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A fireside chat

Three strands dominated this fireside chat; one, on the importance of English & Welsh law internationally; secondly, access to justice, and lastly, diversity and inclusion Wolfson started the discussion, focusing on the role legal services played in international trade and investment. His MOJ, post-Brexit, wanted to remove barriers that hindered the ability of lawyers to […]

Published on: 05/12/21

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

Thursday afternoon’s final session examined the wellbeing and mental health challenges faced by those involved in the litigation process, from clients, to law firms, and from counsel to the bench. Controversially, the panel was framed in terms of how lawyers engage with opposing counsel: Do we really need to send a 15 page letter on […]

Published on: 05/14/21

Class actions and litigation funding discussed

Tuesday’s morning’s chief highlight included a lively examination of two of the main concerns in dispute resolution – the level of legal costs and how they are funded; and the role of class actions and collective redress claims. As Luke Harrison, of Keidan Harrison, explained in his introduction to this session, chaired by the former […]

Published on: 05/12/21

Disputes destination: a look forward to London International Disputes Week

London remains competitive as a centre for international disputes. That was the strong message given by two recent surveys; one, in April, conducted by Portland Communications, showed the Business and Property Courts issued nearly 300 judgments in the year to March 2021, an increase of 47% up on 2020, helping to dispel concerns over how […]

Published on: 05/9/21

International mediation – how not to get lost in translation

Disputes are difficult at the best of times. Add parties who come from different countries and cultures and things can become even more challenging. That’s why for international disputes it is good to have a mediator who is attuned to global differences and can guide you and your client through any potential minefields. During your […]

Published on: 01/19/22

Litigation in Greener Times

The prominence of these issues is also having a clear impact on the litigation risks businesses face.  While the numbers of litigated claims relating to climate change and sustainability currently remain low in the UK, this is expected to change at pace. Businesses are looking to their in-house counsel and external advisers to predict where […]

Published on: 12/15/21

London International Dispute Week

Mind the expectation gap

In recent years, it has become increasingly common to see the names of accounting firms splashed across the media. COVID-19 has accelerated the trend of corporate collapses and seems also to have increased the need to find “someone to blame”.               Leaping to the conclusion that the auditors must have […]

Published on: 05/6/21

Offering a corporate view

Steering the panel were Kai-Uwe Karl, the Global Chief Litigation Counsel, for GE, and Professor Loukas Mistelis, of Queen Mary University of London, who has blogged on London’s attractions for corporate counsel, and others, on this site. They were joined by Stephan Balthasar, senior legal counsel, Allianz, and Glenn Baumgarten, litigation counsel, Deutsche Telekom; alongside […]

Published on: 05/13/21

The litigation centre of a decentralised world

The inaugural London International Disputes Week (LIDW) in 2019 was an overwhelming success, not only for the attendees and hosts, but for London as a whole. With over 1,100 registrations from 47 jurisdictions around the world, the event – which provided a forum for discussion on the future of international litigation and arbitration – showcased […]

Published on: 02/5/21

Vos sketches out London’s digital disputes destination

Lessons learned from the pandemic would provide “a springboard for a truly digital justice system”, said Sir Geoffrey Vos, in his keynote address to delegates at 2021’s London International Dispute Week (LIDW), being held virtually. Referencing his last address to LIDW, in 2019, Vos drew together three themes; first, the development of online justice systems, […]

Published on: 05/11/21