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

Session ID: 183NZA04B
Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: Stamford Plaza Auckland, Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St, Auckland

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Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Venue: Stamford Auckland, 22 - 26 Albert St Auckland

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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.

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: 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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