Public Sector In-house Counsel Congress

Inaugural Public Sector In-house Counsel Congress

Hyatt Hotel, Canberra, 24-25 October 2018



Conference day one – Wednesday 24 October 2018

08.30 Registration
09.00 Opening remarks from the chair

International keynote address: Looking into the future of public sector in-house legal

  • International trends and the outlook for public sector in-house counsel
  • The effects of shifts in public perception of government
  • Changing means of engagement with clients through online services and automation
  • Near future shifts in roles and duties

Naomi Mallick, Director, Ministry of Justice Legal Advisers, Government Legal Department UK


Aligning legal and corporate strategy

  • Maintaining a productive working relationship with executive leadership
  • Using a collaborative approach to organisational strategy and risk management
  • Focusing legal team resources to areas of greatest value to the organisation
  • Developing trust in legal team through openness and approachability

Ian Pendleton, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, First State Super

10.40 Morning Tea

Enabling government to be an efficient and responsible litigant

  • Developing procedures for early management of disagreements to prevent dispute
  • Identifying when government agencies should litigate
  • Exploring the case for alternative dispute resolution
  • Understanding government responsibilities under model litigant guidelines

Sarah Hargans, Chief Legal Counsel, NSW Department of Education


Maintaining an effective working relationship with external counsel

  • Identifying the right counsel within government frameworks whilst fulfilling internal requirements
  • Building clearly defined and effective communication channels to external counsel
  • Developing trust between internal and external counsel
  • Gaining best value from collaboration with external advisors

Samantha Neilson, Legal Services Manager, Shoalhaven City Council

12.40 Lunch

Resource management: Maximising performance on a limited budget

  • Prioritising tasks and allocating resources
  • Using effective project management to minimise costs
  • Managing risks to avoid cost escalation
  • Managing human resources

Irene Chrisopoulidis, Managing Principal Lawyer, Victoria Police


Juggling roles: Evading the pitfalls of multiple responsibilities as in-house counsel

  • Defining roles and identifying conflicting demands
  • Addressing and communicating conflicts
  • Prioritising roles
  • Managing cumulative demands and workloads

Elizabeth Carroll, Chief Legal Counsel, IP Australia


Afternoon Tea


Attracting and securing talent

  • Finding the right people for your team
  • Selling the rewards of working in the public sector
  • Providing opportunities for growth and development
  • Creating a career pathway through succession planning

Dana Sutton, Assistant Secretary, Legal & Assurance Branch, Department of Finance


Developing and upskilling your legal team

  • Identifying and filling skill gaps within an in-house legal team
  • Effective mentoring approaches in the work place
  • Improving project management skills within a legal team
  • Using long-term strategic goals as a guide to upskilling
  • Integration into the business and expanding the remit of an in-house team

Suzanne Hillier, General Counsel, National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

 17.00 End of conference day one

Conference day two – Thursday 25 October 2018

9.00 Opening remarks from the chair

Managing stakeholder obligations and expectations

  • Understanding and balancing priorities of multiple stakeholders
  • Weighing speed of service against risk in response to time pressure from clients
  • Managing expectations through clear communication of requirements of legal work to clients
  • Identifying what is in the best interests of clients and the public

Lida Kaban, General Counsel, NSW Department of Justice


Preserving privilege as an in-house counsel

  • The duty of confidentiality vis a vis legal professional privilege
  • Client legal privilege contrasted with legal professional privilege
  • How to preserve privilege in your communications as an in-house counsel
  • Exceptions to legal privilege
  • Waiver of legal privilege

Mary Macken, Corporate Counsel, Blacktown City Counsel

10.30 Morning Tea

Artificial intelligence and legal tech: beyond legal tools

  • How are AI and machine learning already changing the legal profession?
  • Real disruption – AI and legal tech beyond legal tools
  • The importance of being human
  • What will the lawyer of the future look like?

Rajiv Cabraal, Legal, Governance, & IP Director, CSIRO Data 61


Emerging developments in Fair Work Ombudsman litigations

  • The goals and functions of the Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Dispute resolution and litigation processes of FWO
  • Take home messages from recent cases
  • Where are we headed?
  Janine Webster, Chief Counsel, Fair Work Ombudsman
12.40 Lunch

Panel discussion: Providing insights into policy drafting and review

  • Developing organisational understanding of legal entry point in policy drafting
  • Understanding and collaborating with key stakeholders
  • Knowing the audience and reviewing policy drafts accordingly
  • Using clear, concise language without oversimplification

Louise Clarke, Deputy Commissioner, Policy, Analysis and Legislation, Australian Taxation Office

Natasha Molt, Acting Director of Policy, Policy Division, Law Council of Australia

Diane Barker, General Counsel & Director of Governance, Australian Catholic University


Legal risk management in government contracts

  • Examining when and why do government contracts fail from a legal perspective
  • Organisational collaboration to ensure mutual understanding of commercial and legal risk
  • Tools and processes for effective contract management
  • Ensuring legal and regulatory compliance

Christine Lithgow, General Counsel, Roads and Maritime Services NSW

15.00 Afternoon tea
15.30 Improving the agility and effectiveness of legal teams
  • Analysing performance and identifying areas for improvement
  • Developing effective processes and maintaining workflow
  • Adapting to client requirements
  • Making processes flexible in order to effectively manage change
  • Using crisis management planning to ensure effective responses to sudden events
   Kara Miller, General Counsel, Legal & Governance, Sustainability Victoria

Dealing with data and sensitive information

  • Complying with privacy legislation
  • Improving cyber security and privacy awareness within the organisation
  • Working to build a strong, organisation-wide, defence against cyber-crime
  • Ensuring safe handling of information in sharing and destroying data

Richard Donaldson, General Counsel, Pilbara Ports Authority

17.00 Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference