A SIX-PERSON delegation from the Australia Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) flew to Vancouver, Canada, recently to attend the inaugural Corporate Counsel World Summit. The two-day summit, which was hosted by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, brought together 250 corporate lawyers from 12 countries.
ACLA director Tony De Govrick said that in keeping with the global focus of the conference, workshops were geared around topics with an international flavour, including sessions on alternative dispute resolution, corporate governance, business negotiation, the rise of the regional corporate counsel and managing an international in-house team.
De Govrick was a panellist for one of the key sessions which focused on the liability of corporate counsel, in civil and criminal courts, for the activities of those within the corporation. It also considered the risks for multinational corporations, and the potential effects, that legislation in other jurisdictions - perhaps most notably the US Sarbanes Oxley legislation - can have on a company's activities.
De Govrick said that the international nature of the conference was "hugely beneficial" for the attendees. "For overseas lawyers to be able to come together in the one forum and hear from expert speakers in international areas of law, and sharing ideas and exchanging information - it was just brilliant in that respect," he said.
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