ICC YAF – HK45 Opening Submissions Training

Hong Kong, China, • English

ICC YAF and HK45 are jointly organising an advocacy workshop and practical opportunity on how to prepare and deliver opening submissions.


ICC YAF and HK45 are pleased to announce a follow up to the highly successfully advocacy training on expert witness cross examination which was held earlier this year in Hong Kong. The follow up event is a workshop and practical opportunity on how to prepare and then deliver opening submissions.

In early August 2017, participants will be provided with a mock case study involving an anti-suit injunction.

Then, on 30 August 2017, a launch event will be held at Allen & Overy’s offices in Hong Kong with a practical demonstration of advocacy on that case study from two of Hong Kong’s leading younger advocates: Matthew Hodgson of Allen & Overy and Duncan Watson of Quinn Emanuel.

Finally, on 29 September 2017, there will be a half day workshop where participants will have the opportunity to practise making opening submissions in a mock international arbitration case before experienced international arbitration tribunals.

Teams should consist of two lawyers (up to c. 8 years PQE).

The teams will be allocated the role of claimant or respondent’s counsel, and will work to develop a compelling opening submission.  Participants will be issued with a briefing pack and detailed guidelines on how to prepare for the hearing.  Each team will have the opportunity to spend 30 minutes (i.e. 15 minutes for each team member) making opening submissions whilst appointed arbitrators will observe and provide feedback.

This will be followed by drinks and canapés giving participants an opportunity to network and share experiences from the day.

Who should attend:

This event is aimed at young arbitration practitioners of approximately 40 years and under: counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel or academics


Wednesday, 30 August 2017
6.30 pmLaunch event
Friday, 29 September 2017
2.30 pmWorkshop

Logistical notes

Date:Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Venue:Allen & Overy, 9th Floor, Three Exchange Square, Central,

Hong Kong


Date:Friday, 29 September 2017
Venue:Allen & Overy, 9th Floor, Three Exchange Square, Central, HK

Clifford Chance, 27F Jardine House, One Connaught Place, HK

Quinn Emanuel, 1307-1308 Two Exchange Square, Central, HK


Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Applicants should email hk45@hkiac.org, identifying their law firm or chambers, and the names, positions and email addresses of the two team members.  Unfortunately, individual applications will not be accepted.