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Corporate Counsel Summit: Day 2 wrap-up

The second day of Lawyers Weekly’s virtual conference for in-house lawyers was a smorgasbord of tech, marketing, communication and wellness insights, together with some practical fun.

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Following a successful Day 1 of the Corporate Counsel Summit last Thursday, Day 2 of the second annual conference for in-house lawyers, hosted by Lawyers Weekly, wrapped up what was a jam-packed schedule.

The day kicked off with a panel of “three stellar CEOs”, as Lawyers Weekly editor Emma Ryan put it, providing their insights into meaningful collaboration with the legal department.

Reflecting on the panel, Ms Ryan said: “Megan Motto of the Governance Institute, David Ritter of Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Peter Maloney of GlobalX each brought a unique and diverse background, and this session was able to grasp the many different facets of how best to operate as in-house counsel in the eyes of your employer.”


Megan, David and Peter were able to utilise their vast experience to identify the top traits legal counsel exude – and the worst they can bring to the business. This provided attendees with key tips on how to enhance their service offering for both now and into the future.

We thank Megan, David and Peter greatly for their insight.

Another highlight of the day was The Legal Ethics Game Show, hosted by Julian Morrow from The Chaser, who led a trivia-style CPD session to help legal counsel brush up on their ethical and professional responsibility issues.

According to some of the feedback being received live during the session, it was the most enjoyable and relatable CPD seminar on ethics that attendees had experienced. Although, as Mr Morrow said to Lawyers Weekly deputy editor Jerome Doraisamy post-event, that might not be a very high bar.

The final panel of the two-day summit saw Mr Doraisamy moderate a discussion on in-house wellness with Canon Oceania chief legal counsel David Field, Croesus Holdings Group general counsel and chief strategy officer Garry Taylor and GC and company secretary Nicole Birman.

“There is so much to talk about with regards to wellness right now, and how legal departments have had to rethink their approaches to staff maintenance in conjunction with broader upheaval to daily operations. Thankfully, GCs appear to be well versed in not only the fundamental importance of ensuring all legal counsel can thrive, but how best to do so across the broader business or organisation,” said Mr Doraisamy.

“Our three panellists were coming at the conversation from different experiences but all wholeheartedly agreed that wellness in the new normal cannot be side-lined or de-prioritised. This is hugely promising for the future.”

Day 2 of CCS also saw Katherine Staples win the daily $500 cash prize.

Last Thursday also saw the hosting of the fourth annual Corporate Counsel Awards. Click here to see the full list of winners from that ceremony, hosted virtually from Sydney.