The Managing Partners Exchange Series are events specifically created for anyone in or moving into a role of leadership. They are designed to offer skills and guidance through targeted topics that will enhance and develop their role


The transition process of becoming a leader goes beyond skill and perspective in motivating people towards achieving a common goal for a common cause. It also requires a measure of balancing professional responsibilities, managing growth and change within the firm and also motivating teams. The importance of developing these skills and learning amongst peers from acclaimed experts is what the MPX Roundtables are all about. The event will be a full day of learning vital leadership skills and sharing situations and experiences and through the guidance of our expert facilitators


Topics discussed include:

  • Leading in a Hybrid Diverse World

  • Leading for Inclusion

  • Three changes you absolutely need to make to evolve from lawyer to leader

confirmed speakers

  • Danielle Kelly | Global Director for Culture & Inclusion | HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS

  • Anthony Kearns | Chief Client Experience Officer | LANDER & ROGERS

  • Sarah Daley | Project Director & Principal Consultant | BENDELTA


danielle kelly

Danielle is the Director of Culture & Inclusion at Herbert Smith Freehills. Through her work with General Counsels, lawyers at HSF and the legal profession more broadly, she has become a recognised thought leader on diversity, inclusion and workplace culture. Danielle is also a mentor and advisor to many partners across the firm and leads a team which works closely with partners and clients in relation to the role leaders can play in shifting workplace culture to be more inclusive. Danielle supports the firm’s global Executive and Council to ensure that the firm’s broader strategy is aligned with its commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a member of the firm’s People & Culture Advisory Board, Danielle is regularly leveraging opportunities to make more explicit the link between diverse and inclusive cultures and innovation and creativity. Herbert Smith Freehills’ Leading for Inclusion strategy sets out the vision to be the world’s leading law firm for its diverse and inclusive culture, and the strategy recognises the pivotal role that mental health and wellbeing plays in high performing teams.

Danielle has led the development and implementation of a range of global initiatives including the junior partner sponsorship programme; the firm’s mental health strategy (including a mental health champion program comprising over 500 mental health champions globally); 10 Actions for Change in relation to ethnic diversity and, (working with Mark Rigotti, the firm’s former CEO), a series of GC Inclusion forums focussed on specific aspects of diversity, inclusion and culture. Danielle is also responsible for Herbert Smith Freehills’ sponsorship of The Australian Ballet, a partnership which originally developed as a way of expanding senior client networking opportunities for female partners, but has since become one of the most highly sought-after client events in the firm. She also leads the firm’s sponsorship of the Art Gallery of NSW.


Formerly a lawyer herself, Danielle is passionate about creating inclusive workplace cultures where people are supported to thrive. Danielle is a member of the Law Society of NSW’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, represents the firm on the Disability Discrimination Commissioner’s IncludeAbility Network and is the HSF lead for the GC for D&I group.



Danielle will discuss why attracting, retaining and promoting a diverse range of people within an inclusive culture is core to how law firms engage their people, serve their clients, innovate and ensure that their actions are values-aligned.


By reference to key learnings from Herbert Smith Freehills’ journey in relation to diversity and inclusion, she will focus on inclusive leadership, the importance of data in ensuring the robustness of diversity initiatives, the role of diversity targets and the need to stay curious if we are to maintain our energy for what is essentially infinite work. She will also address emerging priorities in an age of increased employee expectations regarding diversity and workplace culture more broadly.

anthony kearns

Anthony Kearns is a leading expert and thought leader in lawyer performance, systems and leadership. He is an expert facilitator, adult educator, executive coach and organisational development consultant who helps General Counsel optimise the performance of the legal supply chain. He works exclusively with in-house legal teams of large corporates to ensure that their function is aligned with key value drivers of the business and working in the most efficient way. He also works with legal leaders to build capability in leading sustainable high-performance and adaptive change both within the legal function and across the organisations they serve.


In addition to running a consulting practice, Anthony is the Chief Client Experience Officer at Lander & Rogers and is privileged to lead the "highest performing team of business professionals he has ever worked with". He is also a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School where he teaches the first Australian masters-level program in legal leadership.


Anthony is a recovering lawyer who has also worked as a risk management consultant, leadership development manager and as a senior executive in both a global law firm and an international engineering company. He has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School since 2010 where he also helped design the first-ever law school program in the Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making. He has honours degrees in Law and Science from the Australian National University, a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne (valedictorian) and has completed the Teaching and Learning Program at the Hasso Plattner Design School at Stanford University.


Three changes you absolutely need to make to evolve from lawyer to leader

In this fast-paced, engaging and provocative presentation, Anthony will reflect on 15 years working with individual lawyers and lawyer systems to develop leadership capability.


He will outline the three primary impediments that can prevent lawyers from becoming effective leaders in complexity and what you can do to overcome them.


Employee Value Proposition in 2022: Responding to the ‘Great Resignation’

The pandemic has led to fluidity in the way that people ‘think’ about work and leaders have had to respond like never before. In this session Sarah will:


  • Talk about what an Employee Value Proposition is and why you need one

  • Discuss how the pandemic has increased the urgency around having a compelling EVP

  • Share some ‘no regret’ moves, especially when more money is not an option.



This one day event is designed for everyone who believes that developing and nurturing the role of women in the legal industry benefits all, this includes everyone in the legal profession: Managing Partners, CEP, COO, Partners, Heads of HR; Diversity & Inclusion; Senior Associates, InHouse Counsel and both corporate and government legal departments






Managing Partner

Wallmans Lawyers

No matter how many times I attend the conference I am always enlightened by what is presented and appreciate the open discussions that surround both the formal and informal sessions.

Thank you to Chilli IQ!

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Managing Partner 

Cowell Clarke

Another great conference where as a Managing Partner I came away with 2 or 3 important ideas from most sessions to take back with me for discussion and/or implementation 

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