Adapting to a Changing World

15 May 2023 - 19 May 2023
London International Disputes Week


London holds international appeal as a global centre for dispute resolution – whether through its courts or by arbitration, mediation, expert determination or negotiation – built upon a rich tradition of English law dating back to the Magna Carta. LIDW23 builds on the success of its three previous successful events and strives to be a forward-thinking and inclusive forum for discussion embracing legal London’s commitment to diversity.


With its theme: Adapting to a Changing World, LIDW23 will follow up on last year’s theme “Global, Sustainable, Ethical” and look not only at what progress has been made in the dispute resolution world over the last year, but also at what we can expect over the next year and beyond as the world’s economies hit some well publicised headwinds. What does the next year hold for dispute resolution professionals around the world?

LIDW23 will feature a combination of a varied technical programme combined with the usual variety of social and networking events to enable participants to share ideas, to make new contacts and connections and to renew old acquaintances.

The week will feature a one day conference held at No. 8 Northumberland Avenue at which leading practitioners, judges, arbitrators and all those involved in the dispute resolution business will consider the important matters that affect our clients. We will look at our theme through panel sessions from different perspectives (with one in-house panel session and one panel of senior international judges), as well as examining different topics such as data, AI, class actions/collective redress – plus ample opportunity for networking throughout the day.

LIDW23 will also feather an International Arbitration Day: a flagship arbitration event showcasing the importance of London as a global arbitration centre. High-profile keynotes will open the day, followed by 12 in-person panels on jurisdictions and regions spanning the world from China to Latin America. In line with the LIDW23 theme the panels will discuss key local developments as well as the relevance of English law and London as a seat of arbitration. The International Arbitration Day sessions will be hosted by a hub of member firms formed by Mayer Brown, Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy, all within a 5-minute walk of each other, allowing delegates plenty of time to move between panels.

Events organised by LIDW Members will play a large part in the Week. In line with the LIDW ethos, our Members are collaborating to put on events taking place across London, focussing on applying our theme of “Adapting to a Changing World” to a range of dispute types; we expect a broad mix of events and have had huge interest from members. More events will be added as we get closer to the Week itself and the range of topics covered should mean that there really is something for everyone.

LIDW is of course also about meeting new friends and contacts and keeping up with old friends in the international disputes community. The LIDW23 conference programme will also be complemented by a number of organised social events, including opening drinks in the Royal Courts of Justice co-hosted with the Commercial Litigators’ Forum in support of the National Pro Bono Centre, a drinks reception for up to 500 attendees following the main conference, and an event, featuring the ever popular Law Rocks, organised for our young and young at heart delegates.

We look forward to welcoming you to LIDW in May 2023.


Event FAQs
  • What is London International Disputes Week (LIDW)?
    • In late 2017, a group of London-based legal professionals collaborated to discuss how to globally promote English law and London as a leading centre for international dispute resolution and to celebrate its rich heritage.
    • This group developed to an association of over 60 founders and supporting institutions who joined together to present the inaugural LIDW event in May 2019.
    • In October 2019, representatives from the group incorporated ‘London International Disputes Week Limited’ under the Companies Act 2006 as a private, not-for-profit organisation.
    • The day-to-day activities of LIDW are led by member volunteers, made up of a core committee and sub-committees. LIDW is supported in its work by TMB Events, a leading UK event management company and Portland Communications, a leading strategic communications firm, specialising in litigation and disputes.
  • Where is LIDW taking place?
    • This year LIDW’s one-day hybrid conference will be hosted at 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 16 May 2023.
    • The International Day on Monday 15 May 2023 will be hosted at three locations, all within a short walk of one another to enable delegates to attend the sessions they wish. The venues are: Mayer Brown’s offices (201 Bishopsgate), Herbert Smith Freehill’s offices (Exchange House, Primrose Street) and Allen & Overy’s offices (One Bishops Square).
    • LIDW member hosted events are taking place at a number of locations across London from Wednesday 17 May– Friday 19 May. They will be predominantly hybrid events. A variety of social events are also taking place throughout the week at venues across central London.
  • Who is attending LIDW23?
    • LIDW23 brings together lawyers, judges, arbitrators, academics, clients, government officials and others involved with dispute resolution from around the world spanning many sectors.
  • What is the difference between the main conference and member hosted events?
    • The main conference will be held at 8 Northumberland Avenue, is organised by the committee, and will host a series of sessions throughout the day. There will also be extensive networking opportunities and a drinks reception.
    • The member hosted events will be held at various venues around London. They are typically shorter sessions often accompanied by further networking opportunities. Delegates can build their own agenda, suited to their interests, from the schedule of member-hosted events.
  • Do I need to pre-book my place onto specific sessions?
    • Both in-person and virtual tickets will provide you with access to all the sessions that form part of the main one-day hybrid conference.
    • You will need to pre-register for all other events running throughout the week. You will be able to do this through the LIDW23 website.
  • What time zone is LIDW23 being held in?
    • The times of all sessions stated within the event programme will be BST
  • Will you be offering translation services?
    • All sessions will be in English and unfortunately there will be no translation.
  • Will there be any networking opportunities available?
    • Yes. At all events throughout the week there will be extensive networking opportunities.
  • Joining Instructions
    • Pre-event instructions for the one-day hybrid conference will be communicated to you in a separate email in the week prior to the event and the organisers for our member hosted sessions, as well as GAR Live and this year’s party for the young and young at heart, will be in touch with you separately prior to LIDW23.
    • If you have not received instructions by Friday 12 May 2023 please email
  • How do I get to 8 Northumberland Avenue?
    • We would recommend travelling by public transport as there is no parking at the venue.
    • The nearest underground stations are Embankment and Charing Cross. The nearest mainline station is Charing Cross.
  • What technology/software do I require to participate in LIDW23 virtually?
    • You do not need to download any software to access the main one-day hybrid conference. However, we do recommend that for the best experience you use a PC / Laptop with Google Chrome browser. If you do not have Google Chrome on your laptop/computer, you can find instructions on how to download the application by clicking here.
    • To ensure the best experience please make sure you have a stable and good internet connection. We suggest disconnecting from any VPN connection and join using a hardwire wherever possible.
    • For any further technical help, either before or on the day, in relation to the main one-day hybrid conference please contact . Please note, any LIDW member hosted sessions will communicate their requirements separately.
  • What is the dress code?
    • The dress code for this year’s one-day hybrid conference at 8 Northumberland Avenue and official drinks reception on Tuesday 16 May 2023 is business attire.
  • Can I attend the Tuesday drinks reception without having been to the Conference?
    • The drinks reception following the conference is for delegates only due to limited capacity.

Registration FAQs

General FAQs
  • I am travelling from abroad, where is the best place to stay?
    • There is also a hotel at 8 Northumberland Avenue – Club Quarters hotel. Bookings can be made here
    • As 8 Northumberland Avenue is located in central London, just off Trafalgar Square, there is a wide selection of hotels nearby to suit all budgets.
  • Can I sponsor LIDW?
    • Yes, LIDW has various sponsorship opportunities on offer for the week. For more information, please email
  • COVID-19 Guidelines
    • LIDW will adhere to local government guidelines and maintain high health and safety standards so that all attendees that come to our events can continue to do business effectively and network with their peers safely. For the protection and wellbeing of all event attendees, we do recommend that you perform a lateral flow test before attending the event, although this is not a specific requirement. If you test positive for covid, feel unwell or have any covid symptoms, please do not attend the event. Please note our entry policy is subject to change at any time based on a change in local regulations.