If you haven’t yet booked, now is the time to commit to next month’s Hong Kong 2018 International Commercial Law Conference to be held by the Victorian Bar and the Commercial Bar Association.
The conference will be held on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September 2018. Keynote speakers include the Secretary for Justice for Hong Kong, the Hon Teresa Cheng GBS SC; the Hon Justice Poon of the Hong Kong Court of Appeal; Justice Alstergren, Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court; Justice Middleton of the Federal Court; Justice Riordan of the Supreme Court; and former Lord Justice of Appeal Sir Rupert Jackson PC, together with leading barristers from the Hong Kong, English and Victorian Bars.
The conference also offers a glittering social program which includes a gala dinner to be held at the world-renowned China Club and an end-of-conference drinks reception at the Four Seasons Hotel which will provide attendees with unique networking opportunities with lawyers from Australia and around the common law world. The conference business sessions will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel located in central Hong Kong and within easy reach of most of Hong Kong’s attractions.
The conference program has been developed to provide 10 CPD points over a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration topics, including the rise of the International Commercial Courts; the regulation of the banking and financial services industries in the context of the Financial Services Royal Commission; privacy, defamation and the Internet; and arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region, and will be presented by leading experts in the field.
The conference is very reasonably priced relative to other international conferences, and very affordable flights are available through our sponsor Cathay Pacific.
This conference will showcase and network our Bar in the growing Asia-Pacific region, and is an opportunity for members of all levels that should not be missed. More information about the conference, including conference registration, is available on the website – www.hk2018iclc.com.
If you have not yet registered, please do so today! I look forward to seeing you there.
Speaking of the Hong Kong conference, congratulations go to Daniel Kinsey, who last week won the Young CommBar speaking competition, narrowly defeating finalists Evelyn Tadros, Julie Zhou, Paul Reynolds and Amy Hando. Everyone who spoke impressed, showing again the depth of talent at the junior end of the Victorian Bar. Thanks, too, go to the judging panel, comprising Her Honour Judge Marks, His Honour Judge Wilson and David Gilbertson QC.
If you have been away (as many have) or otherwise not read In Brief over the past few weeks (harder to imagine), could I commend to you the articles that have appeared over the past three Fridays on some of the signature projects currently being undertaken by the Bar Council, being the Pro Bono Review, the Direct Briefing and Barrister Connect reviews and the forthcoming discussion paper on the election of the Bar Council and tenure of Bar Councillors.
Two other recent developments have been the establishment of a Disability and Accessibility Working Group and a Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity Working Group. There is more information in the notice in the Vicbar News and Events section below.
The Australian Bar Association’s Appellate Advocacy Workshop is the pre-eminent forum providing training for appellate advocacy in Australia. I encourage members with seniority of at least 8 years at the Bar to consider honing their skills at the forthcoming workshop in Brisbane. Click here for more information.
The Reconciliation Working Group (RWG) has an ongoing role monitoring the implementation of the Bar’s RAP, a copy of which can be found here.
In the second quarter of this year:
I thank all those involved in the implementation of the Bar’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
Congratulations to Victorian Bar members Kieran Gilligan, Stephen Lee and Nahrain Warda who were appointed as Magistrates by the Governor in Council this week, together with Vicky Prapas and Olivia Trumble. I wish them every success in this new stage of their careers. Details of their ceremonial welcomes will be published in lifts and on our website when they become available.
I thank Senior Vice-President Wendy Harris QC for representing the Bar at the welcome to Justice Steven Moore in the Supreme Court on 26 July. Click here for her speech.