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The new format features a jam-packed program incorporating a mix of virtual education and in-person events in every state, during May. 

Week 1 

The program kicks off on Monday 2nd May with the key theme for Week 1: Lead the Law with a focus on Privacy Awareness. 

Monday 2nd May at 1pm will focus on Copyright: the risks of insufficient licensing and collective licensing solution. 
Recent Federal Court decisions have highlighted the importance of copyright compliance and the potential expense of not putting proper licences in place for the use of content. Hear from Copyright Agency’s senior solicitor, Virginia Morrison, who will give an overview of copyright law in Australia and look at some of these recent cases. Virginia will also be joined by Greg Taylor Copyright Agency senior licensing consultant who will share insights on collective licensing and its benefits to workflow and information use across face-paced, digital workforces.

Monday 2nd May at 2.15pm we will hear from Christopher Hatfield, Managing Director and Tim de Sousa, Senior Director, FTI Consulting as they present on Managing Data Risk – The Action Plan. 
Managing data risk and information governance has long been a challenge for organisations and often lands on the shoulders of in-house counsel. Join us to learn about the key risks, what to look out for and how to take action. 

Tuesday 3rd May at 10am to hear from Philip Crutchfield Queen’s Counsel, Victorian Bar who will present the difference between legal rules and ethical obligations: lessons from recent royal commissions and inquiries and how they can help to guide you and your clients on decision-making. Philip will be joined by Stewart Maiden, Queen’s Counsel and President of the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria who will host a Q&A.

Tuesday 3rd May at 2pm Shane Entriken, Ben Motro and Emily Haar of Piper Alderman will discuss: People Governance and Strategic Workforce Considerations for Employers and will look at the next 12months in relation to key people related strategic considerations for the Chief Legal Officer and the Board. The discuss will also provide an update on the state of play with sexual harassment matters, including the Respect @ Work Amendments.

The first week’s activities will finish with our first in-person event being held in Sydney, Thursday 5th May at 4.30pm at Macquarie Group Limited, Level 3, 1 Martin Place.
This in-person panel session Privacy as a foundation of trust, will include a fantastic line up of speakers: 

  • Emma Hossack, CEO, Medical Software Industry Association, 
  • Carolyn Lidgerwood, Head of Privacy, Rio Tinto, 
  • Professor Peter Leonard, Principal Data Synergies Pty Ltd, 
  • Samantha Yorke, Government Affairs and Public Policy Google Australia Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel - Privacy Data Macquarie Group Limited as panel moderator.  

The speakers will present on the key privacy issues facing organisations and explore the role of lawyers in addressing privacy and building trust. 

Week 2 

Week 2 we shift attention to Lead the Business as we cover organisation focused topics with a series of virtual education events together with our first roundtable being held in Melbourne on Wednesday 11 May.

Monday 9th May at 1pm Joanne Jary, Partner, Holding Redlich and Angela Flannery, Partner, Holding Redlich will discuss the ACCC compliance and enforcement priorities for 2022-2023. 
With a new chair of the ACCC Gina Cass-Gottlieb, the session will provide an overview of the ACCC’s enforcement priorities for 2022-23, what businesses may expect from the ACCC under the new leadership together with an update on key enforcement action that the ACCC has recently taken for anti-competitive conduct and some practical tips to ensure ongoing competition compliance.

This session will be followed by A Subscription Model - The In-house Legal Services Gamechanger Monday 9th May at 2.15pm presented by Demitro Zema from LawSquared. In this session learn about the legal subscription model and how a truly versatile offering can be a game-changer for your ongoing in-house legal team resourcing challenges. 

Tuesday 10th May at 1pm Nathan Cecil, Partner Holding Redlich will discuss Strong supply chains equal strong businesses – how to plan for and handle supply chain pitfalls. This session with cover a hypothetical supply chain scenario where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. 

Our second session on Tuesday 10th May will be Cyber Security and Data Protection for In-House Counsel at 2.15pm presented by Nick Burkett, Partner Piper Alderman and Craig Subocz Senior Associate Piper Alderman. The discussion will cover the common types of data breaches and how to deal with them, obligations under the Privacy Act in relation to data breaches and issues that may arise in cyber insurance claims. 

An opportunity not to be missed is the first-round table being held in Melbourne Wednesday 11th May at 10am. Ben Rosswick, Chief Operation Officer, Rulestar will discuss Leveraging technology to better connect with legal and commercial teams. This session with dive into the way technology is being used by companies around Australia to improve the operations of legal counsel, legal teams by improving efficiencies and reducing error. 

Wednesday 10th May at 1.00pm we will also hear from Peter Hampton, Commissioner, Fair Work Commission who will discuss the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Act 2021 and provide some observations on how in-house counsel might approach these issues.

Thursday 12th May at 1pm Privacy as a foundation of trust. This virtual panel session will include a fantastic line up of speakers: Emma Hossack, CEO, Medical Software Industry Association, Carolyn Lidgerwood, Head of Privacy, Rio Tinto, Professor Peter Leonard, Principal Data Synergies Pty Ltd, Samantha Yorke, Government Affairs and Public Policy Google Australia with panel moderator Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel - Privacy Data Macquarie Group Limited. The speakers will present on the key privacy issues facing organisations and explore the role of lawyers in addressing privacy and building trust. 

Friday 13th May at 2.15pm David Lipworth, Managing Director of Rulestar will discuss Documentation automation for Corporate Counsel: doing more with less. David will discuss what can be achieved by leveraging innovative document automation tools and boosting productivity.

Don’t forget by attending virtual education sessions and in-person events during In-House Counsel month you will gain CPD points to go towards your CPD requirements for the new CPD year. ACC Australia will be recording all CPD activity until 5pm AEST Tuesday 31 May only. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend some of the great events planned just for Week 1 and 2 for In-House Counsel Month. To see the full program visit

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