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October 19, 2020 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ACST

Thomson Geer SA
and ACC Australia 

Substantive Law

Overview (Program Summary)

One of the many impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has been the uptake of work from home arrangements and the need to explore virtual and electronic methods for continuing to undertake business activities and transactions, including the holding of meetings and execution of documents. Temporary laws have now been passed in most jurisdictions to address issues relating to the signing and attestation of documents during COVID-19.
Prior to the introduction of those laws, a number of court decisions had cast doubt on the ability of companies to execute documents electronically under section 127 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act). Unless the temporary measures are implemented as permanent legislative enactments, upon the expiry of those measurers, the position on electronic execution will remain complex and difficult to navigate.
This presentation will:

  • provide an overview of the temporary legislative changes for electronic execution in the context of the general law position;
  • highlight a number of important issues which will be relevant if or when the temporary measurers expire; and
  • make ‘best practice’ recommendations to reduce the risk of unenforceability when contracting electronically (both in the current environment and in the context of expiry of the temporary measures).

Please note: If your company/organisation is deemed to be a competitor of the host organisation for this event, you may be excluded from attending this event. If you believe there may be a conflict or are uncertain, please enquire with ACC Australia.

Interest Area(s): Commercial and Contracts


Lisa Ziegler, Special Counsel, Corporate, IP, Technology and regulatory team - Thomson Geer

Lisa Ziegler is a member of the Thomson Geer Corporate and IP, Technology and Regulatory teams, and advises on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters.

Lisa specialises in complex and innovative projects, with a particular focus on the design and execution of major government and private sector initiatives. She provides strategic advice on designing and implementing complex public policy projects, with particular expertise in balancing compliance with applicable legislation with policy considerations and business objectives.

Lisa’s experience includes working with multiple parties, stakeholders and specialist advisors in the delivery of projects and she has been a member of various Project Steering Committees. She is recognised for her strategic and solution-focused approach to providing legal advice in a commercial and policy context.

In addition to her major project expertise, Lisa has experience in a wide range of commercial and government work. She is experienced in preparing, negotiating and advising on a range of commercial agreements, and has extensive experience advising on public sector governance and conduct, government decision-making and administrative law issues (with particular expertise advising on complex regulatory regimes).




Credits: 1 Point
Category: Substantive Law/Legal Knowledge

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