The Changing Position and Duties of Company Directors
Free Public Lecture
Ground Floor, G08 Theatre
185 Pelham Street
T: 9035 1111
Harold Ford Memorial Lecture
The development of directors' duties spans the length of the 20th century, from the precepts of fiduciary obligation and the courts of Chancery to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). This lecture will examine the obligations placed upon, and the roles expected of, company directors. The position of present-day company directors in Australia will be considered in light of the schemes regulating the conduct of other office-holders, including union and public officials, and the approaches taken in other jurisdictions.
This Lecture is named in honour of Melbourne Law School’s distinguished alumnus, Professor Harold Ford, who passed away in September 2012. Professor Ford spent almost his entire career at Melbourne Law School following his appointment to the Law School in 1949. He was Dean of the Law School in 1964 and from 1967 to 1973. He is remembered as a gifted teacher by several generations of law students. Professor Ford also made many important contributions to law reform, and co-authored a leading text titled Principles of the Law of Trusts and other influential books. The Harold Ford Memorial Lecture celebrates the many contributions of Professor Ford to Melbourne Law School, the legal profession, and to the development of corporate law and trusts law.
5:45pm Pre-lecture refreshments
6:30pm Public Lecture
7:30pm Post-lecture dinner ($100 ticket)
This lecture is co-presented by the Melbourne Law School and the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation, and sponsored by Clayton Utz.
The Honourable Geoffrey Nettle, Justice
The Honourable Geoffrey Nettle
High Court of Australia
Geoffrey Arthur Akeroyd Nettle was appointed to the Court in February 2015. At the time of his appointment, he was a judge of the Victorian Court of Appeal, to which he was appointed in June 2004. Before that he served as a judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria, to which he had been appointed in July 2002. He graduated in economics from the Australian National University, in law from the University of Melbourne and as a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford. He was admitted to practice in 1977 and joined the Victorian Bar in 1982. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1992. He practised in state and federal courts principally in commercial, equity, taxation and constitutional matters.