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May 30, 2023 | 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM AEST

In-Person Event |

Swaab Office,
Level 4, 20 Hunter Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

Members: $0
Non-members: $0
Non-members In-House Counsel: $0

Overview (Program Summary)

A program hosted by:

ACC Australia

The legal profession has made substantial advances in recent years in its understanding of the need to actively invest in protecting and enhancing the mental wellbeing of legal workplaces.

However, progress has been uneven, and there is still much that can be done. Beyond the legal obligations of organisations to provide a psychologically safe workplace, there is also growing acceptance across the profession that delivering a mentally healthy workplace provides significant benefits for business.

This event will feature an interactive panel discussion around implementing mental wellbeing programs in legal workplaces. It will draw on the experiences of leaders in private practice and in-house legal teams to share perspectives on what has worked, what has not, and what the ongoing challenges are. Additionally, the panel will include a representative of law students and young lawyers, who will be able to talk to their expectations of potential employers, and their experience in engaging with legal employers through the recruitment process.



Mary Digiglio

Mary Digiglio - Swaab Managing Partner and Property, Planning & Project practice group lead.

Mary is an accredited specialisations in property law and as a smart collaboration accelerator coach. With over 20 years' as a practicing property lawyer and prior experience in the real estate industry, Mary is a Doyles Guide award winning property law practitioner with deep expertise and experience in a broad range of complex property matters. Mary is passionate about advocating for the wellbeing of the people and colleagues within the legal profession and her clients.

David Field

David Field, Chief Legal Counsel and Director, People & Finance at Canon Oceania

David is the Chief Legal Counsel and Director, People & Finance at Canon Oceania, after having worked in-house as a lawyer at Telstra for more than nineteen years. Prior to moving in-house, David worked in private practice for Mallesons Stephen Jacques, having started his legal career working for Mallesons in Taiwan. Outside of work, David is a fanatical photographer and one of the founders of the Laws of Creativity portrait project, exploring the role that creativity plays in the practice of law. David serves on the board of the Minds Count Foundation, working in mental wellbeing in legal workplaces, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Annabel Biscotto

Annabel Biscotto, President, Australian Law Students’ Association

Annabel Biscotto is the current President of the Australian Law Students’ Association (‘ALSA’) and a passionate neurodiversity and mental health advocate. She is a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) student at Curtin University and a 2023 recipient of the prestigious federal Government ‘New Colombo Plan’ scholarship. She was born and raised in Boorloo (Perth).

As President, Annabel’s aspiration is for ALSA to occupy a leadership position shaping the spaces pertinent to the future legal profession, such as mental health, diversity, awareness, and education reform. During her tenure as Equity and Wellbeing Officer, Annabel published ALSA’s inaugural Mental Health and Wellbeing Publication, reflecting her dedication to mental health awareness within the legal profession. Annabel is also a member of the Young Lawyers Committee, representing law students across Australia to the Law Council of Australia. 



*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.


Minds Count



Credits: 1 CPD Point
Category: Practical Legal Ethics

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