Essential Training for Legal Professionals

Inhouse Law Academy


The world is changing faster than ever and to help In-House Legal Professionals, qualified private practice lawyers and other professionals who need to quickly and effectively master and respond to new, increasingly complicated challenges, there is the In-House Law Academy™. 

Founded and based in Hong Kong, the In-House Law Academy will provide the essential training into areas such as Regulatory Law; Technology; Intellectual Property & Digital Privacy; International Dispute Resolution; Interdisciplinary Skills.


The In-House Law Academy™ ( is a ‘not-for-profit’ initiative, and works closely with In-House Community™ ( to reach in-house practitioners in both Hong Kong and all along the New Silk Road. 

More information and full courses to follow soon …

In the meantime, feel free to watch these recent webinar videos from the In-House Community:

Webinar video: Employment Law Update: Covid recovery planning and future workplace planning for Asia employers

Presented by Julia Gorham, Wan Li, and
Paul Cutrone, Partners, Seyfarth
– July 23, 2020


Webinar video: Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes

Presented by Kareena Teh, Partner, and Philip Kwok, Counsel, at LC Lawyers LLP (Hong Kong law firm member of the global EY network) – April 8, 2020


Webinar video: Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19): International trade and the employment concerns

Presented by Andrew Rigden Green, Jezamine Fewins and Elizabeth Sloane of Stephenson Harwood – March 2, 2020


Advisory Board of the In-House Law Academy

Bao, Chiann – J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, LLMArbDR, City University of Hong Kong, School of Law, B.S., Cornell University. Independent Arbitrator of Arbitration Chambers (Hong Kong/London/New York), Vice President of ICC Court of Arbitration, Former Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Honorary Senior Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law. With almost 20 years of experience working in Hong Kong, New York and London, Chiann Bao practises exclusively as an arbitrator and mediator and is a member of Arbitration Chambers. Chiann currently serves as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration and is the chair of the ICC Commission task force on arbitration and ADR. She is also a member of the ICC Belt and Road Initiative Commission. From 2010 to 2016 she served as the secretary general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia.

Chiann regularly speaks, writes and teaches on international arbitration. From 2014 to 2016, she was an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University and has served as a guest lecturer at universities in Asia and America, including Yale University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, City University of Hong Kong, University of International Business and Economic Law School (Beijing) and Tsinghua University.

Bartlett, Jessica – Director, Financial Crime Legal – APAC, Barclays. Jessica graduated summa cum laude with a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Brandeis University, and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Art History and Political Science from Southern Methodist University.  Jessica advises compliance and legal teams and the business lines across the APAC region on financial crime issues including economic sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering, fraud, and anti-corruption.  Jessica joined Barclays at the beginning of 2018, and previously was a senior associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer based in Hong Kong for three years and focused on providing advice on financial crime issues arising in internal and regulatory investigations, transaction due diligence, contract negotiations and Hong Kong High Court litigation.  Before relocating in early 2015, Jessica was an associate at Freshfields and Shearman & Sterling based in New York City.  Jessica clerked for the Honorable Sidney H. Stein, District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Jessica is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.

Brouwer, Rienk – Head of Legal North Asia, Vistra Group. Rienk Brouwer is Head of Legal North Asia at Vistra. Prior to that he was General Counsel at Learning Technologies Group PLC (LTG) and NetDimensions Holdings Ltd, two publicly listed companies in London that subsequently merged. Rienk holds LLB and LLM degrees from Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and MBA and LLM degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also a Fellow of Information Privacy with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Dransfield, Patrick – MA, BA (Joint Hons.).  Patrick is a Director of the In-House Law Academy and Co-Director of the In-House Community, a community of over 20,000 In-House Counsel and Compliance Offices, and Publishing Director of the magazine Asian-Mena Counsel and the Weekly Briefing. Patrick has twenty-three years of experience working in the legal industry; as Asia Managing Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor and Asia Publisher of IFLR, and then as Marketing and Business Development Director for Asia for Shearman & Sterling and White & Case respectively. Patrick holds a Far East Area Studies (specializing in Chinese History, Anthropology and Politics) from London University’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and is a graduate of Leeds University (B.A. Joint Hons. in English and History of Art.

Gechlik, Mei – MBA (Wharton), JSD (Stanford), Founder and Director, China Guiding Cases Project Editor-in-Chief, China Law Connect, Stanford Law School. Dr. Mei Gechlik is the Founder and Director of the China Guiding Cases Project (the “CGCP”).  Formerly a tenured professor in Hong Kong, she began teaching Chinese law and business at Stanford Law School in 2007 and founded the CGCP in 2011.  With support from an international team of nearly 200 members and an advisory board of approximately 50 distinguished experts, including justices from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme People’s Court of China, the CGCP and its quarterly journal, China Law Connect, have helped their global readers deepen the understanding of China and Chinese law.  Dr. Gechlik has presented at notable forums, including the World Bank, U.S.- China Legal Exchange Conferences, and the Belt and Road Forum organized by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  With support from the High People’s Court of Guangdong Province and Chinese law firms, she has also shared her insights about China’s Guiding Cases, de facto binding precedents, with more than 2,000 judges and 3,000 lawyers in China.  Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Dr. Gechlik worked from 2001 to 2005 for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington D.C.–based think tank, testifying before the U.S. Congress on various topics about China and advising the United Nations and the Chinese government on implementing rule of law programs.  Dr. Gechlik is admitted as a barrister in England, Wales, and Hong Kong and is a member of the Bar in New York and the District of Columbia.  She received an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) from Stanford Law School.

Gilkison, Tim – Director, In-House Law Academy and founding director of In-House Community / Pacific Business Press.  Tim has over 23 years of experience in legal/B2B publishing, and over 20 years of hosting forums and training specifically for corporate legal professionals in Asia and the Middle East. He is a Founding Director of Pacific Business Press Limited, and Co-Director of In-House Community™, hosting the forums for the In-House Community of c.20,000 corporate legal and compliance counsel along the New Silk Road, including the In-House Congress circuit of events and Asian-mena Counsel publications – Tim is also a presenter and chair of numerous legal industry panel discussions on: in-house legal management; external counsel relations; the future of legal services; the impact of technology on law, incl. AI and data privacy; women in law; and diversity in corporate law across Asia, at multiple events including in Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines Myanmar and South Africa He has also developed online training programmes/e-learning services for both Gilkron Ltd ( and In-House Community; and involved with the development of a legal services procurement platform for Asia.

Lin, Michael – B.A. Biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley; J.D. from Boston University; Ohio Bar; USPTO Bar, Partner, Marks & Clerk Hong Kong. Michael worked at Procter & Gamble Japan (1997-2007), and P&G Beijing (2007-10). Before leaving P&G, Michael managed the Asia patent matters for Oral Care, Pet Care, Snacks & Beverages, and Fabric and Home Care business units.    Since 2010, Michael has worked at Marks & Clerk Hong Kong as the head of their China/HK Chem-Bio Sciences group.  He handles patent preparation & prosecution, opinion work and client counseling, with an expertise in global IP strategies and holistic protection.  Michael believes that IP is a business tool which is often underutilized.  Michael is a board member of IIPCC (, a board member of Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (, a board member of IBSA HK (, a council member and Secretary of LES China-Hong Kong, an INTIPSA Fellow, etc.  Michael is listed in IAM’s Patent 1000 (2012-18), MIP’s IP Stars (2014-18), IAM’s Strategy 300 (2015-18), and other publications.  Michael publishes articles, speaks at schools and conventions, and actively mentors students, entrepreneurs, and others.

Martin, Antoine (Dr) – Co-founder of Impactified and former Head of Impact Strategy of CUHK Law. Dr Antoine Martin is an entrepreneur with a thing for business strategy, who advises business owners and academics looking to make an Impact. A co-founder of Impactified, he also teaches Regtech topics to Engineering students. He was previously the head of impact strategy for The CUHK Law School.

Smith, Paul – Head of Professional Services, calls9, LLB (Hons) Warwick University; 2.1 degree with firsts in Jurisprudence and International Law. Winner Sweet & Maxwell prize for best results in the year; College of Law, Guildford; Researcher, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. Paul Smith was formerly Chairman at Eversheds Sutherland, where he led from the front in developing the firm’s international client base winning the mandates for ground breaking deals with DuPont and Tyco. He founded the firm’s successful consulting business and he is now Head of Professional Services at calls9.

Wood, Philip CBE – QC (Hon), BA (Cape Town), MA (Oxford) was formerly a partner and head of the Banking Department at Allen & Overy LLP and head of the firm’s Global Law Intelligence Unit. He studied English literature at Oxford. He was a triple prize-winner in his Law Society qualifying exams. He is the author of about 23 books, all on the law. The latest edition of his works in the series of the Law and Practice of International Finance was published by Sweet & Maxwell in July 2019 in nine volumes.  His university textbook on international finance has been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He has published a book of maps on world financial law. The paperback edition of “The Fall of the Priests and the Rise of the Lawyers” (Bloomsbury/Hart) came out in 2017 – a book for the general reader about the role of law generally. He has lectured at over 60 universities world-wide and has taught post-graduate courses at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Political Science and at Queen Mary University London. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund, Sweden. He was awarded two honours by the Queen.

In-House Law Academy Dean

Yu, Ronald JD, LLM is Dean of the In-House Law Academy, and Associate Professor at University of Hong Kong Law Department and Associate Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Ron Yu started in the information technology sector before obtaining his JD and LLM. He is a U.S. Patent Agent, digital forensics examiner and has worked at IBM, FedEx, Hewlett-Packard and Wang Laboratories. Mr. Yu has also started companies involved in technical public relations, localization, technical writing and online education, and taught postgraduate and undergraduate classes in Intellectual Property Law in Information Technology, Patent law and Intellectual Property Strategy. Mr. Yu has also written articles and books on digital evidence, artificial intelligence and information technology and the law, and advised the Hong Kong government on its e-Cert Public Key Infrastructure, digital signature initiative. He is currently conducting research on cross-border data flow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, sits on the advisory board of WIPO Green as Board Member and a Founding Team member of IIPCC which became a WIPO Permanent Observer in 2016 and is an advisor to WIPO Green and WIPO ADR.