Tuesday May 5, 2020

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM | Registration, Refreshments & Networking

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM | Opening Remarks from Chairman

Michael Tidball, CEO - The Law Society of NSW

8:55 AM - 9:05 AM | Opening Ministerial Address

9:05 AM - 9:30 AM | Keynote: The New Wave of GC Leadership

The role of General Counsel has changed dramatically in the last decade.  It is now a critical leadership position in most organisations and requires us to juggle a myriad of demands across the workplace and externally.  Many of us are struggling to keep up and to cover all bases because old approaches to leadership will no longer cut it in this new world. A fresh rule book is required if we are to ensure that our teams are thriving and that we deliver above and beyond the expectations of the organisation we work for.

Speaker: Stacey Taylor, Senior Director & Head of Legal, Australia and New Zealand - Ebay

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Partner Keynote - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM | Outlook Panel Session: The Changing Nature of Regulators: Preparing for The New Era Enforcement

Earlier this year the ACCC provided its list of enforcement priorities and along with it came an increased willingness to investigate and prosecute against organizations. With this new emboldened approach to enforcement, what does the enforcement landscape look and how will general counsel’s respond? What are the pitfalls in house counsel need to be wary of and does this new wave of enforcement call for better engagement with regulators.

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM | Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM | Strategy Panel Session: New World Order: Managing Corporate Risk & Reputation as a Legal Leader

In this fast paced, media driven and highly politicized world, high profile incidents can seriously reputationally damage a company's financial performance and brand. Legal leaders and general counsels are more aware than ever that corporate actions must be carefully considered. As the general counsel's role continues to expand more into managing risk and reputation, how is the level of risk determined and what procedures does your organization put in place to manage reputation?


  • Maria Venetoulis, General Counsel Oceania - Danone
  • George Papanikitas, General Counsel & Company Secretary - Kimberly Clark Australia
  • Jorden Lam, General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs - Hesta Super Fund
  • Jennifer Page, General Counsel & Company Secretary - Air New Zealand

12:10 PM - 1:25 PM | Lunch and Networking

1:25 PM - 1:40 PM | Keynote - Thomson Reuters

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM | Keynote: Understanding Your Organization’s Purpose & Social Responsibility

Speaker: Joanne Moss, Non Executive Director and Formerly Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer - Pizza Hut

2:40 PM - 3:05 PM | Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

3:05 PM - 3:45 PM | Leadership Panel Session: Workforce for The Future: Building an Engaged and Agile Legal Department

Building a successful and efficient legal department remains a high priority for many general counsels, and critical to overcoming this challenge is often down to culture established within that legal team. An important aspect that must be considered is the finding and recruiting the right lawyers but what specific skills should be prioritised? Additionally, once hired how do you create a high level of engagement within your legal team? An agile legal department can be created established in a number of ways but which specific tools and strategies can help achieve this?


  • Michelle Monteleone, General Counsel Australia - Coca - Cola Amatil
  • Nicholas Sedgwick, General Counsel - Thales Australia
  • Michelle Thomson, General Counsel - QIC 

3:45 PM - 4:20 PM | Security Panel Session: Data Breach Alert: Responding With Proactive Crisis Management


Marion Hemphill, General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer - Australian Red Cross Blood Service

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM | Keynote: Mental Health & WellBeing: Understanding The Needs of The Legal Profession

Speaker: David Fields, Chief Legal Counsel - Canon Australia 

5:00 PM - 5:05 PM | Closing Remarks from the Chairman

5:05 PM - 6:05 PM | Networking Drinks Hosted by Thomson Reuters

Wednesday May 6, 2020

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Registration, Refreshments & Networking

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM | Opening Remarks from Chairman

Michael Tidball, CEO - The Law Society of NSW

9:05 AM - 9:40 AM | Visionary Keynote: General Counsel of the Future

Speaker: Alison Telfer, Managing Director, General Counsel & Company Secretary - BlackRock

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM | Legal Operations Panel Session: Articulating Value by Leveraging Key Metrics

Today, in most areas of a business, success is measured clearly with metrics and KPIs that illustrate growth in either financial terms or otherwise. In legal departments, metrics for measuring success remains unclear with some companies still using ‘nothing went wrong’ as the main indicator of a successful legal department.However many in-house counsel understand that simple metric fails to capture the impact and effectiveness of their departments. So what KPIs and metrics should you be setting to identify value?


  • Katrina Gowans, National Legal Transformation Lead - Origin Energy
  • Elliot Leibu, Head of Legal Operations - ANZ
  • Anna Golovsky, Executive Manager, Legal Operations & Agility - IAG
  • Matthew Duncan, Director of Legal Operations - QIC


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM | Keynote - Luminance

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM | External Panel Session: Establishing Value Added Partnerships and Outsourcing Effectively


  • Charles Cho, General Counsel - NSW Treasury

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM | Future Panel Session: Reshaping The Industry: Trends in the Australian Legal Technology Market


  • Tim McDonald, Head of Legal, Lendlease Engineering & Lendlease Services - Lendlease
  • Denise Doyle, Legal Transformation Lead - Telestra
  • Nigel Bond, Deputy General Counsel - Westpac 

12:45 PM - 12:55 PM | Lunch Welcome Remarks

12:55 PM - 1:50 PM | Lunch & Networking

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM | Privacy Panel Session: Navigating The Changing Landscape of Privacy


  • Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel, Privacy & Data - Macquarie Group
  • Carolyn Lidgerwood, Head of Privacy - Rio Tinto

2:20 PM - 3:10 PM | Regulatory Keynote: Avoiding Harm and Embracing Fairness In The Pursuit for Compliance

3:10 PM - 3:15 PM | Closing Remarks from the Chairman

3:15 PM - 3:15 PM | Close of Summit