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Nigel Bond

Nigel Bond

General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Legal, Westpac Group

Preparing the In-House Legal Team for a Cyber-Breach World

The modern in-house legal team faces a major challenge in managing data, cyber risk, and records. In this session, leaders from Australia’s largest Corporate Legal Team will share insights into managing their data footprint and preparing for the AI-enabled Legal Team.

Drawing on recent projects and lived case studies, the session offers insights into best practice legal data management, big changes in the management of outside counsel and their use of company data, and the management of a large cyber incident.

Learn from Westpac Leaders how they managed a large cyber incident at a panel service provider, where 4Tb data was exfiltrated from an outside firm. This challenging case study demonstrates the critical importance of an Operational Cyber Playbook for legal teams and their outside counsel.

In this session, we will explore and develop best practice data minimisation and records management techniques, prepare the Legal team for AI enablement, and explore methods to manage large cyber incident responses.

Join us at the Legal Innovation and Tech Fest to learn from industry leaders and prepare your in-house legal team for a cyber-breach world.

About Nigel:

I am currently the General Counsel at Westpac (55th largest bank in the world) with accountability for our Consumer, Business and Wealth Divisions as well as Tech. In addition, I am also Chief Operating Officer for our Legal team (approx 300 lawyers). I have been at Westpac for 9 years across a number of roles in the Legal Team at the General Counsel level covering amongst other things our M&A, Central Reporting, Consumer, Business and Wealth Businesses. Prior to joining Westpac I was APAC General Counsel for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Head of Legal, Australia for RBS and a number of other roles in London at both RBS and ABN AMRO. As with most inhouse lawyers I also worked for a number of years in private practice at, Clifford Chance in London, HSF in Australia and PWC. More generally, I'm interested in improving how my team deliver their legal services every day. We have constant productivity and cost pressure and as such using technology and systems and processes to ensure we deliver good commercial legal advice is critical. Necessarily this needs to be done in an environment where risk is managed (not removed) and critically the team enjoy their jobs and coming into the office every day. I'm a proud husband and dad to my two kids and like to think I'm a strong proponent of work life balance where possible! When I can you will find me at the pool, on a bike or in the gym!