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ACLA and ACC Unite and Commence Expanded Benefits to Members

Posted: Jun 30, 2015

MELBOURNE AND WASHINGTON (1 July 2015) — The Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) today announced a new brand identity as it officially joins forces with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The alliance expands global benefits and connectivity to members while also retaining local focus and content in programming.

Originally announced in December, the alliance between ACLA, the preeminent Australian in-house counsel association and ACC, the world's largest legal association dedicated exclusively to in-house lawyers, sees the introduction of the newly branded ACC Australia (ACLA).

With the formation of the alliance, ACLA members can now access a broader library of tools and documents on global legal issues and trends, meeting the needs of the 70 percent of Australian in-house counsel who operate across borders, as reported by a 2013 ACLA study. Members will also be able to take advantage of global networking opportunities and international connections.

"The alliance brings the best of both worlds to in-house counsel in Australia with an array of local content and events, combined with a suite of global tools and resources," said Adrian Goss, National President of ACC Australia (ACLA).

"Australian in-house counsel are often tasked to do more with less," added Goss. "With the alliance our members will be better positioned to deliver more value to their organisations as a result of growth in member benefits."

ACLA, a national body with 4,000 members spanning 2,000 organisations has joined the global network of ACC that expands across 10,000 organisations in 90 countries. Together, the organisations will represent 40,000 members around the world as the largest independent advocate for the in-house profession.

"By joining the aligned values of ACLA and ACC, we amplify a stronger voice for the global in-house community," said John Page, chairman of ACC and senior vice president, chief corporate social responsibility officer and chief legal officer at Golden State Foods Corp. "We can now build upon this solid foundation and expand efforts to advance the interests of in-house counsel and better serve our corporations."

The alliance will also support in-house counsel working throughout the Asia-Pacific region."With the alliance, ACC welcomes ACLA members and a team of talented professionals," said Veta T. Richardson, president and chief executive officer of ACC. "By adding to our already strong staff, we are greatly enhancing our ability to serve in-house counsel throughout the Australasian region as well as all members whose companies do business in Asia Pacific."

Tanya Khan has taken on the leadership role for the ACC Australia (ACLA) team who will continue to be based in Melbourne.

"We are excited to have reached this massive milestone in ACLA's long-history," said Khan. "We look forward to the global collaboration between the two parties and encourage all ACC members to take advantage of Australia-focused benefits and events, such as our National Conference."

For more information about ACC Australia (ACLA), please visit acla.acc.com.


Media Enquiries: Emma Langoulant on 03 9248 5548 or e.langoulant@acc.com

About ACC Australia (ACLA):

With over 4,000 members, ACLA is the peak national association representing the interests of lawyers working for corporations and government in Australia ('in-house lawyers'). As a membership association ACLA provides support, tools and resources for in-house lawyers, catering for all members including those new to in-house through to general counsel working in ASX200 companies and government departments. ACLA plays an important role advocating on matters of interest to the in-house profession to shape our nation's corporate legal environment and promote the understanding of the law within the business and legal communities.

About the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC):

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organisations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. With more than 36,500 members in over 90 countries employed by over 10,000 organisations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit www.acc.com and follow ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.


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