2019 In Review

The 7th annual General Counsel Summit confronted speakers and delegates with a candid and ambitious business-driven agenda. Over 240 executives from all sectors of the national economy gathered to debate the seismic changes unfolding across the domestic and international landscape.


There was a striking commitment on display to rise and meet community expectations in the wake of the Financial Services Royal Commission. In a heightened regulatory environment patrolled by an emboldened and litigative ACCC, General Counsel are realising they must pursue regulatory excellence, not just compliance. The illusion that subscribing to the herd mentality offered reasonable protection has been shattered, and now General Counsel are actively challenging existing businesses assumptions by ensuring that the question ‘should we’ and not ‘could we’ is being asked at the highest levels of business management. This is the clearest indication yet that the role of General Counsel is changing to a profound degree.


General Counsel are being driven to advise beyond the law, connecting the logic behind legislation back to business outcomes. It is this ability to decipher regulatory frameworks, assess risk appetite and interface with the entire organisation that is prompting key-decision makers to acknowledge that General Counsel have a legitimate place at the core of business.


Technology is a force that is rippling through every profession and industry. General Counsel are not immune to these changes, but technological waves have not yet caused any real alarm or distress. The prevailing attitude is that technology is being used to eliminate low-hanging fruit, freeing up time and resources to tackle more complex work. Legal Operations is certainly experiencing significant growth as a wide range of future-driven technologies enter the market, but many General Counsel are enjoying success by leveraging and adapting tools that are already in circulation within their organisations. It is therefore crucial that General Counsel build effective and sound relationships with their respective digital and security leaders. Independence is now interdependence, and General Counsel must hone cross-functional expertise to influence business decisions and plot a path beyond the law.  These actions undeniably reflect that General Counsel are taking the profession to a new level.

Why attend?


  • 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

Past Speakers

Dan Cooperman
Former General Counsel to Steve Jobs
Apple (USA)
Cameron F. Kerry
US Department of Commerce
Hugh Brady
General Counsel
Office of the President (USA)
Jim Slattery
Vice President, Legal Affairs
NBCUniversal (USA)
Deborah Platt Majoras
Chief Legal Officer
Procter & Gamble (USA)
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
United Nations
Marc S. Firestone
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Philip Morris (USA)
Sarah Jones
Group General Counsel
Gerson Zweifach
Group General Counsel
News Corp (USA)
Brackett Denniston
General Counsel
General Electric (USA)
Josh Floum
Global General Counsel
Visa Inc. (USA)
Sarah Davis
Group Legal Director
The Guardian (UK)
Anjali Kumar
General Counsel
Warby Parker (USA)
Emmanuel Lulin
Senior Vice-President & Chief Ethics Officer
L'Oreal (FR)
Sean Roberts
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
GSK Consumer Healthcare
Lisa Mather
Vice President, Chief International Counsel
Paypal (SGP)


  • The Influence Imperative: Agents of Change in the Legal Sector
  • Renovating the House: The Swelling Influence of General Counsel
  • Systems and Structures: Optimising Legal Operations
  • Not if But When: The Ready State of Cyber Security
  • New Horizons: Embracing Opportunities on the World Stage
  • Aligned for Advantage: New Suitors and Commercial Partners
  • Profits not Prophets: Demystifying the Technological Landscape



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.

Celebrating its 7th 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 2019


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

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