Conference Programme

16th Regional Law Conference Programme

Friday 13th September 2019

08:15 a.m.

Delegate Registration
Law Book Exhibition (throughout the day)

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m Ceremony to Mark the Opening of the 16th Regional Law Conference
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

COMPLEX REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: Artificial intelligence versus real intelligence – the lawyer’s changing role in due diligence

Mr. Kem Warner CAMS, CFE, FCIB (Allied Compliance Consultants, Antigua & Barbuda)
Ms. Merline Barrett, TEP (SAGIS LP, Anguilla)
Chaired by: Ms. Elizabeth A. Harper, TEP, C. Dir (Daniel Brantley, Nevis)

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Keeping One Step Ahead: The ever changing landscape of organised Money Laundering
Mr. Andrew Wheeler QC
Ms. Ayanna Nelson (Seven Bedford Row, UK)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Future 'T-Shaped' Lawyer: emotional or artificial intelligence … or both? Which one will keep the new generation of lawyers interested, engaged and motivated?
Ms. R. Amani Smathers (Legal Solutions Architect, DWT De Novo, USA)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hot Topics: Cannabis Conundrum: The Implications Behind The Cannabis Legalisation Debate - Where should we draw the line?
Dr. Christopher Malcolm (University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica)
Mr. Franklyn Francis (Head of the Marijuana Association, Antigua & Barbuda)
Chaired by: Mr. Henri-Jacques Mangal (Legal Officer, 1st National Bank, Saint
  Coffee Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Innovation and Technology for Lawyers: more hype or the beginning of a new era? How to survive the “threat” and drive efficiency
and profitability
Mr. Thabo Molefe (Commercial Director, Lexis Nexis, South Africa)
4:15 pm – 5:30 p.m. Round Table DiscussionL BREXIT: Consequences for investment,
trade, financial services and dispute resolution for the Caribbean region.
Ms. Shelly-Ann Meade (Head of Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting
Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited (SMBCE), France)
Ms. Akima Paul Lambert (International Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton, UK)
Dr. Jan Yves Remy (Deputy Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre for International
Trade Law, Policy and Services)

Saturday 14th September 2019

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Don't Lose Your Appeal: The Art of Effective Appellate Advocacy
Hon. Justice Paul Webster QC (Justice of Appeal, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court)
Mr. Douglas Mendes SC (Chancery Chambers, Trinidad & Tobago)
Mrs. Tana’ania Small-Davis (LIVAL, Jamaica)
Chaired by: Mr. Ruggles Ferguson (Ciboney Chambers, Grenada)
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Legal Ethics in the Digital Age
Hon. Justice Courtney Abel (Judge of Supreme Court of Belize)
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CONFLICT IS INEVITABLE BUT COMBAT IS OPTIONAL: The Inportance of Mediation in the Court Process.
Ms. Ann Diaz
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. BVI International Arbitration Centre
12:30 p.m . Closing Remarks
Miss Jean M Dyer
Regional Law Conference Coordinator


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