8:15am – 8:50am

Registration opens

8:50am – 9:00am

Welcoming remarks from the Chairperson

Andrea Vujnovich, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Corporate and General Counsel, Auckland University of Technology

9:00am – 9:40am

PANEL: Award-winning in-house teams

In this inspiring panel, you will hear from finalists and winners of the New Zealand Law Awards about providing exemplary legal support, compliance, training and advice on a broad range of matters across your business.

  • Providing commercially savvy and robust legal advice
  • Gaining the trust of the board, management, staff, external business parties
  • Tips for creating an integrated, aligned and highly valued legal team

Panellists:
David Bricklebank, General Counsel & Company Secretary, ANZ
Andrew Cordner, Director of Legal, Fonterra Group
Kristy Redfern, General Counsel & Company Secretary, AIA

9:40am – 10:20am

Leading and driving legal technology innovation in your organisation

New technologies can increase efficiency and streamline your legal service delivery. This session will equip you with the tools to succeed in developing and implementing your legal tech innovation strategy.

  • Evaluating, comparing and selecting vendors and platforms
  • Overcoming challenges when rolling out new technology
  • Automation and artificial intelligence – is it right for your organisation?
  • Best practice guide to implementing tech in an in-house context

Trina Lincoln, Associate General Counsel for Construction, Housing NZ

10:20am – 10:50am

Morning tea break

10:50am – 11:20am

Risk and compliance for in-house lawyers

Risk and compliance management expectations on organisations are constantly evolving and increasing.  With this comes greater responsibilities on in-house lawyers to understand and help manage your organisation’s risk and compliance landscape – including outside of the traditional “legal risk” arena. This session will discuss:

  • The role of the in-house lawyer in relation to broader risk and compliance requirements and issues
  • Practical tips on how to upskill your knowledge on risk and compliance frameworks, governance and processes
  • Some of the key things to think about if you, or your legal team, are responsible for your organisation’s risk and/or compliance framework
  • What’s top of mind for Executive Teams and Boards to achieve effective and sustainable risk, compliance and conduct management

Louise Unger, Head of Legal Services, Risk & Compliance, LOD 

Stephen Mullins, General Manager, LOD 

11:20am – 12:00pm

PANEL: Change leadership for general counsel – guiding your organisation through change

The general counsel is uniquely positioned to guide the board, management and staff through the legal and regulatory changes and business challenges that organisations face today:

  • Legal and regulatory changes that are impacting business in New Zealand
  • Structuring your teams to align with changing business objectives
  • Leading your team and guiding your organisation through mergers and acquisitions

Panellists:
Katherine Evans, General Counsel, Zespri International
Brent McAnulty, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director, TVNZ
Jaya Prasannan, GM- Corporate Services & General Counsel, NZ Compare
Vanessa Simons, General Counsel, Kiwi Wealth

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Networking lunch

12:45pm  – 1:30pm

Employment and privacy law update

Gretchen Fraser, Senior Associate, Kensington Swan
James Warren, Partner, Kensington Swan

1:30pm – 2:20pm

PANEL: Creating the legal team of the future

The role of in-house counsel is transforming, challenging traditional models of advice and service delivery. This session will discuss the biggest challenges and trends affecting in-house teams today and into the future.

  • Driving digitisation and automation of high volume, low risk legal transactions to reduce external legal spend
  • Preparing your organisation for future threats: cyber security, data protection, privacy and reputational risks
  • Future trends in external legal services, knowledge management and advice

Panellists:
Hayley Cassidy, Chief General Counsel, Bank of New Zealand
Kristy Rusher, Chief Legal Officer – Finance Group, Dunedin City Council
Melissa Soh-Newstead, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Silver Fern Farms
Trevor Wairepo, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Kiwi Property Group

2:20pm – 2:50pm

Afternoon tea break

2:50pm – 3:30pm

Delivering results on a budget

In-house teams are required to be more flexible and strategic than ever before while minimizing costs and resources. How do you provide a high level of legal advice and support while driving efficiencies?

  • New ways to effectively manage external legal services and spend
  • Drawing the line between the responsibility of the in-house counsel and stakeholders
  • Evaluating and streamlining existing contract, asset, and risk management processes

Mark Heine, EVP, General Counsel & Company Secretary, EROAD

3:30pm – 3:45pm

Cross examination: Interview with the New Zealand Lawyer in-house counsel of the year

Interviewer: Andrea Vujnovich, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Corporate and General Counsel, Auckland University of Technology

Andrew Cordner, Director of Legal, Fonterra Co-operative Group

3:45pm – 4:30pm

WORKSHOP: Understanding what your CEO wants from you

In this interactive workshop, you will learn the practical steps you can take to make an impact when presenting to your board and CEO and whether your reports align with your CEO’s vision.

  • Aligning legal and corporate strategy and vision
  • How are you addressing opportunity and risk in board meetings?
  • How to increase your confidence and build rapport to effectively influence the CEO, board and colleagues

Alex Nicholson, Chief People Officer and General Counsel, Mediaworks NZ

4:30pm

Conference concludes 

Networking drinks at pre-function area sponsored by