PROGRAM

Conference Program

The Convergence 2019 conference committee has expertly curated a commercial law-focussed program providing both thought provoking keynote and panel sessions designed to encourage discussion and law reform.

This program is current at the time of publication and subject to change.  

Updates will be published as soon as possible. 

All delegates will be provided with a ‘build your own agenda’ link via email once successfully registered.  Please ‘opt in’ to breakout sessions so that rooms can be allocated according to demand.

CPD Accreditation

The conference sessions will be CPD-accredited in relevant competency areas for both Australia and Singapore.  

WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 2019 – Optional leisure activities and arrival drinks

6:00 – 7:30pm

ARRIVAL DRINKS: Andaz

DAY 1 – THURSDAY 11 JULY 2019

STREAM 1: COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

STREAM 2: INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION

8:30 – 9:00am

ARRIVAL TEA AND COFFEE

9:00 – 9:05am

Conference Opening Remarks

9:05 – 9:15am

Plenary I: Welcome Address – Australia in the Asian Century

9:15 – 10:00am

Plenary II: Convergence Joint-Keynote

The Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia

The Hon Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore

10:00 – 10:30am

MORNING TEA

10:30 – 11:30am

Plenary III: Working with Corporate Counsel – Tips for a win/win relationship

11:30 – 12:30am

Plenary IV: Ethics in Advocacy – How Far Can You Go?

12:30 – 1:30pm

LUNCH

1:30 – 2:15pm

Deep Dive I:
Third Party Funding: A Whole New World?

Speed Speak I:
Hot Topics in International Dispute Settlement

2:15 – 3:00pm

Deep Dive II:
Risk and Regulation: A New Era for Enforcement Action?

Speed Speak II:
Hot Topics in International Commercial Arbitration

3:00 – 3:30pm

AFTERNOON TEA

3:30 – 4:15pm

Speed Speak III:
Hot Topics in International IP & Competition Disputes

Intensive I:
Mock International Commercial Arbitration

4:15 – 5:00pm

Deep Dive III:
Comparative Issues in Contract Law

Justice Andrew Phang, Supreme Court of Singapore
Dr Elisabeth Peden, NSW Bar & University of Sydney
Professor Bryan Horrigon, Monash University
Michael Whitten QC, Victorian Bar (Chair)

Deep Dive IV:
Aspects of Advocacy in International Arbitration and Mediation

Judith Gill QC, 20 Essex Street
Fedelma C. Smith, Senior Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration
Liz Macknay, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kanaga Dharmananda SC, WA Bar (Chair)

6:15 – 8:00pm

WELCOME EVENT: Aura, National Gallery of Singapore

DAY 2 – FRIDAY 12 JULY 2019

STREAM 3: COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

STREAM 4: PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT

8:30 – 9:00am

ARRIVAL TEA AND COFFEE

9:00 – 10:00am

Deep Dive V:
Case Management: Whose Case is it Anyway?

Intensive II:
Seven Deadly Sins of Oral Advocacy

Ian Robertson QC, Chair, Advocacy Training Council

Justice Judith Kelly, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

Samuel Chacko, Legis Point, Singapore

10:00 – 10:45am

Deep Dive VI:
Expert Evidence: 21st Century Challenges

Intensive III:
Embracing the Digital in Legal Practice

10:45 – 11:15am

MORNING TEA

11:15 – 12:00pm

Deep Dive VII:
Cross Border Insolvency & Restructuring: New Frontiers in Singapore and Australia

The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson, Federal Court of Australia
Meiyen Tan, Partner, Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Oon & Bazul LLP
Scott Atkins, Head of Risk Advisory, Norton Rose Fulbright
Farid Assaf SC, NSW Bar (Chair)

Intensive IV:
Going Global: Building your Legal Practice and Profile

12:00 – 12:45pm

Speed Speak IV:
Hot Topics in Commercial Law & Practice

Intensive V:
Meet the Silks: Opportunity for Junior Counsel to meet in small groups with senior practitioners to discuss current issues in their practice and practice development

12:45 – 1:45pm

LUNCH

1:45 – 2:30pm

Plenary V:
An International Commercial Court for Australia?
The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC, High Court of Australia
The Hon Justice Andrew Bell, President of the NSW Court of Appeal
The Hon Justice Craig Colvin, Federal Court of Australia

2:30 – 3:00pm

Plenary VI:
Shaping the Law and the Legal Profession: Insights from the Attorneys-General

3:00 – 3:30pm

AFTERNOON TEA

3:30 – 4:45pm

Plenary VII:
Hypothetical: Ethical Issues in Domestic and International Litigation

4:45 – 5:00pm

Closing Conference Remarks

7:00 – 10:30pm

GALA DINNER: The Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia
The Hon Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice of Singapore