IN-HOUSE COUNSEL and government solicitor SYMPOSIUM 

Thursday 9 March 2017 - 1.00pm - 5.00PM


McInnes Wilson Lawyers
Level 23, Central Plaza One
345 Queen St, brisbane, QLD
Tickets: $150


12.50pm  Registration 

Opening remarks

Glenn Caligaris  | Principal, McInnes Wilson Lawyers


The future of law practices in a high tech environment 
Stafford Shepard  | Director, Ethics Centre at Queensland Law Society

Stafford Shepard manages the Queensland Law Society Ethics Centre and proactively advises lawyers throughout Queensland upon all aspects of professional conduct through to the most complex problems encountered in practice.  His thought provoking presentation will focus on the ever advancing march of technology into the law.  He will examine the pitfalls which befall any unwary practitioners who might unwittingly lose focus on their professional obligations from a blind reliance upon technology.


Futures of Legal Services and Lawyers in a De-regulated Global World​ 
Prof. John Flood  | Professor of Law and Director of the Law Futures Centre, Griffith University

The joint impacts of de-regulation, globalisation, and the rise of technology are forcing change on lawyers and legal services unlike any other period in history. This is not a story about the de-skilling of lawyers but it is one of transformation which the legal profession can't ignore. Competitors from legal technology and artificial intelligence wait in the wings for opportunities to take on the market. How it responds will determine its future


Common mistakes made in Representative Proceedings
Andrew Charles  | Senior Investment Manager, IMF Benthem

A discussion of mistakes often made in the technical or strategic aspects of Representative Proceedings by Applicants or Respondents.
Andrew Charles is a Senior Investment Manager at IMF Bentham Ltd. Andrew heads up IMF’s QLD office and manages IMF’s QLD and New Zealand funding opportunities. Andrew had more than 17 years commercial litigation experience gained in private practice in Queensland before joining IMF 10 years ago. Andrew has managed 5 Representative actions in the Federal Court.

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

Opening Remarks
Jemima Harris  | Managing Counsel and General Manager - Queensland, lexvoco


Leading, managing and motivating teams 
Stephen Ferguson  | National CEO, Australian Hotels Association

  • The challenges for hotels in managing continual legal and commercial disruption
  • Negotiating the way through the collision of politics, law, commerce and community
  • Leadership of professional teams with scarce resources
  • The qualities of a good adviser in difficult situations

Developing a World Class Legal Function
Sarah Thornton, 
General Counsel and Group Company Secretary, Brisbane Airport Corporation   

BAC is regarded as one of the leading in-house legal teams. In 2016, Sarah was awarded the prestigious In-House Lawyer of the Year Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel . Sarah will share with us her story and journey to help her team develop a top of class legal function.  

4.30pm  This is what we care about.

In an era when most orgnanisations talk about growth, innovation, productivity, efficiency and cost cutting, hear from three of Queensland's top GCs with what they've done to succeed in their roles... and what hasn't worked.

Neil Smyth, General Counsel, Queensland Treasury Corporation
Annette McMullan , Chief Legal Counsel,  Department of Health, Queensland Government
Sarah Zeljko , General Counsel and Company Secretary, G8 Education

Panel Facilitator | Anthony Wright , Principal, lexvoco 

Networking and Refreshments to follow