The Bar Council's International Committee, in collaboration with the Cyprus Bar Association, is pleased to announce the upcoming English-Cypriot Common Law Conference, taking place on the 14 June 2024.

Find out more about the conference speakers and the topics covered below.

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When
14 June 2024, 8:30 - 16:00
Event Type
Conference
Where
Cyprus, Limassol
Topics
International

The conference is scheduled for 14 June 2024, at the Columbia Plaza in Limassol. The event will focus on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), international arbitration, European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the common law world, sanctions, legal privilege, and legal aid.

Through a series of panels, this conference will examine the latest legal developments in the common law in Europe. Attending is a great opportunity to generate international work, network with professionals across common law countries in Europe, exchange views, and build knowledge and professional links.  

Registration for speaker applications is now closed. Thank you to those who took the time to complete the application form. The team are now assessing the applications and will get back to successful applicants by 26 April. 

Programme

This year's event will focus on:

  • Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) in civil litigation
  • ADR in Common Law Systems
  • International arbitration
  • European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the common law world
  • Sanctions
  • Legal privilege
  • Legal aid

Through a series of panels, this conference will examine the latest legal developments in the common law in Europe. Attending is a great opportunity to generate international work, network with professionals across common law countries in Europe, exchange views, and build knowledge and professional links. 

Find out more about our speakers below

Cost

Registration fee is €100 (including 19% VAT)

The registration pass includes:

  • Delegate badge and conference materials
  • Access to the conference
  • Lunch and coffee during breaks

Book your place

Register your place using the Cyprus Bar Association's Google Form linked below. 

Any data shared during the registration process is retained by the Cyprus Bar Association only.

The registration will be completed through bank transfer payment at the bank details below.

Account Name: PANGYPRIOS DIKIGORIKOS SYLLOGO
Bank: Bank of Cyprus
Account Number: 0133001104998
IBAN: CY64 0020 0130 0000 0001 1049 9800
SWIFT CODE: BCYPCY2N
Description: ‘full name – LEGAL CONFERENCE CLE’

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Speakers

Jared Dann, Partner of Baker & Partners, Jersey
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Jared Dann is a Partner in the Jersey office of Baker & Partners, a leading independent offshore litigation firm.  Jared specialises in complex and high value trust litigation and in matters involving fraud and asset recovery; he also has considerable experience of contentious insolvency work. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007 (currently non-practising) and thereafter practised at the English Bar before moving to Jersey in 2011. He was sworn in as a Jersey Advocate in 2014. 

Many of Jared’s cases involve international or multi-jurisdictional issues, and he works closely with law firms in the UK and internationally. Recent work highlights have included acting for the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a series of complex and high value asset recovery matters in Jersey, and advising trustees and beneficiaries in high value family trust disputes. Jared has also frequently advised financial institutions and trust companies in relation to SARs and the no consent regime. 

Amy Davies, Senior Associate at Collas Crill
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Amy is a Senior Associate and Advocate in the Financial Services & Regulatory Team at Collas Crill in Guernsey. Before that she spent 10 years working as a criminal lawyer in the UK and more recently in financial crime prevention and investigation at an international private bank. Her practice encompasses a wide range of work, including criminal, financial services disputes and regulatory. She specialises in the defence of white collar and general crime. Clients rely on her breadth of experience both as a prosecutor and criminal defence lawyer to identify the right strategy to achieve the best possible outcomes.  

Alex Demetriades, Twenty Essex
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Alex is a barrister at Twenty Essex with expertise in shipping, commercial litigation, international arbitration, and public international law. His recent work includes securing an anti-suit injunction in the Renaissance v Chlodwig case to enforce a London arbitration agreement. Alex has handled various shipping disputes, participated in LMAA arbitrations, and completed a secondment in contentious shipping. Qualified in Cyprus, he advises on Cypriot law and has wide experience with jurisdiction and applicable law issues. Previously, Alex was a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, focusing on smart contracts and the Digital Content Directive. He interned at the Council of Europe, contributing to ECtHR cases. Alex holds a Law degree from the University of Cambridge and an LLM from LSE, specialising in competition, innovation, and trade law. He served as a second lieutenant in the Cypriot National Guard. 

Marcos Dracos KC, One Essex Court
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Marcos undertakes a broad range of commercial work with emphasis on international arbitration, jurisdiction disputes, and cross-border commercial litigation. He is a qualified lawyer in England and Cyprus. His dispute resolution practice covers a diverse range of sectors including energy, construction/engineering, banking, technology, insurance, acquisitions, sanctions, investment treaties, and civil fraud/economic torts. Marcos has experience (as both counsel and arbitrator) of all major arbitral institutions and seats, and he is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration. 

Steve Gee KS, Monckton Chambers
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Steven Gee K.C. specialises in a wide array of commercial legal matters, with a particular focus on international arbitration, jurisdiction disputes, and cross-border commercial litigation. Qualified in England and Wales since 1975, his legal expertise covers commercial fraud, professional negligence, sanctions, insolvency, and chancery conflicts of law. Steven is also well-versed as an expert witness on English law. His practice has seen him admitted to practice not only in the UK but also in New York, the BVI, the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua, and the Irish Bar. He has a notable presence in appellate courts across various jurisdictions, including the Eastern Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland, England, and the European Court of Justice post-Brexit. As a recognised authority in his field, Steven is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, contributes to legal literature, and has served as a part-time judge.

Tara Liao, 7BR
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Tara is a barrister dual qualified in the UK and Hong Kong. Prior to her call in the UK, Tara practised in Hong Kong as a solicitor in an international law firm from 2010 to 2014 and as a barrister from 2015. She has been ranked as a leading junior in the commercial disputes category by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific since 2021. She sat as a Deputy District Judge in Hong Kong in 2021 and 2023. She is on the HKIAC List of Arbitrators and sits as an arbitrator from time to time. 

Tara has a broad commercial practice with a focus on commercial injunctions and civil fraud, international arbitrations, shareholders’ disputes, company, insolvency, trust and cross-border disputes. 

She holds a bachelor's degree in PRC laws from Peking University and has passed the PRC National Judicial Examination. She has been instructed by PRC law firms and clients in arbitrations and to provide legal opinions in PRC legal proceedings from time to time. 

Andrew Parsons, FCIArb
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Andrew is a specialist barrister, mediator and arbitrator with a commercial background and over 30 years of experience in work concerning business, commerce, finance and property. He is a former money and corporate finance broker in the City of London. He is also a business investor. A “small dragon.”

In 1998, Andrew was one of the first English barristers to become an accredited commercial mediator. Since then, he has conducted or acted as specialist advocate in thousands of mediations in the UK and internationally.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Court Assistant to the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. He has been the arbitrator or acted as specialist advocate in many private arbitrations, (including hybrid arbitration/mediations) in the UK and internationally.

Since 2008, he has been a member of the ADR Panel of the Bar Council of England and Wales. In that capacity, he has assisted with responses to issues concerning many forms of dispute resolution, recently for example about proposed changes to the UK Arbitration Act 1996.

Nin Ritchie, Group Partner of Collas Crill, Guernsey
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Nin is a partner of Collas Crill based in Guernsey. She is known for her work in regulatory compliance and enforcement, financial crime, investigations, sanctions, risk and governance. Clients rely on her skills, experience, calm manner and technical expertise to provide advice and guidance on complex legal matters with high risk factors and potentially devastating outcomes. She is trusted by her clients to provide accurate, commercial and time sensitive advice. 

Konrad Rodgers, Partner of Enyo Law
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Konrad’s practice focuses on international commercial litigation and cross-jurisdictional fraud disputes. He has acted for a broad range of corporations, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals on civil fraud, banking and shareholder matters. Konrad has particular expertise in Eastern Europe and Eurasia-related disputes and has frequently acted in cases involving worldwide freezing orders, other interlocutory relief and enforcement measures. Konrad additionally has experience of arbitration matters across an array of institutions.  

Konrad is ranked by Legal 500 (2024) as a “Leading Practitioner” in Civil Fraud Disputes, is recognised by Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500 (2024) for Commercial Litigation and was awarded the Lexology Client Choice Award for Litigation for the UK in 2024.

 
Daniel Wand, 4 King's Bench Walk
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Konrad’s practice focuses on international commercial litigation and cross-jurisdictional fraud disputes. He has acted for a broad range of corporations, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals on civil fraud, banking and shareholder matters. Konrad has particular expertise in Eastern Europe and Eurasia-related disputes and has frequently acted in cases involving worldwide freezing orders, other interlocutory relief and enforcement measures. Konrad additionally has experience of arbitration matters across an array of institutions.  

Konrad is ranked by Legal 500 (2024) as a “Leading Practitioner” in Civil Fraud Disputes, is recognised by Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500 (2024) for Commercial Litigation and was awarded the Lexology Client Choice Award for Litigation for the UK in 2024.

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