This plenary session will bring together legal practitioners, in-house counsel and experts from across the globe to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of litigation, arbitration, ADR and other dispute resolution methods. Its speakers will explain why each form of dispute resolution may be suitable for various circumstances and explore some of the legal hot topics […]
This breakout session will explore how knowing the nuances to negotiating with various cultures can help you excel in global negotiations. In doing so, speakers will share their most difficult negotiations and provide important tips for dealing with new cultures for the first time. Being culturally aware and knowing your counterpart is critical in achieving […]
This breakout session will hear from legal professionals across the world about how they have raised their profile on an international level, how they deal with the various time zones and the challenges that that can bring, and how (or if) they maintain a work-life balance with their international profiles and the challenges of international […]
In this breakout session, experts of advocacy will consider whether oral advocacy is necessary, comparing the civil and common law approaches, and will consider how advocacy is best conducted. Enjoy a short, mock cross-examination and re-examination to demonstrate and explore the various tactics available to those who carry out advocacy in London and similar common […]
This roundtable session will bring together corporate counsel from all over the world. Its speakers will address how in-house lawyers see the current challenges in international dispute resolution, what they look for in engaging external counsel, how they decide what to outsource and what they can do in-house. Its speakers will also discuss what dispute […]
This plenary session, which marks the 125th anniversary of the Commercial Court in London, and is presented in conjunction with the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts, will look not only at the role that the Commercial Court has played in shaping international dispute resolution over the last 125 years but also at what the […]
This plenary session will consider the carbon footprint of international disputes lawyers and whether there are appropriate ways to reduce it. For example, should disputes lawyers reduce face-to-face meetings and use technology for efficiency? And is it necessary to print thousands of pages when most people now read from a screen? The session will also […]
This breakout session will explore how external legal counsel can get the lawyer-client relationship right when amid numerous competing pressures – especially when contentious matters make things tense. Over time the role of external legal counsel has been evolving in a number of different ways, often depending on the client's changing internal legal capabilities and […]
This breakout session will examine how the legal profession interacts during the life of a dispute – from our clients through to the judiciary. Controversially, the panel will also examine how we engage with opposing counsel. For example, should any regard be had to the personal commitments of others when requiring a brief to be […]
This breakout session will explore issues related to group claims and how they facilitate access to justice. For example, what hurdles do claimants face? And is the balance correct between special costs treatment for claimants and costs protection for defendants against vexatious litigation? The session will cover topics including the future of collective actions and […]
This breakout session will consider the use of evidence in international dispute resolution, including the Disclosure Pilot Scheme in the English Business and Property Courts, the review of witness statements in litigation, whether the Prague Rules have been adopted by many during arbitration and, if so, to what extent, or whether practitioners still prefer the […]
This breakout session will explore the pricing and funding options available for dispute resolution users. One of the main concerns of dispute resolution users is the potentially high costs. It is often debated that the traditional hourly rate can produce very high legal fees and as a result increasing alternative fee arrangements are offered. The […]
This breakout session will look at how state parties engage in disputes. State parties are increasingly involved in international disputes, not only in the ‘traditional’ role as respondents but also as claimants. The involvement of states and state-owned enterprises as well as sovereign wealth funds in cross-border commercial activity and investment has mandated that there […]
This breakout session will look at how human psychology and behaviour impacts dispute resolution for parties, counsel and decision-makers (for example, judges and arbitrators). The study of ‘behavioural law’, which takes into account the limitations of human rationality in decision-making, has grown as an academic subject in the last decade, and the influence of biases […]
This breakout session will focus on how lawyers in multi-jurisdictional disputes can work with colleagues who observe different ethical or professional codes. Such work may result in challenging ethical scenarios: what ethical code adherence would prevail? Are there internationally accepted ethical and professional standards? Are they adequate for international dispute resolution or is there need […]
The final session of the LIDW2020 Conference will consider a wide range of issues about how technology is affecting the business of law as well as about how the law needs to develop and adapt in order to provide a legal framework capable of maintaining the rule of law in this brave new world. Science […]
To all our colleagues, friends and partners in the international disputes community.
In light of Covid-19, the LIDW events that are currently scheduled to take place in September will be postponed until the week of 10 May 2021.
While this is disappointing, we are keen that the international disputes community is able to make the most of the exciting programme of sessions that we have lined up so we can build on the momentum that LIDW2019 created. We look forward to developing that with you when it is safer for us all to be together in person.
We have been greatly encouraged by the response to the programme and look forward to the rescheduled event delivering crucial insights into the future of the business and law of international dispute resolution. Any ticket purchases already made for the 2020 event will carry over to 2021.
We look forward to welcoming you to the event in person in May 2021.
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