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 8 Law Ninjas General Counsel Summits in Bengaluru, Cape Town, London, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sydney which have attracted over 1,500 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 3 more General Counsel summits in 2024 in Dubai, 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" afterparty on each day.  In addition, we will be livestreaming the event for lawyers across the globe. 

You can claim CPD points by attending the summit if a particular activity or session extends your knowledge and skills in areas relevant to your practice needs or professional development.  Please refer to the relevant Law Society website for further information.

If you get a chance, take a look at these promo videos from the Cape Town summit in Feb 2024 (see Cape Town video), the 2023 Sydney summit (see Sydney video), and the 2023 India summit (see India video). 


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

Panel Topics and Speakers 

  • How to Handle Difficult Conversations with Clients
    • Courtenay Willis, Chief Counsel ANZ, Nando's
    • Dan Cootes, Head of Legal, SE Asia and Australasia, BT
    • Jessica Salinger, General Counsel, Airtasker
    • Kirsty Silbert, General Counsel, Claim Central
    • Natasha Hannah, Director + Principal Lawyer, in house nous
  • How to Make the Most of Legal Tech
    • Catherine Roberts, Senior Director, AI & LegalTech, Asia & Emerging Markets, Thomson Reuters
    • Jemima Harris, General Counsel, Megaport
    • John Stokes, Chief Counsel, Asia Pacific, Orange Business
    • Sarah Tinsley, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Culture Amp
    • Shiara Mutukisna, Senior Director, Head of Legal and Business Conduct ANZ, Gilead Sciences
  • How to Resolve Disputes Effectively and Efficiently
    • Jacqueline Panos, Senior Manager, Group Legal Investment Management, Stockland
    • 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 
    • Tom Balmer, Director, TransPerfect Legal
  • The Secret to Negotiating Technology Contracts
    • Greg Palumbo, Partner, Maddocks
    • Asha McDermott, Head of Legal, Australia and New Zealand, Ingram Micro
    • Ivana Kovacevic, Group General Counsel, Tabcorp
    • Janine Cane, Chief Counsel, Asia and Emerging Markets, Thomson Reuters
  • 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
    • Niti Nadarajah, Freelance General Counsel, DEI Consultant and Coach
  • How to Stay Ahead of Cyber Threats
    • Ali Dibbenhall, Head of Legal – Asia Pacific, LexisNexis
    • Cathy Hoyle, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Enero Group
    • Elena Chan, Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, Beforepay
    • Sarah Lattimer, General Counsel and Company Secretary, I-MED Radiology Network
  • How to Recruit, Retain and Reward Talent
    • Andrew Symes, General Counsel and Company Secretary, AZ NGA
    • Ebony-jade Dignan, General Counsel, NIOA
    • Kate Prior, Legal Counsel, Payments APAC, eBay and former Head of Legal, Export Finance Australia
    • Rachel Carter, Head of Peerpoint, Asia Pacific & Middle East, Peerpoint by A&O Shearman
    • 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, Group Legal Counsel, Modaxo Traffic Management
    • Mitchell Scott, Senior Prototyping Engineer, Lawyers on Demand, Consilio
    • Nick Brown, General Counsel, Airtree Ventures
    • Susan Dalliston, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Seeing Machines
  • How to Conduct an Investigation  
    • Ilona Meyer, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Nuix
    • Kate Hasbani, Head of Legal – Pacific, WeWork
    • Kathryn Degotardi, Head of Legal & Compliance – Australasia, JLL
    • Michael Corrigan, Partner, Clayton Utz
    • William Daymond, Head of Legal and Compliance – ANZ, Galderma
  • How to Handle a Crisis  
    • Bianca Lau, General Counsel, Youi Insurance
    • Joanna Cappelluti, General Counsel, EssilorLuxottica
    • Kelly Kim, Legal Counsel, Michael Cassel Group
    • Kirk Simmons, Former Head of Legal, Canva
    • 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
    • Ben Teeger, General Counsel, Company Secretary & GM - Corporate Affairs (ANZ), Rheem
    • Dianah Njeri Igati, Regional Head of Compliance, Pepperstone
    • Elizabeth Duncan-Lee, Group General Counsel, NCC Group
    • 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, Freelance Legal Counsel, Imbuety and Former General Counsel and Communications Manager, KOOKAÏ
    • 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
    • Peter Connor, Founder & CEO, AlternativelyLegal

Participant Profile 

General Counsel, Head of Legal, In-House Counsel

Dress Code

Smart Casual


Diamond:  Thomson Reuters
Platinum:  Law Squared, Lawyers on Demand
Gold:  Clayton Utz, in house nous, Maddocks, Peerpoint by A&O Shearman, Praden, TransPerfect Legal
Silver:  ContractPodAi, Day One Recruitment 
Bronze:  Aspen Legal, Axiom
Event Supporter:  Herbert Smith Freehills, Hive Legal, PepsiCo


Please note that is now a SOLD OUT event.  For sponsorship enquiries, please e-mail us on

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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