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The objectives of the Legal Practice Division are to promote an interchange of information and views among its members as to laws, practices and professional responsibilities relating to the practice of law throughout the world; to facilitate communication among its members; to provide the opportunity to all its members to be active in the division through its sections, committees, fora and other groupings; and to undertake such related projects as may be approved from time to time by the division’s council.

Officer Address
Jaime Carey
LPD Chair
Isidora Goyenechea 2800
43rd Floor
Las Condes

Email Officer
Jon Grouf
LPD Vice Chair
Duane Morris LLP
1540 Broadway
New York

Email Officer
Peter Bartlett
LPD Secretary-Treasurer - IBA Treasurer
Minter Ellison
525 Collins Street
Rialto Towers

Email Officer
Carola van den Bruinhorst
LPD Assistant Treasurer - IBA Assistant Treasurer
Loyens & Loeff
28/F, 8 Wyndham Street
Hong Kong SAR

Email Officer

LPD Information

Name Position
Jon Grouf Vice Chair
Peter Bartlett IBA Treasurer/LPD Treasurer
Carola van den Bruinhorst IBA Assistant Treasurer/LPD Assistant Treasurer
Almudena Arpon de Mendivil LPD Council Member
André Andersson LPD Council Member
Christopher Watson LPD Council Member
Eduardo Sanguinetti LPD Council Member
Eduardo Zuleta LPD Council Member
Eugene E Smary LPD Council Member
Ignacio Randle LPD Council Member
Janet McDavid LPD Council Member
John Williamson-Noble LPD Council Member
Klaus Reichert SC LPD Council Member
Laura K Christa LPD Council Member
Lawrence Teh LPD Council Member
Leigh-Alexandra Basha LPD Council Member
Neil Kirby LPD Council Member
Oliver Triebold LPD Council Member
Olufunmi Oluyede LPD Council Member
Pascale Lagesse LPD Council Member
Patricia Hoet-Limbourg LPD Council Member
Paul Lalonde LPD Council Member
Pekka Jaatinen LPD Council Member
Sadiq Jafar LPD Council Member
Salvador del Rey LPD Council Member
Sunil Abraham LPD Council Member
Timothy E Powers LPD Council Member
Geraldine M Clarke PPID Representative - LPD Council

With the aim of providing interactive and educational opportunities to the growing international legal community, the Sections of the Legal Practice Division offer annual opportunities for young lawyers from around the world to apply for scholarships that recognise outstanding individuals in the legal profession. Each year the IBA, holds an Annual Conference, which attracts the participation of over 4000 lawyers from more than 100 jurisdictions. The LPD, and the Public and Professional Interest Division (PPID) present informative and engaging sessions covering current topics of significance to lawyers throughout the world. The Annual Conference working sessions are complemented by a full social programme which provides the opportunity for delegates meet, establish and maintain business contacts and friendships with peers of the legal profession worldwide. Scholarships are awarded to young lawyers who wish to participate at the Annual Conference, but may find it financially difficult to do so. Please click here for full information on how to apply.

The IBA organises over thirty specialist and regional conferences each year in addition to the Annual Conference and the costs involved are very considerable. In order to contain those costs, the IBA through the guidelines set out in the Division Handbooks has established well defined rules that must be followed so as to ensure that there is conformity in determining to what costs the IBA may be exposed in relation to any particular event.

The rules are detailed and deal with many issues including registration fee waivers, speakers’ expenses and entertainment costs. The Rules have served the IBA well in the past and are appropriate for the future.

The LPD is committed to ensure the highest quality of programmes and caliber of speakers at the sessions that it promotes. There is concern amongst the LPD Officers that the current policies sometimes stand in the way of putting on the highest quality sessions. A relaxation of the rules is desirable from time to time to enable certain costs to be paid that are likely to lead to enrichment of the quality of a programme. It is clear that it may sometimes be advantageous to pay certain costs outside the guidelines; for example to a world business leader, regulator, to some academics or NGO representatives, if it can be demonstrated that such a payment is likely to enrich the programme and increase the quality of the relevant session.

The LPD Officers, the IBA President and the Executive Director recommend the creation of a fund to cover on an exceptional basis, expenses and other matters related to LPD sessions which are not permitted by the guidelines set out in the Legal Practice Division Handbook.

The fund shall cover exceptional expenses to secure speakers as well as expenses incurred by speakers and organisers of sessions at the LPD specialist and regional conferences and LPD sessions at the Annual Conferences. An application to the Fund shall be made by an Officer of the relevant LPD Committee to the IBA Treasurer, who in consultation with the other LPD Officers, shall have absolute discretion to agree to pay part of or the entire sum sought or to decline the application.

To apply to the fund, please complete this form and return to

The LPD organises over more than 30 conferences each year covering a wide range of legal issues.

28th Annual Conference on the Globalisation of Investment Funds

Le Parker Meridien, New York, USA, 23-25 April 2017

28th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Conference

Hotel de Rome, Berlin, Germany, 24–25 April 2017

IBA Annual Employment and Discrimination Law Conference

InterContinental, Lisbon, Portugal, 26-28 April 2017

IBA Annual Litigation Forum Conference

Marriott, Zurich, Switzerland, 3–5 May 2017

23rd Annual IBA Global Insolvency and Restructuring Conference

Marriott, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7–9 May 2017

33rd Annual IBA/IFA Joint Conference on International Franchising

JW Marriott, Washington DC, USA, 9–10 May 2017

Pre-International Competition Network Forum

Alfândega Porto Congress Centre, Porto, Portugal, 9 May 2017

20th Annual IBA Transnational Crime Conference

The Sheraton Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal, 17 – 19 May 2017

34th International Financial Law Conference

Swissotel, Tallinn, Estonia, 17–19 May 2017

3rd IBA Global Entrepreneurship Conference

Marriott, Paris, France, 21–23 May 2017

IBA 16th Annual International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference

The Plaza, New York, USA , 6–7 June 2017

Maritime and Transport Law Conference

Sheraton Rio de Janeiro Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 7–8 June 2017

15th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption

OECD Paris, France, 13-14 June 2017

13th IBA Competition Mid-Year Conference

Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul, South Korea, 15–16 June 2017

5th Annual IBA World Life Science Conference

Westin Gas Lamp Quarter Hotel, San Diego, USA, 16-17 June 2017

6th IEL/SEERIL International Oil and Gas Law Conference

Waldorf Hilton, London, England, 21 – 23 June 2017

3rd Annual IBA Investing in Africa Conference

Marriott, Paris, France, 22–23 June 2017

6th Construction Projects from Conception to Completion

Hilton Brussels Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium, 15-16 September 2017

IBA Annual Conference 2017

International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia, 8–13 October 2017

Latin American Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance

São Paulo, Brazil, 6–7 November 2017

9th Annual ‘Mergers and Acquisitions in Russia and CIS’ Conference

Moscow, Russian Federation, Russia, 10 November 2017

8th Biennial Global Immigration Conference

The Grange St Pauls, London, England, 15–17 November 2017

Private Equity Transactions Symposium

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, London, England, 16 November 2017

Investing in Asia

New York, USA, 7–8 December 2017

4th Annual Corporate Governance Conference

Frankfurt, Germany, 7-8 December 2017

IBA Annual Conference 2018

Rome, Italy, 7–12 October 2018

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Division Publications

Division journal - Business Law International

Business Law International, launched in September 1999 and published three times a year, contains in-depth and topical articles by leading practitioners and academics worldwide. Members are invited to submit ideas for future issues. Please contact the editor at:

Download the BLI author guidelines.

Digital Identity Working Group Project

The pervasive use of new modes of communication and transaction of business, for personal and professional purposes, is creating information relating to users that encompasses a wide variety of areas - a digital identity. This IBA Legal Practice Division Working Group has undertaken to develop a set of high-level Principles around the collection, use and sharing of digital identity information that could serve as the basis for engaging in dialogue with all relevant stakeholders.

For more information on the LPD, please contact Susan Burkert in the London Office at

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