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.
Henry Bellingham was MP for North West Norfolk between 1983 and 1997 and was re-elected in 2001. From 2002 to 2005 he served as Shadow Minister for Small Businesses, Enterprise and Construction; and served in the Whips Office from 2005 to 2006. He then served as Shadow Minister for Legal Services, the Court Service, the Judiciary and Family Law until 2010.
From May 2010 to September 2012 Henry served as Minister for Africa, the Caribbean, Overseas Territories, UN and conflict issues. He is currently Chairman of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy which is helping to build parliamentary and democratic institutions in fragile states; Chairman of the Parliamentary Research Unit (PRU).
Dominic 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.
Douglas Wilson has been Legal Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since July 2014, having previously been Head of International and European Law at the Attorney General’s Office. Before that, Doug spent nearly four years at the UK Mission to the UN in New York, first in a legal role and then in the UK’s Security Council Team. Doug was also posted to the British Embassy in Baghdad as Legal Adviser and Head of the Human Rights and Justice Section, and has served in various home postings as an Assistant Legal Adviser in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He qualified as a barrister in London, having studied international law at Glasgow, Copenhagen and Cambridge.
Guy Beringer QC is Chairman of UK Export Finance, the Legal Education Foundation and City Music Services. He is a non-executive director of Fleming Family and Partners Limited, an Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School and is a Director of BCKR Limited
Rodney Berkeley has worked in a variety of senior management roles within UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) focused on Exports and Inward Investment. Rodney is currently Deputy CEO of UKTI’s Financial Services Organisation marketing the UK as the world’s leading global financial services centre. Previously at UKTI he was Deputy Director for Global Accounts responsible for global sector strategies and the account management of some of the largest international businesses in the UK. Prior to that Rodney led the Government’s Life Sciences Inward Investment Team, and before that Rodney was Deputy Head of the Europe Inward Investment Operation.
Gary Campkin, Director, International Strategy at TheCityUK, has extensive global experience with over 25 years working at the CBI, including 15 years as Head of the International Group, and as an independent consultant. He has led work on multilateral and bilateral trade and investment, government support for business overseas, CSR, human rights and globalisation issues. Gary has extensive experience of international negotiations and delegations, governance and reputational issues. His leadership roles in international business organisations have included 8 years as Chairman of the Multinationals and Investment Committee of the Business, and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Stephen Denyer is Head of City and International at The Law Society of England & Wales.
Prior to joining the Law Society, Stephen spent more than 36 years with Allen & Overy. Throughout his career Stephen has been at the forefront of the globalisation of legal services. With an extensive track record of creating bonds with lawyers and law firms from different jurisdictions and cultures, he played an instrumental role in the internationalisation of both Allen & Overy and of legal practice.
He is also an author, commentator and strategic advisor as well as a respected manager and leader.
Paul Double LVO is a barrister who has been Remembrancer of the City of London since 2003 and the City of London Corporation's UK Parliamentary Agent since 2004. Earlier he served on the Government’s Legislation Review Unit for Employment Law and was visiting Lecturer in law for London University. He is consulting editor on London Government for Halsbury's Laws of England, the City of London Corporation’s patron of the Financial Markets Law Committee and is a trustee of the Magna Carta Trust.
Alasdair Douglas is Chairman of the City of London Law Society, the representative body for the sixty leading commercial law firms in the City of London and Canary Wharf and the 16,000 solicitors working there.
He was previously Senior Partner of Travers Smith in a legal career spanning 35 years which included Freshfields and Shepherd & Wedderburn. He became a Partner in Travers Smith in 1984 setting up the firm’s tax department, before becoming Managing Partner in 1994.
He is also a Trustee and Chairman of The Tree Council, a charity which supports 8,000 volunteer tree wardens throughout the UK and Chairman of Aviate Global LLP, a privately-owned international stockbroking group.
Sir Vernon Ellis is Chair of the British Council, the UK’s International Cultural Relations Organisation. Prior to taking up this appointment in 2010, he was at Accenture for 40 years where he was International Chairman. He is also Chairman of Martin Randall Travel and of One Medical Group, and is a Non-Executive Director of FTI Consulting Inc.
Vernon is very much involved in the arts, particularly music. He is President of English National Opera and Chairman of the National Opera Studio. He was knighted in 2011 for services to music and in 2012 was appointed Chairman of the Arts and Media Honours Committee.
Shaun Gallagher has recently taken up the role of Director, Access to Justice, in the Ministry of Justice. His responsibilities cover a range of areas of the justice system.
Shaun has extensive experience working in Government, mostly recently as Director of Social Care Policy in the Department of Health. Other Department of Health roles included two spells in Private Office (Private Secretary to the Secretary of State in 1995-97 and Head of the Permanent Secretary’s Office in 2004-5), four years as Board Director in the pharmaceutical industry regulator, heading a team taking a Bill through Parliament, and a period of secondment to NHS Trust.
Mark Hatcher is Special Adviser to the Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales. After practice at the Bar, he worked in the House of Lords before joining the management consulting practice of Coopers & Lybrand. He was a member of PwC’s Global Regulatory and Professional Affairs Board before becoming Director of Representation and Policy at the Bar Council. He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple.
John O’Brien has been the Chief Executive for the Global Law Summit since April 2014, and is seconded from the Law Society of England & Wales, where he was Head of Relationship Management.
John has a long track record in delivering high profile events, having been a director at the NHS Confederation, the UK health service’s trade association, for nine years. He was subsequently a director of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN) for three years. In this latter role, John launched the FTN annual conference and exhibition, which is now a major conference for leaders in the healthcare sector.
Michael Todd QC is the current Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association. He has practiced from Erskine Chambers since 1979 and took silk in 1997. From January 2011 Michael will be the Chairman of the Bar.
Michael has a substantial practice in both company law and corporate insolvency law. He is regularly instructed in both litigious and advisory matters, both in the UK and overseas. His practice covers areas such as mergers, acquisitions and disposals of companies, shareholder disputes, board and general meetings, financial services and related professional negligence matters.
Michael was recently appointed as Consultant General Editor of Gore-Browne on Companies.