Asia Pro Bono Counsel - DLA Piper

Annette Bain

She is a member of the Organizing Committee for the 7th Asia Pro Bono Conference which will be held in Hong Kong from 25th to 27th October 2018 where Annette will be speaking on Investing in Justice.
In June 2018 the Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report named Annette as one of the region's standout legal sector innovators and among ten pioneers of new thinking.

Managing Consultant, Process & Technology, KorumLegal

Bill Novomisle

Bill is a senior litigator turned legal operations specialist with over 8 years’ experience in legal innovation roles. Bill has worked for both in-house departments and law firms across Hong Kong, China (Shanghai), India, Canada, and the USA designing and implementing various process and technology based initiatives. His clients span a wide variety of industries including TMT, heavy equipment manufacturing, consumer goods and financial services.  Bill has a keen interest in the transformation of the legal profession and elevating the role that lawyers’ play in the strategy and operations of their corporate clients.

Managing Director, Ashford Benjamin

Ben Cooper

Ben is a Barrister of England & Wales (Middle Temple) and previously practised employment law in London, before moving into executive search. He has over a decade of experience completing search mandates for lawyers and compliance professionals on a global basis.


He has been awarded Best Recruitment Consultant in Asia-Pacific by Global Recruiter and awarded Best Legal & Compliance Headhunter in Asia-Pacific by AsiaMoney.


He moved to Hong Kong in January 2010, and has been highly successful in the legal recruitment market since then, placing lawyers and compliance professionals from mid to senior level. He founded Ashford Benjamin Ltd, with the firm belief that the legal market in Hong Kong deserved a better, new kind of search firm.


Ben is a regular contributor to legal journals and is actively involved with furthering the legal profession in Hong Kong. He is regularly invited to sit on industry discussion panels and regularly attending Hong Kong Law Society functions.


Aside from legal recruitment, Ben sits on the fund-raising committee of Liberty Asia – an anti-slavery charity and has advised students on legal careers at Hong Kong University’s Law School.


Ben can be reached at or on +852 3972 5746.

Strategy consultant, Chin & Co

Eric Chin

Eric Chin is a strategy consultant that works with c-suite of professional service firms across the Asia-Pacific region on strategy, M&A, innovation and Asia. Eric also developed a fascination with the Asian Century through his work with a Big Four accounting firm, one of world's largest law firms and an ASX-listed consulting engineering firm on their Asia strategy. Eric’s interest in this topic has culminated in his recent induction as one of 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 by Asia Law Portal.
He also shares his thoughts on strategic issues facing the accounting and legal professions in publications like Australasian Law Management Journal, The Lawyer, Asia Law Portal, Financial Review and BRW. Eric introduced ‘NewLaw’ neologism, the business model antithesis of traditional law firms, which has since entered the legal industry lexicon. He recently presented his paper on state of the LegalTech market to Stanford Law School’s CodeX and the Australian LegalTech Fest. Eric Chin holds BBus (Economics & Finance), MBA and MComm degrees