Speakers
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The Rt. Hon. David Kingsley Malcolm AC CitWA  is Chief Justice of Western Australia. In 1990 he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia and was then made a Companion of the Order of Australia two years later. In 1999 he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn, London. Chief Justice David Malcolm graduated with an LL.B from the University of Western Australia in 1959 with first class honours and was Rhodes Scholar from Western Australia in 1960. In 1962 he obtained his BCL at Oxford with first class honours. He was a partner with the firm of Freehill Hollingdale & Page and its predecessor firm in Perth from 1964 to 1979. He acted also as Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the Asian Development Bank based in Manila between 1967 and 1970. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Crime Research Centre at the University of Western Australia since 1991and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.
The Hon. Sir Michael Wright  was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1957. He practised at the Common Law Bar for over 30 years taking Silk in 1974. His area of practice was largely devoted to personal injury litigation focusing on medical and other professional negligence, major industrial accidents as well as building and insurance cases. He was appointed to the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court in 1990 and thereafter received a knighthood. Sir Michael retired from the bench in 2003 but still sits from time to time often in the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal. He is also an accredited mediator. Sir Michael was Treasurer of Lincoln's Inn for 2003 and Chairman of the Bar of England and Wales in 1983-1984.
The Rt. Hon. Ariranga Govindasamy Pillay,  Chief Justice of Mauritius was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1972 and is the Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission of Mauritius. In November 2001, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn, London. He has held numerous appointments among others Principal Crown Counsel, Assistant Solicitor General and Parliamentary Counsel at the Attorney General's office and Ministry of Justice. Chief Justice Pillay was appointed Puisne Judge and later, acting Senior Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Mauritius from 1987-1996. He is also a member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as the appointed Adviser to the Governing Council of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies.
William Blair QC  A graduate of Oxford University, Bill Blair was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn, and practises as a barrister in the financial field, having written and spoken widely on the subject. Becoming a Queen's Counsel in 1994, he is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, sits part-time as a deputy judge of the English High Court, and is one of the chairmen of the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal set up under the UK's regulatory reforms. From 2003 to 2005 he chaired the Commercial Bar Association. A member of the British Council of the International Law Association, he is chairman of its International Monetary Law Committee.
Colonel David Hills MBE  has been Under Treasurer of Lincoln's Inn since 1997. He was commissioned into the Royal Highland Fusiliers in December 1966 and served in Malaysia, Singapore, Zimbabwe, West Germany, Berlin and Croatia as well as Northern Ireland and most parts of the United Kingdom. He has served on the Bar Council Working Party "Funding Entry to the Bar" and on the recent Bar Council Complaints Working Group examining the Bar's disciplinary procedures. He is a member of the Council of the Inns of Court and Bar Council Senior Executives Committee.
Patrick Talbot QC  was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1968. (He practises at the Chancery Bar. He took Silk in 1990. His practice is largely commercial and encompasses banking and credit, sports law and professional negligence. He was a member of the Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar Council. He is currently chairman of the Lincoln's Inn Continuing Activities Committee, which is responsible for the Inn's provision of advocacy training to students, barristers and tutors of advocacy. He has been a Recorder since 1997 and sits as a Lieutenant Bailiff of Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
John Randall QC  was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1978 and the Bar of New South Wales in 1979. He took Silk in 1995 and has been a Recorder since 1999. He was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2000. He practises in Chancery and Commercial Law and was head of the largest set of Chambers in England, in Birmingham until 2004. His practice covers companies, corporate insolvency, judicial review, professional negligence and real property. He is a member of the Legal Services Consultative Panel. He is an advocacy tutor both for the Inn and the Midland Circuit.
Michelle O'Leary  was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1983 and joined Lincoln's Inn ad eundem in 1990. She sits as a Deputy District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division since 2003. She has a wide ranging family practice involving adoption, care proceedings, child abduction, co-habitees, divorce, inheritance and family provision. She has been a member of Lincoln's Inn Bar Representation Committee since 2003. She is an accredited advocacy tutor for the Inn and her circuit.