The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Asia-Pacific has held its annual meeting titled the 2021 Virtual Xchange on 16-17 June, attracting a diverse audience of 150 in-house professionals across the region.
With the theme of transformation for the modern law department, the event delivered a mix of practical sessions and panel discussions that highlighted the need for legal departments to strive for innovative solutions in an increasingly complex post-covid world.
“The Asia-Pacific region really is a hotbed of activity when it comes to legal innovation and legal technology development,” Tanya Khan, vice president and managing director of ACC Australia and Asia-Pacific in Melbourne, told Asia Business Law Journal.
“That combined with continued rapid business growth throughout the region, we felt it was critical to deliver an event for the in-house community that sought to highlight many of the innovative approaches to in-house legal service delivery that is so prevalent here and around the world.”
Across a busy two-day schedule, highlighted sessions included the opening plenary, a discussion around the human element of why innovation and change initiatives fail and a highly practical session focussing on the efficiency improvements that can be gathered from utilising Microsoft 365, a subscription service offering a wide array of commonly used software applications.
The closing keynote featured an insightful presentation from Rebecca Lim, group general counsel and enterprise executive at Australian bank Westpac in Sydney, where she reflected on her decade in the role and of driving a culture of innovation and transformation within the legal department.