16 episodes

This is a podcast about in house lawyer life hosted by one of your own, Mel Scott, Senior Legal Counsel at a global technology company based in Brisbane, Australia.

Join Mel as she interviews key people in the in house legal profession, shares insights and demystifies in house practice.

Connect with Mel on Instagram @TheInHouseLawyer or LinkedIn.

** It would mean the world to me if you would leave a review and share the show with anyone who you think might enjoy it. **

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This is a podcast about in house lawyer life hosted by one of your own, Mel Scott, Senior Legal Counsel at a global technology company based in Brisbane, Australia.

Join Mel as she interviews key people in the in house legal profession, shares insights and demystifies in house practice.

Connect with Mel on Instagram @TheInHouseLawyer or LinkedIn.

** It would mean the world to me if you would leave a review and share the show with anyone who you think might enjoy it. **

    16. Meet: Jodi Palmer, Vice President, Legal & Compliance, Volvo Group Australia

    16. Meet: Jodi Palmer, Vice President, Legal & Compliance, Volvo Group Australia

    Having started her career in building and construction law, litigation and insolvency in large and medium firms, Jodi has been in-house since 2011, becoming General Counsel of a large private construction and engineering entity in 2014.

    She is now the Vice President, Legal & Compliance for Volvo Group Australia, is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, and also has responsibility for the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality functions.

    Volvo Group Australia manufactures Volvo and Mack trucks at a factory facility in Wacol, and the Group also includes UD Trucks, Volvo Penta marine and industrial engines, Volvo Buses and Volvo Construction Equipment, along with Volvo Financial Services.

    At home and at work, Jodi is passionate about equality and opportunities for girls and women, and has two incredibly strong-willed daughters as a consequence.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    - the flawed logic in my opening question (lol);
    - a new approach to training the business on legal issues;
    - how to transition from one industry to another at a senior level;
    - working effectively with legal recruiters; and
    - Jodi's approach to 'the juggle' of full time work and young family life.

    Connect with Jodi:
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jodinpalmer/

    Connect with Mel:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissastoreyscott/
    Counsel Podcast page on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/counsel-podcast
    Instagram: @theinhouselawyer
    Clubhouse: @inhouselawyer
    Email: theinhouselawyer@gmail.com

    • 43 min
    15. Meet: Anna Tichborne, General Counsel, Megaport

    15. Meet: Anna Tichborne, General Counsel, Megaport

    Anna is a General Counsel with over 17 years' experience working for large and small-medium sized organisations in NZ, Australia and the USA.

    Anna has experience across varied practice areas including corporate/ M&A, competition and consumer law, privacy, dispute resolution and employment law across multiple jurisdictions.

    In this episode, we discuss:
    - what it’s like to work for entrepreneurs who move fast and need quick and pragmatic legal advice;
    - extending yourself outside purely legal work in the start-up environment when things just need to get done;
    - what it takes to lead a company from start up to ASX200 and what Anna is most proud of in her time at Megaport;
    - how Anna successfully manages a globally dispersed team;
    - why lawyers make excellent NFP board directors; and
    - Anna’s (not one but) two best pieces of career advice.

    Connect with Anna:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-tichborne-a9647946/
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/CherishWomensCancerFoundation/

    Connect with Mel:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissastoreyscott/
    Counsel Podcast page on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/counsel-podcast
    Clubhouse: @inhouselawyer
    Instagram: @theinhouselawyer
    Email: theinhouselawyer@gmail.com

    • 46 min
    14. Meet: Lisa K. Lang, General Counsel, Kentucky State University

    14. Meet: Lisa K. Lang, General Counsel, Kentucky State University

    Lisa K. Lang currently serves as the General Counsel for Kentucky State University, a role she has had for three years. Lisa first began her career as a lawyer working as an associate attorney specialising in insurance defence for a law firm in Louisville, Kentucky. She left that firm in 2008 to work for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She first worked in the Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General and then for the Kentucky Department of Education in a variety of in-house counsel roles until taking her current position at Kentucky State.

    She is also a contributing writer for the Ironclad Blog and most recently co-authored a book called #Networked: How 20 Women Lawyers Overcame the Confines of COVID-19 Social Distancing to Create Connections, Cultivate Community, & Build Businesses in the Midst of a Global Pandemic.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    • Lisa’s career path from a student teacher to General Counsel in the higher education sector;
    • how Lisa’s time in the military taught her resilience and how to act autonomously under pressure;
    • working, studying and raising a young family – how Lisa managed the juggle;
    • partnering with internal clients to develop their legal and commercial acumen;
    • keeping an open mind for career satisfaction;
    • the power of LinkedIn for creating a support network of like-minded peers; and
    • how and why we all should become more involved in legal communities online.

    Connect with Lisa:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisak-lang/

    Connect with Mel:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissastoreyscott/
    Counsel Podcast page on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/counsel-podcast
    Instagram: @theinhouselawyer
    Email: theinhouselawyer@gmail.com

    I am taking a break over the Australian summer but will be back in your ears in the new year with plenty of amazing guests. I feel like we’ve only just scratched the surface of in-house stories. I recommend listening to past episodes if you need more content over the coming weeks. I’ll see you all in 2021! Mel

    • 40 min

    12. Meet: Kate Sherburn, Legal Beagle, Who Gives A Crap

    12. Meet: Kate Sherburn, Legal Beagle, Who Gives A Crap

    Kate Sherburn is the sole Legal Beagle (aka legal counsel) at Who Gives A Crap, a social enterprise that donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets for those in need.

    As Who Gives A Crap’s first in-house lawyer, she is establishing the legal function from the bottom up (pun intended!) and loves the opportunities that a start-up environment provides to think outside of the traditional legal box.

    Kate is very passionate about the opportunity businesses have to play in making the world a better place and the way in which the in house lawyers can support this.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    • Kate’s first legal job at Cadbury and why she knew she was destined to return to in house practice;
    • what life is like working for a company whose product quickly became the hottest commodity during a pandemic;
    • what profit for purpose means and how in house lawyers can help make a real difference;
    • how Kate approaches networking and focusses on creating her own career opportunities;
    • Kate’s best piece of career advice!

    Connect with Kate:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katesherburn/
    Website: https://au.whogivesacrap.org/

    Connect with Mel:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissastoreyscott/
    Counsel Podcast page on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/counsel-podcast
    Instagram: @theinhouselawyer
    Email: theinhouselawyer@gmail.com

    • 35 min
    11. Meet: Kirk Simmons, Head of Legal at Canva

    11. Meet: Kirk Simmons, Head of Legal at Canva

    Kirk Simmons is the Head of Legal at Canva. Canva is one of the most exciting Australian companies at the moment and after some awesome experience at eBay and Cricket Australia, Kirk saw an opportunity at Canva and took it.

    As their first in house lawyer, he has grown the team to nine in under 4 years, as Canva’s growth continues to skyrocket as well. No two days are the same for Kirk at Canva and his advice rings true for all in-house lawyers in fast paced companies that are in scale up mode.

    Look, I’m not going to lie, this episode had its fair share of technical difficulties. The irony of this occurring to two lawyers in the tech space is not lost on me.

    The audio gets a little funky around the 17-minute mark and we lost a chunk of my question to Kirk, so I recorded it again but it is not seamless. But stick with us, Kirk saves his best pearls of wisdom for the end of the episode.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    • Kirk’s leap of faith out of private practice after many years as a litigator;
    • transitioning between diverse industries in-house;
    • what life is like working for Canva, one of Australia’s most exciting tech companies;
    • growing the legal team from one to nine in under four years to support a hypergrowth company;
    • How the Canva legal team manages contract workflows and the unique way that they engage with their colleagues; and
    • Kirk’s best piece of career advice.

    Connect with Kirk:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirksimmons1/

    Connect with Mel:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissastoreyscott/
    Counsel Podcast page on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/counsel-podcast
    Instagram: @theinhouselawyer
    Email: theinhouselawyer@gmail.com

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

CoreyS13 ,

Inspiring legal podcast!

As a junior in-house lawyer, hearing from Mel and her guests is inspiring. I have really enjoyed the first few episodes and will be following closely. I cannot recommend this podcast enough!

AD1867 ,

Essential listening for in-house lawyers

Great speakers, great content. An invaluable resource for in-house lawyers and the people that work with them

Theok88 ,

Amazing!

A relevant podcast the legal profession needed. The host is excellent. Great work, Mel! 🎉

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