3rd Annual In-House Counsel Conference: Innovate or Perish

Session ID: 183NZA04
Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Time: 09:00am - 05:15pm
Venue: Stamford Plaza Auckland, Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St, Auckland

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Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Time: 9.00am to 5.15pm
Venue: Stamford Auckland, 22 - 26 Albert St Auckland

Attend and earn 7 CPD hours

Heading into its third year, this annual conference has quickly established itself as New Zealand's premier in-house event. Network with and learn from your peers while an array of prominent general counsel share their experiences and insights from working at the coalface of in-house practice. Hear from eminent lawyers and accountants on the key issues keeping in-house counsel up at night and the skills needed to address those issues effectively.

Session 1: Modern In-House Counsel at the Cutting Edge

Chair: Michael Sage, Partner and co-head of Technology Group, Simpson Grierson

Disruption, Technology Trends and the Law: Ignore at Your own Peril

  • New disruptive technologies: blockchain, smart contracts, analytics, cloud computing and the rise of the bots
  • Social media: fast paced, high stakes
  • New business models vs tried and tested methods: Should you make the jump?

Presented by Hayley Miller, Partner, Kensington Swan; Recommended Telecommunications, Media & Technology Lawyer, Doyle's Guide 2016

Privacy Law in a Digital World: Lessons for In-House Counsel

  • Building trust in digital activity: What are the relevant privacy issues and how do you ensure they are factored into the development of new apps, platforms, data analytics initiatives, AI and other emerging technologies?
  • Global developments: What is the likely impact of global privacy law reform (including GDPR) on NZ organisations and what changes can we expect to see to the Privacy Act 1993?

Presented by Frith Tweedie, Digital Law Leader, EY Law

The Latest Employment Issues for In-House Counsel

  • Insights from recent cases, trends and developments
  • Clarification from the courts around holiday pay
  • The first H&S sentencing cases under the new Act and the rise of the Enforceable Undertaking
  • Developments on the territorial limits of discrimination jurisdiction
  • Where to from here for equal pay

Presented by Christie Hall, Director and Employment and Health & Safety Leader, EY Law

Navigating the New NZX Corporate Governance Code
Analyse the key legal considerations in the new NZX Corporate Governance Code and how it will impact your practice. Consider other recent legal developments that will affect how you can provide effective corporate governance.

Presented by Hayley Cassidy, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Nikko Asset Management

Fraud, Corruption and Misconduct: Insights for In-House Counsel

  • What issues are New Zealand entities encountering?
  • How should organisations respond when issues arise?
  • How can organisations better protect themselves to manage these risks?

Presented by Jason Weir, Partner, Deloitte Forensic

Learning Objectives:

  • Catch up on disruptive trends, new technology and privacy issues
  • Analyse new employment and corporate governance developments
  • Master how to deal with fraud, corruption and misconduct

Session 2: Essential Skills for the Modern In-House Counsel

Chair: Philippa White, General Counsel, Paymark

In-House Counsel's Role in Legal Disputes: Maintaining Influence and Control
From the moment a legal dispute rears its ugly head all the way through mediation or trial, effective in-house counsel maintain control of the process. Here's how to do just that:

  • Strategies to end a dispute early or at least limit its scope
  • Knowing and managing precisely what your external lawyers are doing so you can influence the process
  • In-house counsel's role at mediation
  • Maintaining control and reaching a positive outcome

Presented by Paul Sills, Barrister & Mediator (AAMINZ)

Critical Legal and Business Concerns When the Regulator Comes Knocking

  • Being prepared before the Regulator ever darkens your door
  • Considerations for navigating, and surviving, the regulatory investigation process
  • Communicating with the Regulator
  • Recent relevant trends and updates
  • Above all else, what not to do

Presented by Jo Carrick-Anderson, Senior Associate, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Navigating Your In-House Legal Career: The Only way is up, or is it?

  • Lawyer today, business leader tomorrow
  • Building executive skills, presence and profile internally and externally
  • Balancing technical competencies with leadership competencies

Presented by Michelle Herlihy, General Counsel, Custom Fleet

Learning Objectives:

  • Enhance your skills in managing and controlling legal disputes
  • Examine how to expertly handle dealing with regulators
  • Consider evolving legal and business issues in corporate responsibility
  • Learn how to become an effective legal and business leader

Chair: Michael Sage

Michael Sage is a partner in the firm's commercial group, specialising in infrastructure and technology. In the infrastructure/utilities sector, Mike's clients include leading companies and public authorities in the telecommunications, electricity, transport, water/wastewater and solid waste sectors. He provides advice on issues such as interconnection, regulatory compliance, outsourcing, infrastructural/network development, mergers and acquisitions, the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, joint ventures and PPP (public private partnership) arrangements. Mike is an expert in outsourcing, particularly network/utilities management, repair and maintenance. In the telecommunications sector, Mike provides advice on strategic alliances and joint ventures, regulatory issues, interconnection agreements, spectrum auction/acquisition/disposal advice, reseller/distribution, satellite, and major customer contracts, technology procurement, fibre leasing/IRU contracts, and broadband network establishment. He co-heads the firm's technology group, providing advice to users and suppliers in the technology sector, particularly in relation to life sciences, information technology, e-commerce and the commercialisation of technology. Mike has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses and companies, and in the establishment of joint ventures (particularly in the insurance sector). He has a particular interest in the areas of business structuring and capital raising for early to mid stage companies.

Hayley Miller

Hayley Miller is a specialist technology and commercial lawyer with more than 17 years' experience advising on commercial law, intellectual property and contracts. She has particular expertise in outsourcing, commercial supply and procurement, IT and telecommunications, intellectual property, consumer law and privacy. She is adept at advising clients on the New Zealand Privacy Act and related codes and the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act. She has completed the New Zealand sections of many world-wide privacy compliance reviews, manuals and policies, and assisted with the privacy law section of an online regulatory training tool. She regularly presents on privacy related issues; most recently these topics have included what to do in a breach situation and how privacy impacts on the collection, use and disclosure of big data. Kensington Swan is a premier New Zealand law firm with 31 partners supported by more than 140 people based at its offices in Auckland and Wellington.

Frith Tweedie

Frith Tweedie has over 15 years' experience advising on privacy, online/e-commerce, technology, intellectual property, consumer protection and entertainment law issues. She has extensive experience advising on privacy issues arising in a digital context, including the privacy implications of data analytics, data sharing, cloud storage and data monetisation initiatives. Prior to joining EY Law to lead the Digital Law team, she was responsible for establishing a large privacy programme at a major telecommunications company in response to the European General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). Frith also worked closely with a major bank's digital teams on numerous data-driven initiatives requiring extensive privacy input. In her current role, Frith works closely with EY management consultants advising on and implementing a range of technology and digital solutions. Having held in-house roles for the last 11 years' in the banking, telco and entertainment sectors in both NZ and the UK, Frith has a deep understanding of the in-house environment and the practical and strategic issues facing organisations as they implement digital solutions.

Christie Hall

Christie Hall is a director of EY Law. She leads the New Zealand legal practice and the Employment, Health & Safety and Privacy Law team. Christie has over fifteen years' experience gained at top-tier firms in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Christie's non-contentious employment law practice focuses on providing clients with practical employment and business structure advice. She frequently works together with EY's Advisory, and People Advisory Services teams to provide and end-to-end service that responds to a client's people needs from both a legal and a commercial perspective, aligning with their wider people and corporate strategy. Christie's work often includes advising organisations on compliance with people related legislative obligations, business restructuring and redundancies, industrial relations issues, employment elements of corporate transactions, disciplinary and performance management processes, conducting independent investigations and assisting to resolve employee grievances. Christie also advises on contentious matters including representing clients at disciplinary meetings, mediations, and in the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court. Christie is experienced in advising companies on their health and safety obligations and in defending health and safety prosecutions in the District Court. She regularly works with managers and boards, and with EY's health and safety team, to translate the requirements of the HSWA into practical steps that organisations can take to make a tangible difference to the health and safety of their workers and to develop a culture where workers are empowered to make the right safety decisions. Christie also advises on privacy law issues, including privacy impact assessments, drafting and reviewing privacy and social media policies, managing information requests and Official Information Act requests, advising on Privacy Act compliance and training employees on the practical application of the Information Privacy Principles.

Hayley Cassidy

Hayley Cassidy is an experienced lawyer, a Chartered International Company Secretary and 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, Director/Owner of Carbine Consulting, (a governance and compliance company), and is Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Corporate Governance Forum. In her role at Nikko AM, Hayley is responsible for providing governance advice to the local Board, as well as a global executive committee. Hayley leverages off and learns from an international team of corporate governance experts at Nikko AM, which enables her to be across current issues from multiple jurisdictional perspectives. Hayley's role on the New Zealand Corporate Governance Forum sees her regularly engaging with and influencing various stakeholders to improve corporate governance in the NZ capital markets. Hayley is passionate about encouraging effective governance and provides a practical, pragmatic approach based on real life experience as in-house counsel.

Jason Weir

Jason Weir specialises in forensic accounting and insolvency and is really proud to lead the Auckland Forensic team. Jason has a diverse range of portfolios and regularly works with private businesses, listed entities, regulators and enforcement agencies to complete complex fraud and financial investigations. Jason is also regularly engaged to quantify loss in financial disputes and he has provided expert evidence in both the District and High Courts on both civil and criminal matters.

Philippa White

Philippa White is legal counsel at Paymark Limited and has over 8 years' experience as an in-house lawyer. She joined Paymark in 2013 and prior to this role, was legal counsel for global pharmaceutical manufacturer, GSK. Philippa loves the fact that an in-house role requires the ability to advise on a wide variety of legal issues and knowing that no two days will ever be the same! In her spare time Philippa is a mum to two daughters and enjoys being in the great outdoors.

Paul Sills

Paul Sills is a barrister with over 20 years' experience working in global litigation markets. Paul is also an accomplished business leader, having been involved in a diverse range of companies (as CEO or director) including the marine industry, global health care and international freight. Paul has been engaged in mediations both as a legal advisor and as a client since 1995 and as a mediator since 2010. These have included multi-parties and complex issues surrounding Treaty of Waitangi settlements, aviation disasters, leaky homes, construction and receiverships. With a unique understanding of the challenges businesses and individuals face and drawing on his years of commercial and legal experience, Paul provides timely and cost-effective solutions for his clients. Paul's appointments include Associate Member of AMINZ, a member of the panel of mediators for the Marine Industry Association, Triathlon NZ Age Group Adjudicator for 2015 and 2016 and a member of the panel of mediators for the New Zealand Law Society. Paul is approved to assist with the Society's Early Resolution Service, as well as standard track mediations. As a barrister Paul maintains both an active commercial litigation practice and a comprehensive mediation practice.

Jo Carrick-Anderson

Jo Carrick-Anderson is a Senior Associate in MinterEllisonRuddWatts' Corporate and Commercial team and regularly advises a broad variety of listed and unlisted clients based in New Zealand and overseas on all aspects of corporate and commercial law - including M&A transactions, overseas investment office approvals, private equity investments/divestments and securities law matters (including initial public offerings, capital raisings and compliance issues), as well as general corporate and commercial law issues such as company administration, corporate governance and drafting commercial arrangements. With experience dealing with a variety of regulators and assisting clients in responding to requests from regulators, including the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), NZX and the Financial Markets Authority, Jo has an understanding of what to do when the regulator comes knocking. In the last few years Jo has been part of a team advising Synlait Milk and CBL on their listings in New Zealand and Australia, including liaising with regulators on both sides of the Tasman. Jo is also frequently involved with the OIO in relation to a number of matters, including OneFortyOne Plantations' recent application for consent to purchase Nelson Forests. Taking a pragmatic approach to the law, Jo enjoys finding practical, commercial solutions to legal issues. Jo is a regular participant in professional women's groups, including Women in M&A and the Valens Group.

Michelle Herlihy

Michelle Herlihy is a business leader with an extensive career in the banking & finance industry in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Michelle is General Counsel for Custom Fleet Australia and New Zealand. Michelle is a member of Custom Fleet's executive team and oversees all legal matters across Australia and New Zealand including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation, M&A activities, regulatory compliance and government and regulator relations. Prior to becoming General Counsel Michelle was Executive Director of Strategy for Custom Fleet New Zealand. Before joining Custom Fleet Michelle worked at GE Capital in the UK and New Zealand. During her 11 years at GE Capital Michelle held a number of senior legal and business roles, including acting as Separation & Divestment Leader on the $6 billion sale of GE Capital's consumer finance business in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Michelle began her legal career specialising in criminal, civil and family litigation before shifting gears completely to become an Associate of a well-regarded Auckland firm working in their banking and finance team. In 2011 Michelle was appointed as the first female member of the Financial Services Federation Executive Committee and in 2015 was appointed its first female Chairperson. Michelle holds an LLB from the University of Waikato and lives in Auckland with her partner and their 2 young boys.

Venue Details

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St
Auckland 1010

Ph: 64 9 309 888


The Stamford Plaza Auckland is a short 5 minute walk from the main

train/bus station Britomart. There is onsite valet parking, charged at a rate

of NZ$45 per car. Alternatively there are numerous public car parks in the

area including Challenge House, 1/3 Wolfe Street.

Parking is not included in the registrartion fee and price is subject to


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