is responsible for advising on corporate governance and advising the Cricket Australia board in her role as General Counsel & Company Secretary. Christine has extensive experience across a range of industries including financial services, energy and manufacturing in both the public and private sectors.
Christine has a long history of involvement in major sporting events, including as General Manager of Legal and Procurement for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 hosted across Australia and New Zealand, and as General Counsel for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Christine is passionate about driving increased participation of women and girls in cricket, and Christine’s new big new challenge is helping to bring the ICC Cricket World Cup T20 to Australia in 2020.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Michael is the General Counsel & Company Secretary for Nestlé Australia, leading a 12 strong legal team to deliver high quality legal services across Nestlé Oceania. Michael is also the head of the Nestlé Oceania Compliance Committee, and the WHO Code Ombudsperson for the region.
Michael was previously M&A Counsel for Nestlé at its Global Headquarters in Switzerland in the Mergers and Acquisitions Competence Centre, leading teams for Nestlé in M&A transactions globally. Prior to this role Michael was Senior Corporate Counsel for Nestlé Australia and before moving in-house Michael was Senior Associate with law firm K&L Gates in its corporate and commercial team.
Michael has extensive experience in FMCG (across the entire supply chain – retail, distribution and manufacturing), having worked with both internal and external clients across all operational aspects. Michael is recognised as an effective communicator and business advisor, working with a strategic and commercial approach to provide clear and pragmatic legal advice and leadership.
Daniel Crennan QC|
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Daniel Crennan QC commenced as an ASIC Deputy Chair on 16 July 2018. Daniel is a Queen’s Counsel who practised privately in corporate law, commercial law, administrative law, private international law and arbitration. Before joining ASIC, Daniel was a member the Victorian Bar for sixteen years, served on the Bar Council for six years and was the Honorary Treasurer of the Bar.
Daniel previously served as a director of Barristers’ Chambers Ltd and the Law Council of Australia. Daniel has completed the Accelerated Route to Fellowship with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been appointed to the boards of several public and private companies and is currently the chair of a children’s charity.
Chief Legal Officer
David’s extensive legal career includes a long-standing role as partner at Allens Linklaters, where he gained extensive knowledge across competition and regulatory law with a focus on merger clearances, regulatory investigations and major litigation. During this time, David worked closely with the Coles team in relation to regulatory inquiries into supplier negotiations and home brand products.
David joined Coles in early 2016 and leads the legal, risk, regulatory compliance, employee relations and safety teams. He helped establish and is a member of the Coles Risk, Audit and Compliance Management Committee, as well as an executive member of the Coles Better Together diversity committee responsible for LGBTI issues.
Qualifications: BCom, LLB (Hons 1) (Australian National University), LLM (Queensland University of Technology).
The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP|
Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
Mark Speakman was first appointed Attorney General for NSW in January 2017, then reappointed on 2 April 2019, adding the portfolio of Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
The Attorney General is the head of the Family and Community Services and Justice Cluster, the area of government responsible for:
• Administration and enforcement of the law;
• Punishment and rehabilitation of offenders;
• Emergency services;
• Protection of NSW from the threat of terrorism;
• The care of at risk children and families and the disabled;
• Multiculturalism, seniors and veterans; and
As First Law Officer of the state, Mark oversees the administration of well in excess of 200 Acts of Parliament, the most of any minister in the NSW Government.
Mark was the Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage and Assistant Minister for Planning from April 2015 to January 2017.
He was previously Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury, Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills and Chair of the Joint Committee on the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Mark was elected as the Member for Cronulla in 2011 after a career at the commercial Bar.
Mark was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004, having been called to the Bar in 1991. Mark began his legal career in 1983 as a solicitor, then partner, at law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst).
He holds a Masters in Laws from Cambridge University and degrees in law and economics at Sydney University. Mark attended Caringbah High School in the heart of the electorate he now represents and where he spent his childhood and most of his adult life.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
National Rugby League
Eleni joined the National Rugby League and Australian Rugby League Commission as General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2014. The ARLC is responsible for the development and growth of one of Australia’s largest sporting communities, it also operates the NRL Competition which in 2018 was the most watched sport on Australian television. In this capacity, Eleni leads a team which advises the organisation across all aspects of its commercial operations.
Prior to joining the NRL, Eleni held senior in-house legal roles, as General Counsel for an ASX listed company and as Vice President, Legal for the Asia Pacific for a multinational technology business. Eleni has also worked in private practice, at Linklaters in London and Allens in Sydney.
Eleni is the current Chair of Guthrie House Co-operative, a not-for-profit transitional service for women involved in the criminal justice system.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
In his current role as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Network Ten, Stuart Thomas is responsible for the legal and company secretarial functions of the TEN network of television stations, including the provision of commercial and dispute resolution services. In this role, he manages a team of specialist in-house lawyers as well as the procurement of external legal services.
Stuart is a corporate and commercial lawyer, with deep experience in the Australian media sector. Previously, as principal of the eponymous Thomas Law, he provided legal counsel and transaction services in the media, marketing, digital and creative industry verticals. In previous corporate roles, Stuart has acted in the roles of Director Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary at Macquarie Radio Network (owner of Sydney radio stations 2GB and 2CH) and also as General Counsel of Nine Network. Before transition to corporate life, Stuart was Partner of Gilbert & Tobin in the corporate and commercial team.
Craig is the Executive Legal Business Partner for Consumer & Small Business at Telstra and has held that role for the past 3 years. Over a 12 year career at Telstra he’s served as the General Counsel for Telstra’s small business division, it’s product and marketing team and it’s international team, during which time he lived and worked in Hong Kong.
In his current role, Craig manages around 35 lawyers who support the team that serves Telstra’s 11m residential and small business customers, and handle a variety of transactional, competition and trade practices issues. In addition, Craig handles the legal work in relation to Telstra’s part ownership of Foxtel, and it’s major media agreements including with Australia’s major sporting codes and production houses.
He is a member of the Media Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia and of Telstra’s Executive Leadership team.
Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Compliance Australasia
Alison Telfer, Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Compliance for BlackRock Australia & NZ and a member of the BlackRock Australian board and executive committee. Ms Telfer joined Blackrock in September 2013.
Prior to this, Ms Telfer held various senior positions over more than 9 years with Challenger Financial Services, initially in the position of senior legal counsel and later as Director, Specialised Product. Prior to joining Challenger Financial Services, Ms Telfer held the position of Senior Associate with Blake Dawson Waldron, focussing on asset management and, prior to that, Mallesons Stephen Jaques specialising across a number of areas including tax, intellectual property and asset management.
Ms Telfer holds a BA (communications)/LLB from Macquarie University and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW.
Acting General Counsel
Shanti is the Acting General Counsel of Optus leading a team that sits nationally. Her daily practice has a great emphasis on the quasi legal aspect of being an in-house lawyer such as leadership, driving sound commercial outcomes and improving both the quality and efficient use of legal services. This is underpinned by her open and rigorous analytical style and firm belief in the challenger culture of asking ‘why’ as a catalyst to find ways to continually improve and as a result provide excellent customer service.
Shanti also serves as a Non-Exec Director on boards in Adelaide in the industries of Education and Finance
Group General Counsel
Malcolm Haack is the Group General Counsel for Orica, an Australian-based multinational corporation that is one of the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, and he leads a diverse team of professionals based around the world.
Malcolm spent several years living and working in the Middle East and the UK, and he has worked in and managed legal teams across Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Australia.
General Counsel Governance
National Australia Bank
Jennifer has extensive senior executive experience in governance, law and regulatory risk across a range of sectors and in a variety of roles and organisations, including international experience on two separate occasions.
Jennifer is currently National Australia Bank’s General Counsel Governance with responsibility for implementation of the Banking Executive Accountability Regime across NAB. At NAB, Jennifer’s roles have included General Counsel, Corporate (including 8 months as Acting Group General Counsel, leading NAB’s legal and governance functions comprising a team of over 250 people) and General Manager Group Regulatory Strategy & Affairs and a member of the Risk Leadership Team. From mid-2012 to late 2014, Jennifer led the Legal and Governance teams for NAB’s UK banking operations and was a member of Clydesdale Bank’s Executive Committee, based in the UK.
Jennifer has previously worked in private legal practice (including King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne and Linklaters in London) and in major Australian corporations (including Coles Myer).
As well as wide-ranging experience in interacting with Boards, executive management and regulators, Jennifer’s non-executive director portfolio includes until recently chairing the Board of public art gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art, and currently being a non-executive director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.
Head of Legal
Senior leader with a proven track record of solving legal and commercial issues while maximising organisational performance for market leading media, technology and consumer multinationals.
With experience ranging from changing the way consumers use search engines to initiating quality control standards in manufacturing, I work for companies that are transformational in the way that they deliver their experiences to the end user.
In addition to the usual General Counsel responsibilities of building high performing teams; managing and supporting commercial risk minimisation; litigation; company secretarial work; regulatory compliance and general commercial operations, I have deep expertise in structuring business development deals for media, technology and consumer companies, and entering new geographic markets for products and services.
Executive Manager Legal, Governance and Risk
Prior to joining TransGrid in February 2017, Peter’s career included Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for QBE Insurance Group Limited (2014 to 2016), Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Woolworths Limited (2005-2014), General Manager Legal and Company Secretary of WMC Resources Limited (1993-2005) and a Corporate Lawyer then Principal Solicitor at BHP Petroleum P t y Limited.
Peter was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for service to corporate law and in house legal by Global Leaders in Law in September 2018. He was the ACL A Australian Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2002 and his teams were awarded the ACL A Australian Law Award for In-House Legal Department of the Year in 2004 and 2005 (WMC) and 2013 (Woolworths).
Peter is also a member of ACC ASX GC 100 Executive Committee and a non-Executive Director with not for profit company Business for Development (B4D).
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.
Before Joining Westpac in 2014, Nigel spent 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.
Belinda Speirs joined Suncorp (which includes AAMI, APIA, GIO, Shannon’s, Bingle, Vero, Suncorp bank and Insurance, Suncorp Life and Superannuation) in 2013 and is currently the General Counsel, leading all legal functions, including the Advisory, Litigation, Internal Fraud and Legal Planning & Operations teams which provide Group wide legal support. Her focus is on driving timely, legally appropriate and optimal commercial outcomes and to enhance the delivery of internal and external legal services in a more agile, resilient, efficient and effective manner. This includes transition to self-service modalities where appropriate; enhanced risk, cost, knowledge and work flow management.
In addition to her General Counsel activities, Belinda lead the Groups Royal Commission response team and is now looking to support the Suncorp Group going forward in proactively managing and leveraging the opportunities that will flow from concomitant regulatory and other changes.
Prior to joining Suncorp, Belinda was in private practice for nearly 20 years; 10 of those at partnership level where she focused on commercial and financial services litigation.
Outside of work, Belinda is a tragic follower of reality TV cooking competitions and a not so secret petrol head who loves Formula 1. She is a mother to 2 children and 2 dogs. Her husband is also a lawyer which makes for lively dinner debates. Despite the hint of South African accent Belinda is a loyal albeit long-suffering Wallabies supporter.
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Catriona was appointed Group General Counsel of Domain in late 2017 when Domain separated from Fairfax Media and independently listed on the ASX. Catriona is responsible for the legal and regulatory compliance of the Domain Group. Catriona has extensive corporate M&A, corporate advisory and commercial experience both in Australia and overseas.
Immediately prior to joining Domain, Catriona was in-house counsel at Fairfax Media and prior to that she held in-house counsel roles at Asda (Walmart Group), Standard Life and Royal Bank of Scotland. Catriona is originally from Scotland and commenced her legal career in the UK before moving to Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney in 2012.
Catriona has a law degree with honours from the University of Glasgow and has also studied at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands and the University of Sydney. She is dual qualified in NSW and Scotland.
NSW Police Force
Sally Webb joined the NSW Police Force as the General Counsel in 2015. Her team is responsible for delivering ethical, professional and practical civil legal services and governance support to the Commissioner and officers across the State. This work includes crime prevention and disruption applications, representing NSWPF in coronial inquests and special inquiries, advising on legislative reform, WHS and procurement as well as making public interest immunity applications to protect sources and law enforcement methodology. From 2013 – 2015, Ms Webb was Deputy Group General Counsel at CIMIC (formerly Leighton), Australia’s largest construction company, providing legal and governance advice in respect of its businesses and operations in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Before that, she was General Counsel and Company Secretary at ASX listed MAp Airports which owned Sydney, Brussels and Copenhagen airports. She also has 10 years of other infrastructure fund and M&A legal roles at the Macquarie Group. In private practice she worked for leading law firms in Sydney and Tokyo. Ms Webb’s roles in the infrastructure sector have required her to balance the interests of investors, financiers, governments and community stakeholders.
General Counsel and External Relations Director
Libby Davidson was appointed as Lion’s Group General Counsel & External Relations Director in 2015, following her appointment as Group General Counsel in 2014. In this role, Libby leads the Legal External Relations and Nutrition team and is Lion’s Company Secretary and Sustainability Director.
Libby first joined Lion Nathan Limited in 2005, as Deputy General Counsel. Since then, following Kirin’s acquisition of Lion Nathan and the subsequent merger with National Foods, Libby has performed various roles within the Legal External Relations and Nutrition team, including responsibility for Group-wide competition law, mergers & acquisitions, Board governance, trademarks & intellectual property, food regulation & policy and Sustainability. She is a Director on the Board of Bevchain, Lion’s warehousing and distribution JV with Linfox and also sits on the Board of Trustees of Lion’s NZ Employee Benefit Plan.
Prior to joining Lion, Libby spent 10 years with PepsiCo and Tricon Restaurants International, in various in-house roles supporting the Pepsico/Tricon businesses in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and Europe.
Vice President and General Counsel Asia Pacific
Vered is Vice President and General Counsel at ResMed for Asia Pacific.
ResMed is a world-leading connected health company with more than 6 million cloud-connected devices. ResMed is a dual listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
Vered previously worked in top tier law firms in Australia, the UK, Israel and Japan. Her team was recognised as ACC Australia’s Small Legal Team of the Year (2016).
Vered is an elected member of the executive committee of the GC100 and heads the Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee.
Recently, Vered was named on the Australian GC Powerlist.
Outside of work, Vered is an ambassador and speaker for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Head of Legal
Kirk is the Head of Legal at fast-growing Australian technology unicorn Canva where he oversees the global legal & risk function.
Kirk works closely with the CFO and COO on key strategic initiatives and draws upon his previous experience gained in-house (Cricket Australia and eBay) and in private practice (DLA Piper) to deliver pragmatic solutions.
Executive General Counsel
L'Oréal Australia & New Zealand
Anna Lozynski has been the Executive 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 a member of the CLOC [Corporate Legal Operations Consortium] Australia Committee, having previously served as a Director of Accord Australasia, the industry association for the hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products industry. Since 2015, 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. She has also recently published an E-Book on innovation called Legally Innovative.
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.
Senior Director & Head of Legal
eBay, Australia and New Zealand
Stacey brings over 20 years of unrivalled and uniquely diverse experience across law, banking, insolvency, payment platforms, commercial consulting and online marketplaces. Having worked as a service provider to top organisations in private practice, taken on front line commercial roles, as well as considerable experience as an in-house lawyer and General Counsel in leading global organisations, Stacey is perfectly placed with a 360 degree understanding and perspective of the challenges faced by both in-house legal teams and organisations generally and is always thinking outside the box when it comes to solving these challenges.
Stacey’s forte and passion is developing high performance teams that apply the law with a lens of extraordinary commercial nous and acumen and that provide efficient, commercial and easy to digest advice to the business they service.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Robert is employed by Colliers International as General Counsel & Company Secretary | ANZ. He has been with Colliers more than 10 years, in various roles.
Robert oversees all legal, company secretarial, risk management, insurance and internal audit functions. With his team, Robert is responsible for the company secretarial functions for 42 entities across the group; contract management and tendering; mergers, acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures; workplace relations advice; franchising law; litigation and claims management; trade practices compliance; risk management advice, insurance cover and placement; and internal audit and compliance.
Prior to joining Colliers, Robert held a number of senior legal roles, both in-house and in private practice.
Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society of NSW
Michael Tidball was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2006. In recent years, he has also concurrently served as Secretary General of LAWASIA.
Michael Tidball has worked in both the government and business sectors in Australia, working in strategic management and senior policy advisory roles. He has also served as Special Advisor to the Public Accounts Committee of the New South Wales Parliament.
Mr Tidball has a strong background in professional services and legal sector administration. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Law Society of New South Wales in 2004, and has led many of its initiatives to position it as one of the of the largest, most resilient and successful voluntary direct membership regulating Law Societies internationally. Among the key reforms during his tenure have been the lead role played by the Society in the move to a national legal services market in Australia, the development of segmented approaches to respond to the different needs of private in-house and government lawyers, as well as a range of legal policy reforms. These have embraced representational responses to diverse reforms including personal injury, business law and litigation and dispute resolution. A current key focus is leading the Society to respond in its service offering to the forces of innovation, disruption, technology change and artificial intelligence.
In his work as Secretary General of LAWASIA, Mr Tidball oversees representational and policy work in pursuit of the Rule of Law as expressed through the human rights and business law activities of this international association. LAWASIA enjoys United Nations Observer Status and membership of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.
Michael Tidball serves as a Director of Lawcover Insurance Pty Ltd and LawCover Pty Ltd as well as of LAWASIA Holdings. He also serves on the Board of Management of Quality in the Law, and is a member of the Council of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History.
Mr Tidball has a strong and active interest in classical music, and in his spare time serves as Chair of the Board of The Song Company, Australia’s leading and internationally highly acclaimed classical vocal ensemble.
Acting Deputy Secretary of Integrity & Information Group
Commonwealth Department of Human Services
Annette Musolino is currently the Acting Deputy Secretary of Integrity and Information Group at the Commonwealth Department of Human Services.
Annette was previously the Chief Counsel of the department, from 2015.
The Department delivers payments and services under the Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support programs.
Annette leads a large team operating across Australia. Her background includes private practice, in-house corporate and regulatory roles.
Annette has a special interest in change management, and the evolving role of lawyers within government.
Annette was named Government Lawyer of the Year at the 2017 ACC In-house Lawyer Awards.
Chief Executive Officer
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Gavin MacLaren is the senior partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. With over 20 years’ experience, including a decade based in Asia, Gavin has acted for multinational corporations, governments, international organisations, financial institutions, private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds across the Asia Pacific region. He is particularly sought after for his abilities in structuring and negotiating complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Gavin also provides public international law advice in connection with overlapping international boundary claims, sovereignty over territory and government regulation.
Gavin previously held senior partnership roles at Freshfields and Allens, and has consistently been listed as a leading lawyer by various legal directories and publications, including Chambers and Partners (Global and Asia-Pacific), The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers and others.
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
With her expertise as a legal adviser and insights from her time as a senior member of BHP’s global ethics and compliance team, Abigail Gill has an unrivalled combination of experience in regulatory and internal investigations and compliance issues. Abigail draws on her experience in private practice and in house to deliver strategic and practical legal advice with fit for purpose client service. She works with clients to develop an approach to mitigating compliance risks, investigating compliance issues and in developing ethical frameworks. Abigail has also developed and led the implementation of a global investigations framework and regularly advises on elements of whistle-blower program best practice.
Her work on some of Australia’s largest corporate investigations, including with multi-jurisdictional elements, has included developing the strategic response to regulators, designing and executing investigation plans and helping senior executives prepare for inquiries and evidentiary hearings. As an external adviser, she has acted on numerous complex commercial disputes, including infrastructure access, competition and regulatory matters.
Partner, Governance, Regulation and Conduct Advisory and Co-lead Partner on Corporate Governance
Deborah is a Partner in Deloitte’s Governance, Regulation and Conduct Advisory Practice and is Deloitte’s Co-lead Partner on Corporate Governance. Deborah is a lawyer with 25+ years’ experience including in private legal practice, public sector regulation, in-house executive positions, and independent consulting. At Deloitte, Deborah specialises in advising clients on governance, regulatory risk and compliance, and conduct issues.
Prior to joining Deloitte Deborah was the founding Director of Sector Seven, an Incorporated Legal Practice and Boutique GRC advisory practice, which she led for eight years. Deborah has also spent a decade working within the financial services industry in roles including General Manager Regulatory Affairs, Operational Risk & Compliance for NABWealth & MLC, and Head of Compliance for BT Financial Services Group. Deborah was formerly ASIC’s National Special Counsel for Financial Services Regulation and prior to that was a Partner of Sydney law firm Laurence & Laurence.
Deborah holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Risk Management and Corporate Governance and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA) and of the GRC Institute, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and a member of the Law Society of NSW.
Deborah holds a BA/LLB from the University of Sydney and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW.
Karen is a Partner in Deloitte’s Governance, Regulation and Conduct team. She is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in financial services, including over 10 years spent as a General Counsel, including as the Group General Counsel of IAG Limited.
Karen leads Deloitte’s BEAR and Customer Advocacy practices, and co-leads its Corporate Governance practice.
Managing Partner, Clients and Mergers & Acquisitions
King & Wood Mallesons
Renae Lattey is the Managing Partner, Clients and Mergers & Acquisitions at King & Wood Mallesons Australia and is responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s client and sector strategy. Renae is passionate about transforming the client experience, creating a consistent approach to building strong and deep client relationships, and collaboration between external providers and in-house teams to drive automation, improve process efficiency and adopt new ways of working together as market forces continue to shift industry demands.
She is also the firm’s TMET sector leader and is also well-recognised for her expertise in telecommunications, continuing to provide advice on a wide range of regulatory and commercial issues, telecommunications law and major transactions in Australia and across the South Pacific.
Vice President, Director of Sales and Client Management, Australia and New Zealand
As Vice-President/ Director of Sales for Australia & New Zealand at Thomson Reuters Legal, Rob Gitell brings his leadership experience to empower legal departments to automate and streamline their operations. Prior to joining the ANZ business, Rob led a global team responsible for launching Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker in the US as well as in Canada, UK/Europe, India, Asia-Pacific and Australia.
Rob is well regarded as a thought leader on legal department operations, particularly in relation to leveraging internal resources and collaborating with external counsel. Having held various leadership positions, including those with a focus on the corporate market, Rob is passionate about bringing legal technology solutions to in-house teams as tools to provide expert advice and strategic direction for their businesses.
Rob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Head of Sales, Legal Content Solutions, ANZ
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ian Goddard is the founder of technology company, Yarris, a pioneer in creating cloud-based technologies. Yarris software platforms manage over $1.1 billion of services for major corporate and government organisations.
Yarris products have helped tens of thousands of users in telco, insurance and legal services to transform how they manage their operations. ConSol Mobile saves telco construction sub-contractors 2 hours per day completing their paperwork. Arnie was instrumental in halving the average cost of car repairs. Dazychain helps in-house lawyers save up to 5 hours per week.
Ian is the CEO of Yarris, a lawyer and formerly a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He has served on many boards both public and private.
Scarlet is a white collar lawyer who advises on corporate crime, regulatory compliance, investigations involving major incidents, fraud & corruption and workplace related litigation.
As a former Senior Prosecutor with over 15 years experience working in large commercial law firms, Scarlet offers a unique combination of both criminal law and big law firm experience. This enables her to provide practical, insightful and commercial advice to corporations and corporate officers who are facing scrutiny by a regulator.
There is a significant difference between litigation between two commercial parties and litigation involving a regulator, whether it be ASIC, the Fair Work Ombudsman, SafeWork or another Government agency. These differences arise both in terms of potential outcomes and reputational issues, and in terms of the strategies that defendants can and should adopt to minimise exposure.
Scarlet has acted in “white collar” criminal and civil penalty matters for over 20 years, both as a Prosecutor and in large commercial law firms, meaning that she is uniquely placed to provide assistance on the best strategies for corporations and their officers to adopt when dealing with potential criminal or civil penalty matters.
Scarlet’s experience includes:
Scarlet is ranked as a Leading Lawyer by Legal 500 and recently acted in the first ever “reckless conduct” proceedings for a breach of work health and safety laws by both a corporation and an individual in the State of New South Wales.
Scarlet is listed in Best Lawyers 2017 as Lawyer of the Year for Occupational Health and Safety Law, Sydney and is recognised as an expert in Occupational Health and Safety Law and in Labour and Employment Law by Best Lawyers Australia. She is ranked as an “Up and Coming” Outstanding Young Lawyer by Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific and is recognised as a leading Workplace Health and Safety Lawyer by Doyles Guide.
Chief Executive Officer
Anthony is the CEO of lexvoco, and a corporate/M&A, commercial and disputes lawyer.
Before helping start lexvoco, Anthony had General Manager, Head of Strategy, and General Counsel positions at a number of global and ASX100 companies including Transpacific Industries Group Ltd and the PGA Tour.
Aside from being a lawyer, his passion is helping and coaching in-house lawyers reach their potential and succeed. Anthony’s expertise is with strategy, value drivers, leading teams, legal operations, innovation, change management and at advising organisations about legal simplification, systems and processes.
Wendy Harris QC|
Ms Wendy Harris QC is a barrister, who specialises in commercial law. She was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1997 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010.
She has particular experience in securities class actions, banking and finance litigation, and insurance. She was senior counsel for the National Australia Bank in the recently completed Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
She is Senior Vice-President of the Victorian Bar, and the immediate past-President of the Victorian Commercial Bar Association.
Managing Director, Law Department and Contracts Consulting, APAC
Steven is Managing Director of Elevate’s law department and contracts solutions business in APAC. He is a 20-year lawyer, with 10 years at Hewlett-Packard across the United States and Asia Pacific, including several years as Vice President, South Pacific General Counsel.
Before that, he practised at Norton Rose and Baker McKenzie. He has led multiple global legal transformations, involving complex services solutions underpinned by technology, re-engineered process and innovative people strategies and sourcing models, generating quantifiable efficiency and quality improvements. A specialist area is contracting optimisation.
Steven is a Fellow of the College of Law, teaching legal services operations, strategy, technology and transformation.
Commercial and technological forces are colliding to provoke change in the in-house environment. While automation relieves pressure on routine tasks, burgeoning competition among commercial firms is presenting new opportunities for in-house counsel to strategically allocate their finite resources. How are in-house teams identifying and pursuing new opportunities born from market pressures? And how are in-house counsel reading and accounting for changes in the regulatory landscape? What global and domestic forces are threatening the structure of in-house teams, and where are the opportunities for creation?
General Counsel are commanding new influence across the corporate hierarchy. As the isolated demands on in-house counsel evolve into integrated business objectives, executives at the helm are honing their technical knowledge to absorb high-level commercial complexity. How are General Counsel aligning with the entire executive team to fully assume business leadership positions? With artificial intelligence and automation destined to transform the legal function, should General Counsel embrace the opportunities – and risks – of technology ownership? How are in-house teams enhancing commercial reputation, and how is the General Counsel’s leadership role evolving in this domain?
General Counsel are responsible for producing industry-leading results with finite resources. When time is a scarce commodity and ROI is scrutinised relentlessly, it is vital that the tools at the disposable of in-house teams continue to evolve and unlock new efficiencies across the entire function. What are the hallmarks of an advanced workflow management system? How are metrics and analytics advancing to quantify the internal performance and external progress of in-house teams? What can in-house teams do to align with the entire business in the pursuit of core objectives? And how are in-house teams achieving greater control of their legal spend?
The sheer gravity of breaches is pulling General Counsel to the core of cyber-security. As bastions of corporate reputation and the architects of containing consumer and legal fallout, General Counsel are increasingly looked towards to introduce control and prevent lawless freefalls. How are General Counsel orchestrating the communications around a breach to present a united front? And how are General Counsel collaborating with CIOs to remain abreast of the latest threat intelligence and share critical information on regulatory developments? How are General Counsel enforcing security diligence with external partners? And which systems are empowering in-house teams to operate with mobility, confidence and security?
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Creeping isolationism, political volatility and rampant technological discovery are agitating the world stage. Those seeking to convert this chaos into opportunity are relying on their General Counsel to mitigate risk and navigate global expansion. How are in-house counsel synthesising and communicating international regulatory developments to internal and external stakeholders? How are in-house counsel curating a global strategy to meet the demands of international clients? And how can General Counsel localise legal outposts while retaining cohesion and compliance across the entire enterprise?
Commissioner Hayne’s Final Report on the Royal Commission into Misconduct in Banking, Superannuation and the Financial Services Sector foreshadows a significant shift ahead for in-house legal functions both within and beyond the financial services industry. Hayne identified ‘obey the law’ as a key behavioral norm and it will be this norm, rather than the rules themselves that will define ‘true north’ for Australia’s legal and governance communities. In this post-Hayne world, how does legal unlock the opportunity to lead through influence in a way that is integrated with enterprise purpose, values, and strategic goals?
Tectonic shifts in the technical landscape are sending tremors to the core of commercial partnerships. While trust and experience still hold sway, specialist firms with technical, industry-specific knowledge command an increasingly competitive position in the eyes of fiscally-constrained in-house counsel. How best can firms align with their client’s core business objectives? How can specialist firms win business away from rivals in existing long-term partnerships? And how are firms innovating to create new opportunities and sources of value close to their clients?
General Counsel cannot afford to turn a blind eye to technological advancements. In a scattered environment of deceptive promises and exaggerated advantage, General Counsel must discern returns from rhetoric and embrace technological renewal. From blockchain remodelling and smart contracts to contract review automation, what technologies have the greatest potential to unlock new efficiencies for in-house counsel? And how are General Counsel filtering out hype-cycle technologies to secure hard commercial outcomes? How are in-house counsel forecasting the profitability of technological investments?
Corrs Chambers Westgarth is Australia’s leading independent law firm, providing exceptional legal services on major transactions, projects and significant disputes. With more than 175 years of history, Corrs advises on the most significant global matters and connects with the best lawyers internationally to provide clients with the right team for every engagement.
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.
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.
lexvoco’s mission is to help in-house legal teams succeed and improve their wellbeing. lexvoco provides immediate help in the form of secondments and law firm work, and improves efficiencies through legal operations and legal technology.
We thrive on partnering with our clients to challenge traditional thinking. We focus on our collective curiosity, experience and diverse perspectives to create meaningful and enduring relationships.
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.
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.
The Victorian Bar is the professional association of over 2,100 barristers providing strong, independent legal representation. Specialist advocates, advisors and strategists providing proactive advice and representation in the courts, tribunals, mediations and arbitrations.
Elevate is the law company. We provide consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms, offering practical ways to improve efficiency, quality and outcomes.
Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF) is a leading intellectual property firm providing end-to-end IP services throughout Australasia and the world. We are focussed on collaborating with clients and providing a superior level of client service that puts you at the centre of everything that we do.
Law In Order is the leading supplier of end to end document and digital solutions to the legal industry providing expert litigation support through our cost-effective document production, expert discovery management and specialist court services.
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.
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|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|
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What’s included in my delegate pass?
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Is there a group booking discount?
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