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Monday 12 August, 2024

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM | Charting Perilous Seas: A Journey of Unwavering Dedication


Sean Hughes, Head of the Office of General Counsel at Vanguard Australia

Join us for a captivating fireside chat with Sean Hughes, the esteemed General Counsel for Vanguard Australia, one of the world's largest asset managers.  From his time in private practice and corporate legal and risk management roles in the public sector to his pivotal role in shaping regulatory frameworks as a Commissioner at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Sean brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors to our discussion. During this session, he will draw from his firsthand experiences and learnings to share insights about what it takes to withstand and surmount the challenges inherent in the unique position of being both a principal adviser and an executive leader.


9:55 AM - 10:25 AM | Partner Session To Be Announced

Supported by: Clayton Utz

Emma Covacevich, Chief Executive Partner - Clayton Utz

10:35 AM - 11:35 AM | Navigating Economic Pressures: Strategies for Success in Resource-Constrained Environments

As uncertainty looms in today’s economic climate, the fear of the unknown continues to have a massive impact on businesses. The resulting budgetary restraints on organisations will ultimately affect not only the bottom line of businesses but also their growth potential.  Join this session as our expert panelists share insights into how to prepare for and support a company through the current economic pressures, providing practical advice on how to approach budget cuts and leverage work differently, and exploring ways to motivate your team and build resilience through unexpected impacts of the economy on businesses.

Rama Lingard, Head of Legal - Australasia - Mastercard
Nathan Hinde, Head of Legal, Compliance & Stakeholder Relations (AUS) - PointsBet
Cicely Sylow, General Counsel - Birdon Group
Kristy Redfern, General Counsel - AIA Australia

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Building a Robust Cybersecurity Framework: Taking Proactive Measures to Defend Against Cyber Crime

In light of the significant data breaches seen in Australia in recent years, it is increasingly vital that legal departments 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 build a robust cybersecurity framework that drives compliance and proactively prepares organisations to defend themselves against cyber attacks.

Peta Jones, General Counsel - OSINT Combine
Serryn O'Regan, Executive Manager Governance & General Counsel - Evolve College

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM | Lunch Roundtables

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Unlocking New Possibilities: Leveraging AI Solutions to Better Empower Your Legal Teams

Artificial Intelligence has continued to take the legal world by storm and with its capabilities and sophistication advancing at such a rapid pace, many are wondering how this powerful tool can enhance efficiency in their legal department. As this technology will only continue to reshape the legal landscape, empowering legal teams to harness AI tools is not just a strategic advantage - it's a necessity. Join our expert panelists for a comprehensive discussion on embracing a culture of AI adoption, effectively integrating AI tools to drive innovation within your legal team, and staying ahead of the curve with fast-evolving legal technology.

Michael Antaw, General Counsel & Company Secretary - Nestle Australia Ltd
Tim Barrett, Director, Head of Legal, Associate General Counsel - Adobe

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | Adapting to the Chaos: Effectively Handling Labour & Employment Changes

With a myriad of substantial new and amended labour & employment laws pending or going into effect soon, employers need to be aware of the many nuances and considerations of the changing regulation. Join this session to discover the laws your business may be subject to and discuss ways GCs can minimize the likelihood of costly fines and potential lawsuits down the road. Our expert panelists will share best practices for in-house counsel to deal with these changing landscapes including unfair contract terms, remote workforce, Respect at Work, and the residual effects on policies. Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of the effects of changes and enforcements on businesses and what it means for their legal teams.

Cassie Howman-Giles, Deputy General Counsel - Tabcorp
Katrin O'Sullivan, General Counsel - The Fred Hollows Foundation
Amanda Lyras, Partner - Clayton Utz


Supported by: Clayton Utz


4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | Blueprint for Success: Building & Leading a High-Performance Legal Team

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.  Building a high-performance legal team and having the right strategy and 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 their sense of purpose and culture. Join this session as expert panelists discuss how to develop a functional strategy for your in-house team that aligns with your company’s objectives, how to run an effective legal department, and best approaches to keeping your team engaged and motivated.

Angela Martinelli, Legal & External Relations Director - General Mills Australia & New Zealand
Ivana Kovacevic, Group General Counsel - tabcorp
Ingrid Silver, General Counsel - ABC Legal
Daniel Widera, General Counsel & Joint Company Secretary - Codan Limited

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM | Networking Reception


6:15 PM | Close of Day One

Tuesday 13 August, 2024

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM | Keynote Session: A Conversation with ASIC's Executive Director and General Counsel, Chris Savundra


9:55 AM - 10:25 AM | Partner Session To Be Announced

Supported by: Corrs


10:35 AM - 11:35 AM | Privacy Laws in Motion: Proactively Anticipating Risks in an Evolving Privacy Landscape

Privacy regulations are shifting frequently and in-house counsel needs to stay current with the emerging laws to avoid legal and financial ramifications. With big privacy changes emerging, the landscape of data privacy will continue to evolve making it even more essential for in-house teams to be prepared and build a robust privacy program that proactively anticipates risks. Join this session as our privacy experts review existing and pending privacy laws, and share their insights into navigating the upcoming risks and changes expected in the privacy space.

Eli Fisher, Senior Legal Counsel - Paramount
Roslyn Vadala, Chief Privacy Officer - Cochlear Limited
Ted Gizewski, Head of Legal and Compliance - TikTok US Data Security
Ben Allen, Partner, Dispute Resolution - Dentons
Annabel Anker, General Counsel - Savills Australia and New Zealand


Supported by: Dentons


11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Legal Teams with Big Impacts: Successful Strategies to Drive Productivity & Innovation

As business challenges and responsibilities for in-house grow, learning how to do more with less is even more important than ever. Identifying solutions to set up your legal team for success requires managing and leveraging your resources effectively. Attend this session to better prepare for the unique challenges legal departments face, and learn innovative ways to work effectively in your team. Panelists will address how to better leverage the organisation and how to best keep up with changing legal and compliance requirements. Leave this session with a better understanding of technology that can help your legal department prevent potential problems, rather than fighting them after they arise.

Karen Healey, General Counsel and Company Secretary - Cashrewards
Ben Teeger, General Counsel & General Manager, Corporate Affairs (ANZ) - Rheem
Sacha Kirk, Co-Founder & CMO - Lawcadia


Supported by: Lawcadia


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM | Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Developing Your ESG Strategy: Understanding New Regulations, Risks and Managing Growing Expectations

In an age where ESG considerations have transcended mere compliance, forward-thinking organisations are discovering the tangible benefits of strategically investing in ESG initiatives that contribute to the organisation's overall success. Developing an ESG strategy is top of mind for many businesses, especially as it can affect a company’s public image as well as have significant financial consequences if not handled carefully. This session goes beyond the surface of understanding ESG reporting obligations, providing in-house counsel with actionable insights on navigating risks, managing growing expectations, and the advantages of a value-driven approach to ESG commitments.

Matthew Flood, Group General Counsel - APM

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | Keeping The Boogeyman Away: What's Keeping GCs Up at Night?

In the ever-evolving landscape of law and business, GCs play a pivotal role as guardians of legal compliance, risk mitigation, and ethical integrity. From navigating regulatory minefields to safeguarding against emerging cyber threats, GCs grapple with a multitude of issues that can potentially impact the stability and reputation of their organizations.  Join us for an impactful session as we delve into the fears and concerns that lurk in the minds of GCs, exploring the complex challenges they face in today's dynamic environment and offering valuable insight for addressing pressing issues head-on.

Theo Kapodistrias, General Counsel - Evergen
Michael Guilday, General Counsel & Head of Property - Sydney Fish Market

4:15 PM | Close of Conference