Commercial Litigation Summit – 15 May 2018


The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD

The Legal Business Commercial Litigation Summit – one of the top litigation conferences in the UK – returns for its fourth year, uniting well over 100 senior practitioners and clients to discuss the issues defining the modern disputes scene.

Speakers include

  • Lord Neuberger – One Essex Court
  • Mr Justice Knowles
  • Richard Lissack QC – Fountain Court
  • John Taylor QC – Fountain Court
  • Akhil Shah QC – Fountain Court
  • Adam Sher – Fountain Court
  • Nik Yeo – Fountain Court
  • Danielle Carr – SCA Ontier
  • Lord Gold – David Gold Associates
  • Julian Copeman – Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Tom Spender – Lloyds Banking Group
  • Caroline Goodman – Institutional Protection Services
  • Jason Yardley – Jenner & Block
  • Charlie Lightfoot – Jenner & Block
  • Paul Worth – Eversheds Sutherland
  • Tim Maltin – Maltin PR
  • Jonathan Nash QC – 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Tracey Dovaston – Barclays
  • Craig Arnott – Burford Capital
  • John McElroy – Hausfeld
  • PJ Kirby QC – Hardwicke
  • Amy Pope – Schillings
  • Ed Sparrow – City of London Law Society
  • Matthew Hibbert – Sky
  • Adam Kramer – 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Richard Hoyle – Essex Court
  • Simon Bushell – Signature Litigation
  • Claire Shaw – Keystone Law

To confirm your attendance, email our Client Relationship Manager Craig Belson –


 8.30am–9.00am registration


Jason Yardley, partner, Jenner & Block

9.10am–10.00am Disputes funding – Changing the nature of litigation?

The panel will address the growing importance of third party funding in disputes litigated in London and how clients and lawyers navigate the new economics of law. We also ask how litigation funding is changing the nature of claims hitting the courts.

 10.00am-10.25am Richard Lissack QC in conversation with Lord Neuberger

 10.25am-10.40am – Coffee break

10.40am-11.30am Legal privilege – down but not out

The panel will examine the issues threatening LPP following last year’s judgment in The Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation as well as mounting tensions between regulators and lawyers over confidentiality. The session will cover the current state of the law on litigation privilege and legal advice privilege in regulatory investigations and explore how clients can organise their affairs to maximise their protection.

11.30am-12.20pm Technology in courts – will it ever cut costs?

The increasing importance of technology in litigation covers a broad spectrum: analytics, e-discovery, predictive coding, online filing, and court infrastructure. We chart the trends and ask the core question: when will the provision of technology start to cut – rather than increase –  litigation costs?

12.20pm-1.20pm LUNCH

Afternoon session

A client’s perspective on when to avoid litigation (and how to embrace it)

1.20pm–2.10pm Disclosure reform – which side are you on?

Current initiatives to reform disclosure are proving hugely divisive among the litigation community, with camps split between enthusiastic support and trenchant criticism. We debate the pros and cons of how the reforms are working and their impact on everyone involved.

 2.10pm–3.00pm Risk – A litigator’s view on how to manage it and avoid seeing a judge

Strategies to head off litigation risk, including cyber policies and effective compliance. As well as addressing key risk topics, this session will discuss 2018 research highlighting how collaborative and efficient processes and pre-dispute protocols can help GCs avert litigation.

3.00pm-3.15pm – Coffee

3.15pm–4.00pm The GC perspective on doing battle (inside court and out)

Once litigation has gone beyond the point of no return, how do clients manage the process to minimise costs? And how can GCs keep control of the narrative through an effective PR strategy?

4.00pm–4.50pm Group litigation – Of myths and monsters

After many false dawns, recent years have seen the emergence of substantive group claims, and the specialist firms ready to take them forward. We assess the prospects ahead.





London, United Kingdom