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We’ve nearly reached the end of 2020, and while it’s been a disruptive period, the Australian and New Zealand legal profession has proven its ability to adapt. Looking to the year ahead, how will the practice of law change even further with anticipated legislative developments? 
Tyrilly Csillag - Moderator
Head of Commercial and In-house
Practical Law Australia
Laura Hawes
Head of Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Restructuring
Practical Law Australia
Abigail Milburn
Senior Writer
Practical Law New Zealand
Christine Gray
Head of Commercial Real Estate
Practical Law Australia
Katrina Seck
Senior Currency Editor, Employment
Practical Law Australia
Shan-Ree Tan
Senior Writer
Practical Law Australia
Recapping a year of legal challenges on… 

  • Insolvency and Restructuring: Australia - 2020 has been a year of significant change in the insolvency and restructuring space, from the introduction of temporary insolvency law reforms providing a lifeline to struggling businesses and individuals during COVID-19 (the full effects of which are yet to be realised), to the proposed new permanent  reforms for small businesses to commence in 2021..  Laura Hawes, Head of Insolvency and Restructuring, will share her thoughts on these developments.
  • Corporate insolvency and restructuring: New Zealand - 2020 has also been a big year for New Zealand corporate insolvency and restructuring lawyers. Notable developments include the changes to corporate insolvency law made in response to COVID-19, the implementation of the long-awaited insolvency practitioner regulation regime and a Supreme Court decision on the duties that apply to directors of companies facing financial difficulty. Abigail Milburn, Senior Writer, Practical Law New Zealand, will share her observations on these developments.
  • Commercial Real Estate: It’s been such a tumultuous phase in the commercial tenancies and leases space and more challenges lie ahead in 2021, which Head of Commercial Real Estate, Christine Gray will consider during this session. 
  • Employment: From Jobkeeper to casual employees and everything in between, 2020 has been another big year for employment and workplace relations law in Australia.  Hear from Senior Writer, Katrina Seck who will run through key developments from this year and provide an insight into issues which are expected to emerge. 
  • Commercial and In-house: General Counsel and legal counsel have worked tirelessly to support business continuity during the global health crisis and help mitigate risks. Head of In-house and Commercial at Practical Law, Tyrilly Csillag, is joining this panel to share insights on cyber risks and legal policies for organisations that had a heavy focus this year.
  • Corporate: Electronic signing and execution of deeds may have prompted many practitioners to scratch their heads when virtual working became the norm earlier this year. How has our legislation adapted, and which tricky situations have been left out of them? Senior Writer at Practical Law, Shan-Ree Tan will chime in with his thoughts on this relevant area for legal advisers.  
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