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Asia Disputes Academy

Skills Bootcamp Series

The Asia Disputes Academy aims to develop contentious skills by building capacity to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of litigation, arbitration and investigations.

For the next series of seminars, we will cover the essential skills you may need to call on when faced with litigation, arbitration or an investigation. Whether is it working out how to protect legal privilege or top tips on project management, this series will continue to provide short, practical sessions that enhance your skills and provide a forum to share best practice amongst peers. We will also be drawing on a diverse range of external experts from different disciplines to maintain our innovative approach to these topics. We have developed our new programme (again with your input) and to help with your planning, we have scheduled the skills bootcamp series over the course of 2017/2018.

The programme

This session will look at the concept of legal professional privilege and assess how to make the most of it in practice. When working on a major commercial transaction that involves multiple parties and advisers, with complex organisational layers, how do you best protect privilege? Or conversely, how might you risk losing privilege by merely sharing information with your own team/organisation?

Led by – Tim Mak, William Robinson and Peter Chang

The session will look at how to address the challenge of protecting legal privilege across borders. Does legal privilege exit in particular jurisdictions, and how can privilege be protected in cross-border investigations, arbitration and litigation.

Led by – Tim Mak, William Robinson and Peter Chang

Fact finding and decision making are crucial in the midst of a crisis to determine what happened and how to mitigate its impact. Learn best practice techniques and how to successfully carry out both even when you’re under pressure.

Led by – Georgia Dawson

A core component for building a case is the evidence but how do you gather it effectively? How do you interview witnesses? What is admissible evidence? Assessing demeanour and credibility of witnesses. In this session we will take you through the process and provide answers to these questions and more.

Led by – Tim Mak and Laura Chapman

How do you identify, preserve and collect edata? We take a closer look at your obligation to preserve documents, new trends associated with electronic document production, social media and rules of evidence applicable to electronic documents.

Led by – William Robinson and Jonathan Wong

What are the practical implications of imprecise drafting? What does effective drafting look like? In this session, we will look at the lessons learned from recent court cases covering topics such as arbitration and jurisdiction clauses and commercial contract disputes. We will help you avoid drafting bear-traps.

Led by – John Choong, Eric Chan and Simon Weller/Edward Freeman

Project management is often a significant part of in-house counsel’s role and this session looks at the use of technology and other tools to stay on top of the project. From planning the phases of the matter, to e-billing and structuring effective communications (while maintaining privilege), what are they key project management considerations?

Led by – Georgia Dawson