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February 14, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM AEDT

Virtual Event |  

Baker McKenzie

Members: $0
Non-members: Member Only Event
Non-members In-House Counsel: Member Only Event
Substantive Law

Overview (Program Summary)

Baker McKenzie, with ACC Australia, are hosting a webinar on whistleblowing complaints brought against the board, senior managers, in-house counsel or HR.

Georgie Farrant and Bianca Dearing will provide a refresher on the legislative requirements for dealing with whistleblowing complaints within a company, including the confidentiality requirements.

They will also consider the complexities that can arise when the complaints are in relation to people who might ordinarily be involved in investigating the complaint, or deciding what should happen as a result of the compliant.

Case studies will be used to discuss some solutions to minimise the risks of civil or criminal liability under the whistleblowing laws and employment legislation.


Georgie Farrant

Georgie Farrant, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Georgie has over 20 years experience in dispute resolution, investigations and compliance work in the UK and Australia, acting for clients in a range of industries including healthcare, financial services and real estate. Georgie is the practice group head of the Australian Dispute Resolution Group and the Australian Head of the Compliance & Investigation Group.

Georgie practises in commercial disputes, with a particular focus on regulatory disputes and investigations. This includes civil actions, criminal prosecutions and investigations by regulatory bodies where she represents both companies and individuals. Georgie also assists companies in developing their compliance programs including in relation to anti-bribery, fraud and whistleblowing. Georgie has previously worked on secondment for a regulator in the UK Listing Authority's Enforcement Team and for HSBC's compliance team.  Georgie has advised in relation to matters involving the Australian Federal Police, the NSW Police, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice.

Bianca Dearing

Bianca Dearing, Special Counsel, Baker & McKenzie

Bianca Dearing is a special counsel in the Employment & Industrial Relations team at Baker McKenzie, Sydney. Bianca has more than 10 years' experience in this area of law, and acts for clients in a broad range of industries including banking and finance, health and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, information technology and professional services.

During her time at the Firm, Bianca has been seconded to the in-house legal team at the Fair Work Ombudsman where she assisted on statutory and modern award compliance matters, including preparing cases for trial and attending trial. More recently, Bianca was seconded to a multinational professional services firm where she advised on a wide variety of employment issues (including employment agreements, executive agreements, post-employment restraints, and day-to-day human resources matters).

Bianca regularly provides training in employment law, human resources and regulatory compliance (including compliance with work health and safety and whistleblowing laws). Bianca has also assisted in the preparation of publications for the CCH Australian Master Human Resources Guide.


*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 that registrations are being managed by Baker McKenzie. Please let ACC Australia know if you have not received your confirmation within 24 hours.


Credits: 1 CPD Point
Category: Substantive & Procedural Law

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