Welcome

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.

The 6th Annual 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.

Why attend?

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.

  • Learn from the exemplary workplace practices of the world’s most respected and reliable institutions
  • Uncover first-hand experiences on new approaches, differentiators and concepts from premier legal thought-leaders
  • Acquire proven, actionable insights for your team in a rapidly changing world
  • Gain forward insight on advanced analytic and security imperatives
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers, where General Counsel talk to General Counsel in a five-star environment
  • Discover what the future holds for in-house counsel

 

Gain Access

// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 250+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


speaker
Emmanuel Lulin
Senior Vice-President & Chief Ethics Officer
L'Oreal (FR)
speaker
Aristedes Mahairas
Special Agent in Charge, Special Operations, Cyber Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
speaker
Sean Roberts
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
GSK Consumer Healthcare (UK)
speaker
Lisa Mather
Vice President, Chief International Counsel
Paypal (SG)
speaker
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
Former Justice
High Court of Australia
speaker
Maya vanden Driesen
Group General Counsel
Wesfarmers
speaker
Christine Harman
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Cricket Australia
speaker
Michael Antaw
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Nestlé Australia
speaker
Daniel Crennan QC
Deputy Chair
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
speaker
Eleni North
General Counsel and Company Secretary
National Rugby League
speaker
Stuart Thomas
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Network Ten
speaker
Craig Emery
General Counsel
Telstra
speaker
Shanti Berggren
General Counsel, Optus Business
Optus
speaker
Malcolm Haack
Group General Counsel
Orica
speaker
Jennifer Darbyshire
General Counsel Governance
National Australia Bank
speaker
Nigel Bond
General Counsel, Wealth, Australian Banking & Technology
Westpac
speaker
Belinda Speirs
General Counsel
Suncorp Group
speaker
Catriona McGregor
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Domain Group
speaker
Gemma Piper
General Counsel and Company Secretary
The NRMA
speaker
Kirk Simmons
Head of Legal
Canva
speaker
Anna Lozynski
General Counsel - Australia & New Zealand
L'Oréal
speaker
Stacey Taylor
Senior Director & Head of Legal
eBay, Australia and New Zealand
speaker
Robert Wall
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Colliers International
speaker
Michael Tidball
Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society of NSW
speaker
Vered Keisar
Vice President and General Counsel Asia Pacific
ResMed
speaker
Paul du Preez
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Volkswagen Group Australia
speaker
Libby Davidson
General Counsel and External Relations Director
Lion Group
speaker
Senior Representative
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
speaker
Senior Representative
Deloitte
speaker
Senior Representative
Dazychain
speaker
Senior Representative
King & Wood Mallesons
speaker
Senior Representative
Thomson Reuters
header_at_a_glance

Sessions

Download Programme
Save a PDF version of our programme on your device
Wednesday 1st May 2019
  • 08:25Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:50Opening Remarks from the Chairman

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

  • 09:05Keynote

  • 09:30Outlook Session

    The Influence Imperative: Agents of Change in the Legal Sector

    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?

    Eleni North
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    National Rugby League
    Nigel Bond
    General Counsel, Wealth, Australian Banking & Technology
    Westpac
    Senior Representative

    King & Wood Mallesons
    Maya vanden Driesen
    Group General Counsel
    Wesfarmers
  • 10:20Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 10:50Partner Keynote

    Senior Representative

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • 11:20Leadership Session

    Renovating the House: The Swelling Influence of General Counsel

    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?

    Gemma Piper
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    The NRMA
    Jennifer Darbyshire
    General Counsel Governance
    National Australia Bank
    Senior Representative

    Deloitte
    Paul du Preez
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    Volkswagen Group Australia
  • 12:10In Conversation with The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

    The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
    Former Justice
    High Court of Australia
  • 12:35Lunch and Networking

  • 13:30Keynote

  • 13:55Strategy Session

    Systems and Structures: Optimising Legal Operations

    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?

    Craig Emery
    General Counsel
    Telstra
    Robert Wall
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    Colliers International
    Anna Lozynski
    General Counsel - Australia & New Zealand
    L'Oréal
    Belinda Speirs
    General Counsel
    Suncorp Group
  • 14:45Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:10National Keynote

    Michael Antaw
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    Nestlé Australia
  • 15:35Security Session

    Not if But When: The Ready State of Cyber Security

    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?

    Senior Representative

    Dazychain
    Vered Keisar
    Vice President and General Counsel Asia Pacific
    ResMed
  • 16:25Headline Keynote

    Aristedes Mahairas
    Special Agent in Charge, Special Operations, Cyber Division
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 16:50Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Law Society of NSW
  • 16:55Networking Drinks Remarks

    Senior Representative

    Thomson Reuters
  • 17:00Networking Drinks Reception

    Sponsored by Thomson Reuters

  • 18:00Close of Day One

Thursday 2nd May 2019
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Law Society of NSW
  • 09:05Keynote

    Sean Roberts
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    GSK Consumer Healthcare (UK)
  • 09:40International Session

    New Horizons: Embracing Opportunities on the World Stage

    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?

    Malcolm Haack
    Group General Counsel
    Orica
    Senior Representative

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
    Sean Roberts
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel
    GSK Consumer Healthcare (UK)
    Stacey Taylor
    Senior Director & Head of Legal
    eBay, Australia and New Zealand
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

    Senior Representative

    Deloitte
  • 11:35External Session

    Aligned for Advantage: New Suitors and Commercial Partners

    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?

    Catriona McGregor
    Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
    Domain Group
    Stuart Thomas
    General Counsel and Company Secretary
    Network Ten
    Libby Davidson
    General Counsel and External Relations Director
    Lion Group
  • 12:25Keynote

    Targeting Transparency: Towards a More Compliant Culture
    Daniel Crennan QC
    Deputy Chair
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

    The Global Challenge: Reading the Regulatory Landscape
    Lisa Mather
    Vice President, Chief International Counsel
    Paypal (SG)
  • 14:20Future Session

    Profits not Prophets: Demystifying the Technological Landscape

    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?

    Kirk Simmons
    Head of Legal
    Canva
    Shanti Berggren
    General Counsel, Optus Business
    Optus
    Senior Representative

    Thomson Reuters
    Lisa Mather
    Vice President, Chief International Counsel
    Paypal (SG)
  • 15:10Keynote

  • 15:40Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Michael Tidball
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Law Society of NSW
  • 15:45Close of Summit

header_sessions

Sponsorship

www.corrs.com.au

Our influence and our shadow outweigh our size. With strategic innovation and deep client relationships, Corrs Chambers Westgarth is taking the lead in today’s legal market while shaping the business landscape for our clients’ tomorrow. We do more than advise; we adapt.

www2.deloitte.com/au/en.html

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

www.kwm.com/au

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

www.thomsonreuters.com/en.html

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

www.dazychain.com

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

www.pof.com.au

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.

Celebrating its 6th 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 a 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 2018

Contact:

Jack Martin – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: [email protected]

Venue

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Click Here to View Full Map

Accommodation

To receive a discount on accommodation, please contact the reservations team on 02 9238 8888 or     [email protected] and quote General Counsel Summit 2019 – CONN0519

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 In-House Legal Professionals, email [email protected] to register.

Need to convince the boss? Download the Approval Form
  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

     

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

     

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd endeavors to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

     

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media and Communication Group Pty Ltd in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise [email protected]

     

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

     

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please  email [email protected] To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What’s included in my delegate pass?

    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?

    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]

    Can I transfer my pass?

    A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to [email protected]

    How do I receive my delegate pass?

    Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    Is media registration available?

    No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy:

    A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    What is a Service Provider?

    A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of in-house counsel professionals.

    Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Will there be a delegate list available?

    No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees