Opportunities for Australian barristers to practice in international disputes

13 December 2018

The Australian Bar Association has asked the Hon Roger Gyles AO QC to inquire into and report on actions that the Australian Bar Association can take to enhance opportunities for Australian Barristers to practice in International Disputes, with a focus on Arbitration in the Asia - Pacific region.

There are two aspects to be considered by Mr Gyles in his inquiry and report:

  1. How to retain international work in, and bring such work to, Australia;
  2. How to facilitate the briefing of Australian barristers in work overseas, particularly in the region.

The announcement by the ABA can be found here.  The due date for the Report is 1 May 2019.

Mr Gyles has called for submissions to assist the Inquiry. He is interested in the experience of arbitrators, barristers, solicitors and clients concerning the participation of barristers in international arbitration work in Australia and overseas, particularly in the Asia – Pacific Region.

Mr Gyles is particularly interested in suggestions as to the steps that the ABA can take to enhance the participation of barristers in those arbitrations, including attracting more arbitrations to Australia. A non-exhaustive list of topics on which submissions are sought can be found here.

You can provide information, including on a confidential basis, to Mr Gyles by lodging a submission by email to contact@austbar.asn.au

Closing date for submissions is 15 March 2019.

Please indicate your availability to have a further discussion with Mr Gyles or a member of the ABA International Committee about your submission.

If you would like further information, please contact the following members of the ABA International Committee who are supporting the work of Mr Gyles:

Tim D. Castle (Chair) - tdcastle@stjames.net.au

Michael Whitten QC - whitten@chancery.com.au

Alistair Wyvill SC - awyvill@williamforster.com

Hamish Clift -  clift@qldbar.asn.au

Additionally, Mr Gyles will be receiving assistance from the Hon Wayne Martin AC QC, who can be contacted at wmartin@francisburt.com.au.