June 16, 2021

*Agenda subject to change.

Commercial Litigation & Arbitration

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The Uncertain Post Brexit World - The Position of UK Courts On The Global Stage

Over the past five years, we have witnessed increasing tension, volatility and uncertainty in markets across the globe. As a result, the complexity and cost of banking litigation investigations and regulatory enforcement will inevitably continue to rise. Financial institutions will thus have to become ever more astute to managing disputes in an unstable environment – but can business really continue as usual? Or should we adapt our approach to dispute resolution? Can London remain a leader in litigation, arbitration and regulation? And what will be the lasting impact of these political matters on dispute resolution for financial institutions?

Speakers include: Chris Easdon, EME Head of Litigation, Investigations & Enforcement – Consumer Banking and Payments | Barclays Legal

Banking Litigation & Regulation

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Managing Business Interruption: Preparing for the Impact of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has caused disruption across the globe.  As we start to assess the likely medium-term effects of the pandemic on companies as well as horizon-scan as to the future compliance and regulatory landscape in which companies will operate, companies are faced with a number of difficult questions.

In this session, we will consider questions such as whether a company should revisit decisions that it made at the height of the pandemic, the potential new compliance and regulatory challenges resulting from Covid-19, and best practices for mitigating those challenges in a more remote working environment.

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Facilitated Discussions

BREAKOUT A

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Cyber and Operational Risk: Protecting Protocols

Following recent eye-watering fines served to financial institutions, including the Equifax hack, we look at the regulatory backdrop succeeding post-GDPR implementation and the practical steps we must all take in order to protect data surrounding personal data and the data involved in investigations and disputes. These attacks pose a significant threat to reputational integrity, but what role do regulators and litigators play in tackling the challenges that arise from data breaches? When should we report to the regulators, police and the public? What is our role in ensuring the correct infrastructure is in place?

BREAKOUT B

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

The New Way Of Working: Considering the Risks & Opportunities of Remote Hearings

Previously the thought of using technology to conduct business was unthinkable, however with Covid-19 these changes have been forced. Trials have had to go ahead remotely, bringing with them problems and opportunities when moving forwards. 

With remote hearings easier to arrange at short notice and saving expenses on travel/accommodation, it is no wonder hearing urgent cases remotely benefits both regulators and defence organisations. However remote hearings involve a number potential issues, with technology replacing human interaction it is much harder to read subtle emotional cues and lying to a machine becomes easier. In this session, find out what the new way of working could look like and discover whether the remote future might be more imminent than we initially thought.

BREAKOUT C

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

LIBOR Transition: Moving the Market

In two long running claims, the High Court handed down judgment in favour of financial institutions. The court held that there had been alleged benchmark manipulation and implied misrepresentation about LIBOR. At the start of 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority also released its outline for phasing LIBOR out by the end of 2021 in the US and transitioning to the new benchmark rate – SONIA. With a predicted rise in litigation cases, litigators remain anxious as to the true impact this will have on the complexity of financial litigation. What do you need to know now? How should you begin to prepare for the transition and what risks and challenges lie ahead?


Commercial Litigation & Arbitration

12:50 PM - 1:35 PM

Settling Disputes Outside of Court: How Arbitration & Mediation Are Taking Off

The Covid-19 outbreak created a huge impact on the arbitration landscape and continues to cause disruption. However some arbitral institutions are beginning to reopen. In addition to this the London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation have started using blockchain technology to allow secure and confidential document management, case management communication and administration. This service will provide some certainty to businesses during the current crisis.

This session will discuss not only the psychological component of settling disputes but the structures offered by lawyers in different jurisdictions.

Speakers include: Fiona Meany, Global Litigation Director, JLL

Banking Litigation & Regulation

12:50 PM - 1:35 PM

The Pandemic & The Perfect Storm For Financial Crime

Recent cases from the past year have shown us that regulators are increasingly focusing not only on whether processes are followed, but also on the quality of judgements surrounding financial crimes. In this session, we round up the most important cases from the past year, drawing up the key lessons to take away from each case and discuss how the use of technology such as AI and Machine Learning could help the battle against financial crime.

Moderator: James MacGregor, Managing Director, Consilio

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2:05 PM - 2:45 PM | Afternoon Keynote


Commercial Litigation & Arbitration

2:50 PM - 3:35 PM

Do Virtual Courts have a Viable Future?

Technology has driven transformation for many areas of the legal profession aiding with tools covering contract management and e-discovery to cloud based systems and big data and analytics. Yet, dispute resolution has yet to feel the full impact of this transformation. With technology becoming more essential what does this look like for courts? What stage are we currently facing? Where will this take us in the next five years? This session will explore how courts could be run and how technology could be utilised, all while examining whether this change is for the good of the industry.

Speakers include: Veronica Bradautanu, Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Daniel Lawrence, Head of Legal Litigation, Easyjet

Banking Litigation & Regulation

2:50 PM - 3:35 PM

Financial Services & ESG: Shaping The Future

UK and EU regulators have increased their focus on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), including the impact ESG and climate-related risks have on financial institutions and what role should be for the financial sector in supporting sustainability. As this grows as one of the key drivers for decisions involving investment, risk and supply chains and the Financial Conduct Authority issues new regulatory guidelines on this matter, we take a look at how this will impact financial institutions and dispute resolution in the forthcoming future. What are the new ESG-related regulatory requirements for financial institutions? How does this impact disclosure and policy? How should you assess your exposure to these risks? What are the litigation risks and how to manage them?

Speakers include: Anna Hart, Head of Legal, Bank of China


Facilitated Discussions

BREAKOUT A

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM

The Declaration of Truth: Managing Witness Statements

With improvements in current practice for factual witness evidence being explored, one question to consider is how remote is the future? The WEWG Statement of Best Practice proposes changes that could impact witness preparation. With witnesses asked to disclose how well they recall the facts, certificate of compliance from legal representatives for each statement and a requirement to describe the process of producing witness statements these proposals should make witness evidence a closer account. However they will impose further obligations on solicitors. This session will discuss the approaches to witness evidence needed to meet the new requirements and discuss the potential unintended consequences.

BREAKOUT B

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM

The Changing Technology Landscape: How will it shape Disputes in the Future?

Online technologies have the power to transform dispute resolution, from a mediator using digital documents to a court service using video services, but how can we leverage technology to best assist parties in resolving their disputes? With the world implementing technology in all aspects of our everyday life it is important to adapt or risk disconnecting with people you are trying to help. This session will discuss the potential technology provides to create a positive impact and what the future holds for managing disputes.

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BREAKOUT C

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM

Improving Culture & Conduct in the New Era of Financial Services 

We all want good conduct and by now we should all know what the right conduct and culture looks like across financial institutions and the legal profession. However understanding the steps it takes to achieve best practice can be harder to determine and even harder to implement and maintain. In this session, we will explain the practical steps we should take as legal professionals in achieving these positive steps, overcoming the challenges and understanding where it can all go wrong.


*Agenda subject to change.