2022 Intensive: Switching career paths

The 2022 CPD Intensive Series: Switching career paths

With recent media discussion around the ‘great resignation’, concerns are being raised about the legal profession losing their best and brightest to jobs outside the law. In Canberra, where the local and federal government employs as many solicitors as the private sector, our lawyers have more career options, and can move between vastly different roles without having to change cities or leave the law. So what are the differences in a legal role in private practice, for government, or as in-house counsel? And how do you make the switch? In this thought-provoking session, panellists who’ve made the move will share stories, tips, and advice on moving between government, private, and in-house practice.

Facilitator: Simone Carton, CEO, ACT Law Society 

Simone joined the ACT Law Society in June 2020. An experienced CEO, lawyer and governance professional, Simone has worked across a variety of sectors including health, advertising, banking, aviation, and the arts. Prior to joining the ACT Law Society, Simone was CEO of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, the peak body for palliative medicine practitioners. Before that, she worked as in-house lawyer and company secretary for the Advertising Standards Bureau, which administered the complaint resolution component of the advertising self-regulation system. Simone is also an experienced non-executive director, currently serving on the board of Asthma Australia. 

Susan Dalliston, Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, Seeing Machines Group 

Susan began her legal career 25 years ago as a legal secretary, then a paralegal and an office manager whilst studying for her law degree. Upon admission in the ACT, she took up a role with the ACT Government Solicitor. Susan moved from the ACT Government to Commonwealth Government roles before moving to private practice. Her in-house career began in Canberra before her return to Sydney as General Counsel & Company Secretary for an advanced biofuel company. Susan is now the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary for the Seeing Machines Group, based in their head office in Canberra. Her role includes advising on financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, contract negotiation, commercialisation of intellectual property, governance and risk management. 

Edward Eyers, Partner, lawyerbank  

Edward is a commercial lawyer who has worked in both private practice and in-house for private and public sector organisations for over 15 years. He has worked for lawyerbank since 2017, providing commercial support and legal advice to Commonwealth clients including the Australian Electoral Commission, the Department of Defence, the Department of Finance, the National Capital Authority and the National Library of Australia. Prior to joining lawyerbank, he was a Senior Legal Counsel and later Project Counsel for the OneSKY Australia Program at AirServices Australia (2011-17), was a Senior Associate at Griffin Legal (2009-11), and Senior Specialist at Merrill Lynch International in London (2007-09) 

Eveline Kuang, Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons 

Eveline is a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons, working in the mergers & acquisitions team and specialising in foreign investment. Prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons in 2020, she spent almost 10 years’ working in the Commonwealth Government – most recently as a legislative adviser in national security and a policy adviser in foreign investment and critical infrastructure. Eveline is a committee member on the ACT branches of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and Australia China Business Council. Eveline is also a volunteer with the Australian Red Cross and a qualified yoga teacher, teaching in Canberra yoga studios.

Alice Linacre, Chief Counsel, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 

Alice was appointed Chief Counsel of the department in January 2017. She leads a team of over 110 lawyers and staff delivering legal services to the department, its executives, and ministers. She promotes continuous improvement and innovation to ensure that the Legal Practices maintain their reputation as a unified, high performing and highly respected team. Under Alice’s leadership the Legal Division operates as a key enabler for the department to achieve its strategic objectives. Alice has extensive experience in both Government and Private legal practices, and in 2018 was the recipient of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) Australian Government Lawyer of the year. More recently, this year Alice received a Public Service Medal for her significant contributions to the agriculture, water and environment portfolio, and the Commonwealth more broadly, through her exceptional legal counsel and stewardship across a broad range of complex, contested and highly publicised matters.


  • This is an on-demand webinar you can watch at anytime - a link and password will be sent to you when you register. 
  • Members will earn 1 CPD point in core area 3 and 0.5 CPD points in core area 2
  • This event was recorded at The 2022 CPD Intensive Series, held on Tuesday March 8 and Wednesday March 9 2022
  • This recording will expire on 31 December 2022.
  • Online tickets: $44


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