PAST PAPER: Session 1: Key Commercial, Contract and Health & Safety Issues
Date: November 2016
The Art of Using Competition Law to Add Value and Reduce Risk: What In-House Counsel Need to Know
Presented by Andy Matthews, Principal, and Gus Stewart, Senior Associate, Matthews Law
A Practical Guide to Drafting Indemnities and Limitation of Liability Clauses in Commercial Contracts
Presented by Tom Maasland, Consultant and Sonya Forbes, Senior Commercial Solicitor, Russell McVeagh
Chair: Caroline Beaumont
Caroline Beaumont is Coca-Cola Amatil NZ and Fiji's general counsel. Caroline joined Coca-Cola Amatil in 2007 and became an executive director in 2009. In this role Caroline is responsible for the company's legal and regulatory affairs. Caroline is a hands-on, sole counsel for the New Zealand and Fijian businesses. She is also Coca-Cola Amatil's privacy officer. Caroline's mantra is to be an ally, not an alien, to the business. She considers a key attribute for the role is having innate good judgment and common sense, which comes from doing the hard yards. Working initially in private practice gave Caroline will first-class technical training, something she believes as essential before transitioning into an in-house role. In addition to her work at Coca-Cola Amatil, Caroline is active in sports organisations and in the broader in-house legal community. In May 2015, she joined the board of New Zealand Football, and early this year was elected to the In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand executive committee. Caroline is also a volunteer coach for Manukau and Mangere Special Olympics groups. She greatly appreciates the support Coca-Cola Amatil gives her in 'giving back' to the community. Caroline grew up in England and she earned her Master of Laws from Queen Mary College, London. Caroline spent her formative years in leading law firms, including Nabarros, Bell Gully and Russell McVeagh. Caroline's profile is available on LinkedIn.
Emma Butcher has been a partner at specialist employment law firm LangtonHudsonButcher for a decade, having joined the practice from partnership of a leading national firm. Emma is trusted advisor for employer clients, focussing on commercial resolution of complex employment law issues as soon as possible after they arise. She regularly appears as counsel in the relevant employment jurisdictions.
Andy Matthews has 25 years' competition law experience, including international experience with Allen & Overy (London / Moscow). He is consistently recognised internationally as a leading lawyer in his specialties in the main directories. This includes Chambers Asia-Pacific, where he has been rated Band 1- Competition since 2006. Andy was previously a senior partner at a leading trans-Tasman law firm, where he led the NZ Competition & Regulatory and TMT teams, and had also headed the Auckland Corporate division.
Gus Stewart is a Senior Associate at Matthews Law. He specialises in competition & regulatory law, with expertise in mergers, cartels and consumer law (including privacy) issues. Gus has advised clients in a wide range of industries including health, real estate, dairy, and telecommunications, and deals with the Commerce Commission on a regular basis. Before joining Matthews Law he was an in-house lawyer at 2degrees, and a lawyer in the Competition & Regulatory and TMT teams at a leading trans-Tasman law firm.
James has 17 years' experience as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer, first with a large, national firm and for the last three years as a barrister sole. James has a broad commercial practice, with particular expertise in insurance, insolvency and regulatory issues. This has included advising clients on the largest insurance settlement in New Zealand to date, representing various parties in significant commercial collapses, and acting for directors and company officers in high profile regulatory investigations.
Tom Maasland is Partner in the technology team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts. He specializes in IT and general commercial contracts. Prior to taking on the role, Tom was Head of ICT in Auckland for another New Zealand law firm and before that was Assistant General Counsel at Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom) with responsibility for advising on strategic and high value projects. Tom is ranked as a leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific for the last 4 years.
Sonya Forbes has been practising commercial law in New Zealand and the UK for over 16 years. She specialises in data, technology, telecommunications, outsourcing and general commercial matters. Following a start at a large New Zealand corporate law firm, she moved in-house whilst in London, working for international multimedia organisation Thomson Reuters. As Principal Legal Counsel, she advised on some of the group's most complex and high-value matters for the division providing services to the financial services industry. She returned to practise in New Zealand in 2014.
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