2019 schedule will be posted soon.

8:00 am

Registration opens

8:50am – 9:00am

Welcoming remarks from the Chair: How will the role of in-house counsel evolve in the next 20 years?

Helen Mackay – Director and Lawyer, Juno Legal

9:00am – 9:45am

Embrace the move to business advisory: Making your voice matter

In-house lawyers are increasingly being called on to provide commercial, as well as legal advice. How can we succeed in the c-suite, and what key things need to be understood in order to be an effective business advisor?

  • What do you need to understand about your organisation before you can give effective business advice?
  • Keeping things separate: How can you maintain legal independence whilst increasing influence?
  • Ethical business and corporate responsibility: Ensuring your organisation is thinking about all possible outcomes.
  • Business financials and business analysis: What you need to know

Tom Lane – General CounselNew Zealand & Pacific, Coca-Cola Amatil

9:45am – 10:30am

Success strategies: Engaging external counsel and service providers

Engaging external organisations to work with your organisation is a given, but what strategies and approaches will get the best value for your organisation?

  • How to get maximum value from your external relationships
  • Strategies that work: How to be a favourite client, and why it matters
  • War stories: What can go wrong when engaging external suppliers, and how you can avoid it
  • Strategies for building and maintaining strong external business relationships

Hayley Cassidy – General Counsel & Company Secretary, Nikko Asset Management


Morning tea break

11:00am – 11:45am

Mini masterclass: Employment law 

Whether you outsource employment law matters or deal with them in-house, providing guidance to your HR department and the executive team is essential.

  • The Domestic Violence Victims Protections Bill: What you need to know
  • Disciplinary action: Best practice and common pitfalls
  • Health and Safety: An overview of recent cases and their implications
  • When should in-house lawyers engage an external specialist?

Tim Clarke – Partner, Bell Gully

11:45am – 12:30pm

Work effectively with the board: How to build trust and cultivate purposeful relationships

Skillful communication can build trust and enable positive business outcomes. Explore executive-level communication techniques in this insightful session:

  • Work collaboratively with the executive team: Have you mastered conversational intelligence?
  • The art of internal sales: How to make a business case that wins new budget
  • Do you think creatively? Don’t be seen as the idea-killing rubber stamp!

Jennifer Page – Executive Director, Goldman Sachs


Networking lunch

1:15pm  – 2:00pm

Mini masterclass: Contract law 

Recent cases and developments in New Zealand and abroad are impacting the practice of contract law in New Zealand. This concise session will get you up to date with the most significant updates in contract law over the last 12 months.

  • Negotiating liability and indemnities: Winning strategies to achieve the best outcomes
  • Can No Oral Variation clauses really be enforced?
  • GDPR: How will it impact organisations in New Zealand?
  • Trends in blockchain and click-wrap agreements

Joe Edwards – Partner, Russell McVeagh
Michael Taylor – Senior  Associate, Russell McVeagh 

2:00pm – 3:00pm

PANEL: Do more with less: How to make your budget work for you

Legal budgets are under constant pressure. How can you make the most out of every dollar, and how can you justify spending on intangible outcomes?

  • Law as a business function: track your spending and measure ROI success
  • Creative ways to better spend budget and get more value for money
  • How can you justify budget spend on intangible business outcomes?
  • Will NewLaw firms enable in-house legal teams to outsource more cost-effectively?

Richard Shine – General Counsel, AIG Insurance
James Hassall – General Counsel, Auckland Council
Katherine Evans – General Counsel, Zespri International


Afternoon tea break

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Legal technological innovation: How will it change the way you work?

Ever changing legal technology has the potential to significantly change the way in-house lawyers work. What technology is out there for you to harness, and how do you assess which to invest in?

  • What legal technologies are out there, and how will they enable you to work more effectively?
  • Can technology enable in-house lawyers to achieve more value for money when budgets are squeezed?
  • What critical cybersecurity risks do in-house lawyers need to be aware of, and how can they be mitigated?

Kathryn LowAssociate General Counsel – Legal Operations, Housing New Zealand

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Create an agile in-house team: Streamline workflow and optimise efficiency

An agile team enables high-performance and efficiency. What leadership strategies encourage agility, and can technology help?

  • Leadership engagement: How to motivate and challenge your team to become agile and high-performing
  • The importance of a dynamic team environment, and how to achieve it
  • How should you determine what can be done in-house, and what should be done externally?
  • What areas of law still require the human touch, and what should you outsource to technology?

Juliet Jones Legal and External Affairs Director, Vodafone

4:45pm – 4:50pm

Welcome Address to Networking Drinks from Artemis Executive Recruitment


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