The NextGen GC Summit, Australia

  • June 13 - 14, 2024
  • Sydney Startup Hub

    11 York Street
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
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Following 7 Law Ninjas General Counsel Summits in Bengaluru, Cape Town, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sydney which have attracted over 1,400 lawyers and leading sponsors such as Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, ContractPodAi, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills, Jones Day, KPMG, Kroll, Mercedes-Benz, PepsiCo, SpotDraft and more, the global Law Ninjas community will be hosting 6 General Counsel summits in 2024 in Bengaluru, Cape Town, Dubai, London, Singapore and Sydney, and we’d love for you to get involved!

Law Ninjas is proud to present the 2nd edition of this exclusive summit in Sydney which will feature GCs and senior leaders engaging in interactive discussions on the key issues facing the legal industry in Australia and New Zealand.  It will be a 2-day event with a series of interesting panel conversations, networking opportunities and fun activities, followed by an exciting "Ninja Night" on the second night. In addition, we will be livestreaming the event for lawyers across the globe. 

If you get a chance, do take a look at these promo videos from the Sydney summit (see Sydney video) and the Indian summit (see India video).



Please click to see the current agenda - The NextGen GC Summit


Topics and Speakers 

  • How to Handle Difficult Conversations with Clients
    • Dan Cootes, Head of Legal, SE Asia and Australasia, BT
    • Jessica Salinger, General Counsel, Airtasker
    • Kirsty Silbert, General Counsel, Collective Wellness Group
    • Natasha Hannah, Director + Principal Lawyer, in house nous
  • How to Make the Most of Legal Tech
    • Jemima Harris, Acting General Counsel, Megaport
    • John Stokes, Chief Counsel, Asia Pacific, Orange Business
    • Sarah Tinsley, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Culture Amp
    • Shiara Mutukisna, Senior Director, Legal Lead APAC (ex China), BeiGene
  • How to Resolve Disputes Effectively and Efficiently
    • Faten Awad, General Counsel, MacKillop Family Services
    • Marisa Muchow, Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, Metricon
    • Simone Vrabac, General Counsel, JobAdder
    • Teresa Allan, VP, General Counsel and Ethics & Compliance Officer, Australia, Capgemini 
  • The Secret to Negotiating Technology Contracts
    • Greg Palumbo, Partner, Maddocks
    • Ivana Kovacevic, Group General Counsel, Tabcorp
    • Janine Cane, Chief Counsel, Asia and Emerging Markets, Thomson Reuters
    • Shirley Mani, General Counsel - Australia & NZ, Rexel Group
  • How to Develop a Robust Data Privacy and Data Protection Strategy
    • Alejandro Arvelo, Head of Legal and Company Secretary, Fiserv
    • Alfredo Amado, Head of Legal & Company Secretary,
    • Fleur Katsmartin, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
    • Roxanne Quinlan, General Counsel, Marketplacer
  • How to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Claire Willmott, Former General Counsel - Australia and New Zealand, Bayer
    • Elisabeth Flett, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Cancer Council NSW
    • Jessica Cunning, General Counsel, Titles Queensland
    • Zoee Bradley, Senior Legal & Compliance Counsel – ANZ, Medtronic
  • How to Stay Ahead of Cyber Threats
    • Cathy Hoyle, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Enero Group
    • Lena Chapple, Regional Lead Counsel, Australia and New Zealand, Cognizant
    • Michael Morrissey, General Counsel, Honeysuckle Health
    • Natasha Nizam, Director & Head of Legal, Australia and New Zealand, eBay
  • How to Recruit, Retain and Reward Talent
    • Andrew Symes, General Counsel and Company Secretary, AZ NGA
    • Dagmar Strohmaier, General Counsel, Pacific, Rentokil Initial
    • Natalie Kalfus, Legal & Public Policy Director, Australia and New Zealand, Netflix
    • Ryan Rayfield, Vice President and General Counsel, Australia & New Zealand, American Express
  • Technology, AI and the Way Forward
    • Dennis Tuan-Mu, General Counsel, Quest Apartment Hotels / Ascott Australia
    • Emilie Franklin, Senior Legal Counsel, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Modaxo and Trapeze
    • James Kenney, Head of Legal Operations & Tech APAC, LOD
    • Nick Brown, General Counsel, AirTree Ventures
    • Susan Dalliston, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Seeing Machines
  • How to Conduct an Investigation  
    • Danielle Keyes, Group General Counsel, NOVA Entertainment
    • Kate Hasbani, Head of Legal – Pacific, WeWork
    • Michael Corrigan, Partner, Clayton Utz
    • William Daymond, Head of Legal and Compliance – ANZ, Galderma
  • How to Handle a Crisis  
    • Ana Torpia, General Manager – Legal, Abacus Group
    • Bianca Lau, General Counsel, Youi Insurance
    • Joanna Cappelluti, General Counsel, EssilorLuxottica
    • Michael Bates, Head of Legal & Company Secretary, Sonder
  • How to Navigate the ESG Landscape  
    • Aditi Kogekar, Chief Legal Counsel, WWF-Australia
    • Bianca Achilles, Head of Legal, Angus Knight Group
    • Jay Buckley, SVP and General Counsel, China, Asia and ANZ, PepsiCo
    • Ronan MacSweeney, Head of Legal & Company Secretary, BaptistCare NSW & ACT
  • How to Develop a Strong Risk and Compliance Program
    • Andia Javidirad, Global Head of Risk & Compliance and Global General Counsel, etika
    • Ben Teeger, General Counsel, Company Secretary & GM - Corporate Affairs (ANZ), Rheem
    • Kenneth Wong, Head of Legal & Compliance, ANZ, Arthrex
    • Wendy Barker, General Counsel, Jonas Software  
  • How to Survive and Thrive as an In-House Counsel  
    • Anna Hjelmström, General Counsel and Communications Manager, KOOKAI
    • Ingrid Silver, General Counsel, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
    • Linda Luu, Head of Legal, Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Visa
    • Melanie Carmeci, Group General Counsel, ETHAN


Participant Profile 

General Counsel, Head of Legal, In-House Counsel


Dress Code

Smart Casual



Diamond:  Thomson Reuters
Platinum:  Law Squared, LOD
Gold:  Clayton Utz, in house nous, Maddocks, Peerpoint by Allen & Overy, Praden, TransPerfect Legal
Silver:  ContractPodAi, Day One Recruitment 
Bronze:  Aspen Legal, Axiom
Event Supporter:  Hive Legal



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Date & Time

Jun 13, 2024 9:00 am - Jun 14, 2024 8:00 pm

Venue Details

Sydney Startup Hub

11 York Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Sydney Startup Hub
Law Ninjas

Law Ninjas was established in 2017 as a WhatsApp group for in-house lawyers.  

Since then, it has transformed into a community for thousands of lawyers and law students around the world where one can build relationships and learn everything about being a successful lawyer.  

We host conferences and workshops featuring world-class speakers, run coaching sessions, and provide invaluable resources on a range of topics, such as drafting an effective CV and cover letter, applying for an LLM, succeeding as an in-house lawyer, acing a legal job interview, and much, much more.  

Our speakers have come from the African Development Bank, Amazon, Citi, Deutsche Bank, H&M, Harvard Law School, Infosys, KFC, Mercedes-Benz, Oxford University, PepsiCo, SIAC, SpiceJet, TikTok, Twitter, UNIQLO, Volvo Cars, and many more global organizations.  

We are incredibly passionate about giving back to the legal community, and 10% of our profits go towards funding scholarships for deserving law students across the globe.  

We have received Businessworld’s Legal Entrepreneur of the Year award, we were named as finalists in two categories at the Australian Law Awards 2022, and we have hosted large GC conferences in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Sydney.

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