Events Calendar | In-House Counsel Conference 2012
In-House Counsel Conference 2012
Thursday 30 August 2012
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Our Ethical Obligations to the Community – Making pro bono work within the legal profession
Recent changes to the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic) mean that corporate legal practitioners are now permitted to engage in pro bono legal work. Special guest speaker Luke Geary will reflect on his own experiences with ground-breaking law firm Salvos Legal and explore the question of whether corporate legal practitioners have an ethical obligation to undertake pro bono work.
Salvos Legal is a world first not-for-profit law firm that is owned and run by The Salvation Army. Based in Sydney, Salvos Legal specialises in property and transactional commercial law for fee-paying clients. Their point of difference is that their clients’ legal costs fund the operation of another firm, Salvos Legal Humanitarian, which operates to provide free legal advice and assistance to those most in need.
Luke Geary is the Managing Partner of Salvos Legal. Until early 2010, Luke was a partner at Mills Oakley, practising in litigation in the building and construction industry, as well as in trusts and general commercial litigation. In 2005 Luke founded Courtyard Legal, a free law firm run through The Salvation Army, which has now expanded into Salvos Legal. Luke was awarded the 2010 Anzac of the Year for his contribution to the community in the provision of legal services.
Intellectual Property Law Reforms - What they mean for your organisation
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 (Cth) makes sweeping changes to Australia’s intellectual property laws, particularly in relation to patent and trade mark practice. Some provisions of the Act came into force in April 2012, with the remaining provisions commencing in April 2013.
This session will highlight key aspects of the legislation for in-house counsel and provide helpful tips on how companies can prepare for the changes.
Presented by: Michael Caine, Partner, Davies Collison Cave
Managing the Competing Interests of the Organisation and its Insurer in the Conduct of Litigation
There are inherent difficulties in litigation conducted by an organisation’s insurer, when the organisation is not a party to the proceedings. Although ostensibly on the same team, the organisation and its insurer have competing interests that can result in unintended and often disastrous consequences for the organisation. By focusing on the legal and financial outcome of the matter, the insurer may fail to take into account the organisation’s broader concerns, such as reputation and brand protection. Conversely, the organisation may fail to appreciate the insurer’s imperatives and how it can best assist the insurer with the litigation process.
Hear from both an insurance lawyer and an in-house counsel on strategies and techniques for bridging the divide and achieving a satisfactory outcome for both parties.
Presented by: Elizabeth Kennedy, Corporate Counsel, Epworth HealthCare
Michael Regos, Partner, DLA Piper
The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 Seven Months On – Where are we now?
The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) is arguably the most significant and far-reaching law reform in decades. Seven months on, there is still considerable uncertainty about the interpretation and application of the legislation. This session will examine key issues and developments that have arisen since the Act was implemented and consider the future direction of the personal property securities regime.
Presented by: Tony Coburn, Consultant and Head of Banking Regulatory Team, Freehills
Navigating the Work Health & Safety Minefield
The model work health & safety laws commenced operation in some jurisdictions on 1 January 2012, but are yet to be adopted in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The current work health and safety landscape has created difficulties for corporate counsel operating across different jurisdictions. This session will provide guidance on how to navigate the current system and will also examine the courts’ approach to the new legislation.
Presented by: Leveasque Peterson, Partner, Lander & Rogers
Consolidating the Position of In-House Counsel within the Organisation - Strategies for proving your value
Many organisations place greater value on those employees whose work directly results in increased revenue. This can lead to an undervaluing of in-house counsel, whose contribution cannot easily be measured in dollar terms. This session will provide in-house counsel with techniques and strategies for proving their value to the organisation and consolidating their position as vital members of the team.
Presented by: Richard Hobson, CEO, Linchpin Legal Management
Australian Consumer Law Update
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) introduced significant changes to the national consumer protection regime. This session will examine the key developments that have occurred since the ACL came into operation on 1 January 2011 and explore the practical implications of the legislative changes.
Presented by: Dr Stretch Kontelj OAM, Legal Director Asia/Pacific, Specsavers
Drafting Indemnity Clauses
The indemnity clause plays a critical role in managing risk and is arguably one of the most important clauses in a commercial contract. A poorly drafted clause may fail to protect your company’s interests and can result in disastrous financial consequences. Recent decisions have reiterated the importance of care and precision when drafting these clauses.
This session will offer practical tips on drafting effective and enforceable indemnity clauses, highlighting common drafting errors and how to avoid them.
Presented by: Susan Taylor, General Counsel and Company Secretary, SP AusNet
Beyond the James Hardie Decision – New developments and key strategies for managing your relationship with the board
The James Hardie decision makes it clear that the duties and responsibilities imposed on company directors and in-house counsel have never been more onerous.
This session will examine key developments that have occurred since the decision was handed down on 3 May 2012 and provide strategies for how in-house counsel can seek to manage their relationship with a difficult board.
Presented by: St John Hibble, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Ashe-lee Jegathesan, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Melbourne IT
This program will be chaired by:
John Snowdon, Corporate Counsel, Southern Health
Tony Hudson, General Counsel and Company Secretary, ConnectEast