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February 23, 2023 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ACDT

In-person event | 

Thomson Geer

Level 7, 19 Gouger Street

Adelaide SA

Members: $0
Non-members: Member Only Event
Non-members In-House Counsel: Member Only Event
Substantive Law

Overview (Program Summary)

Legal professional privilege has been described as a civic right. It enables companies to seek and obtain legal counsel in the confidence that their communications with lawyers will not be disclosed without their consent. 

The interplay between legal professional privilege and the role of in-house counsel is complex. There may be times when communications with an in-house counsel are not privileged even though those same communications would be privileged if sent to external counsel. Claims of legal professional privilege are additionally being increasingly scrutinised by regulators such as the Australian Taxation Office. 

This session will provide an update on recent developments in relation to legal professional privilege as it applies to in-house counsel, and provide strategies to enable in-house counsel to manage the creation and communication of potentially privileged material. 

Lunch & Networking: 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Presentation: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Networking: 1:30 pm - 2:00pm


George Lukic

George Lukic

George Lukic is a Partner at Thomson Geer, and a skilled commercial litigator. He regularly deals with questions of legal professional privilege on behalf of in-house clients. 


Damian Fitzgerald

Damian Fitzgerald

Damian Fitzgerald is the General Counsel of Viterra.  He is a highly experienced in-house lawyer with experience in managing legal professional privilege as it applies to in-house lawyers.


*Competitor Exclusion – ACC Australia Partners may request that representative/s of a competitor organisation/s registered for the event be excluded, and ACC Australia reserves the right to make the final decision as to whether registration is rejected. As a guide, a competitor organisation could be defined as a rival organisation of similar size to the host  Corporate Partner, with an established practice, product or service in the area being showcased by the Corporate Partners at the event. Please provide a brief statement as to why you have deemed an organisation to be a competitor, in support of any request to ACC Australia to reject a registration.

*Please note this is a members-only event. 


Credits: 1 CPD Point
Category: Substantive Law and procedural law

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