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On the air: Corporate Counsel’s top 5 podcast episodes for 2019

This year Lawyers Weekly launched a dedicated show for its in-house audience. Check out which episodes were the most downloaded for 2019.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 31 December 2019 Corporate Counsel
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The Corporate Counsel Show has, since inception, spanned myriad issues pertaining to the day-to-day lives of in-house lawyers and legal teams. 2020 promises to be no different. But what episodes were the most sought after this year?

  1. The rise of litigation roles in-house
G2 Legal director Daniel Stirling joined us for a discussion about the increase of in-house litigation roles for corporate counsel, what factors and trends caused the increase and what part the royal commission has played in it all.


  1. Being a ‘corporate greenie’ and a ‘barefoot GC’
Greenpeace Australia general counsel Katrina Bullock – donning a Greenpeace t-shirt, no less – spoke about why it is so important for corporate institutions to be both commercially minded and environmentally sustainable.

  1. The role of in-house counsel in the broader business context
On the first episode that ever ran on The Corporate Counsel Show Dr Madeleine Hartley (who won this year’s Excellence Award at the Corporate Counsel Awards) was our first-ever guest. We chatted about her journey from regional NSW to her current work for WaterNSW, as well as the role of corporate counsel in the broader business context and her advice for others within the space wishing to integrate themselves as a trusted in-house counsel.

  1. How to build a successful in-house team
This remains the only “panel episode” run on The Corporate Counsel Show… and seeing how well it did, clearly, we need to run more group discussions!

Here, a trio from Coca-Cola Amatil group general counsel Betty Ivanoff, deputy group general counsel Richard Conway and Australian general counsel Michelle Monteleone – came in to speak about the key features of a successful in-house legal team, how they create opportunities in-house to keep their team engaged and how integral it is to cater to the idiosyncratic needs of individual employees.

  1. Company secretaries: Who they are and what they do
Governance concerns have been front of mind for all in-house lawyers this year. It is therefore not surprising that the most-downloaded in-house episode for the year was a conversation with Governance Institute of Australia CEO Megan Motto.

In this practical and insightful discussion, Ms Motto outlined the challenges and issues company secretaries are facing, what makes a good company secretary and how the ability to understand personality and behaviours will play in one’s favour.

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