2022 Conference Program

The Executive Committee of the College is pleased to announce the 2022 Conference program is now available.

Invited Speakers

Dr Christophe Bernasconi – Secretary General HCCH

Dr Bernasconi took the office of Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) on 1 July 2013. In 2018, he was reappointed for a further term of five years. Dr Bernasconi had joined the Permanent Bureau (i.e., the Secretariat of the HCCH) in September 1997. In his capacity as Secretary General, he is focusing on the good governance and strategic development of the HCCH, spearheading efforts towards its universality and inclusiveness. He continues to work closely on the Apostille Convention and the e-APP (electronic Apostille Programme).
He holds a law degree from Fribourg University (magna cum laude), an LL.M. degree from McGill University, and a doctoral degree from Fribourg University (summa cum laude). Before joining the Permanent Bureau, Dr Bernasconi lectured Private International Law at the University of Fribourg, worked as Legal Expert at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne, and as Scientific Collaborator at the Federal Office of Justice in Switzerland. He also advised practitioners on various Private International Law matters.

Professor Peter Zablud AM

Professor Peter Zablud AM, RFD, Dist.FANZCN, FSNV was the founder of the College and was the inaugural Chairman of the College’s Board of Governors.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the College.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Notaries of Victoria and is a Councillor and past-President of the Society.

Professor Zablud has written extensively about notarial practice.  He is the author of the authoritative reference work “Principles of Notarial Practice”, now in its second edition.

In 2017, The Notaries Society of England and Wales conferred Honorary Membership of the Society on Peter – “In view of [his] work and substantial achievements … in relation to the notarial profession, not only in Australia but also worldwide.”

He holds a Reserve Force Decoration (RFD) and the National Medal for service as an officer in the Citizens Military Force/Australian Army Reserve.

On Australia Day 2017, Professor Zablud was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his significant service to the law and to legal standards and education particularly in the field of notarial studies.

Ken Lord

Ken, who is seconded to the board of the New Zealand Society of Notaries, and a Governor representing New Zealand on the ANZCN, joined Parry Field Lawyers in 1980, became a partner that same year, and retired from partnership at the end of March 2019, remaining as Consultant since then.

Ken’s focus was on Property and Personal law including trusts and asset planning with strong interests in issues relating to the charitable sector, assisting the elderly and charitable trusts. He is a Notary Public and one of the authors of the LexisNexis Law of Trusts, having written and still reviewing the chapter devoted to charity law, as well as chapters in the LexisNexis publication The Law and Practice of Charities in New Zealand.

Ken has served, or is still serving, on many boards including YMCA Christchurch, Christian Resource Centre International, CRY For The World Foundation, Hagar New Zealand, Living Springs Trust, Garden City Rotary Charitable Trust, La Vida Youth Trust, Orphans Aid International, Hamlin Charitable Fistula Hospitals Trust, and Parry Field Charitable Foundation. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Garden City (President in 2002) as well as a keen musician and road cycling racer, having chaired The Papanui Cycling Club Incorporated.

Graduating LLB from the University of Canterbury in 1977, Ken completed a BA in English and Russian literature in 2004, and in 2019 completed a first class honours degree in English and Russian literature with a view to completing a master’s degree in the same area. He has taken an active part in the New Zealand Law Society, having spoken at Law Society Conferences, been a member of property law committees, seminar/conference organisation and committees, Convenor for the Trusts and Wills Committee and member and Chair of the Canterbury Westland NZLS Standards Committee, as well as a Mediator.

Michael Bula

Michael BULA, B.A. [French & Italian], LL.B. [Melbourne University], Grad. Dip. Notarial Practice [Victoria University], Barrister & Solicitor [Victoria, ACT, NSW & Vanuatu], Notary Public [ACT, Victoria & Vanuatu], professional French↔English NAATI translator, Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite of France, Honorary Consul General of Senegal – current President of the Society of Notaries of Victoria [former President 2007 to 2009], former Deputy Chairman and current Governor for Victoria responsible for International Relations on the Board and Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries. Individual Member of the International Union of Notaries; representative of the College in its Observer status, which he achieved, to the International Union of Notaries and of which he is also the Australian representative member on the International Task Force Civil Law Common Law.

He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners of London – the first and only resident Australian practising notary.

He practises in international law relating to France and French-speaking countries of Europe, Italy and other European countries, Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific. He is the director of Michael Bula Solicitors, International Lawyers and Notaries established 1985 [MBS]. He speaks French and Italian with good Spanish and some Portuguese.

He is Legal Counsel to the French, Belgian and Estonian Embassies in Canberra, the French Consulate General in Sydney, the Italian Consulate General [Melbourne], the Italian Trade Commission [Sydney], and Melbourne French Theatre Inc. [from 1977 – actor, director, co-founder and Executive Director]. He holds Italian and Australian nationalities.

He is also a casual sessional lecturer in notarial studies at Victoria University and an international conference speaker on notarial topics.

Peter Snelgrove

Peter is the Principal of Snelgroves Solicitors, a boutique and specialised law firm located in the Sydney CBD utilising over 35 years of experience in the area of building and construction litigation.
Peter was admitted as a Solicitor in NSW & ACT in 1984 and admitted as a Notary Public in 2005.
He is the President and a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand College of Notaries and is the Immediate Past President of The Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc. In 2018 he was appointed Counsellor of The Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc.
Peter’s enthusiasm for the education of Notaries has lead him to presenting courses and examining for the appointment of new Notaries through the College of Law. He has been and continues to be a co-presenter of Notarial Masterclasses for the Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc. and The Australian & New Zealand College of Notaries.
Peter is extremely community focused and is currently a volunteer Panel Solicitor for the Intellectual Disability Rights Service Inc. and has been involved in the Volunteer Tutor /Judge Mooting Competition – Macquarie University Law Society (MULS), Post Graduate – Client Engagement Client Interview – VIVA (Macquarie University), a Mentor – NSW Law Society Mentor Program on behalf of Womens Lawyers Association of NSW and an Acting Magistrate – NSW Law Society Mock Trials Competition.

Justin Betar

Justin Betar lawyers Sydney CBDA solicitor with over two decades of experience, Justin has a renowned reputation as a legal problem-solver and negotiator.

A regular in the courtrooms of NSW, QLD, the High Court of Australia and the New Zealand High Court, Justin’s considerable legal skills range from drafting complex contractual documentation to significant real estate deals.

An expert in the Notary field and Secretary of the Society of Notaries in NSW, Justin provides timely, efficient and expert Notary Public services to individuals and businesses, ranging from foreign property purchasing to worldwide commercial dealings. Notary clients include ASX listed companies, all major and boutique banks, individuals, small family businesses and the shipping industry, especially passenger cruise lines.

Justin is the head of the Consulate-General of the Republic of Ghana in Sydney. He received a Commission as the Honorary Consul from the President of the Republic of Ghana in 2013, with jurisdiction over Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands and all Australian territories.

Paula Teague

Paula Teague is a Notary based in Sydney. She has been a notary for over 15 years.

Paula is also the Principal at Sirius Law, a boutique law firm with a varied and interesting practice. Paula has also worked in the environmental solutions area including for PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal.

On a social justice front, Paula is in favour of better treatment of prisoners and would like to contribute to this area in the future.

Paula also does presenting, voice over work and acting work.

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Date: Friday 4 November 2022

Location: Isoletto Terrace, The Star Gold Coast
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Dress: Business Attire

Conference Dinner

Date: Saturday 5 November 2022
Location: Surfers Paradise Room, The Star Gold Coast
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Dress: Black Tie

CPD Points

Practitioners admitted in NSW and attending the conference will be entitled to claim 5 CPD points.

Practitioners from other jurisdictions should check with their local Law Society about whether, and if so how many CPD points may be claimed.