Directors' Briefing: Managing close personal relationships

Wed 17 May 2017
5.45pm to 8.00pm MAP
Clayton Utz Offices
Level 28, Riparian Plaza
71 Eagle St
Brisbane QLD
single AUD $75.00 (members) AUD $85.00 (non-members)
5 DPD Points

Hedy Cray

Partner, Clayton Utz
Hedy Cray is considered one of Queensland's pre-eminent workplace relations lawyers and trainers. She has 20 years' experience in industrial, employment law, equal opportunity, workers compensation and work health and safety. Hedy is the "go to" person for the hard, complex and sensitive matters, big and small and strategically guides businesses through reputation risk and legal complexity. She leads a team of specialist practitioners within the Brisbane Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety practice of Clayton Utz, providing multi-disciplined options for the resolution of difficult matters.
Governance expectations on conflict of interest are clear. However, time and time again, they are tested, sometimes very publicly, when it comes to close personal relationships.

Keys of strength

If a company's leaders have unmanaged personal conflicts of interest, not only can the organisation's governance and culture suffer, but it can turn into a public relations disaster, damage reputations and give rise to significant legal risks.

Close personal relationships therefore require careful disclosure and management. However, when directors and officers of a company have failed to declare a conflict and engaged in conduct inconsistent with the expectations on them (and others in the company), this poses difficult issues for proportionality of treatment.

This session will look at:

  • Recent examples of personal conflict management;
  • Unpacking what is a personal conflict and when should it be disclosed;
  • Best practice for management of personal conflicts; and
  • The proportionality debate between discipline and/ or financial penalty.

Qld Gold Corporate Partner

Commonwealth Bank


Clayton UTZ

Contact Details

Melanie Leach
Members & Directors Executive
+61 7 3222 5500