Master of Ceremonies
Alexander Oddy, Partner and Head of ADR, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
GPC Hong Kong Opening
Keynote Address by Secretary for Justice, Rimsky Yuen, SC, JP, Department of Justice HKSAR
GPC Core Questions – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 1
Access to Justice & Dispute Resolution Systems: What do parties want, need and expect?
This session explores the needs of commercial and civil disputants, the types of outcomes sought, the role of lawyers and different types of providers, and an understanding of what distinguishes inexperienced parties from experienced and sophisticated disputants. It will cover which dispute resolution mechanisms are considered for resolving on-going disputes. Dispute resolution providers can also gain insights to the subtle differences in considerations and influences between different types of clients and types of disputes.
- Julian Copeman, Managing Partner, Greater China, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Fiona Stewart, Head of Claims and Director of Legal Services, Aon Asia and Aon Hong Kong
- Alex Charter, Director and Head of Litigation, Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse
- Donald Leo, General Counsel, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Brian Downie, General Manager, MTR Corporation Limited
|11:10am||Networking Coffee Break|
GPC Core Questions – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 2
How is the market currently addressing parties' wants, needs and expectations?
On the supply side, providers and advisors will provide access to key information that will help shape the choice of dispute resolution processes. This session builds on the discussion from Session 1, and explores what outcomes providers tend to prioritise, what tends to influence outcomes, the benefits of participating in non-adjudicative processes, what makes a process efficient, and who is responsible for ensuring the parties are aware of their procedural choices. This session also explores how services provided on the ‘supply’ side currently address the needs of disputants, and whether new and innovative approaches are required to complement the market’s offerings today to meet or exceed parties’ expectations.
- Danny McFadden, Regional Representative CEDR Asia Pacific, World Bank Group Mediator and Trainer
- John Mitchell, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Anita Phillips, Professional Support Consultant, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Mingchao Fan, Regional Director of Arbitration & ADR for North Asia, International Chamber of Commerce
- Bruno Arboit, Founder and managing partner, Zolfo Cooper China
Jones, General Counsel, Greater China & North Asia, Standard Chartered Bank
- Fred Kan, Director, Financial Dispute Resolution Centre; Senior Partner, Fred Kan & Co
|1:00pm||Networking Sit Down Lunch|
Location: The Bauhinia Room
GPC Core Questions – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 3
How can dispute resolution be improved? (Overcoming obstacles and challenges)
What are the main obstacles faced by parties when seeking to resolve disputes? What processes and tools should be prioritised to improve dispute resolution and access to justice? Which stakeholders are likely to be most resistant to change and which ones are likely to be most influential? This session will focus on the primary obstacles and challenges to dispute resolution and the solutions available to overcome them. New solutions using technology and hybrid dispute resolution systems will also be discussed.
|3:30pm||Networking Tea Break|
GPC Core Questions – Interactive Voting & Discussion Session 4:
Promoting better access to justice: What action items should be considered and by whom?
The last session includes thought-provoking questions about the responsibilities of each stakeholder group in shaping the future of dispute resolution. What are effective ways of providing parties with more choice? What is likely to have most impact? What innovations and trends should be taken into consideration? With a better understanding of the roles each stakeholder group has to play, stakeholders will be empowered to improve current and future dispute resolution processes and identify the changes to be focused on.
- Norris Yang, Founder, ADR International Limited; Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm
- Justin D'Agostino, Global Head of Disputes; and Regional Managing Partner - Asia and Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Wesley Wong Wai-chung, SC, Solicitor General, Department of Justice, HKSAR
- Laura Lau Chin Yui, District Judge, State Courts, Singapore
- Dr. Christopher To, Immediate Past Executive Director, The Construction Industry Council
- Jamie Sparkes, Specialty Casualty Manager, North Asia, Liberty International Underwriters
- Brad Wang, Managing Counsel at CIETAC Hong Kong Arbitration Center and CMAC Hong Kong Arbitration Center
- Sylvia Siu, Vice president, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
GPC Hong Kong Closing
Closing Address by The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal