London International Disputes Week 2024

Members of 3VB are pleased to be taking part in several events across London International Disputes Week 2024, which takes place from 3 June – 7 June.

The theme of LIDW24 is Uniting for global challenge and opportunity. 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. Now in its fifth year, LIDW24 builds on the success of its previous successful events and strives to be a forward-thinking and inclusive forum for discussion embracing legal London’s commitment to diversity.

3VB are supporting LIDW24 with several member-hosted events:

Wednesday 5th June

GAR Live: ISDS 2024

Christopher Harris KC will be co-chairing the main event together with Ruth Byrne KC from King & Spalding.

Amit Sibal SA, will join the panel to discuss ‘The year ahead in ISDS’ from 10:15 – 11:15

Tariq Baloch is moderating the session on ‘Predictability, fragmentation and compliance/cooperation’ from 13:45 – 14:30

ESG Disputes in 2024 and Beyond 11:00 – 12:30 (BST)

Peter de Verneuil Smith and Judy Fu will be speaking on a panel event which is exploring:

– Impact of disclosure requirements arising from new insurance regulations.

– The use of CPR 19.6 for ESG – recent strike out authorities, implications for s.90/s.90A.

– Making English holding companies liable for the wrongdoing of subsidiaries- recent authorities on this.

– The future of the corporate route, including (i) directors’ liabilities and (ii) business human right.

– The funder’s perspective on ESG litigation in 2024.

  • 3VB with Simmons & Simmons

Navigating sanctions disputes: current issues and future trends 11:00 – 12:30 (BST)

Saima Hanif KC will join the lively discussion of:

– Current trends in sanctions disputes;

– Effective strategies for mitigating and resolving sanctions-related disputes;

– The critical role of risk assessment and compliance in mitigating legal exposure;

– Navigating the intersection of UK, EU, and US sanctions regimes; and

– Expectations for sanctions disputes in 2024 and beyond.

  • 3VB with DLA Piper

Securities litigation and ESG: shareholder activism, company performance, and future disputes 14:00 – 15:30 (BST)

Philip Hinks will join the speakers to explore how, through securities litigation, corporates are being targeted and held to account for their potential ESG failings, the value ascribed to missed metrics, and discuss findings from Kroll’s ESG and Global Investor Returns Study, the most comprehensive quantitative examination between a company’s global stock returns and their ESG ratings and drawing on data from over 13,000 publicly traded companies across a variety of geographies and industries.

  • 3VB with Fox Williams and Kroll

Trends in the enforcement of ICSID awards: is the UK still a hospitable jurisdiction for the enforcement of investor-State awards? 16:00 – 17:30 (BST)

Ali Malek KC will join the panel to discuss whether the UK is still a hospitable jurisdiction for the enforcement of investor-State awards, while certain national courts within the EU have created significant obstacles for States seeking to enforce in those jurisdictions.

  • 3VB with Debevoise & Plimpton and J.S. Held

The next battle on evidence: establishing authenticity in a world of advancing technology from the common and civil law perspective 16:00 – 17:30 (BST)

David Quest KC and Jane Davies Evans KC will join the panel discussion to consider the use of AI in producing evidence, the role of deepfakes and the ability to alter or create documentary evidence in a highly convincing way.

  • 3VB and Addleshaw Goddard

Rebuilding Ukraine: making sanctioned individuals and rogue states pay using frozen and seized assets 18:30 – 20:00 (BST)

Farhaz Khan KC will join the discussion which addresses how to navigate hurdles preventing enforcement, especially in complex disputes which are often geopolitically sensitive by using a range of tactics including:

– asset tracing investigations and intelligence-gathering,

– geo-political insight and government relations campaigns, and

– strategic communications, media relations, and influence campaigns.

  • 3VB with Forward Global

Thursday 6th June

Bank Collapse and ISDS: Arbitration Strategy and Dramatis Personae 9am – 10:30 (BST)

Cameron Miles will join the panel event exploring the life cycle of an international investment dispute arising out of the collapse of a bank from the perspective of the major personalities involved: the bank; the State and those in-between.

  • 3VB and Reed Smith

David vs Goliath: Contractual disputes involving States – experience from Africa 11:00 – 12:30 (BST)

Jane Davies Evans KC will join a group of highly experienced specialists who will discuss several aspects of the expert’s tool-kit for handling arbitrations involving states which arise out of the contracts made between private contractors or investors and states and state-owned companies; referencing to their own experience resolving disputes in the region.

  • 3VB and Howard Kennedy

Upholding the rule of law in international claims 11:00 – 12:30 (BST)

Mark Wassouf will join a panel discussing the implications for international claims where there is evidence of corruption, bribery and other acts undermining the rule of law on the part of the Parties or their counsel. The panel will discuss recent decisions in England and internationally.

  • 3VB with White & Case, Clyde & Co, QMU

The David D. Caron Praelium 2024: An Annual Celebration of Advocacy 16:00 – 17:30 (BST)

This year, advocates Kate Davies KC and Tariq Baloch will join the annual celebration of advocacy, deploying their oratorical and advocacy skills in the service of important current legal issues before a distinguished three-member tribunal.

  • Three Crowns LLP and King’s College London (Law School)

Arbitration in India and the MENA Region: Roadmap to 2030 16:00 – 17:30 (BST)

Associate member Amit Sibal SA will join the panel discussion on the future of arbitration in the burgeoning hubs of India and the MENA region. Topics will range from the procedural to substantive, including conundrums of reciprocity in recognition of judgments and awards, differing approaches to advocacy, the right choice of arbitral institutions and the continued centrality of construction disputes. The event will ensure ample scope for audience questions and participation.

  •  King & Spalding International LLP and International Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Hyderabad

Solace on Quantum: Getting to Grips with Damages in International Arbitration 16:00 – 17:30 (BST)

Ali Malek KC will join this panel which brings together a diverse array of perspectives on quantum—including arbitrator and expert—to consider what makes a good quantum expert, how to most effectively integrate quantum evidence into a party’s pleaded case, and recent trends.

  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Young ICCA

Friday 7th June

The role of London in respect of intra-EU investment treaty disputes: a seat and a hub for enforcement? 11:00 – 12:30 (BST)

In light of the CJEU decisions of Achmea and Komstroy, and following the UK’s exit from the EU, the international arbitral community has been closely looking at London to see how the English courts deal with the enforcement of intra-EU arbitral awards.

Judy Fu will join the panel to discuss the current landscape of enforcement of intra-EU awards in the English courts and discuss whether or not London will become a global hub for enforcement of intra-EU arbitral awards. Brexit, in addition, may make London an attractive seat for intra-EU investment treaty disputes where these are not pursued under the ICSID Convention.

  • 3VB with Stewarts
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