Government Law Afternoon Autumn 2017

Government Law Afternoon Autumn 2017 Click to enlarge


Wednesday 1 March 2017, 12 – 5.15pm

Time: 12:00 PM -5:15 PM
Venue: ANU Commons Function Centre
Cnr Barry Drive and Marcus Clarke Street, Acton (entrance on Rimmer St) [view map]
Cost: $230 members,
$300 non-members (Inc. GST)


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The ACT Law Society’s Government Law Committee is proud to present the Spring 2016 Government Law Afternoon. This event is designed for lawyers working within, or involved with, government departments, and covers all four core areas. There will also be a gathering at a nearby drinks venue following completion of the afternoon.


  • When: Wednesday 1 March 2017, 12 – 5.15pm
  • Where: ANU Commons, Cnr Barry Drive and Marcus Clarke Street, Acton
  • Refreshments will be provided
  • Members will earn 4 CPD units (1 in each Core Area)
  • Cost (incl GST): $230 members, $300 non members, $60 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close Sunday 26 February 2017


12 – 12.30pm registration and lunch

12.30 – 1.30pm

Client 2.0 — beyond the call of duty

Rodney Lee Walsh, First Assistant Ombudsman

Covert surveillance, telecommunications interception, and public sector whistleblowing have created ‘Client 2.0’ for lawyers. This situation requires a wider concept of professional responsibility for government lawyers and gives rise to emergent ethical considerations for private sector practitioners. To do your duty to your client, you must think beyond your client. Topical. Controversial. Confronting. Just like Client 2.0.

1.30 – 1.45pm break

1.45 – 2.45pm

Procurement and risk

Tetyana Wotton, Associate Director, KPMG

The session will cover major legal risks associated with procurement with focus on risks mitigation strategies. Tetyana will outline the global trends in the procurement related law and will present ideas about turning some well-known procurement risks into opportunities. Participants who regularly advise on procurement related issues as well as those who are involved in running procurements themselves will benefit from this session.

2.45 – 3pm break

3 – 4pm

Privilege for in-house lawyers

Caroline Bush, Partner, Clayton Utz

Caroline will give a refresher on the law of privilege and and work through some practical ways in which in-house lawyers can best preserve privilege. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences of the challenges of preserving privilege.

4 – 4.15pm break

4.15 – 5.15pm

Creating a high performance workplace culture

James Fletcher, Director, Alta Pete Consulting

Just having a high IQ is no longer enough for a leader in today’s legal workplace. For a range of reasons, legal leaders require additional skills like emotional intelligence (EQ) and social intelligence to be able to maximise the performance of their people, whether they be a team or an entire department. Increasingly, research indicates that legal leaders who create a high performance culture enjoy greater team productivity and higher levels of team morale and job satisfaction. In this seminar, experienced organisational coach, facilitator and former senior executive lawyer, James Fletcher, will canvass practical techniques and strategies to create a genuine and sustainable high performance workplace culture.

5.15pm close


Caroline Bush, Partner, Clayton Utz

Caroline Bush, the Partner in Charge of Clayton Utz Canberra, is an experienced litigator who regularly acts for numerous Australian Government clients in both administrative law and commercial disputes. Her experience in both merits and judicial review matters gives her industry-recognised understanding of the practical realities of administrative law litigation in all manner of forums.

James Fletcher, Director, Alta Pete Consulting

James Fletcher is a former senior executive service lawyer, special counsel and workplace investigator who specialises in executive and career coaching. He is an accredited Senior Executive Coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, and a member of the International Coach Federation.

Rodney Lee Walsh, First Assistant Ombudsman, Defence, Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office

Rodney Lee Walsh is senior executive responsible for the Defence Force Ombudsman (DFO) - the federal oversight, review and investigations office established in 1983 for the Australian Defence Force, Department of Defence and all defence agencies (including veterans affairs and defence housing). His recent work in re-engineering traditional ombudsman processes to receive and action reports of serious abuse within defence from current and former serving members, deployed civilians and defence contractors represents a significant institutional change. From December 2016, best-practice, trauma-informed service delivery design principles will be showcased, along with restorative justice and engagement, ADR and counselling referrals. Rodney is a lawyer and mediator; convenor of the Commonwealth Complaint Handling Forum; and leading contributor on integrity, law enforcement, corruption prevention and whole-of-government stakeholder engagement issues. He is the inaugural chair of the Asian-Australian Public Servants Network which will convene in 2017.

Tetyana Wotton, Associate Director, KPMG

Tetyana is an Associate Director at KPMG's procurement practice. She has advised the Commonwealth, State, Territory and NZ governments, private enterprise and local government in roles as a management, legal and probity adviser on a number of challenging, high value and complex procurement and transformational projects. Tetyana is highly regarded by clients as a strategic thinker with a high level of business acumen. Her skills and expertise are those of a senior commercial lawyer and an experienced consultant with deep expertise in contract management, vendor performance management and end to end procurement. Tetyana is also a director and board member of the Australian Risk Policy Institute.

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