Thank you to our In-house Legal Summit 2018 speakers. 2019 speakers will be posted soon.
General Counsel & Company Secretary,
Nikko Asset Management
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Nikko Asset Management
Hayley Cassidy is an experienced lawyer with expertise in corporate governance and current Financial Markets Law. Hayley is a Chartered International Company Secretary and Deputy Chair of the NZ Corporate Governance Forum. Hayley has completed post-graduate study in corporate governance, risk, compliance, advanced negotiation skills and mediation. Hayley is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Nikko Asset Management NZ Ltd ("Nikko AM"). Hayley has a portfolio career, and works with many New Zealand law firms as well as having regular exposure to global firms as part of the global Nikko AM legal team. Hayley has received feedback from external providers, such as: “Hayley is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is very personable and well-liked by all. She treats junior legal staff with respect, and takes a genuine interest in their development (including those in the external law firms she works with). Hayley takes the time to explain background to them in meetings, to ensure they can follow and contribute to matters. I have been very happy to entrust her with junior staff on secondment, knowing they are in the best of hands. Hayley also shows leadership as a strong supporter of diversity in the workplace and actively supports flexible work practices, being transparent and reasonable in her requests for external legal assistance.”
Partner, Bell Gully
Tim leads the employment team and provides expert advice on all aspects of employment law including disciplinary and personal grievance hearings, restraints of trade and the protection of goodwill and confidential information, restructuring and redundancy proposals, exit packages, employment law implications arising on the sale or transfer of all or part of a business, all aspects of relationships between employers and unions, and Privacy Act and Human Rights Act issues.
An experienced health and safety lawyer, Tim advises clients on creating and maintaining a safe workplace, including systems, policies and procedures that ensure compliance and minimise risk, through to managing health and safety investigations and prosecutions.
Tim is also a sought after advisor in the growing area of privacy law.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 names Tim as a leading lawyer in employment and is praise for applying "a litigator's perspective to health and safety matters". Clients say Tim is "approachable" and "commercially focused", according to The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017. It ranks him as a leading lawyer in employment, while the previous edition described him as a "formidable advocate". Tim is also listed as one of the leading New Zealand labour and employment specialists by Who's Who Legal.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 ranks Tim as a leading lawyer noting he is recognised for the quality of his advice on health and safety matters including Worksafe issues. He is praised by clients for being "very calm, concise and considered". The previous edition notes, "He is practical in his approach and provides commercial responses, with a range of options based on risk appetite. He's easily adaptable and manages the issues very well".
In 2016, Tim was appointed to the Health and Safety Law Committee by the Council of the Auckland District Law Society.
Partner, Russell McVeagh
Joe is a litigation partner at Russell McVeagh. He specialises in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on regulatory investigations and prosecutions, privacy law, intellectual property and information technology disputes.
A seasoned litigator, Joe regularly provides advice to some of New Zealand’s largest domestic companies and multi-nationals on a diverse range of issues in relation to contract disputes, media, privacy law, intellectual property, regulatory, social media, marketing and promotions, product recalls, border protection measures, anti-counterfeiting, gambling and consumer law issues.
General Counsel, Zespri International
Katherine Evans is General Counsel of Zespri Group Limited, one of the world’s most successful horticulture marketing companies, and recognised as the world leader in premium quality kiwifruit. Zespri employs approximately 600 people across more than 20 countries including New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has an aggressive growth strategy to reach sales revenues of $4.5 billion by 2025. As a regulated sole authorised exporter of New Zealand kiwifruit, the company is required not only to deliver strong results through ethical and sustainable business practices, but also maintain positive and pragmatic relationships with other kiwifruit stakeholders including consumers, growers, distributors, research providers, and regulators. From a legal perspective, this includes not only excellence in legal advice, but also continual focus on developing pragmatic legal solutions which work for Zespri and the New Zealand kiwifruit industry as a whole, while also striving for solutions which deliver efficient and effective legal support to our global legal operations. Prior to joining Zespri, Katherine was in-house counsel for a New Zealand health software company, and also spent 6 years in private practice in New Zealand and Canada.
General Counsel, Auckland Council
James works with a team of around 60 legal professionals to provide legal advice to Auckland Council's departments, elected members, CCO's (excluding Watercare and Auckland Transport) and statutory entities. Approximately 3400 new instructions are opened every year and the team completes 80% of them in-house. The team is supported by a panel of external providers who deal with the remaining instructions. The breadth of the work is enormous and ranges from dog prosecutions and community leases through appeals against resource consent decisions and debt recovery to advice on a regional fuel tax and arrangements to fund and construct the Central Rail Link and America’s Cup base. The team is split into 4 groups: Property & Commercial, Public Law, Regulatory Litigation and Civil Litigation.
James is also responsible for the Risk and Insurance team which provides strategic risk advice to Council and manages Council’s insurance arrangements.
Legal and External Affairs Director,
Legal and External Affairs Director, Vodafone New Zealand
Juliet is the Legal and External Affairs Director at Vodafone New Zealand. Juliet joined Vodafone New Zealand in 2007 and has held a variety of roles including as business manager to the CEO, GM of strategy and leading both the Ultra-fast Broadband and Rural Broadband programmes. Prior to joining Vodafone New Zealand, Juliet worked in London in a variety of private practice and in-house legal roles. Juliet has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Canterbury. Juliet is also a director of Vodafone New Zealand Foundation Limited, the trustee of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation.
General Counsel – New Zealand & Pacific,
General Counsel – New Zealand & Pacific, Coca-Cola Amatil
Tom is General Counsel and a member of the Executive Team for Coca-Cola Amatil’s New Zealand and Pacific businesses. Starting his career in Chapman Tripp’s Corporate & Commercial Team, Tom then took up a role as sole Counsel for Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine. At Lion, Tom helped the business to adapt and thrive in the face of rapidly expanding regulation, changing consumer preferences, and fierce competition from local and international rivals. Tom’s success in this role was recognised when he won the NZ Young In-House Lawyer of the Year Award in 2015. For the last eight years Tom has also been a regular volunteer at the Otara Citizens Advice Bureau clinics.
Associate General Counsel – Legal Operations,
Housing New Zealand
Associate General Counsel - Legal Operations, Housing New Zealand
Kathryn joined Housing New Zealand’s legal team in April this year to focus on their technology and innovation programme. This has involved continuing Housing New Zealand’s pilot of contract automation with legal automation provider LawHawk and expanding the innovation programme to assess other tech solutions and legal operations requirements to enable Housing New Zealand’s legal team to support HNZ as it increases the pace and scale of its build programme to provide more social housing to New Zealanders. Prior to joining Housing New Zealand, Kathryn worked in Baker McKenzie’s Legal Project Management team in London managing a portfolio of large litigation and investigations files, and integrating new reporting, pricing and profitability techniques. Kathryn also previously worked in in-house legal roles at UK outsourcing company Capita and Australia Post in Melbourne.
Director and Lawyer,
Director and Lawyer, Juno Legal
Helen has been an in-house lawyer and a champion of the in-house legal profession for more than 20 years. She is the former President and CEO of the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand and Co-Chair of the foundation committee of In-House Counsel Worldwide.
Helen now leads flexible in-house legal services provider Juno Legal which embeds in-house lawyers into businesses on an on-demand basis and gives in-house lawyers great opportunities to work flexibly. Her consulting work focuses on strategy and high performance in in-house legal teams and she advises widely across New Zealand and Australia. The retention and re-entry of women into the legal profession is a particular driver for her and the Juno hybrid law firm model has enabled three talented senior women to return to the profession on a flexible basis.
Executive Director, Goldman Sachs
Jennifer has been the sole legal counsel for Goldman Sachs NZ since 2014, and has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector in NZ and the UK. She has been practising in house since 2003. She has been the Steering Committee of the NZ In House Lawyers Association, has spent 3 years on the Steering Committee for her firm’s A/NZ Women’s Network, a mentor to several junior women and a director on the boards of several Goldman Sachs companies.
For Goldman Sachs, Jenn provides legal coverage across NZ and Australia on the corporate advisory business (mergers and acquisitions, IPO’s, a variety of other capital raisings, and other strategic advice for listed issuers), securities sales and trading, firm-wide corporate and principal investment projects, regulatory matters, procurement and corporate governance. She is the NZX compliance surveillance manager and a member of the A/NZ risk committee. She has a particular interest in governance, and is currently the Chair of her firm’s A/NZ Governance Working Group. Committee. She regularly advises boards and management in Australia and New Zealand on a wide variety of subjects. Jenn has completed the 5 day Institute of Directors course and will shortly complete her IOD Chartered Membership.
In her spare time, Jenn she enjoys travel, hiking, skiing, movies and watching her 3 children in their various sports pursuits.
General Counsel, AIG Insurance
Richard is the General Counsel and Secretary for AIG Insurance having joined AIG in 2012. Prior to this, Richard was a Corporate Partner in the London office of Reed Smith LLP, a top 20 Global Firm, advising on cross border M&A and finance transactions. Richard currently chairs the regulatory committee of the Insurance Council of New Zealand and is an active member of the NZILA. Outside of work, Richard’s interests include travel, family and supporting his wife’s triathlon endeavours.
Senior Associate, Russell McVeagh
Michael practices in commercial litigation with a particular focus on Construction and Information Technology disputes. He is an author of Lexis Nexis' upcoming Blockchain precedents and regularly represents clients in disputes arising from substantial construction projects.
Michael practiced in London at the Commercial Bar for over 15 years, and was ranked in the legal directories as a leading Junior, before joining Russell McVeagh.