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The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC

The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC was Chief Justice of Western Australia between 2006 and his retirement from the bench in July 2018. Prior to his appointment he practised at the Western Australian Bar in the field of commercial litigation, mainly involving disputes in the mining, energy, resources, construction and financial sectors. His practice included international and domestic arbitration. As Chief Justice he created and managed the Arbitration List of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and he has published many decisions in that field (and others). Before taking judicial office, he held a number of elected positions such as president of the Western Australian Bar Association, chairman of the Law Reform Commission, president of the Law Society and Director of the Law Council of Australia. In 2012, he was appointed as a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to the judiciary and the state's legal system. He is a qualified and experienced mediator and at 39 Essex Chambers will be taking appointments as an international arbitrator and mediator.


Ms May Tai

Ms May Tai is managing partner of Herbert Smith Freehills' Greater China offices. Ms Tai's practice covers a range of commercial disputes and regulatory issues. She has advised governments, government-owned entities and commercial clients (including financial institutions and energy companies) in Asia, Europe and the United States, including acting as counsel and advocate in arbitrations under various rules and court proceedings. May is based in Hong Kong but also spends time in Herbert Smith Freehills' Shanghai and Beijing offices, and has also practised in London, Singapore and Tokyo. She has published several articles on arbitration and dispute resolution, and speaks Bahasa (Malaysian and Indonesian), Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and English, and is qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales and Hong Kong. May is a CEDR accredited mediator and an arbitrator in the HKIAC List of Arbitrators.



Registration: 5:30pm - 6:00pm

Seminar starts: 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Cocktails: 6:45pm - 7:30pm

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