Challenger Panel

Neil Rose

Neil RoseNeil Rose is a qualified solicitor and has been a legal journalist for more than 20 years. He is the founder and editor of Legal Futures, a news-driven website providing market intelligence for law firms of the future. He is a recognised market commentator on ABSs, legal regulation and the future of the market. He also runs Litigation Futures, the first independent website dedicated to costs, funding and the Jackson reforms.

In 2014, he won the Legal Journalism of the Year award at the Halsbury Legal Awards.

Neil has freelanced for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian and The Times. He is also a co-director of Black Letter PR, a specialist public relations agency for the legal sector.

Bruno Dondero

Bruno DonderoBruno Dondero is a Professor at the Sorbonne Law School, and has been teaching private law for nine years. He is also an adviser for legal firms and corporations as well as the head of CAVEJ, the e-learning platform of Paris Law Universities, and the Sorbonne Business/Finance department of the Sorbonne’s Legal Research Institute (IRJS).

Opening and presentations

Michel Benichou

Michel BenichouMichel Benichou is a lawyer at the Bar of Grenoble practising under the SCP regime (Société civile professionnelle). He holds a Master of Higher Studies in Company/Commercial Law and a Master of Advanced Studies in European Law. He was sworn in as a lawyer in 1978 and was elected to the Council of the Grenoble Bar in 1985, becoming President of the Bar in 1994. He has been President of the French Conseil National des Barreaux (CNB), Head of the French delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), and in 2009 was the President of the European Bars Federation.

He became President of the CCBE in January 2016.

Orsolya Görgényi

Orsolya GörgényiOrsolya Görgényi is a Partner at Szecskay Attorneys at Law, a law firm with an international clientele and scope of activities.

Orsolya Görgényi is a Partner at Szecskay Attorneys at Law, a law firm with an international clientele and scope of activities.

She is specialised in M&A, corporate and commercial law but is also active in business mediation utilising innovative supervision techniques.

Orsolya received her JD, summa cum laude, from Eötvös Loránd University Law Faculty in 1998. She also participated in postgraduate business consulting and supervision studies at the International Business School in co-operation with Oxford Brookes University from 2003 to 2005.

Orsolya has been a member of the Budapest Bar Association since 2002.

The results of the collaborative survey between the CCBE and AIJA - “What do young lawyers think about the future of the legal profession?” are available here.

Andrew Arruda

Andrew ArrudaAndrew Arruda is the CEO and co-founder of ROSS Intelligence. ROSS is the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney. ROSS Intelligence was part of Y Combinator’s S15 class and the first company funded by Denton LLP’s NextLaw Labs. Prior to founding ROSS Intelligence, Andrew worked at a litigation boutique in Toronto and with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Lisbon, Portugal.

Louis-Georges Barret

Louis-Georges BarretLouis-Georges Barret has been a lawyer since 1998. He started his career as a collaborator with Bar President, Jean Le Mappian. He founded his own firm in 2001, and obtained a certificate of specialisation in labour law in 2006. The same year, he became a member of Nantes’s Bar Council, where he remained until 2011.

In December 2011, he was elected to the Conseil National des Barreaux (CNB), and was re-elected in 2014.

Louis-Georges Barret presided over the Confédération Nationale des Avocats (CNA) in 2014 and 2015, and is currently the President of the Observatoire National de la Profession d’Avocat at the CNB.

Panel I - The Future of Justice

Tiina Astola

Tiina AstolaSince 1 February 2016, Tiina Astola has been Director-General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission. The DG deals with civil justice, including contract and company law, criminal justice, fundamental rights, including data protection and free movement, equality and consumer law and policy.

Before joining the Commission, Tiina Astola was Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Justice, with overall responsibility for both international and domestic law matters, including courts and prisons. Prior to that, she headed units responsible for civil law and European law at the Department of Legislation of the Ministry, and has also worked for the Finnish Ministry of Finance and the Finnish Foreign Trade Association.

Nuria Díaz Abad

Nuria Díaz AbadNuria Díaz Abad worked as Abogado del Estado at the Spanish Ministry of Transport and Public Works Legal Services before becoming Agent for the Kingdom of Spain to the Court of Justice of the European Union. She is currently Abogado del Estado in the Directorate General for the Legal Service of the State, a member of the Spanish General Council for the Judiciary, and the President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary.

Nuria Díaz Abad has received several awards for her work, and has authored various publications in the fields of Administrative Law and European Union Law.

You can download Nuria Díaz Abad's presentation here.

Jérôme Dupré

Jérôme DupréJérôme Dupré is a French magistrate, holding a PhD in Law. He worked as a lawyer (in-house) for a prominent French company where he negotiated many IP/IT agreements before joining the national school for the judiciary (ENM). Following that, he worked as a judge in civil and criminal law, then as a senior civil servant for the Ministry of Justice. He is currently on sabbatical leave, and fully dedicated to building Case Law Analytics, a startup company which quantifies legal and judicial risk with the use of artificial intelligence solutions, with his colleague Jacques Lévy Véhel, a research director at INRIA (a French national research institution focused on computer science and applied mathematics).

You can download Jérôme Dupré's presentation here.

Maurits Barendrecht

Maurits BarendrechtMaurits Barendrecht (1956) grew up in The Hague, the city of peace and justice. After studying Physics and graduating from Leiden Law School, he practiced law at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, a leading Dutch law firm (1982-1997). He became a partner in this firm, practicing in litigation before the Dutch Supreme Court, intellectual property, labour law and public interest litigation.

Since 1992, he has been a professor of Private Law at Tilburg University. His publications focus on dispute systems (legal procedures, negotiation processes, ADR, informal dispute mechanisms). What are the justice needs of people in a divorce or an employment dispute? What rules work best to resolve such conflicts? What are best practices for lawyers, judges and mediators? What dispute resolution techniques do they use? What are the incentives for these professionals and what are their professional beliefs? For Maurits, the challenge is always to improve dispute systems so that they serve the interests of the people that rely on them in a better way.

Panel II - The Future of Legal Services

Patrick Henry

Patrick HenryAfter graduating in law at Liege University in 1977, Patrick Henry became a lawyer for S.C.R.L. Hannequart & Rasir. He became a member of the Liège Bar on 19 October 1980.

He is a scientific collaborator at Liège University (“responsibility and contracts” and “property” departments). He lectured on construction law in the same University until September 2008. He was also a senior lecturer at the U.lg-H.E.C. management school (environmental law) until September 2013.

Patrick Henry was President of the “Conférence Libre du Jeune Barreau de Liège” (1989-1990) and chairman of the Bar Council (1996‑1998, 2001-2003). He was President of this Bar from 2007 to 2009. He was the head of the Belgian Delegation at the CCBE from 2011 to 2013 and currently is the Chair of its Human Rights Committee. He was also a member of the UIA’s steering committee (2010-2011). He was President of AVOCATS.BE until September 2016.

He is the author of numerous publications, mainly focused on the law and the legal profession, planning and environmental law, construction law, medical law, insurance and contracts law.

You can download Patrick Henry's presentation here.

Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry MartinezJudy Perry Martinez served as Vice-President and Chief Compliance Officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation, an aerospace and defense company with 65,000 employees worldwide. Before being named CCO, Judy oversaw Northrop Grumman’s litigation for the western half of the United States and was named to the Company’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. Prior to joining Northrop in 2003, she was a commercial litigator at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans for 21 years where she was a member of the management committee. Judy retired from Northrop Grumman in early 2015 to pursue a full-time career in public service. She was a 2015 Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard.

From 2014-2016, Judy served as chair of the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services. In 2011, she was appointed chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary which evaluates all perspective nominees to the federal bench. Judy has served as the ABA lead representative to the United Nations and as a member of the ABA Board of Governors and its executive committee.

Judy has received the Sam Dalton Capital Defense Advocacy Award from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Counsel in 1997, the Michelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award from the Association of Women Attorneys in 1998, and the Alliance for Justice Award in 1999 from the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association. She was named “The Outstanding Young Lawyer” in the State of Louisiana in 1990, and in April 2002, the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s 2001 Distinguished Attorney. On two occasions, she has received the LSBA President’s Award. In August 2012, the Federal Bar Association, New Orleans chapter, presented Judy with its Camille Gravel Public Service Award.

Pierre Aïdan

Pierre AïdanFormer lawyer registered at both the Paris and New York Bars, holder of a PhD in Law and graduate from Harvard University, Pierre Aïdan co-founded, the first online legal services platform for French SMEs. allows entrepreneurs to complete various simple legal processes themselves: creating a company, hiring an employee, recovering a credit or filing a trademark.

You can download Pierre Aïdan's presentation here.

Christophe Chevalley

Christophe ChevalleyChristophe Chevalley is General Manager of Rocket Lawyer Europe. Rocket Lawyer Europe is the result of a joint-venture between the San Francisco based start-up (Rocket Lawyer) and Editions Lefebvre Sarrut (ELS), leader of the legal publishing market. Its goal is to develop the legal services platform for European consumers. After beginning his career in advertising, and then at the Assemblée Nationale, Christophe has 17 years of experience within the ELS group where he has held various executive and marketing positions, both in France and in the UK.

You can download Christophe Chevalley's presentation here.

Christian Lemke

Christian LemkeAfter his first state examination at the University of Hamburg, Christian Lemke spent his legal clerkship at the Federal Cartel Office in Berlin, the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, a law firm in Los Angeles, and the German American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago. In 1993, he received his doctorate at the University of Hamburg.

Christian Lemke has been an attorney since 1993. Since 1996, he has been a partner of Heissner & Struck.

Christian Lemke’s practice areas are intellectual property law, copyright law, and IT-law. He is both a Certified Specialised IP-Lawyer (Fachanwalt für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz) and Certified Specialised IT-Lawyer (Fachanwalt für Informationstechnologierecht).

Christian Lemke has been Head of the German Delegation to the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) since January 2015, Vice-President of the Hamburg Bar since 2009, member of the IT Law Committees of the German Federal Bar (BRAK) and the CCBE (both since 2008), Chair of the Hamburg Bar’s Committee for the Certification of IT-Lawyers (since 2006), and member of the German Federal Bar’s Europe Committee      &nbsp     &nbsp     &nbsp     &nbsp     &nbsp     &nbsp     &nbsp     &nbsp     &nbsp      (since 2013, after he was appointed as member of the German Delegation to the CCBE).

Christian Lemke is also a member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR), the International Trademark Association (INTA, member of the Data Protection Committee), and the German American Lawyers Association.

You can download Christian Lemke's presentation here.

Panel III - The Future of Law Firms

Robert Bourns

Robert BournsRobert Bourns is the former senior partner at TLT and the President of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Robert began his training in 1978 at Osborne Clarke and qualified in 1980. For the first six years as a solicitor he undertook criminal defence work, later moving to employment, partnership and regulatory work. Robert has significant experience managing and developing a growing business across the UK, having been managing partner for six years and more recently senior partner at TLT.

He has been involved in local law societies for many years, having been a Secretary and President of Bristol Law Society and Secretary of the Association of South Western Law Societies.

Robert joined the Council of the Law Society in 2011 and is an elected member of the Management Board. He is one of five representatives for the City of London constituency, a member of the Law Society’s Equality and Diversity Committee and a member of the RAB Regulatory Processes Committee.

Carlos Valls Martínez

Carlos Valls MartínezCarlos Valls Martínez is currently a partner at Fornesa Abogados. He is also Vice-President of the Associació pel Foment de l’Arbitrage (Association for the Promotion of Arbitration, based in Barcelona), and Secretary of the Professional Ethics Committee of the International Bar Association. He is a member of the “Socio-Professional Prospectives Commission” of the Barcelona Bar Association, and the Chair of its Laboratoti d’Idees.

Carlos Valls Martínez was a founding partner of Iuris Valls Abogados (2003-2013) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Barcelona Bar Association from 2011 to 2013. Before that, he was an Associate at Clifford Chance, Madrid (1989-1993), and then became Manager and Managing Partner of Clifford Chance, Barcelona from 1993 to 2002.

You can download Carlos Valls Martínez's presentation here.

Jaap Bosman

Jaap BosmanJaap Bosman is a leading strategy consultant for law firms. He is a principal partner at TGO Consulting which operates from New York, The Hague and Hong Kong.

His achievements have been recognised in 2013 by the Financial Times with the first ever Innovative Lawyers Award for International Strategy. He is also a winner of the Thomson Reuters Excellence in Legal Marketing Award. His recent book on the future of the legal profession “Death of a Law Firm” became an instant international bestseller. A translated edition will be published in China later this year.

Jaap is an engaging speaker and is considered one of the worlds’ thought leaders on the future of the business of law.

You can download Jaap Bosman's presentation here.

Bas Boris Visser

Bas Boris VisserBas Boris Visser is Clifford Chance’s Global Head of Innovation and Business Change and a Partner in its Amsterdam Finance & Capital Markets practice, where he was managing partner from 2009 until 2015. In recent years, Bas Boris worked as a legal advisor to the Dutch Central Bank on various interventions of the Dutch state in respect to financial institutions of systemic relevance. Bas Boris focuses on the financial institutions sector.

Panel IV - The Future of Bars and Law Societies

Frédéric Sicard

Frédéric SicardFrédéric Sicard, elected President of the Paris Bar on 25 June 2015, began his career as a trainee in the law firm of Bar President, Philippe Lafarge, who entrusted him with the preparation of a chapter on labour law in what remains to date the reference book on labour law in collective proceedings. This collaboration set the path for Frédéric Sicard’s specialisation in social law. During his career, he co-managed for five years the largest French SCM with more than one hundred lawyers practicing under various types of practising structures. After resuming sole practice in 2010, he became a partner in Garanderie & Associates on 1 January 2014.

Frédéric Sicard was a member of the Council of the Paris Bar (2007-2009), Secretary of the Council of the Paris Bar (2008-2009), and a member and Secretary of the Conseil National des Barreaux (2009-2011). He was also a delegate of the Paris Bar and the Conseil National des Barreaux at the Inter-Orders Liaison Committee for three years (2009, 2010 and 2011), and a member of the French Commission of Liberal Professions (2010-2011). He is still a member of the Board of the National Fund for French Bar Associations to which he was elected in 2011.

Jean-Paul Kitenge

Jean-Paul KitengeJean-Paul Kintenge Kabundji is a law graduate of Lubumbashi University, where he is Chef de Travaux awaiting his doctorate. He is currently a lawyer registered at the Lubumbashi and the Kinshasa/Gombe Bars, a member of the International Criminal Bar, a representative for mines and quarries, and an adviser at the Chambre de mines of the Fédération des entreprises du Congo (FEC).

Martin Šolc

Martin ŠolcMartin Šolc is the Vice-President of the IBA and the IBA President elect for the years 2017 and 2018. Immediately prior to holding the Vice-Presidency position he was the IBA Secretary General. For more than 25 years, he has not only been an active member of the IBA Council and the representative of the institutional members on the Management Board, but has also held many other high-level positions in all parts of the IBA. As IBA Vice-President, Martin Šolc has, in particular, focused on the respective IBA Taskforces concerning Independence of the Legal Profession, Judicial Integrity and Online Services. As chair of the Online Services Taskforce, Martin Šolc is working to implement marketable components of IBA online services, as well as radically expanding content accessibility for all IBA members.

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As a founding partner of Kocián Šolc Balaštík, a leading independent Czech law firm, his primary area of specialisation is mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and company law (including group reorganisations). International rating directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal list Martin Šolc as a leading Czech expert in these areas.

After the re-establishment of an independent Czech Bar in 1989, Martin Šolc has held leadership positions in the Czech Bar Association and in 1993 became its President.

Prashant Kumar

Prashant KumarA policy economist turned lawyer, Prashant Kumar heads a boutique law firm, KPA Legal, based in New Delhi, clientele of which includes major corporate houses from India and multinational corporations. In practice, he specialises in constitutional, commercial and civil matters, arbitration, intellectual property and information technology law among others. He joined the LAWASIA ExCo in 2006, was elected Vice‑President in 2009 and president-elect in 2015. He is a life member of the Bar Association of India and has been, at various times, its joint Treasurer, joint General Secretary, Associate General Secretary, and Honourary General Secretary. He is currently Executive Vice-President of the Bar Association of India.

He has been an Executive Committee member and vice president of LAWASIA since 2006, and was elected unopposed to the presidency, commencing his presidential term in November 2015.

Prashant Kumar is a regular speaker at legal conferences and seminars and participates widely in international legal association initiatives, additional to his LAWASIA work.