28 April 2017, The Westin
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Judges

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Kate Ashmor

After a decade of working as a lawyer in government, corporate and private practice, Kate Ashmor currently runs her own Melbourne-based ‘digital’ law firm, Ashmor Legal, focusing on conveyancing, wills and powers of attorney. When she's not chasi...

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Jane Needham SC

Jane Needham has been a barrister at the New South Wales Bar since 1990 and senior counsel since 2004. She practises in succession, equity, real property, administrative law and revenue, and has appeared in inquests, inquiries and royal commissions i...

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Craig West

Craig West is a strategic accountant who has over 20 years’ experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice, provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners. Following 6 years of study ...

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Fiona McLeod SC

Fiona practises as Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar since 1991. She took silk in 2003. Fiona is the President of the Law Council of Australia, where she has been the driving force behind the National Attrition Study and Diversity Initiatives. Sh...

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Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC is a leading Commercial Litigation and Disputes Resolution Senior Counsel who was the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Barrister of the Year. ...

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Professor George Williams AO

George Williams AO is the Dean, the Anthony Mason Professor, and a Scientia Professor at UNSW Law.  ...

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Professor Michael Adams

Michael has been dean of law for over a decade and is an internationally recognised expert on corporate governance, corporate law and securities markets regulation.  He was a professor at UTS and the Perpetual Trustees Chair of Financial services La...

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Ashe-Lee Jegathesan

Ashe-lee Jegathesan has held the position of General Counsel & Company Secretary for the Vocus Group (an ASX100 company in the telecommunications sector, Australia’s 4th largest telco and New Zealand’s 3rd largest telco) since 2014.  ...

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Professor Rocque Reynolds

Professor Rocque Reynolds is the Dean of Law at the Australian Catholic University Thomas More Law School. She is a leading authority on administrative law, intellectual property and regulatory theory and her text books in these fields are used throu...

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Professor Sandeep Gopalan

Before joining Deakin University, Professor Sandeep Gopalan was the Dean of the Law School at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, he served for four years as the Head of the Department of Law at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He...

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Tamara Kayser

Tamara Kayser is Group General Counsel of Incitec Pivot Limited, an ASX listed manufacturer and distributor of explosives, industrial chemicals and fertilisers.  Prior to joining IPL, she worked in private practice as a Corporate/M&A lawyer in A...

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Justin Forsell

Justin Forsell has over 20 years’ in-house legal experience advising in the technology, media and telecommunications industry across Australasia, Asia and Europe. He is currently Chief Legal Counsel at nbn with responsibility for all nbn’s legal,...

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Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has advised developers and landowners on industrial, commercial and residential development projects, is on the board of Mackillop Rural Community Services and now works as general counsel at PAYCE Consolidated Limited.  ...

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Claire Bibby

Claire Bibby is Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Brookfield, is actively involved in philanthropic work, and is a regular speaker on issues affecting in-house lawyers, leadership skills and diversity/inclusion. Claire’s name has grac...

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Raechelle Binny

Raechelle Binny is the General Counsel, Banking Products and Markets at NAB.  She leads a team of approximately 200 lawyers, paralegals and administration staff across Australia, New York, Hong Kong and London who provide legal support to NAB’s cu...

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Cameron Cross

Cameron Cross is General Counsel – Customer and Commercial at nbn and leads a team of 7 providing legal support for the products, supply terms and customer facing aspects of nbn. Cameron has almost 20 years’ in-house and law firm legal experienc...

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Suzanne Greenwood

2017 Healthcare Pharmaceutical & Biotech Lawyer of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards.  National CEO & Corporate Counsel of Catholic Health Australia. ...

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Belinda Wilson

As President of the Law Institute of Victoria, Belinda Wilson aims to inspire lawyers, to challenge daily habits and to think outside the usual confines, in the hope of keeping very talented people in the profession.  She understands the importance ...

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Benedict Coyne

Benedict Coyne, Human Rights Lawyer/Advocate, National President, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) Benedict Coyne is a human rights lawyer and advocate based in Brisbane. He is the national President of Australian Lawyers for Human Right...

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Caroline Kirton QC

Caroline Kirton QC has been a member of the Victorian Bar since 1990 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011. Caroline holds the degrees of BA (Hons) LLB from Melbourne University, an LLM from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in International ...

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Professor Michael Quinlan

Professor Michael Quinlan Dean, The University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Law, Sydney Professor Quinlan is Dean of the School of Law, Sydney at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Prior to taking up this role in 2013, Professor Quinlan ...

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Norman Donato

Norman is a shareholder and Executive Lawyer at Bartier Perry in its Corporate and Commercial Group.  When it comes to the provision of legal services, Norman knows what it takes, having been a client and internal legal counsel for 7 years and then ...

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Iresha Herath

Formerly a King Wood Mallesons’ Senior Associate, Ministerial Adviser and General Counsel of Transport Safety Victoria, Iresha, a lawyer with almost 17 years’ practice experience, is General Counsel and Executive Director of the Legal Services’...

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Will Alstergren QC

Mr Alstergren QC is based in Victoria and has an extensive practice in the Supreme and Federal Courts. He has advised on large commercial matters and is often brought in to lead in specialist areas including company law, trusts, industrial, tax, inte...

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Greg Phelps

Greg Phelps is a partner in Ward Keller’s litigation division. He joined the firm in January 2010. Greg regularly instructs in the Northern Territory appeal Courts, both in criminal and civil matters. Greg has worked with pre-eminent Barristers fr...