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Friday 14 May 2021 – Member-hosted events

In addition to the core conference, LIDW21 is proud to be complemented by a number of official LIDW member-hosted events on a wide range of topics spanning different sectors and forms of dispute resolution. Please see below the sessions for the morning of Friday 14 May 2021. For any more information, please visit our FAQs page

Africa and arbitration – is London still relevant? | 08:00 – 09:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Clyde & Co, Hogan Lovells and Stewarts.

What the session will cover

The panel will discuss London’s role in Africa-related arbitrations, including:

  1. The global trend of rising nationalism has shown up in Africa, with many arguing for the resolution of African disputes by Africans on the Continent. What is the role of the global arbitration community in this trend and the English courts’ role?
  2.  New growth frontiers in Africa: are London’s arbitral players placed to keep a-pace?
  3. South Africa’s International Arbitration Act and its role in facilitating parties to choose African seats
  4. Opportunities for African arbitrators in a virtual environment and disputes trends arising from Africa’s technology boom

Please click here to register for this event and for more information about the event, including the speakers.

Are virtual hearings here to stay? | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Baker McKenzie, Stevens & Bolton and XXIV Old Buildings.

What the session will cover

As the pandemic hit in 2020 Baker McKenzie and KPMG UK surveyed civil and commercial court users to explore their experience and perceptions of virtual hearings and mediations. Six months on we explore key issues around this theme. Are virtual hearings and mediations here to stay? What challenges do they present? What advantages might they have?

Join our panel discussion (chaired by Charles Thomson) to hear a range of first-hand views from the perspectives of the judiciary, clients, solicitors, advocates and experts, looking back at the survey findings but also looking ahead as the landscape continues to evolve.

For speaker details, further information and to register, please visit Baker McKenzie’s LIDW webpage.  You may, alternatively, register directly by clicking here.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Nina Grayson, Disputes BD Manager (London), Baker McKenzie at [email protected].

China-related commercial disputes – a comparison of the arbitral process in London and China | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Seddons and Twenty Essex.

What the session will cover

The session will explore differences between the arbitral process in London and China. There will be a short introductory session (given by Seddons) providing an overview of the process in each jurisdiction and outlining some key differences at a high level. This will be followed by a more in-depth review of the Chinese system and CIETAC from a Chinese law expert. There will follow a session hosted by 20 Essex focusing on the rules governing London seated arbitrations and comparing those with the position in China. There will follow a Q&A session where delegates can put questions to the speakers.

Please email [email protected] to express interest in attending this event.

Challenges and opportunities in Investor-State Dispute Settlement | 09:00 – 11:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, QMUL and White & Case.

What the session will cover

Changes bring challenges, but also opportunities. Much has changed lately.

We present two question and answer sessions with diverse panels of leading experts, who will examine some of the most topical challenges and opportunities in Investor-State Dispute Settlement from the perspectives of:

  1. The UK and EU post Brexit: What positive outcomes may occur now that the UK has been decoupled from the EU and how might protection standards such as the European Convention on Human Rights be affected?
  2. The world more broadly: What are the recent developments with investment treaties globally and why are they important?

Please email [email protected] to express interest in attending this event.

Hindsight – is there an increasing reliance on the use of hindsight in valuations, if not should there be as a result of COVID-19? | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

HKA, Fountain Court Chambers and Norton Rose Fulbright.

What the session will cover

This panel discussion will look at issues of the use of hindsight in assessing damages or in valuations. Should the rules on hindsight be universally applied, or are there times when hindsight should or shouldn’t be considered? We will look at some recent judgements and the panel will also present the views of both counsel and those who sit as arbitrators.

Please click here for more information and to register for this event.

Enka v Chubb and Halliburton v Chubb, which will prove to be the most significant, and how do they impact on London as an arbitration centre? | 10:00 – 11:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Essex Court Chambers and Fox Williams LLP.

What the session will cover

It is rare for the Supreme Court to consider arbitration matters. 2020 saw two very significant decisions: Enka v Chubb and Halliburton v Chubb. These will, to a greater or lesser extent, shape English arbitration for many years to come. The questions remain (a) which of the two cases will prove to be the most significant in the long-run and why, and (b) how do they impact on London as an arbitration centre and stand up to international comparison.

Please click here to register for the event.

Disputes and sanctions | 10:00 – 11:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Radcliffe Chambers and Thought Leaders 4.

What the session will cover

A presentation and discussion by a range of speakers on current issues in the world of economic sanctions with particular emphasis on the effect of sanctions on legal rights and proceedings to enforce them, including:

  • Sanctions and the enforcement of contractual obligations
  • US Secondary sanctions and sanctions clauses: Lamesa v Cynergy in the English Court of Appeal.
  • Sanctioned parties and legal proceedings – including the recent amendments to the Russian Arbitrazh Procedure Code – principle and practice – covering recent case law including Uralvagonzavod v PESA Bydgoszcz and Tsargrad Media v Google
  • The new UK sanctions regime

Please click here to register for this event.

Interplay between onshore / offshore disputes— enforcement actions and asset-tracing in multi-jurisdiction disputes (London, CIS, BVI and Cyprus)| 10:00 – 11:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Begbies Traynor, South Square

What the session will cover

The panel disentangle a complex web of companies, bank accounts, and property located in various jurisdictions (including the BVI, Cyprus, the CIS and the UK), which have been the subject of fraud.  What are the issues at hand and what can be done to maximise recoveries?

Please click here to register for this event. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Abi Whyms (Marketing at South Square) for more information: [email protected]

A view from London and India: how dispute management can keep ambitious construction and infrastructure plans on track | 11:00 – 12:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and Link Legal India Law Services.

What the session will cover

Notwithstanding Covid-19, construction and infrastructure remain a driver of GDP growth in India and the UK.

With opportunities come challenges. The need to deliver projects on time and on budget will inevitably result in more disputes, where expeditious and cost- effective resolution will be key.

Charles Russell Speechlys, Link Legal India and 2 Temple Gardens discuss strategies for dispute resolution, discussing:

  • Is it ever too early to start thinking about dispute resolution?
  • Using the contract effectively to avoid disputes
  • Opportunities and challenges around the use of the alternative dispute resolution to resolve complex disputes with a particular focus on mediation, adjudication and arbitration

Please click here to register for this event.

The impact of litigation analysis on London dispute resolution | 11:00 – 12:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Brick Court Chambers and Herbert Smith Freehills.

What the session will cover

This session will examine the data analytic tools available to lawyers and their clients to assist in the running and resolution of disputes. Exploring the issues from different perspectives, the session will explore how litigation analytics and business intelligence will shape the development of dispute resolution in London in the coming year. The panel will include speakers from Herbert Smith Freehills, Brick Court Chambers, Solomonic and Vannin Capital.

Please click here for more information and to register for this event.