The Bar Council Advocacy Training Committee is delighted to introduce an exciting line-up of speakers that promises to provoke your thoughts and invites you to reprogramme what your mind perceives as the Consummate Litigator. The disabled in our community are not proportionately represented in Court. This needs to change. Join our speakers and engage in a discussion to explore a path less travelled.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Mark Douglas practises at Murray Chambers in Adelaide, Australia. The Doyle’s Guide listed him as the only 1 of 2 Leading Insolvency & Reconstructing Junior Counsel amongst South Australian Barristers. In 2022, he was awarded by the Law Society of South Australia with the Justice Award. Mark is functionally blind in his right eye and has about 10% vision in his left eye.
Timothy Dutton CBE, KC is a leading silk who practises from Fountain Court Chambers in London. Tim has been ranked as a Star Individual by Chambers’ & Partners. He served as Chairman of the Bar Council in 2008 and was Head of the Chambers at Fountain Court Chambers from 2008–2013. In 1974, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes which requires 5 insulin injections per day. In 1994, he founded the Keble Advocacy Course that has benefited thousands of junior advocates and has directed it for 10 years. In 2010, he was diagnosed with Dupuytren’s Contracture; and with Motor Neuron Disease in 2014. He continues to practise with unfailing vigour and tenacity.
Amanda Kong Hwei Zhen was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma as a young child. She won the Cambridge Outstanding Learner Award for Top Student in the World for A-Level law in 2013 before enrolling to read law at university. In 2017, she graduated with a First Class degree from the University of Liverpool. Amanda went on to complete the Certificate of Legal Practice (“CLP”) in 2017, and subsequently read in chambers of Skrine. She was admitted and enrolled as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2019. In line with her passion to champion the cause of People With Disabilities in Malaysia and coupled with her determination to give back to the community, Amanda joined the Make it Right Movement as a Community Advocate for People With Disabilities in 2019.