The independent referral bar: retrospective and prospective
Edinburgh, 14 to 16 April 2016
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Speaker Profiles


Copies of available speaker papers can be found here.

Dr Margaret Ng (Hong Kong)
Margaret Ng is a barrister in private practice, having been called to the Bar in Hong Kong in 1988. She received her law degree from the University of Cambridge and PCLL from the University of Hong Kong. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from Boston University.

She was formerly a Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR representing the Legal Functional Constituency. First elected in 1995, she stepped down in 2012, after serving the public for 17 years as a legislator. She has a long list of past service in public committees including the Central Policy Unit (1989 - 1990) and the Operation Review Committee of the ICAC (1999 - 2004).

She is also a noted commentator and writer in both English and Chinese and has served on the senior editorial staff of Ming Pao Daily News from 1986 - 1990. She is the author of more than a dozen Chinese titles. She continues to contribute to the media regularly.
Dr Margaret Ng
Beatrice Mtetwa (Zimbabwe)
Beatrice Mtetwa graduated with LLB degree from University of Botswana and Swaziland in 1981. She has worked first as a prosecutor in Zimbabwe from 1983 - 1989. Beatrice went into private practice and has been litigating on human rights issues since 1990 and runs a small law firm.

Beatrice has received various international awards in recognition of her work including Law Society of England and Wales Human Rights of the Year (2003), Inamori Ethics Prize, 2011; (Case Western University, Cleveland), Ivan Allan Junior Prize for Social Courage - 2014 (Georgia Tech, Atlanta); International Woman of Courage Award 2014, (US State Department); American Bar Association International Human Rights Award - 2010; Felicia and Sydney Kentridge Award for Service to Law in Southern African - 2009 (South African Bar Council); Index on Censorship Law Award - 2006; Law Society of Zimbabwe Walter Kamba Rule of Law Award - 2011; Committee to Protect Journalists - 2009; Award in recognition of defence of Journalists.

Beatrice was President of Law Society of Zimbabwe from 2007 - 2009. She was awarded Honorary Doctorates by St Francis Xavier University in Canada and the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. She is an Adjunct Professor with Carleton University in Ottawa. Beatrice has been harassed by State agents, through arrests, prosecution and physical assaults because of her work.

She is ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the World's Greatest Leaders.
Beatrice Mtetwa
David Anderson QC (England & Wales)
David Anderson QC practises from Brick Court Chambers, largely in the fields of EU law, public law and human rights. He is also a visiting Professor at King's College London, Editor of the Oxford EU Law series and a member of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey.

Since 2011 David has served as the UK's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. In that part-time capacity he is given extensive access to classified material and tasked by statute to report annually on the operation of the UK's anti-terrorism laws. He reads, travels and consults as widely as possible. His reports are referred to in the courts (e.g. R v Gul [2013] UKSC 64, Beghal v DPP [2015] UKSC 49), in Parliament and in the media. They aim to inform the public debate on terrorism and civil liberties.

David was additionally tasked by the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 to review the operation and regulation of investigatory powers. His report, "A Question of Trust", was a basis for the current Investigatory Powers Bill. At the Home Secretary's request he is currently reviewing deportation with assurances and the deprivation of citizenship.

All David's reports, with the Government's responses to them, are available on his website: David can also be followed on twitter @terrorwatchdog.
David Anderson QC

Mark Mulholland QC (Northern Ireland)

Mark studied law at Queens University Belfast (LL.B) and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies Belfast and was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland (Barrister at Law), in the Michaelmas term 1993. As the Edgar Graham memorial scholar for 1993-1994, he graduated with an LL.M (Commercial Law) from University College Dublin and commenced practice in Northern Ireland in 1994. Mark was appointed as Queens Counsel, Michaelmas 2011 and was Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland between 2012 -2014, whilst continuing to practise on a daily basis in the areas of white collar crime and terrorist related trials.

Mark has spoken at a number of events including:


2012 - ICAB World Bar Conference, London - "Advocacy During the Troubles"


2012 - Cape Town Bar guest speaker - "Advocacy at the Bar, Capetown & Belfast - the view from Table Mountain"


2013 - Bar of England and Wales International Rule of Law Lecture "The Rule of Law and Global Terrorism - an International Problem from a Northern Ireland Perspective"


In recent months Mark has spoken at the IBA Annual Conference in Vienna and the Australian Bar Conference in Boston. Mark is also member of the Bar of Ireland & has practised in the courts in the Republic of Ireland. He is also an associate tenant, at Doughty Street Chambers, London and currently works in both Belfast and London. Outside of work, Mark has been active running several marathons, summiting Kilmanjaro and has kayaked in Scotland, Nova Scotia, Finland and Norway.

Mark Mulholland QC

The Rt Hon Lord Carloway (Colin John MacLean Sutherland)

(Lord President and Lord Justice General)

Lord Carloway was appointed Lord President and Lord Justice General in December 2015 having held the position of Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Inner House from August 2012.


He is a graduate of Edinburgh University (LLB Hons) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977.  He served as an Advocate Depute from 1986 to 1989 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990.  From 1994 until his appointment as a Judge he was Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates. He was appointed a Judge in 2000.


He was editor of "Green's Litigation Styles". He contributed the chapters on "Court of Session Practice" to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia and both "Expenses" and "Decrees and Interlocutors" in Court of Session Practice.


He led a review of the law and practice in light of the United Kingdom Supreme Court's decision in the case of Cadder v HM Advocate. His report into criminal law and practice was published in November 2011.


Lord Carloway was the joint editor of "Parliament House Portraits:  the Art Collection of the Faculty of Advocates" and is a former president of the Scottish Arts Club.

The Rt Hon Lord Carloway
The Honorable Mr Justice Malcolm Wallis (Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa)
Malcolm Wallis, B Com, LLB (cum laude) (University of Natal, 1972) Ph D (UKZN, 2010), is a judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in South Africa.  Admitted advocate (1973); silk (1985); chair of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa (GCB) (1994-1997). Co-chair of the Barristers' Forum of the IBA (1998-2002). Numerous offices in IBA from 1998 to 2008. Honorary member of Australian Bar and honorary bencher of Honourable Society of Kings' Inns in Dublin. Introduced formal advocacy training in South Africa. Has trained advocates and new trainers, and at advanced advocacy training courses at Keble College and Stellenbosch.

Counsel in over 100 cases in SCA and Constitutional Court including a challenge to the state of emergency in 1986; the certification of the democratic constitution in 1996; other public law cases; and leading cases in commercial matters, particularly in labour and maritime law where he has published books.

High Court Judge (2009); Labour and Competition Appeal Courts (2010) and SCA (2011); acting judge, Constitutional Court (2015) Honorary professor in the School of Law (UKZN); visitor to the law faculty at Cambridge University (2013); Professor Extraordinary at the University of the Free State. He and Janet married in 1977 and have three children and two grandchildren.  
The Honorable Mr Justice Malcolm Wallis
Professor Richard Susskind OBE (IT Adviser to the Chief Justice of England and Wales)
Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker and independent adviser to international law firms, judiciaries, and national governments. His specialises in future trend in the legal world and has worked on legal technology since 1981. He has written numerous books, including The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), The End of Lawyers? (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow's Lawyers (OUP, 2013), and (with co-author, Daniel Susskind) The Future of the Professions (OUP, 2015). His work has been translated into 12 languages and he has been invited to lecture in over 40 countries. Richard is President of the Society for Computers and Law. Since 1998, he has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He is Chair of the Advisory Board, and Visiting Professor in Internet Studies, at the Oxford Internet Institute in the University of Oxford. Richard is also Chair of the Online Dispute Resolution Group of the Civil Justice Council of England and Wales. He is an Honorary Professor at UCL Faculty of Laws and a part-time law professor at the University of Strathclyde. He is a Fellow both of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society, and has a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford.
Professor Richard Susskind OBE

Robert (Roy) L. Martin QC (Scotland)

Roy Martin QC was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1976, taking Silk in 1988, and called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990, becoming Queen's Counsel in 2008.  He has practised in Scotland, England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, primarily in land law.


He regularly sits as an arbitrator and is a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey.


Roy was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates from 2004 to 2007.  As Vice Dean, he was involved in the first WBC in Edinburgh in 2002.  Roy was subsequently Co-chair (along with Glenn Martin) of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates and the International Council of Advocates and Barristers, and as such participated in a number of the World Bar Conferences.



Roy Martin QC
The Hon. Justice Glenn C Martin AM (Australia)
Glenn Martin was in practice as a barrister from 1979 until his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2007. In 2013 he received an additional appointment as President of the Industrial Court of Queensland. He was Co-Chair of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates (IBA) from 2002 to 2006 and Co-Chair of the International Council of Advocates and Barristers from 2003 to 2007. He is a life member of the Australian Bar Association.
The Hon. Justice Glenn C Martin AM
The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke (Ireland)
Mr. Justice Frank Clarke was born in Walkinstown, Dublin in October, 1951. He was educated at Drimnagh Castle CBS and University College Dublin where he was awarded a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics (1972). Having completed his legal studies at King's Inns he was called to the Bar in 1973. He practised at the Bar from then until his appointment to the High Court in November 2004. He had become a senior counsel in 1985.

During his time at the Bar he practised mainly in the commercial and public law fields (including constitutional law). He was twice appointed by the Supreme Court as counsel to present argument on references of Bills to the Supreme Court by the President under Article 26 of the Constitution. He also acted as counsel to the Public Accounts Committee on its inquiry into the DIRT tax issue and was external counsel to the Commission to Inquiry into Child Abuse (Laffoy and Ryan Commissions).

While at the Bar Mr. Justice Clarke served for many years on the Bar Council including a term of two years (1993-1995) as its Chair. He also served as Chair of the Council of King's Inns from 1999 until 2004. He was a member of the Council of the International Bar Association from 1997 to 2004, serving as co-Chair of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates (the international representative body for the independent referral bars) from 1998 to 2002. He was elected as an honorary member of the Canadian Bar Association in 1994 and admitted as an honorary member of the Australian Bar Association in 2002. He has been a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the King's Inns since 1995.

In the academic field Mr. Justice Clarke was a professor at King's Inns from 1978 to 1985 and has been Judge in Residence at Griffith College Dublin from 2010 to date. Mr. Justice Clarke was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Law School in Trinity College, Dublin in September 2012. Mr. Justice Clarke has been invited to speak at many international conferences, some recent examples being the Annual Conference of the International Association of Insolvency Regulators on the topic of the Irish Examinership model (September 2010); the International Bar Association Conference on the topic of the Comparative Experience of Commercial Courts in Common law and Civil law jurisdictions (October 2011); and the Hawkamah Judicial Colloquium on Reform of Corporate Insolvency Law in the Middle East North Africa Region (MENA) in Dubai in December 2011. He has served on the board of the Irish Law Reports Monthly and is the nominee to represent the Chief Justice on the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for Ireland.

While a judge of the High Court Mr. Justice Clarke served as Chair of the Referendum Commission in relation to the Second Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. He was mainly assigned to the Commercial List of the High Court although also involved as the judge presiding over the establishment of a Chancery and Non-Jury List for the first time in Cork.

Mr. Justice Clarke was appointed to the Supreme Court in March 2012.
Ron Paschke (South Africa)
After graduating from the University of Natal, Durban (BSc LLB) in 1994, Ron Paschke did articles in the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre, a public interest law firm. As an attorney, he served as the first Legal Officer & Western Cape Provincial Coordinator of the South African Human Rights Commission, the constitutional structure responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights. Ron worked in government from 1997 to 1999, as the Director of Research and Technology in a joint project between South African Ministry of Justice and the Vera Institute of Justice, focusing on reforms to the criminal justice system. He joined the Cape Bar in 1999 where he currently practices in public law with a particular focus on administrative law involving environmental and land use planning matters.

Ron has served on the Cape Bar Council and is active in a number of its committees, especially those relating to training of pupils and administration of pupillage. Ron has lectured the law of delict, published academic articles in the fields of biology, constitutional law, environmental law, criminology and procedural law, and drafted planning statutory law.
Ron Paschke
Michael Forde (Northern Ireland)
Michael was called to the Bar of the Northern Ireland in 2009 and practises mainly in the area of criminal law in both the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court.
Heather Phillips
Professor George Yarrow (University of Oxford)
George Yarrow is Chair of the Regulatory Policy Institute and an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford University. In the recent past he has been a member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority in Britain, the Republic of Ireland's Airports Appeal Panel, and in 2015 of a Panel that reviewed governance arrangements in the Australian energy sector. In 2012 he chaired a similar Panel that assessed the Limited Merits Review process for energy regulation decisions in Australia.

He has written, published and lectured around the world on policy issues connected with privatisation, liberalisation, regulation and competition policy. In the legal services sector this body of work includes reports on economic issues for the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and, in England and Wales, for the Legal Services Board and The Law Society.

His best known book is Privatization: An Economic Analysis (MIT Press), co-authored with Professor Sir John Vickers, also published in Chinese and Spanish editions, and his most recent major paper is The Political Economy of Markets (available at which develops some of the reasoning that he will touch on at the World Bar Conference.
Professor George Yarrow

Patrick O'Sullivan QC (Australia)
Patrick was admitted to practice in 1981. After practising in Adelaide, South Australia for 7 years, he worked with the Attorney General's Department in Hong Kong where he was responsible for the conduct of complex commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation arising out of the many infrastructure contracts let by the Hong Kong Government. He appeared as Counsel in the High (Supreme) Court and Court of Appeal in Hong Kong, in Arbitrations and attended before the Privy Council.

He returned to Adelaide in 1992 and worked in private practice before going to the Bar in 1997. He took Silk in 2008. He practises in commercial litigation and specialises in commercial construction. He has appeared in major litigation in the Supreme and Federal Courts as well as in Arbitrations.

Patrick is a member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. In 2009 he was appointed Chair of the Dispute Resolution Board for the $1.8 Billion Adelaide Desalination Plant Project. He served as President of the South Australian Bar Association between 2012 and 2014. He is currently Vice- President of the Australian Bar Association. He is a qualified Mediator and Arbitrator.
Patrick O'Sullivan QC

Gerry McAlinden QC (Northern Ireland)

Gerry McAlinden QC is the current Chairman of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland. He was Called to the Bar in 1986 and appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2011. He specialises in clinical negligence and personal injuries work, having been instructed in a large number of catastrophic birth injury cases and has accumulated significant experience in Public Inquiries and Inquests. He is Counsel for a number of Northern Ireland Health Trusts in the Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths and Counsel for the Coroners Service for Northern Ireland.


In 2013 Gerry was appointed as a member of the Court of Judicature Rules Committee by the Minister of Justice. Since 2014, he has served as the Legal Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Northern Ireland.


Outside of work Gerry is a keen runner with an interest in astronomy, whenever the Northern Ireland weather allows.


Gerry McAlinden QC
Winnie Tam SC (Hong Kong)
Winnie is the current Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, and a Senior Counsel in private practice in Des Voeux Chambers, Hong Kong, with an established practice in intellectual property law.

Winnie was called to the Bar at Middle Temple and was elected Master of the Bench in 2015. She is an overseas member of 8 New Square. She commenced her practice in the intellectual property field upon completion of further studies and specialist pupillage in London. In recognition of her experience and standing as a barrister particularly in intellectual property law, she was appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of Hong Kong SAR in 2006.

Winnie is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and an accredited mediator. She is a frequent speaker on intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution in Hong Kong and China. In 2014 she was appointed an adjunct professor of the Eastern China University of Political Science and Law.

Winnie has been appointed Recorder of the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong in 2015, and had served as a Deputy High Court Judge between 2011 and 2014. Her current positions in public service include memberships in the ICAC Advisory Committee on Corruption, Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Council and Court Member of the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Winnie Tam SC

Vimbai Nyemba (Zimbabwe)

Vimbai Nyemba is the current President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe after having been elected in the Law Society Council in 2009.   Between 2013 and 2014 she was the vice president which saw her becoming president in 2015.  During the time that she was elected into the Law Society Council, she was elected into Council of The Commonwealth Lawyers Association in 2010 and she still holds that position.  Mrs. Nyemba also a Councillor of the Southern African Development Community Lawyers Association (SADCLA) after having been elected into SADCLA Council in 2014.


She is the founder of a law firm called V. Nyemba & Associates which she founded in 1997 in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Mrs. Nyemba graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree (LLBs) in 1991 at the University of Zimbabwe and in 1992 she was admitted as a Legal Practitioner.


Vimbai Nyemba

David Barniville SC (Ireland)

David is the Chairman of the Council of the Bar of Ireland. He is also Chairman of Irish Rule of Law International. He is Vice-Chairman of the Irish Sports Council's Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and chairs the Appeal Board of the Irish Tax Institute. He is a member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board and the Board of the Irish Courts Service. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for Ireland and a former member of the Legal Aid Board and the Contracts Awards Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.  He is a Fellow of a number of different international bodies, including the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.


David was called to the Irish Bar in 1990 and became a Senior Counsel in October 2006. He has been a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King's Inns in Dublin since 2012. He practises mainly in the area of commercial law, administrative law and product liability law. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and regularly acts in mediations and arbitrations in a wide range of cases as counsel or as mediator or arbitrator.


David Barniville SC
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC (England & Wales)
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is the Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales ("BCEW") for 2016. She was called to the Bar in 1992, took silk in 2008 and was elected Bencher of Middle Temple in 2010. Practising from Atkin Chambers, Chantal has over 20 years' experience of representing clients in commercial dispute resolution. She is recognised by the main independent legal directories as a leading silk for energy and natural resources, construction, international arbitration and professional negligence. In addition to her domestic work, recent cases have involved disputes arising in the Middle East (Qatar, Dubai), Europe (Norway, Germany, Switzerland), Ukraine, South America (Peru, Costa Rica), Asia (Singapore, China, Indonesia). Most of her work is as advocate, but she also sits as arbitrator.

Chantal is a past Co-Chair of the IBA Forum for Barristers and Advocates and a past Chairman of the BCEW International Committee and of the Technology and Construction Bar Association. She is Co-Editor in Chief of the International Construction Law Review, a Co-Editor of the Building Law Reports, and a Contributing Editor of Hudson's Building and Engineering Contracts.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC

Paul Mabey QC (New Zealand)

Mr Mabey was admitted to the Bar in 1977 and practised as a litigation solicitor for 18 years in general civil litigation, Crown prosecutions, criminal defence, estate and matrimonial litigation.

He joined the independent Bar in 1994 and continued to practice in those fields but with increasing specialisation in criminal law. He took Silk in 2000 and now specialises in criminal defence and appellate work. He also appears in prosecutions for the Serious Fraud Office and is the current President of the New Zealand Bar Association.

Paul Mabey QC

Esi Schimming-Chase (Namibia)

Esi obtained her LLB Honours degree at Coventry University in the UK, and was admitted as a Barrister in October 1994.  She was a member of Middle Temple Inns of Court. She returned to Namibia in 1995 and commenced employment as a Legal Officer in the Office of the Attorney-General of Namibia (bilateral and multilateral division). In 1997, Esi joined Namibia's Offshore Development Company as Senior Manager: Investment Promotion, where she spearheaded the establishment and development of Namibia's Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Industry until 1999.  During this period she authored two articles, namely "Offshore Finance: A concept for Namibia", and was a contributory author in the work "Offshore Finance in Southern Africa-The Rise of Global Capital," by Paul Styger and GJ Shyamsunder. She has sat as an acting judge of the Namibian High Court and is the current President of the Society of Advocates of Namibia.

Esi Schimming-Chase

W. James Wolffe QC (Scotland)

James Wolffe is Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. The Dean is the elected leader of the Scottish bar. The office of Dean originated in the sixteenth century. The Dean represents the Faculty in its relations with the judiciary, government and other legal bodies in the UK and internationally. He chairs Faculty Council and has responsibilities under the Faculty's Guide to Conduct and Admission Regulations.


James became an advocate in 1992 and took silk in 2007.  He was First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Ministers from 2002 to 2007, and served as an Advocate Depute (senior prosecutor) from 2007 to 2010. He has extensive experience of both public and commercial law. He has been instructed for cases at all levels, including the House of Lords, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.


James practises as a member of Axiom Advocates, Edinburgh. He has also been called to the bar of England & Wales and is a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers, London.


James Wolffe QC
Jeremy Muller SC (South Africa)
Jeremy matriculated in 1975 at Rondebosch Boys' High School in Cape Town. He completed national service in 1977 and commenced study at the University of Stellenbosch in 1978. He was awarded the degree of BA LLB by the University of Stellenbosch in 1982.

In December 1985, Jeremy commenced practising as an advocate and member of the Cape Bar. He received letters patent from the State President in November 2002 and has practised as a senior counsel since then, specialising in the fields of commercial, contractual, insolvency and administrative law.

Jeremy has acted as a Judge of the Western Cape High Court of the High Court of South Africa on a variety of occasions since 2002. He has served as a member of the Cape Bar Council, the governing body of the Cape Bar, in various capacities over the years and was Chairperson of the Cape Bar Council during 2009/2010. He currently Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa.
Jeremy Muller SC

Louisa Nye (England & Wales)

Louisa Nye is the Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales for 2016.


Louisa studied Law at St John's College Cambridge, and has an L.L.M. from the London School of Economics. She was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 2007. She practises from Landmark Chambers in London. Louisa specialises in Property law and Landlord and Tenant, dealing with both commercial and residential property. She is the editor of the Private Sector Residential Tenancies division of Hill and Redman's Law of Landlord and Tenant. She regularly appears in court and as an advocate in mediations.


Louisa has been involved in the Bar Council of England & Wales since 2012 and became an elected member in 2015. She is a member of the Bar Council's Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group and the Bar Council's Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel.”


Bret William Walker SC (Australia)

Bret William Walker SC is an Australian barrister, stationed at Fifth Floor St James' Hall Chambers.  He graduated with degrees in arts and law from the University of Sydney.  He was admitted to the New South Wales bar in 1979 and appointed Senior Counsel in 1993. He was president of the NSW Bar Association from November 2001 to November 2003, and had been vice-president from 1996 to 2001.   He was president of the Law Council of Australia from 1997 to 1998.


Bret is a member of the Council of Law Reporting for New South Wales, and has been editor of the NSW Law Reports since 2006.  He is a patron of the State Library of NSW as a foundation senior fellow and has been a member of the NSW Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel since 2003. He was governor of the Law Foundation of NSW from 1996 to 2007, and Special Commissioner of Inquiry for the NSW Government into Sydney Ferries in 2007.  He was a foundation member and has been director of the Australian Academy of Law since 2007. He was one of the leading legal counsel representing tobacco companies in their fight against the Australian government's plain packaging legislation.


Bret is the chairman of The Red Room Company, a not-for-profit organisation that creates, publishes and promotes poetry in unusual ways.  He has been a director on the board of the Sydney Writers' Festival since 2000.

Brett Walker SC
Michelle Norton SC (South Africa)
Michelle Norton practises as an advocate in Cape Town, South Africa, her principal areas of practice being public law, competition law, and general commercial law. She obtained BA and LLB degrees from the University of Natal and the degree of D Phil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She has sat as an Acting Judge of the Western Cape High Court and is currently a member of the Cape Bar Council and its Transformation Committee. She has served as the National Vice-President and Western Cape Chairperson of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, and addressed issues of employment equity, access to justice, and transformation of the legal profession in publications and advocacy initiatives.
Michelle Norton

Stephen Hockman QC (England & Wales)

Stephen Hockman QC has been in practice at the Bar for some 40 years. He specialises in regulatory law, particularly in the environmental and health and safety fields. He was the Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales in 2006, and Treasurer of Middle Temple in 2015. He is married to Liz, a museum curator, and his main home is in Peterborough.



Stephen Hockman QC
Shaheed Fatima QC (England & Wales)
Shaheed Fatima is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, London. She specialises in international law, public law and commercial law. Recent examples of her cases include Harb v Prince Abdul Aziz (CA; 2015; sovereign immunity) and Serdar Mohammed (CA; 2015; arbitrary detention/international humanitarian law/Article 5, ECHR). Shaheed is Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel, 2011-date and Public International Law A Panel, 2014-date). She was awarded the "Human Rights Lawyer of the Year" Award in 2005 (by Liberty/Justice) and Junior of the Year in Human Rights and Public Law in 2013 (by Chambers Bar Awards, having been shortlisted in the same category in 2011). In addition to her Bar work she has a strong interest in legal writing (she is a founding editor of the transatlantic national security blog, "Just Security" and working on the second edition of her book, International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts, anticipated 2016, Hart Publishing) and teaching (she has taught at Pembroke College/University of Oxford, Harvard Law School and, most recently, at NYU School of Law where she was a Global Professor of Law).
Shaheed Fatima
Sir Christopher John Greenwood CMG QC

Sir Christopher John Greenwood CMG QC (England & Wales)

Judge Christopher Greenwood has been a Judge of the International Court of Justice since January 2009. Prior to his election, he was Professor of International at the London School of Economics and a practising barrister who regularly appeared before international and English courts. He was a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge for nearly twenty years. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999 and made a Companion of the Order Michael and St George (CMG) for services to public international law in 2002. He was knighted in 2009.

Kate Eastman SC (Australia)
Kate Eastman SC is a member of the New South Wales Bar. She was called in 1998 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2012. Her areas of practice include employment, discrimination/equality and human rights law. Before joining the New South Wales Bar, Kate was a Senior Legal Officer with the Australian Human Rights Commission and before that she worked with a commercial law firm in Sydney. Over the past 20 years, Kate has taught international human rights law at several Australian universities and as part of Australia's foreign aid programs for China, Indonesia and in Burma. She is currently a Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law Monash University where she lectures in a number of international law and human rights units in the Faculty's LLM/SJD program. She holds a BA, LLB (UNSW), LLM (UCL with distinction) and LLM (UTS).
Kate Eastman SC
The Right Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

The Right Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of The UK Supreme Court

Lord Neuberger was appointed President of the Supreme Court in 2012, the second person to hold that office since 2009 when the Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. He previously held the post of Master of the Rolls from 1 October 2009.


Born on 10 January 1948, Lord Neuberger was educated at Westminster School, later studied Chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford. After graduating he worked at the merchant bank, N M Rothschild & Sons from 1970-1973 until he entered Lincoln's Inn and was called to the Bar in 1974.


Lord Neuberger was made a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1987 and became a Bencher for Lincoln's Inn in 1993. His first judicial appointment was as a Recorder from 1990 until 1996 when he was appointed a High Court judge in the Chancery Division and was then the Supervisory Chancery Judge for the Midland, Wales and Chester and Western Circuits 2000 - 2004.


In January 2004 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. In 2007 he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and created a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury in the County of Dorset.


Since 1999 Lord Neuberger has been Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Spoliation of Art (in the Holocaust). Between 2000 to 2011 he was governor of the University of Arts London and from 2013 to 2014 Chairman of the Schizophrenia Trust. In 2014 he became a patron of MHUK. He also led an investigation for the Bar Council into widening access to the barrister profession.

Gráinne Larkin (Ireland)

Gráinne Larkin graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) from Trinity College Dublin in 2005. She was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2007 and is a practising barrister in Dublin. She practises mainly in the areas of personal injury litigation and local government law.


Gráinne was elected to the Bar Council in 2014. She is currently the Chair of the External Relations Committee of the Bar Council, which co-ordinates the Bar of Ireland's involvement in the Innocence Projects in the USA, the Irish Rule of Law International and the organised pro-bono work of the Bar of Ireland through the Voluntary Assistance Scheme (VAS).


Gráinne is also the co-chair of the women's issues working group. Gráinne is currently the Bar Council representative on the District Court Rules Committee.

Gráinne Larkin

Sir Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament  

Sir Paul Grice is the Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament. He leads the Scottish Parliamentary Service which is responsible for delivering all services to the Parliament and its Members.  He is the principal adviser on procedural and constitutional matters.


Sir Paul graduated in 1984 from Stirling University.  He joined the Civil Service through the "Fast Stream" in 1985.  He worked for the Department of Transport and, subsequently, the Department of the Environment on Bus De-regulation, Railways Policy and Local Government Finance.  Subsequently he was Private Secretary to Virginia Bottomley MP.


Sir Paul joined the Scottish Office in 1992 working on Housing and Urban Regeneration Policy, then management of change. Joined the Constitution Group in May 1997 with responsibility for the Referendum on establishing the Scottish Parliament:. He subsequently managed the Scotland Act which laid the new constitutional framework.  He was appointed Director of Implementation in 1999, setting up parliamentary organisation and associated support systems.  He was appointed Clerk and Chief Executive of the Parliament in summer 1999.


In addition, Sir Paul has undertaken a number of non-executive roles: Member of the University Court at Stirling, 2006-13; Secretary to Scotland's Futures Forum, 2005-13; Hon Fellow RIAS, 2006 to date; Economic and Social Research Council Member, 2009-15; Bank of Scotland Foundation Trustee, 2011 to date; Edinburgh International Festival Board Member, 2013 to date.