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Climate-related disputes and the path towards emissions reduction

In this post, we examine the role of dispute resolution and damages awards in the path towards emissions reduction. We note that a number of matters have already been brought before the courts, and, currently to a lesser extent, tribunals. Finally, we discuss some of the emerging trends, and highlight some of the key disputes below.

Published on: 06/07/2021

How not to apply for funding

How not to apply for funding

On 11 May, as part of London International Disputes Week 2021, I led a session entitled “How Not to Apply For Funding”. It was a lively discussion between myself, Glenn Newberry and Claire Stockford of Eversheds Sutherland, and Chirag Karia QC of Quadrant Chambers.

Published on: 29/06/2021

Independent Mediators

Online mediation – is it here to stay? The rise of the Hybrid.

Two years ago if you had said to us that in 2020/21 you will be mediating over 95% of your matters online, we would have thought you had arrived from another world. What a difference a year makes. Nicky Doble, CEO of Independent Mediators discusses the pros and cons of online mediation; if people will want to stay online when a return to in-person is possible; and the factors to consider for hybrid mediations.

Published on: 02/06/2021

Stoneturn

Is two better than one? Co-testifying in the times of Covid

Many testifying experts use a team to help assess the facts and formulate the opinions contained in their reports, especially in larger more complex cases.

Published on: 26/05/2021

Cornerstone

Europe’s Increased Focus on Trading Manipulation

European regulators have stepped up their focus on trading manipulation conduct.

Published on: 24/05/2021

Chief Justice Speech

Building the Global Village

In his keynote speech, the Hon. Justice Bart M. Katureebe, Chief Justice (Emeritus) discussed his global vision of the future of dispute resolution, and his belief in the need for a 'global village'.

Published on: 21/05/2021

Lord Mayor of the City of London

London’s new Justice Quarter

The completion of the new 'Justice Quarter' within the city is a bold new step forward in London's legal history, states William Russel, Lord Mayor of London, entrenching London's value as the centre of international dispute resolution. 

Published on: 19/05/2021

Challenge, change, and opportunity

Robert Buckland QC’s speech to delegates at LIDW stressed contemporary challenges, such as Brexit, and the pandemic, and changes, such as enabling access to justice in a digital age – but also opportunities.

Published on: 17/05/2021

Beyond attrition: Is winning at all costs consistent with the wellbeing and mental health of your team?

The final core panel session of London International Disputes Week was a thoughtful discussion about mental health in the legal profession.

Published on: 14/05/2021

Offering a corporate view

Ben Rigby hears how corporate counsel are addressing current challenges in international dispute resolution, including which dispute resolution methods they prefer and whether, why, and how the perceive London as a dispute resolution hub, as well as pervasive issues of costs and risk management.

Published on: 13/05/2021

A fireside chat

Introduced by Guy Beringer QC (Hon), once senior partner of Allen & Overy, this panel consisted of Stephanie Boyce, president of the Law Society, Derek Sweeting QC, chair of the Bar Council, and Lord David Wolfson QC, once of One Essex Court, of the Ministry of Justice.

Published on: 12/05/2021

Class actions and litigation funding discussed

The highlight of Tuesday morning’s sessions included a detailed discussion on funding access to justice, spanning class actions, and collective redress, litigation funding, and the agreements that support them, from hourly rate to Damages Based Agreements

Published on: 12/05/2021

Vos sketches out London’s digital disputes destination

The Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey Vos, gave the keynote address at London International Disputes Week’s opening day

Published on: 11/05/2021

Networking and working in a virtual world

Two aspects of dispute resolution were discussed in Monday’s opening sessions at LIDW, notes Ben Rigby; one, the challenges of practice development, and second, how to manage digital solutions to a decentralised age.

Published on: 11/05/2021

Disputes destination: a look forward to London International Disputes Week

London retains its attraction as one of the leading destinations for commercial parties seeking to resolve their disputes, says Ben Rigby.

Published on: 09/05/2021

London International Dispute Week

Mind the expectation gap

“What on earth were the auditors doing?” is a familiar cry whenever the headlines include another high-profile entity that has either collapsed or been caught up in a serious financial scandal, or both.

Published on: 06/05/2021

Beyond buzzwords: the role of the behavioural sciences in dispute resolution

The behavioural sciences are fascinating. Studies showing how people make predictable and systematic ‘errors’ in decision-making can make for amusing and intriguing stories, often met with a mix of ‘this cannot be true’ (as they go against most of what we understand about rational judgment) and ‘that seems about right’ (as heuristics and biases are part of human nature and may therefore feel intuitive).

Published on: 04/05/2021

Technology has enabled the evolution of the disputes lawyers practice but will it spark a revolution

Co-founding Partner of London Disputes boutique and disputes tech advisor, Luke Tucker Harrison considers the current landscape for legaltech and what’s on the horizon.

Published on: 28/04/2021

What must dispute resolution lawyers do to help save the world?

There are things that firms can (and must) do, at every stage of a dispute, to minimise the environmental impact of their work, argues Jane Hughes of Stevens & Bolton LLP, and these things go far beyond using electronic documents, and minimising travel.

Published on: 26/04/2021

London International Dispute Week 2021

An unprecedented recession means unprecedented disputes: emerging themes in pandemic-driven matters

At least in some parts of the world, a sense of normality appears to be on the horizon after the COVID-19 pandemic, and with it will come much-needed relief from the current financial downturn.

Published on: 23/04/2021

Is a dispute “worth” it?

What is a legal dispute worth? It may depend on who you ask to price it.

Published on: 15/04/2021

Winter is coming: contracting for climate change

Contracts are a powerful tool available to any business to protect against the risks posed by climate change – especially since climate change risks are already known to and experienced by us.

Published on: 06/04/2021

A city of the world: London as an international dispute resolution hub

London's legal future is as a dispute resolution hub for international firms, writes Professor Loukas Mistelis

Published on: 04/03/2021

A word from our sponsors: LIDW21 sponsors speak on their expectations for the event

This blog shares thoughts from several of our sponsors who had originally signed up for what we had planned in 2020 and have remained with us as sponsors for the virtual 2021 event. Further sponsors are already signing up and more will follow in relation to those.

Published on: 15/02/2021

The litigation centre of a decentralised world

Even in an online era, London is still the home of dispute resolution, writes Tobias Sansome of Byfield Consultancy.

Published on: 05/02/2021

Why LIDW has moved to a membership structure

Over the last year, London International Disputes Week (LIDW) has transformed into a membership organisation and grown that membership in order to take the aims and ambitions of LIDW forward. Emily Morris, LIDW Board Member and Head of Marketing at Atkin Chambers, summarises why the original founding members and supporters of LIDW have orchestrated this change.

Published on: 12/11/2020

The lessons of virtual and hybrid cases in London’s Commerial Court

On Wednesday 18 March, all hearings in the Commercial Court were proceeding as usual. By Friday 20 March, every single hearing in the list was virtual. What any of the judges would have said in advance was utterly impossible, simply happened.

Published on: 12/11/2020

Questions to ask your lawyer at the start of a dispute

Lawyers are obliged by professional conduct rules to inform their clients at the start of a dispute what they think are the likely costs, length and outcome of the proceedings. But what else should a client that is new to litigation or arbitration ask their lawyer?

Published on: 12/11/2020