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Thursday 13 May 2021 – Member-hosted and sponsor events

In addition to the core conference, LIDW21 is proud to be complemented by a number of official LIDW member-hosted and sponsor events on a wide range of topics spanning different sectors and forms of dispute resolution. Please see below the sessions for the morning of Thursday 13 May 2021. For any more information, please visit our FAQs page

Harnessing data-led insights in construction disputes | 08:30 – 09:30 (BST)

Hosted by

Blackrock Expert Services Group, A Kroll Business.

What the session will cover

The volume of data involved in construction disputes is increasing in both scale and complexity. This provides significant opportunities for new insights – but it also raises challenges. How should you manage, assess, and prioritise data in these disputes? What are the latest developments and trends in technology to help you make sense of large volumes of documents? Drawing on our experience and relevant cross-project case studies, our presentation outlines the opportunity in harnessing data led insights, the evolving role of technology tool kits and the importance of specialist data analytics skill sets on construction disputes – both now and into the future.

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How to find the right partner in a foreign jurisdiction | 08:30 – 09:30 (BST)

Hosted by

ThoughtLeaders4, RPC and HFW.

What the session will cover

Cross-border litigation often requires cooperation from firms in multiple jurisdictions. How can you ensure that you choose a firm with the right expertise that can deliver a seamless service to your client? Similarly, with so many disputes finding their way to London, how can you ensure that you are selected to be the boots on the ground in London by firms outside the UK? Join us for a practical and interactive session where leading practitioners representing large and boutique firms from key onshore and offshore jurisdictions share best practice and insight on how to manage these relationships effectively.

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Seeing red when you are going green: What to do when your renewables project goes wrong | 08:30 – 09:30 (BST)

Hosted by

4 Pump Court and Norton Rose Fulbright.

What the session will cover

A panel discussion aimed at those who find themselves involved in disputes about renewables projects, spanning both construction / installation and the operational phase. The aim is to cover some key flashpoints from different perspectives within the team, assembling together an in-house Head of Disputes, an expert witness, a partner in an international law firm and a QC to speak on topics such as:

  • Urgent measures: injunctions and calls on bonds
  • Project delays and supply chain issues
  • Failure to achieve performance guarantees
  • JV disputes
  • Change in law clauses (especially affecting subsidies)

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

International co-operation and government guidelines on dispute resolution during the COVID-19 pandemic | 08:30 – 09:30 (BST)

Hosted by

3VB and Stevens & Bolton LLP.

What the session will cover

A discussion on the government guidelines regarding international co-operation and how existing legal principles may be applied in the context of COVID-19 related disputes. What more could and should governments do? Topics will include:

  • Whether the thinking behind the UK Government Guidelines has moved on since their publication
  • The latest BIICL Guidelines, now translated into seven different languages
  • An assessment of the effectiveness of those Guidelines – have they resulted in improved international co-operation for cross-border disputes?
  • Whether a Covid-19 international regulatory framework for dealing with disputes will emerge as a result
  • How parties should deal with issues of international supply chain interruption during Covid-19

The speakers are: Sir William Blair (3VB), Michael Frisby (Stevens & Bolton), Judy Fu (3VB), Francis Xavier (Rajah & Tann Singapore).

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How experts and lawyers can best work together. The challenges, the opportunities and possibly time for a change… | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

HKA.

What the session will cover

Speakers: Rachel Ansell QC, 4 Pump Court; Karen Best, Principal, HKA; Roberta Downey, Partner, Hogan Lovells; Roula Harfouche (Moderator), Partner, HKA

Managing experts and their evidence is one of the most important roles for a lawyer, yet at times, frustrating!

The panel will discuss real life examples from their experience of the use (and abuse) of experts from the three perspectives of the instructing counsel, the advocate, and the expert.

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Navigating the quagmire: conflicts in international construction arbitration | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Atkin Chambers, Jones Day and White & Case.

What the session will cover

A panel discussion chaired by Chantal Aimee Doerries QC, Head of Atkin Chambers between Julian Bailey, Partner, White & Case; Professor Renato Nazzini, Director of the Centre for Construction at Kings College London and James Pickavance, Partner at Jones Day on the subject of arbitrator conflicts, expert conflicts and conflict of laws.  On the subject of arbitrator and expert conflicts, the panel will analyse the interplay between institutional rules, guidelines and recent case law in civil and common law jurisdictions.  It will consider conflict of laws in the context of the choice of the seat, the applicable law of the arbitration agreement and conflicts between courts in areas such as anti-arbitration and anti-suit injunctions.  Across all three areas, it will offer some thoughts as to how conflicts are used as a way to delay or frustrate the arbitration process and offer some practical guidance as to how these tactics might be overcome.

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Predicting the unpredictable: analysing the trends that will shape litigation in the decade ahead | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

3VB and Eversheds Sutherland.

What the session will cover

What will the roaring 20s mean for disputes? In this session we will be joined by the Sunday Times’ Economics Editor, David Smith, to survey the pervading winds set to buffer our personal and commercial existence for years to come.

Our global panel from the US, Europe and Asia will assess the impact of these issues on business internationally, and what their consequential impact will be on disputes closer to home. From Biden’s first term and a potential resurgence in Tumpism, to COVID-19’s lasting scar on business, global events will drive litigation in new and unusual areas of commerce.

Please click here to register for this event, or contact [email protected] for more information.

The impact of Brexit on English litigation: applicable law, service, evidence, jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Essex Court Chambers and Latham & Watkins.

What the session will cover

Sophie Lamb QC and Oliver Browne from Latham & Watkins, alongside Hugh Mercer QC and Angeline Welsh from Essex Court Chambers, will discuss the impact of Brexit on English litigation, providing commentary and practical guidance on the latest developments, changes in procedure and practice, and pitfalls. The agenda:

  • Brexit and applicable law / choice of court clauses
  • Anti-suit injunctions to protect legal right not to be sued in foreign jurisdiction
  • The impact of Brexit on the conduct of litigation, including regarding service / taking of evidence
  • The enforcement of English judgments
  • Arbitration as an alternative to the English court system

Please click here to register for this event.