WA Division Conference & Dinner

The half-day conference was designed for senior practitioners to stay up to date with developments, as well as sharing industry best practice. The conference was followed by pre-dinner drinks and dinner, which provided the delegates an opportunity to catch-up with peers and network throughout the evening.

Conference sessions

Small Business Restructuring
How will SBRs work – a panel discussion included an initial technical update, along with a comparison to US/UK systems,  review of the potential positive or negative impact on the broader economy and potential changes to expect moving forward, including an increase to the $1m cap.
Carmen Boothman (moderator), Special Counsel, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers; Jeff Black, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright; Mark Gibson, National Technical Director, Cor Cordis; and Brian O'Keefe, Finance Broker, Westminster National

Economic trends & indicators
The economic outlook based on a review of the equipment, property & insurance markets
This presentation tapped into the knowledge of experts in these industries and heard their views on the current state of the market, the expected and unexpected trends that have emerged over the past 12 months and the outlook for the next 12 months attempting to draw conclusions on the economic outlook in WA, Australia and across the Globe.
Wayne Rushton (moderator), Partner, KMPG; Luke Goss, National Manager, Insolvency & Turnaround, Gallagher; Steve Waterman, Asset & Capital Structuring Manager, Slattery Asset Advisory; and Brett Wilkins, Senior Commercial Property Advisor, Ray White Commercial

Informal Work Outs
Informal Work Outs, including safe harbour update discussed whether it continues to add value; views on whether the safe harbour moratorium achieved its purpose or other impacts; commentary on whether many organisations have pivoted to the formal safe harbour regime from 1 January and the risks if businesses have not.
Panel: Matthew Donnelly (moderator), Partner, Deloitte; Andrew Birch, Executive Director WA, Vantage Performance; Richard Johnson, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers; and Jason Salman, Partner, Ashurst

Moving forward together: driving gender diversity in our industry, now and into the future
MA diverse panel of speakers from varying backgrounds discussed their experiences in their career progressions, what barriers there may be in the industry to gender equality, especially at the senior levels, how to create opportunities and eliminate blockers, and the topic on everyone's lips - has COVID changed anything?
Alison Robertson (moderator), Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers; Peter Bennett, CEO, Clough; Conor Breheny, Counsel, Francis Burt Chambers; and Paula Smith, Director, Rodgers Reidy

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Event details

Date:     Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Venue:    The Westin, 480 Hay Street , Perth WA 6000
Timings: Registration and Conference start time TBC (approximate 1:00 pm)

Gala Dinner
We are looking forward to getting back together as a profession with a gala dinner to follow the formal conference proceedings. Book an individual ticket or a table of 10 and invite clients at the popular networking dinner.

We are thrilled to announce that our dinner entertainment will be a line-up of comedy acts.

Venue:    The Westin, 480 Hay Street , Perth WA 6000
Timings: Pre-dinner drinks from 5:45 pm
                 Dinner (three course sit down meal)

Rates to attend

 All prices include GST        Member          Non-member 
 Conference          $232          $381
 Dinner ticket   $258
 Dinner Guest Ticket   $258
 Table of 10  $2,369


Up to 4 CPE hours
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COVID-safe and booking with confidence

We know that the world has changed and there is always going to be uncertainty around events in the age of a pandemic, so here is our approach to making this work:

  • The event will be fully COVID-safe and compliant above and beyond any basic government health requirements to do what we reasonably can to protect your health and safety and that of all attendees. That will include appropriate social distancing and other measures.
  • COVID cancellation: if the event is cancelled or has to be moved due to COVID issues, we will offer you a full refund.
  • If you’re unwell we will offer a cancel-on-the-day refund. It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure anyone who feels unwell stays away from events, so we will offer you a full refund if you are showing any COVID-like symptoms with no questions asked.

Thank you to our sponsors

2021 Diamond National Partner & Dinner co-sponsor:

2021 Platinum National Partners:

Dinner co-sponsor:

Dinner entertainment sponsor: