Public Sector In-house Counsel Congress

2nd Annual National Public Sector General Counsel Congress

Build, develop and lead your high performing and valued legal team

23rd– 24th October, Melbourne

Public Sector In-house Counsel are under pressure: absorbing more responsibility within the organisation and in most cases, receiving no additional funding.

In order to continue to demonstrate their value to the organisation and maintain a consistent high standard of service to their internal client, In-House counsel are looking for strategies to improve their relationships with stakeholders and enhance the efficiency of their operation.

The 2nd Annual National Public Sector General Counsel Congress provides a forum for in-house counsel from all levels of Australian government to discover new approaches to leading an effective in-house counsel; capable of delivering greater value to the organisation and navigating future disruption from changing legislation and new technology.

Delegates will have the opportunity to gain insight from innovative leaders of in-house counsel from Australian and International Public Sector organisations on overcoming the most pressing challenges faced by public sector in-house counsel, including-

  • Enhancing and communicating the value of in-house counsel to the organisation
  • Providing effective legal counsel in the political landscape
  • Streamlining the legal operation
  • Overhauling procurement to reduce risk
  • Enhancing portfolio efficiency through automated contract writing
  • Developing and leading a high performing in-house counsel team
  • Providing a high-quality legal service to the organisation
  • Impact and implications of AI for legal profession

And featuring a special presentation from the Interim NSW Modern Slavery Commissioner, Jennifer Burn to help you understand your obligations under the new modern slavery legislation!

Our expert speaking panel includes

International keynote address:

Stephen Cave, Deputy Director, Department for Education Legal Advisers Office, Government Legal Department UK



An outstanding panel of regional experts

Henry Carr, Assistant Secretary, Recovery and Litigation Branch, Attorney-General’s Department

Jennifer Burn, Interim Commissioner for Anti-Slavery, NSW Anti- Slavery Commission

Sarah Godden, General Counsel, Department of Communications and the Arts

Jonty Somers, Chief Legal Adviser, Department of Conservation New Zealand

Rebecca Robertshawe, Director EIS Legal, Education Infrastructure Service, Ministry of Education New Zealand

Ashleigh Robinson, Contract Automation Manager, Education Infrastructure Service, Ministry of Education New Zealand

Anne McManus, Corporate Counsel, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Charles Cho, General Counsel, Treasury NSW

Lucy Keller, Director Legal Services, Department for Education SA

Catrina Cresswell, General Counsel, Sydney Metro

Emma Carnovale, Chief Counsel, Eastern Health

Ian Pendleton, Group Executive, Legal and Company Secretary, First State Super

Prudence Reid, Director Corporate Affairs, SA Health

Colin Brown, Assistant Director Legal, SA Health

Kara Miller, General Counsel and Acting Manager, BITS- Legal & Governance, Sustainability Victoria

Janine Reid, Legal Councel, WorkCover Queensland

Paul Kapetas, General Counsel, City of Ryde Council

Rajiv Cabraal, Commercialisation, Legal & IP Director, Data 61

Please click here to see the agenda.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join the sharpest legal minds at this unique forum.

Register now.


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