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Monday 10 May 2021 – Member-hosted events

In addition to the core conference the LIDW21 conference programme 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 Monday 10 May 2021. For any more information, please visit our FAQs page

How can London remain a forum of choice for parties to MENA disputes? | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Herbert Smith Freehills and HKA.

What the session will cover

Our panel is composed of Sara Koleilat-Aranjo, partner at Al Tamimi, Craig Tevendale, partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, Dyfan Owen, partner at Ashurst, and Roula Harfouche, partner at HKA. Their discussion will include: 1) the popularity of London for MENA dispute resolution; 2) what London could do better to alleviate the concerns of MENA parties; 3) the MENA seats and institutions to watch; and 4) recent developments in the MENA region that London practitioners should know about, including in light of the Covid pandemic.

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

Emerging legal trends in the trade and commodities sector | 17:30 – 18:30 (BST)

Hosted by

Clyde & Co and Quadrant Chambers.

What the session will cover

Please join us for an afternoon conversation covering the latest trends in the trade and commodities sector, featuring speakers from industry bodies, in-house counsel and private practice. The session will cover topics, including the impact of COVID-19, Brexit, the implications of a new US president, force majeure trends, the impact of climate change and the energy transition, arbitrator conflicts (such as Chubb v Haliburton where the trade bodies acted as intervenors), among other topics.

To register for this event click here.

Shifting sands—international jurisdictions in insolvency proceedings | 17:30 – 18:30 (BST)

Hosted by

Grant Thornton UK LLP and South Square.

What the session will cover

Richard Fisher QC (South Square) and Mike Saville (Grant Thornton), with the assistance of Tatiana Markel (Baker Hostetler), David Jones (Carey Olsen) and Rebecca Hume (Kobre and Kim), explore the changing dynamics of international jurisdictions in insolvency proceedings. 150 lawyers and market participants were surveyed in more than 25 on and offshore jurisdictions. Their views paint a picture of a changing cross-border insolvency landscape, and this was all before the full ramifications of COVID-19 were known to us.

To register please click here.

Technology disputes of the future: current trends and predictions | 17:30 – 18:30 (BST)

Hosted by

4 Pump Court, CMS, Osborne Clarke and Pinsent Masons.

What the session will cover

New technologies create new opportunities and new challenges.

In this session we consider the types of disputes which will arise from adoption of new and emerging technologies such as AI, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies, and the trends in technology related claims such as increased class action litigation.

We will hear the views and predictions of a range of industry experts, followed by a panel discussion during which we analyse some of the issues in more detail and consider the approach that courts and tribunals will take in resolving the next generation of technology disputes.

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

Climate change litigation – what are the private and public law risks? | 18:00 – 19:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Linklaters and One Essex Court

What the session will cover

In this session we will discuss the private and public law risks in climate change litigation including:

  • What are the key UK litigation risks for energy majors in connection with climate change impacts? What are the legal precedents for group actions of this kind?
  • In that context, will we see the UK being used as a jurisdiction to litigate claims arising from adverse social and environmental impacts of climate change felt elsewhere? What is the scope for claims against parent companies domiciled in the UK?

Speakers: Sa’ad Hossain QC, Barrister, One Essex Court; Rebecca James, Managing Associate, Linklaters; and David Thomas, Managing Associate, Linklaters.

To register for this event please contact [email protected].

Debate: Is the evolution of institutional arbitration rules at the expense of party autonomy? | 18:00 – 19:00 (BST)

Hosted by

HFW and Quadrant Chambers.

What the session will cover

This session will look at whether the transparency and efficiency gained by the provision of greater arbitrator and Institutional powers is worth the erosion of party autonomy; once supreme in International Arbitration.

Two major international arbitration Institutions, have recently updated their rules to extend the power of arbitrators to areas previously confined to the agreement of the parties. One such area, is concerned with enabling the tribunal to overrule the parties agreed approach (as supported by the New York Convention) and instead appoint the tribunal itself in order to avoid a “significant risk of unequal treatment and unfairness”, is this welcomed by the arbitration community?

Please click here to register or contact [email protected].

Expert witnesses: status, independence, duties and conflicts | 18:00 – 19:00 (BST)

Hosted by

4 Pump Court, Fox Williams LLP, Keating Chambers and Secretariat.

What the session will cover

Experts have been described as “simply vehicles by which the parties reargue the facts”. Is this right? What is the status of an expert witness in the modern disputes world? Are they independent, what are their duties, and where can conflicts arise? Our panel will discuss the issues arising from the use of experts in litigation and arbitration today. Speakers: Lynne McCafferty QC, 4 Pump Court; Ben Giaretta, Fox Williams LLP (moderator); Adam Constable QC, Keating Chambers; Don Harvey, Secretariat; Todd Wetmore, Three Crowns LLP.

Please click here to register for this event.

UK Supreme Court interventions—when public and private interests collide | 18:00 – 19:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Brick Court, Hausfeld and XXIV Old Buildings.

What the session will cover

A stellar panel featuring Lord Hoffmann (Brick Court), Lisa Webb (Which?), Philip Shepherd QC (XXIV Old Buildings) and chaired by Ned Beale (Hausfeld) will explore the dynamics of public interest interventions in commercial cases, from the perspective of judges, intervenors and practitioners representing commercial parties. In light of 2020’s Supreme Court interventions, including Which? in Merricks v Mastercard, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking in Marex v Sevilleja and arbitral institutions in Halliburton v Chubb, the panel will discuss:

  • How interventions influence judicial decision making – and do they make better law?
  • How intervenors can maximise their input and impact
  • Practical tips for counsel and solicitors dealing with intervenors

Please register by clicking here and join in time for the session beginning at 18:00 (BST).