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Wednesday 7 September, 2022

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM | Registration & Networking Breakfast


8:55 AM - 9:00 AM | Chair's Opening Remarks


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Opening Keynote| Does The Structure of Your Legal Team Matter?

Legal departments are forced to constantly adapt to changing business priorities and deliver high-quality service more efficiently.  Having the right structure for your team can help you focus on the work of greatest strategic importance, avoid becoming captive to low-value work, enable your team to work at a sustainable pace, and enhance your sense of purpose and culture.

Craig Emery, General Counsel - Telstra

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Partner Keynote | New Era of ESG for the GC

Delivering on the ESG promise of tomorrow requires the engagement and commitment of organisations today. As General Counsel, how do you influence decision-makers to harness the opportunity?

Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Head of Responsible Business and ESG - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM | Outlook Panel | When the Regulators Come Calling: Understanding Enforcement & Compliance Priorities of the Future

Government investigations can be unpredictable, political, and often public. Making it essential for all organisations to avoid them and ensuring they are fully aware of the regulators' enforcement and compliance priorities. Join this session as the esteemed panel explores the trends and priorities of the largest regulatory agencies, and offers insights into how to stay protected and out of the firing line of enforcement activities.

Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel - Privacy and Data - Macquarie Group
Felicity Healy, Partner - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Commissioner Liza Carver, Commissioner - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Kristy Redfern, General Counsel - AIA
SooJin Yoon, Head of Legal & Compliance, General Counsel - Jarden

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10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Morning Networking Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM | Leadership Panel | Effectively Attracting & Retaining Talent During the Great Reflection

The talent war continues to plague legal departments with many organisations struggling to retain their talent, but also attract quality legal professionals. As candidate and employee expectations have shifted, organizations are being forced to identify their employee value proposition or face the risk of missing out on quality talent. Join this panel session as our experts consider the trends driving the talent war, how to best showcase your organization’s culture, and ways to recruit new talent when money isn’t the sole decision driver.

Charles Cho, General Counsel - NSW Treasury
Georgina Koch, General Counsel & Executive for People and Culture - Plenti
Michelle Thomsen, Group Executive, General Counsel - QIC
Ramona Roach, CEO & Principal - Ethika Group

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12:15 PM - 12:30 PM | Platinum Spotlight | Disputes & Regulatory: Highlighting the Biggest Issues Facing GC's Today

Join this session as Founder & Principal of Ironbridge Legal, Trevor Withane highlights the three key areas all General Counsels in Australia should be considering and the essential practical tips to help navigate the what, why, and most importantly, how to protect your business. These three key areas being addressed include cyber security issues, the ever-increasing amount of data, and competition law in light of the ACCC’s enforcement priorities.

Trevor Withane, Principal - Ironbridge Legal

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Lunch & Networking

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Strategy Panel | Choosing Your Lens: Managing Business Risks & Exposures in an Uncertain World

As the world faces uncertain times and economic challenges, organisations are being forced to consider new methods of risk management. With new risks continuing to become more difficult to identify, organizations must reassess their risk appetite and approach to business. Companies will need to be more agile to the increasing uncertainty, so how can corporate legal departments not only mitigate risk but also continue to drive business growth?

Michael Antaw, General Counsel - Nestle Australia
Cassandra Tadros, Senior Legal Counsel & Director - Procter & Gamble Australia and New Zealand
Ben Farmer, Head of Legal - Arthur J. Gallagher
Serryn O'Regan, Executive Manager Governance & General Counsel - Evolve College

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | External Panel | Show Me the Data! Building a Value-Driven Partnership with Your Legal Service Providers

Doing more with less is a mantra of many modern law departments, as a result, the question of value remains at the forefront of all in-house counsel’s minds and specifically, which data points can be used to measure the true value of the partnership. Join this session as our panel of experts discusses the tasks they outsource, how to set expectations with partners, and offer insights into how data can best track the performance of your external partner.

Katrina Gowans, National Legal Operations Lead - Origin Energy
Tom Balmer, Director, APAC - TransPerfect Legal Solutions
Julian Ramasamy, Head of Legal Operations - ANZ

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3:30 PM - 3:45 PM | Transition Break


Roundtable 1

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Roundtable 2

Roundtable 3

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM | Networking Drinks Reception

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5:45 PM - | Close of Day One

Thursday 8 September, 2022

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM | Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:55 AM - 9:00 AM | Chair's Remarks

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Day Two Keynote | Vision, Value and Versatile: Cornerstones for High Performing Legal Teams

‘Success’ and ‘high-performance’ are not terms of art and take on different meanings, varying between organisations and legal teams.  Having a clear and captivating vision, supported by a bespoke team structure and ways-of-working which resonate with internal stakeholders and lawyers alike, can drive performance, stakeholder satisfaction and engagement.

Keynote Speaker: Luke Barrett, General Counsel - UniSuper

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM | Legally Speaking — Digital Transformation

Today, automation is playing an increasingly significant role in legal document management. In fact, nearly 90% of companies that invested in legal technology reported that their organisations met or exceeded expected ROI, according to Gartner. But getting the most of of the legal tech - and successfully undergoing a legal digital transformation - takes considerable foresight and planning on the part of in-house corporate counsel.

In this presentation, Mark Langsbury, ContractPodAi's SVP Global Partnerships, will discuss the best practices around adopting and implementing end-to-end legal automation systems, and managing short- and long-term change in companies. In particular, he will reveal:

  • The best ways to determine your legal department needs and drive change management
  • How to develop the most effective legal tech implementation strategy
  • The three crucial steps to take during a digital transformation journey

Join us for this timely and relevant session and learn how to start your own digital transformation journey.

Mark Langsbury, SVP, Global Partnerships - ContractPodAi
Brian Yarborough, Senior Account Executive - ContractPodAi

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9:45 AM - 10:30 AM | Legal Operations Panel | You Don’t Just Flip The Switch: Driving Transformation & Innovation Through People, Process and Technology

Many legal teams are looking to find success in process optimization and the integration of new technologies in order to enhance their current legal service, but what does that look like from a people, process, and technology perspective? Understanding how to run projects with a legal operations mindset and building the framework to succeed are critical to any successful transformation project. Our panelists will explore how to create the right ecosystem to develop a legal team with excellent legal services, provide lessons from the trenches, and highlight paths for moving forward when things don’t go to plan

Anna Golovsky, Executive Manager, Legal Operations & Agility - IAG
Matthew Duncan, Director of Legal Operations - QIC
Jonathan Kenton, Oceania Head of Legal Operations - EY

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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Morning Networking Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM | Data Privacy & Security Panel | Preparing for the Unexpected: How To Stay Ready in An Ever-Changing Privacy & Security Climate

With a new administration comes the prospect of law reform, which will undoubtedly affect both the cybersecurity and data privacy landscape. As reform looms, how do organizations prepare and scale-up? Our expert panelists will identify the key processes to help shape your compliance playbook and navigate the regulatory landscape as they prepare for the unexpected.

Matthew McMillan, Partner, Digital and Intellectual Property - McCullough Robertson
Alex Hutchens, Partner - Digital and Intellectual Property - McCullough Robertson
Jacqui Davy, Head of Privacy and Product Counsel - Canva
Shane Bell, Partner - McGrathNicol

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11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | ESG Keynote | The ESG Playbook: How to Effectively Balance Corporate Interests vs Consumer Expectations

ESG continues to be an important item on the list of priorities for legal departments and many in-house counsels are trying to find their way to building the foundations of a successful ESG program. Most recently, many industries have seen their consumers become more vocal and active than ever before, which has created a new challenge for legal departments, how do you best navigate the interests of consumers without compromising the interests and success of the business.

Lawrence Kim, General Counsel - ENGIE Australia and New Zealand

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Lunch & Networking

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM | Future Panel| The Journey Starts Here: Building Your Client-Centric Legaltech Roadmap

As legal departments face increased workloads and evolving business demands, many are choosing to turn to legal technology to automate and become more efficient, but where do you start? Adopting a roadmap enables your legal department to understand the key strategic priorities for your team, what you need to address them, and how to get there. Join this session as experts discuss the key components of a strong legaltech road map and how to start building your own.

James Wyatt, General Counsel - 7-Eleven Stores Pty Limited
Ethan Doan, Head of Legal Operations and Technology - APA Group

2:00 PM | Close of Conference