2018 In Review

In an interconnected world where innovation outpaces regulation, General Counsel not only manage the known, they also help lead the unknown. The 5th Annual General Counsel Summit embraced the amplified scope of the in-house function, shifting the dial so that business may view legal as an enabler, not a blocker, to the execution of strategic goals. From reconciling overlapping executive responsibilities to acting as the corporate stewards of ethics, General Counsel today are balancing everyday operational duties with highlevel strategic thinking. They are sustaining motivated teams despite being shackled by flat structures and incorporating technology to automate operations and unleash human capital.

Thought-leadership in the cyber-security domain was coloured by a sense of urgency. Opportunistic and nefarious cyber criminals alike have identified vendor partnerships as a touchpoint for accessing sensitive corporate information. With the human elements of cyber-security being cast into sharp relief, General Counsel must extend their leadership outwards to begin muting this vulnerability. General Counsel from Google, American Express and QBE converged to illuminate the legal mechanisms supporting their international business operations. These multinational companies are able to compete across legal jurisdictions because of the strength of their local assets. It is their ongoing investment in, and coordination of, local talent that sustains their sprawl across complex and often contradictory regulatory environments.

As the conversation turned to capitalising on external support, our panellists expressed the amount of active consideration given to relationship building. With new firms entering the market on a competitive costs basis, traditional external providers are being called upon to anticipate the needs of their clientele, aligning their objectives and, crucially, broadening their perspective.
Critically, the relationship flows two ways, and General Counsel must create opportunities to bring external providers in from the fray, nurturing trust to move beyond transactional partnerships.

Why attend?

  • Gain first hand insights from the world’s most influential organisations
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in in-house legal management in Australia
  • Learn the lessons of best practice from General Counsel and understand how you can apply them
  • Discoverwhat the future holds for in-house legal departments, technologies and processes
  • Explore topical insights into the strategy, leadership and innovation shaping the success of in-house legal teams
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers at dedicated breaks in a five-star environment

Gain Access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Previous Keynotes

Dan Cooperman
Former General Counsel to Steve Jobs
Apple (USA)
Cameron F. Kerry
Former General Counsel
US Department of Commerce
Hugh Brady
General Counsel
Office of the President (USA)
Jim Slattery
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
NBCUniversal (USA)
Deborah Platt Majoras
Chief Legal Officer & Secretary
The Procter & Gamble Company (USA)
The Hon Michael Kirby
United Nations
Marc S. Firestone
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Philip Morris International (USA)
Sarah Jones
Group General Counsel
Gerson Zweifach
Group General Counsel
News Corp (USA)
Brackett Denniston
Former General Counsel
General Electric Company (USA)
Josh Floum
Global General Counsel
Visa Inc. (USA)
Sarah Davis
Group Commercial Legal Director
Guardian Media Group PLC (UK)
Anjali Kumar
General Counsel & Head of Social Innovation
Warby Parker (USA)


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



Our influence and our shadow outweigh our size. With strategic innovation and deep client relationships, Corrs Chambers Westgarth is taking the lead in today’s legal market while shaping the business landscape for our clients’ 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.


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.


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.

Celebrating its 5th year, the General Counsel Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this decision-making audience, before, during and after the event.

As marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior in-house legal professionals the General Counsel Summit offers unrivalled cut-through

This event was sold out in 2017

Jack Martin – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8090 4363
Email: jackm@cmgroup.com.au

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Packages Early Bird Price Per Delegate (ends 1st February) Standard Price Per Delegate
In-house Legal Professional: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $1980 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1760 + GST
In-house Legal Professional: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1540 + GST

Please note if you are a Service Provider to general counsel professionals, email jackm@cmgroup.com.au to register.

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    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

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