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HK45 is honoured to host the Right Honourable Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the next HK45 Supper Club on Tuesday, 3 December 2019 in Hong Kong. This Supper Club is kindly sponsored by Berkeley Research Group (BRG).


Those from law firms, the bar and others with an interest in arbitration are all welcome to apply. It will be an informal and enjoyable dinner with discussion of arbitration issues (and anything else that comes up). Chatham House rules apply and the young lawyers must be less than 10 PQE. Our previous guests include Chiann Bao, David Caron, Teresa Cheng, Lawrence Collins, Gavin Denton, Susan Dunn, Bernard Eder, Yves Fortier, Judith Gill, Gavan Griffith, Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof, Lord Hoffmann, Doug Jones, Neil Kaplan, Christopher Moger, Karyl Nairn, Lord Neuberger, Constantine Partasides, Lucy Reed, James Spigelman, and Nicolas Wiegand. Our latest guests were Albert Jan van den Berg and Julien Lew.


If you are interested and available to attend, please register your interest before 27 November 2019.


Please kindly note that spaces are not offered on a first come and first served basis. We will select the participants based on factors including diversity, seniority, and past attendance or cancellation. Successful RSVPs will be notified on 29 November 2019.


The cost of the dinner is HKD 250, generously subsidised by Berkeley Research Group. We will request payment and confirm the venue when we confirm your participation.

The Right Honourable Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin

Madam Justice McLachlin became a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in 2018.


Madam Justice McLachlin was born in Canada in 1943. She graduated with a BA and MA in Philosophy, and also an LLB from the University of Alberta. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1969 and to the British Columbia Bar in 1971, and practised law in both places.


She was appointed to the Vancouver County Court in April 1981, and appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September of the same year. She was elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 1985 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1988. In 1989 she was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2000 to 2017, she served as Chief Justice of Canada.


Madam Justice McLachlin chaired the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada, and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She was named Companion of the Order of Canada in 2018, and is a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, as well as an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple and Middle Temple. She also works as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally.

About HK45

HK45 is a group for professionals who are under 45 years of age and who are interested in the practice of arbitration. The mission of the group is to promote interest in and knowledge of issues relating to arbitration. HK45 is formed under the auspices of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and is intended to provide opportunities for both professional development and social interaction.


Membership of HK45 is free.


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For more information, or to sponsor a future Arbitration Supper Club, please email hk45@hkiac.org