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.

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

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Scott Atkins

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Scott Atkins

Partner, 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

10th Floor, St James Hall Chambers

Philip Bambagiotti

10th Floor, St James Hall Chambers

Philip Bambagiotti

10th Floor, St James Hall Chambers

Philip is a Sydney barrister whose practice focuses on commercial and building & construction law, insurance and international arbitration.

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 President of the Australian Bar Association and a former President of the Victorian Bar, the Tax Bar Association and Australian Women Lawyers. In addition to her commercial and tax practice, she has a substantial practice in equity and trusts, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. She is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School teaching in the Melbourne Law Masters Program, a member of the Melbourne Law School Advisory Council and was elected to the Legal Services Board in 2018.

The Hon Justice Andrew Bell

The Hon Justice Andrew Bell

President of the Court of Appeal​, NSW Supreme Court

The Hon Justice Andrew Bell

President of the Court of Appeal​, NSW Supreme Court

The Hon Justice Andrew Bell

President of the Court of Appeal​, NSW Supreme Court

In February 2019, Andrew Bell was appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. At the time of his appointment, his Honour was Senior Vice-President of the New South Wales Bar Association. His Honour was admitted to the Bar in 1995 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2006.

Shane Campbell

Shane Campbell

Director of Enforcement AUSTRAC

Shane Campbell

Director of Enforcement AUSTRAC

Shane Campbell

Director of Enforcement AUSTRAC

Shane Campbell is an experienced regulatory lawyer. He led AUSTRAC’s landmark cases again Tabcorp and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He has over 18 years regulatory experience including working at AUSTRAC and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. Shane has direct experience in compliance operations and enforcement actions. Shane understands the importance of tailoring regulatory solutions to match the identified harm. He has worked extensively with industry to provide regulatory options that minimise regulatory burden while ensuring money laundering and terrorism financing risks are appropriately managed. Shane is admitted to practice in Qld, NSW and England Wales.

Connie Carnabuci

Connie Carnabuci

General Counsel, ABC Legal

Connie Carnabuci

General Counsel, ABC Legal

Connie Carnabuci

General Counsel, ABC Legal

Connie Carnabuci is the General Counsel of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has over 28 years’ experience as a legal advisor to the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector. Connie serves on the Audit and Risk Committee of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the UNSW Business School and a Non-Executive Director of OFX.

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.

Jimmy Chan

Jimmy Chan

Partner, Clifford Chance

Jimmy Chan

Partner, Clifford Chance

Jimmy Chan

Partner, Clifford Chance

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 Matt Collins AM QC

Dr Matt Collins AM QC

President, Victorian bar

Dr Matt Collins AM QC

President, Victorian bar

Dr Matt Collins AM 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.

Peter Collinson QC

Peter Collinson QC

Chancery Chambers, Victorian Bar

Peter Collinson QC

Chancery Chambers, Victorian Bar

Peter Collinson QC

Chancery Chambers, Victorian Bar

Peter has a broad commercial practice, which in recent years has encompassed shareholder class actions for plaintiffs (GPT, Billabong) and defendants (Centro, Oz Minerals); substantial insolvency disputes (Banksia, Bill Express, Oswal, Saraceni); litigation and enquiries by regulators such as ASIC (BBSW, Murray Goulburn, Fonterra) and the ACCC; major tax and revenue disputes; competition matters; professional negligence claims; mining disputes and international disputes (Sunland). Peter was admitted to practice in 1980, was appointed a partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in 1987 and commenced practice as a barrister in 1991. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.

Mark Costello

Mark Costello

Victorian Bar

Mark Costello

Victorian Bar

Mark Costello

Victorian Bar

Mark practices in a wide variety of areas, most commonly commercial law, equity, insolvency, construction and engineering arbitrations, professional negligence, constitutional and administrative law.

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

Craig 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 AC QC

The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC

Former Justice, High Court of Australia

The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC

Former Justice, High Court of Australia

The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC

Former Justice, High Court of Australia

The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC has degrees in Arts and Law. She was admitted as a barrister in 1979 and appointed Queens Counsel in 1989. She chaired the Victorian Bar Council and was President of the ABA. She was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008. She retired from the High Court in 2015. Her areas of practice are Arbitration, Mediation and Neutral Evaluations.

Mark Dempsey QC

Mark Dempsey QC

7th Floor Wentworth & Selborne Chamber

Mark Dempsey QC

7th Floor Wentworth & Selborne Chamber

Mark Dempsey QC

7th Floor Wentworth & Selborne Chamber

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

Admitted in 1989 in WA. Kanaga Dharmananda commenced practice as a barrister in January 2006, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. Kanaga has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with emphasis on resources, finance, project, and international matters. Kanaga teaches International Commercial Arbitration at the UWA Law School. Kanaga was educated at the UWA Law School, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School.

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.

Philippe Doyle Gray

Philippe Doyle Gray

8 Wentworth Chambers

Philippe Doyle Gray

8 Wentworth Chambers

Philippe Doyle Gray

8 Wentworth Chambers

Philippe is a highly experienced senior junior commercial barrister at 8 Wentworth Chambers in Sydney, Australia. With nearly 20 years’ experience at the Bar, his areas of specialty include commercial law, equity, professional negligence, professional disciplinary matters and disputes between legal professionals and their clients regarding legal costs and disbursements. He is a progressive and forward-thinking barrister with an avid interest in the law and its interaction with technology.

Sean Duca

Sean Duca

Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific & Japan, Palo Alto Networks

Sean Duca

Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific & Japan, Palo Alto Networks

Sean Duca

Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific & Japan, 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, Australian High Commission

Kate Duff

Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission

Kate Duff

Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission

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.

Peter Dunning QC

Peter Dunning QC

Bar Association of Queensland

Peter Dunning QC

Bar Association of Queensland

Peter Dunning QC

Bar Association of Queensland

Peter Dunning has for the last 5 years held a commission as the Solicitor-General for Queensland. In that role Peter has appeared many times in the High Court of Australia and other courts for the State of Queensland in the full range of constitutional, native title and public law cases. During that period Peter also maintained his right of private practice and continued his private practice predominantly in the areas of appellate work and commercial litigation. Prior to his term as Solicitor-General Peter had a large, essentially commercial, practice but in fact covering nearly the full gamut of legal disputes and appearance work. Peter also maintains a significant advice practice.

Cameron Ford

Cameron Ford

Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tonto

Cameron Ford

Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tonto

Cameron Ford

Senior Corporate Counsel, Rio Tonto

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.

Ross Foreman

Ross Foreman

PG Hely Chambers

Ross Foreman

PG Hely Chambers

Ross Foreman

PG Hely Chambers

Ross Foreman is a commercial barrister. He is regularly briefed in commercial litigation in the NSW Supreme Court (including in the Commercial List and the Corporations List) and in the Federal Court. He has extensive experience in shareholder class actions, contract disputes, corporations matters (including insolvencies and schemes of arrangement) and litigation involving banking, financial services and financial products. Ross has acted for many ASX-listed companies and liquidators, and was included in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in Australia for Litigation in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Ross also appears in employment law matters, predominantly in relation to the termination of senior executives, employment contracts and restraints of trade. He is a recommended junior counsel in employment in NSW in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Doyles Guide.

The Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC

High Court of Australia

The Hon Justice 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.

Professor Felicity Gerry QC

Professor Felicity Gerry QC

Crockett Chambers Melbourne

Professor Felicity Gerry QC

Crockett Chambers Melbourne

Professor Felicity Gerry QC

Crockett Chambers Melbourne

Professor Felicity Gerry QC, Crockett Chambers, Melbourne and Carmelite Chambers, London and Professor of Legal Practice, Deakin University: Specialises in complex matters ranging from terrorism to human trafficking and international logging. Led the team given leave as Amicus Curiae in the Radovan Karadžić Appeal. Led in R v Jogee UKSC joint enterprise appeal described by the BBC as a ‘moment of genuine legal history’.

Judith Gill QC

Judith Gill QC

Twenty Essex

Judith Gill QC

Twenty Essex

Judith Gill QC

Twenty Essex

Judith is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the field of international arbitration. 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. She has particular experience of projects (especially in the energy and infrastructure sectors), joint ventures, distributorships, investor protection disputes, insurance claims and construction disputes. Judith moved to Singapore in September 2015 and joined 20 Essex Street Chambers in Singapore in May 2018. Since joining Chambers Judith has practised exclusively as an arbitrator. Judith was only the second female solicitor-advocate to be appointed QC in England.

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

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. 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.

Michael Green SC

Michael Green SC

Level 22 Chambers

Michael Green SC

Level 22 Chambers

Michael Green SC

Level 22 Chambers

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, Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Roger Gyles AO QC

Former Justice, Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Roger Gyles AO QC

Former Justice, 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.

Edward Heerey QC

Edward Heerey QC

New South Wales Bar

Edward Heerey QC

New South Wales Bar

Edward Heerey QC

New South Wales Bar

Ed Heerey QC practices in intellectual property and trade practices law across Australia and New Zealand. He is a registered Trade Marks Attorney and a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School where he teaches in the post-graduate intellectual property programme. He is also an active member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, for which he presents annual Trade Marks Updates around Australia and New Zealand.

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC

Bar Association of Queensland

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC

Bar Association of Queensland

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC

Bar Association of Queensland

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC is an experienced trial and appellate barrister with an extensive commercial and civil practice in areas including corporations litigation, property, financial services litigation, insolvency, equity, estates and trusts, intellectual property, personal injuries and insurance law. She is briefed regularly to conduct trials involving fraud or where there are significant issues of credit. Cate came to the bar in 1998 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014. She holds an LLM (Hons) from QUT. Cate has a special interest in the development of strategy in complex commercial litigation. Cate is an experienced mediator. She is the Honorary Treasurer of the Bar Association of Queensland, a member of the Bar Council, the Supreme Court of Queensland Library Committee, the Bar Practice Course Management Committee and the International Law Association Committee, Queensland Chapter. Cate presents in the Bar Practice Course in Ethics and Case Analysis and is a sought-after presenter and public speaker.

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

5 Wentworth Chambers

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

5 Wentworth Chambers

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

5 Wentworth Chambers

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC is Chair of the ABA’s Futures Committee and an Officer of the International Bar Association’s Bar Regulation Committee. Dominique practises in commercial disputes resolution, regulatory investigations & enforcement action, and public inquiries involving governance & integrity issues. She is also a leading Mediator, accredited Arbitrator, and experienced Trustee director in the financial services industry. Dominique was recognised in Best Lawyers: Litigation (2019); Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession: Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel NSW (2016, 2017, 2018), Leading Mediators NSW (2018); and was Barrister of the Year at the Australian Law Awards (2016).

Professor Bryan Horrigan

Professor Bryan Horrigan

Dean of Law, Monash University

Professor Bryan Horrigan

Dean of Law, Monash University

Professor Bryan Horrigan

Dean of Law, Monash University

Professor Bryan Horrigan BA, LLB (Hons) (UQ) DPhil (Oxon) is the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Monash University in Melbourne. His academic and professional expertise covers public and corporate law and governance. He has advised corporate clients and the Australian Government on issues of good faith in business contexts.

Brenda Horrigan

Brenda Horrigan

President, ACICA

Brenda Horrigan

President, ACICA

Brenda Horrigan

President, ACICA

Brenda is Head of International Arbitration – Australia at Herbert Smith Freehills, based in HSF’s Sydney office. She is an Australian registered foreign lawyer admitted in Washington DC. Brenda has some 20 years’ experience in international arbitration. Her practice is multifaceted; she works as counsel on complex international commercial and investment treaty arbitration matters at both the arbitration and enforcement stages, and also sits as an arbitrator. She began her career as a transactional lawyer, and that background provides valuable insight for clients into the underlying commercial and contractual aspects of their disputes. Brenda serves as the President of ACICA, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia), and is listed on the panels of several arbitral institutions. She also served for several years as Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School (Shanghai campus). Brenda has practiced in the US, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai and now Sydney, and is consistently ranked in Chambers and in Global Arbitration Review’s Who’s Who: Legal as a leading arbitration practitioner.

Katrina Howard

Katrina Howard

9 Selborne Chambers

Katrina Howard

9 Selborne Chambers

Katrina Howard

9 Selborne Chambers

Katrina has practised as a barrister for over 20 years including as senior counsel for ten years. She has a technical background (a first class honours degree in pharmacology) and extensive experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent litigation, most recently antibody and biosimilar litigation, various vaccines and gene technologies, as well as in medical devices, chemical patents, mechanical patents and IT patents (including acting for Samsung against Apple), both in the Federal Court and the Australian Patent Office. Through studies in Cambridge, UK, attending international conferences such as BIO and Patski, and involvement in many cases as part of global litigation, she has a thorough knowledge of patent laws in the US, UK and Europe, as well as Australia. Katrina has also been admitted to practise as a barrister in the UK for several years. She is identified in Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2018 as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Patents. Katrina acted as the Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal from 2012-2017.

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

The Hon Dr Michael Hwang

Former Chief Justice, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

The Hon Dr Michael Hwang

Former Chief Justice, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

The Hon Dr Michael Hwang

Former Chief Justice, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

Dr Michael Hwang SC was educated at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Oxford University where he was a college scholar by open competitive examination and prize winner. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 1968, when he joined Allen & Gledhill, now Singapore’s largest law practice. 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. He served as a Judicial Commissioner (fixed term High Court Judge) of the Supreme Court from 1991 to 1992, and was appointed one of the first twelve Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1997. On his retirement from Allen & Gledhill Dr Hwang established a boutique practice, mainly as an International Arbitrator and Mediator with a selective advisory practice as Senior Counsel. He has lectured and written extensively on international arbitration and mediation. He is active in domestic and international disputes including investment treaty disputes (under ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, PCA, AAA/ICDR, CAS, BANI, CIETAC, HKIAC, Swiss and SIAC Rules). His arbitrations and mediations have involved disputes in more than 41 countries and hearings in 26 cities.

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

Justice Judith Kelly completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and a Diploma of Education in 1976, working as a teacher in Batchelor, in the Northern Territory, from 1977 to 1982. She graduated in Law with honours from the University of Queensland in 1985 and was first admitted as a barrister in Queensland in 1986, then worked as a solicitor in the Northern Territory, becoming a partner of Morris Fletcher and Cross (later Philip & Mitaros, then Clayton Utz). She went to the independent bar, joining William Forster Chambers in Darwin, in 1996. Her practice had a focus on commercial litigation, banking and insolvency with some insurance, construction, admiralty and native title law. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008 and a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 2009.

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

Chief Justice of Australia

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

Chief Justice of Australia

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

Chief Justice of Australia

The Honourable Susan Mary Kiefel was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 30 January 2017, having served as a Justice of the High Court since 3 September 2007. Her Honour was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia in 1954. She was educated in Queensland and at the University of Cambridge, where she received a Master of Law. Having been admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1975, in 1987 her Honour became the first woman in Queensland to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. She became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1993, and a Justice of the Federal Court in 1994. For four years (2003 to 2007) her Honour served as a part-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission. She also held a commission as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island from 2004. Her Honour was awarded the Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2011. In 2008, her Honour was made an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and a Doctor of the University of Griffith University. She was also made a Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Queensland in 2009, and awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Adelaide in 2018. Among other things, her Honour is a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law; an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn; and an Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong.

Amanda Lees

Amanda Lees

Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Amanda Lees

Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Amanda Lees

Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Amanda Lees specialises in cross border dispute resolution through international arbitration and litigation. Over the last 17 years Amanda has acted in a broad range of commercial disputes across different industries in multiple jurisdictions. Recently Amanda successfully defended the Republic of Indonesia in a bilateral investment treaty arbitration for USD580M. Amanda sits regularly as an arbitrator for SIAC, ICC and LCIA and is on the SIAC Panel and ICDR (AAA) Panel. An Australian solicitor, she is based in Singapore at the international firm Simmons & Simmons.

Professor Michael Legg

UNSW Law

Professor Michael Legg

UNSW Law

Michael Legg is a Professor at UNSW Law. He specialises in complex litigation, including regulatory litigation and class actions, and in securities regulation, with a particular interest in public and private enforcement. He holds law degrees from UNSW and the University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to practice in Australia and in New York.

George Lim SC

George Lim SC

Singapore International Mediation Centre

George Lim SC

Singapore International Mediation Centre

George Lim SC

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.

David Locke

David Locke

Chief Ombudsman and CEO, AFCA

David Locke

Chief Ombudsman and CEO, AFCA

David Locke

Chief Ombudsman and CEO, AFCA

David Locke started as Chief Ombudsman and CEO at the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) on 25 June 2018. David was previously Assistant Commissioner Charity Services at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Prior to the ACNC, David was the Executive Director of Charity Services at the Charity Commission of England and Wales. David has also worked as an adviser to several international governments on the regulation of non-government organisations.

Elizabeth Macknay

Elizabeth Macknay

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Elizabeth Macknay

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Elizabeth Macknay

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

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, Australian Bar Association

Michael McHugh SC

Vice-President, Australian Bar Association

Michael McHugh SC

Vice-President, Australian Bar Association

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.

Kylie Nomchong SC

Kylie Nomchong SC

Denman Chambers

Kylie Nomchong SC

Denman Chambers

Kylie Nomchong SC

Denman Chambers

Kylie practices in employment/ industrial law, workplace health & safety, administrative & discrimination law. Kylie is on the Council of the ABA and the NSW Bar Council. She has presented numerous seminars on a range of issues. She is the Chair of the NSW Bar Wellbeing Committee and a Board member of Minds Count (formerly TJMF).

Dr Elisabeth Peden

Dr Elisabeth Peden

3 Wentowrth Chambers

Dr Elisabeth Peden

3 Wentowrth Chambers

Dr Elisabeth Peden

3 Wentowrth Chambers

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.

John Pender

John Pender

CEO, Australian Press Council

John Pender

CEO, Australian Press Council

John Pender

CEO, Australian Press Council

John Pender has been Executive Director of the Press Council since 2014. In his time as Executive Director he has overseen significant developments of the Press Council’s infrastructure, strategic planning and corporate governance. Mr Pender previously had a number of leadership roles in for-purpose, commercial and professional organisations, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also spent a number of years as a professional legal advocate at the Bar and as a lawyer with Norton Rose Fullbright. John is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, chairing Leadership Excellence Award Panels. He has combined Law and Arts (political science) degrees from the University of New South Wales.

The Hon Justice Andrew Phang

The Hon Justice Andrew Phang

Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore

The Hon Justice Andrew Phang

Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore

The Hon Justice Andrew Phang

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).

Dr Vicky Proskich

Dr Vicky Proskich

Victorian Bar

Dr Vicky Proskich

Victorian Bar

Dr Vicky Proskich

Victorian Bar

Vicky Priskich practices as a barrister and arbitrator. She is experienced in international commercial arbitrations conducted under SIAC, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules. Vicky is a National Councillor of the Australian Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Convenor of the Victorian Chapter of CIArb Australia and a Fellow of CIArb.

George Quick

George Quick

Partner, Ashurst

George Quick

Partner, Ashurst

George Quick

Partner, Ashurst

Georgia specialises in dispute resolution and risk management in the areas of energy, construction, property and major projects. She is the joint head of the Australian international arbitration practice. Georgia’s experience includes advising both contractors and principals in respect of disputes in the road, rail, power and built environment sector. She has particular experience of government (State and Commonwealth) projects and with complex programming issues.

Michelle Quigley

Michelle Quigley

Group Manager - Legal & Risk, AusGroup Limited

Michelle Quigley

Group Manager - Legal & Risk, AusGroup Limited

Michelle Quigley

Group Manager - Legal & Risk, AusGroup Limited

Group Manager - Legal & Risk for SGX listed entity AusGroup Limited (Oil & Gas, Resources contractor) with responsibility for legal, insurance, commercial and risk functions. Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Laws, Resolution Institute mediation training, finance studies with Australian Graduate School of Management UNSW. Board member of WA Disability Services Commission and member of the Australasian Corporate Integrity Business Council.

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

Mr V K Rajah SC was born in Singapore in 1957. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1982 with several prizes for academic merit and subsequently obtained an LLM (First Class) from University of Cambridge in 1986. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1983, and commenced legal practice with Rajah & Tann that same year. He was the Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann from 1987 to 2003, prior to his elevation to the Bench. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1997. He was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore on 2 January 2004 and thereafter a Judge on 1 November 2004. On 11 April 2007, he was appointed a Judge of Appeal. He assumed office as the Attorney-General of the Republic of Singapore on 25 June 2014 and remained there until his retirement on 13 January 2017. V K Rajah SC, by virtue of his holding office as a Judge of the Supreme Court for more than 3 years does not enjoy right of audience in any court of justice in Singapore (see section 26(2) of the Legal Profession Act (Cap 161)). He is, however, able to advise on all aspects of court work.

Julie Raneda

Julie Raneda

Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd

Julie Raneda

Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd

Julie Raneda

Partner, Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd

Julie Raneda, MCIArb is the Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s International Arbitration Group in Singapore. She is specialised in international commercial arbitration and has acted as counsel before international arbitral tribunals in a broad range of disputes and under many different laws.

Leah Ratcliff

Jones Day

Leah Ratcliff

Jones Day

Leah Ratcliff is a leading dispute resolution practitioner with more than 15 years of experience acting in and advising on complex cross-border disputes. Her practice encompasses disputes management and avoidance, international arbitration, litigation, regulatory investigations, crisis and risk management, and governance. Between 2015 and 2019, Leah was head of dispute resolution at BHP, one of the world’s leading energy and resources companies, where she managed disputes and regulatory matters across four continents. Prior to that she practiced at law firms in London, Sydney, and Washington D.C., where she gained extensive experience in disputes and contentious regulatory matters in the energy and resources sector in Australia and internationally; joint venture disputes, including those arising in relation to incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures; institutional and ad hoc international arbitration (ICC, SIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ACICA rules); and management of business risks related to emerging markets.

Sara Rayment

Sara Rayment

Founder, Inkling Legal Design

Sara Rayment

Founder, Inkling Legal Design

Sara Rayment

Founder, Inkling Legal Design

Sara Rayment is the founder of Inkling Legal Design, a consultancy that reimagines legal services through design, law and emerging technology. Having worked as a lawyer for 10 years in top tier firms, Sara blends legal expertise with human centred design principles to deliver innovative solutions. Her clients include government agencies, regulators. law firms and corporate counsel. Sara has served twice as delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law to advise on the design of an online cross-border dispute process to provide access to justice for consumers. In 2019, Sara graduated from Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Teaching and Learning Studio where she developed strategies for helping lawyers adopt design-thinking.

Jonathon Redwood

Jonathon Redwood

Vice-President, ACICA, Banco Chambers

Jonathon Redwood

Vice-President, ACICA, Banco Chambers

Jonathon Redwood

Vice-President, ACICA, Banco Chambers

Jonathon practise as a barrister in Sydney (Banco Chambers) and Singapore (Maxwell 42 Chambers). He has more than 20 years’ experience in legal practice which encompasses advice and appearance work in high value commercial disputes, international arbitration, and public law and regulatory matters. He is 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 also the Vice President of ACICA, the peak arbitral body in Australia.

Ian Robertson SC

Ian Robertson SC

Chair, Australian Advocacy Training Council, Australian Bar Association

Ian Robertson SC

Chair, Australian Advocacy Training Council, Australian Bar Association

Ian Robertson SC

Chair, Australian Advocacy Training Council, Australian Bar Association

Ian graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Accounting from the University of Adelaide in 1986. Ian worked as a solicitor and later a partner of Piper Alderman until 1994. He joined the independent referral Bar, practicing from Bar Chambers in Adelaide, from 1995. He now practices from Jeffcott Chambers. Ian was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. He is a former President of the SABA, the current Chair of the ABA’s Advocacy Training Council and thereby a member of the ABA Council Executive, a director of the Australian Advocacy Institute and a regular teacher of advocacy in Australia and overseas.

Helen Rofe QC

Helen Rofe QC

Victorian Bar

Helen Rofe QC

Victorian Bar

Helen Rofe QC

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.

Carrie Rome-Sievers

Victorian Bar

Carrie Rome-Sievers

Victorian Bar

Carrie Rome-Sievers is a Victorian commercial law barrister practising primarily in the areas of insolvency and corporations law as well as equity and trusts, bankruptcy, contract, 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. For a fuller profile, and her publicly available articles and case reviews on topics including insolvency, tax issues in insolvency, fraud, restitution and Barnes v Addy claims against third parties in cases of misuse of corporate or trust property – go to www.carrieromesievers.com.

Fedelma C. Smith

Fedelma C. Smith

Senior Legal Counsel, PCA Representative in Singapore

Fedelma C. Smith

Senior Legal Counsel, PCA Representative in Singapore

Fedelma C. Smith

Senior Legal Counsel, 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.

Meiyen Tan

Meiyen Tan

Partner, Oon & Bazul

Meiyen Tan

Partner, Oon & Bazul

Meiyen Tan

Partner, 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.

Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor

Francis Burt Chambers

Julie Taylor

Francis Burt Chambers

Julie Taylor

Francis Burt Chambers

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 graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 1989. In 1996 Rebecca was called to the Bar and in 2013 was appointed Queens’ Counsel. Rebecca’s specialised areas of practice include Wills, Estates and Trusts, Insurance, Common Law and Statutory Liability, along with interest in professional indemnity, medico-legal and regulatory matters. Rebecca currently holds the position of President at the Bar Association of 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

David Webber

Partner, Davies Collison Cave

David Webber

Partner, Davies Collison Cave

David has practiced in intellectual property with Davies Collison Cave for over 30 years. An Engineer, Lawyer, and a Patent Attorney (Australia and New Zealand), he has lectured on patent, copyright, and integrated circuit law for Australian Universities. David is an International Councillor of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Co-Chair of the Patents Committee and Australian Group President.

Michael Whitten QC

Victorian Bar

Michael Whitten QC

Victorian Bar

Michael Whitten QC specialises in all aspects of building and construction disputes, including energy and infrastructure. He is 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 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-Jiun Wong

Taur-Jiun Wong

President, Singapore Corporate Counsel Association

Taur-Jiun Wong

President, Singapore Corporate Counsel Association

Taur-Jiun Wong

President, 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.