|Start time||7 Aug 2019 9:00am (Australia - Melbourne)|
|End time||7 Aug 2019 4:30pm (Australia - Melbourne)|
|Location||Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne|
|Speaker||See full program for details.|
|Catering||Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea|
|Designed for||In-House Counsel and Legal practitioners|
Corporate Counsel Conference
Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Level 16, 15 William Street, Melbourne
Early bird price available until Friday 28 June: $665 (incl. GST)
Full Price: $695 (incl. GST)
This event is chaired by:
Maryann Gassert, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Bruce Moore, General Counsel, Australian Red Cross
ASIC Action 2019
Federal Court Action Against Former Directors:
ASIC has issued proceedings in the Federal Court against former Directors of Tennis Australia alleging that they:
This case is said to have important implications including:
This session will provide an overview of the key lessons to take away from this case so far so that you can tailor your advice as required from this early stage.
ASIC Action over Failure to Produce Documents:
In proceedings commenced n the Federal Court, ASIC sought an order against AMP compelling them to produce various documents.
This session will outline those proceedings and will highlight the implications for in house counsel, their external lawyers and their client.
Presented by: Justin Brereton, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Agreeing to Agree – When Letters of Intent or Heads of Agreement Become Binding
Despite a common misconception that you can’t have an agreement to agree, in a number of significant decisions the courts have found that “in principle” or heads of agreement expressed to be “subject to contract” may sometimes be enforceable.
This session will examine the circumstances where this can occur inadvertently, as well as appropriate mechanisms to minimise dispute where the parties do intend for their preliminary agreement to be binding. It will also consider the risks of negotiations surrounding the initial agreement being deemed misleading and deceptive conduct.
Presented by: Alex Bannister, Special Counsel, Lander & Rogers
Preparing Memorandums of Advice to the Board
Being able to simplify complex concepts and giving succinct yet full advice are communication and drafting skills that are requisite for all in-house counsel. Long complicated advice may 'cover' you but be confusing for the client to understand and may prolong the process. Getting the point across and making it clear about the decision that you are seeking, will increase the chances that the client will make the decision you need.
This session will outline the non-negotiables when it comes to clear communications and advice to the CEO and the board.
Presented by: Bob Milstein, Lawyer, Plain Language Trainer and Document Writer, Words and Beyond
How Vulnerable Are Your Staff – Cyber Threats and Security
It's easy to be fooled by cyber criminals. Cyber criminals are better than ever at targeting businesses and are always a step ahead. Psychological tools and manipulation are now being used to gain access to confidential information. As you increase your technology protections how can you be confident that it's going to make a difference? Your staff are prime targets for cyber criminals to groom and then infiltrate your organisation, and staff are often unaware they have been used to gain access to systems and confidential information, until it’s too late.
This session will outline how your staff and organisation may be targeted and how to put simple yet effective training and protections in place to block common vulnerable entry points.
Presented by: Craig Macaulay, Executive Director, KordaMentha
Learn to Say No And Still Retain The Board’s Confidence
Influencing and building trust between the in-house counsel, the CEO, the board and staff depends on the ability of the in-house counsel being confident, calm and approachable. These skills are important in showing them that whilst you 'have their back' you will also need at times to be firm and direct in your advice, even if it results in strong objection or at worst, obstruction. The CEO, board and the staff will more readily accept advice they don't want to hear if they respect the in-house counsel giving that advice.
This session will outline the essential ways to increase your confidence and build healthy relationships and the ability to effectively influence the CEO, board and staff.
Presented by: Michael Neilson, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Slater + Gordon Lawyers
Technology, Processes, Change – Getting ‘Buy In’
How do you get your team and the boards agreement on the choice and implementation of technology? How do you identify the need, the technology and explain the benefits in a way that is simple to understand? What does an advice to the board need to include and cover, in order to get sign off? And how do you get your team to agree to the implementation of technology that will improve efficiency but may also reduce the size of the legal team or support team?
This session will outline the technology issues that are essential for every in-house counsel to understand, and how to overcome the challenges that flow in terms of board and team 'buy in'.
Presented by: Andrew Mellett, Chief Executive Officer, Plexus
The Hayne Report – Culture, Expectation, Caught in The Middle
A significant takeaway from the fallout of the Hayne Report is the pressure on in-house counsel to navigate a client’s expectation that client documents submitted to third parties may be ‘crafted’ in such a way that is borderline unethical and misleading. What is acceptable and what crosses the line from ‘creative writing’ to a misleading statement? You can't afford to get this wrong.
Presented by: Matthew Critchley, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Practice Management & Business Skills: 2.0
Professional Skills: 1.0
Substantive Law: 3.0