200 CFE points
Legal Symposium
Sunday 19 May, 2024
7.00 am - 8.30 am
Delegate Registration
9.00 am - 9.10 am
Opening and Welcome
Matthew Monaghan, Chief Executive Officer, Franchise Council of Australia
9.10 am - 9.40 am
Keynote Speaker
Mick Keogh, Deputy Chair, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
9.40 am - 10.25 am
The Mercedes-Benz litigation – unconscionable conduct, good faith and managing major changes in a franchise system
Gina Wilson, Partner, Maddocks | Greg Hipwell, Partner, Maddocks | Christopher Marsh, Special Council, Maddocks | Tamasin Jonker, Barrister, Alinea Chambers

The Mercedes-Benz decision handed down last year was highly anticipated within the franchising sector and automotive industry. In this session, 4 lawyers who were heavily involved in developing and implementing Mercedes Benz’s change to an agency model and managing the resulting legal proceedings on behalf of Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific and its global parent, will discuss the Federal Court’s key findings and lessons learned in implementing a major change in a franchise network.

10.25 am - 11.05 am
Commissioner of Wage Inspectorate Victoria
Rob Hortle, Wage Inspectorate Victoria
11.05 - 11.25 am
Morning Tea
11.25 am - 12.05 pm
Concurrent 1: Managing Corporate Risk in a Changing World
Bronwyn Furse, Partner, Thomson Geer Lawyers | Alexandra Coleman, Non-Executive Director, T Matters
Location: Auditorium D
11.25 am - 12.05 pm
Concurrent 1: Exploring Franchisor Financing & Franchise Offer Design Options for Franchisee Recruitment
Simone Pentis, Founder, Advantage Partners Lawyers | Raynia Theodore, Principal, MST Lawyers | Darryn McAuliffe, Chief Executive Officer, FRANdata & The Australian Franchise Registry
Location: Meeting Room M1
11.25 am - 12.05 pm
Concurrent 1: Leasing Update
Seva Surmei, Principal, DMAW Lawyers | Evelyn Marcou, Principal, MST Lawyers
Location: Meeting Room M3
12.10 pm - 12.50 pm
Concurrent 2: Franchisor WHS Obligations in Franchised Businesses
Ceri Clark, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Retail Zoo | Joe Murphy, Director, Cowell Clarke
Location: Auditorium D
12.10 pm - 12.50 pm
Concurrent 2: Personal Property Securities and Insolvency
Alicia Hill, Principal, Sladen Legal | Sean O’Donnell, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
Location: Meeting Room M1
12.10 pm - 12.50 pm
Concurrent 2: Franchise Agreement drafting Masterclass
Maija Kerry, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright | Derek Sutherland, Consulting Principal, Keypoint Law
Location: Meeting Room M3
12.50 pm - 1.35 pm
Lunch
1.35 pm - 2.15 pm
Concurrent 3: Future Proofing for ESG
Megan Jongbloed, Chair, Cowell Clarke | Emma Peters, Associate Director, Cowell Clarke
Location: Auditorium D
1.35 pm - 2.15 pm
Concurrent 3: International franchising – The heart of the Deal
Nick Rimington, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright |Maryclare Cassisi, Legal Counsel, Concept Eight | Larry Weinberg, Partner, Cassels, Brock & Blackwell | Katrina Hammon, Partner, Wynn Williams
Location: Meeting Room M1
1.35 pm - 2.15 pm
Concurrent 3: Online sales and Digital
Derek Sutherland, Consulting Principal, Keypoint Law | Bronwyn Furse, Partner, Thomson Geer Lawyers
Location: Metting Room M3
2.20 pm - 3.00 pm
Concurrent 4: AI regulation / Surveillance laws
Bronwyn Furse, Partner, Thomson Geer Lawyers
Location: Auditorium D
2.20 pm - 3.00 pm
Concurrent 4: Good Faith Life Cycle of a Franchise
Megan Jongbloed, Chair, Cowell Clarke | Karina McDougall, Associate Director, Cowell Clarke
Location: Meeting Room M1
2.20 pm - 3.00 pm
Concurrent 4: Restraint Clauses – State of the Law in AU
Greg Hipwell, Partner, Maddocks | Christopher Marsh, Special Counsel, Maddocks | Joshua Green, Lawyer, Maddocks
Location: Meeting Room M3
3.00 pm - 3.20 pm
Afternoon Tea
3.20 pm - 4.20 pm
Topic Case Update
Alicia Hill, Principal, Sladen Legal | Bill Morgan, Consultant, Morgan Mac Lawyers
Location: TBC
4.20 pm - 5.20 pm
Closing Keynote Address
Dr Michael Schaper, Chair of Energy Consumers Australia
5.20 pm - 5.30 pm
Closing Comments