November 5, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM | Opening Address

Damien Byrne Hill, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution UK and US, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Lawson Caisley, Partner, Allen & Overy

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Morning Keynote From The Hon. Mr Justice Robin Knowles CBE

Our morning keynote with The Hon. Mr Justice Robin Knowles will shed light on the future of commercial litigation in London and what you will need to have on your radar for the forthcoming years.

The Hon. Mr Justice Robin Knowles CBE, Commercial Court, London, UK

9:35 AM - 10:05 AM | Political Risk: Navigating The Volatile Economic And Political Climates In The Modern Era

Everywhere you look, the globe is beset by geo-political tensions from Brexit and Donald Trump to armed conflicts, sanctions and the rise of Asia. In a period of such uncertainty and upheaval, can business really continue as usual? Or do we need to adapt our usual approach to dispute resolution and crisis management during these turbulent times?

  • Different dispute resolution approaches to consider during these volatile times
  • Political turbulence and its impact on international arbitration and litigation
  • Managing disputes in an unstable environment

Moderator: Charlie Lightfoot, Managing Partner, Jenner & Block
Robert Court, Managing Director at Global Stakeholder Strategies/Partner at DRD Partnership
Mitzi Berberi, VP and Deputy General Counsel, FOX Networks Group
Suber Akther, Principal Litigation Counsel, Siemens

Sponsored By Jenner & Block

10:10 AM - 10:55 AM | Breakout Workshops
Workshop 1

10:10 AM - 10:55 AM

Cyber Security Breaches: Handling The Most Difficult Practical Issues

Litigators have a key role in dealing with crucial questions that arise during a cyber/data breach, including:
  • Are we obliged to involve the police?
  • Do we need to pursue civil remedies for real protection?
  • Can/should we pay a ransom?
  • When do we report to regulators?
  • When do we go public and how do we avoid a PR disaster?
Lawson Caisley, Partner, Allen & Overy
Richard Little, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Daniel Ison, Director, Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement, Barclays
Julian Hayes, Partner, BCL Solicitors LLP
Workshop 2

10:10 AM - 10:55 AM

Hot Topics In Arbitration

In this session deep dive into the hot topics and most pressing questions to be addressed around arbitration in 2019, including:

  • Emergency Arbitrations: what to expect
  • How does disclosure work in practice?
  • How can you get the amount of the claim paid as security
James Stacey, Partner and Co-Head of International Arbitration Group, Slaughter and May
Steven Gee QC, Monckton Chambers
Maria Gritsenko, Associate General Counsel, VEON
Som Mandal, Managing Partner, Fox Mandal
Workshop 3

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM

The Rise Of Group Actions (Including Competition Litigation)

Rises in group litigation are only anticipated to increase further. As such, it is crucial to understand the appetite of funders, the cases they are interested in and the current UK trends.

  • The current and developing appetite for funders
  • How can you minimise and the risks associated with group actions?
  • How do you effectively settle a multiparty dispute?
  • How should these groups be best managed?

Nicola Chesaites, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Kenny Henderson, Partner, CMS

10:55 AM - 11:25 AM | Networking Refreshment Break

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM | Will London Still Reign Supreme In 2025?

London is facing ever increasing competition on dispute resolution from other jurisdictions. What will it need to do to reign supreme in 2025? Should London be focused on litigation, arbitration or a combination of the two?
Moderator: Ali Malek QC, 3VB
Sir Peter Gross
Justin Williams, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Gopal Subramanium, 3VB
Sponsored by 3VB

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM | Managing Mental Health Issues Within Your Legal Team: The Role Of Senior Managers

This session will focus on the role that Heads of Legal and Practice Group Heads should play in increasing awareness of the first signs or symptoms of mental health issues and then proactively help affected colleagues and team members. With over one billion people said to be suffering from a mental health disorder worldwide, this problem cannot be ignored. What measures can be taken to ensure appropriate support is given to eradicate the stigma and ensure that lawyers have the self-awareness and confidence to seek help where needed?

Moderator: Ed Crosse, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO, LawCare
Markus Lang, Global Head of Wealth, Legal, Deutsche Bank
David McCahon, Global Head of Commercial, Innovation and Technology Legal, Barclays
Andrew Wells, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Networking Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 1:50 PM | Just A Minute: What Will Be The Fate Of Lawyers In The New Era Of Algorithms?

Sophisticated algorithms are increasingly able to pin point precedents over a much faster time frame. These technological developments have the capacity to drive significant change for the legal sector – but will this be for the better or worse? Join this quick fire, entertaining debate as the speaker’s battle against the clock and discuss the fate of lawyers in this new era of algorithms.

Moderator: Andrew Ayres QC, Barrister, Arbitration Counsel and Arbitrator, Maitland Chambers
Mary Young, Partner, Kingsley Napley
Jane Park-Weir, Partner, Osborne Clarke
Ted Greeno, Co-Managing Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Steven Molo, Partner, MoloLamken

1:55 PM - 2:25 PM | Afternoon Interview With The Director General of The London Court of International Arbitration

Our afternoon interview with Dr Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof will shed light on the future of arbitration in London and what you will need to have on your radar for the forthcoming years.

Interviewer: Artem Doudko, Partner, Osborne Clarke
Interviewee: Dr Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM | Breakout Workshops
Workshop 1

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Over-Hyped Or Undervalued: The Rise Of Technology For Dispute Resolution

Emerging technologies have demonstrated an abundance of opportunities for improving the processes surrounding dispute resolution in recent times. Artificial intelligence is already beginning to provide valuable assistance with the preparation of brief and case analysis. Yet, many still feel uncertain around its return on investment and implications for the future. With the dust settling on the first waves of legal innovations, what has the impact been so far on dispute
resolution? What does the future hold for dispute resolution in this technological revolution?

Michael Brown, Director EMEA, Lighthouse
Davina Given, Partner, RPC
Nicola Woodfall, E-Disclosure Manager, Travers Smith

Sponsored by Lighthouse
Workshop 2

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

The Key Developments In Russia: Updates On The Law

Every year we bring you a spotlight to the developments in Russia and what you need to specifically have on the radar. Hear from the leading litigators and arbitrators to gain a deep understanding of the current trends, developments and cases from Russia.
David Goldberg, Partner, White & Case
Professor Alexander Molotnikov, Associate Professor, Moscow State University
Workshop 3

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Managing The Generational Gap Within Our Workforce

In recent times, we have seen the first wave of Generation Z entering the workforce. With five generations now part of the workforce in the UK, we examine how you can best manage the divides between these generations and promote a collaborative work environment for all.

  • How does each generation differ and what do each generation look for from management?
  • Successful strategies for bringing together a productive and collaborative team
  • How can you leverage the best out of each generation?
  • How can we evade tensions and manage relationships?

Damian Bisseker, Managing Director, Head of Litigation EMEA, Credit Suisse
Natalie Osafo, Associate, Slaughter and May and President, Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM | Networking Refreshment Break

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM | Psychology Of Decision-Making Process In Dispute Resolution

Delve into the inner workings of the brain during our psychology based panel discussion and explore the decision making process around dispute resolution, including:

  • The decision-making process of the brain
  • The impact of subconscious bias on decision-making
  • Cultural differences in the evaluation of arguments
  • Psychological influences on witness testimony
  • The application of psychological and neuroscience considerations in developing oral arguments and written submissions

Moderator: Anna Grishchenkova, Partner, KIAP
Tony Cole FCIArb, Arbitrator at JAMS and 33 Bedford Row, Reader In Arbitration and Investment Law, Leicester Law School
Rebecca Clark, Mediator, In Place of Strife
Dr Ula Cartwright Finch, Managing Director, Cortex Capital

Sponsored by In Place Of Strife

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Oxford Style Debate: The Current Systems In The US and UK Kill Access To Justice

The panel look at problem with the current systems in each of their jurisdictions and in particular the weaknesses that can be exploited by unmeritorious litigants

  • Crippling coasts orders in the UK and extremely limited costs sanctions in the US
  • A solution that would allow greater access to justice for both the UK and US - the Mid Atlantic Solution

The audience will be polled for their view on various topics including the Mid Atlantic solution and the abolition of costs recovery.

Moderator: Jonathan Warne, Partner, CMS
Nicholas Bacon QC, 4 New Square
Erin Valentine, Counsel, Chaffetz Lindsey

5:00 PM - 5:25 PM | PechaKucha: An Update On The New UK Litigation Cases

For the final session of the day, join us for our high octane PechaKucha session as Junior Barristers battle against auto-advance slides and the clock in order to brief you on the most important litigation cases of the past 12 months from the UK. Ready, set, go... 20 seconds a slide for 6 minutes!

Andrew McLeod, Junior Barrister, Maitland Chambers
Hannah Glover, Junior Barrister, 3VB
Jo Box, Junior Barrister, Brick Court Chambers
Nico Leslie, Junior Barrister, Fountain Court

5:25 PM - 5:30 PM | Closing Address

Damien Byrne Hill, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution UK and US, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Lawson Caisley, Partner, Allen & Overy

5:30 PM - | Evening Drinks Reception

Sponsored by Lighthouse