IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017
8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017
Room C3.3, Convention Centre, Level 3
LPD Showcase: cybercrime and the media – unexpected risks to your clients, your law firm and your government
Tuesday 10 October (0930 - 1230)
Legal Practice Division
Over the last year, there has been an ever-increasing focus on electronic and cybercrime affecting lawyers, governments and society more broadly. WikiLeaks started the avalanche of information being disclosed to the public, which continues to this day, impacting events as significant as the US presidential election. The Panama Papers disclosed information about offshore tax structures of the wealthy, famous and not so famous, resulting in the resignation of at least one prime minister. The Unaoil saga disclosed allegations of worldwide bribery through intermediary entities in the construction and procurement sectors in the Middle East by multinational corporations. This session will involve a panel discussion followed by a hypothetical case study with audience Q&A and brings together a highly experienced range of international and regional experts ranging from investigative journalists, academics, regulators and prosecutors to explore the following: • What is cybercrime and how is it being addressed by politicians and regulators? • What role do investigative journalists play in exposing conduct by those exercising power and influence? • What is the impact on clients and a law firm when information is disclosed publicly? • How can lawyers manage the risks that arise when confidential information is publicly disclosed? • Where are governments going to from here – the legislative and social response?