Conference Speaker Biographies

Mr Justice Michael Twomey

Michael Twomey was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in Ireland in 2016. He currently sits in the Commercial Court.

For almost 20 years prior to his appointment to the bench, he practised exclusively in partnership law, advising big five accountancy and law firms, international rock bands and the Irish government on all aspects of partnership law, as well as appearing before a Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly to give expert evidence on the introduction of Limited Liability Partnerships in Northern Ireland.

He was awarded a Ph.D. in partnership law from University College Dublin, was a Visiting Researcher in partnership law in Harvard Law School and lectured for several years in partnership law in Trinity College Dublin.

He is the author of Twomey on Partnership (2nd edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2018), a textbook which examines partnership law in Ireland by reference to Northern Ireland, England & Wales, Scotland and other common law jurisdictions.

His textbook on partnership law was relied upon extensively by the English Law Commission in its Joint Report with the Scottish Law Commission on Partnership Law (Law Com No. 283 and Scot Law Com No. 192), wherein he is described as ‘distinguished’ commentator on partnership law.

His textbook is also relied upon extensively in the English Law Commission’s Joint Consultation Paper with the Scottish Law Commission on Limited Partnerships Act (Law Com No. 161 and Scot Law Com No. 118).


David Milman, Professor of Law, University of Lancaster

David Milman has pursued his research in Partnership Law for over 35 years. He was the co author of Modern Partnership Law (1983, Croom Helm). He has published substantial articles on the subject in The Company Lawyer and has provided regular knowledge exchange pieces in Sweet and Maxwell’s Company Law Newsletter. He has contributed Chapters 6,7 and 8 over three editions of Palmer’s Limited Liability Partnership Law, with the third edition being published by Sweet and Maxwell in 2017. His new monograph, The Company Share, was published by Edward Elgar in October 2018. David Milman is a Professor of Law at Lancaster University and a Professorial associate at Exchange Chambers.


Elspeth Berry, Reader in Law, Nottingham Trent University

Elspeth has taught and researched partnership law for 25 years and is the founder of the Partnership, LLP and LLC Law Forum. Her most recent publications include ‘Limited partnership law and private equity: an instance of legislative capture?’ (2018) JCLS, forthcoming, Partnership and LLP Law (2nd edn, Wildy, Simmonds and Hill 2018), 'A Weak Vessel? Why the Insolvency Regime for Partnerships and LLPs is Failing to Protect the Salvage or Diminish the Number of Wrecks' (2018) 6 NibleJ 05, 'Square pegs and round holes: why company insolvency law is a bad fit for partnerships and LLPs' (2018) 31(3) Insolvency Intelligence 88, ‘When Is a Partner/LLP Member Not a Partner/LLP Member? The Interface with Employment and Worker Status’ (2017) 46(3) Ind LJ 309, The Law of Insolvent Partnerships and LLPs (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill 2015) (with Rebecca Parry), ‘Partnership options in the UK: good things come in threes’ in Research Handbook on Partnerships, LLCs and Alternative Forms of Business Organizations (Robert W. Hillman and Mark J. Loewenstein eds, Edward Elgar 2015), ‘The criminal liability of partnerships and partners: increasing the divergence between English and Scottish partnership law?’ (2014) 7 JBL 585-607 and ‘Limited partnership law in the US and the UK: teaching an old dog new tricks?’ (2013) 2 JBL 160-185.

Elspeth’s current teaching includes Business Organisations, an LLM module which compares general partnerships, limited partnerships, LLPs and private limited companies.S he is a qualified (non-practising) solicitor and contributes the legal updates to the journal of the Association of Partnership Practitioners, ‘A Propos Partnership’ (at She is the founder of the Partnership, LLP and LLC Law Forum.


Rebecca Parry, Professor of Law, Nottingham Trent University

Rebecca Parry’s main research interests lie in the area of insolvency law and, in particular, international and comparative insolvency law with a focus on the UK, the USA, the EU and China. She has interests in related aspects of company law, notably directors duties and director disqualification, and partnership law. 


Jeremy Callman

Jeremy Callman is a barrister at Ten Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn, specialising in Partnerships and LLPs.

Chambers UK 2019 for Partnership rank him as a ‘Star Individual’ and described him as “Fantastic in every way: he possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of partnership and LLP law, is incredibly thorough, fabulous with clients, erudite and utterly charming.” “His knowledge in partnership is second to none and he's simply brilliant.”

Legal 500 2019 top rank him and comment:  “He knows all there is to know about partnership and LLP and is an excellent strategist”.

Stephen Chan

Stephen leads the Partnership Law practice at Harper Macleod which has been recommended by Chambers UK as a Recognised Practitioner in Partnership Law in the last two years. He has been heavily involved in advising on partnerships under the 1890 Act, putting in place partnership agreements, advising on partnership disputes and dissolution of partnerships, and also advising numerous Scottish law firms in their conversion from a partnership to an LLP. As well as acting for partnership clients in professional practices, Stephen also acts for healthcare, investment and family partnerships.

Stephen is also the author of "A Practical Guide to Partnership Law in Scotland" published by Thomson Reuters.


Gary Wilson, Reader in Law, Nottingham Trent University

Gary Wilson is a Reader in Law in the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Trent University. Prior to taking up his current position Gary spent a period of time as a corporate lawyer in private practice (primarily engaged in listed company work) followed by academic posts at the University of Leeds and Keele University. Gary’s conference presentations, research interests, and publications lie primarily in the fields of corporate law, corporate theory, insolvency law, and business regulation.


Richard Smith

Ex London capital markets IT, now a freelance investigator "for cash or backslaps".

In print: many articles in the Herald of Scotland over the past three years.

Past work in broadcast media includes credited and uncredited collaborations with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC (File on 4), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC of the US and Al-Jazeera.



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