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Monday 7 August, 2023

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Registration

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM | Opening Keynote | To Be Announced

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | Partner Keynote | Risk, Responsibility and Reputation – Critical Lessons for GCs from Recent High Profile Proceedings

When it comes to disclosure and oversight, the spotlight on GCs has never been greater. ASIC’s prosecution of directors and officers of The Star Entertainment Group should not be viewed as a one off, and is indicative of their approach towards enforcing breaches of directors’ and officers’ duties, including those of GCs. This session unpacks the critical governance lessons for GCs in the wake of these and other proceedings and the steps that need to be taken to mitigate future risk.

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM | Outlook Panel | The Path Ahead: Navigating the Evolving Regulatory & Enforcement Landscape

A single change or even rumored upcoming changes in regulation can affect numerous aspects of a business, requiring them to transform their current operations and shift practices in order to comply. In a fast-paced, complex and uncertain world, the Australian legal industry continues to face a number of challenges in managing the impact of recent regulatory changes. 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.

Nathan Hinde, Head of Legal, Compliance & Stakeholder Relations (Australia) - Points Bet
Scott Stierli, Executive Manager, Legal - REA Group
Merinda Timpany, Legal, Risk & Compliance Counsel - My Car Tyre & Auto

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

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM | Partner Keynote | Global Landscape

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM | Strategy Panel | The Great Realignment: Structuring Your Legal Department to Thrive in an Uncertain Climate

As primary problem solvers for many corporate issues, 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. Join this session as expert panelists discuss ways to realign your legal team structure to leverage efficiencies and facilitate business growth in the current economic environment.

Michael Antaw, General Counsel - Nestle Australia
Natalie Buck, General Counsel and Head of Policy - Screenrights
Bianca Lau, Head of Legal - Youi

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM | Lunch Roundtables

Roundtable 1

Roundtable 2

Roundtable 3

Roundtable 4

Roundtable 5

Supported by: Yarris Dazy Chain

Roundtable 6

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM | ESG Panel | Leveling Up: Successfully Integrating ESG into your Risk Framework

ESG is multifaceted and continues to be an important priority for legal departments, so many in-house counsels are trying to find their way to shape the foundation of a successful ESG program. Effectively building ESG considerations into your strategy and risk management framework will help support better financial performance and long-term business success. Attend this session to discover the value of involving ESG into your risk appetite, learn how to influence and hold decision-makers accountable for ESG goals, and ensure your business is prepared for the challenges ahead involving ESG regulations and consumer expectations.

Peta Jones, General Counsel - Crescent Capital Partners
Aarti Raniga, Chief Legal & Risk Officer - Charter Keck Cramer
Nick Willetts, General Counsel - iQ Renew

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Partner Keynote | Legal Operations

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM | Partner Keynote | Technology

Supported by: AllyOne Technologies

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Afternoon Networking Break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM | Data Privacy & Security Panel | Don’t Be the Next Headline! Staying Ahead of the Next Data Breach & The New World of Privacy Laws

In light of the significant data breaches seen in Australia recently, it is more important now than ever before that GCs take the right steps to avoid data incidents and extra scrutiny. With breaches becoming more frequent, GCs are expected to lead the way in data governance and retention, as well as safeguarding their organisations from falling into cybersecurity traps. During this session, our expert panelists will share best practices and resources to support in house counsel to drive compliance and prepare for new amendments to privacy laws that are coming into effect.

Eli Fisher, Senior Legal Counsel - Paramount Network Ten
Nick Kusalic, General Counsel - Optus
James North, Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM | Partner Keynote | Regulatory

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Afternoon Keynote: Understanding the Ethics & Reputational Risk Behind the Respect @ Work Bill

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Networking Drinks Reception

6:00 PM | Close of Day One

Tuesday 8 August, 2023

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Registration

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM | Day Two Keynote | To Be Announced

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM | Partner Keynote | Employment Law

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM | Leadership Panel | How Many Fires are Too Many Fires? Future Proofing Your Organization to Avoid Crisis after Crisis

As a present-day legal leader, it may feel like you are facing one crisis after another and while you have become adept to handling these situations, it’s important for GCs to take a proactive approach to prevent future crisis rather than believing their value lies in the quality of their response to the crisis. This panel will focus on strategies leaders should implement to help their teams get ahead of crisis, minimize its impact and avoid it as much as possible overall. While you can't always predict what's coming around the corner for your organisation, you will walk away from this session with tools that help leaders shift to rewarding efforts in preparing for and minimizing future crisis.

Michael Guilday, General Counsel & Head of Property - Sydney Fish Markets
Karen Healey, General Counsel - Cashrewards
Anna Sutton, General Counsel - Syngenta Australia and New Zealand
Amy Barwick, General Counsel - Sharetea

1100 AM - 11:30 AM | Morning Networking Break

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM | Partner Keynote | Mitigating Corporate Risks

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM | Legal Operations Panel | The Uphill Battle of Change Management: Implementing Technology to Optimize the Modern-Day Legal Department

When change is the only constant, it’s impossible to predict precisely how the legal market will look in the future, but it’s clear that effective change management is essential to achieve operational efficiency. Creating a culture of change is essential and that creates the foundation for analysis, planning and implementation to facilitate the redesign of legal processes. Panelists will explore the value of combining critical change management strategies and implementing the right technology to drive legal team performance and overall business success, no matter the size of your legal department.

Ethan Doan, Head of Legal Operations and Technology - APA Group

Supported by: Lawcadia

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM | Lunch Roundtables

Roundtable 1

Roundtable 2

Roundtable 3

Roundtable 4

Roundtable 5

Roundtable 6

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM | Talent Panel | Thinking Outside the Box to Recruit & Retain In-House Legal Talent

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 and explore creative ways to showcase your organization’s culture and recruit new talent when money isn’t the sole decision driver.

Angela Martinelli, Legal and External Relations Director ANZ - General Mills

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Partner Keynote | Litigation Trends

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM | Afternoon Networking Break

4:15 PM | Close of Conference