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Conference Program

Please note that the below is a preliminary program and subject to change. Information is correct as at 17 May 2019.

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CPD Accreditation for Hong Kong SAR delegates
9.5 CPD points awarded for attendance of the Full Programme (For attendance of Day 1 – 5.5 CPD points, Day 2 – 4 CPD points). RME accreditation is being applied for. More information to be advised shortly.

Friday, 31 May 2019

08:45 – 09:15 Conference Check-in & Name Badge Collection
09:15 – 09:45 WELCOME/OPENING REMARKS
Ms Melissa K Pang MH, JP
| President of The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG, SAR)
Mr Michael Tidball
| Chair of Conference Organising Committee, Secretary-General of LAWASIA (AUSTRALIA)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Dr James Ding | Commissioner, Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice (HONG KONG, SAR)
09:45 – 10:45 SESSION 1
CYBER RISK
Change in Technologies & Trends in Detection of Cyber Events from Risk Management Perspective

In this session, Ben Wootliff will cover the following:

  • What are the latest cyber security threats?
  • Where are organisations failing in their cyber security strategy?
  • What can they do to mitigate the threats?
  • Improving technology people and processes to reduce risk

Speaker:
Mr Ben Wootliff
| Partner, Control Risks (HONG KONG, SAR)

10:45 – 11:15 Networking Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:30 SESSION 2
INNOVATION, DISRUPTION & DIGITALISATION

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud and others technologies are disrupting many industries including the legal profession. Research has suggested that over 20% of work presently handled by lawyers will be replaced by Artificial Intelligence. In this session, we will explore ways law firms and lawyers are doing, and can do, to proactive risk manage the challenges presented by ongoing innovation, disruption and digitisation.

Speaker:
Mr Nick Chan MH | Vice Chairman of InnoTech Committee & Council Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG, SAR)

12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 SESSION 3
LEGAL RISK AND PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

This session will feature a discussion on:

  • United Kingdom
    • Data on claims and trends
    • Common failure points and Analytics
    • Dreamvar
  • Australia perspective
    • Changing Australian property market dynamics
    • Conveyancing claims statistics and typical risks
    • Cyber risks
  • Similarities and differences in the experience
  • Can technology deliver safer efficient transactions ?
  • Where next for Cybercrime and property claims?

Speakers:
Mr Malcolm Heath
| Legal Risk Manager, Lawcover (AUSTRALIA)
Mr John Kunzler
| Senior Vice President, Marsh (UNITED KINGDOM)

14:30 – 15:30 SESSION 4
BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

Innovation and connectivity are the new paradigms of our era. The sole purpose of a spider’s web is to secure value and to convey information. Nature inspired engineering is one method of lateral-thinking to leap-frog the linear progress of innovation. Satoshi Nakamoto created the Bitcoin and the Blockchain to secure the integrity and transferability of its value, an innovation that everyone looks to use to make that next big leap.

The legal industry plays two key roles in society, the provision of quality legal services and the enhancement of the socio-economic and political framework through its participation in the maintenance of the rule of law. Digital Ledger Technology (Blockchain) as a concept will be explained with a short introduction to its creation, what it is and how it works. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority commissioned the white paper on Distributed Ledger Technology on 11 November 2016 and annexure F to the White Paper 2.0 on Distributed Ledger Technology published on 25 October 2017 contains the Law Society’s innovative applications of Law to facilitate DLT.
Examples will be given as to how Blockchain could be used in the legal industry to create ecosystems for the integrity of documentation and value transfer and possibly transform the way the legal industry plays its role in society. Law will have to change to allow Blockchain to change the application of law and the legal industry.

Speaker:
Mr Amirali Nasir
| Chairman of Technology Committee & Vice-President, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG, SAR)

15:30 – 16:00 Networking Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 SESSION 5
INTERNATIONAL AND JURISDICTIONAL CHANGES OF REGULATORY TRENDS

The session will expect to feature among other topics a discussion on:

  • International trends in anti-money laundering and tax evasion efforts including USA FATCA, FATF, ECED, CRS initiatives
  • Professional Indemnity Scheme (‘PIS’) of The Law Society of Hong Kong

Modertator: Mr Glenn Ferguson AM | Chairman, Lexon Insurance (AUSTRALIA)

Panellists:
Mr C M Chan | Vice-President, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG, SAR)
Mr John Kunzler | Senior Vice President, Marsh (UNITED KINGDOM)
Mr Michael Tidball | Chief Executive Officer, The Law Society of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)

17:00 – 18:00 Networking Reception
HKUST

Saturday, 1 June 2019

09:55 – 10:00 Conference Day 2 Starts
10:00 – 11:00 SESSION 6
GLOBAL TRENDS IN PII FROM A REINSURANCE PERSPECTIVE

In this session, Rob Russell will cover the following:

  • Global Insurance Market Outlook
  • The hardening PII market
  • What this means for Law Societies
  • Practical tips for renewal discussions

Speaker:
Mr Rob Russell | Regional Director, Lockton Asia (THAILAND)

11:00 – 11:30 Networking Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 SESSION 7
SOLUTIONS TO IDENTIFY AND MITIGATE THE IMPACT OF CYBER RISK

You are invited to join the ethical hacking and incident response APAC leads to explore how Aon Cyber Solutions work with law firms to address cyber security issues facing their clients.

Speakers:
Mr Matt Bartoldus | Managing Director, Aon Cyber Solutions, Aon (HONG KONG, SAR)
Mr Stephen Morgan | Director, Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company (HONG KONG, SAR)

12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 SESSION 8
REPUTATION, RELATIONSHIPS AND RISK FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Key drivers of the success of a law firm (indeed almost any business) are the strength of its relationships – both its external relationships (for example, clients, potential clients) and its internal relationships (for example, partner to partner and partner to non-partner).

In this presentation Andy Cohen will talk about how to objectively measure “relational health” within a law firm, and how such measurements can be used by law firms to:

  • improve or protect their financials
  • improve or protect their reputation
  • improve or protect their culture
  • retain and recruit staff
  • identify areas of “relational risk” and help inform strategies to manage such risks

Speaker:
Mr Andy Cohen | Principal, Finity Consulting (AUSTRALIA)

14:15 – 14:30 Networking Coffee Break
14:30 – 15:30 SESSION 9
PANEL DISCUSSION
Conference Themes and the Bridge to the Future – What Lies Ahead?

This panel discussion will focus on learnings acquired over the course of the conference including

  • Open market vs Compulsory Providers
  • Mutual vs Commercial Insurer
  • Future of Regulation
  • The Political Environment
  • Geopolitical Risk in the Region

How will PII respond to these issues?

Moderator: Mr Glenn Ferguson AM | Chairman, Lexon Insurance (AUSTRALIA)

Panelists:
Mr C M Chan | Vice-President, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG, SAR)
Ms Ming Chung
| Account Director – Commercial Risk Solutions, Aon (HONG KONG, SAR)
Mr Andy Cohen | Principal, Finity Consulting (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Michael Tidball | Chief Executive Officer, The Law Society of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)

15:30 – 15:45 CLOSING REMARKS
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