SPEAKERS

Jane Anderson QC

Jane Anderson QC

Shortland Chambers, Auckland

Jane Anderson QC

Shortland Chambers, Auckland

Jane Anderson QC

Shortland Chambers, Auckland

Jane provides direct and pragmatic advice to individual and corporate clients across a wide range of practice areas. She is experienced in litigation of all sizes and at all Court levels, primarily in commercial, corporate, insurance, contract, regulatory, trust and property matters. She has acted on large scale commercial disputes and in private domestic and international arbitration. She accepts appointment as an Arbitrator. Jane has a passion for running and has competed in numerous marathons and half-marathons. She is kept grounded by her teenage daughters who constantly remind her that they are above the law.

Farrid Assaf SC

Farrid Assaf SC

Banco Chambers, NSW Bar

Farrid Assaf SC

Banco Chambers, NSW Bar

Farrid Assaf SC

Banco Chambers, NSW Bar

Farid Assaf is a senior counsel at Banco Chambers in Sydney, Australia. Farid practices in all areas of commercial litigation with particular emphasis on corporate insolvency, financial services, directors' duties and regulatory matters. Farid is regularly briefed to advise and appear in high profile corporate insolvencies and is ranked in all leading legal directories including Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers and Doyles Guide).   Farid is a Fellow of INSOL International (with honours, first in class) and a leading author in insolvency matters.

Scott Atkins

Scott Atkins

Head of Risk Advisory, Norton Rose Fulbright

Scott Atkins

Head of Risk Advisory, Norton Rose Fulbright

Scott Atkins

Head of Risk Advisory, Norton Rose Fulbright

Scott Atkins is an internationally renowned insolvency and restructuring lawyer based in Sydney. He is the head of the firm's Australian risk advisory practice.  Scott is an inaugural Fellow and a member of the Board of INSOL International. He is also Vice President of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA).  Scott is a trusted adviser to Australia's leading banks and insolvency and restructuring practitioners and has acted on some of the industry's most complex and sensitive banking and insolvency advisory and dispute resolution matters.

Philip Bambagiotti

Philip Bambagiotti

Oceania Regional Secretary, Union Internationale des Avocats

Philip Bambagiotti

Oceania Regional Secretary, Union Internationale des Avocats

Philip Bambagiotti

Oceania Regional Secretary, Union Internationale des Avocats

Philip was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1997, having already practiced as a solicitor. His practice focuses on all aspects of, and relating to, building, engineering and construction law. He also practices in all aspects of commercial law and insurance as well as areas related to these. At the NSW Bar Philip is regarded as one of the foremost practitioners in the specialist area of Building & Construction Law. Apart from his extensive experience acting for difference interests in construction disputes, he authored the leading text on residential building dispute in New South Wales, Building Disputes and the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW), of which a 2nd Edition is underway. Philip appears as a barrister in courts and tribunals, as well as in arbitrations, mediations, security of payment adjudications and other alternative resolution procedures in Australia, as well as arbitrations internationally. Philip is an active member of the legal community both in Australia and abroad, frequently speaking on Building, Engineering and Construction issues (including contract drafting, dispute management, professional liability, The Home Building Act 1989, Security of Payments and Strata disputes), Commercial Law issues, as well as on the Convention for the International Sale of Goods. In 2015 and 2016 he delivered papers in Hong Kong on the NEC3 Contract and its use in Hong Kong , Adjudication under the proposed Hong Kong Security of Payments Regime and also the use and presentation of evidence in commercial disputes including BIM.

Jennifer Batrouney QC

Jennifer Batrouney QC

President, Australian Bar Association

Jennifer Batrouney QC

President, Australian Bar Association

Jennifer Batrouney QC

President, Australian Bar Association

Jennifer is a highly respected and sought after advocate and advisor. She has had extensive experience in appearing before the High Court, the Federal Court and the superior State courts – mainly in equity, commercial, superannuation and revenue matters. Jennifer is Vice President of the Australian Bar Association and Immediate Past President of the Victorian Bar and of the Tax Bar Association. She graduated with an honours degree in law and a commerce degree majoring in accounting from the University of Melbourne in 1987. She completed her articles with Blake & Riggall (now Ashurst) in 1988 and remained with that firm as a solicitor until moving to the Bar in 1991. She was appointed a QC in 2000. With 30 years' experience at the Bar (including 17 years as a silk), Jennifer is a trusted advisor to a range of large corporate clients and not-for-profit entities. In addition to her expertise in equity, trusts and charity law, she has vast experience in advising in relation to State taxes such as stamp duty, pay-roll tax and land tax as well as federal taxes such as income tax, GST and FBT. Jennifer is known for her collaborative approach to conducting major complex litigation, as well as for her clear and concise commercial opinions. She has a substantial practice in equity and trusts, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. She has assisted numerous not-for-profit entities to obtain or retain their tax concession charity status. Jennifer is also the inaugural chair of the Law Council Charities and Not for Profits committee, a director of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and inaugural Chair of the Australian Bar Association Tax Committee. She is a member of the Melbourne Law School Advisory Council and the Melbourne Law School Tax Group Advisory Board. She has also been elected to the Victorian Legal Services Board and appointed to the Victorian Legal Admissions Committee.

The Hon Justice A S Bell

The Hon Justice A S Bell

President, New South Wales Court of Appeal​

The Hon Justice A S Bell

President, New South Wales Court of Appeal​

The Hon Justice A S Bell

President, New South Wales Court of Appeal​

Connie Carnabuci

Connie Carnabuci

General Counsel, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Connie Carnabuci

General Counsel, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Connie Carnabuci

General Counsel, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Connie is the General Counsel of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has over 28 years’ experience as a legal advisor to the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector. She began her career in Australia as a graduate with Mallesons Stephen Jaques in their IP/IT litigation team, and was admitted to the partnership in 1997. In 2002 she joined the international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer based in Hong Kong as the Head of their regional TMT practice in Asia, a position she held until May 2013. Connie serves on the Audit and Risk Committee of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the UNSW Business School and is a Non-Executive Director of OFX. She is a graduate of UNSW (B.Commerce (Marketing), with merit/LLB,1986).

Tim Castle​

Tim Castle​

6 St James Hall Chambers, NSW

Tim Castle​

6 St James Hall Chambers, NSW

Tim Castle​

6 St James Hall Chambers, NSW

From 1992-2007, Tim was a barrister at Seven Wentworth Chambers for over 15 years and appeared in a number of leading corporate disputes including the Superleague case, Hungry Jacks v Burger King, and the C7 Dispute for Telstra. Prior to that, Tim was a commercial litigation solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, now King & Wood Mallesons. Prior to returning to the Bar in 2013, Tim practiced as a partner at specialist corporate law firm Atanaskovic Hartnell, was a Senior Executive Leader in Financial Special Deterrence at ASIC, in-house Counsel at Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd, one of the largest restaurant franchisees in Australia, and had a range of other roles whilst acting as a solicitor in his own practice. Tim has received mediation training with LEADR. In 2013, Tim established, in Australia, the first UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee. Tim has spoken at a number of UNCITRAL and other international conferences on CISG and cross-border insolvency, and provided high level advice on a cross-border insolvency issue. Tim has also represented LAWASIA at UNCITRAL Working Group I in relation to the development of a simplified company law for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.

Samuel Chacko

Samuel Chacko

Head of Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Legis Point LLC, Singapore

Samuel Chacko

Head of Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Legis Point LLC, Singapore

Samuel Chacko

Head of Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Legis Point LLC, Singapore

Samuel Chacko heads Legis Point LLC’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group. His areas of practice include arbitration, banking, building contracts, commercial disputes, copyright infringement, defamation, debt recovery, employment contracts, international trade, judicial review, probate matters, land disputes and general civil litigation. He has appeared at all levels of the Singapore Court structure and has handled numerous cases which have been reported in the Singapore Law Reports. A number of these cases are now leading decisions in various areas of law. Samuel graduated from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1991 with an LLB in the top five percentile of his class winning the Calcott Pryce Prize for Evidence. He went on to obtain an LLM from the University of Cambridge in 1993. Samuel also holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an MSc in Construction Law & Arbitration awarded jointly by King’s College, London and the National University of Singapore. Whilst at university, Samuel participated in and won a number of national and international debating competitions and academic prizes. When he obtained his Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, he graduated at the top of his class and won the Course Director’s Prize. When he obtained his MSc in Construction Law & Arbitration, he topped his class winning the E.C. Harris Prize and Davis, Langdon & Seah Medal in the process. Samuel was called to the English bar in 1992 and admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1994. Samuel has an active international arbitration practice and has been lead counsel in a number of substantial international arbitrations involving complex cross-border legal and factual issues. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He has also been appointed to the arbitration panels of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre and the Law Society of Singapore. Samuel is the current Chairman of the Advocacy Committee and the Vice-Chairman of the ADR Committee of the Law Society. Samuel has been an advocacy trainer of the Law Society since 2004. Samuel has been awarded the NITA Master Advocate designation by The National Institute for Trial Advocacy in the United States. Samuel’s expertise in Dispute Resolution has also been recognized in numerous legal publications.

Jimmy Chan

Jimmy Chan

Partner, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong

Jimmy Chan

Partner, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong

Jimmy Chan

Partner, Clifford Chance, Hong Kong

Jimmy is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group in Hong Kong and a member of the Asia Pacific Regulatory Group. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Jimmy spent 14 years with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), where he served as Director and Head of International and Policy of the Enforcement Division. He has substantial experience in SFC disciplinary proceedings involving financial intermediaries and international cross-border securities investigations and has a strong relationship with numerous international regulators. Jimmy was a litigation lawyer in private practice before his SFC career. Jimmy is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Dr Matthew Collins QC

Dr Matthew Collins QC

President, Victorian bar

Dr Matthew Collins QC

President, Victorian bar

Dr Matthew Collins QC

President, Victorian bar

Collins was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 1994 and became a barrister in 1999. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011 and Queen’s Counsel in 2014. Collins holds a PhD from Melbourne University. His 1999 thesis led to his first book, The Law of Defamation and the Internet (Oxford University Press), which ran to three editions. He also wrote Collins on Defamation (Oxford University Press), a text on the law of libel and slander in England and Wales. Collins has acted in a number of significant media law cases, including Andrew Bolt’s trial for racial discrimination under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, the Joe Hockey v Fairfax Media ‘Treasurer for Sale’ litigation, and actress Rebel Wilson’s defamation case against Bauer Media, which reportedly resulted in the highest damages award in a defamation case in Australian history. Collins is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School and a member of the Melbourne Law School Foundation Board. With his partner, Collins has established a scholarship for disadvantaged students in his father’s name. Collins is a member of the Council of the Victorian Bar and has served as its Senior Vice-President, Chair of its Readers’ Course Sub-Committee, Executive of its Education and Professional Development Committee and member of its Indictable Crime Certificate Committee. Collins has written widely in other areas, including freedom of speech in the age of terrorism and marriage equality.

The Hon Justice Craig Colvin

The Hon Justice Craig Colvin

Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Justice Craig Colvin

Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Justice Craig Colvin

Federal Court of Australia

raig Grierson Colvin was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia on 13 February 2018. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. In 1985 he served as associate to the Hon. Justice Toohey. In 1993 he obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. He became a member of the Independent Bar in 1995 and was appointed Senior Counsel for Western Australia in 2001. Prior to his appointment, Justice Colvin practised in commercial and civil disputes, particularly in the areas of economic regulation, contract law, administrative law and equity, until his appointment to the Bench. He acted as an arbitrator, mediator and expert in the resolution of commercial disputes. His Honour served as President of both the Western Australian Bar Association and of the Australian Bar Association and as Acting Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission in Western Australia.

The Hon Susan Crennan QC

The Hon Susan Crennan QC

Former Justice of the High Court of Australia

The Hon Susan Crennan QC

Former Justice of the High Court of Australia

The Hon Susan Crennan QC

Former Justice of the High Court of Australia

Susan Maree Crennan AC QC is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy. She was admitted as a barrister in New South Wales in 1979 and Victoria in 1980. She was made Queen's Counsel in Victoria in 1989 and in New South Wales in 1990. From 1992–1997, Crennan served as a commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now the Australian Human Rights Commission), the peak human rights body in Australia. In 1993, Crennan was the first woman to be appointed chair of the Victorian Bar Council, and the following year the first female president of the Australian Bar Association. Between 2003–2005, she was a member of the Council of the University of Melbourne. Crennan was appointed to the Federal Court in 2003 and took her seat on the bench on 3 February 2004. In September 2005 it was announced that she would succeed Justice Michael McHugh in the High Court. Attorney-General of Australia Philip Ruddock, on announcing Crennan's appointment, said that Crennan "demonstrated, through the quality of her jurisprudence and her leadership, that she has the confidence of the legal profession and the broader Australian community".[3] She was sworn into the High Court by Chief Justice Murray Gleeson on 8 November 2005.[4] The appointment made her the second female Justice to sit on the bench of the High Court of Australia, the first being Justice Mary Gaudron.

Mark Dempsey QC

Mark Dempsey QC

7 Selborne/Wentworth Chambers, NSW

Mark Dempsey QC

7 Selborne/Wentworth Chambers, NSW

Mark Dempsey QC

7 Selborne/Wentworth Chambers, NSW

Mark has been acclaimed as one of Australia’s leading Senior Counsel in the areas of major construction, engineering and infrastructure litigation and international arbitration. He also has extensive experience in a wide range of complex commercial and equity cases at trial and on appeal in State and Federal Courts throughout Australia. Regularly briefed in technically challenging and highly complex disputes across Australia and the Asia Pacific region, Mark has represented a broad range of government and leading corporate clients in billion-dollar and multi-million-dollar disputes. His expansive practice has seen him appear throughout Australia, as well as in Singapore and Fiji. During his three decades in practice as a barrister, 14 years as Senior Counsel, Mark’s clients have derived great benefit from his extensive experience in litigation, arbitration (international and commercial) and mediation. He is highly commended for the strength of his advocacy, the depth and breadth of his legal knowledge and expertise, and for his ability to achieve optimal results for his clients. Mark also practices as an Arbitrator (he is a Fellow of CIArb and ACICA) and mediator, domestically and abroad.

Kanaga Dharmananda SC

Kanaga Dharmananda SC

Quayside Chambers, WA

Kanaga Dharmananda SC

Quayside Chambers, WA

Kanaga Dharmananda SC

Quayside Chambers, WA

Kanaga Dharmananda has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with emphasis on resources, finance, projects, and insolvency matters. His practice covers schemes of arrangement, company law including directors’ duties, access and pricing disputes, and international investments. He has acted as counsel in a wide range of high profile and high value commercial disputes in Court, on appeal, and in arbitrations in Australia and abroad. He began his career at Mallesons in Perth and Sydney. Before the bar, Kanaga was a partner at Corrs, Counsel with Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo, and Counsel with the United Nations in Geneva. In these roles, and in leading firms in Asia, he worked on corporate, resources, and arbitration matters. His practice as Senior Counsel spans a broad area of work including from the mining, energy, and commodities industries. He has acted in arbitrations in, and outside, Australia, including disputes (ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC rules) arising from projects in Australia, the Indian subcontinent, South East and North Asia, and Africa. He accepts appointments as arbitrator, having been appointed under SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules. He acts as mediator or expert. On top of his practice in Australia, he is a member of Fountain Court Chambers which has chambers in Singapore and London. He has been published in the areas of contract, equity, and arbitration including as editor of Long Term Contracts and as co-author of A Practical Guide to Investment Treaties – Asia Pacific (Lexis Nexis). Kanaga is a Visiting Fellow at the UWA Law School, teaching International Commercial Arbitration. He is a founding director of the Perth Centre for Energy and Resources Arbitration. He has degrees from UWA - B. Juris (Hons), LLB (Hons); Oxford University - BCL (with First Class Honours and the Rupert Cross Prize), and Harvard Law School - LLM.

Dinesh Dhillon

Dinesh Dhillon

Partner, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore

Dinesh Dhillon

Partner, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore

Dinesh Dhillon

Partner, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore

Dinesh is a Partner and Co-Head of Allen & Gledhill's International Arbitration Practice. Dinesh practices international arbitration and litigation. He has acted as lead counsel in international arbitration for global multinational corporations in the telecommunication, airline, hotel, commodities, construction, manufacturing and projects industries. Apart from corporates, he has also represented sovereign states in international arbitration cases. He has represented clients in landmark cases before the Singapore courts relating to jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals, challenges to arbitration awards and attempts to resist enforcement of foreign arbitration awards. Dinesh has represented multinational companies in cases before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal relating to banking, corporate, employment, entertainment, insurance, property and shareholder disputes. He has also acted for statutory boards in judicial review cases. Dinesh is recommended for his expertise in international arbitration and commercial litigation in leading publications. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific described him as “outstanding”, a “well respected litigator” and “strong on strategy and case management”. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 1995. Dinesh is the President of The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Asia Pacific Arbitration Group and Honorary Treasurer of the Law Society’s Pro Bono Services Office.

Sean Duca

Sean Duca

Vice President, Palo Alto Networks

Sean Duca

Vice President, Palo Alto Networks

Sean Duca

Vice President, Palo Alto Networks

Sean is Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific & Japan at Palo Alto Networks where he works on the development of thought leadership, threat intelligence and security best practices for the cyber security community and business executives. With more than 20 years of experience in the IT security industry, he acts as a trusted advisor to organisations across the region and helping them improve their security postures and align security strategically with business initiatives. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, he spent 15 years in a variety of roles at Intel Security (McAfee), with his last position as the Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific. Before this, Sean was involved in software development, technical support and consulting services for a range of Internet security solutions.

Kate Duff

Kate Duff

Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore

Kate Duff

Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore

Kate Duff

Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore

Ms Duff is Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore. She is a senior career officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) whose most recent role in Canberra was as Assistant Secretary, North East Asia Branch, North Asia Division. Prior to that she established and led the New Colombo Plan Secretariat in DFAT. Ms Duff has been posted previously as Third Secretary, later Second Secretary Economic, Jakarta (1998-2001). Ms Duff has a Masters degree from Monash University, a Bachelor of Letters (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma in Indonesian from the Defence Force School of Languages.

Cameron Ford

Cameron Ford

Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto​, Singapore

Cameron Ford

Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto​, Singapore

Cameron Ford

Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tinto​, Singapore

Cameron is an expert in dispute resolution, having been a DR partner in a leading law firm and then a barrister at the independent Bar practising in commercial disputes. He is a trained mediator and an arbitrator on the panels of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and the Beijing Arbitration Commission and has sat as sole arbitrator in a number of arbitrations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. Cameron is also a registered adjudicator under an Australian construction security of payment scheme, has written over a dozen determinations and has advised on numerous applications for and responses to adjudications. A copy of most of his determinations can be found at the link below beginning with the number 16. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Northern Territory Law Reports for over 10 years and the Executive Editor of the Northern Territory Law Journal since its inception. He has written published articles on a range of topics including security of payment, the court's jurisdiction, constitutional law, civil procedure, investigating construction disputes, double jeopardy in Crown appeals and the lure of working in-house, as well as regularly writing case notes for all Northern Territory Supreme Court decisions.

The Hon Stephen Gageler AC

The Hon Stephen Gageler AC

High Court of Australia

The Hon Stephen Gageler AC

High Court of Australia

The Hon Stephen Gageler AC

High Court of Australia

Stephen John Gageler was appointed to the High Court in October 2012. At the time of his appointment he was Solicitor-General of Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian National University and has post-graduate qualifications from Harvard University. He was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1989 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2000. Before his appointment as Solicitor-General in 2008, he practised as a barrister extensively throughout Australia principally in constitutional law, administrative law and commercial law.

Judith Gill QC

Judith Gill QC

20 Essex Street

Judith Gill QC

20 Essex Street

Judith Gill QC

20 Essex Street

Judith is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the field of international arbitration. She has conducted cases under numerous sets of rules and subject to many different systems of law. In particular she has experience of arbitrations under the rules of, amongst others, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), American Arbitration Association (AAA) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) with seats including Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, London, New York, Washington, Dubai, Geneva, and Seoul. She has particular experience of projects (especially in the energy and infrastructure sectors), joint ventures, distributorships, investor protection disputes, insurance claims and construction disputes. She was a partner in the International Arbitration Group of the global law firm Allen & Overy for more than 25 years and was Head of the Group for 11 years. During that time she regularly acted as lead advocate and strategic adviser to clients involved in substantial international arbitration cases in both the commercial and investment treaty fields. Since joining Chambers Judith has practised exclusively as an arbitrator. She has extensive experience, both sole and as a member of a panel of three arbitrators, in matters involving construction disputes, energy contracts, manufacturing, distributorship agreements and other commercial agreements. In particular, Judith is regularly selected by institutions, including the ICC and SIAC, for appointments as arbitrator. Judith is currently the President of the LCIA, the first female to be appointed to the position. She was only the second female solicitor-advocate to be appointed QC and the first with an international arbitration practice.

The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson

The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson

Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson

Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson

Federal Court of Australia

Jacqueline Sarah Gleeson was appointed to the Federal Court in April 2014. Her Honour graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws in 1989 and a Master of Laws in 2007. She was an associate to the former Federal Court judge, the Honourable Trevor Morling. Justice Gleeson was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1991, leaving the Bar after nine years to become general counsel at the Australian Broadcasting Authority and later a senior executive lawyer for the Australian Government Solicitor. Her Honour returned to the NSW Bar in 2007 and took silk in 2012.

Philippe Doyle Gray

Philippe Doyle Gray

8 Wentworth Chambers, NSW

Philippe Doyle Gray

8 Wentworth Chambers, NSW

Philippe Doyle Gray

8 Wentworth Chambers, NSW

Philippe Doyle Gray is a barrister with over 20 years' legal experience who specialises in litigation and dispute resolution.

Michael Green SC

Michael Green SC

Level 22 Chambers, NSW Bar

Michael Green SC

Level 22 Chambers, NSW Bar

Michael Green SC

Level 22 Chambers, NSW Bar

Michael Green SC was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1991, came to the Bar in 1998 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015. He has appeared in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court, State Supreme Courts, the Land and Environment Court, and various tribunals. He has participated in many mediations and arbitrations and practises throughout Australia. Michael practises principally in the areas of Intellectual Property (particularly Copyright, Trade Marks, and Patents), Consumer Protection, Privacy and Information Technology, Confidential Information, Competition Law, Corporations Law, Regulation and Planning, Corporate Insolvency, and general Commercial Litigation. He has appeared in numerous notable cases. In addition, Michael is regularly sought after for high level, strategic advice in relation to complex and confidential legal and regulatory issues. Before coming to the Bar, Michael was Head of Corporate Affairs and Planning, of the Audio-Visual Copyright Society Limited (now Screenrights) and the Director, Copyright Law Review Committee (CLRC) Secretariat. Michael was the Associate to the Hon Justice IF Sheppard AO in the Federal Court of Australia from 1992 to 1995. He also was the lecturer and examiner for the Intellectual Property Law course for the LPAB, and has given guest lectures at various universities and conferences in Australia and overseas. Michael is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the IEEE, and other organisations.

The Hon Roger Gyles AO QC

The Hon Roger Gyles AO QC

Former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Roger Gyles AO QC

Former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Roger Gyles AO QC

Former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia

Roger Gyles AO QC spent 34 years at the Bar, 23 as a QC. He was President of the NSW Bar Association and the Australian Bar Association. He appeared in all Australian jurisdictions; in the courts of Singapore, Papua -New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands; and in the Privy Council. During his time at the Bar, he was a Royal Commissioner and a Special Prosecutor. He was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia for over 9 years. Since leaving the bench he has practised as an arbitrator and mediator, conducted a number of inquiries and been the Commonwealth Independent National Security Legislation Monitor.

Kathryn Haigh

Kathryn Haigh

National Manager, Legal and Policy, AUSTRAC

Kathryn Haigh

National Manager, Legal and Policy, AUSTRAC

Kathryn Haigh

National Manager, Legal and Policy, AUSTRAC

Kathryn joined AUSTRAC as General Counsel in September 2016. Kathryn is also responsible for AUSTRAC’s policy, rules, exemptions and enforcement functions. Kathryn has a background in law enforcement and regulation. She previously worked for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, leading a range of prosecutions targeting transnational and serious organised crime. Kathryn has also worked for other government regulators, and has extensive experience working in private practice, acting on behalf of clients defending civil penalty proceedings and other regulatory matters.

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC

Level 33 Chambers, QLD

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC

Level 33 Chambers, QLD

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC

Level 33 Chambers, QLD

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC has a general civil and commercial practice in areas including commercial property, financial services litigation, insolvency, equity and trusts, intellectual property, insurance law, and succession and estates. She has a special interest in the use of equitable remedies in commercial matters and their impact in insolvency.

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

Conference Chair

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

Conference Chair

Matthew Howard SC

Matthew Howard SC

Vice-President, Australian Bar Association

Matthew Howard SC

Vice-President, Australian Bar Association

Matthew Howard SC

Vice-President, Australian Bar Association

Matthew Howard has a general commercial and public law practice. He practiced at the Australian Securities Commission and was a senior associate at Parker & Parker before joining the Bar in 1996. He taught Equity and Trusts for a number of years and now lectures in Conflict of Laws at UWA where he is a Adjunct Professor. He is Vice President of the Australian Bar Association and is the immediate past President of the WA Bar Association.

The Hon Dr Michael Hwang SC

The Hon Dr Michael Hwang SC

Chief Justice, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

The Hon Dr Michael Hwang SC

Chief Justice, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

The Hon Dr Michael Hwang SC

Chief Justice, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

Dr Michael Hwang currently practices as a Barrister and Arbitrator, with his main focus on international arbitration and mediation. Michael was educated at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Oxford University, where he was a College Scholar and Prizewinner. After completing his legal education, he took up a teaching appointment at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 1968, when he joined Allen & Gledhill and helped to build it into Singapore's largest law firm. He became a partner in 1972, and retired from the firm at the end of 2002 after serving as Head of its Litigation and Arbitration Department for 10 years. Michael has over 40 years of experience in the legal arena. His areas of practice have included banking, finance, company, real property, intellectual property, tort, criminal, administrative and family law as well as a general commercial practice both as a disputes as well as a transactional lawyer. In 1991 he was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore, (a full time post equivalent to the office of a contract High Court Judge) for a fixed term which expired at the end of 1992. During his term of office, he dealt with a full caseload across a broad range of civil litigation, and 18 of his reasoned judgments are reported in the Singapore Law Reports. Several of these judgments have been cited with approval by other courts and academic commentators. He returned to private practice at the beginning of 1993. In 1997 he was appointed one of the first 12 Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore. In 1999, he was elected a member of the American Law Institute, and also served as a Visiting Professor to the National University of Singapore teaching advocacy and commercial arbitration. He later served as an Adjunct Professor at the same University, in the areas of commercial and international arbitration. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as a Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based in Geneva, a body set up under the Security Council to assess claims against Iraq arising from the First Gulf War. He is currently on the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and on the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Michael is also an accredited arbitrator of numerous international arbitration institutions, having been involved in many arbitrations and mediations involving a host of countries both in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Between 2004 and 2013 he served as Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to Switzerland. On stepping down form the Council in 2014 he was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Medal for services to the International Olympic Council. In 2005, he was appointed the non-resident Deputy Chief Justice of the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC Courts). In 2006, he was nominated as a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sports (based in Lausanne, Switzerland). On stepping down form the Council in 2014 he was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Medal for services to the International Olympic Council. Between 2008 and 2010 he served as President of the Law Society of Singapore. In 2010, he was appointed the non-resident Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts and in 2014 he was appointed as Head of the Dispute Resolution Authority in the DIFC. In 2014 he was conferred the degree of Honorary LLD by the University of Sydney. In 2015 he was appointed as Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to Argentina.

Professor Bryan​ Horrigan

Professor Bryan​ Horrigan

Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University

Professor Bryan​ Horrigan

Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University

Professor Bryan​ Horrigan

Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University

The Hon Justice Judith Kelly

The Hon Justice Judith Kelly

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

The Hon Justice Judith Kelly

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

The Hon Justice Judith Kelly

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

Judith Clair Kelly was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in August 2009. At the time of her appointment Justice Kelly was a Senior Counsel with William Forster Chambers. Justice Kelly came to the Territory in 1977 and worked as a secondary school teacher at Batchelor Area School from 1977 to 1982. She completed her law degree in Brisbane in 1985 and was admitted to practise as a barrister in Queensland in February 1986 and as a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory on April 1, 1986. She began work for the Darwin office of Morris Fletcher & Cross, (later Philip & Mitaros, now Clayton Utz) where she became a partner. As a solicitor Judith Kelly had a commercial litigation practise with a focus on banking and insolvency, insurance, construction and admiralty law. After joining William Forster Chambers in 1996 she retained a commercial focus practising mainly in the areas of contract, partnership, building, property, tax and insolvency matters as well as some professional negligence, insurance, native title, administrative law, maritime, probate and family provision matters. She was appointed as a Senior Counsel in 2008.

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

High Court of Australia

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

High Court of Australia

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, in 1954, educated in Queensland and at the University of Cambridge where she received a Masters of Law. Chief Justice Kiefel was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1975 and was the first woman in Queensland to be appointed Queen's Counsel in 1987. She was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1993 and in 1994 was appointed to the Federal Court. She also held a commission as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island from 2004. She served as a part-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission. She was appointed a Justice of the High Court on 3 September 2007 and appointed the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 31 January 2017. She was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2011. She was elected a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in June 2013. She was elected an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn in November 2014. She was appointed an Honorary Member of The Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne in November 2015.

Amanda Lees

Amanda Lees

Partner, Simmons & Simmons, Singapore

Amanda Lees

Partner, Simmons & Simmons, Singapore

Amanda Lees

Partner, Simmons & Simmons, Singapore

Amanda is a partner in the Dispute Resolution group in our Singapore office and specialises in cross border dispute resolution through international arbitration and complex multi-forum litigation. She has experience acting in international arbitrations in Asia and Australia and related stay, anti-suit and anti-arbitration applications. Amanda also sits as an arbitrator in commodities and commercial disputes. She is listed in Best Lawyers for international arbitration. She is adept at using alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and expert determination. Amanda has acted in commercial disputes across a range of business and industry sectors, including energy and resources, commodities, construction, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, telecommunications, manufacturing and consumer goods industries. Amanda also has substantial experience of drafting and advising on dispute resolution provisions in complex contracts, including arbitration provisions, ICSID clauses, sovereign immunity clauses, jurisdiction clauses and expert determination clauses. She advises clients in Asia on compliance with anti-bribery legislation, including the UK Bribery Act 2010. Amanda was admitted in New South Wales in 2001 and has 16 years’ experience in dispute resolution in Asia and Australia. She has been based in Singapore since 2012 and has experience in multiple Asian jurisdictions. Amanda is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. She is a Director of CIARB in Singapore. Amanda has a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the CIArb and took the ICC Masterclass for Arbitrators.

Professor Michael Legg

UNSW Law

Professor Michael Legg

UNSW Law

A Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney, Michael is a legal practitioner with over 20 years of experience and has worked with leading law firms in both Australia and the US. Some of his cases include class actions brought by travel agents based on allegations of misleading conduct and breach of contract; the successful defence of a Fortune 500 company facing novel class actions in the US state courts of West Virginia and Texas; and defence of cartel proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Michael is the Director of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative at UNSW Law. He is also Director of the Law Society of NSW Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) research stream in the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation at UNSW Law, having played a key role as the academic committee member on the ground-breaking FLIP Report launched by the Law Society of New South Wales in March 2017. Michael’s areas of expertise include class actions, litigation funding, regulatory litigation, corporate and securities law, the US legal system, and comparative civil procedure. His research, which include interests such as complex civil litigation, dispute resolution, the impact of cost and delay on the civil justice system, and regulators’ investigatory powers, has been cited in judgments by the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria, and in law reform reports spanning the Australian Law Reform Commission, NSW Law Reform Commission and Victorian Law Reform Commission. A member of the Law Society of New South Wales’ Future Committee, the Law Council of Australia’s Class Actions Committee and a Board Member of the Australian Pro Bono Centre, Michael’s interests extend to access to justice, community needs, and the impact of technology on the legal profession and the way in which it is shaping legal education. Michael is co-author on The Future of Australian Legal Education: A Collection (forthcoming release June 2018) based on the Australian Academy of Law Conference of the same name, at which he presented last year, and has also co-authored Civil Procedure in New South Wales (Thomson Reuters, 3rd ed, 2015) and Annotated Class Actions Legislation (LexisNexis, 2nd ed, 2018). He is also the editor of Regulation, Litigation and Enforcement (2011) published by Thomson Reuters, and The Future of Dispute Resolution (2013) and Resolving Civil Disputes (2016) by LexisNexis.

Bronwyn Lincoln

Bronwyn Lincoln

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Bronwyn Lincoln

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Bronwyn Lincoln

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

George Lim SC

George Lim SC

Chair, Singapore International Mediation Centre

George Lim SC

Chair, Singapore International Mediation Centre

George Lim SC

Chair, Singapore International Mediation Centre

George Lim SC is a former President of the Law Society and current Co-Chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC). He has thirty-three years of legal experience and has been mediating for over 18 years. He received his training in mediation at CEDR, UK and Harvard Law School. He is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute. In 1997, George helped to set up the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). He conducts mediations regularly under the auspices of the SMC, and has successfully mediated many complex commercial and cross-border disputes. As part of SMC’s training faculty, George has helped to train judges, lawyers and professionals in mediation for the Thai Judiciary, Bar Council of Malaysia, Fiji Supreme Court and Ministry of Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations, High Court of Nigeria, Philippine Judicial Academy, Hong Kong Healthcare Authority, Dubai Courts, Dubai International Financial Centre, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution and the Myanmar Judiciary. George served as the first Chairman of the Asian Mediation Association (2009-10). In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of the IMI, an international body which promotes professionalism in mediation. In 2013, George co-chaired a Working Group appointed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and the Ministry of Law to make recommendations on developing Singapore into a Centre for International Commercial Mediation. In 2014, George was identified by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation as being among 298 of the world’s leading commercial mediators. He is also the General Editor of the book – Mediation in Singapore: A Practical Guide, published by Thomson Reuters and launched by the Chief Justice of Singapore, Sundaresh Menon in March 2015.

Elizabeth Macknay

Elizabeth Macknay

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth

Elizabeth Macknay

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth

Elizabeth Macknay

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Perth

Liz is a commercial litigator and helps clients resolve disputes primarily in the mining and energy sectors. Liz works with clients to avoid and manage complex commercial litigation, contentious regulatory matters, bribery and corruption issues, and international arbitrations. She specialises in advising clients about the unique risks and sensitivities – both legal and commercial – that arise from matters involving contentious regulatory issues and bribery and corruption. Based in Perth, she has worked with clients based in and outside Australia for over 15 years to help them resolve disputes. Her experience encompasses all forms of dispute resolution including mediation, litigation, expert determination and arbitrations (both domestic and international). Liz has helped clients manage and resolve non-insolvency schemes of arrangement, shareholder disputes, shareholder and directors meetings, and directors duties. She also supports and guides clients to navigate their way through their domestic and foreign anti-bribery and corruption obligations both at the preventative stages, for example, setting up compliance and training programs, and when conducting internal investigations or responding to investigations. In addition to representing clients in Australian State and Federal Courts, and in international and domestic arbitrations, Liz regularly assists clients in their dealings with various regulators including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), the Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) and the Western Australian Economic Regulation Authority (ERA). Several leading legal publications and guides have acknowledge Liz’s expertise and named her amongst the best lawyers. Doyle’s Guide 2016 named her one of the leading Perth Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers. She was also named on the ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ list for Corporate/Governance Practice and Litigation three years running (2014, 2015 and 2016); for Alternative Dispute Resolution (2015, 2016) and for Mining Law 2016. Liz is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association, Transparency International, the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia Working Party on Foreign Corrupt Practices and Corporate Crime and Corruption, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Users Council, the Steering Committee of the Perth Centre for Energy and Resources Arbitration and the Western Australian Regional Council of Redkite. She is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and has been an elected member of the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia since April 2009.

Sashi Maharaj QC

Sashi Maharaj QC

Owen Dixon West, Victorian Bar

Sashi Maharaj QC

Owen Dixon West, Victorian Bar

Sashi Maharaj QC

Owen Dixon West, Victorian Bar

Sashi is a leading advocate who practices predominantly in the Federal Court nationally in the following areas: administrative law, migration, taxation, law enforcement and regulatory law, corporate and personal insolvency, corporations law, constitutional law, consumer protection and trade practices, superannuation, and veterans’ law. As senior counsel, Sashi has held a national retainer since 2007 for significant law enforcement litigation and advising work on behalf of the Commonwealth. As junior counsel she was retained to conduct immigration cases for the Commonwealth. She has conducted in excess of 200 migration matters including Full Court appeals involving test points in the Federal Court on behalf of the Commonwealth. She has appeared as lead counsel in (a) well in excess of 100 Full Court of the Federal Court appeals (b) several State Supreme Court appeals and (c) well in excess of 300 first instance matters in the Federal Court involving significant test points and statutory construction issues involving federal law matters. She has also appeared as junior to the Solicitor General of the Commonwealth in several significant High Court matters for the Commonwealth.

Tom McDonald

Tom McDonald

Regional Managing Director - Australasia, Vannin Capital

Tom McDonald

Regional Managing Director - Australasia, Vannin Capital

Tom McDonald

Regional Managing Director - Australasia, Vannin Capital

Tom is a solicitor of the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Before joining Vannin, Tom was a Senior Associate in the Sydney office of Ashurst in their market leading insolvency team. During his career, Tom has worked on some of the largest corporate collapses in Australian history, including the Octaviar Group and HIH Limited. Tom has broad experience advising in respect of all litigious aspects of insolvency proceedings, including voidable transaction, general law and statutory claims. Tom also has extensive experience in general dispute resolution and advisory matters, with a particular focus on matters involving contractual disputes and complex financial instruments and securities. Tom has been involved in litigation at all levels of the Australian court system, including applications for special leave to the High Court of Australia and in respect of appeals to that Court. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts (extended double major in Political Science) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons IIA) from the University of Queensland and is a professional member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA).

Michael McHugh SC

Michael McHugh SC

Vice-President, NSW Bar

Michael McHugh SC

Vice-President, NSW Bar

Michael McHugh SC

Vice-President, NSW Bar

Mr McHugh is a Sydney silk with a wide ranging trial and appellate practice across civil and criminal jurisdictions. He is a BarADR Arbitrator; regularly acts as a mediator in commercial (including shipping and aviation) and common law matters; and is Recommended - Leading transport barristers Australia - Senior Counsel, 2014-2019 in Doyle's Guide.

Kathryn McMillan QC

Kathryn McMillan QC

Quay 11 Chambers, QLD

Kathryn McMillan QC

Quay 11 Chambers, QLD

Kathryn McMillan QC

Quay 11 Chambers, QLD

Kathryn McMillan QC is the Head of Quay 11 Chambers, and is an Adjunct Professor, T.C. Bierne School of Law.

The Hon Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

The Hon Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Supreme Court of Singapore

The Hon Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Supreme Court of Singapore

The Hon Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Supreme Court of Singapore

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on 6 November 2012. He is the first Singapore-born Chief Justice. Chief Justice Menon graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1991. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1987, and as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in New York in 1992. After he was called to the Bar in Singapore, he practised with major local and international law firms, primarily as an advocate, in the fields of commercial litigation and arbitration, construction law and insolvency law. From 2006 to 2007, he served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed the 6th Attorney-General of Singapore, a post he relinquished in 2012 shortly before his appointment as a Judge of Appeal. He was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights upon his appointment as Attorney-General in 2010 and was later appointed as its Chairman in 2012, upon his appointment as Chief Justice. He is also the President of the Singapore Academy of Law. Chief Justice Menon is married with three children.

Professor Elisabeth Peden

Professor Elisabeth Peden

University of Sydney & NSW Bar

Professor Elisabeth Peden

University of Sydney & NSW Bar

Professor Elisabeth Peden

University of Sydney & NSW Bar

Elisabeth was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1994 and commenced practicing as an academic barrister in 1999 and as a full time barrister in 2007. She has a general commercial practice at the bar, regularly appearing in the Federal and Supreme Courts around Australia. She also appears in the High Court and various tribunals. Her practice areas for litigation, arbitration and advice include appellate, commercial/contract, corporate and banking, construction, equity, property including strata, succession/family provision, medical/professional negligence. She has provided advice on drafting, planning and strategy and litigation to government bodies, including NSW government departments, the New Zealand government, large and small corporations and individuals. Some cases Elisabeth has run to judgment are listed below, but she has assisted many clients resolve disputes on favourable terms without the cost and stress of litigation through a commercial approach. Her ability to do so is strengthened by her qualification as a nationally accredited mediator (LEADR). She has been an expert witness on Australian and New South Wales contract law in Singapore and New Zealand litigation. She is the editor of the New South Wales Law Reports, the Commercial Law Quarterly and on the editorial board of the Journal of Contract Law. She has been elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. She is a Professor at the University of Sydney and has an international reputation in contract, commercial law and evidence law. She teaches postgraduate and undergraduate courses for the University of Sydney, Australian National University, and University of Hong Kong. She is an examiner and lecturer for the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board in contract law and evidence. She provides legal training to law firms and national corporations and is a regular invited speaker at national and international conferences on aspects of contract, commercial, evidence and procedure, and medical negligence law. She completed her BA (1st Class Hons) and LLB (1stClass Hons; University Medal) at the University of Sydney. She was the associate to Justice Lockhart in the Federal Court and Justice McHugh in the High Court of Australia. She was a Tapp Scholar and Ivan Roberts Scholar at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, where she completed her PhD on implied terms in contract law. She was a consultant to a large international law firm for four years, while an academic, before being called to the bar.

John Pender

John Pender

CEO, Australian Press Council

John Pender

CEO, Australian Press Council

John Pender

CEO, Australian Press Council

The Hon Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong

The Hon Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong

Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore

The Hon Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong

Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore

The Hon Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong

Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore

Dr Andrew Phang was appointed Judge of Appeal on 28 February 2006. He was appointed Vice-President of the Court of Appeal by Chief Justice in 2018. Born in Singapore, he received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1982. He pursued his postgraduate studies at Harvard University, where he was conferred his Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees in 1984 and 1988, respectively. In 1990, he was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. He taught at the NUS Law Faculty from 1982 to 2000. In 2000, he was appointed Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University (SMU), and a year later, became Chair of the Department of Law at SMU’s Business School. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. Dr Phang was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court on 3 January 2005 and elevated to a Judge on 9 December 2005, before his appointment as Judge of Appeal. Dr Phang is the Vice-President of the Singapore Academy of Law and co-chairs the Legal Publishing & Knowledge Cluster. His extensive publications include the local edition of Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston’s Law of Contract and (together with Prof Goh Yihan) Contract Law in Singapore (Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2012). He is also General Editor of, as well as a contributor to, The Law of Contract in Singapore (Academy Publishing, 2012).

Sue-Ella Prodonovich

Sue-Ella Prodonovich

Principal, Prodonovich Advisory

Sue-Ella Prodonovich

Principal, Prodonovich Advisory

Sue-Ella Prodonovich

Principal, Prodonovich Advisory

Sue-Ella Prodonovich is one of Australia’s leading specialists in business development for the professional services and business-to-business sectors. Her clients include some of the country’s - and the world’s - best law, accounting, IT, engineering and architecture firms. Sue-Ella has more than 20 years senior level experience winning work and growing businesses in these complex industries. Over that time, she has given countless professionals the tools they need to attract and retain clients and build more profitable, more sustainable and more enjoyable practices.

Michelle Quigley

Michelle Quigley

Group Manager, Legal & Risk, Ausgroup

Michelle Quigley

Group Manager, Legal & Risk, Ausgroup

Michelle Quigley

Group Manager, Legal & Risk, Ausgroup

V. K. Rajah

V. K. Rajah

Former Attorney General of Singapore

V. K. Rajah

Former Attorney General of Singapore

V. K. Rajah

Former Attorney General of Singapore

Vijaya Kumar Rajah, better known as V. K. Rajah, is a former Attorney-General of Singapore. Previously Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Rajah succeeded Steven Chong as Attorney-General on 25 June 2014. He stepped down on 14 January 2017 and was succeeded by Lucien Wong. Rajah was among the first batch of lawyers in Singapore to be appointed Senior Counsel in 1997, and was once the managing partner of law firm Rajah & Tann. He was also part of the NUS law school moot team which won the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 1982, a first for NUS. The other members of the team were Davinder Singh, Jimmy Yim, and Steven Chong. He was first appointed Judicial Commissioner on 2 January 2004, Judge of the High Court on 1 November 2004, and subsequently Judge of Appeal in April 2007. Rajah's publications include Judicial Management in Singapore (with T. C. Choong, Singapore: Butterworths, 1990). He was also the chair of a committee that produced an influential report in 2007 reviewing Singapore's legal sector. Rajah has been a Director at Monetary Authority of Singapore since 1 November 2014.

Jonathon Redwood

Jonathon Redwood

Banco Chambers, NSW

Jonathon Redwood

Banco Chambers, NSW

Jonathon Redwood

Banco Chambers, NSW

Jonathon has more than 20 years’ experience in legal practice. He maintains a broad national practice encompassing advice and appearance work in high value commercial disputes, international arbitration, and public law and regulatory matters. He is regularly retained led and un-led by leading law firms and corporate clients to conduct cases throughout Australia at first instance and on appeal, and internationally, including in arbitrations seated in Singapore, London, and New York. He is qualified and experienced in Australian law, English law and U.S. law (New York, Delaware and federal law). Jonathon is a leading barrister in international law and arbitral law and is recognised as such in the Doyles Guide to the Legal Profession’s guide to Australia’s leading arbitration counsel (2017 & 2018). He is routinely engaged by leading law firms to appear and advise in large international arbitrations, seated in Australia, Singapore, London, and New York. His recent cases in this area include acting in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore for Samsung for claims exceeding $1.2 billion. He is a Fellow and Director of ACICA and has represented that peak arbitral body in its amicus interventions in the High Court of Australia in Rinehart v Hancock Prospecting, Westport v Gordian and TCL Air Conditioner v Judges of Federal Court of Australia. He has also acted as an arbitrator (appointed under the ACICA Rules) and is a panel arbitrator for NBN Co and the Australian Energy Regulator.

Carrie Rome-Sievers

Carrie Rome-Sievers

Lonsdale Chambers, Victorian Bar

Carrie Rome-Sievers

Lonsdale Chambers, Victorian Bar

Carrie Rome-Sievers

Lonsdale Chambers, Victorian Bar

Carrie is a commercial law barrister practising primarily in the areas of insolvency and corporations law, equity and trusts, bankruptcy, restitution, and banking and finance. She is experienced in advocacy, pleadings and opinion work principally in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Australia. A selection of cases in which Carrie has been briefed to appear is listed below. Carrie has advised and appeared for directors, liquidators, administrators and creditors in a range of insolvency matters – see the cases listed below. An area of particular interest in insolvency is trading trusts with corporate trustees in liquidation or other external administration. She has written several articles on the recent, important appeal decisions in Amerind (Victorian Court of Appeal; High Court appeal was heard on 5 February 2019, we are awaiting judgment) and Killarnee (Full Federal Court). Other areas of expertise include fraud, restitution, Barnes v Addy claims against third parties in cases of misuse of corporate or trust property, and taxation law issues arising in the insolvency context. Carrie’s publicly available articles and case reviews may be read on this website. Carrie’s other corporations law and commercial work has included shareholders oppression actions, contract disputes, directors duties, and professional negligence (accounting advice). Carrie’s work in equity and trusts has included a complex church property trust dispute, advising external administrators on a range of trust and property law issues, including the rules of tracing into mixed funds , and advising a statutory body on issues of restitution and of legal and equitable assignment or transfer of assets.

Ian Robertson SC

Ian Robertson SC

Chair, Australian Advocacy Training Council

Ian Robertson SC

Chair, Australian Advocacy Training Council

Ian Robertson SC

Chair, Australian Advocacy Training Council

Ian has a LLB (Honours) and BEc, majoring in Accounting, from the University of Adelaide in 1986. He obtained his Master of Laws in 1996. He worked as a solicitor and, later, as in-house Counsel of Piper Alderman (of which he was made a partner in 1993). Ian was called to the Bar in 1995. He practices nationally from Jeffcott Chambers in Adelaide. He is a visiting member of William Forster Chambers in Darwin. Ian was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. He has been the Hon. Secretary of the South Australian Bar Association and he is a member of the Council of that Association. He is presently its President. He was the inaugural Chair of the Bar Readers’ Executive, the body responsible for training entrants to the Bar in SA from its inception in 2013 to 2016. He remains a member of the BRE. Ian is the second Chair of the ABA’s Advocacy Training Council and has been a member of the ATC since its inception in 2007. He is a member of the Bar Council of the ABA. He is a director of the Australian Advocacy Institute and a regular teacher of advocacy for the SABA, the ABA, the AAI, and internationally.

Helen Rofe QC

Helen Rofe QC

Owen Dixon Chambers West, Victorian Bar

Helen Rofe QC

Owen Dixon Chambers West, Victorian Bar

Helen Rofe QC

Owen Dixon Chambers West, Victorian Bar

Helen is a leader of the Australian patent Bar. Before coming to the Bar, Helen practised as a special counsel at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks and a senior associate at Blake Dawson Waldron. She has a Bachelor of Science majoring in genetics. She has appeared in many major patent infringement and validity cases, and also has experience in breach of confidence, trade mark, misleading and deceptive conduct, design matters and copyright matters. She is a registered Trade Marks Attorney, and was President of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand from 2007 to 2009. Before coming to the bar, Helen practised as a special counsel at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks and a senior associate at Blake Dawson Waldron.She has a Bachelor of Science majoring in genetics. Over the last 12 years Helen has had extensive experience in intellectual property law in particular litigious patent matters both in the Federal Court and the Patent Office. She also has experience in breach of confidence, copyright, trade mark, misleading and conduct and design matters.Helen is a registered Trade Marks Attorney.She is the President of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand.Helen is a co-author of "Australian Patent Law", Butterworths 2004.

Brendan Siva

Brendan Siva

Chair, International Advocacy Training Council

Brendan Siva

Chair, International Advocacy Training Council

Brendan Siva

Chair, International Advocacy Training Council

Brendan is a B.Ec./ LL.B graduate of the University of Sydney, Australia. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in February 1999. Through the period from February 1999 to March 2002, Brendan served as a legal assistant at Messrs Lee Hishammuddin. He joined the firm of Messrs Kadir, Andri & Partners on 2 April 2002 and was subsequently made a partner of that Firm on 1 January 2005. On 1 January 2011, he set up his own legal practice under the name of Messrs Brendan Siva. Brendan is actively involved in commercial, banking, employment, libel, securities regulation and corporate litigation. Chambers Asia 2009 : Asia's Leading Lawyers for Business describes Brendan as bringing a practical manner, prompt responses and water tight judgment to his instructions.

Fedelma C. Smith

Fedelma C. Smith

Senior Legal Counsel and PCA Representative in Singapore

Fedelma C. Smith

Senior Legal Counsel and PCA Representative in Singapore

Fedelma C. Smith

Senior Legal Counsel and PCA Representative in Singapore

Fedelma Claire Smith has a BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe from Oxford University and an Advanced LLM in Public International Law from Leiden University. She has served as a member of the legal staff of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (2007-2008) and of the International Court of Justice (2008-2010), where she was law clerk to H. E. Judge Awn Al-Khasawneh and H. E. Judge Sir Kenneth Keith. She is the author of the case summaries in Permanent Court of Arbitration: Summaries of Awards 1999-2009 (TMC Asser Press/CUP 2010), which she edited with Belinda Macmahon. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Middle Temple in 2007 and will be undertaking pupillage at Field Court Chambers from September 2010.

Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor

Francis Burt Chambers, WA

Julie Taylor

Francis Burt Chambers, WA

Julie Taylor

Francis Burt Chambers, WA

Julie Taylor has appeared in proceedings involving the liquidation or receivership of large corporate groups, in proceedings involving commercial disputes, and in class actions. She has also advised on and appeared in arbitrations for international corporations. Julie joined the New South Wales Bar in 2007, where she practised at Eight Selborne Chambers. She moved to Perth in 2016. Prior to joining the Bar, Julie undertook her undergraduate legal training in Perth, completing a Law/Arts degree at the University of Western Australia in 2002. After an associateship at the High Court of Australia with Justice Heydon, she completed a BCL and MPhil(Law) at the University of Oxford. Julie was listed in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended junior counsel for Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution in NSW in 2016, and in WA in 2017; and a preeminent junior counsel for Insolvency & Restructuring in WA in 2017.

Rebecca Treston QC

Rebecca Treston QC

President, Bar Association of Queensland

Rebecca Treston QC

President, Bar Association of Queensland

Rebecca Treston QC

President, Bar Association of Queensland

Rebecca was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1996 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013. Rebecca has a diverse commercial practice, predominantly in estate and trust litigation, but also in general commercial litigation, statutory scheme litigation, public liability and medical negligence litigation. Rebecca was recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2016 as the preeminent Queen’s Counsel in the area of Wills and Estates Litigation, Queensland, and in Doyle’s Guide 2017 as the “Market Leader” Queen’s Counsel in the same area. She provides advice and appears in complex matters involving contested probate, succession law, superannuation, equitable actions and trust litigation. She also acts, through solicitors, for trustee companies and charities. Rebecca’s broad practice extends to commercial disputes and mediations (both as mediator and as a party), while in medical negligence and statutory scheme litigation, Rebecca is regularly in briefed by national law firms, as well as for the State of Queensland. She was recognised as a leading mediator in Doyle’s Guide 2018. In addition to her private practice as a barrister in Brisbane, Rebecca is Chair of the Section 193A Panel established under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld), and is a member of the Council of the Bar Association of Queensland. Between 2007 and 2010, and again in 2013, Rebecca held a position as a part time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission. Rebecca has a particular interest in practice in the professional regulatory and disciplinary area. Rebecca was also recognised in Doyle’s Guide in 2016 as a recommended Queen’s Counsel in the area of Insurance and Personal Injury, Queensland, in 2018 as a “Market Leader” in Queensland Wills & Estates Litigation and as a preeminent Senior Counsel in Australia in Wills and Estates Litigation, as well as a leading Queen’s Counsel in the area of Insurance and Personal Injury, Queensland.

The Hon Justice John Vaughan

The Hon Justice John Vaughan

Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Western Australia

The Hon Justice John Vaughan

Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Western Australia

The Hon Justice John Vaughan

Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Western Australia

Justice Vaughan was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 30 April 2018. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce, and was admitted to practice in Western Australia later that year. Justice Vaughan became a partner in a national law firm in 1998 and joined the Independent Bar in 2007. His Honour was appointed Senior Counsel in 2013. While a barrister Justice Vaughan practised principally in the areas of insolvency, commercial litigation and taxation.

David Webber

David Webber

Partner, Davies Collison Cave, Melbourne

David Webber

Partner, Davies Collison Cave, Melbourne

David Webber

Partner, Davies Collison Cave, Melbourne

David specialises in patent, design and copyright advice for electronics, computer software and communications products, with particular expertise in patents for Internet technology, telecommunications, financial systems, artificial intelligence and image processing technology. He has considerable experience in patent drafting, patent oppositions and patent infringement, due diligence and freedom to operate advice. David lectures in patent and copyright law and integrated circuit legislation for the University of Melbourne and Monash University. He was a member of the Australian Government’s Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys from 2006 to 2012. He is currently responsible for the patent practice of Davies Collison Cave and has been a partner since 1992. David is an International Councillor of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), and represents Australia on the Patents Committee for APAA. David is also the Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for APAA (Australia Group) Inc. He has worked as in-house counsel in London, UK. David has over 20 years experience acting on behalf of large corporations, research institutes, universities and start-up companies, both in Australia and overseas. He has successfully handled many complex patent oppositions, and is adept at managing large patent portfolios. He acted in the first finding of infringement by a Court under semiconductor chip protection legislation. David has been invited to speak on intellectual property law for computer software and integrated circuit protection by a large number of organisations, including the Australian Patent Office, the Victorian Computer Law Society, the New South Wales Computer Law Society, the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys,IEEE, LAWASIA and ACLA. His articles have been published in a number of intellectual property journals. David is a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne and teaches in post graduate and undergraduate courses for the Law Faculties of the University of Melbourne and Monash University. He has also given lectures on intellectual property law for students of the Engineering Faculty of Swinburne University and the Science and Engineering Faculties of the University of Melbourne. David was appointed by the Federal Government in 2006 to the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys. The Board is responsible for dealing with the qualifications for registration and professional conduct of Australian patent and trade mark attorneys.

Michael Whitten QC

Victorian Bar

Michael Whitten QC

Victorian Bar

Michael Whitten QC commenced practice in 1986, currently practices in commercial litigation and specialises in all aspects of building and construction disputes, including energy and infrastructure. He is a Fellow of CIArb, a nationally accredited mediator, vice-chair of the Victorian Bar’s International Arbitration Committee, a member of the ABA’s International Committee, past head of Chancery Chambers and a founding member and current Chair of Melbourne Technology, Engineering and Construction Chambers. Michael has been recognised by Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Commercial Law, recommended in Doyle's Guide and included in Best Lawyers in Australia for work in Construction/Infrastructure Law.

Taur-Juin Wong

Taur-Juin Wong

Head of Legal, Rabobank Singapore; President of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association

Taur-Juin Wong

Head of Legal, Rabobank Singapore; President of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association

Taur-Juin Wong

Head of Legal, Rabobank Singapore; President of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association

Taur-Jiun Wong is the current President of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and Head of Legal at Rabobank Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a law degree in 1992 and an MBA in 2001. Taur-Jiun started his legal career in litigation and corporate commercial work before moving in-house into international trade, technology and now, banking and finance. Taur-Jiun also serves on the Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law, the Advisory Board of the School of Law at Singapore Management University and the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Schools’ Foundation. Established in 2002, the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association is the national organisation for corporate counsel in Singapore. SCCA promotes professional standards and provides developmental opportunities to help in-house lawyers in Singapore be Better Counsel. SCCA believes that Better Counsel make Better Corporations, and, in turn, Better Corporations make Better Communities. The executive committee of the SCCA is made up of volunteer in-house lawyers, and they are advised by SCCA’s Patron, the Attorney General of Singapore, who is also the chairman of its Board of Advisors. In 2017, SCCA launched its Competency Framework and Code of Conduct for corporate counsel. A Diversity Pledge was launched in 2018.

Meiyen Tan

Meiyen Tan

Partner, Head of Restructuring and Insolvency, Oon & Bazul

Meiyen Tan

Partner, Head of Restructuring and Insolvency, Oon & Bazul

Meiyen Tan

Partner, Head of Restructuring and Insolvency, Oon & Bazul

Meiyen is the Head of Oon & Bazul’s Restructuring and Insolvency Practice.  Meiyen’s main areas of practice include cross-border disputes, consensual and non-consensual insolvency and restructuring, corporate fraud and investigations. She has acted for and advised individuals, multi-national corporations, court-appointed administrators, distressed and special situations funds and banks in Singapore and abroad. Prior to joining Oon & Bazul, Meiyen was a partner at one of the Big Four domestic law practices in Singapore. She is also the first female to lead a restructuring and insolvency legal practice in Singapore.