Event programme

With its theme: Dispute Resolution-Global, Sustainable, Ethical?, LIDW22 will, through a series of events held both physically and virtually, take a critical look at the future of dispute resolution and its place in the post pandemic world. The centrepiece of the Week will be a two-day conference held at Central Hall Westminster at which leading practitioners, judges, arbitrators and all those involved in the dispute resolution business will consider the important matters that affect our clients. We will look not only at how disputes will be resolved in the future, considering matters such as witness recollection and how negotiation strategy is changing, but also about our place in the business world, as ESG and wellbeing are increasingly on the agenda. The nature of international trade and therefore disputes is also changing: we will look at cyber and crypto issues and the rise of class actions. The conference will also feature keynote addresses from leading figures in the judiciary, UK Government, and more.

The week will also feature for the first time a day dedicated to discussion of dispute resolution across a number of jurisdictions as we “follow the disputes sun” from Asia through to the West Coast of the US as well as our regular member organised events covering a wide range of topics, some familiar and some new for this year, reflecting our changed market.

The LIDW22 conference programme will also be complemented by social events to enable our delegates to make new connections and to re-make those that have been lost over the last 2 years, including a drinks reception at a prestigious central London location and an event, featuring the ever popular Law Rocks, organised for our young and young at heart delegates.

We look forward to welcoming you to LIDW in May 2022.

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Monday 9 May 2022

09:00 - 10:30 (BST)

London as an international disputes hub for East Asia disputes: the challenges and opportunities of East Asia’s evolving dispute resolution ecosystem

Member hosts: Atkin Chambers, Herbert Smith Freehills, Morrison & Foerster, Penningtons Manches Cooper, Twenty Essex

This session will focus on a small number of key/hot topics from the world of dispute resolution that are particularly relevant to East Asia disputes.

Speakers: Mathias Cheung, Atkin Chambers; Simon Milnes, Twenty Essex; Mark Sachs, Penningtons Manches Cooper; Sarah Thomas, Morrison & Foerster; Helen Tang, Herbert Smith Freehills.

09:00 - 10:30 (BST)

India – arbitration: the past, the present, the future

Member hosts: Fox Williams, Keidan Harrison, LinkLegal, Norton Rose Fulbright, One Essex Court

This session will focus on a small number of key/hot topics from the world of dispute resolution that are particularly relevant to India.

Speakers: Sherina Petit – Moderator, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP; Ben Giaretta, Fox Williams LLP; Sristi Jain, Keidan Harrison LLP; Neeti Sachdeva, MCIA; Rohit Singal, Masin Projects; Atul Sharma, LinkLegal; Niranjan Venkatesan, Barrister, One Essex Court

09:00 - 10:30 (BST)

London as a dispute resolution hub for disputes involving parties from Ukraine and Kazakhstan: disputes in turbulent times

Member hosts: LK Law, QMUL, Quadrant Chambers, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, RPC

This session addresses disputes involving parties from Ukraine and Kazakhstan in the current turbulent environment. It will consider the role of London arbitration and London courts, the role of English law and how lawyers have been adapting their work in these challenging times. It will also address the role of local and regional institutions.

Speakers:  Loukas Mistelis – Moderator, QMUL; Adam Greaves, LK Law; Askar Konysbayev, GRATA international; Tatiana Minaeva, RPC; Olena Perepelynska, Integrites; Epaminontas Triantafilou, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP; Alexander Uff, Quadrant Chambers.

11:00 - 12:30 (BST)

London as an international disputes hub for Dubai, UAE and region disputes: arbitration and the courts – is it still safe to arbitrate in Dubai, and other hot topics

Member hosts: Arbitration Chambers, Clyde & Co, Hausfeld, Jones Day, LexisNexis

This session will focus on a small number of key/hot topics from the world of dispute resolution that are particularly relevant to Dubai, UAE and region disputes; these topics would include the influence of English law and English Dispute Resolution in the region, the role of local courts and developments in local institutions.

Speakers: Hussain Hadi – Moderator, LexisNexis; Ned Beale, Hausfeld; Philip Devenish, Jones Day; Sara Koleilat-Aranjo, Al Tamimi & Co; Alex Lester, Clyde & Co; Niels Schiersing, Arbitration Chambers.

11:00 - 12:30 (BST)

Russia session

After careful consideration the LIDW organising committee has decided not to proceed with the Russia session during this year’s LIDW. Although there are many complex and important legal questions for lawyers to discuss and consider, these pale into insignificance while a war is going on and people are suffering and dying. LIDW wishes and hopes for peace as soon as possible, and for the commencement of the long journey of healing and rebuilding that will follow. At times of such conflict it is vital that we strive to uphold the important principles that are fundamental to modern progressive societies such as the rule of law and access to justice.

11:00 - 12:30 (BST)

CEE you in London?

Member hosts: Allen & Overy, CMS

This session will bring together practitioners from, or with interest in, the CEE region, and explore the opportunities and challenges that the region presents as well as the role London’s dispute resolution offering continues to play in safeguarding the rule of law for parties operating in a number of CEE jurisdictions.

Speakers: Stephen Denyer – Moderator, The Law Society; Milena Djordjevic, Independent Arbitrator; Paulius Docka, Primus Derling; Lucia Raimanona, Allen & Overy LLP; Malgorzata Surdek-Janicka, CMS; Cosmin Vasile, Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners.

13:00 - 14:30 (BST)

How can London improve its attractiveness/standing and diversity in arbitration proceedings involving African treaties/ parties?

Member hosts: Morrison & Foerster, One Essex Court, Stephenson Harwood, Stewarts, White & Case

The session will bring together practitioners and academics who will reflect on diversity issues in the context of international arbitration, and London’s ongoing role in Africa related disputes, with a particular focus on the capacity building role London has or might have for international arbitrations involving African treaties/ parties. What can London do to improve its standing, and the geographic diversity of the pool of arbitrators sitting, in such proceedings or the involvement of more local players and/or suitable procedures?

Speakers: Emilia Onyema – Moderator, SOAS University of London; Sekai Nyambo, HKA Training Academy, Africa; Tolu Obamuroh, White & Case; Chiraag Shah, Morrison & Foerster; Kamal Shah, Stephenson Harwood; Michael Sullivan QC, One Essex Court; Robert Wheal, White & Case; Daniel Wilmot, Stewarts.

13:00 - 14:30 (BST)

Pushing envelopes across borders: offshore interim relief in international fraud and asset chases

Member hosts: Fox Williams, One Essex Court, Osborne Clarke

Parallel proceedings offshore and in London are a mainstay of international commercial litigation, especially in fraud and asset tracing claims. Recent decisions, both offshore and onshore, have illustrated the opportunities and pitfalls of seeking relief in one jurisdiction in aid of proceedings in another. With a group of leading practitioners from England and offshore, this session will take stock of developments and explore questions such as:

  • Does last year’s Privy Council decision in Broad Idea v Convoy Collateral mark a new approach to interim injunctions, freezing relief and Chabra orders in England and offshore?
  • Should the English courts revisit the availability of Norwich Pharmacal relief in support of foreign proceedings and align with recent developments in the BVI and the Cayman Islands?
  • How effective is enforcement of the duty of full and frank disclosure at controlling sharp practice in ex parte interim relief?

Speakers: Andrew McLeod, One Essex Court; David Butler, Fox Williams; Andrew Bartlett, Osborne Clarke; Daisy Bovingdon, Collas Crill; Tameka Davis, Conyers Dill & Pearman; William Jones, Ogier; Elaine Gray, Carey Olsen

15:00 – 16:30 (BST)

Latin America: delivering sustainable and ethical infrastructure across key sectors – a disputes perspective

Member hosts: Herbert Smith Freehills, HFW, HKA, King & Spalding, Twenty Essex

The Latin America region has embraced ethical and sustainable investments across multiple sectors. This session will consider how disputes arising out of those investments are being resolved in key jurisdictions and sectors such as energy, infrastructure, commodities, shipping and insurance.

Speakers: Chris CardonaModerator, HFW; Michael Laming – Moderator, HKA; Richard Caldwell, Brattle; Dr Francisco González De Cossío, Gonzales de Cossio Abogados, S.C.;Manuel Casas, Twenty Essex; Jose Ricardo Feris, Squire Patton Boggs; Cristina Ferraro, Miranda & Amado; Erica Franzetti, King & Spalding; Felipe Ossa, Claro & Cia; Daniela Paez, Herbert Smith Freehills.

15:00 – 16:30 (BST)

Lusophone Africa: investment protection and sustainability in Angola and Mozambique in a post-covid, energy transition world

Member hosts: Baker McKenzie, CMS Portugal, Omnia Strategy

Angola and Mozambique rely on hydrocarbons to develop and diversify their economies, and have taken important steps towards adopting international arbitration and investor protection mechanisms. This session will look at how these mechanisms might affect investments in Angola and Mozambique in an energy transition world, where sustainable development goals are receiving increasing global endorsement.

Speakers: Luiz Aboim – Moderator, Mayer Brown; Solomon Ebere – Moderator, Omnia Strategy LLP; Steve Abraham, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Pascoal Bié, TTA Advogados; Xavier Delchiaro, TotalEnergies; Diamana Diawara, Director, International Chamber of Commerce; Silvino Domingos, LRB; Itweva Nogueira, Dentons; João Verne Oliveira, BP; Anna Toubiana, ICSID; Patricia Quirino, TotalEnergies.

17:00 – 18:30 (BST)

Brazil: mega investments, global disputes – London as a jurisdiction of choice for Brazilian international disputes

Member hosts: Gatehouse Chambers, HKA, Mayer Brown, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Local host: Souto Correa Advogados

Brazil “is not for beginners”, warned the most famous musician of Latin America’s largest economy. As Brazil continues to show economic resilience and attracting investors, a panel of London and Brazil based disputes experts will identify dispute resolution trends investors should be aware of, and discuss the London’s prominence as a global disputes hub for Brazil related investments.

Speakers: Luiz Aboim – Moderator, Mayer Brown; Frederico Singarajah – Moderator, Gatehouse Chambers; Gustavo Fernandes, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown; Karina Goldberg, FCDG; Colin Johnson, HKA; Daniel Levy, Enyo Law; Andre Luis Monteiro, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; Gisela Mation, Machado Meyer; Cristiane Rego, Braskem Netherlands B.V.; Guilherme Rizzo Amaral, Souto Correa Advogados

17:00 – 18:30 (BST)

What is the role of London for North American disputes? A North American perspective on London as an international dispute hub

Member hosts: Clyde & Co, Hughes Hubbard, Fountain Court Chambers, McCarthy Tetrault, Reed Smith

Delegates will hear counsel from law firms, chambers and in-house discuss London’s role for such disputes from a North American perspective. This session will focus on a few key/hot topics from the world of dispute resolution that are particularly relevant to North America disputes and their interaction with London, including the trend to establish major disputes hubs in North America and consider other venues.

Speakers: Domenico Di Pietro, GST; Remy Gerbay, Hughes Hubbard; Miranda Lam, Acuitas Therapeutics; Robin Lööf, Fountain Court; Junior Sirivar, McCarthy Tetrault; Jamie Spotswood, Clyde & Co

19:00 – 23:00 (BST)

LIDW’s 2022 party for the young and young at heart

This year’s party for the young and young at heart will take place at a central London location, suitable for all weather.

The night will offer you the opportunity to network with your peers and enjoy a one-night-only Law Rocks “unplugged” performance from three of their most coveted performers.

Tickets are £50 (+VAT), including food and drink tokens, and are available to book here. Please note, registration for this event is separate to the main registration.

Tuesday 10 May 2022

09:00 - 09:30 (BST)

Registration and coffee

Hosted at Central Hall Westminster

09:30 - 09:40 (BST)

Opening remarks from Richard Bamforth, Chair of the LIDW Strategy Group

Speakers: Richard Bamforth, Partner, CMS

09:40 - 10:00 (BST)

Joint keynote address by Lucy Greenwood, Jenny Hindley, and John Sturrock QC

Speakers: Lucy Greenwood, Greenwood Arbitration, Campaign for Greener Arbitrations; Jenny Hindley, Mishcon de Reya, Greener Litigation; John Sturrock QC, Core Solutions, World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change

10:00 - 11:00 (BST)

“If you’re going through hell, keep on going” - a motivational statement for its time from Winston Churchill, but how sustainable is that approach for the modern-day disputes professional?

This session will examine the life of a commercial dispute and ask whether “winning at all costs” is sustainable in the long term given our enhanced awareness of the toll that being a dispute resolution professional may take on those involved in our profession.

In 2021, LawCare published in its “Life in the Law survey” that 42% of lawyers in the UK identified as being at a high risk of burn out, with 69% reporting that they had experienced mental ill-health in the previous 12 months. While our raison d’etre is the resolution of disputes, are the practices and procedures we use and deploy fit for purpose in today’s environment? Drawing on their personal experiences, our panel will examine how we engage with opposing counsel and the impact that some of the more aggressive tactics can have on our fellow professionals.  Should judges or arbitrators enquire about personal commitments before suggesting that a brief be prepared “overnight”? Does it actually help your client if your “15 pager” is sent to the other side on a Friday evening only to generate a 20 page response on Monday morning? And what about arbitration hearings being fixed at times that take no account of seasonal holiday periods? Aggressive correspondence may depress your opposing counsel but does it impress the judge or clients?

The panel will discuss what practical steps our profession can take to reduce the pressure but not at the expense of our ultimate goals as dispute resolution professionals or the interests of our clients. What can senior practitioners do to set the tone and how can we help each other as we look to the future?

Speakers: Ed Crosse Chair, Partner, Simmons & Simmons; The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Carr DBE; Simon Davis, Past President of the Law Society of England & Wales; Anya George, Partner, Schellenberg Witmer; Maryann McMahon, Head of Litigation, EMEA., Morgan Stanley; Stuart Ritchie QC, Fountain Court.

11:00 to 11:30 (BST)

Networking break

11:30 - 12:30 (BST)

Settlement and risk management for businesses: an in-house counsel roundtable

Why do businesses choose to mediate or arbitrate? The need to preserve relationships or reputations, save time and money costs and avoid Covid-19 backlogs mean that court litigation is often not the preferred course of action for businesses faced with a dispute.

This session will ask in-house counsel from a variety of different industries and regions how, when and why they decide not to litigate. Do they use mediation, or arbitration (or something else?). Do they also seek settlement after they have obtained an award rather than seek enforcement before courts? How do they gain stakeholder engagement for a different course of action? And once decided, how do they prepare?

Speakers: Artem Doudko – co-moderator; Rebecca Clark – co-moderator; Kai-Uwe Karl, Global Chief Litigation Counsel, GE Renewable Energy; Fiona Meany, Head of Litigation, JLL; Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) and General Counsel, Hinduja Group.

12:30 - 13:00 (BST)

Keynote address by I. Stephanie Boyce, President of the Law Society of England and Wales

Ms Boyce will be introduced by Barry Fletcher of the LIDW Strategy Group.

Speakers: Stephanie Boyce, President of the Law Society of England and Wales; Barry Fletcher, Head of Arbitration & Head of the Dispute Resolution Group, LexisNexis

13:00 - 14:15 (BST)

Lunch and networking

14:15 - 15:15 (BST)

Examining witness recollection in disputes

There has been renewed focus in the last year on the nature and value of witness evidence in dispute resolution. New rules and guidance were introduced in England and Wales last April prescribing how factual witness evidence is to be taken and limiting the scope of such evidence in court, and the ICC’s report on the accuracy of witness memory essentially called into question the role that witness evidence should play in determining factual disputes.

This session will explore:

  • What value does witness evidence have in dispute resolution and how do you elicit the best evidence?
  • Does the current approach of the English courts to the way in which witness evidence is given achieve the right balance between the needs of the tribunal and administration of justice, cost efficiency for parties and the impact on witnesses, including their wellbeing and reputation?
  • What role, if any, does witness preparation have in dispute resolution – from the perspective of the tribunal, parties and witnesses themselves (including foreign witnesses)?
  • What lessons might the English courts learn from the approach to these issues in other jurisdictions, and what do foreign parties need to know about the process of giving evidence here?

Speakers: Mrs Justice Cockerill, Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court of England & Wales; Paul Downes QC, Barrister, Quadrant Chambers; Jason Galbraith-Marten QC, Director, Assurety Training and Barrister, Cloisters; Brian King, Independent Arbitrator and Associate Member, 3 Verulam Buildings; Sibylle Schumacher, Partner, Pinsent Masons (Germany)

15:15 - 15:45 (BST)

Networking break

15:45 - 16:45 (BST)

Climate change: a new disputes landscape

The panel will focus on disputes that may arise from climate change and energy transition issues, including:

  • Investor-State Disputes on climate issues, including from “green” measures affecting investments in fossil fuels
  • Climate change and the board: corporates managing ‘greenwashing’, directors’ duties, and challenging environmental policies

Speakers: Luiz Aboim – Moderator, Partner, Mayer Brown; Annette Magnusson, Consultant and Co-Founder, Climate Change Counsel; Piers Rake, FTI Consulting; Thanasi Trantas, HSBC- Associate General Counsel | Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement.

16:45 - 17:00 (BST)

Comfort break

17:00 - 18:00 (BST)

The New Negotiation: Challenging conventional thinking about seeking agreement

Drawing on experiences of negotiation from the corporate world, solving armed conflicts, diplomacy and government this in-conversation style session will explore:

  • The evolution of negotiation and the role of mediation
  • Common negotiation traps to avoid – why we are all vulnerable – and how to solve blockages
  • The role of negotiation psychology and how to utilise it
  • The importance of diversity at the negotiation table
  • Tips and tools for a range of negotiation scenarios
  • Q&A

Speakers: Jonathan Powell*, CEO and Founder, Inter Mediate; Natalie Reynolds, Managing Director, Accenture Negotiation Centre of Excellence

*Jonathan has also set up Datrys, a new type of mediation service for international legal disputes, with Julia Gillard, the former Australian Prime Minister, to apply lessons from mediation in politics and armed conflicts to resolving intractable legal cases involving governments and corporations.

18:00 - 18:30 (BST)

Keynote address by Judge Loretta Preska, with an introduction from John Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd

Lord Thomas will be introduced by Emilie Jones of the LIDW Strategy Group.

Speakers: Judge Loretta Preska, Senior Judge, former Chief Justice, US District Courts, Southern District of NY, USA; Emilie Jones, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons; John Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd (former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales)

18:30 (BST)

Closing remarks from Luke Tucker Harrison of the LIDW Strategy Group

Speaker: Luke Tucker Harrison, Partner, Keiden Harrison

19:00 - 21:30 (BST)

LIDW official drinks reception

To be hosted at a prestigious central London location.

Invitation to follow for those registered.

Wednesday 11 May 2022

09:00 - 09:30 (BST)

Registration and coffee

Hosted at Central Hall Westminster

09:30 - 09:35 (BST)

Opening remarks from Artem Doudko of the LIDW Strategy Group

Speaker: Artem Doudko, Partner, Osborne Clarke

09:35 - 10:00 (BST)

Keynote address by The Right Hon The Lord Reed of Allermuir, President of the Supreme Court of the UK

Speaker: The Right Hon The Lord Reed of Allermuir, President of the Supreme Court of the UK

10:00 - 11:00 (BST)

Key global trends: The new frontiers of business ethics and corporate accountability

ESG initiatives bring huge societal, cultural and business opportunities across a myriad of sectors. At the same time, there is ever-increasing scrutiny of organisations’ activities in this area, in a highly interconnected world of business and trade. This begs the question: where do the frontiers of business ethics and corporate accountability now lie?

Organisations which seek to pursue positive ESG agendas can increasingly find themselves exposed to a dynamic and developing risk landscape. This session will explore the contours of that landscape globally and will highlight key ESG risk trends, including:

  • Corporate liability frameworks – what are the global litigation trends and key risk areas, including parent company and value chain liability?
  • Business ethics and human rights – what is the right balance between soft law frameworks, regulatory intervention and litigation?
  • The role of the Courts – are they becoming legitimate guardians of business ethics or unelected quasi-regulators?
  • ESG activist litigation – could it create a chilling effect and hinder the pursuit of innovative corporate ESG agendas, or will it ensure corporate good behaviour and robust policy response?

The panel will share their own experiences of effective strategies for navigating this developing risk landscape. It will also debate whether increasing regulatory and litigation activism on business ethics and corporate accountability is proving effective in driving better ESG outcomes.

Speakers: Heather Gagen – Chair, Partner, Travers Smith; Adam Heppinstall QC, Barrister, Henderson Chambers; Brooke Hopkins, Managing director, Alix Partners; Dan Lambeth, Partner, ESG, Brunswick

11:00 - 11:30 (BST)

Networking break

11:30 - 12:30 (BST)

The growth of ESG: the future for in-house and private practice litigators

Corporate focus on ESG issues continues to intensify and this session will look at the impact of this on litigation from varying perspectives. First, the panel will consider what this corporate agenda means in practice for in-house litigators. What ESG ‘hot topics’ give in-house counsel the greatest opportunities and the most sleepless nights? How do in-house counsel see the relationship between ESG and litigation developing? The session will also look at how the ESG agenda may drive change in how private practice litigators are chosen, instructed and expected to operate. Does anyone ever instruct ‘nice’ litigators? What can private practice litigators do to push forward litigation mandates and uphold ESG values simultaneously?

Finally, the panel will consider what litigators can do to drive positive change, including the role of corporate purpose and the value of model clauses, pledges and protocols. What factors will ultimately drive the disputes community to change? Where will we be in 5 years’ time?

Speakers: Michael Fletcher –  Moderator, Partner, Pinsent Masons; Holly Gavaghan, Head of Arbitration, BD, Opus 2; Kay Majid, Group Legal Services Director, Tesco; Melissa Strong, Head of Insurance & Wealth Litigation, Lloyds Banking Group; James Thorne, Associate General Counsel, Associated British Foods

12:30 - 13:00 (BST)

Keynote addresses by Audley Sheppard QC and Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls

Mr Sheppard will be introduced by Barry Fletcher, of the LIDW Strategy Group.

Speakers: Barry Fletcher, Head of Arbitration & Head of the Dispute Resolution Group, LexisNexis; Audley Sheppard QC, Partner, Clifford Chance; Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls, President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal and Head of Civil Justice in England and Wales.

13:00 - 14:15 (BST)

Lunch and networking

14:15 - 15:15 (BST)

Global trade challenges in the digital world-different world, same issues?

We hear much talk about the digital world, smart contracts, the impact of the advent of blockchain and the cyber world in which we all live, but are the challenges that these innovations in doing business will bring really any different to the challenges that businesses have previously faced? Is it going to be easier to overcome breaks in the supply chain? Are businesses now any more susceptible to fraud or threats to their existence than they were before? What lessons have we learned that we can put into practice as we look to the future? This panel will be drawn from both the business and legal communities, as we look at what the digital world can learn from the physical world, and vice versa.

Speakers: David Lewis QC, Moderator, Barrister, Twenty Essex; Charlotte Hill, Senior Associate, Pennningtons Manches Cooper; Tetyana Nesterchuk, Barrister, Fountain Court Chambers; Dragos Voncu, Legal Director, Alro; Milijana Zaric, Head of Legal and Compliance, Covantis

15:15 - 15:45 (BST)

Networking break

15:45 - 16:45 (BST)

How to equip and support the disputes lawyers of the future?

This session will look at how to develop disputes lawyers of the future, with a view to providing them with a survival toolkit to accompany them on their journey. The session will be moderated by a rising star in the legal profession, who will be joined by a diverse range of speakers who will share their own views on what’s included in the survival toolkit. The topics to be covered in this session will include coaching, recruitment, the use of technology, an international perspective, and, lastly, a success story or two.

Speakers: William Hooper Moderator, Barrister, Monckton Chambers; Marily Paralika, Partner, Fieldfisher; Nigel Spencer, Professor, QMUL; Brian Stuart, Senior Managing Director, Ankura; Dr Lynda Shaw, Psychologist Neuroscientist

16:45 - 17:00 (BST)

Comfort break

17:00 - 18:00 (BST)

London: leading or lessons to be learned?

The final session of the LIDW2022 two-day conference will see a panel of world-renowned international dispute resolution experts turn the spotlight on London as a leading centre for international dispute resolution.

The panel will examine London’s strengths and weaknesses (perceived and factual), reflect on any viable long-term threats to the city’s leading position on the global stage, and, importantly, consider the available opportunities for London to continue to thrive and ensure future success. The panel will consider London’s role as a leading seat for arbitration as well as a centre for other forms of dispute resolution, including litigation.

Join us for what should be one of the discussion highpoints of LIDW22.

Speakers: Sylvia Noury QC – Chair, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhuas Deringer; David Falkenstern, Managing Director, Kroll; Michelle MacPhee, Managing Counsel, Litigation & Disputes, BP; Poonam Melwani QC, Quadrant Chambers; Laurence Shore, Of Counsel, BonelliErede

18:00 (BST)

Closing remarks from Richard Bamforth, Chair of the LIDW Strategy Group

Speakers: Richard Bamforth, Partner, CMS

Thursday 12 May 2022

08:30 - 10:30 (BST)

Banking disputes of the future: a horizon scanning session

Member hosts: Brick Court Chambers, Fountain Court Chambers, Hausfeld, Greenberg Traurig, Reed Smith

The panel will consider pressing issues in financial services disputes including: Libor claims and transition; ISDA swap disputes; developments arising from authorised push-payment fraud; the renaissance of the Quincecare duty; and the legal risks and opportunities created by environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria that are increasingly important to investors.

Speakers: Ian Bean, Greenberg Traurig; Jasbir Dhillon QC, Brick Court Chambers; George Hoare, Reed Smith; Lucy Pert, Hausfeld; Rosalind Phelps QC, Fountain Court Chambers

08:30 - 10:30 (BST)

London – global centre for art and cultural property dispute resolution

Member hosts: Farrer & Co, Charles Russell Speechly, XXIV Old Buildings, 3 Verulam Buildings

London is singularly well equipped to deal with international art disputes – one of the capitals of the art market; a key base for international auctioneers; galleries and institutions: and world class experts in art and antiquities. It also has a renowned and well respected judiciary and other formal or informal forums for the resolution of disputes. Dealers and collectors value discretion and London is emerging as a leading ADR centre with art disputes frequently being resolved confidentially via arbitration and mediation.

Our panel of art lawyers will discuss their experiences of a wide range of disputes (including provenance, authenticity, restitution), current legacy and repatriation issues, and London’s offering in resolving art and cultural property disputes.

Speakers: William Charrington, Farrer & Co; Luke Harris, 5 Stone Building; Heather Murphy, XXIV Old Buildings; Andrew Onslow QC, 3 Verulam Buildings; Petra Warrington, Charles Russell Speechlys.

09:00 - 16:40 (BST)

GAR Live: London 2022

Join us at GAR Live: London taking place in-person on 12 May at 116 Pall Mall. Bringing together leading arbitrators, private practitioners, and expert witnesses, the conference programme will discuss:

  • International arbitration in an era of sanctions and increased hostile international relations
  • Issue conflicts and disclosure – how should they be dealt with?
  • Having your cake and eating it – a discussion on confidentiality
  • The GAR Live Debate, arguing the motion:‘This house believes that post-Covid London will become the standard for multi-jurisdiction arbitration.’

Conference chairs:

Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, Debevoise & Plimpton
Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

For more information and to register for the event, visit the website here. You can also select to add registration for GAR Live at checkout when purchasing your ticket for LIDW.

10:30 - 11:30 (BST)

The covid recovery plan: developments in the UK restructuring and insolvency market following the pandemic

Member hosts: Allen & Overy, Kirkland & Ellis, Maitland Chambers, South Square

Chaired by Sir Alastair Norris this session will focus on factors to consider when litigating restructuring plans, recent key judgments, the new Covid19 rent arbitration regime and consumer creditor schemes.

Speakers: Richard Boynton, Kirkland & Ellis; Richard Fisher QC, South Square; Rebecca Page, Maitland Chambers; Oliver Rule, Allen & Overy.

10:30 - 12:30 (BST)

Innovation and collaboration in life sciences disputes

Member hosts: CIArb, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Henderson Chambers, King & Spalding, Stevens & Bolton

This session will cover innovation, collaboration and sustainability in the Life Sciences sector including a discussion around the themes of product liability, the regulatory framework, MedTech and AI, IP, international trade (as well as vaccine development) and the role London continues to play in resolving disputes which arise.

Speakers: Malcolm Sheehan QC, Henderson Chambers; Harriet Hanks and Paul Abbott, Freshfields; Tasmina Goraya, CIArb; Catherine Penny, Stevens & Bolton; Lana Varney, King & Spalding

12:30 - 14:30 (BST)

Class actions and collective redress: the current landscape and what’s on the horizon

Member hosts: Baker & McKenzie, BRG, Henderson Chambers, Penningtons Manches Cooper, Pinsent Masons

In this session we will explore the evolving landscape for class, group and other collective proceedings in England and Wales and beyond.  Drawing upon their expertise in a variety of practice areas in which collective actions are prevalent – including data protection, financial services, product liability and environmental litigation – the panel will discuss issues including:

  • What do recent developments in the competition and data protection fields tell us about the future of opt-out class actions and other forms of collective action?
  • The ethical impact – both positive and negative – of the growth of litigation funding.
  • The implications of procedural reforms in the UK and elsewhere in Europe for the collective actions landscape, including for London’s appeal as a forum for resolving these actions.
  • The growth of ESG-related collective actions – what’s next?

Speakers: David Barker, Pinsent Masons; Mark Bosley, Berkeley Research Group; Michael Brown, Penningtons Manches Cooper; Jennifer Reeves, Baker & McKenzie; Henry Warwick QC, Henderson Chambers.

12:30 - 14:30 (BST)

Offshore trusts disputes - uniquely challenging?

Member hosts: Addleshaw Goddard, Baker McKenzie, IPOS Mediation, Farrer & Co

Every dispute has its own technical and practical problems, but when offshore trusts are involved, there are unusual factors at play. In this session, the panel will look at questions including

  • The multinational legal team – how onshore and offshore lawyers collaborate, and the challenges that can arise
  • What’s really going on? Separating the legal issues from family/personal disharmony
  • How to mitigate the family and business fallout and manage allegations of fraud and dishonesty
  • Mediation – push and pull factors for lawyers and clients engaged in high-value trust litigation
  • Can it settle? How the involvement of trustees, minors and unborns can change the outcome of mediation

Speakers: Charlotte Fraser, Farrer & Co; William George, Addleshaw Goddard; Arabella Murphy, IPOS Mediation; Luke Richardson, Baker McKenzie.

14:30 - 16:30 (BST)

Data and cyber litigation – what to expect in the next 12 months

Member hosts: FTI Consulting, Nishith Desai Associates, Osborne Clarke, Simmons & Simmons

In this session our speakers will examine where the data and cyber litigation market is heading in the next year, including deep dives into: (1) the expanding concept of fairness under UK data protection law, and whether this will give rise to increased litigation, particularly in the context of data processing through artificial intelligence and machine learning; (2) the future of data class actions in the UK in light of various recent business friendly decisions; (3) the use of expert evidence on the true value and use (to criminals) of data stolen in cyber attacks, to help drive effective outcomes in litigation; and (4) various cross-border developments (including India) relevant to the litigation market in London.

Speakers: Alipak Banerjee, Moderator, Nishith Desai Associates; Robert Allen, Simmons and Simmons; Nina Bryant, FTI Consulting; Vyapak Desai, Nishith Desai Associates; Katie Simmonds, Osborne Clarke

16:30 - 18:30 (BST)

Tackling international fraud from London

Member hosts: Blackstone Chambers, Fox Williams, Keidan Harrison, Pinsent Masons, One Essex Court

Using the imaginative interim remedies of the English Courts in order to tackle global fraud from London.

This panel session will look at the powerful, creative and wide-ranging interim orders that are available in England to parties litigating in this jurisdiction and abroad. The English Courts’ willingness to fashion remedies tailored to the facts of each case ensures that London continues to be a centre both for tackling global fraud and for assisting parties bringing fraud claims or enforcing judgments abroad.

Speakers: Jennifer Craven, Pinsent Masons; Anthony de Garr Robinson, One Essex Court; Evie Meleagros, Fox Williams; Jessica Thorpe, Alaco; Luke Tucker Harrison, Keidan Harrison; Victoria Windle QC, Blackstone Chambers

16:30 - 18:00 (BST)

Changes in construction and infrastructure disputes: 2022 and beyond

Members hosts: Atkin Chambers, HKA, Jones Day, Keating Chambers, White & Case

A debate on the latest and most relevant legal and practical issues that have emerged or are emerging in construction and infrastructure disputes, how those issues impact on parties’ rights and obligations and the conduct of disputes. The panel will address new ways in which parties are seeking to avoid contractual obligations, the exercise of new or developed remedies, constraints on the exercise of power under a contract and developments in the law, and the evaluation of delay and disruption claims. It will also consider what practical changes parties are facing or may face in international dispute resolution.

Speakers: Julian Bailey, White & Case; Franco Mastrandrea, HKA; Fiona Parkin QC, Atkin Chambers; James Pickavance, Jones Day; Jennifer Wild, Keating Chambers

Friday 13 May 2022

10:00 - 12:00 (BST)

Commodities and trade disputes in an ever-changing world

Member hosts: Arbitration Chambers, Gafta, Kennedys, LexisNexis, McCarthy Tetrault

A unique opportunity to hear discussion of topical issues in trade and commodities disputes by experts from a variety of regions and with complementary perspectives (trade association, legal practitioner and arbitrator).

Speakers: Gavin Denton, Arbitration Chambers; Rian Geldenhuys, Lexis Nexis; Martha Harrison, McCarthy Tétrault; Hatty Sumption, Clyde & Co; Jonathan Waters, Gafta.

11:00 - 13:00 (BST)

States as first class citizens? Special treatment for states in international disputes

Members hosts: 3 Verulam Buildings, Clifford Chance, Kroll, Mayer Brown, QMUL, Three Crowns, White & Case

Hear from legal practitioners, in-house counsel and government lawyers about the legal and procedural peculiarities to which state involvement in arbitrations and litigations can give rise. The session will be structured as two panels: the first panel will consider state involvement in arbitrations (both investment treaty and commercial); the second will be structured as a question and answer session and will focus on arbitration-related litigation involving states before the English courts. 

Speakers: David Goldberg – Moderator, White & Case; Loukas Mistelis – Moderator, QMUL; Leilah Bruton, Three Crowns; Jessica Gladstone, Clifford Chance; Rachael O’Grady, Mayer Brown; Vikki Wall, Kroll; Mark Wassouf, 3 Verulam Buildings.

12:00 - 14:00 (BST)

Navigating sustainability from regulation to dispute resolution

Member hosts: HFW, LMAA, Quadrant Chambers

This panel, hosted by the LMAA, HFW, Quadrant Chambers will discuss the impact of sustainability on the shipping sector. We are pleased to be joined by Poonam Melwani QC, Quadrant Chambers, Jamie Wallace, The Standard Club, Daniella Horton, LMAA, Alessio Sbraga HFW and Nigel Cooper QC, Quadrant Chambers. The session is supported by the LSLC.
Topics to be addressed will include:

• How legislation and regulation are driving the sustainability agenda and the impact of sustainability on the disputes landscape
• The key issues for the shipping sector arising out of the drive to a sustainable industry and what they mean from the perspective of a user of the English legal system
• London Arbitration and the LMAA’s up-to-date suite of arbitration and ADR services, enabling effective and sustainable processes for users worldwide
• The inter-relationship between the English Courts, London Arbitration and ADR – a model for the resolution of international disputes at a time when users are looking for cost efficient and sustainable dispute resolution.

Topics to be addressed will include:

  • How legislation and regulation are driving the sustainability agenda and the impact of sustainability on the disputes landscape
  • The key issues for the shipping sector arising out of the drive to a sustainable industry and what they mean from the perspective of a user of the English legal system
  • London Arbitration and the LMAA’s up-to-date suite of arbitration and ADR services, enabling effective and sustainable processes for users worldwide
  • The inter-relationship between the English Courts, London Arbitration and ADR – a model for the resolution of international disputes at a time when users are looking for cost efficient and sustainable dispute resolution.

Speakers: Nigel Cooper QC, Quadrant Chambers; Daniella Horton, LMAA; Poonam Melwani QC, Quadrant Chambers; Alessio Sbraga, HFW; Jamie Wallace, The Standard Club; Jonathan Webb, HFW.

12:00 - 14:00 (BST)

An introduction to crypto disputes

Member hosts: 4 Pump Court, Ankura, Essex Court Chambers, Forum Chambers, Travers Smith

Investment and interest in cryptocurrencies, virtual assets, and other blockchain-related technologies have exploded over the past decade. Yet as the “virtual” and “crypto” asset class has expanded, regulatory, legal, and risk-management constructs have not kept pace and remain in flux. All stakeholders, businesses, regulators, and investors are facing the growing pains of this new asset class and its related technologies in an uncertain, volatile environment. This session will explore the crypto ecosphere and dispute landscape arising from this emerging space.

Speakers: Stephen Houseman QC – Moderator, Essex Court Chambers; Matthew Lavy, 4 Pump Court; John Lee, Travers Smith; David McIlroy, Forum Chambers; Ryan Rubin, Ankura; Erica Stanford, Crypto Curry Club

14:00 - 16:00 (BST)

Back to the future: a look at the future of energy disputes in a post-covid world

Member hosts: Clyde & Co, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Norton Rose Fulbright, Twenty Essex, Vinson & Elkins

Following the success of last year’s LIDW session on the future of oil and gas disputes, this session will focus on the key issues and trends that are likely to play a role in shaping energy disputes in the both the short and longer term. Our panel will discuss disputes across the full spectrum of the energy industry, from traditional oil and gas projects, to renewables and the implications of ESG concerns.

Speakers: Michael Ashcroft QC, Twenty Essex; Rebecca James, Linklaters; Colin Johnson, HKA; Rachel Lidgate, Herbert Smith Freehills; Richard Power, Clyde & Co; James Robson, Herbert Smith Freehills; Holly Stebbing, NRF; Louise Woods, Vinson & Elkins

16:00 - 18:00 (BST)

Hotting up? International, cross border insurance disputes in a post pandemic ESG focussed era

Member hosts: Reed Smith, IPOS Mediation, RPC

Looking to a future increasingly concerned by ESG considerations, this session will discuss how risk perceptions of companies and corporate
stakeholders are changing in response to the new focus of the post pandemic environment. It is clear that for the boardroom in general, and
individual directors and officers in particular, the risk analysis will need to acknowledge this new focus and understand how traditional insurance
protection is keeping pace.

The panel will consider the challenges presented to the boardroom by a growth in disputes resulting from cross border issues such as climate
change litigation, and how insurance planning is evolving with ESG considerations in mind. ESG considerations are anticipated in a re-emergence of regulatory action and investigations post pandemic, and the panel will consider the extent to which cover will be available to soften any new regulatory impact.

Speakers will include legal advisers expert in both coverage issues and claims, insurance market representatives to provide insight on how the market is expecting to adapt to the new pressures of the post-pandemic world and the session will be led by an experienced insurance and disputes mediator.

Speakers: Angus Duncan, WTW; Charles Gordon, IPOS Mediation; Natalie Graham, Mosaic Insurance Company; Peter Hardy, Reed Smith; James Wickes, RPC.

16:00 - 18:00 (BST)

The big business of sport - what role for ESG?

Member hosts: CMS, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Outer Temple Chambers

Hear from our panel of experts on the hot topics in governance and dispute resolution and how SGBs and International Federations can work with participants and audiences pursuing ESG policies.

Speakers: Geoff Nicholas, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Neeraj Thomas, CMS; Rhodri Thomas, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Louis Weston, Outer Temple Chambers.