London International Disputes Week 2023

Members of 3VB are pleased to be taking part in several events across London International Disputes Week 2023, which takes place from 15-19 May.

The theme of LIDW23 is Adapting to a Changing World. The conference will be a forward-thinking and inclusive forum for discussion embracing legal London’s commitment to diversity.

3VB are supporting LIDW23 with several member-hosted events:

Decrypting Crypto – Reading the Runes

Saima Hanif KC will be speaking on a panel which will examine the challenges caused by the nature of digital assets and those who deal in them, the different approaches being considered and adopted by legal and regulatory bodies around the world and the difficulties in formalising a joined-up approach to ensure fraud victims are able to enforce judgments and recover assets.

  • 3VB with Stevens & Bolton

Wednesday 17 May, 08:30 – 10:00 (BST)


Christopher Harris KC co-chairing, Ali Malek KC and Cameron Miles speaking. A high-level, interactive discussion on the major developments in investment treaty arbitration, including: Ukraine, Russia, and issues of territory; Sunset clauses and intra-EU BITs and allegations of corruption and fraud in post-award challenges.

Cameron Miles speaking at the Sunset clauses and intra-EU BITs session from 11:40-12:40

Ali Malek KC speaking at the Allegations of corruption and fraud in post-award challenges session from 13:40-14:40

Wednesday 17 May, 19:00 – 16:15 (BST)

Fixing what ain’t broke: does the Arbitration Act 1996 really need reform?

Mark Wassouf speaking on a panel discussing the Law Commission’s proposed reform of the arbitration act and whether those reforms are necessary.

Ali Malek KC will chair this session.

  • 3VB with Three Crowns

Wednesday 17 May, 10:00-11:00 (BST)

Liability of crypto exchanges in a changing world: the law, developments and trends

Chloë Bell speaking on a panel session covering (1) the liability of exchanges as a constructive trustee, (2) following vs tracing of crypto into and through exchanges (3) the potential for a Quincecare-type duty to be owed by exchanges (4) claims under s.19 FSMA and (5) what exchanges might do to mitigate risk.

Wednesday 17 May, 14:00-15:00 (BST)

The Future of ESG Claims and Class Actions

Peter de Verneuil Smith KC speaking on panel will cover the following topics:

– Where are we with ESG based claims in England & Wales?

– What is the appeal of s.90/90A FSMA for ESG litigation?

– What is the scope for company law routes such as unfair prejudice and derivative actions to be used for ESG driven litigation?

– How are defendants reacting to and managing ESG litigation?

  • 3VB with Pallas Partners and Harbour Litigation Funding

Thursday 18 May, 08:30-10:00 (BST)

Dispelling enforcement myths by jurisdiction

Can Yeginsu speaking on a panel focusing on enforcement in different and challenging jurisdictions, with an aim to feature speakers across a variety of jurisdictions and experience to dispel some myths.

  • 3VB with Boies Schiller Flexner

Thursday 18 May, 08:30-09:30 (BST)

Disputes involving States arising out of war

Mark Wassouf joins panel discussions addressing disputes from a local and international perspective: a comparative look at how conflict related disputes will be resolved in a State-to-State and investor-State context; the implication of sanctions; war clauses in BITs and other mechanisms; disputes in English courts.

  • 3VB with White & Case and Clyde & Co; with the participation of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), Essex Court Chambers and Squire Patton Boggs.

Thursday 18 May, 10:30-12:30 (BST)

Quantum in volatile times: Challenges faced by experts, counsel, and arbitrators, and strategies to cope

Judy Fu speaking on a panel covering damages issues in arbitration in increasingly volatile times.

  • 3VB with FTI Consulting, Fountain Court Chambers and Enyo Law

Thursday 18 May, 16:00-17:00 (BST)

Disinformation in international disputes

Ali Malek KC speaking on a panel addressing the question of how disinformation and misinformation can impact international disputes and how lawyers can counter narratives which may disrupt their client’s legal strategy.

  • 3VB with Avisa Partners and British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)

Thursday 18 May, 18:00-19:00 (BST)

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