IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C3.3, Convention Centre, Level 3

Session information

LPD Showcase: cybercrime and the media – unexpected risks to your clients, your law firm and your government

Tuesday 10 October (0930 - 1230)

Room C3.3, Convention Centre, Level 3


Legal Practice Division (Lead)


Over the last year, there has been an ever-increasing focus on electronic and cybercrime affecting lawyers, governments and society more broadly. WikiLeaks started the avalanche of information being disclosed to the public, which continues to this day, impacting events as significant as the US presidential election. The Panama Papers disclosed information about offshore tax structures of the wealthy, famous and not so famous, resulting in the resignation of at least one prime minister. The Unaoil saga disclosed allegations of worldwide bribery through intermediary entities in the construction and procurement sectors in the Middle East by multinational corporations. This session will involve a panel discussion followed by a hypothetical case study with audience Q&A and brings together a highly experienced range of international and regional experts ranging from investigative journalists, academics, regulators and prosecutors to explore the following: • What is cybercrime and how is it being addressed by politicians and regulators? • What role do investigative journalists play in exposing conduct by those exercising power and influence? • What is the impact on clients and a law firm when information is disclosed publicly? • How can lawyers manage the risks that arise when confidential information is publicly disclosed? • Where are governments going to from here – the legislative and social response?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Peter Bartlett MinterEllison, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; LPD Secretary-Treasurer / IBA Treasurer, IBA Officers
Robert Wyld Johnson Winter & Slattery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Jaime Carey Carey y Cia, Santiago, Chile; LPD Chair, LPD Officers


Luke Dembosky Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Monty Raphael KC null, London, England; Co-Chair, Cybercrime Subcommittee
Leanne Yanli Zheng JunHe LLP, Beijing, China
Roy Zur BARBRI, New York, New York, USA
Mini vandePol Baker McKenzie, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR