Maintaining and promoting the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association Regional Hubs


Chair - Ghana
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The Americas

Chair - Canada
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Chair - Northern Ireland
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Chair - Malaysia
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Who are the Commonwealth Lawyers Association Hub Chairs?

The Hub Chairs are selected from members of CLA’s council members who have agree to act as custodians of the Hubs until 2019 when formal elections will be held by the membership to identify four new Vice Presidents to fill these roles.

Nene Amegatcher

Africa Chair - Ghana

Justice Nene Amegatcher is a justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana. He is a former managing partner of the law firm of Sam Okudzeto & Associates and has over 36 years of experience as a Barrister and Solicitor. He has been a consultant to the World Bank on Administrative Law, Arbitration and ADR mechanisms under its Legal Sector Reform Project. He is a past President of the Ghana Bar Association, and lectures in ADR, Advocacy and Legal Ethics at the Ghana School of Law.

Laurie Pawlitza

The Americas Chair - Canada

Laurie is a Partner in Torkin Manes Family Law Group, acting in disputes involving high incomes, significant property, and custody and access issues. Laurie is results-oriented, using her practical and creative skills to find the most appropriate resolution for each client’s specific needs. Laurie appears in courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and makes effective use of both mediation and arbitration for her clients.

Brian Speers

Europe Chair - Northern Ireland

Brian Speers is the Vice President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (2017-2019), and a senior Partner at CMG Cunningham Dickey Solicitors. Brian has served as President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland 2010 – 2011 and continues his work for the Law society as a member (and former Chair) of their Education Committee. Brian is an expert practitioner in mediation and has conducted several workshops on the subject under CLA’s flag, in both Belfast and Namibia.

Steven Thiru

Australasia Chair - Malaysia

Steven Thiru is the 31st President of the Malaysian Bar. He is the Managing Partner of Messrs Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership . He is a senior litigation lawyer , and has been in practice for 26 years. His main areas of practice are administrative law, constitutional law, employment law, electricity supply law, native title law and a variety of areas of civil litigation.