Law Society Convention - 1/8/2003, Shangri-La Fijian Resort, Yanuca
Fiji Law Society Convention was a great success. Congratulations
to the Chairman of the Conference, Mr Graham Leung and the Organising
Committee. Highlights of the Convention included the Award of the
Young Lawyer of the Year which went to Sole Practitioner, Ms Prem
Narayan, Congratulations!. The prize was a Computer Notebook donated
by Hewlett Packard. Congratulations also to the winners of the Vodafone
promotions. They were Magistrate Madam Salote Kaimacuata who won
a Nokia 3650 digital camera mobilefone worth $1400 and Ms. Shayne
Sorby of Howards who won a mobilefone worth $299.
Members who are entitled for refunds, your vouchers are being processed.
The Secretariat will be in touch with you shortly.
papers for the Convention were emailed to all members on Tuesday,
5 August 2003.
following Fiji Law Society merchandise are on sale:
BallPoint Pens $20.00
T-Shirts (small) $20.00
(blue) or $20.00
who are interested in purchasing the above-mentioned items, may
contact the Secretariat
Election of Interim Committee for the Formation of a Women Lawyers
of women lawyers in Suva was held on Friday, 8th August 2003 which
saw the election of the following persons to the Interim Executive
Committee (IEC). They are:
Gwendolyn Karen Phillips - President
Alofa Aiva Seruvatu - Vice-President
Ms. Barbara Malimali - Secretary/Treasurer
Ms. Anuleshni Neelta - Council Member
Ms. Natasha Khan - Council Member
Ms Raijeli Vasakula - Council Member
Ms. Dianna Buresova - Council Member
Ms. Jotishna Nair - Council Member
President, Ms Phillips expressed her sincere thanks to all women
lawyers for their support and contributions to the discussions on
the formation of an association for women lawyers. She said the
Interim Executive Committee would continue the process of consultation
with all women lawyers and report back to them on the work of the
Committee for the formation of the Fiji Women Lawyers Association
Continuing Legal Education Programme 2003
Legal Education Seminar for Months of August/September/October 2003
Mr. Devanesh Sharma - Messrs. R. Patel & Sharma
Venues and Time as follows:
August Labasa Hotel Takia 7.00pm-8.00pm
"The Fair Trading Decree - An Overview"
Mr. Richard Naidu - Messrs. Munroleys
Venue and Time as follows:
August Labasa Hotel Takia 6.00pm-7.00pm
August Suva JJ's Conference Room 5.30pm-6.30pm
August Lautoka Waterfront Hotel 5.30pm-6.30pm
"The Bail Act & Urgent Criminal Applications"
Madam Justice Nazhat Shameem - High Court Judge
Venue and Time as follows:
Sept Suva JJ's Conference Room 5.30pm-6.30pm
September Lautoka Waterfront Hotel 5.30pm-6.30pm
Sept Labasa Hotel Takia 6.00pm-7.00pm
"Injunctions - Practice & Procedure"
Mr Robert Smith - Messrs. Munroleys
Venue and Time as follows:
Oct Suva JJ's Conference Room 5.30pm-6.30pm
Oct Lautoka Waterfront Hotel 5.30pm-6.30pm
Oct Labasa Hotel Takia 6.00pm-7.00pm
Notice of 2003 Annual General Meeting
Nomination Forms have already been sent out last month to all members.
are advised that the 2003 Annual General Meeting of the Fiji Law
Society will be held on Saturday, 20th September 2003 at 2.00pm
at the Warwick Hotel, Korolevu.
adopt the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Society
held on 21st September 2002
consider the Council's Report on the activities of the Society
and its audited accounts for the year ended 30th June, 2003 (to
of Fiji Law Society Council including President, Vice President
and six Council Members
of an Auditor
consider any Notice of Motion
Nominations for Appointment/Elections to the Council of the Fiji
are now open for all appointments/elections of the Fiji Law Society
Council. This shall be in writing and signed by two members of the
Society with the consent of the Nominee endorsed on the Nomination
Form. This must be lodged with the Secretary, no later that 3.00pm
on Friday 29 August 2003 (Regulation 13).
Member desiring to move a motion at the Annual General Meeting and/
or any notice of proposed alteration of or addition to the Regulations
of the Fiji Law Society together with the terms of such alteration
or addition must be lodged with the Secretary no later than 3.00pm
on Friday, 29th August 2003 (Regulations 29 and 40).
Report on the 2nd World Women Lawyers Conference held in London
30 June 1
2003 by Ms Gwen Phillips.
the 2nd World Women Lawyers' Conference held in London on 30 June
- 1 July 2003. The Conference was organised and hosted by the International
Bar Association Women's Interest Group. Her attendance was partially
funded by the England and Wales Law Society. Fiji Law Society funded
the balance of the costs involved. The Conference provided an opportunity
to network with prominent women lawyers from around the world -
representatives from 59 countries attended the Conference and was
a great learning and informative experience given the extensive
range of topics/subjects available at the Conference. One of the
highlights of the Conference was the presentation to Judge Navi
Pillay of the International Criminal Court with the Outstanding
International Women Lawyer Award.
summary of the programme highlighting the topics/subjects presented
is outlined below.
The role of women in conflict resolution
session provided a show case of how and why women have risen to
the challenge of conflict in the modern world - from local skirmishes
to widespread war, from political to religious causes, from nation
to nation to localised territorial disputes. The panel of renouned
international speakers addressed issues that span our world and
showed us how ordinary women can make a difference.
Women as academic managers and leaders
session looked at the potential for hybrid careers combining legal
practice with academic work, identifying the career advancement
opportunities and hurdles common to both.
International fraud, corporate governance, money laundering and
- the effects of anti-fraud, terrorist and money laundering measures
on corporate and real persons
of experienced regulators, in-house counsel and practitioners considered
the changing international regulatory environment including global
corporate governance post - Enron including money laundering developments
and the Higgs Review in the UK, international information sharing,
recovering of criminal assets and the new civil forfeiture regime
in the UK.
Employment and immigration law - shattering glass ceilings and glass
session focused on how businesses can create the right conditions
for women's careers to flourish, and practical measures which can
be taken by organisations to promote women's legal careers. The
immigration aspect of the session examined aspects and barriers
to the movement of expatriates and in particular the problem that
following spouses face when there is an international transfer.
Adoption - benefit or blight?
law and custom in each jurisdiction was the focus of this session
with emphasis on whether adoption was beneficial for children or
were there other ways of ensuring that children can be properly
cared for in their own community, rather than being adopted, often
taking them away from the customary and community roots.
Mergers and acquisitions
aims of the session were to assist lawyers in handling international
mergers and acquisitions and to encourage greater activity when
negotiating domestic mergers and acquisitions.
session highlighted the experience of women practitioners in diverse
markets who have successfully founded and continue to run their
own law firms.
panel of lawyers identified a range of issues affecting the international
energy sector and explored a variety of topics including changes
to the energy sector landscape post-Enron and liability for terrorists
acts at facilities.
Economic empowerment of women
session explored the challenges women face economically in both
the developed and developing worlds; how the rule of law hinders
and could enhance women's economic empowerment; efforts currently
underway to empower women economically including, among others,
microfinance and financial literacy projects; and the role that
women in the legal community might play to empower women to empower
Multi-cultural business negotiations
session emphasised through role playing, significant cultural issues
that can 'get in the way' confuse or otherwise complicate business
Financing and re-financing - a telecoms case study
study of the telecoms industry and its financing challenges set
the scene although the case study looked at the development and
financing of telecom's network, many of the issues, problems and
solutions are equally applicable to other types of asset and project
session, through a series of interactive workshops/roundtables,
focused on providing tools and practical applications on arrival
of marketing topics that are necessary for successful marketing
The in-house counsel/private practice relationship: how external
legal advisors can assist their in-house client colleagues
of distinguish in-house counsel discussed how and what they needed
and looked for in their external legal advisors.
Privacy vs public good
session focused on the inherent tensions, conflicts and inconsistencies
between privacy and local laws and regulations, in particular within
Europe, USA, India and Australia, and the inherent difficulties
in implementing privacy legislation in the light of technological
developments, globalisation and the need to strike a balance between
privacy and public good.
of antitrust experts from law firms and industry addressed the impacts
on industry of significant new (European Union antitrust laws) regulatory
and procedural changes.
containing papers presented on each of the topics listed above is
available at the Fiji Law Society Secretariat for members who are
interested in exploring the topics in more detail.
also took advantage of the opportunity to meet and discuss relevant
issues pertaining to women lawyers interest groups/associations
with women bar leaders from around the world. She has secured the
support of prominent women lawyers to assist in structure formation/documentation
of our own national body should the concept be supported and adopted
by Fiji women lawyers. This will be mooted further in due course.
this opportunity to thank the Fiji Law Society for its support in
nominating and funding my attendance at the Conference. And would
also like to thank fellow practitioners who endorsed and supported
the Fiji Law Society decision.
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