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February 17, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM AEDT

Virtual event | 

Piper Alderman webinar

Members: $0
Non-members: Member Only Event

Overview (Program Summary)

As our employers’ representatives, we are expected to seek the best outcome we can achieve, whether that be in contract negotiation, enforcement of rights or in litigation. But we are also officers of the court, with a paramount obligation to ensure the interests of justice are served. Drawing the line between taking a tough approach in advancing an employer’s interests and a lawyer’s professional duties is not always easy.

Our experienced litigation lawyers will explore the duties owed by lawyers in this context covering the following:

•    the ethical framework and issues that arise for in-house lawyers in representing their employer’s interest
•    whether lawyers are placed at a disadvantage by having professional obligations that others may not have
•    the legal implications – unconscionable conduct under the ACL and misleading conduct
•    the use that may be made of statements made in (and knowledge gained from) without prejudice discussions
•    frankness in dealing with regulatory authorities
•    case studies on the above

This session is relevant for all in-house counsel roles.


Nick Burkett

Nick Burkett, Partner, Piper Alderman

Nick’s experience spans a broad range of litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes across various state and federal courts and tribunals. Nick has a thorough understanding of the drivers of the successful resolution of complex litigation.  Having held senior in house and private practice roles he appreciates the need for legal and technical excellence to be guided by the desired commercial outcome.  The foundation of optimal outcomes has its foundation in a cohesive and collaborative approach between client and lawyer.

He has considerable experience in acting for clients in both the aviation and insurance sectors. Nick has acted for many of the major airlines and their insurers across a range of issues.  In the insurance sector his primary focus was on professional indemnity matters.

Nick has been a member of the QLS Ethics Committee for 8 years and is a former member of the Australian Insurance Law Association Committee (Qld Branch).


Kate Sambrook

Kate Sambrook, Senior Associate, Piper Alderman 

Kate specialises in major commercial, corporate and insolvency litigation.

Kate has acted on a range of matters including regulatory, corporate and commercial disputes and litigation with particular focus on contractual and transactional disputes, corporations legislation, competition and consumer legislation, securities litigation, disputes concerning alleged breaches of trust and fiduciary duties, and representative (class action) proceedings for both plaintiffs and defendants.

In this last 10 years, Kate has acted in a range of high profile and complex disputes involving ASX listed companies, financial services providers and high net worth individuals.

With class actions now well-recognised as a leading avenue for dispute resolution in Australia, Kate’s practice focuses on plaintiff class action work, seeking to enhance the protection of rights and access to remedies by members of Australian society who would otherwise be denied redress as a result of the wrongful acts and conduct of large financial institutions and other corporate entities.


*Competitor Exclusion – ACC Australia Partner’s may request that representative/s of a competitor organisation/s registered for the event be excluded, and ACC Australia reserves the right to make the final decision as to whether a registration is rejected. As a guide, a competitor organisation could be defined as a rival organisation of similar size to the host  Corporate Partner, with an established practice, product or service in the area being showcased by the Corporate Partner’s at the event. Please provide a brief statement as to why you have deemed an organisation to be a competitor, in support of any request to ACC Australia to reject a registration.

*Please note this is a members only event. 


Credits: 1 CPD point
Category: Ethics & Professional Responsibility

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