LOCAL COMITTEE MEMBERS
Julian Copeman, Greater China Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Julian is based in Hong Kong and is managing partner of the Greater China offices, as well as head of the Greater China disputes practice. He is qualified in Hong Kong and England, where he is also qualified as a solicitor advocate and an accredited mediator with CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution). Julian has over 20 years dispute resolution experience in England, Hong Kong and elsewhere in all forms of international dispute resolution, particularly in major commercial disputes involving corporate and shareholder disputes, banking and financial matters, cross-border fraud litigation and technology disputes.
Julian has won several major awards and accolades whilst practising in the UK. In his short time in Hong Kong, he has been listed as a Leading individual for Hong Kong Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific Legal 500 and was a finalist for Managing Partner of the year in the ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2016.
Julian has written and lectured widely on topics such as mediation, privilege, asset tracing and civil procedure, and wrote the chapter on civil procedure in The Lawyer's Factbook (Sweet & Maxwell).
Norris Yang, Executive Director, ADR International Limited
Mr. Yang is the Partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm (formerly Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson) and the founder of ADR International Limited. He specializes in international commercial law, mediation and arbitration. He is a solicitor in Hong Kong, England & Wales, and a Barrister and a Solicitor in Ontario, Canada. He was educated in Hong Kong and Canada (BSc, LLB) and received mediation training from Canada, United States (Notre Dame Law School, Pepperdine University (Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution), Australia and Hong Kong.
Mr. Yang is recognized as one of the world's leading commercial mediator by Who's Who Legal for 2016 and annually since the list was first compiled in 2012. He was the first Hong Kong Lawyer listed on the International Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of CPR (The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, New York: http://www.cpradr.org). He was the first Asian on the Panel of Mediators for The International Mediation Institute (The Hague, www.IMImediation.org). He is an Accredited Mediator of the Hong Kong Mediator Accreditation Association ("HKMAAL"), the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre ("HKIAC") since 1999. His diverse background in science, computing, business and law coupled with his fluency in English and three Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese) enables him to work between different cultures, languages and subject matters. Mr. Yang has significant experience dealing with international commercial disputes in many disciplines (total exceeding billions of dollars) as a facilitative, evaluative or transformative mediator. Mr. Yang is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and on the Panel of Arbitrators for CIETAC and the Zhuhai Court of International Arbitration. Mr. Yang was Chairman of Hong Kong Mediation Council and Ex-Officio Council Member of the HKIAC (2003-2006), current Chairman of the Community and Publicity Committee of HKMAAL and member of the Appointment Committee of the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre ("FDRC") for 2016. Mr. Yang is a Lead Trainer for HKMAAL accredited mediation courses organised by ADR International Limited and has taught hundreds of Mediators from all continents.
Anita Phillips, Professional Support Consultant, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Anita is a professional support consultant at Herbert Smith Freehills. She trained with the firm and has worked in the London, Paris and Hong Kong offices. She has broad experience in all forms of contentious work, including arbitration, litigation and mediation, and corruption-related matters.
Anita specialises in thought leadership initiatives, and has been a core member of the firm's disputes practice since 2003. She has led on a number of global research projects, in particular the firm's ADR research initiatives including the Global Pound Conference, the leading guide to dispute resolution in Africa's 54 jurisdictions, and the 4th edition of Kendall on Expert Determination. Anita also supports the firm's global corporate crime and investigations practice from Hong Kong. Recent work includes the 2016 Guide to Anti-bribery Regulation in Asia Pacific and the Global Anti-corruption Report, which covers corruption risks and perceptions in close to 100 countries.
Anita is a member of the Global Pound Conference Central Organising Group and is leading the organisation of the Hong Kong event on 23 February 2017. Anita has advised the Local Organising Committees in Singapore, New York, Sydney, Dubai, Bangkok and London. Anita is also a member of the Global Pound Conference's social media editorial committee.
Prof Anselmo Reyes, International Judge, SICC Singapore International Commercial Court
Anselmo Reyes has been Professor of Legal Practice at Hong Kong University since October 2012. Before that, he was a judge of the Hong Kong High Court from 2003‐12, when he was in charge of the Construction and Arbitration List (2004-8) and the Commercial and Admiralty Lists (2008-12). He was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1986, taking silk in 2001. In April 2013, he became Representative of the Asia‐Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. He became an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court in January 2015 and an Overseas Bencher of the Inner Temple in October 2015.
Fiona Stewart, Head of Claims ARS, Aon Asia, Director of Legal Services, Aon Hong Kong, Account Director, Essar Insurance Services Ltd
In May 2015, Fiona assumed formal responsibility for the role as Head of Claims in Asia. Fiona provides claims counsel, advice & strategy for any significant, complex or controversial claims directly to clients or indirectly to clients in support of Aon Risk Solutions' regional network.
Fiona gained a law degree at Oxford University and is a barrister admitted in the UK and Hong Kong. She practised general civil litigation before working as legal officer in Essar from 1992 to 1995. She re-joined Aon in 2006 as a legal officer before becoming the Account Director of the Hong Kong Law Society (HKLS) in 2007.
Fiona Stewart also has the overall management responsibility for the Hong Kong Law Society Professional Indemnity Scheme. She supervises the claims handling and administration function as well as the broking services. She has also conducted a review of HK Solicitors Scheme operations and claims handling procedures to bring a more efficient service to the Scheme. Her claims management duties include overseeing Panel Solicitors, reporting to Claims Committee and Board, liaising with the HK Solicitors Indemnity Fund's (SIF) service providers and underwriters and she deals with the HIH Scheme of Arrangement. She also oversees the Reinsurance Programme for SIF including negotiations with underwriters, drafting policies and reporting and advising SIF Board, and providing data analysis to reinsurers and SIF Board. She is a member of Hong Kong Law Society's Professional Indemnity Advisory Committee and various sub committees of SIF Board considering amendments to the Rules.
Dr. Mingchao Fan, Regional Director of Arbitration & ADR for North Asia, International Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Mingchao Fan is the Director of Arbitration and ADR for North Asia of International Chamber of Commerce. He is an experienced arbitrator with extensive knowledge of the Asia region. Being on the panels of the HKIAC, KCAB, SHIAC, SHAC, etc. he served as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in dozens of occasions. Before joining ICC, Dr. Fan served as Acting Deputy Director, which he still is in addition to his current role with ICC, at the PRC's Supreme People's Court Judicial Research Institute (SHUPL), a think tank which has seen him focusing on dispute resolution research on the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative – a Chinese government development strategy and framework for countries based around the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, when he was the Deputy Head for International Affairs and an Associate Professor of Law at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. Dr. Fan holds a PhD from the East China University of Politics and Law. He was also a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Duke University.
Jody Sin, Director, The Resolution Mediation Consultants Limited
Jody is a solicitor in Hong Kong, an accredited mediator of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, HKMAAL and The Law Society of Hong Kong. She is also a Distinguished Fellow of International Academy of Mediators (IAM).
Jody has a full time mediation practice where she mediates a broad range of commercial disputes, including, but not limited to employment, discrimination and workplace disputes, insurance, professional indemnity claims, property actions and shareholder disputes. She is also a certified conflict management coach, an adjunct lecturer with the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) and a certified trainer of Mediation Training Institute (MTI), teaching accredited mediator courses in Hong Kong, workplace mediation and other courses in relation to the application of mediation. She was the past chairperson of Hong Kong Mediation Council (a division of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre), and she is also a member of the Mediation Committee and Mediator Admissions Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong.