39 Essex Chambers, Brick Court Chambers, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Fountain Court Chambers, Mishcon de Reya, RPC, Simmons & Simmons
This session will examine how the Courts and legal profession in England & Wales have responded to demands to modernise and improve the approach taken to the production and deployment of evidence during the litigation process.
A keynote speech will be followed by three panels, comprising justices of the High Court, US trial advocates, Queens Counsel, clients and lawyers from the UK and Ireland. The sessions will provide a lively and we anticipate controversial debate on what ‘perfect’ procedures might include in relation to disclosure, witness evidence and the deployment of evidence at trial.
Panel 1—Disclosure in England & Wales—a model to follow?
With the explosion of data and the challenges that presents for all civil justice systems that place an emphasis on documentary evidence, what is the right approach to be taken to disclosure?
Is justice dependent on the parties leaving no stone unturned, irrespective of cost or should disclosure be limited to just those documents on which a party relies?
In the first of three discussions on the theme of ‘evidence’, this panel will review:
Moderator: Ed Crosse (Partner, Simmons & Simmons, Immediate Past President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association). Panel: The Hon. Mr Justice Robin Knowles, CBE (Commercial Court, London), Parham Kouchikali (Partner, RPC, London), Clare Lynch (Senior Solicitor, Litigation, Vodafone Group, London), Glenn Hendrix (Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta, USA. Former Chair of the ABA Section of International Law) and Paula Fearon (Head of Project Services, McCann FitzGerald).
Panel 2—Witness Evidence—the next cab on the reform rank? Do we need to change and, if so, what?
Moderator: Julian Acratopulo (Partner, Clifford Chance). Panel: The Hon. Mr Justice Andrew Baker, Paul Darling QC (39 Essex Street Chambers, London), Bridget Murphy (Senior Litigation Counsel, GE Capital) and Guy Pendell (Head of Disputes, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang),
Panel 3—Deployment of evidence at trial
Moderator: Nicola Bridge (Partner Mishcon de Reya). Panel: The Hon, Mrs Justice Sara Cockerill (Commercial Court, London), Harry Matovu QC (Brick Court Chambers, London), Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC (Fountain Court Chambers, London), Mark Hyland (Partner, Seward & Kissell, New York) and Philippa Hill (Partner, Grant Thornton).
Registration and catering: Registration and networking will commence at 13:30 pm, in time for a prompt 14:00 pm start to the session. A short drinks reception will take place after the session.
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