Join us to hear about trends reshaping corporate legal operations. Walk away with practical tips that will pave the way in your organisation and have an impact on your career.

MC welcome and opening remarks
Keynote: Road to corporate leadership

We live in a time of unprecedented and radical change. All business professionals need to adapt and shift focus to be seen as enablers and business leaders. This keynote presentation will uncover the massive disruption that is going on in business today, and how to shift your mindset to adapt from taking just a legal view to being a key contributor to your organisation’s overall strategy, and becoming an integral part of the leadership team.

Key topics include: 

  • Insight to the shifting business landscape and how technology is driving disruption on an unprecedented scale
  • How to think beyond your traditional role to taking on the mindset of a business leader
  • Understanding the context of social media and how to brand and represent yourself as a leader
  • Navigating the challenges and risks that come from having a seat at the boardroom table

Former Founder and Managing Director
LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand

Hear the latest insights from LOD

LOD is the original alternative legal services provider, founded in 2007. They’ve transformed the way in which lawyers, consultants and legal teams work and is one of the largest and fastest-growing legal, compliance and advisory services businesses, continuing to lead the market they created in providing people solutions, innovation and design and managed services to clients; it gives lawyers and consultants an inspiring, flexible model that’s in tune with how they want to live and work. With more than 800 lawyers and consultants across 12 offices globally, LOD is award-winning, fast-expanding and client focused, challenging what is possible in legal service delivery.

10:00am - 10:30am
Morning tea and networking
10:30am - 10:00am
Strategies for better collaboration between the CEO and legal team

CEOs are demanding more from their in-house legal teams than ever before. In this enlightening session, hear from Australia’s top bosses on what separates a quality team from one falling short.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The skills that CEOs want their in-house lawyers to be equipped with, both now and in the future
  • How technology and other external pressures are changing what they demand from their in-house legal teams
  • Why maintaining an effective communication strategy between general counsel and the leadership team is vital to its success

Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Profitable positioning – How the role of an in-house lawyer is changing

This engaging session will uncover the top legal challenges GCs are facing in the modern era and how changing roles and expectations are resulting in being asked to wear more hats of responsibility. Ensuring you balance the needs of the business, while remining true to your personal brand can be challenging when the lines from professional to personal are becoming increasingly blurred. In this session, you will learn about:

  • Building your profile and strategies for creating a network of strong and reliable industry personnel: who, what and why.
  • The importance of establishing and maintaining relationships with internal stakeholders.
  • Steps to uncovering the brilliance that is uniquely yours, how to become the “go-to” person and reap the rewards.

Asia-Pacific Lead at D2 Legal Technology

Regulation 101: What you need to know for 2020

Dust off your rule books and enter the world of regulation, discuss the new whistleblowing laws and how this impacts you with expectations of bringing these legal requirements to life within your organisation. In this session, you will gain insights into:

  • GDPR and what to keep an eye on after the royal commission, the effects around the world and the impacts on business
  • Strategy implementation and common mistakes
  • The evaluation process, techniques and testing
Lunch and networking
Panel Part 1: Performing under the spotlight

This insightful panel will share valuable knowledge into balancing business needs with ethical obligations, how your work environment can have an instrumental impact on your team’s success. You will also hear case studies regarding privacy laws, data breach and how to navigate your way through media exposure. In this session, the panel will discuss:

  • Top tip traps and strategies to uncovering success and what strategies were game-changing for them
  • Navigating the minefield of privacy law and data management for worldwide legal teams
  • Alleviating and managing the stressors of public and media attention
  • Strategies to increase operational standards, sustaining efficiency and how to reduce the risks within your organisation

General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood


Group General Manager Risk & Legal, Programmed


VP & Head of Legal General Counsel's Organisation
American Express Australia

Panel Part 2: Wellness - The Balancing Act

A day in the life of an in-house counsel is ever-changing and highly demanding! There is work flooding in, staff demanding your attention, back-to-back internal meetings and senior management requesting your updates on serious matters… sound familiar? In this complex environment, we are all prone to forgetting about what is important: you. While the dedication to put in extra hours is a valuable trait, it’s important to manage a healthy balance in the long term. This lively panel session will give you top tips and strategies to maintain a successful and balanced career. From this panel, you will better understand:

  • Stress management – how to identify triggers and develop better management procedures
  • How to build resilience and avoiding the burnout in an ever-increasing high-pressure environment
  • The environmental factors you didn’t even know were there and why cultivating a great culture in the office is paramount

General Counsel and Company Secretary at Ltd

Afternoon tea and networking
Ethical Pursuit: The legal ethics game show

This captivating session will test your knowledge about legal ethics with questions that will bring you up to date with interesting new developments from Australia and around the world in this CPD trivia-style session. Former lawyer and founding member of The Chaser, Julian Morrow will discuss recent ethical and professional responsibility issues. This session will see you:

  • Test your knowledge and stay current on the topic of ethics
  • Have fun while earning 6 CPD points
  • A perfect opportunity to interact with your peers in the industry

Founder at CPDUI

Event concludes

*Agenda is subject to change