Ross Parsons Corporate Law Seminar Series: The Hon. Ray Finkelstein and Dr Robert Austin

10 December 2012

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Corporate Governance Review: Reflections on the board of directors

The session will canvass a range of topical corporate governance issues regarding the board of directors, such as: the extent to which directors can attend to, and be held accountable for, detailed management; the proper role of the board; the relationship between the full board and board committees; the extent to which the board can delegate, and can rely on the advice of others; and how directors can better manage the information inputs necessary for their decisions.


The Hon. Ray Finkelstein QCgraduated in law in 1970 and was admitted to practice in 1971. Between 1971 and 1975 he worked in Melbourne as a solicitor and also as a tutor at Monash University. He was called to the Bar in 1975, specialising in equity, commercial and corporate law. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1986. Thereafter he concentrated on appellate work often acting for State and Federal Governments and their instrumentalities. He was acting Solicitor General for the State of Victoria during 1992. He was appointed a judge of the Federal Court in 1997 and held additional appointments as Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal and the Copyright Tribunal of Australia.

In December 2008 he was appointed President of the Australian Competition Tribunal. He retired as a judge of the Federal Court and President of the Competition Tribunal on 30 June 2011 and has returned to private practice at the Victorian Bar. He is married to Leonie Thompson and has two sons, Michael and Joel.

Dr Robert Austinheld an academic position in the fields of equity and company law at the University of Sydney from 1969 to 1990, becoming Professor (1984) and Head of the Department of Law (1985). He has continued to teach, with emphasis in recent years on corporate takeovers, fundraising and corporate governance.

He was a partner with Minter Ellison from 1990 to 1998. He took responsibility for major matters with high legal analytical content. He was a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2001 to 2006. After serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 1998 to 2010, he has returned to legal practice as a Senior Legal Consultant with Minter Ellison, and is Head of Minters' Corporate HQ Advisory Team.

His many publications include Ford's Principles of Corporations Law (with IM Ramsay); Austin, Ford and Ramsay, Company Directors: Principles of Law & Corporate Governance (2005); and Austin & Black's Annotations to the Corporations Act (with AJ Black).

Chair: Professor Jennifer Hill, Sydney Law School

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1.5 MCLE/CPD units.

Time: 6.00-7.30pm (registration and refreshments from 5.30pm)

Location: Banco Court, Level 13, The Supreme Court of NSW, Law Courts Building, 184 Phillip St Sydney

Cost: Full $77; Sydney Law School Alumni $66; Sydney Law School Students $44; Group (3+) $55 inc gst

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Phone: (02) 9351 0429

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