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The Association of Danish Law Firms
Phone: +45 33 43 70 10
Heidi was admitted as a solicitor of Hong Kong in 1991. She has worked in private practice and as an in-house counsel before her appointment as Secretary General of the Law Society of Hong Kong in 2011. Heidi’s main areas of interest are legal education, professional ethics and changing practice environment.
The Law Society of Hong Kong is the professional body of solicitors in Hong Kong, tasked with both representative and regulatory functions. With over 8,500 solicitor members, 1,500 registered foreign lawyers, 930 trainee solicitors and 15,000 supporting staff in law firms, the Law Society’s jurisdiction extends to over 27,000 individuals in Hong Kong’s legal service industry. The Law Society is committed to defending the rule of law, protecting human rights, maintaining the highest standards of the solicitors’ profession as well as providing relevant and effective services and support to its members.
The Law Society of Hong Kong is a founding member of IILACE and Heidi joined IILACE in 2011 when she took over as the Secretary General of the Law Society in the same year. She was honoured that Hong Kong had the opportunity to be the hosting venue for the IILACE Annual Conference in the following year in 2012.
Chief Executive Officer
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
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Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A4
Ph: (613) 236-7250
Paul Mollerup is the Managing Director of the Association of Danish Law Firms, a position he has held since September of 2009.
Formerly the CEO of the Association of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, he has over a decade of experience working with both government and the private sector.
Driven by the challenge of developing and implementing organization-wide strategies, he also finds great satisfaction from offering his time and energy as a volunteer. He has spent many years involved in the scouts movement, the international student exchange (United World Colleges), cultural organizations and NGOs working in the field of development assistance (DanChurchAid).
The Law Society of Hong Kong
71 Des Voeux Road Central
3rd floor, Wing on House
Phone: 852 2846 0500
Retha Steinmann is currently the Director of the Law Society of Namibia. She is also an admitted legal practitioner and is a member of the Law Society of Namibia since 2006.
Her past employment includes working for Old Mutual as Client Services Manager at Employee Benefits and Legal Advisor and prior to that Principal Legal Officer at the Ministry of Justice – Namibia, where she held the positions of Control Prosecutor and later as Magistrate. Before moving to Namibia she worked as a Prosecutor at the Department of Justice in South Africa.
Retha was involved in the Savanna Club, a friendships club between Namibian and South African ladies who supported various charitable courses and which club also established the Namibian Business Women of the Year Award, as a committee member and later as Chairlady.
She is also the Namibian country representative of the University of Pretoria’s (Tuks) Alumni. She received a Tuks Alumni Star Award during 2002 for meritorious service.
Retha is a member of the executive committee of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE) since 2008, the same year that she hosted the conference of IILACE in Windhoek, Namibia.
She is also the recipient of the Law Society of England and Wales 2008-2009 Commonwealth Professional Fellowship.