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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

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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

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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