Tuesday Nov 24, 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 | The View from The Bench

Facing potential significant litigation puts enormous pressure on general counsel and their teams. How do you build successful strategies to avoid court? What do you do if the dispute is inevitable? And how do those on the bench view the alternative strategies of litigants? Marilyn Warren AC QC, former Chief Justice and former Lieutenant Governor of Victoria, and Wendy Harris QC, President of the Victorian Bar, bring unique perspectives on what GCs need to know to make the right choice in advisors and strategy to ensure the risks of disputes and contentious issues are managed to achieve legal outcomes aligned with your business interests.


  • Hon Marilyn Warren AC QC, Former Chief Justice and former Lieutenant Governor of Victoria
  • Wendy Harris QC, President - Victorian Bar

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 counsel 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
  • Felicity Healy, Partner - Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • George Papanikitas, General Counsel & Company Secretary - Kimberly Clark Australia
  • Jorden Lam, General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs - Hesta Super Fund

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 counsel, 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?


  • Nicholas Sedgwick, General Counsel - Thales Australia
  • Michelle Thomsen, General Counsel - QIC
  • Paul Garth, Account Manager - Pinsent Masons

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

As data breaches increase in size and frequency, it is no longer a case of IF your organization will be targeted but instead WHEN. Ensuring your firm has a strong crisis management plan is no longer a luxury but an absolute necessity. With many different components to a crisis management plan, join this session as we explore what it takes to prepare your company for a cyber attack.


  • Marion Hemphill, General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer - Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • Matthew McMillan, Partner - McCullough Robertson

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

It’s not surprising that legal work is an exhausting and a mentally-taxing field. There have been many cases of law department employees experiencing mental health-related issues stemming from their job’s emotionally-draining nature, and ultimately leading to them burning out. Employers have to play a key role in supporting employees’ mental health, and many organizations are now starting to take notice and institute programs that help their employees manage their emotional, physical and occupational wellbeing.

Speaker: David Field, 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 Nov 25, 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 business, success is measured clearly with metrics and KPIs that illustrate growth in either financial terms or customer satisfaction. In legal departments, metrics for measuring success remain unclear with some companies still using ‘nothing went wrong’ as the main indicator of a successful legal department. However many in-house counsels 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
  • Ian Goddard, Chief Executive Officer - Yarris/Dazychain

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

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM | The In-House Lawyer’s Guide to Making Innovation Practical

In an increasingly complex regulatory and commercial environment, General Counsels face rising pressure to innovate in order to manage the organization’s risk while keeping costs manageable. The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning brings significant opportunity for in-house legal teams, allowing for a more comprehensive and rigorous review of strategic issues for the business. Here, we will share insights into how in-house legal teams can implement the use of AI in their day-to-day workflows to make more effective use of their time, as well as work with their law firm advisors to drive innovation in the business. 

Speaker: Priya Bains, Head of Product - Luminance

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | External Panel Session: Establishing Value Added Partnerships and Outsourcing Effectively

Leveraging third-party expertise is a vital, but difficult part of being an effective leader. In house departments, more than most, must continuously evaluate the balance of external resources they collaborate with. As their importance to a business grows, they must wear multiple hats whilst always keeping a handle on the organisations’ risk profile. Outside counsel and technology providers are key partners – but to what degree do in-house teams lean on them? And at what cost? Boards, rightly or wrongly, see legal departments as a business cost vs a profit centre. How do GCs, CLOs and other legal leaders within organisations evaluate, scrutinize and maintain the best resources efficiently and effectively? Join this session as our legal experts consider the dos and don'ts for outsourcing, as well as how to build real value-added partnerships. 


  • Charles Cho, General Counsel - NSW Treasury
  • Sheldon Renkema, General Manager, Legal - Wesfarmers
  • Sadie Andrew, Partner, Head of Sydney - Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Tom Balmer, Director, Strategic Accounts - Transperfect Legal Solutions

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

As the Australian legal technology market continues to boom and tirelessly provide legal leaders with an ever-growing pool of legal technology services, what does this mean for the future of legal technology within Australia? Once considered just buzzwords within the industry, " Legaltech"  and " innovation" are now vital to help every legal department increase efficiencies and perform at the very highest level. However, with an abundance of options and technologies available to in house counsel, how do they navigate this space and decide which technologies can work for their organization? Join our esteemed panel as they explore the technology trends and up and coming innovations expected to dominate the legal industry.


  • Tim McDonald, Head of Legal, Lendlease Engineering & Lendlease Services - Lendlease
  • Denise Doyle, Legal Transformation Lead - Telstra
  • Nigel Bond, General Counsel, Consumer, Business & Wealth - Westpac
  • Anthony Wright, Head of LOD Innovation & Design - LOD

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

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

1:50 PM - 2:20 PM | Keynote Hosted by Icertis

2:20 PM - 3:10 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 does this impact privacy regulations and its core principle of protecting personal information? The ACCC's digital platforms report released in July 2019 contained specific recommendations which provide greater particularity and clarity and strengthened privacy protections. With GDPR already having its impact in Australia, will other global regulations such as the California Consumer Protection Act also have a similar effect? Join this session as we highlight current privacy regulations affecting Australia and hear our experts provide predictions on the future of the privacy landscape.


  • Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel, Privacy & Data - Macquarie Group
  • Carolyn Lidgerwood, Head of Privacy - Rio Tinto
  • Thomas Daemen, Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs - Microsoft Australia & New Zealand

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

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