Gareth Rees QCGareth Rees is Executive Counsel to the Conduct Division of the Financial Reporting Council.
The Financial Reporting Council is the UK’s independent regulator for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment.
Hodge Malek QC has an impressive academic and practical background. He has both undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from Oxford University. He is the general editor of the leading book on the law of evidence, Phipson on Evidence (17th ed. 2010) and the joint author of Disclosure (3rd ed., 2007; 2nd Suppl. 2011), both of which are often cited in judgments in common law jurisdictions. He was a member of the Commercial Court working party chaired by Lord Justice Cresswell on Electronic Disclosure.
He sits as a Recorder in both civil and criminal cases. He regularly sits as chairman of disciplinary panels of the Bar. He is a member of the Inn’s Conduct Committee and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.
He has a successful and heavyweight commercial practice which includes the specific areas detailed below: commercial dispute resolution; banking and financial services; fraud; regulation and professional discipline, energy, insurance/reinsurance and procurement. He is particularly known for cases with an international element. He travels widely on cases, including Europe, Caribbean and the Middle East in 2009-2011.
He is a member of the bar of the British Virgin Islands and has been called to other bars for specific cases, such as Isle of Man (insider dealings on NASDAQ and letters of request) and Gibraltar (dealing in shares on Lisbon Stock Exchange). He has appeared in the Tribunal de Commerce and Cour d’Appel in Paris on a number of cases. He also conducts arbitrations and regulatory hearings. He has appeared before various ad hoc and specialist bodies, including INTERPOL, Copyright Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal (and its predecessors).
Paul Baker is a managing associate at Simmons & Simmons within the financial markets litigation group. Paul specialises in complex financial disputes. Paul’s experience includes advising global investment and retail banks on disputes concerning structured finance products and other finance agreements across multiple jurisdictions.
He is a member of the firm’s crime, fraud and investigations group, and has experience of regulatory and criminal investigations, compliance issues and defamation.
Paul qualified into the commercial litigation team of another UK firm in 2005, but from October 2006 until 2011 practised as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. During that time Paul advised on a number of high-profile and complex financial disputes in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in New Zealand. Paul joined Simmons & Simmons in September 2011.
Tony ChildTony Child is a regular speaker at the Disciplinary Conference. His slot 'That was the year that was' is a feature that is strongly valued by conference regulars.
Tony is a Consultant at Browne Jacobson and is recognised in the Chambers and Legal 500 Directories of law firms as a leading practitioner in the fields of public, administrative and local government law.
Tony has been in legal practice for 41 years (39 years since qualification). Prior to joining Browne Jacobson in 2012, Tony was a Consultant in Beachcroft's Public Law Group from 2007 to 2012, a partner in Mayer Brown from 1995 to 2007, was employed as the Solicitor to the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales from 1987-1995 and, prior to that, spent 19 enjoyable years in Local Government. He has extensive experience of advising public authorities and those who deal with them. He has extensive experience of judicial review, statutory appeals and other public law litigation with a track record second to none in defending and defeating challenges to, public authorities including a 100% success record in the many cases conducted on behalf of local government auditors in Wales and England. Tony has had the successful conduct of many leading cases in public and administrative law over the past 25 years.
His specialist knowledge extends to all aspects of public, constitutional and administrative law (including the impact of EU administrative and regulatory law). He provides advice across the whole public law field including human rights, data protection and freedom of information and on the conduct of major inquiries and investigations
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