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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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Your Member Benefits

  • Access to over 140 free CPD events specific to the in-house sector. 
  • A complimentary subscription to Lexis Red containing 17 different content modules specific to in-house practice in Australia. 
  • Participate in 19 different global interest groups related to various areas of law.
  • Benefit from substantial savings on conferences and seminars across Australia and internationally.
  • Connect and learn with a global network of over 45,000 in-house peers across 85 countries.

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I feel so lucky to be part of ACC Australia. It gives a couple of key things that I value. One is the access to the global resources on topics that are really relevant to me doing my job...The second thing...is [the] opportunity to connect with peers...I can speak with, meet, share ideas, share challenges and it’s almost reassuring knowing that you’re not alone with some of the challenges that you’re facing as in-house counsel.

Carmel Mulhern
Group General Counsel and Group Executive, Group Governance
Commonwealth Bank

Your Membership Investment

ACC Australia membership remains current for 12 months on a continuous cycle. As of 1 July 2019, an annual ACC Australia membership is priced at $405.00 including GST.

Please note a one-off $55.00 joining fee is payable upon joining for first time ACC Australia members.

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Corporate or Departmental Memberships

ACC Australia offers a special membership arrangement for corporate in-house legal departments employing at least nine eligible employees. Contact us on 1300 558 550 for further assistance.

 

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ACC Australia membership is available to in-house counsel only. 

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We encourage law firms and legal service providers to take advantage of the many sponsorship opportunities available through ACC Australia. Please contact us for more information.

I am a member of ACC Australia because it is the only organisation in Australia exclusively dedicated to supporting and advancing the interests of in-house counsel. Membership is exceptional value – in addition to advocacy for the in-house legal profession, ACC provides quality CPD events and other training, a regular newsletter which is always relevant with its topics, and lots of opportunities for networking and roundtables.

Paul Munster
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Seeley International Pty Ltd

Your Membership Eligibility

Subject to any determination by the ACC Australia board, ACC Australia membership is open to:

  • lawyers who:

    (a) are employees of a body corporate (other than an incorporated legal practice or law firm) or a statutory corporation or government or semi-government body whose responsibilities include the practice of law or the provision of legal advice; and

    (b) do not hold themselves out to the public for the practice of law or the provision of legal advice; or
     

  • lawyers who are engaged to provide legal advice to no more than two bodies corporate (including their related bodies corporate) or statutory corporations or government or semi-government bodies at any given time, whether as an employee, contractor or as the sole director of a body corporate (which may include an incorporated legal practice) under a contract for provision of legal advice.

Subject to the exception below and any determination by the Board, the following persons are ineligible for membership:

  • Individuals whose responsibilities include selling or providing services to Corporate Lawyers (either individually or through their organisations) who are not their employer. This includes individuals who work for companies that provide legal services such as recruitment agencies and law firms.
  • Individuals whose responsibilities include sales, marketing and business development in the legal market.
  • Individuals who do not hold qualifications which entitle that person to be admitted to practice law in a jurisdiction.

Notwithstanding the above:

  • for the purposes of the definition of “Corporate Lawyer”, practice of law and legal advice is not limited to service in the legal department; it may also include a member servicing other departments such as tax, intellectual property, government relations, compliance or corporate governance; and persons who at any time in the preceding 12 months met, but do not currently meet, the criteria for full membership are eligible to apply for full membership of ACC Australia for a period not exceeding 12 months (or such longer period as determined by the ACC Australia board in its absolute discretion).

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