Sunil D.B. Abeyaratne is a practicing lawyer specialising in civil, commercial, criminal litigation and commercial arbitration. He served as the Secretary (2006-2008), Assistant Secretary (2004-2005), Exco and Council Member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), and as a Member of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education in Sri Lanka. He is the Chairman of the Arbitration Centre of Kandy and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Lawyers Guild of Sri Lanka.
Sunil was the founding Chair of BASL’s ICT Law Committee and was instrumental in enacting the country’s Computer Crime Act. Sunil also authored “Introduction to Information and Communication Technology Law”.
Olawale's portfolio is within the firm's Energy and Natural Resources Group; majorly advising clients operating in Nigeria's upstream Oil & Gas sector and assisting new entrants.
He has acted as co-counsel in some of the biggest ever arbitral disputes to emanate out of the terms of some Production Sharing Contracts (PSC's) Nigeria entered into with a number of International Oil Companies and he was very recently retained to act as lead local counsel in an IOC onshore O&G asset divestment, and consulted to advise pursuant to a Gas-to-Power project. Olawale also oversees the firm's Employment Law portfolio, dealing with International Labour Treaties, Collective Bargaining, matters in the National Industrial Court and he has responsibility for the firmapos;s legislative tracking team. Olawale commenced his professional career in England with the Crown Prosecution Service moving on later to general commercial practice in Lagos, Nigeria. He worked for the Law Society of England & Wales establishing himself within its Regulation and Compliance Directorate regulating solicitors and legal practice management. He also represents clients before the Investment & Securities Tribunal, in suits involving Capital Market transactions. Olawale obtained his LLB (Hons) in England and is admitted to the Nigerian Bar; he is also qualified to practice as a Solicitor in England & Wales. Olawale manages the firmapos;s client relations portfolio and is its anti-corruption and compliance officer. He is keen on alternate forms of dispute resolution (ADR), offshore wealth management advice and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London, England.
Fiona Alexander was called to the Bar in 2012 and joined 6KBW College Hill Chambers in 2014 upon the successful completion of her pupillage (supervised by Sarah Whitehouse QC, Kwame Inyundo and Duncan Penny QC). Fiona prosecutes and defends in a range of criminal matters, appearing regularly in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. She has experience of cases concerning violence, dishonesty, fraud, sexual offences and road traffic offences and is regularly instructed by the Probation Trust in the Crown Court. Fiona has appeared for the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner in criminal proceedings. Fiona has represented individuals in hearings concerning Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. She has experience prosecuting and defending in criminal confiscation proceedings, including conducting contested confiscation hearings in the Crown Court. Fiona was recently instructed by Slaughter & May in a long-running disclosure review in multi-million pound civil litigation. She is currently instructed as disclosure reviewing counsel by the Competitions and Markets Authority in relation to a criminal cartel investigation.
Fiona graduated from Durham University in 2007. Between 2008 and 2009, Fiona read for the BCL at Lincoln College, Oxford, where she was a Crewe Graduate Scholar. Before being called to the Bar, Fiona worked in the Scottish Parliament in an advisory role and at the Law Commission of England & Wales as a Research Assistant to the criminal law team. In 2011, Fiona was awarded the Queen's Mother Scholarship by Middle Temple.
Nene Amegatcher is the Managing Partner of one of the leading Law firms in Ghana, Sam Okudzeto & Associates. Mr. Amegatcher is also the National President of the Ghana Bar Association. He is a strong advocate for the rule of law and has been at the fore front of leading Constitutional law cases in Ghana that have protected the rule of law. Nene serves as a resource person in training Judges, Lawyers, and other key stakeholders in ADR in West Africa and has presented several papers on the subject. Nene has also served as a consultant for the World Bank in developing an ADR manual for The Gambia and a manual on strengthening the adjudicatory capacity of traditional authorities for improved access to justice.
Dr.Pinky Anand, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India is the Additional Solicitor General of India. She is Doctorate of Law, Graduate of Harvard Law School and an InlaksScholar. She is the Vice-President of Bar Association of India. She was spokesperson of BJP and leading the All India Legal Team of BJP. She is recipient of French National Order of Merit by the President of the French Republic. She is Chairperson, National Committee Law, Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Ladies League. She has received several awards for excellence in law by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Lions Club and Bharat Nirman.
She is practicing in the Supreme Court of India and has fought numerous cases leading to landmark judgments. She is an erudite speaker, writer and active in social issues. She is a well known speaker on media and international and national conferences. Currently, she is representing the country in the formation of BRICS Legal Forum.
Charles Anson CVO has served as Cubitt Consulting's Vice Chairman for the last decade. He provides strategic and networking consultancy to a range of our clients to deliver national editorial coverage and board-level audience campaigns.He served for 7 years as Press Secretary to HM The Queen and worked in the Downing Street Press Office for James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher. He is a past Director of Communications for Kleinwort Benson, Grand Met and The Hilton Group. Previously he was in the British Diplomatic Service, serving as Deputy head of the FCO department coordinating counter-terrorism policy. He served in the British Embassy in Tehran before and during the Iranian Revolution, in the British Embassy in Washington and as Head of Communications for the European Broadcasting Union.
Julia Apostle is Twitter's UK legal counsel. Prior to joining Twitter, Julia was responsible for international legal operations at CBS Interactive, covering China, Germany, France and Australia. She also spent five years as sole in-house editorial counsel for the Financial Times. Julia is passionate about the media and the law, having started her working life in radio, before obtaining degrees at McGill Law School then Columbia Journalism School and working internationally as a campaigner for freedom of expressions and legislative reform of press regulation at Article 19. Twitter handle: @JuliaApostle
Dominic Armstrong has a degree in History from Magdalene College, Cambridge. Thereafter he spent 15 years in investment banking for Robert Fleming in London and Jardine Fleming in Asia.
Dominic became one of the four founder directors of Aegis Defence Services in 2002, and has built a leading strategic advisory and business intelligence consulting firm, specialising in interpreting and guiding the culture and politics of international deal-making. He manages a team of global experts who focus on providing actionable intelligence gleaned from understanding less predictable, politically sensitive components of risk, such as geopolitics, ideology and political personalities.
For over 25 years Dr Arnot taught economics and political economy in the UK university sector. He was the Head of Department of Economics and Enterprise at Glasgow Caledonian University and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Caledonian Business School. Since 2004 he has been living in Nigeria and working on UK government (DFID) financed development projects in the justice sector. He was the National Programme Manager for the Security Justice and Growth (SJG) programme and currently fulfils the same role on the successor Justice for All (J4A) programme.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is one of the founding members and current Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma (Myanmar). Elected to Parliament in the April 2012 by-elections, San Suu Kyi represents the constituency of Kaw Hmu in Rangoon Division and chairs the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House of Parliament) Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee, as well as the committees for the Reinvigoration of Rangoon General Hospital and Rangoon University.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated much of her life to bringing democracy, dignity and human rights to the citizens of Burma. She spent many years under house arrest, before finally being freed in 2010. Citing her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Daw Aung San Suu Kyi the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
The Rt Hon Sir Scott Baker was called to the Bar in 1961 and practiced in a range of legal areas including family and professional negligence. He became a Recorder in 1976 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1978. He was appointed as a High Court judge in 1988. Following the Southall rail crash in 1997 he presided over the trial of Great Western Trains in 1999. In the same year he was the judge who tried Jonathan Aitken. From 2000-02 he was the lead judge of the Administrative Court. In 2002 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. One of his most high profile undertakings was presiding over the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed.
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His career encompasses many years of service both in government and on the global stage, including as his country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; postings in New Delhi, Vienna and Washington D.C.; and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including foreign policy, national security and policy planning. Mr. Ban's ties with the United Nations date back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations division. In 2001-2002, he was Chef-de-Cabinet during the Republic of Korea's Presidency of the General Assembly. In 1999, he served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Robert Barrington joined Transparency International in 2008, and he was appointed Executive Director in 2013. His areas of expertise include the Bribery Act, integrity in the private sector and corruption within the UK. Recent projects and publications include Anti-bribery Due Diligence for Transactions, 'Adequate Procedures - Guidance to the U.K Bribery Act' and 'Corruption in the UK'.
Charles Béar QC practises from Fountain Court Chambers, London, in the fields of commercial litigation, judicial review and public procurement. His clients range from oligarchs to scrap metal merchants and central government departments. He sits as a part-time judge and is the co-author with Professor Niall Ferguson of Harvard University of The Spirit of the Common Law (forthcoming), an examination of the influence of the common law on economic development.
Cherie Blair CBE, QC is the Founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, a pioneering international law firm that provides strategic counsel to governments, corporate and private clients. She is a Queen's Counsel and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. With over 35 years' experience as a leading barrister specialising in public international law, human rights, arbitration and mediation, Mrs Blair has represented over 30 governments as well as numerous multinational corporations in international disputes.
Through Omnia Strategy, she advises corporates on issues relating to their Global Corporate Citizenship with a particular focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights in Business. Blair is also the Founder and Patron of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a charity that provides programmes for women entrepreneurs in developing and transition countries.
Rupert began his career as a lawyer in private practice. In 1989 he joined US law firm Morrison & Foerster, working in San Francisco and London, and from 1994 he worked for UK law firm Lovells in London. In 1995 he joined SmithKline Beecham as Senior Counsel for mergers and acquisitions and other corporate matters. He subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility and following the merger of SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoWellcome to form GlaxoSmithKline he was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of GlaxoSmithKline in 2001. In 2008 he joined energy company BP as Group General Counsel, with worldwide responsibility for legal and compliance matters.
Michael Bowsher has a diverse practice based around EU and commercial law. He has been a member of Monckton Chambers since 2001, having practised previously in Brussels (at Cleary, Gottlieb) and in London. He is best known for his practice in regulated procurement and has appeared as counsel in many of the major UK procurement cases. He appeared for the Claimant in the first major procurement damages case in England (Harmon v House of Commons) and successfully defended the first application for ineffectiveness in England (Alstom v Eurostar). His practice continues to grow with the expansion of public procurement law as a discipline. He is also very busy in matters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Tamara is an internationally recognised expert in financial structuring and in strategic financial advice, who has established and grown successful businesses in several jurisdictions. As Global Chair of the Financial Industry Group at international law firm Reed Smith, she is currently responsible for the largest and most profitable business in the firm. Tamara is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, a group of more than 100 UK Chairmen who aspire to have 30% female representation on their Boards. She created Women in Structured Finance, a networking group that has more than 400 members in the City, to actively encourage young women into the male dominated sector.
Simon Brocklebank-Fowler founded Cubitt Consulting in 1998 and leads many of the firm's key accounts, which include a quarter of the FTSE100 over the last decade, and a range of growth companies and elite tier service firms.
A former diplomat and investment banker, Simon has led some of the most high profile financial and corporate communications campaigns in Europe of the last decade. Prior to serving from 1994-98 as a divisional then group managing director of Citigate, he served as head of the investor relations practice of Shandwick, then the world's leading communications consultancy. He is Chairman of the SME Forum of British American Business and Trustee of Policy Exchange, the leading charitable think tank.
Robert Bromwich SC is the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) and in this capacity serves as director, agency head and CEO of the Office of the CDPP which is responsible for the prosecution of all federal offences in Australia, receiving briefs of evidence from up to 43 Commonwealth and State agencies in any given year. Mr Bromwich has a special interest in the interaction between public law and criminal law, separation of powers and the effective and practical application of the rule of law in the criminal justice system. Prior to his appointment, Mr Bromwich was a leading practising barrister for 15 years.
Desmond is a former Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales and is currently Treasurer of Gray’s Inn. He is the Chairman of the International Committee of the Advocacy Training Council of the four Inns of Court, and has taken part in advocacy training in jurisdictions as different as Singapore and Malaysia, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone, and recently in Poland. He is the joint Head of 5RB chambers, which specialises in media law. He has appeared in the House of Lords for Times Newspapers, Neil Hamilton, the late Boris Berezovsky and for Mirror Group in the Naomi Campbell privacy case. Desmond acted for the police officer claimant in the recent "Plebgate" libel action.
Robert Buckland is the elected Member of Parliament for South Swindon. Robert attended the Inns of Court School of Law, where he was a prize winner for Advocacy and was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1991. He returned to practice in Wales, and became a tenant of Iscoed Chambers, Swansea. In 1999, Robert moved to 30 Park Place, Cardiff, where he practised in criminal law and planning. Robert joined the newly-formed Apex Chambers at 33-35 Cathedral Road Cardiff. Robert is a door tenant at 23 Essex Street Chambers, London. In 2009, Robert was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court, sitting on the Midland Circuit.
Peter Cameron is Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Professor of International Energy Law and Policy, and Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management at the University of Dundee. He is also a Director of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration. Peter is a Professorial Fellow of the Law School at the University of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and member of the London Court of International Arbitration. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen book-length publications, the most recent being 'International Investment Law: The Pursuit of Stability' (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Andrew Caplen is the President of the Law Society of England and Wales, the representative body for Solicitors. He is a consultant with Heppenstalls, of Hampshire. Andrew has a particular interest in access to justice. He was one of the co-authors of the Law Society's Access to Justice review and has written and spoken widely on access to justice and legal aid issues. Andrew is a former chair of the Law Society's Management Board and also of its Access to Justice Committee.
The Honourable Mrs Justice Carr DBE was appointed a High Court Judge (Queen's Bench Division) in June 2013. Her principal areas of practice lay in the field of general commercial, insurance and professional liability law. She was chair of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, chair of the Bar Standard Board's Complaints Committee and also Complaints Commissioner to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Sue currently sits in many first instance jurisdictions, in addition to the Administrative Court and associated jurisdictions such as the Upper Tribunal (Asylum and Immigration Chamber). She is a member of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, a member of the Judicial College (Courts Committee and Director of Magistrates' Training) and an advisory board member of the Turkish Commercial Law Review.
Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc. He is also a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group and a senior advisor to KKR - the world's largest private equity company. In addition, he is a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
He has previously held a number of senior appointments including Chairman of Centrica plc (2004 - 2013), Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the Court of the Bank of England and President of the Confederation of British Industry. He was knighted for Services to Business in the Queen's New Year's Honours list 2011.
Sophie has been Head of Group Treasury-Legal at the Virgin Money Group since 2011, where her transactions have included the acquisition of Northern Rock and other deals in excess of £9bn, including the recent flotation of Virgin Money. She has been recognised by the British Legal Awards, The Lawyer Awards, Women of the Future Awards, the Financial News and also as one of the top 100 most influential Black Britons on the Power List 2014 and 2015. She is co-founder of the acclaimed Black British Business Awards, which launched in October 2014 with the endorsement of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Sir Richard Branson.
Rod Christie-Miller is a Partner and Chief Executive of Schillings specialising in safeguarding the privacy and reputations of corporations, brands and public figures, particularly in the world of international business and politics. In addition to his responsibilities for strategic development of the business, Rod is also heavily engaged in developing client and referrer relationships. In his client work, much of Rod's focus is international in nature. Whilst many of the matters Rod works on have a media element, he often advises on threats to reputation and privacy that emanate from non-media sources such as malicious insiders, disgruntled business partners, or simply someone with an axe to grind. In every instance the ability to offer practical legal advice at speed is vital.
Alistair Clark QC was called to the Scottish Bar in 1994 and took silk in 2007. He practises mainly in the field of commercial law and is often instructed in the Commercial Court. In relation to public procurement, he has acted in a number of litigations over the years, mainly for local authorities and other public bodies. He acted for the successful defenders in the recent procurement case in the Supreme Court, Healthcare at Home Ltd v The Common Services Agency  UKSC 49. He is currently instructed in two major procurement challenges in Scotland, in each case acting on behalf of the Scottish Ministers (Nationwide Gritting Services Ltd v The Scottish Ministers  CSOH 41 and Shetland Line (1984) Ltd v The Scottish Ministers).
Simon Cliff is General Counsel of City Football Group, the holding company of Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City football clubs. Previously a corporate finance lawyer at Freshfields and Shearman & Sterling, Simon joined Manchester City FC as its first general counsel in 2009, following the club's acquisition by Abu Dhabi United Group. Simon is also a non-executive director of independent sport dispute resolution service, Sport Resolutions, and a member of the Premier League's Legal Advisory Group.
Steven Cohen joined Wachtell Lipton in 1992 and became a partner in 2000. He practices corporate and securities law, concentrating on corporate governance, proxy fights and complex mergers and acquisitions. He has represented public companies on shareholder activism matters, public and private businesses in M&A and other reorganization transactions, both friendly and hostile, as well as a variety of entrepreneurs in establishing and growing new businesses. Mr. Cohen has also worked extensively on a variety of cross-border transactions. Mr. Cohen has also been involved with a variety of restructurings within the insolvency process, including acquisitions in bankruptcy and workout process and the resolution of insolvent estates. Mr. Cohen is an active member of the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
Justin Coombs is an Executive Vice President and head of Compass Lexecon's London Office. Justin has more than 20 years' experience as an applied economist specialising in competition policy and economic regulation.
During his economic consulting career Justin has advised clients in cases before the UK Competition Commission, Office of Fair Trading, European Commission and numerous national competition authorities. He has provided expert reports to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court of England and Wales, and the European Union General Court. During his career he has given oral evidence at numerous Competition Commission hearings as well as before Parliamentary select committees.
Prior to his career as an economic consultant Justin was a Director at the Office of Fair Trading where he was in charge of the enforcement of UK and EC antitrust law in the service sector of the UK economy. During his career at the OFT, he advised on a wide range of competition policy cases and drafted many of the OFT's guidelines on UK competition law, including its guidelines on market definition and abuse of dominance. Justin has also worked at Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, where he was the Director responsible for regulating the gas and electricity transmission networks in Great Britain.
Sean is the CEO and founder of LawInSport, an international digital media business that provides expert commentary and analysis on the latest issues and legal developments in the world of sport. Founded in 2011, LawInSport has become the "go to sports law website" for sports lawyers and sports executives across the world with over 200 contributors and 23,000 monthly readers from over 141 countries.
Since founding LawInSport, Sean has reviewed and edited over 750 sports law articles from sports lawyers across the world. He also works with sports organisations, law firms and lawyers to create valuable and accessible legal content, develop marketing strategies and provide training on digital media.
Tony Cross QC was called to the Bar in 1982. He was made a Recorder in 2002 and was appointed QC in 2006. In 2012 he was appointed a judge on the Isle of Man. He also is a judge in family cases. He was appointed by the senior presiding judge to try sex cases in 2013. In 2013 he was elected Vice Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association. He became Chairman in September 2014.
Jonathan Crow QC is Attorney General to HRH The Prince of Wales. He was called to the Bar in 1981, and between 1998-06 he was retained exclusively by the Government as First Treasury Counsel. Since then he has returned to private practice, and now maintains a broad based, largely appellate practice. He also has a busy overseas practice, including work in relation to jurisdictions such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, BVI, Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, the Turks & Caicos Islands and Hong Kong. He also sits part time as a Deputy High Court Judge in London, both in the Chancery Division and in the Administrative Court, and as a Court of Appeal Judge in Jersey and Guernsey.
Helen Davies QC is the joint Head of Brick Court Chambers. She has extensive experience in all aspects of Commercial Litigation, EU and Competition Law, having appeared as an advocate in numerous cases in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division of the High Court, as well the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the CJEU. She has also acted in many international and domestic arbitrations. Significant cases include Berezovsky v Abramovich (for Mr Abramovich), the ongoing Pay TV litigation and the Lloyds Action Now GLO. Helen Davies has been identified as one of the leading practitioners in the Commercial Litigation, Competition/European, Arbitration, Energy and Insurance/Reinsurance fields by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for many years, and is featured in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2014.
Jonathan Davis has been analysing and writing about financial markets for more than 35 years, initially as a full-time business journalist on the Sunday Telegraph, The Times and The Economist, latterly as an independent author, columnist and investment professional. He writes a weekly newsletter The Investment Reader, is a regular columnist in the Financial Times and contributor to The Spectator, and author of three books on investment, most recently Templeton’s Way With Money (Wiley 2012). He is a non-executive director of Jupiter Primadona Growth Trust and a Member of the Chartered institute of Securities and Investment. He is a member of the investment committee of Saunderson House.
Scott Devine is the Anti-Money Laundering Policy Adviser at the Law Society. He represents the interests of solicitors in England and Wales at multiple fora including the UK Anti-Money Laundering Supervisors Forum, the Financial Action Task Force Private Sector Consultative Forum as well as contributing to the Money Laundering Advisory Committee and the Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) Regime Committee. He is responsible for ensuring that the Law Society plays a key role in educating the legal profession with respect to changes in AML requirements and new typologies and red flag indicators issued by law enforcement.
Catherine Dixon started her career in private practice, including working at Eversheds. She then joined Bupa, as Head of Legal and subsequently as Commercial Director of Bupa Care Services. Catherine left Bupa to spend a few years in Vancouver, Canada, initially out of the office as an instructor for Outward Bound and then as a Director of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Returning to the UK, Catherine joined the NSPCC as its General Counsel and Company Secretary. She became Chief Executive of the NHS Litigation Authority which indemnifies the NHS against legal claims and supports learning and improved patient safety across the NHS, in April 2012.
In January 2015 Catherine took up the position of chief executive of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Chantal-Aimée is the 2015 Vice Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales. She is a practising barrister with over 20 years experience representing clients in commercial disputes. As well appearing before the English Courts, she has a busy international practice with recent cases involving projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She served as Chairman of the Bar Council's International Committee from 2010-2014. Chantal-Aimée is a past Chairman of the Technology and Construction Bar Association (2010-2013) and a past Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's Forum for Barristers & Advocates (2009 - 2011). She was made a Bencher of Middle Temple (2010).
Jonathan Drimmer oversees Barrick Gold Corporation's global business and human rights program, as well as its global anti-corruption program, global investigation group, entity level litigation and disputes, and other matters.
Before Barrick, he was a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and Deputy Director in the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations. He is on the Board of Directors of Trace International, is a member of the UN Global Compact Human and Labour Rights Working Group, is on the steering committee of the UN Global Compact Business for Peace Initiative, is on the Board of Directors of the UN Global Compact's Canada Network, and the UN Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson was appointed as Master of the Rolls in 2012. The Master of the Rolls is the Head of Civil Justice, and the second most senior judicial position in England and Wales, after the Lord Chief Justice.
Prior to this, Lord Dyson was made a bencher for Middle Temple in 1990. He was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 1982, and his first judicial appointment was as a Recorder held 1986-93. He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Justice for 1993-2001. In 2001 he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal and as Justice of the Supreme Court in April 2010.
Antony Edwards-Stuart started practice at 2 Crown Office Row in 1978 after completion of pupillage, following ten years as a regular Army officer in the 1st Royal Tank Regiment. He developed a busy general common law practice based mainly on insurance, construction, professional negligence and personal injury. He was appointed QC and Assistant Recorder in 1991. He was subsequently appointed a Deputy High Court Judge (Queen's Bench Division and Technology and Construction Court (TCC), and was elected Head of Chambers in 2005. He was appointed a High Court Judge in 2009, where his work has been principally in the TCC and the Administrative Court. He was appointed Judge in Charge of the TCC in September 2013.
Neville Eisenberg is the Managing Partner of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), an international law firm based in London. Neville joined BLP in 1989 and was a corporate lawyer before becoming Managing Partner in 1999 and leading BLP's development into a global firm of 840 lawyers operating from 12 international offices across the world. Neville is non-executive chairman of Lawyers on Demand, a contract lawyer business owned by BLP, is on the London Council of the Confederation of British Industry and is a trustee of a number of charitable foundations.
Tim Erblich is the CEO of the Ethisphere Institute. Mr. Erblich is tasked with leading the overall growth and revenue of the business as well as charting strategy. He is the former President, NYSE Governance Services, which includes Compliance and Board Services businesses Corpedia & Corporate Board Member, respectively. Prior to leading NYSE Governance Services, Mr. Erblich served as the Executive Vice President of the Ethisphere Institute. Before joining Ethisphere, Mr. Erblich spent more than 20 years in various executive roles at Thomson Legal & Regulatory, now Thomson Reuters. Mr. Erblich frequently speaks at industry events and has presented on many topics relating to ethics, governance and compliance issues.
Fernando was born in Guadalajara,Mexico. Studied Law with Honours at Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City. Studied an LL.M at Harvard University. Worked at Legal firms in Mexico and New York Joined Nacional Financiera in the International Negotiations Department. Formed part of the Mexican Delegation of the Paris Club Mexican Debt Rescheduling. Negotiated Export Credit Lines to Mexico including ECGD lines. Joined Bancomext New York as Financial Representative and Commercial Counsellor of Mexico for the Northeast of the USA. Moved to London and acted as Commercial Counsellor of Mexico for the UK and Ireland and Financial Representative in Europe for Bancomext. Returned to Mexico and since 2001 has been working at the British Embassy in different capacities.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Terence Etherton was appointed The Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales in January 2013. Sir Terence has previously been Lord Justice of Appeal (2006), President of the Council of the Inns of Court (2009-12) and Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales (2006-09). He was appointed a High Court Judge (Chancery Division) in 2001. He is a Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn. He is currently Chairman of the Trust Law Committee and President of the Property Bar Association. Sir Terence is also Honorary Professor at Kent University and a visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Timothy Fancourt QC practises from Falcon Chambers and is a highly regarded expert on all areas of real estate litigation and related chancery and common law work. His practice includes: disputes relating to leases and leasehold obligations, development land, options, commercial contracts, rent review, professional negligence, estoppel, nuisance, and property disputes in receiverships, administrations and liquidations. He advises on cases in Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Bermuda, the Bahamas and in Caribbean jurisdictions. He then became Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association from 2012-2014, leading the Association's first visit to Singapore in 2013. Timothy is a Deputy Judge of the High Court (Chancery Division) and a Crown Court Recorder.
The Honourable Mr Justice Flaux was called to the Bar in 1978 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994. His principal area of practice was commercial law, with particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, shipping and sale of goods. He was Chairman of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association and a member of the Committee of the Commercial Bar Association (Combar). He was appointed to a High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division) in May 2007. He was Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit from 2010 to 2013 and has been the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court since July 2014.
Xavier Forneris is a senior legal and regulatory specialist in the World Bank Group, focusing on investment climate and investment policy reforms (including market access, investment incentives, investor protection, special economic zones, and responsible investment). Xavier has been the group’s lead expert on investment codes since2001 and has contributed to the review and reform of investment laws in about 50 countries in Africa, East Asia-Pacific, ECA, LAC, and MENA. He also led the preparation of the IFC Handbook on Investment Law Reform (2010). In the ASEAN region, he is currently contributing to efforts and projects to upgrade and modernize the investment policies and legislation of Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar.
Alison Foster QC's practice consists of public and administrative law with particular involvement in regulation and indirect tax. Prior to taking silk she was Treasury Panel counsel for 12 years. She gained experience of the insurance industry in her early practice developing expertise in Public Law, Regulation and Tax at the highest levels. She acts for and against public bodies, industry regulators, financial advisors, commercial entities and organs of state, both here and outside the UK. Her cases are concerned with a wide range of subjects, including financial regulation, pharmaceuticals, the rights of individuals, and the powers and duties of public bodies including budget-setting and cuts in services. In 2007 she was appointed Deputy High Court Judge, Chancery Division.
The Honourable Mr Justice David Fraser was appointed a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Jamaica, January 2011. Justice Fraser has a keen interest in Judicial Review matters and has decided some interesting cases in that area of law. Prior to his appointment he served as Senior Legal Officer, CARICOM Secretariat (Guyana); Legal Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat (UK); and Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (Ag.) (Jamaica).
Justice Fraser is an experienced conference presenter and has published articles on Prosecutorial Ethics (2000) and Electronic Surveillance (2003) in the West Indian Law Journal. He was research assistant for the book, 'Embryo Research in Pluralistic Europe', published in 2003. Formerly Course Director for Criminal Practice and Procedure at the Norman Manley Law School (UWI Mona), he currently serves as an Associate Tutor in the Law of Evidence.
Alan joined 3i in 2005 and is Managing Partner, co-Head of Private Equity and a member of 3i's Executive Committee and Investment Committee, having previously been Global Sector Head for Business Services. Prior to joining 3i he spent 13 years in investment banking, latterly as Managing Director at Societe Generale, where he was Global Head of Transport & Business Services, advising a range of quoted and private equity owned businesses. Alan started his career as a chartered accountant at KPMG. Since joining 3i Alan has worked on the buyouts of a number of businesses both in the UK and internationally. He currently sits on the boards of Mayborn, JMJ Associates and Element Materials Technology (formerly SMT).
Philip joined EY as a partner in 2014 and is responsible for the development and growth of Law as a new and integrated service line within the UK practice. Prior to this, he spent 17 years at Addleshaw Goddard and during his last 3 years with the Firm was the Divisional Managing Partner of the 40 partner strong Corporate Division. Philip is both personally committed to, and accountable and responsible for, building a diverse and inclusive team and culture. He has unique experience of building a law firm from scratch, putting diversity and gender balance at the heart of the model.
Mark Goyder is Founder Director of Tomorrow's Company a London-based business think tank that works with business leaders and investors to shape the future of business success. Founded in 1996 Tomorrow's Company promoted an inclusive approach to business success which paved the way for changes in the definition of Directors’ Duties under UK Company law. It also popularised the concept of the business licence to operate and redefined the concept of corporate social responsibility in the 1990s. It is the acknowledged champion of the concept of investor stewardship and in increasing demand for advice about the responsibilities of company owners. Its work on Restoring Trust in Financial Services helped stimulated the UN Principles of Responsible Investment.
Lord Grabiner is a commercial lawyer with a substantial court and advisory practice. For over 40 years he has been involved in much of the highest profile commercial litigation that has been fought in London. Lord Grabiner is highly experienced both as an advocate in the High Court and also an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations. His recent work has included an appointment by the Bank of England to lead an investigation into the role of Bank officials in relation to issues in the foreign exchange market. He was also appointed by News Corporation to be the independent Chairman of the Management and Standards Committee, a body set up to look into allegations of phone hacking, payments to police and related issues.
Andrew Grant is the Founder of Tulchan Communications Group LLP, an advisory firm that specialises in working with companies and organisations to deliver effective financial communication to the capital markets and the international financial media. The firm is based in London and Singapore and acts for over 70 companies, drawn primarily from the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250. Andrew founded Tulchan in 2000. Tulchan is one of the leading M&A communications advisors in London and has a particular expertise in managing activist campaigns. Tulchan is the communications advisor to Knight Vinke, and has also advised a number of client companies with activists on their Register.
Chris Grayling is the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. He has oversight of all of Ministry of Justice business and is responsible for making improvements to the criminal justice and prison system so that it better serves the public. Other responsibilities include; overall strategy on criminal justice, penal policy, human rights and rehabilitation.
He has been the Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell since 2001. In May 2010 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. He has also held a number of shadow front bench posts, including Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.
Justine Greening was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 4 September 2012. She is the Conservative MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields.
Prior to this, Justine was a finance manager at Centrica plc before being elected as a Member of Parliament in May 2005. Following her election she was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, with responsibility for youth.
In 2007 she became a Shadow Treasury Minister and in January 2009 became the Shadow Minister for London. Justine was Economic Secretary to the Treasury from May 2010 to October 2011 and Secretary of State for Transport from October 2011 to September 2012.
Dominic Grieve is a barrister and has been the MP for Beaconsfield since 1997. He was the Shadow Attorney General from 2003-09 and Shadow Home Secretary from 2008-09. Under the new Government, Dominic was the Attorney General for England and Wales and the Advocate General for Northern Ireland until July 2014.
Dominic is currently Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Society of Conservative Lawyers, President of the Franco-British Society and Vice-Chairman of the Franco-British Council. He is Honorary Recorder of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
During her 15-year tenure as editor, Cat has led the transformation of The Lawyer from a UK-focused print weekly to a hub of global, high-value content delivered through print, digital and social media. Hailed by the profession as having a "unique insight on the legal profession and its lawyers" and "unafraid to challenge and question lawyers on what they do and how they do it", Cat has helped create financial transparency in private practice law firms by publishing detailed analysis of their finances. She has also made a huge contribution to the industry by recognising the importance of and giving a voice to numerous social mobility and diversity issues.
Sascha Grimm is an associate at the law firm Cooley (UK) LLP in London. She is also the Chair and a co-founder of Women In Law London (WILL), a network aimed at associate-level women lawyers in London, which was set up in response to the poor retention rate of women in law. In the short time it has been running, WILL has acquired over 1500 members in London and continues to grow. It aims to help women on an individual level, as well as drive change within the profession on an institutional level.
Nick started as CEO at the Freedom Fund in December 2013. Prior to this, he was the inaugural CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery. During his tenure, Walk Free built a global movement with over 5 million supporters, launched the first ever Global Slavery Index.
Previously, Nick was the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Crisis Group (ICG), the world's leading conflict prevention NGO. Nick is a lawyer by background and, prior to starting work for ICG in 2003, he was Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General. He also worked at Goldman Sachs in London from 1992-1994.
As OECD Secretary-General, since June 2006, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a 'hub' for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernisation and reform. Under his leadership, the OECD has expanded its membership to include Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia and opened accession talks with Russia. It has also strengthened its links with other major emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. The OECD is now an active participant in both the G-8 and the G-20 Summit processes. Mr Gurría has also reinforced the impact of OECD work in several domains, and has steered the launching of high profile initiatives, including several strategies in the domain of Innovation, Green Growth, Gender, Development and Skills.
Lord Hacking is an Associate Member of Littleton Chambers specialising in commercial arbitrations. He practised for 12 years on the Midland Circuit from Chambers in Francis Taylor Buildings before moving over to be a Solicitor and to become a partner at Richards Butler. His first high profile case at the Bar was as a Junior Counsel in the 'Great Train Robbery Trial' at the Buckingham Assizes in 1964. As a Solicitor, he took the substantial Animal Hormone case in 1986 to the European Court of Justice. He was in the House of Lords for 28 years working on major legislation including Arbitration Acts 1979 and 1996. In the House of Lords he introduced the Civil Aviation [Amendment] Bill 1996 which ensured convictions for 'air rage'.
Chris joined Travers Smith in 1983, became a partner in 1987, head of corporate in 2003 and senior partner in 2013. He founded the firm's market-leading private equity group in 1996 and specialises in UK and international M&A and buy-out work, mainly advising private equity houses, management teams they back and large private companies.
Chris is rated as one of the leading lawyers in M&A and private equity in Chambers, Legal 500 and other directories. He is a regular contributor to various legal journals and lectures, notably at Oxford University, on company and private equity related subjects.
Lady Hale was appointed Deputy President of The Supreme Court in June 2013.
In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission. In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.
In January 2004, Lady Hale became the United Kingdom's first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge. In October 2009 she became the first woman Justice of The Supreme Court.
David Hallam is the Director for International Relations and Envoy for the Post-2015 Development Goals in the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Prior to this post, David was based in the UK Cabinet Office, leading a cross-government team supporting the British Prime Minister in his role as co-Chair of the High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda. Previously, David headed DFID’s United Nations and Commonwealth Department. His earlier career included postings to Jerusalem, where he headed the UK’s aid programme to the Palestinian people, and to Nairobi. He has served on secondment to No.10 Downing Street as Private Secretary, to the UK Cabinet Office Overseas and Defence Secretariat, and to the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Dominique T. Hascher is Judge of the French Supreme Judicial Court (Cour de cassation). He joined the French judiciary in 1982 and acted as General Counsel and Deputy-Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) from 1990 to 1998. He then became a Judge of the Paris Court of Appeal from 1998 to 2008 before sitting as a Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal in Reims from 2008 to 2012. Judge Hascher is also Secretary General of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union since his election in 2004 by the Presidents of the Supreme Courts.
Eric H. Holder, Jr. was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2009 by Vice President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Mr. Holder on December 1, 2008. In 1997, Mr. Holder was named by President Clinton to be the Deputy Attorney General, the first African-American named to that post. Prior to that he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1988, Mr. Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington.
Damian joined HFW in 1997. He specialises in particular in energy and bulk commodities and metals. He has been involved in a significant number of issues which have arisen out of the changes in the commodity markets, for example: LME warehousing queues, coal price fall in Southern China in the summer of 2012, MF Global, Qingdao and changing methodologies in the pricing of iron ore and alumina. In addition to his work in commodities, Damian works on a variety of disputes matters. His work in dispute resolution is focused on three areas: International Arbitration (IA), Banking Litigation and Fraud claims. Damian is ranked as a leading individual in Legal 500 2014 and Chambers UK 2015.
Gus Hosein has worked in the field of technology and human rights for over fifteen years. He is the Executive Director of Privacy International, a London-based charity. From 2001 to 2011 he lectured and led research projects at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also advised numerous international organisations and institutions, governments, industry, and civil society organisations. At Privacy International, he also coordinates programmes aimed at advancing the protection of privacy across the world, with a particular emphasis on the Global South.
Mark Hovell specialises in sports law, regularly advising players' associations and their members. As a qualified insolvency practitioner he has been involved in over 50 football club insolvencies/ restructurings. Mark is an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and has arbitrated on over 100 cases involving a range of sports law matters including a selection of cases for the 2012 Olympics. Mark has a wealth of experience in international sports disputes, working on leading training compensation, Article 17 and other football matters.
Mark is also a non executive director at the Manchester FA; a trustee of the James Milner Foundation; and part of the LawInSport editorial board.
William C. Hubbard is President of the American Bar Association. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the ABA's House of Delegates. Mr. Hubbard is a past president of the American Bar Foundation and the American Bar Endowment. He is a member of the council of the American Law Institute.
Mr. Hubbard is Chairman of the Board of the World Justice Project. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a permanent member of the United States Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Mr. Hubbard has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina since 1986 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1996-2000.
Michael Humphreys QC main areas of practice are in the fields of Commercial Law and Chancery particularly specialising in the areas of construction and public procurement. Mr Humphreys is a member of the Government Civil Senior Panel. Recent instructions in procurement cases include acting for the Plaintiff in John Sisk & Son -v- Western Health & Social Care Trust. Mr Humphreys is Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association, a member of the Commercial Court Liaison Committee and the Bursar of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland.
Kevin Hyland OBE is the first UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. In his new capacity, Mr Hyland will spearhead the UK's fight against modern slavery, with a concerted focus on strengthening law enforcement efforts in the UK and internationally and helping to ensure that public authorities identify and support slavery victims effectively. Prior to undertaking this role, Mr Hyland acted as the operational lead for the Metropolitan Police's Human Trafficking Unit. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group, a high-level strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, the Catholic Church and civil society. He remains a member of this group and continues to support a number of anti-slavery projects and charities.
Lorna Jack has been Chief Executive of the Law Society since January 2009. The Law Society is the professional body for Scotland’s 10,000 solicitors working in-house in government, industry and commerce and in around 1,250 firms. Prior to the Law Society, Lorna was based in the United States, as President Americas for Scottish Development International, the Scottish Government's trade and investment arm. She is a Non Executive Board member of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited and Chair of their Audit Committee as well as a Trustee and Treasurer of the McConnell International Foundation. She is also a Trustee of Fiscal Affairs Scotland.
Anne Jellema is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Wide Web Foundation. She has over 15 years of experience as a development worker and human rights campaigner. From 2006 to 2012 she was the International Director of Policy and Campaigns for Action Aid, and also oversaw the organisation's global programming on women's rights, education and food rights. She helped to found the Global Campaign for Education and served as its first coordinator from 2001 to 2005.A graduate of the University of Michigan, Anne was a Marshall Scholar at King's College, Cambridge and a Mellon Century Fellow at the University of Chicago.
Tim Jenkinson is Professor of Finance at the Said Business School, Oxford University. One of the leading authorities on private equity, IPOs, and institutional asset management, Tim's research is widely quoted and has been published in the top academic journals. He is Head of the Finance Group at Said Business School where he is also Director of the Oxford Private Equity Institute He is a partner at the leading economics consultancy Oxera, and has held board positions in several funds and companies. A renowned teacher and presenter, Tim teaches executive courses on private equity, entrepreneurial finance, valuation, and is a regular contributor to practitioner conferences.
Boris Johnson was first elected Mayor of London in 2008, when he received the largest personal mandate in British political history, and was re-elected in 2012. Under his tenure crime in London has fallen 12%, the capital has seen record investment in transport and the city staged what are widely acknowledged to be the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games ever.
Formerly Conservative MP for Henley from 2001-2008 and a shadow government minister for the Arts and Higher Education, Johnson was adopted in September 2014 as the Conservative Party candidate for MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the 2015 general election. Prior to going into politics, Johnson was the Editor of the Spectator magazine.
Tim Jones is General Counsel of England 2015, the organising committee for next year's Rugby World Cup and is a consultant at Freshfields. He has worked on a wide range of M&A and equity capital markets transactions representing corporate, banks and governments.
Tim was the lead partner for Freshfields' involvement in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games beginning with the bid company in 2003. When the Games were awarded to London, Tim acted on both the infrastructure (ODA) and staging (LOCOG) aspects of the overall project. In 2009, the firm was appointed official legal services provider for the Games. Tim co-ordinated all aspects of Freshfields' involvement with more than 300 of the firm's employees were involved, including over 40 lawyers on secondment.
Věra Jourová has been European Commissioner responsible for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality since 1 November 2014. Previously, Věra Jourová was Minister for Regional Development in the Government of the Czech Republic (2014).
Between 2006 and 2013, Ms Jourová ran a consultancy in the field of European Union funds management, including consultancy activities in the Western Balkans related to EU enlargement.
She had earlier been the Czech Republic's Deputy Minister for Regional Development (2003-2006) and Head of the Department of Regional Development of the Czech Republic's Vysočina Region (2001-03).
Věra Jourová holds Master's degrees in law and in culture theory.
Jeffrey Jowell is the Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. He is also a practicing barrister (Queen's Counsel) at Blackstone Chambers. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at University College London. He was knighted (KCMG) in the Queen's Honours List 2011 'for services to human rights, democracy and the rule of law'.
From 2000-2011 he served as the UK's member on the Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy through Law (known as the 'Venice Commission') where he assisted with the constitutions and public law of a number of European countries.
One of the UK's leading public law scholars, he has authored numerous publications in the area of public law.
Lord Judge was appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and Head of the Judiciary of England and Wales on 1 October, 2008. Shortly afterwards he was created a life peer. He retired as Lord Chief Justice in September 2013. Prior to this, Lord Judge was Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, and from 2003 to 2005, Deputy Chief Justice. In 2005 he was appointed as the first President of the Queen's Bench Division.
Lord Judge has been President of the Selden Society since 2006. He has been awarded honorary degrees by several Universities, and is Treasurer of the Middle Temple in 2014.
Prashant Kumar is a policy economist-turned?lawyer with more than 18 years experience in legal practice. He is principal of a boutique law firm KPALegal based in New Delhi. Prashant helped advance arbitration in India by persuading the Supreme Court of India to appoint an arbitration panel for a contentious Commonwealth Games?related dispute. Prashant is currently Vice President of the Bar Association of India and President-elect of LAWASIA. He was part of the four-member LAWASIA fact-finding mission to Pakistan during the judicial crisis of 2008 and acted as an international observer for the trail of the former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. He has been part of several LAWASIA development missions to various jurisdictions including Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal and Bhutan.
Matthew Lavy is a barrister practising at 4 Pump Court. He has a broad commercial practice, with particular expertise, focus and interest in technology-related disputes. He regularly acts and advises on IT project failures and delays (involving both mainstream business systems and highly specialised applications such as broadcasting platforms, military technology and safety-critical software), IP licensing disputes, allegations of copyright infringement, misuse of confidential information, outsourcing failures, and issues arising out of telecommunications networks, cyber risk and the internet. Many of his instructions concern arbitrations or are otherwise confidential. Cases in which he has acted and that are in the public domain include BSkyB v EDS, Ericsson v EADS, Arqiva v EE, and Fujitsu v IBM.
Will Lawes has been at Freshfields for more than 25 years and became Senior Partner in 2011. Alongside management responsibilities, Will actively advises a range of corporate and financial institutions clients. Increasingly, he has focused on companies in financial or other difficulties. Will is a trusted board adviser and has a long track record of helping businesses manage crises or achieve strategic transformation through hostile or complex M&A, capital raisings or major corporate reorganisations. He is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, Saïd Business School and a UKTI Ambassador in the Professional and Business Services Sector.
Sir John Laws was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1970, and appointed a Bencher in 1985. He was appointed First Junior Treasury Counsel (Common Law) in 1984, and a Recorder in 1985, holding both positions until his appointment to the High Court in 1992, serving in the Queen's Bench Division. He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1999.
Shaun is an international dispute resolution lawyer with specialisation in international arbitration. Shaun joined the Supreme Court of Singapore as a Justices' Law Clerk in 2009 upon graduating with First Class Honours. In July 2010, Shaun was judicially appointed an Assistant Registrar and Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Singapore where he heard applications in commercial cases, and released notable judgments on arbitration such as FirstLink Investments Corp Ltd v GT Payments Pte Ltd and other  SGHCR 12 and The "Titan Unity" (No 2)  SGHCR 04. He was integrally involved in the establishment of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) as Secretary to the SICC Committee.
Anne-Marie Leroy was appointed senior vice president and general counsel for the World Bank Group in 2009. Prior to this, she had been a partner of Denton Wilde Sapte LLP (Paris) since 2005.
Leroy joined the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) in 1986, where she worked as a judge. From 1995-98, she served in the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa region as a senior public sector specialist. In 1998, she was appointed as senior advisor to the Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, in charge of government reform.
Following the presidential election of 2002, she returned to the Council of State as a judge. In 2003, she was appointed as a judge with the Inter-American Development Bank Administrative Tribunal.
Justice Enrique Ricardo Lewandowski is the Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil (Supremo Tribunal Federal - STF) since September 2014. He is also the President of the National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça). He was Chief Justice of the Superior Electoral Court (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral) from 2010-12. During his tenure he coordinated the 2010 Presidential elections when the Brazilian people elected the first woman as President of the nation. Before his appointment to the highest judicial body in the country´s Judiciary in March 2006, Lewandowski was a judge at the Criminal Court of Appeal and subsequently nominated to the São Paulo State Supreme Court. He has authored several articles and books, including "Globalization, Regionalization and Sovereignty".
Adam Lewis QC is a barrister specialising in public law, EC law and sports law at Blackstone Chambers, London. He regularly advises national and international sports governing bodies, clubs, individual players and commercial partners, and appears on their behalf before the courts, arbitral tribunals and regulatory authorities. Together with Jon Taylor, he edits the text book Sport: Law and Practice, currently in its 3rd edition.
Chee Wee was made a partner of SKRINE in 2001. Chee Wee is the immediate past president of the Malaysian Bar. Chee Wee has a broad commercial practice having experience in a wide variety of commercial and corporate disputes and litigation including international arbitrations in Asia and Europe. He primarily acts as Counsel having appeared at all tiers of the Malaysian Courts and his portfolio of litigation work has a particular focus towards corporate litigation. Chee Wee also has an established public and administrative law practice having regularly advised and acted as Counsel for the Malaysian stock exchange in matters involving its rules and regulations and on the exercise of its enforcement powers.
Chief Justice Ma was appointed Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal on 1 September 2010.
Chief Justice Ma joined the Judiciary as Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2001. He was appointed Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court in 2002, and Chief Judge of the High Court in 2003.
Chief Justice Ma was made an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2004. He was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Birmingham in 2011. He was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the Government in June 2012 and was conferred an Honorary Fellowship by Harris Manchester College of the University of Oxford in November 2012.
Alistair MacDonald QC will be Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales for 2015.He was Called to the Bar in 1983 and took silk in 2000. Practising from Leeds, he is co-Head of Chambers at New Park Chambers. Although he now principally practises in crime, his past work has included personal injury and administrative law.After being Director of Continuing Education on the North-Eastern Circuit he then became Circuit Leader in 2012. He has sat as a Recorder in crime and civil since 1995 and been a Master of the Bench at Gray's Inn since 2007.
John is the head of the Commercial Disputes and Regulation Division, and leads the team of 15 partners. An experienced Solicitor Advocate, John deals with a range of commercial litigation and has particular expertise in intellectual property and IT matters. John is one of the few solicitor advocates to have appeared before the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union. John has a keen interest in the future of dispute resolution, and his blog 'Justice in an Online World' explores some of the issues that are raised by the online phenomenon, eJustice and Online Dispute Resolution.
Simon has been travelling regularly to Myanmar since the beginning of 2012 and heads up the office in Yangon. During the last two and a half years Simon has been working on transactions for our clients which include Japanese companies, international financial institutions, multilateral agencies and telecommunications companies. He has also been heavily involved in training for various government departments including the Attorney General's Office, Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Electrical Power, the Privatisation Committee and the Yangon Institute of Economics. Simon is Allen & Overy's representative on the recently formed UK/Myanmar Financial Services Taskforce. He has been based in Asia since 1988 and advises on a wide range of corporate matters.
Brandon Malone is a solicitor advocate and an arbitrator, and is Chairman of the Scottish Arbitration Centre. He is also a Director of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration. He has over twenty years of experience in dispute resolution. Brandon is an Honorary Lecturer at CEPMLP, and lectures at a number of other universities on international commercial arbitration. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Arbitration Law. He is the principal of specialist arbitration and litigation practice Brandon Malone & Company. Brandon is the author of the International Bar Association's Arbitration Country Guide for Scotland.
Lord Mandelson is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round. Prior to this, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the British government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown between 1997 and 2010. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. He is also President of the Policy Network think tank and Chairman of Lazard International.
Kevin Marsh is the former Editor of BBC R4's leading daily news programmes Today, The World at One and PM. Former Executive Editor of the BBC College of Journalism and with over 30 years at the BBC, Marsh has won numerous awards including Sony Radio Gold awards and an Amnesty International Award. 2012, he published Stumbling Over Truth – an account of the Blair government's case for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and of the row between Downing Street and the BBC over the September 2002 dossier. Marsh broadcasts and writes extensively on politics and journalism and has lectured around the world. Marsh is currently the Director of OffspinMedia – a company specialising in strategic communications.
Charles joined Macfarlanes in 1983, became a partner in 1990 and Senior Partner in 2008. Charles works principally in M&A and private equity, acting for sponsors and corporates. Much of his work is cross-border in nature.
Recent highlights include advising Verizon Communications Inc. on its acquisition of Vodafone's interest in Verizon Wireless for $130bn; Brit Insurance N.V. on a recommended $1.3bn cash offer by Apollo and CVC; and the independent directors of TNK-bp in relation to a proposed transaction with Rosneft.
He is rated in the top tiers of the most highly recommended M&A and private equity lawyers in the UK by the leading directories including Chambers. He was named Partner of the Year 2014 by Financial News.
Rosemary Martin was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Vodafone Group in March 2010. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc in various company secretary and legal roles - the last five years as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary.
Before joining Reuters, she was a partner with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. She is a non-executive director of HSBC Bank Plc (the European arm of HSBC Group), a member of the Financial Services Authority's Listing Group Advisory Committee and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales Corporate Governance Committee.
Susan was appointed President of the Thomson Reuters Legal business in January 2014.
Prior to her current appointment, Susan was Managing Director of the Thomson Reuters Legal business in the UK and Ireland. Previously she was President of Reuters Media, having previously been Managing Director - UKI Sales & Service, first for Reuters in 2007 and then for Thomson Reuters following the acquisition of Reuters by Thomson Corporation in 2008. Prior to that, Susan was Global Head of Corporate Strategy for Reuters.
Outside of Thomson Reuters Susan is a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread, the UK's leading hospitality company and was a former Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) London Regional Council.
Duncan Matthews QC is a specialist advocate with a broad practice at 20 Essex Street in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution. He advises and acts in English Court proceedings at all higher court levels and overseas and has a large arbitration practice primarily as counsel, though also as arbitrator, both in England and abroad, institutional and ad hoc. The international nature of his practice encompasses private international law and conflicts of laws. He has an established practice in Singapore. He was admitted to the Bar of the East Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands in 2002 and of Nevis and St Kitts (ad hoc) in 2012. He became a Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2006.
Lynne McCafferty has a general commercial practice at 4 Pump Court. Lynne has particular expertise in construction and engineering disputes, energy, IT law, and professional negligence. Her construction practice ranges from international infrastructure projects to multi-million pound commercial and residential developments. Her cases have included a multi-million pound claim arising out of a high-profile development in the Middle East; the £33m refurbishment of a prestigious Central London commercial property; and the design and construction of a large retail distribution centre for a major supermarket retailer. Called to the Bar in 1997, Lynne is recommended as a leading junior in construction, professional negligence and IT law in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
Colin is a member of 39 Essex Chambers. He represents both organisations and individuals across all areas of Tort law. He is widely respected as an advocate and negotiator both domestically and internationally, and has recently been instructed in a negotiation in Washington DC arising from a construction contract in the Middle East. He practices extensively in the areas of professional liability, clinical negligence, health and safety and personal injury. His clients are drawn from a wide range of sectors, including: Formula 1, engineering, construction, shipping, health, tourism, hospitality, manufacture, energy and telecommunications. His experience of asbestos litigation in particular has seen him instructed in a number of cases both within the United Kingdom and abroad.
Duncan has practiced law in the Northern Territory of Australia for 20 years in a wide range of litigation areas. As a barrister at the leading commercial William Forster Chambers in Darwin, his practice areas include commercial litigation and worker's compensation. Prior to coming to the Bar in 2009, Duncan was a Litigation Partner at the law firm Morgan Buckley (now CridlandsMB Lawyers) for 11 years. Duncan has had a long association with national legal affairs, originally as a member of the Law Council's Access to Justice Committee and, later, the Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and the Indigenous Imprisonment Working Group.
President Meron has been a Judge of the Appeals Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) since his election to the ICTY in March 2001. Judge Meron is currently serving his third term as President of the ICTY. In December 2011, he was elected a Judge of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), for which he also serves as President following his appointment by the U.N. Secretary-General.
He is a member of the Institute of International Law and of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts, and the recipient of Officer of the French Legion of Honour and Grand Officier of the National Order of Merit.
Richard Millett was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2003. He has a broad commercial practice, with an emphasis on advocacy in court and in arbitration and other tribunals. He specialises in banking and financial markets, fraud and asset-tracing and litigation concerning offshore trusts (family and commercial), private equity vehicles and structured financing, bonds and derivatives. He regularly appears in the Chancery Division, Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. He was appointed one of Her Majesty's Civil Recorders (Chancery) and in 2013 was appointed Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division. In 2014 he was appointed to the panel of Senior Decision Makers of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.
Claude Moraes is Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for London and was elected Chair of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) in July 2014.
Claude was responsible for the European Parliament's Inquiry and report into the Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU citizens following the start of the Snowden revelations last year. MEPs backed the report which called for an end to blanket mass surveillance by the US and EU Member States. The report outlined an action plan for a European Digital Habeas Corpus which includes inter alia new rules on data protection and the need to negotiate with the US to ensure stronger safeguards for EU citizens.
David is Allen & Overy's worldwide Senior Partner, a role akin to Executive Chairman. He joined Allen & Overy as a trainee in 1980, qualifying as a solicitor in 1982. He is a banking lawyer with 25 years of transactional experience. He was elected worldwide Managing Partner in May 2003, elected worldwide Senior Partner in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. David is a member of the Mayor of London's International Business Advisory Council, and the Best Lawyers Advisory Board. In 2012 he was listed as one of the 10 most influential lawyers in the UK by The Times newspaper. In 2013 he was recognised as one of The Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years by The American Lawyer.
Lord Paul Myners CBE spent most of his professional career in fund management with N.M. Rothschild & Sons and Gartmore before chairing a number of major companies including Marks & Spencer and Land Securities. He has been a member of the Court of The Bank of England and was a Treasury Minister in the last UK government. He is now a board member of a number of public companies and Chair of Court of Governors and Council of The London School of Economics & Political Science.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury (in the county of Dorset) became President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on 1 October 2012 previously he was Master of the Rolls from 1st October 2009. Appointed Queen's Counsel in 1987, first judicial appointment was as a Recorder from 1990-1996. In 1996 appointed a High Court Judge, Chancery Division and then Supervisory Chancery Judge for the Midland, Wales and Chester and Western Circuits for 2000-04. Appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in January 2004, a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary ('Law Lord') in January 2007 and given a life peerage. Led an investigation for the Bar Council into widening access to the barrister profession and also served on the panel on fair access to the professions led by Alan Milburn.
In an academic career spanning over three decades Thandabantu Nhlapo recently retired as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. From 2004-07, he was Chair of the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims ('the Nhlapo Commission'), and before then the Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of South Africa in Washington D.C. Nhlapo was a full-time Commissioner on the South African Law Reform Commission from 1996-2000 and was instrumental in the development of significant legislation in family law. His academic research interests include African customary law and gender, women's human rights in family law, traditional values and modern constitutions, and cultural diversity under the South African Constitution.
Clive Nicholls QC has been at the forefront of extradition law since the 1970s. He has represented and advised governments and defendants worldwide, many of the cases leading to the development of the current law, including re Nielsen (1984), which re-defined the double criminality rule; the Canadian government in the Air India disaster; Al Megrahi in the Lockerbie appeal, Senator Augusto Pinochet Ugarte; and Viktor Kozeny, the so-called 'Pirate of Prague' in the Bahamas. He is currently acting for a client in proceedings in Jordan, advising in arbitration proceedings in Paris against the Republic of Turkey and for claimants in proceedings arising out of the downfall of Yukos Oil. He has been described in Chambers UK as a 'huge name in the field for years.. a true globetrotter'.
Patricia O'Brien is currently the Ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. From August 2008 - September 2013, she was Legal Counsel of the United Nations and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.
She served as Legal Adviser to the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Senior Legal Adviser to the Attorney General of Ireland and Legal Counsellor in Brussels. Earlier in her career Ms O'Brien practised law at the Irish Bar and at the Bar of British Columbia, Canada. She is a member of the Irish Bar and of the Bar of England and Wales.
John O'Conor is one of London's top litigators, with particular specialisation in banking and finance disputes. Over the last 25 years he has advised most of the world's major banks on the full range of banking, finance and securities disputes, regulatory proceedings and investigations spanning many different jurisdictions and legal systems. Nearly all of the matters he handles involve coordination of proceedings (both civil and criminal) in multiple jurisdictions. In the legal directories, John is ranked as a leader in the field and described as "a superb litigator with real presence. A great negotiator and fun to work with''.
Finola O'Farrell QC was the first female specialist construction counsel to take Silk. She was called to the Bar in 1983 and has over 30 years experience as a leading barrister in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and information technology disputes. Her work often includes cases that involve issues of legal, factual and technical complexity. She has considerable advocacy experience before the English courts at all levels and regularly appears as counsel in international arbitrations throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She was appointed as a Recorder in 2008 in public and private family law and she is an accredited adjudicator and mediator.
David Ofosu-Dorte is a business law specialist with a focus on Africa transactions. He has a combined public and private sector experience spanning over 25 years and has worked on several projects cutting across finance, infrastructure and advice to governments. He is trusted by clientele for his "terrifically focused, hands-on approach and brilliant business sense" (Chambers Global, UK 2012), regarded as "a top project lawyer" (IFLR1000, 2013) and ".... recognised for his role in pioneering the development of Public Private Partnerships in Ghana" (Chambers Global, UK 2014). He founded AB & David which has grown into a Pan-African law firm operating in 9 cities across 7 jurisdictions in Africa (Botswana, Burundi, Ghana, Liberia, Mauritius, Rwanda and Zambia) and one representative office in London. AB & David also has best friend firms in 16 African countries and is able to serve clients across in 23 jurisdictions on the African continent. He led AB & David to earn the distinction as the First African law firm to earn the UK Law Society Lexcel accreditation - which is a mark of the highest standards in practice management.
Suzie Ogilvie is the Head of Anti-Money Laundering at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. She advises both the firm and its clients on anti-money laundering issues and also has responsibility for managing reputational risk and ensuring that the firm has appropriate procedures in place in order to comply with anti-bribery laws and economic sanctions. Suzie is currently the Chair of the Money Laundering Task Force of the Law Society of England and Wales and the UK delegate on the Money Laundering Committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).
Christopher Adebayo Ojo, SAN is a former Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As such, he is also a past head of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice. He is a legal practitioner and is licensed to practice in Nigeria, England and Wales. Chief did his LLM at the world-acclaimed London School of Economics and Political Science. He was former Head of Chamber, Oniyangi & Co. and founded Bayo Ojo & Co. in 1986. Elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1999, he was elected President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in 2004. Subsequently, he was appointed Attorney General and Minister of Justice by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Chris Osborne is co-chairman of the EMEA region of FTI Consulting as well as head of the European economic and financial consulting group and the European forensic and litigation consulting group. Prior to this Chris was the European managing director of LECG and before that the head of Arthur Andersen's economic and financial consulting practice worldwide. Chris has over 25 years of experience of bringing economic and financial analysis to complex commercial and regulatory disputes. He has a first degree in civil engineering, an MSc in economics, and is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the ICAEW.
Tony joined Saunderson House in 1989, having previously spent time at Commercial Union and Barclays. He was appointed a director of Saunderson House in 1996 and Managing Director in January 2012. Tony specialises in strategic financial planning, group life assurance and income protection insurance. He also holds the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, as well as being a Chartered Financial Planner.
Tony works with a number of top law firm partners and barristers. His clients often have similar financial challenges; to understand how they can accumulate, grow and preserve their wealth in an effective way to support them and their families for life.
Melissa K. Pang is the Vice President of the Law Society of Hong Kong, and Executive Committee Member of LAWASIA, an international organisation which focuses on the interests of the legal profession in the Asia Pacific region. She has been a Council Member of the Law Society since 2005, and currently serves as the Chairman of its Standing Committee on Member Services. Melissa has a strong interest in access to justice and led the setup of the Pro Bono Committee and the International Legal Affairs Committee in 2010. With her devotion to public services, Melissa was awarded Medal of Honor by the Government of HKSAR in 2006 and Justice of the Peace in 2010. Melissa is a founding partner of Pang & Associates.
Lord Pannick QC is a barrister practising primarily in the areas of administrative, constitutional and human rights law. He has argued well over 100 cases in the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and (since its creation in 2009) the Supreme Court. He has argued more than 30 cases in the European Court of Human Rights. He has regularly appeared in the courts of Bermuda, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, and Trinidad and Tobago (amongst other jurisdictions) arguing public law cases.
He is the author (with Lord Lester QC) of three editions of Human Rights Law and Practice. In 2008, he was appointed as a Crossbench member of the House of Lords where he speaks, in particular, on legal issues.
Bahrain is the gateway to access the high growth and diverse opportunities in the wider GCC. Emma Parsons is the European Manager for the Bahrain Economic Development Board. Emma is based in the London Embassy and works with business exploring Bahrain as a centre for growth and expansion. She works with companies from a wide range of sectors helping them identify opportunities, leverage connections and facilitate partnerships to enable them to establish in the Kingdom.
Nigel Pascoe is the senior member of Chambers and has been one of the top jury advocates in the country since taking Silk in 1988. He is a Specialist practitioner in Jury advocacy, principally in Crime. Formerly Leader of the Western Circuit, he prosecutes and defends equally in high-profile murder cases.
He was Chairman of the Board of Counsel magazine, remaining on the Board and was the founder and presenter of All England Quarterly Law Reports, as well as writing and broadcasting on a range of legal issues. Called to the Bar 1966 by the Inner Temple, he is now a Bencher.
Nigel Pascoe has a corresponding career as an actor and playwright with a one-man show - The Trial of Penn and Mead.
George advises the leaders of some of Britain's biggest firms, charities and organisations on their corporate communications and government relations strategies.
His work spans a huge range of corporate sectors including FMCG, defence, banking, financial technology, retail, health and pharmaceuticals.George enjoyed a 22-year career on The Sun newspaper. He was the Political Editor for five years, widely regarded as one of the most influential positions in the UK media.He has been a regular panellist on BBC Question Time, Sunday AM, Sky News, BBC News Channel, Any Questions, The Week in Westminster and BBC Radio 5 Live. This experience makes him a sought-after media trainer for some of the UK's most high profile business leaders. He is a former chairman of Parliamentary Lobby Journalists and is the author of Total Politics' The Insider column, widely read by Britain's decision-makers.George advises clients on all aspects of media handling, crisis management and campaigning, providing formidable insight into the political world.
Colin Passmore serves as the Chairman and Senior Partner of Simmons & Simmons. He joined Simmons & Simmons in 1986, becoming a partner in 1990 and a solicitor advocate (civil) in 1999. He is Chairman of the Membership Committee of the Academy of Experts. He is the author of 'Privilege', the third edition of which was published in 2013. Over the last 24 years, he has worked in England, Hong Kong and the Middle East from where he has developed a varied commercial litigation practice that encompasses both international and domestic disputes. Colin is listed in the Super Lawyers 2014 for Commercial Litigation.
Muir is a senior member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, focused on advising clients globally on how to prepare for and respond to shareholder activism and hostile mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining the firm, Muir worked at Wellington Management Company, where he served as director of corporate governance and was responsible for governance analytics, proxy voting and company engagement. Before that, he was co-head of the M&A and Proxy Fight Research Group at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), where he co-created the M&A Edge suite of products to provide analysis and voting recommendations on M&A and shareholder activism. During this period, Muir also served on ISS' Global Policy Committee. Prior to ISS, Muir held various M&A investment banking positions in London, Hong Kong and New York.
Robert San Pe is an English and Hong Kong-qualified lawyer and a partner of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He is of Anglo-Burmese heritage and serves as senior adviser on legal affairs to Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He has organized and run multiple workshops for Burmese lawyers, judges and Members of Parliament on a wide range of law reform topics. He has spoken about developments in the country at events hosted by, Chatham House, International Bar Association, The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the US Council on Foreign Relations. Mr Pe focuses his regular legal practice on international commercial dispute resolution and is a recognised leader in the field.
Julian Pike heads Farrer & Co's Reputation Management practice. He has more than 20 years' experience of advising high profile individuals, corporations and institutions who find themselves the subject of attention, whether from main stream media, online attacks or campaigning/obsessed individuals. Often Julian will work with public relations advisers, in-house and external, to achieve the best outcomes. This recognises that the law has its limitations, but also that there is a need to take account of the client's long term business and strategic interests, as well as dealing with immediate issue. Having also represented major UK media organisations throughout his career, Julian knows the "art of the possible" and how best this is achieved.
Baroness Prashar has led a number of public and voluntary organisations with great distinction.In July 2009 she was appointed a member of the Iraq Inquiry. She is Deputy Chair of the British Council, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, a Trustee of Cumberland Lodge, President of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, the National Literacy Trust and the Community Foundation Network, and Patron of the Runnymede Trust.
From 2000 to 2005 she was the First Civil Service Commissioner. From 2005 to 2010 Baroness Prashar was Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission. She has served as Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales, Director of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Director of the Runnymede Trust.
Kimberly Prost worked for the Canadian Federal Department of Justice for 18 years including eight years as Director of the International Assistance Group which is responsible for extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. She has also held positions as Head, Criminal Law Section at the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Chief, Legal Advisory Section, UNODC.
In July 2006, she was appointed to sit as an ad litem judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She served for four years on a multi-accused trial relating to the events at Srebrenica for which judgement was delivered in June 2010. That same month she was appointed by the UN Secretary General as Ombudsperson for the Security Council Al Qaida Sanctions Committee.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is a commercial barrister, a Bencher of Middle Temple and current Vice-Chair of Combar. A Rhodes Scholar, he has been a tenant at One Essex Court, among the foremost commercial law chambers in England, since 1987, taking silk in 2002. He has, over many years, been consistently recognized as a leading practitioner at the English Bar in a number of practice areas, including commercial litigation, arbitration, energy, financial services, banking, professional negligence and civil fraud and, reflecting this, has featured in many significant and high profile disputes that have come before the English courts in recent times.
Mike Rainey is a partner in the Middle East & Islamic Finance Practice Group of King & Spalding and is resident in the London office. Mr. Rainey has significant experience in advising Middle Eastern banks, sponsors, borrowers and public bodies in connection with their lending and investment activities in Europe and the Middle East on both a conventional and Shari'ah-compliant basis. Mr. Rainey has represented numerous clients in connection with financing asset and share acquisitions both in the UK and across Europe, including assisting with structuring transactions at an early stage, advising on financing facilities (both Shari'ah-compliant and conventional) and assisting with restructuring transactions post completion.
Sir Michael Rake is Chairman of BT Group plc as well as Deputy Chairman of Barclays PLC, a director of McGraw Hill Financial and Chairman of Majid Al Futtaim Holdings LLC. He is President of the Confederation of British Industry, and is a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group.
Mike is also Chairman of the Henley Festival, Vice President of the RNIB, a member of the Board of the TransAtlantic Business Council, a Trustee of the Prince of Wales' Charitable Foundation, member of the Advisory Council for Business for New Europe, Senior Adviser for Chatham House, and on the Global Advisory Board of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. Mike was knighted in 2007.
Penelope Reed QC is the current chair of the Chancery Bar Association, one of the longest established Bar Associations which represents the interests of about 1,200 barristers. Its members handle the full breadth of Chancery work at all levels of seniority, both in London and throughout England and Wales and in cases overseas She has practised at the bar since 1983 and is a member of Chambers of Henry Harrod at 5 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn. Her work is predominantly in the area of trusts, wills, contentious probate, family provision claims and tax. She is a recorder and deputy High Court Judge as well as an accredited mediator and she writes and lectures widely in her areas of expertise.
Peter Rees QC specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation at Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers in London. He is widely recognised as one of the leading international disputes lawyers in the world and has extensive experience of large scale and complex disputes in many industrial and commercial sectors and diverse jurisdictions and subject to a wide variety of governing laws. He is a Chartered Arbitrator, an accredited adjudicator and mediator and practises both as counsel and arbitrator.He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, Board Member of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Mahesh Rengaswamy is the Senior Director for Global Justice Programs, Thomson Reuters. For over 15 years, his focus has been implementing technology solutions for governments to improve business process efficiencies and quality of service to citizens. Focus areas are solution architecture, executive advisory and program development.
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC has a broad commercial chancery practice. She is an acknowledged specialist in international trust and estates disputes, and in partnership, company, insolvency and other business based disputes. She has recently dealt with a partnership dispute over the ownership of intellectual property in hedge fund software, a claim for gross negligence by trustees in investing trust funds in speculative trading ventures, and a fund's claim against its former directors and advisors in connection with the fund's investments.
Many of Elspeth's cases have international elements. She has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean, and has advised on cases in the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, the USA, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Andrew Rigney QC practises from Crown Office Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 1992 and took Silk in 2010. He has an extensive construction, insurance and commercial practice in both domestic litigation and in international arbitration in cases which involve complex factual and technical evidence. Recent instructions have related to disputes arising out of Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the United States. He is listed by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a Leading Silk in the fields of International Arbitration, Construction, Energy, Insurance and Reinsurance, Professional Negligence and Property Damage.
David W. Rivkin is the Vice-President of the International Bar Association (IBA). Mr Rivkin's membership of the IBA spans a period of more than 20 years, during which he has held many senior positions, including; member of the IBA's Management Board since 2003; Secretary-General (2011-12); Chair of the IBA's Legal Practice Division (2007-8); and Chair of the IBA's Committee on Arbitration (1998-2001).
Mr Rivkin is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in both the New York and London offices. He has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration and has handled international arbitrations throughout the world and under common law, civil law and Islamic law legal systems.
Vivian Robinson QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1986, became Head of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers in 2006 and served as Treasurer of Inner Temple in 2009. In 2009 he left the practising bar to take up appointment as first General Counsel at the Serious Fraud Office. In this capacity he played a prominent role in the development of the SFO’s enforcement strategy on the UK Bribery Act 2010. In 2011 he joined US law firm McGuireWoods, becoming a member of the firm’s Government, Regulatory and Criminal Investigation team. He advises clients on compliance and white collar crime issues, both in the UK and internationally. He has travelled extensively on behalf of the firm visiting Europe, the US, India, South America, China and Africa.
Brian Rogers is Director of Regulation & Compliance Services at Riliance, and advises on all regulatory and compliance issues both to the business and also to its subscriber base; his compliance update webinars regularly draw hundreds of attendees. Prior to joining Riliance he worked within various law firms as a senior management executive for 20 years, advising on management, regulation, risk, and compliance issues. He was the first non-lawyer in the UK to be elected on to a law society council and was Chairman of the Regulatory Affairs Committee at Manchester Law Society from 2010 - 2012.
Steen is head of Miller Rosenfalck's commercial team and Scandinavian desk. Steen’s practice covers a broad range of mainly commercial work with a particular emphasis on contracts for the offshore/energy sector, foreign investments and international trade. He is dually qualified as a Danish advokat and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
Steen is the chair of the British-Nordic Lawyers' Association (BNLA) and on the board/committee of a number of other organisations and companies.
Recognised as "impressively versed in the drafting of commercial agreements. He holds membership of a number of organisations promoting trade and cultural links between the UK and the Nordic regions." (Chambers Global). Steen is an Editor of and Contributor to International Corporate Procedures (Jordan Publishing).
Joshua Rozenberg is Britain's best-known commentator on the law. In 2012 he was included by The Times in its independently-judged list of the UK's 100 most influential lawyers, the only journalist to feature in the Times Law 100.
Joshua was the BBC's legal correspondent for 15 years before moving in 2000 to The Daily Telegraph, where he edited the paper's legal coverage until the end of 2008. A decade after he left the BBC, Joshua returned in 2010 to present the popular Radio 4 series Law in Action, a programme he had launched in 1984. Also in 2010, he also accepted an invitation to chair Halsbury's Law Exchange, an independent and politically neutral think-tank.
John G. Ruggie is one of the most influential international relations scholars in USA and Canada. From 1997-2001, Professor Ruggie served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning. His areas of responsibility included assisting the Secretary-General in establishing and overseeing the UN Global Compact; proposing and gaining General Assembly approval for the Millennium Development Goals; UN institutional reforms; and conducting relations with Washington. In 2005, Professor Ruggie was appointed as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. In June 2011 the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed a set of Principles on Business and Human Rights developed by Professor Ruggie. Core elements of these Principles have been adopted by the OECD, the International Standards Organization, the International Finance Corporation and the European Union.
Sacha Sadan is Director of Corporate Governance at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and has overall responsibility for the corporate governance team which includes all Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) areas. The team performs a highly active role in engaging with the companies in which LGIM invests, seeking to deliver the best-possible long-term value for shareholders. The team also regularly collaborate with other investors, governments and regulators. Sacha is a member of the Investment Association, Governance and Engagement Committee. Sacha also helped in the formation of the new UK Investor Forum and is a founding member of their Board.
Jonas Saladžius is a Managing Partner of Eversheds in Lithuania and a member of the Management Board of Eversheds International. Jonas specialises in corporate and commercial, including M&A, financial services and energy law. Jonas is a member of the Council of the Lithuanian Bar Association and a member of various committees of International Bar Association. Jonas is a head of the Lithuanian bar delegation to the CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe). Jonas is a lecturer of finance law at Vilnius University. His professional career includes being head of tax and legal practice of PwC in Lithuania.
Harish is a very experienced and senior lawyer who was recently admitted to the Bar in England & Wales and joined Blackstone Chambers in July 2013. Harish is also a Senior Advocate (1992) at the Indian Bar.
Alison Saunders joined the CPS in 1986, the year of its formation. In 1991 she moved to the CPS Policy Directorate, re-joining CPS London in 1997 and being promoted to Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor in 1999. Later that year, Alison became Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Sussex and held the post until 2003, when she left to serve as Deputy Legal Advisor to the Attorney General. She re-joined the CPS two years later, to establish and head the Organised Crime Division (OCD). In December 2009, Alison was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, a post that she held until she became Director of Public Prosecutions in November 2013. She is the first DPP to be appointed from within the CPS.
Hugh Saunders was called in 2006. Before returning to the Bar in 2014, he worked for a number of years in the specialist construction teams at Fladgate LLP, Nabarro LLP and, most recently, at White & Case. From those roles Hugh gained significant commercial and dispute resolution experience across a wide range of projects.
Since his return to the Bar, Hugh has regularly acted for clients in the English High Court, and also in arbitrations and adjudications. He is often asked to represent clients in matters where the disputes involve a complex mix of commercial problems with construction and engineering issues. Hugh is a member of the TECBAR committee.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) and the Legal Education Certificate of the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad & Tobago. He was called to the Bar of St. Vincent & the Grenadines in 1977.
Mr. Justice Saunders spent 18 years in private practice. In 1996 he was appointed as a Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) and in 2003, he was confirmed as a Justice of Appeal of the ESCS, a year later he was appointed to act as Chief Justice. In 2005 Mr. Justice Saunders was sworn in as a Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Mr. Justice Saunders was deeply involved in judicial education and judicial reform issues. He chaired the Committee established to introduce court connected mediation in the Eastern Caribbean. As Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the ECSC he presided over the production of a code of ethics for judges of the Eastern Caribbean. He also served as Chairman of the Judicial Education Institute of the ECSC. He regularly participates in judicial education programmes as a faculty member of the Halifax-based Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.
Mr. Justice Saunders is currently the Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO). He also chairs the West Indies Cricket Board’s Disciplinary Committee and is a member of the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct Commission.
Tim Scales heads the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure team at Allen & Overy Paris and is chairman of Allen & Overy's Africa Group. He has considerable experience of project development and finance involving multi-lateral and local bank financings across all sectors in particular, the energy and infrastructure sectors. His experience includes advising sponsors, project companies and lenders in relation to the development of a number of projects in Africa in particular Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Africa, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Cameroon, Senegal, Burundi and Burkina Faso. Tim is recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of African Energy & Projects by Chambers and IFLR1000.
Distinguished as a lawyer before entering the political arena in 1977, where she was called to the bar and served two terms of government for Labour firstly in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Foreign Office Minister working for the home department at the Lord Chancellor's Office. There she is effectively number two to Lord Irvine of Largs and the lead minister on immigration and asylum matters, legal aid, legal services and the development of Civil Law in the UK. In 1991 she made legal history becoming the first black female QC (Queens Counsel) at the age of 35. She was made a bencher of the Middle Temple in 1997, becoming a judge in 1999, and raised to the Privy Council in 2001. On 28 June 2007 Baroness Scotland was appointed Attorney General by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. She was the first woman to hold the office since its foundation in 1315. When Labour left government on 11 May 2010, Baroness Scotland became the Shadow Attorney General and was reappointed to that role by Ed Miliband when he appointed his first Shadow Cabinet in October 2010, where she was instrumental in creating Labour's strategy against Rupert Murdoch.
Reena SenGupta is an expert analyst of the global legal profession. She founded RSG Consulting, an international legal strategy consultancy, in 2001. The company is the architect and research partner to the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Reports in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific.
Reena was a finalist for an Asian Woman of Achievement award for her pioneering work around the European and Indian legal markets. Her experience analysing and commentating on the legal profession stretches over two decades, following stints at investment bank and running a small design business in the early 90s. She was Publishing Director and Editor of various publications at Chambers & Partners, the legal publisher and regularly contributes to the FT.
Chris joined Saunderson House as Investment Research Manager in 2004, was promoted to Investment Director in 2007 and joined the Saunderson House Board of Directors in 2009.He previously spent 14 years in fund management as an equity analyst and latterly as a fund manager for the British Steel Pension fund.
During his time at Saunderson House, Chris and his team have combined a value-based approach to investing with tactical asset allocation to deliver strong relative returns. He has advocated a highly analytical and research-driven investment process, helping clients to avoid the pitfalls and black holes that caught out many investors prior to and during the financial crisis.
Hiroshi Sheraton is a Partner at Baker & McKenzie and his practice covers all aspects of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on contentious patent and trade mark matters and life sciences. Much of his work is cross-border in nature. He regularly co-ordinates pan-European and global IP litigation and advises clients on international IP strategies for patent litigation and brand protection.
Fiona Sinclair QC has extensive experience of domestic and international dispute resolution in the fields of commerce, construction and engineering, professional liability and insurance. Noted for her particular expertise in managing multi-party litigation in her specialist fields, she also acts regularly in arbitration and in construction adjudications. In April 2015, she will appear in the UK Supreme Court in a landmark case on construction adjudication. Fiona was appointed to silk in 2013, after being named Construction Junior of the Year at the 2012 Chambers & Partners Bar Awards. As a member of the TECBAR Committee, in 2013 she introduced TECBAR's professional mentoring scheme. She writes the chapter on Construction Professionals in Jackson and Powell on Professional Liability (Thomson Reuters, 2011).
Joe Smouha QC is widely recognised as one of the leading silks at the Commercial Bar. He was called to the Bar in 1986 and took silk in 2003. His high profile practice from Essex Court Chambers spans a vast array of fields in international and domestic commercial law. He appears regularly in the High Court and appellate courts, international arbitrations conducted in the UK (including ICC and BIT panels) and abroad. In addition he appears before courts in offshore jurisdictions, such as the BVI and Cayman Islands. He also acts as arbitrator in commercial disputes. He is currently Chairman of COMBAR.
Richard Snowden QC is a Crown Court Recorder and Deputy High Court Judge. Richard's main practice areas are company law, corporate insolvency and commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on contentious matters. Richard has been involved in litigation arising out of most of the largest international insolvencies of recent years, including Lehman Brothers, the Icelandic Banks and MF Global. He is currently also acting for a number of major institutions in the litigation against Royal Bank of Scotland arising out of its rights issue in 2008. He was The Legal 500's Insolvency Silk of the Year in 2014 and featured in The Debrett's 500 most influential people in Britain for 2015.
Michael Soole QC is the current Chairman of the Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR) and a leading practitioner in the interrelated fields of construction contracts, construction professionals’ negligence and building project insurance, with a litigation focus on multi-party project disputes heard in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in the Rolls Building. In 2014 his TCC work included appearing for the contractors in Co-operative Group v. Birse Developments and others  EWHC 530 (TCC), a leading decision on the date of accrual of the primary limitation period in tortious claims of economic loss between contractors and sub-contractors. He is authorised to sit as Recorder (part-time judge) in the TCC.
Deirdre Stanley is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information. In this capacity Ms. Stanley oversees all aspects of the company's legal affairs and leads the day-to-day operations of the global legal department, which includes over 100 lawyers in 12 countries. She also serves as the Secretary to the Board of Directors of Thomson Reuters and is responsible for the company's government and regulatory affairs function.
Ms. Stanley serves on the Board of Directors of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), and the Trinity Board of Advisors at Duke University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Leadership Council.
Honorable Carl E Stewart was appointed on May 9, 1994 by President William J. Clinton to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and became Chief Judge in 2012. He is a charter member of the Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter of American Inns of Court in Shreveport. He serves as President of the American Inns of Court Foundation. He is a past chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Chief Judge Stewart is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee; the National Bar Association Judicial Council, Louis Westerfield Legal Society, and the Just the Beginning Foundation of African-American Federal Judges.
Richard Susskind is an independent author, speaker, and adviser to law firms, in-house legal departments, and governments around the world. His main area of expertise is the future of legal and professional services. He is the author of numerous books, including The Future of Law (1996), Transforming the Law (2000), The End of Lawyers? (2008), Tomorrow's Lawyers (2013), and (with Daniel Susskind), Beyond the Professions (forthcoming).
He is President of the Society for Computers and Law, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute. He holds professorships at Oxford University, University College London, Gresham College, and Strathclyde University.
Bruce C. Swartz is a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and the Department of Justice's Counselor for International Affairs. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service of the United States Government. Mr. Swartz supervises the Department of Justice's Office of International Affairs, as well as the Department's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) and the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Swartz was a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shea & Gardner. He has held a number of positions in government service, including Deputy Independent Counsel in the corruption investigation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Reagan Administration.
Gordon Taylor OBE is Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). Earlier in his career Mr Taylor played over 500 league games during which he scored over 50 goals for various well known English league division football clubs. Prior to joining the PFA full time in 1980, Mr Taylor was chairman and earlier a member of the PFA management committee.
Mr Taylor served as President of the International Association of Football Players' Unions for 11 years and is currently Honorary President. Mr Taylor is a member of the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee England and Wales. He represents the PFA on the Professional Players Federation along with representatives of other sports. He is also Chairman of Blackburn & Darwen Citizens Advice Bureau.
Lord Thomas has been Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales since October 2013. Prior to this, he was one of the Presiding Judges of the Wales and Chester Circuit from 1998-2001. He was Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court in London from April 2002 to July 2003, when he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal. He has been a member of the Judges' Council since 2002. He was the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 2003 to 2006. From 2008 to October 2011 he was Vice-President of the Queen's Bench Division and President of the Queen's Bench Division from October 2011 to October 2013. He was President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary from May 2008 to December 2010.
Sir Michael Tugendhat was a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales from 2003 to June 2014. In 1963-7 he was a scholar at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. In 1967-8 he held a Henry Fellowship at Yale University. He practised at the English Bar from 1970 to 2003 specialising in media law, commercial law and international arbitration. He was a (part time) judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey in 2000 and 2003. From 2010 to 2014 he was the Judge in charge of the Queen's Bench Division civil lists, including the "Jury List" in which are tried most of the cases arising in England which involve freedom of expression and privacy. His publications include: Tugendhat and Christie: The Law of Privacy and Media (1st edn 2002, 2nd edn 2011) (a 3rd edn is in the course of preparation); Consulting Editor to the authors Professor Janet Ulph and Ian Smith The Illicit Trade in Art and Antiquities (2012 Hart Publishing); Consulting Editor to Professor Janet Ulph, Commercial Fraud Civil Liability, Human Rights and Money Laundering (Oxford University Press 2006).
Arnold Croiset van Uchelen is a senior litigation partner and also heads the management team of Allen & Overy Amsterdam. His practice covers the full range of dispute resolution with an accent on corporate and securities litigation, banking and finance disputes, directors' liability and mass tort litigation. Arnold has authored books and articles on various areas of the law.He has worked in New York and Frankfurt and is also a member of the Frankfurt Bar.
The latest editions of Chambers Global and Legal500 rank Arnold as a 'Star Individual' and a Band 1 lawyer and quote clients saying that 'there can be no doubt that he is one of the best litigators in the Netherlands,' and mentioning his 'exceptional diplomatic skills'.
Shailesh Vara is the Member of Parliament for North West Cambridgeshire and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for the Courts and Legal Aid.Shailesh's ministerial portfolio also includes responsibility for the UK's legal services sector, judicial policy and diversity, the Ministry of Justice's work in the European Union and wider international issues.
Following his election to Parliament, Shailesh has held a range of other responsibilities and these included being Joint-Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficking of Women and Children, Treasurer of the BBC All Party Parliamentary Group, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of Conservative Lawyers and the Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Friends of India Group.
Monique Villa is CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of TrustLaw. She has been ranked among the world's 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.
Since her appointment in 2008, she has transformed the Foundation, launching a number of programmes which leverage the expertise of Thomson Reuters to trigger change and empower people across the world. Among them, TrustLaw, a global pro bono service connecting NGOs and social enterprises with the best law firms around the world; and the annual Trust Women conference, a global movement to put the Rule of Law behind women's rights through concrete action. Under Villa, the Foundation's award-winning editorial team covers issues that mainstream media often forget: from women's rights abuses to the human impact of climate change, to the social damage poised by endemic corruption.
Graham Vinter joined BG Group plc as General Counsel in November 2007, responsible for all of the legal affairs of the group. He was elected Chair of GC100 - the association for general counsel and company secretaries of FTSE100 companies - in January 2014.
Prior to joining BG, Graham spent 27 years with a leading international law firm where he was a partner for just under 20 years and global head of the firm's project finance practice from 1996 to 2007. In his private practice career, he advised on numerous infrastructure and energy projects worldwide.
Christof is Deputy General Counsel at Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt. In addition, he is General Counsel for Asset and Wealth Management and Regional General Counsel for Germany. Christof joined Deutsche Bank after over 20 years as a partner with Cleary Gottlieb. He began his legal career at Cleary Gottlieb in Brussels in 1982 after law studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Yale Law School and a one-year stay as foreign associate at a law firm in Washington, DC. In addition to working in the Brussels Office, Christof spent six years in the firm's London Office (1985-1991), twenty years in the firm's Frankfurt Office (1991-2011), and almost two years in the firm's Hong Kong Office (2011 and 2012). Christof became a partner in 1990. He is a member of the Frankfurt, Washington, DC, and Hong Kong bars.
Geoffrey Charles Vos was appointed as a Justice of the High Court assigned to the Chancery Division in 2009. He was appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal in England and Wales and became a member of the Privy Council in 2013.
Geoffrey Vos is a former Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Chancery Bar Association. He is a trustee of the Slynn Foundation. He is Chairman of the European sub-committee of the Judge's Council and is chairman of the Judicial Pensions Committee. He is President of the European Network for Councils of the Judiciary.
Clare is Group General Counsel of Kingfisher plc, which is Europe's leading home improvement retail group and the third largest in the world. Its main retail brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Prior to joining Kingfisher, Clare was Company Secretary and General Counsel of Tube Lines Limited and prior to this she was Head of Post Office Ltd Legal Services where among other things she was responsible for legal advice on telecoms, financial services, mails and government services products as well as competition, data protection and freedom of information, health and safety and other regulatory matters, including dispute resolution. She was called to the bar in 1984, joined Lovells in 1986 and then moved to the Post Office in 1996.
Penelope Warne is Senior Partner and chairman of the Board at global top ten law firm CMS. She is also Head of Energy. Penelope, an oil and gas specialist, joined the firm in 1993 to set up the Aberdeen office and has a strong growth track record. In twenty years, she will have transformed CMS’ practice in Scotland from one person in Aberdeen to be the market leading practice in Scotland due to the merger with Dundas & Wilson in 2014. As the Energy practice group leader, she opened offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Brazil, Mexico and Dubai. Her practice spans the globe advising clients in the oil and gas industry in the North Sea, the US, Norway, Brazil, EMEA and Russia.
Chairman of British Swimming, Barnsley Football Club and the Rugby League European Federation. President of British Association of Sport and Law. Director: Lancashire County Cricket Club. Former director: Manchester United Football Club and Rugby Football League. Voted Who's Who Sports and Entertainment Lawyer of the Year 2014.
Sylvie is Board Member of Skarbek Associates, where she spearheads the firm's work in the legal sector. Skarbek specialise in strategy execution - turning strong business ideas into concrete results, through effective change programmes, project management and capability building. Before Skarbek, Sylvie enjoyed a successful career in law, both as in-house counsel and at law firms. She was a law firm partner for 17 years, the last 13 of these at Allen and Overy, where she co-led the global remuneration and equity incentives practice. She has experience advising boards on strategic issues, such as executive remuneration structures and the shareholder communication of these issues. She has also project managed large, global assignments, including in the context of transformational deals.
Sarah was appointed Queen's Counsel and Senior Treasury Counsel in 2014. In 2011 Sarah was named Chambers and Partners Crime Junior of the Year and in 2013 she was listed in the top 100 barristers in the United Kingdom. She is on the Attorney General's list of special advocates. Sarah also undertakes extensive advisory work for public agencies, corporates and private individuals on a wide range of topics. Sarah is a Grade A advocacy tutor and tutors on the annual international advocacy course at Keble College, Oxford. She has recently joined delegations to provide advocacy training in St Lucia and Singapore.
Ed Williams leads Edelman London, which is one of the firm's largest hub offices. He joined from the BBC where he had been Director of Communications since the beginning and a member of the BBC's management board. Prior to the BBC, Williams was Group Director of Communications at Reuters working to the CEO, Tom Glocer. He spent five years at financial public relations firm, Brunswick, specialising in corporate advisory work and campaigns. He has also worked as a political speechwriter and acted as a pro bono adviser to the International Crisis Group and other NGOs. Ed is also Deputy Chairman of the English National Ballet, a Board Member of the PRCA and a member of the Arthur Page Society.
Richard Wilmot-Smith QC is a Bencher of Middle Temple and was a Recorder from 1995-2014. He has appeared in many reported cases from first instance in the TCC and Commercial Court to the House of Lords (now Supreme Court). He sits as arbitrator worldwide. His experience is international having acted as advocate or arbitrator concerned with major projects in United Kingdom, the United States, Tanzania, Egypt, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Iran, Iraq, Dubai, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
He was Co-Editor (with Richard Gordon QC) of Human Rights in the United Kingdom (OUP 1997), Author (First Edition 2006) and now Editor of Wilmot-Smith on Construction Contracts (OUP Third edition 2014).
Stephen Wilmott is Director of Intelligence and Investigations, SRA, and is responsible for the SRA's Intelligence and Investigation Unit. He is also the organisation's Money Laundering Reporting Officer and represents the SRA at a senior level on a number boards and groups relating to financial crime. Prior to joining the SRA, he completed 30 years with the police service. His last appointment was as Detective Chief Superintendent, with responsibility for the Economic Crime directorate at the City of London Police.
Sir David Wootton is Co-Chairman of the Board organising the Global Law Summit in London in February 2015. He was the 684th Lord Mayor of the City of London, serving from 2011-2012 and has been a partner at Allen & Overy LLP, the international law firm, since 1979, advising on corporate transactions and corporate governance.
Philip Worman heads the Political Risk practice of GPW with particular expertise in Russia and the Former Soviet Union. He has over 18 years of experience in the political risk, business intelligence and investigations sector. He has advised corporate and financial clients on their exposure to political, regulatory and operational risks in many emerging markets. He has also managed sensitive investigations throughout the EMEA region including the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya), sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Ghana) and the Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt).Prior to joining GPW Philip was the founding director of the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group's London office and subsequently managed its UK and European corporate advisory work.
Jeremy Wright is the Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam. He studied at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the bar in 1996, specialising in criminal law (both prosecution and defence). He served as a member of the Justice Committee and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007. He was made an Opposition Whip in 2007 and became a Government Whip in 2010. Prior to his appointment as Attorney General in July 2014 he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Justice as Minister for prisons and rehabilitation.
Ursula Wynhoven is the General Counsel as well as the Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability for the United Nations Global Compact, the UN's corporate sustainability initiative. In addition to managing legal affairs and governance matters, Ursula founded and is overall responsible for the office's work programmes on the various dimensions of social sustainability, including human rights and labour principles, women's empowerment, business and children, indigenous peoples' rights, and human trafficking, and on business and the rule of law. Ursula worked in private legal practice and government human rights agencies in both Australia and the US before joining the UN. Ursula has also worked for the Secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD's corporate responsibility initiative.
Michael is a Partner specialising in international arbitration. He is Co-Head of the Firm's Global Arbitration Practice. He has advised and represented clients in numerous arbitrations throughout the world, both ad hoc and under each of the major institutional rules. He sits on the ICC Court of Arbitration.
Although experienced across all industry and market sectors, he has a specific focus on energy, chemicals and natural resources disputes. Those disputes have arisen worldwide, with a particular focus on the Caspian, the Middle East, Europe and Africa (both Anglophone and Francophone). He acts regularly as advocate before both arbitral tribunals and experts, and has been on the Executive Committee of the Federation for International Arbitration Advocacy since its inception.
Professor Christopher Yukins serves as co-director of the government procurement law program at George Washington University Law School, and has taught there on contract formations and performance issues in public procurement, bid protests and claims litigation, state and local procurement, anti-corruption issues, foreign contracting, procurement reform, and comparative and international law. He is a contributing editor to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime manual, Guidebook on Anti-Corruption in Public Procurement. He has worked on various international projects on capacity-building in procurement, and he was an advisor to the U.S. delegation to the working group on reform of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Procurement Law. Professor Yukins is currently counsel to the firm of Arnold & Porter LLP.
Professor Zhu Jingwen is Director of the Renmin University of China Center on Law and Globalization, Board Member of the China Law Society, and a Professor of Legal Theory at Renmin University. From 1987-88 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, and from 1996-97 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In 2005, he was elected as one of Distinguished Contemporary Chinese Jurists. Professor Zhu has taught as a visiting professor at Indiana University in America, Nagoya University in Japan, Victoria University Law School in New Zealand, the European Institute of Law in Brussels, and the Europa Institute of Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands.