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February 14, 2023 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM AEDT

Virtual Event | 

Piper Alderman

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

Overview (Program Summary)

The importance of in-house counsel maintaining independence, and the consequences of not maintaining that independence, has been highlighted in recent times in a series of Royal Commissions, Government inquiries and litigation.  These public hearings have illustrated issues as to the practical application of independence obligations of in-house counsel and how conflicts with independence obligations can manifest themselves. 

Our team will cover:

  • Conflicts with independence obligations, including conflicts with your personal interests, between different interests within the organisation and between the interests of the organisation and your primary duty to the Court
  • When to act, or not act, in accordance with legal advice given to your organisation
  • How any conflicts with independence interplay with the preservation of legal professional privilege
  • How you appropriate manage the risk of exposure to liability

This session will be relevant for all in-house counsel roles.



Nick Burkett

Nick Burkett, Partner 

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).

Caterina Meduri

Caterina Meduri, Special Counsel

Caterina is a commercial litigator with approximately seven years’ experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Particularly, she has practised in contractual, property, construction, corporate and professional negligence disputes in both federal and New South Wales courts. Caterina has had exposure to small, medium and large complex matters. Caterina is also known for her diligent, analytical, considered and collegiate approach to matters on which she works.


*Competitor Exclusion – ACC Australia Partners 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 Partners 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 that registrations are managed directly through Piper Alderman. Please let ACC Australia know if you have not received your confirmation email within 24 hours, as this will affect your ability to access the webinar. 


Credits: 1 CPD Point
Category: Practical Legal Ethics

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