Shipping disputes: London, à la carte

10 May 2019 | 10:00 - 13:00 | Duration: 180 minutes


20 Essex Street Chambers, 4 Pump Court, 7 King's Bench Walk, HFW, Quadrant Chambers, Reed Smith, South Square, Stephenson Harwood, the London Maritime Arbitrators Association

What this session will cover

This highly interactive event includes two linked panel sessions and a Question Time (Q&A) session, presenting the key choices that London offers as a centre for international shipping dispute resolution and exploring some topical issues.

By reference to arbitration, litigation, and mediation of shipping disputes from the perspective of the client, the lawyer, the arbitrator, the mediator, and the judiciary, we will look at how London is equipped to meet future challenges in servicing the continuing needs of the industry so as to remain an attractive jurisdiction for international shipping disputes.

  • Our keynote address from Lord Clarke will identify the themes associated with the future of international shipping disputes, and the resources London offers to manage and resolve them.
  • Two In-depth interactive panel sessions will follow in which leading industry experts will address the practical issues raised by three real-life case studies involving a shipbuilding dispute, a charterparty claim arising out of piracy, and a smaller claim involving cross-border insolvency and enforcement issues. Delegates will have the chance to put forward their own comments and questions and will be able to influence the outcome of the session by voting on the case studies, the issues they raise and the points discussed during the session.  Using these case studies as a reference point, the panel will, amongst other things, critically explore:
  • The choices for dispute resolution in the shipping context
  • The interface between the different dispute resolution procedures
  • The importance of recognising cultural differences in the approach to dispute resolution
  • The problems associated with multi-tiered clauses
  • The availability of interim relief such as anti-suit injunctions, especially post Brexit
  • Costs and case management in multi-party disputes, including enforcement issues
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Question Time session – delegates will have the opportunity to submit pre-prepared questions for industry experts. Costs, funding, artificial intelligence and diversity will be addressed.
  • Closing comments by Lord Clarke

Confirmed speakers and moderators include: Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony (key note speaker), Julia Dias QC (7KBW) (panel 1 moderator), Clare Ambrose (20 Essex Street) (panel 2 moderator), Ian Gaunt (LMAA), Bruce Harris (LMAA), Stephen Hofmeyr QC (7KBW), Nicholas Vineall QC (4 Pump Court), Simon Kverndal QC (Quadrant Chambers), Mark Arnold QC (South Square), Thomas Raphael QC (20 Essex Street), George Eddings (Partner, HFW), Jonathan Webb (Partner, HFW), Andrew Taylor (Partner, Reed Smith), Mike Phillips (Partner, Stephenson Harwood), Simon Leslie (Associate Director, A Bilbrough & Co Ltd), and Francis Sarre (CLO, Compagnie Maritime Belge).

Registration and catering: Registration and networking will commence at 9:30 am, in time for a prompt 10:00 am start. A buffet lunch will be available after the session, sponsored by HFW, Quadrant Chambers, 7KBW, and 20 Essex Street.

This event is being held at:



Friary Court,
65 Crutched Friars,

Getting There

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