The independent referral bar: retrospective and prospective
Edinburgh, 14 to 16 April 2016
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Conference Programme

Speaker papers will be available in due course here.
Thursday 14 April 2016
Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
1.30pm - 2.00pm
2.00pm - 2.10pm
- James Wolffe QC (Scotland)
2.10pm - 2.40pm
Keynote address
- The Rt Hon Lord Carloway, Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General of the High Court of Justiciary
2.40pm - 3.40pm
Standing up for the Rule of Law: the responsibilities of the independent advocate in challenging circumstances
- Beatrice Mtetwa (Zimbabwe)
- Mark Mulholland QC (Northern Ireland)
- Dr Margaret Ng (Hong Kong)

Chaired by David Barniville SC (Ireland)
This session is supported by the
Scottish Council of Law Reporting
3.40pm - 4.10pm
Afternoon Tea
4.10pm - 5.00pm
Terrorism and Surveillance
- David Anderson QC (England & Wales) ...and...
- Bret Walker SC (Australia) conversation

Chaired by Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC (England & Wales)
6.00pm - 7.30pm
Drinks reception - Parliament Hall, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
Friday 15 April 2016
Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
09.30am - 10.00am
Opening keynote: The role of the independent advocate in the development of the law
- The Hon. Mr Justice Frank Clarke (Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland)

Chaired by Esi Schimming-Chase (Namibia)
10.00am - 11:00am
Junior bar point of view: the future of the independent referral bar
- Ron Pashke (South Africa)
- Michael Forde (Northern Ireland)
- Louisa Nye (England & Wales)

Chaired by Gerry McAlinden QC (Northern Ireland)
11.00am - 11.30am
Morning Coffee
11.30am - 12noon
Keynote: The contribution of an independent legal profession to economic success
- Professor George Yarrow (Oxford University)

Chaired by Winnie Tam SC (Hong Kong)
12 noon  - 1.00pm
The independent bar session 1 – Heads of Bar Discussion: (a) core professional values; (b) challenges to independence from external forces (Government, external regulators etc); (c) the benefits of self-regulation
- Patrick O'Sullivan QC (Australia)
- Jeremy Muller SC (South Africa)
- Gerry McAlinden QC (Northern Ireland)

Chaired by Paul Mabey QC (New Zealand)
1.00pm - 2.00pm
2.00pm - 2.20pm
The Edinburgh Declaration
- Roy Martin QC (Scotland)
- Judge Malcolm Wallis (Judge of Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa)
- The Hon. Justice Glenn Martin AM (Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland)
2.20pm - 3.30pm
The independent bar session 2 – Heads of Bar Discussion: (a) direct access; (b) public access; (c) alternative business structures
- Winnie Tam SC (Hong Kong)
- Vimbai Nyemba (Zimbabwe)
- David Barniville SC (Ireland)
- Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC (England & Wales)

Chaired by Patrick O'Sullivan QC (Australia)
3.30pm - 4.00pm
Afternoon Tea
4.00pm - 4.30pm
The impact of globalisation and technological change
- Professor Richard Susskind (IT Adviser to the Chief Justice of England & Wales)

Chaired by Jeremy Muller SC (South Africa)
This session is supported by University of Glasgow School of Law
4.30pm - 5.00pm
Question time panel: What should ICAB be doing to promote the principles of the Edinburgh Declaration in 2016?
- Paul Mabey QC (New Zealand)
- Esi Schimming-Chase (Namibia)
- James Wolffe QC (Scotland)

Chaired by Vimbai Nyemba (Zimbabwe)
6.50pm - 8.30pm
Lord Advocate's Drinks Reception** - The Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle (Arrangements)
Saturday 16 April 2016
Debating Chamber, Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh EH99 1SP
09.00am - 09.20am
Delegates to arrive for security checks
09.20am - 09.45am
10.00am - 10.05am
Welcome and opening remarks
- Sir Paul Grice, Clerk/Chief Executive, The Scottish Parliament
10.05am - 11.10am
Gender and diversity issues
- Stephen Hockman QC (England & Wales) (social mobility)
- Michelle Norton SC (South Africa) (race and gender)
- Gráinne Larkin (Ireland) (gender)
11.10am - 11.40am
Morning Coffee
11.40am - 12.40pm
Using international law in domestic courts
- Sir Christopher John Greenwood CMG QC (Judge of the International Court of Justice)
- Kate Eastman SC (Australia)
- Shaheed Fatima QC (England & Wales)
12.40am - 1.00pm
Closing keynote
- The Right Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the UK Supreme Court
1.00pm - 1.05pm
Formal Close of World Bar Conference 2016 &
Handover to the Bar of South Africa
- James Wolffe QC (Scotland)
Buffet Lunch available in the Garden Lobby followed by
Tours of the Scottish Parliament (delegates should register here)
7.00pm - late
Gala Dinner - Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL
Gala Dinner After Party- Laigh Hall, Advocates Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF