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Tuesday 11 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 Tuesday 11 May 2021. For any more information, please visit our FAQs page

Demand bonds and performance guarantees: Making and resisting calls on securities in a cash-starved economic climate | 08:30 – 09:30 (BST)

Hosted by

4 Pump Court and Jones Day.

What the session will cover

In the COVID-impacted global economy, project securities are more important than ever. Claims are rife. Insolvencies are on the rise. In this landscape, bonds and guarantees may offer ‘make or break’ cash-flow for their beneficiaries – and correspondingly critical exposure for banks and guarantors.

Calls on these securities typically involve two imperatives: move fast, and avoid pitfalls. Our panel will call on their experiences to help you do both. They will discuss key aspects of practice to equip delegates with practical tips for making, resisting or advising on security calls.

Chair: Fiona Sinclair QC, 4 Pump Court

Panel: Simon Hale, Barrister, 4 Pump Court; Niall Clancy, Senior Associate, Dentons; James Pickavance, Partner, Jones Day.

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

How not to apply for litigation funding | 08:30 – 09:30 (BST)

Hosted by

Eversheds Sutherland, Harbour and Quadrant Chambers.

What the session will cover

Stephen O’Dowd, Senior Director of Funding at Harbour will discuss how not to apply for funding for a case with Clare Stockford of Eversheds Sutherland and Chirag Karia from Quadrant.

Please email [email protected] to register for this event.

Institutional Rules – Reflecting on the Latest Changes to Arbitration | 08:30 – 09:30 (BST)

Hosted by

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and Norton Rose Fulbright.

What the session will cover

An interactive discussion with key individuals from Norton Rose Fulbright (Sherina Petit), the LCIA (Jamie Harrison), ICC (Ana Serra e Moura), SIAC (Delphine Ho), and 36 Stone (Vasanti Selvaratnam QC) regarding the various changes to the institutional rules that have recently been announced.

Please click here to register for this event.

The new UK restructuring plan: ripe for disputes? | 08:30 – 09:30 (BST)

Hosted by

Allen & Overy LLP and South Square.

What the session will cover

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, which came in to force in June 2020 has introduced new procedures and measures to seek to rescue companies in financial distress. The legislation has led to a number of significant changes, in particular a new restructuring process as Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006, which includes the “cross-class cram down”, which is not possible in a Scheme and allows the court to sanction the approval of a compromise or arrangement where dissenting classes of creditors or members are bound on certain conditions. Is this change likely to lead to more disputes?

To register please click here.

Russian and CIS disputes in London | 08:30 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

BCLP, One Essex Court, Osborne Clarke, RPC, Steptoe and White & Case.

What the session will cover

London remains a popular forum for disputes (litigation and arbitration) involving parties from Russia and other Russian-speaking countries. During this event we will have two roundtables involving a selection of key players in these disputes discussing the latest trends and key topics that have a particular relevance to Russian/CIS disputes in London.

To register please click here.

Force majeure, frustration and illegality – rescue remedies for a pandemic? | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

3VB and Stevens & Bolton LLP.

What the session will cover

A discussion on the role that force majeure, frustration and English and non-English law illegality might play in relation to commercial contracts affected by the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • Development of the doctrines pre-Covid
  • Practical considerations for arguing them
  • Consequences – suspension vs. cancellation
  • Their likely impact in the current crisis
  • Covid-driven development potential
  • International perspectives

Please click here to register for this event.

Hard issues for in-house lawyers and their “soft” skills: how we work | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

Deminor

What the session will cover

Presented by: Taliah Walklett (Nokia) – Gavin Lawson (Gilead) – Neil Trueman (Mundipharma) – Emily O’Neill (Deminor)

In-house counsel need to work not only with the law firms they instruct but to balance this with working as part of an international team within their own business. As part of London International Disputes Week, experienced in-house counsel will share their experiences of working in cross-border teams, communicating legal issues and problems within their business, navigating cultural differences, how they have honed negotiation skills, and managing their time in a 24-7 business environment.

To register for the event, please click here.

Recent developments in collective and group actions in the UK: implications for stakeholders | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

FTI Consulting.

What the session will cover

A well-functioning legal system aims to deal with claims effectively (i.e. an appropriate amount of compensation awarded to injured parties) and efficiently (in terms of cost and time). Recent legal developments and judgments are likely to give rise to an increase in claims from both commercial entities and consumers, in areas including competition litigation, securities litigation, ESG-related claims and data breach/privacy claims. These types of claims are often complex and present opportunities and threats to the effectiveness and efficiency of the UK legal system. This session discusses expected trends arising from these types of claims, and discusses ways in which lawyers, organisations and experts can address these challenges.

Speaker Panel: Neil Blake – Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills; Kenny Henderson – Partner, CMS; Meloria Meschi (Moderator/Panellist) – Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting; Richard Palmer – Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting.

Please click here to register for this event.

Risks and challenges for directors | 09:00 – 10:00 (BST)

Hosted by

7KBW and Reed Smith.

What the session will cover

Join our panel as they consider:

  • The current (and future) risk environment for directors and officers, identifying
  1. the new and expanding exposures that directors and officers face and
  2. the extent to which the London insurance market is able to mitigate such risks in the current economic climate.
  • The continuing significance of London as a “venue” for the hearing of disputes involving such directors and officers. This will encompass disputes relating to “director conduct” and D&O liability insurance coverage disputes.

Please click here to register for this event.