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Tuesday 19 Oct, 2021

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Welcome Remarks by Sonja Stewart, CEO - Law Society of NSW & Opening Keynote: Corporate Purpose in the Age of Crises

Organisations often rely on their corporate purpose to provide a framework for how they act and to identify the kind of impact they’d like to leave on the world, especially during unsettling times. As a key stakeholder, the general counsel has a pivotal role to play in deciding and enforcing an organisation’s corporate purpose. During this session, our keynote speaker will explore their organisation’s corporate purpose, the impact it has had, and how to ensure it’s more than just a corporate statement.

Keynote Speaker: Alison Telfer, Chief Operating Officer & Head of Public Policy - BlackRock

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Partner Keynote: The Legal Profession and the Future of Work

Technology is rapidly driving changes in the nature and performance of work and the workplace itself. How are our employment regulations adapting to these changes and how can employers ensure that they are ahead of the game?

Speaker: Hon. Graeme Watson, Partner - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM | Outlook Panel Session: Riding the Wave of Regulatory Reform: How to Navigate & Adapt to Increased Regulator Activity

With the recent coronavirus pandemic, the current regulatory wave will force many GCs to prepare for a new reality. As reform is only inevitable there is a genuine concern that in-house counsel will not be able to comply while also coping with the pressures of the pandemic. Join this session as our speakers explore areas in which regulatory reform is expected, share insights into their own compliance playbook and examine the enforcement landscape.


  • Felicity Healy, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Serryn O'Regan, Executive Manager Governance & General Counsel - Evolve College
  • Belinda Speirs, Group General Counsel - Suncorp Group

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

11:15 AM - 11:30 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 out of the latest 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, Jerry Levine, ContractPodAi's Chief Evangelist and General Counsel, will discuss the best practises 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

Speaker: Jerry Levine, Chief Evangelist and General Counsel - ContractPodAI


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM | Privacy Panel Session: Navigating The Changing Landscape of Privacy

As the privacy landscape continues to evolve both domestically and globally, handling privacy issues remain at the forefront of legal professional’s minds. During this dynamic time for privacy, we have seen significant societal and technological growth but how will this impact privacy regulation? Additionally, activity by the ACCC has left many wondering which direction privacy law reform may go, and importantly, how can you prepare for it? Join this session as we highlight domestic and global privacy regulations affecting Australia and how activity from ACCC could potentially shape the future of Australian privacy.


  • Matthew McMillan, Partner - McCullough Robertson
  • Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel, Privacy and Data - Macquarie Group


12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | Afternoon Break

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM | Legal Operations Panel Session: Re-Imagining Your Legal Team with Legal Ops in Mind

Corporate legal departments are consistently looking for ways to achieve greater efficiencies but are often limited in how they can improve workflows and processes. Traditionally, the solution has been to add more resources to the issue but it’s important to distinguish which type of resource? A lawyer or Legal Operations Professional? In this session, our speakers will discuss why you should consider legal ops professionals when building out your legal team, how they can help with legal department challenges, and the best way to integrate legal ops professionals. 

Moderator:  Jonathan Kenton, Head of Legal Operations Oceania - EY


  • Matthew Duncan, Legal Operations Director - QIC
  • Anna Golovsky, Executive Manager, Legal & Company Secretariat Operations - IAG
  • Katrina Gowans, National Legal Operations Lead - Origin

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Social Responsibility & ESG Keynote: The General Counsel’s Role in Advancing Your Organisations ESG Initiatives

As various stakeholders push for greater transparency and demand that companies pay attention to ESG, companies, in turn, are looking to understand how ESG applies to their unique situations and how best to comply and manage them. As GC, you play a unique role as a gatekeeper of good corporate practices and ethical considerations, but what does that look like, and how do they succeed in driving their organisation's ESG initiatives without harming the company?

Speaker: Lyndall Stoyles, Group General Counsel & Group Executive, Sustainability, External Affairs and Legal -  Telstra

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Roundtable 1: 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 organisation put in place to manage reputation?  

Moderator:  Warwick Walsh, CEO & Founder - Lawcadia


  • Charles Cho, General Counsel - NSW Treasury
  • George Papanikitas, General Counsel and Company Secretary - Kimberly-Clark Australia
  • Rebecca Waddell, Senior Legal Counsel - TikTok Australia and New Zealand
  • David Steirn, Director - Enterprise Investigations

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Roundtable 2: Engaging with Key Stakeholders & Developing A Business Minded Approach to Conflict Resolution

For today’s GCs, affecting decision-making at the beginning of the process is vital in becoming an influential member of the C Suite. However, working with the board and key stakeholders can sometimes be challenging, especially if all groups are not aligned on priorities. As issues such as ESG, risk, and overall business strategy continue to be at the forefront of the c-suite's mind, how do you as a General Counsel master the art of strategic leadership?  Join this session as our speakers provide best practices for working effectively working with your stakeholders and showcase practical tools for successful collaboration across business functions.

Moderator: Elizabeth Watson – Vice President, Customer Experience APAC - Conga


  • Leila Golchin, General Counsel & Senior Legal Director APAC - PepsiCo
  • Cassandra Tadros, Head of Legal - Procter & Gamble Australia & New Zealand
  • Nicholas Sedgwick, General Counsel, Legal & Contracts - Thales Australia

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Roundtable 3: Extracting True Value from External Partners

Doing more with less is a mantra of many modern law departments, as result in-house counsels have to be very conscious of the tasks they choose to outsource and ensure that they have the right partnership in place. The question of value remains at the forefront of all in-house counsel’s minds and specifically, how to extract the best value from external partners. Join this session as our panel of experts discusses the tasks they outsource, how to set expectations with partners, and best practices for tracking the performance of your external partner.  

Moderator: Tom Balmer, Director, Strategic Accounts - TransPerfect


  • Michelle Thomsen, Group Executive, General Counsel - QIC
  • William Daymond, Head of Legal & Compliance - Galderma