Forthcoming: International Bar Association Annual Conference, Sydney, October 8-13, 2017

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The various sessions planned for the Annual Conference of the IBA, at the new International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia, have been finalised and the Programme looks excellent.

The Bar Issues Commission has organised a number of sessions which you can read about in this BIC Sessions brochure. The BIC Regulation Subcommittee (of which I am a member) will present its panel, "What does the future hold for regulation of the profession? Trends and challenges" on Thursday 12 October, 9.30-12.30:

United States President John F Kennedy said that ‘change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future’. Change has certainly become the law of life for the global legal profession, and the pace shows no sign of slowing. International regulatory experts will engage attendees in a conversation about these changes, and what they mean for the future of the regulation of the profession and the delivery of legal services. First, the discussion will focus on newer lawyer regulatory mechanisms being adopted globally, including forms of proactive management-based regulation and entity regulation. These forms of regulation are shown to help lawyers and rms better serve clients and avoid disciplinary problems. The second half of this session will address the proliferation of additional providers of legal services (whether individuals or e-commerce platforms), whether they should be regulated in the public interest and, if so, how? Each of these developments poses opportunities and challenges for the global legal profession and the public. 

I am also looking forward to speaking on the panel "What role has good advocacy in mediations and arbitrations?" on Tuesday 10 October, 2.30-5.30pm, hosted by the IBA's Arbitration Committee, Forum for Barristers and Advocates (Lead), Litigation Committee, and Mediation Committee:

What role has good advocacy in mediations and arbitrations? The archetypical advocate appears in court, before a judge, arguing a case and cross-examining witnesses. They are eloquent, engaging and easily able to meet the demands of a dynamic trial process. However, the opportunities for practising in that way are dwindling. The classical trial is now thought to be too long, too expensive and too risky. By contrast, there are increasingly more opportunities for mediation and arbitration. What is the difference? Can the skills of the great trial advocate be used in the mediation room? What are the techniques that must be learned and refined to excel in mediations and arbitrations?