Catherine Addy QC (chair), Barrister Maitland Chambers; Karen Briggs, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting; Susan Dunn, Founder, Harbour Litigation Funding; Brian Lacy, Partner, Ogier; Mona Vaswani, Partner, Milbank.
The pandemic is expected to fuel a rise in distress, resulting in insolvency disputes, many expected to feature fraud and contested asset recovery. It is also widely expected that there will be an uptick in disputes activity across the board. So how can disputes resolution lawyers plan for this new environment of disputes? What will the challenges be to attracting and resourcing new work, where will there be shortages of expertise and what will be the bars to resolution of these disputes? The session will consider whether there really will be the predicted wave of disputes activity, what we can do to anticipate it and whether “this time it will be different”. We will also look at the role of London as a venue for resolving pandemic fuelled cross border disputes, and the challenges that it faces.