Featured Panel Member: Peter C

I’ve been lucky enough to witness a former supervising partner get the best of a small army of partners, SA’s and juniors on the other side of the negotiating table, and think: “gee… the other side are paying for all that!”.

Meeting Peter reminded me of that encounter and how time in the market, a global perspective and a range of experience in reputable firms and legal departments can create a powerful combination of expertise and commerciality that clients long for and trust.

Having trained at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and London, Peter then spent 15+ years in senior, general counsel roles at ISL Marketing in Switzerland and at Lion in Melbourne and Sydney, before branching out solo to leverage his GC heritage to deliver strategic commercial solutions for his clients.

We sat down with Peter to learn more about his journey.

Doing law different with L'Oreal's Anna Lozynski

Doing law different with L'Oreal's Anna Lozynski

L’Oreal’s Executive General Counsel, Anna Lozynski is not only one of the rare examples of GCs who’ve synthesised their learnings (and passion) into a book, but she has done so in a way that has won her an admirable readership both within and outside of the legal profession.

I caught up with Anna near her Melbourne HQ and couldn’t resist some follow-up questions and the opportunity to share some of her journey with you.

Featured Panel Member: Mark S

Listening to war stories over a hot drink, and learning from the most experienced lawyers in their sectors is something we cherish at InCounsel.

Last week we sat with Mark, who has spent over 25 years as a Partner specialising in insurance, risk and litigation in some of Australia’s leading insurance practices.

Mark now brings his expertise and 14 years worth of inclusions and recommendations in Best Lawyers: Australia and Asia Pacific Legal 500 for insurance law into his sole practice firm, which he launched in July this year.

We covered a lot of territory, but here’s a brief snapshot.

A slam dunk argument for cloud

Here’s a podcast worth listening to if you’d like to learn more about the benefits of cloud technology.

Alvin Tedjamulia cofounded NetDocuments in 1998 as the first cloud-based platform for document and email management. In 1998, the ‘cloud’ wasn’t even a thing. But he knew then (and bet big) that software needed to be delivered via the internet.

Security is at the core of NetDocuments, which has been described as a security company that happens to do document management. And it has grown to be one of the leading DMS systems in legal.

But what struck me most was Alvin’s slam-dunk argument for adopting the cloud…

Featured Panel Member: Nicholas S

It’s not every day you meet a former barrister who has successfully transitioned to become a sought after contractor for in-house legal teams.

That’s exactly what Nicholas has done after leaving the bar in 2017 to set up his own IP, litigation and commercial law practice. Since then, he has contracted to a variety of corporate legal teams such as Telstra, Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax.

We sat down with Nicholas to learn more.

The Agile GC: Sarah Gaidzkar at PageUp

The Agile GC: Sarah Gaidzkar at PageUp

I first met Sarah Gaidzkar when she was Acting General Counsel at Envato, and she described working hand-in-glove with their tech team using ‘project circles’ and lean, agile methodologies for their legals.

Now as General Counsel at PageUp, I caught up with Sarah to get another taste of what running an agile in-house legal team looks like at her new home, and the tech tools they use day-to-day.