The webinar panelists have acted in a variety of roles in commissions of inquiries and inquests (COIs). With guest contributor John Byrne AO RFD, Level Twenty Seven Chambers barristers discussed how to best plan and execute your client’s strategy when engaging with these unique legal processes.
- How COIs differ from trials
- Tips on preparing your counsel team and client
- Practicalities of planning for COIs
- COI procedures for obtaining leave, and adducing evidence from witnesses & experts
- Options for maximising your clients best interests
- Establishing effective relationships between those with different roles in COIs
Chair: Nicholas Andreatidis QC (barrister, Level Twenty Seven)
Panelists: John Byrne AO RFD – He became a barrister in 1974 and then Queen’s Counsel in 1982 before being appointed to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1989. In 2007 he was appointed Senior Judge Administrator to head the Trial Division of the Court. John has been acting commissioner on a number of high profile COIs.
Matthew Hickey (barrister, Level Twenty Seven)
Claire Schneider (barrister, Level Twenty Seven)
Sophie Gibson (barrister, Level Twenty Seven)
A recording of the session and the PowerPoint are available here.
Following this webinar, Nic and Sophie invited GHD in-house counsel Denise Obst and Carissa Smith to review what they learnt from being party to the Paradise Dam Commission of Inquiry. Nic and Sophie were briefed by GHD on this particular commission of inquiry. The video recording, podcast and PowerPoint from ‘Commissions of Inquiry – an In-House Counsel Perspective’ are available here.