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February 2, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM AWST

In-person event |

Pirate Life Perth

440 Murray St

Perth WA

Members: $0
Non-members: $0
Non-members In-House Counsel: $0
Practice Management and Business Skills

Overview (Program Summary)

Are you an in-house lawyer or a magician?  Some may say both, as you ‘pull rabbits of out hats’ every day to help your business achieve its goals and ‘create illusions’ by responding with creative and innovative alternative legal strategies.

In this session, you will hear from some of Perth’s leading in-house counsel (aka ‘The Illusionists’) on their best tricks of the trade and when they know it’s time to perform with an assistant (external legal providers) or better to perform solo (keeping the work in-house).

You will also have the opportunity to connect with peers across the industry after the session, with networking drinks and canapes provided, and entertainment from a roving magician!

Do you believe in magic? If yes, we look forward to seeing you at this event hosted by the national law firm and ACC partner, Piper Alderman.

Arrivals: 4:00 pm
Presentation: 4:15 pm
Canapes and Networking: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm




Nadia Mansour

Nadia Mansour, Chief Legal Counsel & Company Secretary at HBF Health

An experienced senior leader with more than 20 years’ experience. She has worked as a Management Consultant and Lawyer in big business, legal practices and as part of in-house teams. Dual qualified in commerce and law with a background in banking, financial services, technology and contracts.

As a trusted general counsel, governance, secretariat, regulatory and risk professional, She uses her experience and skills to drive outcomes, to strategise and to advise. In her current role, she's assisted with the delivery of their strategy including in relation to the establishment and acquisition of various businesses including Queensland Country Health, HBF Dental, CUA Health and Life Ready Physio. She has advised on key commercial and technology contracts, managed complex multi-party litigation and supported our Executive and Board’s need for governance, legal and secretariat service


Neil Witkowski

Neil Witkowski (He/Him), General Counsel at Land Services WA

Neil has been one of the founding executives of the technology and data company, Land Services WA, in the role of General Counsel and Chief of Corporate Affairs.  He has led the companies legal, risk and corporate affairs function, inclusive of his role in the Board as Company Secretary.  Neil is an innovative lawyer, with a commercial background both within and outside government that has been served well by his approach to GSD with integrity.

Prior to joining LSWA, Neil worked in Landgate’s commercialisation and ministerial team, inclusive as Director of Commercialisation, working on the rare State government commercialisation programs that commercialised the State’s Land Titles Register (that led to the creation of Land Services WA) and the State’s divestment of its stake Property Exchange Australia Limited (PEXA) sale.  He has graduated the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course in 2020 and has a background in corporate and property infrastructure law.  


Alison Clegg

Alison Clegg, Ethics and Compliance Manager, Shell
Alison relocated to Australia from the UK in 2007. Alison worked at Herbert Smith Freehills in the Energy team before moving to Shell in 2011. Alison worked on a number of O&G projects including Gorgon, Wheatstone and Browse. In 2020, Alison became global Ethics and Compliance Manager for Shell’s 46k petrol stations around the world. In 2021, Alison also assumed responsibility for a number of other businesses within Shell including, Aviation, Marine, Construction and Road, Agriculture & Forestry, Low Carbon Fuels, Commercial Road Transport among others. Alison’s responsibilities involve working directly with the global leadership teams of these business to ensure that their staff understand and comply with Shell’s Code of Conduct, in particular with respect to topics such as data privacy, anti-bribery and corruption, antitrust, trade compliance, and behaviours such as harassment and equal opportunity.

Panel discussion moderated by: 

Meriel Steadman

Meriel Steadman, Partner, Piper Alderman

Meriel is an internationally recognised dispute resolution and litigation lawyer with expertise in domestic and international arbitrations, mediations and expert determinations.

As a leading advisor in the energy, mining and life sciences and healthcare sectors, she has also worked in London, the Caribbean and is highly experienced in the Australian court system having practised in both Sydney and Perth.

Meriel assists clients at the contract drafting and negotiation stage of a transaction in order to put them in the best position to avoid a future dispute.

Meriel has a broad range of disputes experience, advising on gas pricing disputes, joint venture disputes and complex contractual disputes. She also regularly advises clients about corporate and minority shareholder disputes and on acquisitions by scheme of arrangement.

In addition to holding a First Class Honours Degree in Law, Meriel is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors course.

Meriel holds a number of board positions including Director of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (WA Branch), Director of Telethon Community Cinemas and Director of Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (AAMEG).  She is also a mentor with Mentor Walks and an active member of Business Women Australia and the British Business Network.


The Illusionists

*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.


Credits: 0.5 CPD point
Category: Practice Management and Business Skills

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