The Legal Business International Arbitration Summit – 11 November 2019

bridging cliff edges

The devil in the detail


11 November 2019


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

Legal Business’ International Arbitration Summit – one of the top dispute conferences in the UK – returns for its fifth year, uniting well over 100 senior practitioners and clients to discuss the issues defining the modern disputes scene. This year sees us team up with a string of leading names in the field, including Boies Schiller Flexner, Stewarts, Eversheds Sutherland, Twenty Essex and Hardwicke.

To confirm your attendance, email our client relationship manager Craig Belson.

Keynote sponsor



Stewarts is a law firm like no other. Specialising in high-value and complex disputes, our track record of success for our clients has helped us become the UK’s leading, and largest, disputes-only law firm. Clients choose Stewarts for our legal excellence, our specialist expertise and our pioneering approach to complex disputes. Our focus is always on success: achieving the best results for our clients around the world. Each of our departments has an international reputation for excellence. We are top ranked in both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, the leading guides to the legal profession in the UK. The firm includes some of the UK’s leading disputes lawyers and is known for its innovative and groundbreaking approach to dispute management. Our arbitration department acts for clients worldwide, and offers sophisticated input from partners who also sit as arbitrators. Many of the disputes in which we act have an international element. We have strategic partnerships in place with law firms around the world to give our clients a seamless global approach

Panel sponsors


Boies Schiller Flexner logo

Boies Schiller Flexner is a firm of internationally recognised trial lawyers, crisis managers, and strategic advisors known for our creative, aggressive, and efficient pursuit of success for our clients. Over two decades, Boies Schiller Flexner has established a record of taking on and winning complex, groundbreaking, and cross‐border matters in diverse circumstances and industries for many of the world’s most sophisticated companies. Our lawyers are recognized for prevailing when the odds are longest and the stakes highest. We regularly take cases to trial, and we prepare each one accordingly from the start. We have the experience, judgment, and vision to develop the arguments that achieve favorable outcomes, whether those arguments are needed inside or outside of the courtroom. We build deep relationships with our core clients that allow us to represent them in any matter, in any forum, anywhere in the world. We regularly represent our clients as plaintiffs as well as defendants, often sharing the risk of litigation through creative fee structures. We strive every day to build upon that reputation and to achieve exceptional results for our clients.


Eversheds Sutherland

As a global top 15 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal advice and solutions to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals.

Our teams of lawyers around the world operate seamlessly to deliver the legal know-how and strategic alignment that clients need from their advisors to help further their business interests. Clients describe us as creative and well-versed in cutting edge legal work – we listen well in order to understand how and where we can be most effective and add the greatest value.

We shape our advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensure the right people are in the right places to offer insight and certainty – from the day-to-day to the most complex, multijurisdictional matters.

What unites us is our commitment to service excellence through a solution-oriented approach. We know our clients’ businesses, the industries and markets they operate in, and we know that great relationships yield the best outcomes.



Hardwicke is a leading commercial chambers which specialises in arbitration; commercial dispute resolution; construction and engineering; insolvency, restructuring and company; insurance; professional liability and property disputes. It also has niche specialisms in clinical negligence and personal injury as well as private client work. Handling both domestic and international work, Hardwicke is known for the quality of its members and client service as well as its innovative approach to issues such as funding.


McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.


20 Essex Street
A leading commercial set of chambers, the barristers of Twenty Essex offer outstanding legal minds combined with a modern and commercial disputes experience. Our clients include major global companies, institutions, governments and their advisors from around the world and our barristers advise and appear as advocates in court or arbitration in relation to a broad range of company and commercial, EU, competition, and public international law disputes. Practices involve the preparation and conduct of litigation before a wide range of courts and tribunals, in the UK, in foreign jurisdictions as well as on the international stage. The vast majority of the work is international in nature and we have well-established links to many overseas markets, including through our Asian hub in Singapore servicing clients throughout Asia-Pacific and beyond. The set is also home to a number of highly respected domestic and international arbitrators and mediators, some of whom were previously judges either in the UK or overseas.

Associate sponsors

The International Arbitration Centre (IAC) offers an exclusive hearing space, in the heart of legal London, providing incomparable facilities and five-star service.
We pride ourselves in offering complete privacy and confidentiality. Each hearing is housed within a private dedicated floor, no one other the parties and their representatives can access that floor. Our breakout suites are accessed via swipe card and include three boardrooms, a lounge area with fully stocked refreshments station, cloak area and separate lavatories. Each suite also has its own dedicated secure Wi-Fi network, secure private printing facilities and dedicated host.
Clients love our catering options which include exclusive menus from Gaucho, Top Hat and the Natural Food Kitchen.


Networking sponsors


Int-Arb Arbitrators will be launching in October 2019. These facilities will be based on the top floor roof terrace of the IAC. We are offering Independent Arbitrators unsurpassed facilities and high-end services with three dedicated clerks, IT support and accounting facilities. We have created a template for those looking to step away from their law firms, or the conflicts within chambers, to transit seamlessly across to Int-Arb Arbitrators. This includes independent websites, strategic diary management, fee negotiations and budgeting as well as a prime London address and flexible working facilities.

Draft agenda

Morning sessions:

Betting the bank – How arbitration went mainstream in financial services

With unprecedented use of arbitration among the financial services community, we explore why major banks are ditching their traditional aversion to ADR. Our panel will explore where arbitration can best deliver for financial institutions – and where it still falls short – and cast an eye to its future prospects in bank disputes.

The Prague Rules: the soft law solution?

Introduced at the end of last year, the Prague Rules represent a significant change to long-established norms on taking evidence – parties are encouraged to avoid document production, while the tribunal calls fact witnesses and appoints experts. Amid criticism that they are too civil law-focused at the expense of UK/US common law procedure, the debate will explore the issue of what happens when soft law rules are inconsistent with a particularly country’s system and what are the fallbacks?

Not just an old man’s game

Despite arbitration’s well-earned reputation for being dominated by a small group of veteran practitioners, there is mounting pressure from growing ranks of talented younger lawyers to have their say. We meet some of the industry’s most-touted young practitioners and ask what it takes to break through?

A question of culture – How to make your arbitration tactics travel globally

Despite arbitration’s globe-trotting heritage, substantial differences remain in how major hubs handle key issues like witness handling, examination, disclosure, skeleton argument and ethics. We explore how to adopt a common approach that stands up on a global level.

Afternoon sessions

Reforming the game – The debate that’s not going away

With calls for reform of arbitration growing with its popularity, we explore the key priorities for modernising the system. The key question is simple: how to make the process work better for clients?

External funding: new opportunities and challenges in arbitration finance

Practical guidance on the use of third-party funding arbitration, including when such an approach would be appropriate; how you engage with funders; dealing with maintenance and champerty concerns; and reviewing relevant case law.

Investing in high-risk markets – The arbitrator’s toolkit

A practical look at corruption, compliance and risk management /enforcement issues when investing in high-risk, developing markets. Our panel will explore how arbitration can help you manage risks… and address problems once they have materialised.

The buy side – Client perspectives on arbitration

Touching on the day’s discussions, this panel sees leading GCs give their take on key issues facing companies in arbitration and outline what advisers need to learn from clients. How do major users of arbitration want the process to evolve?


Natasha Harrison

Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner

Natasha Harrison is managing partner of Boies Schiller Flexner’s London office. The firm focuses on complex litigation, arbitration and investigations. Acting on behalf of funds, investment banks, corporations and governments, Natasha’s practice focuses on high‐stakes international litigation and arbitration. She has extensive experience in all types of finance and business disputes and has litigated many of the most important creditor disputes of the last decade.

Ken Beale

Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner

Ken Beale currently is lead counsel in numerous international arbitrations and related proceedings, most with several hundred million to several billion dollars in dispute. An international arbitration specialist, he has advised clients for more than 15 years in over 100 high‐stakes international commercial and investor‐state arbitrations throughout the world. Described as ‘one of the best’ in the field, ‘very experienced in handling large cases’, and as standing out for his ‘insightful and great oral arguments’, Ken has acted as counsel under the auspices of most leading arbitral institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, SCC, VIAC, and HKIAC, as well as in matters under the UNCITRAL Rules.

Charles Raffin

Barrister, Hardwicke

Charles acts in, and advises on, contentious and non-contentious domestic & international arbitration matters. Many of his cases have a heavy foreign law element and a foreign seat. Co-Author of Electronic Disclosure: Law and Practice (OUP, 2017) he advises regularly in cases featuring disputes over document production & other evidential matters.

Philippa Charles

Head of International Arbitration, Stewarts

Philippa specialises in complex and high-value cross-border arbitration disputes, and has 20 years’ experience of proceedings before the major arbitral institutions. She has acted for clients including major global corporations in the aviation, pharmaceutical, power, and oil and gas industries. She is a Solicitor-Advocate and also sits as an arbitrator.

Mary Bonsor

CEO and Co-Founder, F-LEX

Mary Bonsor was a property litigator in a top city firm before starting F-LEX in August 2016. F-LEX is an online platform which connects pre-vetted law students to law firms and general counsel for a flexible, on demand service. F-LEX has over 3,500 law students on it’s platform and over 200 clients including magic circle firms, FTSE250 companies and SMEs. F-LEX won Legal Supplier of the Year 2018 in the Legal Business Awards and Legal Week Innovation Award 2019 for Resource Management. F-LEX has recently started offering junior lawyers on a flexible basis too. Mary is passionate about the future education of the profession and how tomorrow’s lawyer will qualify. She sees the SQE offering a huge opportunity to law students to get relevant work experience during their studies and is also very interested in how law firms can retain and attract the future generation.

Colleen Hanley

Colleen Hanley

Twenty Essex

Colleen specialises in commercial law with a particular focus on international arbitration, shipping and commodities. She appears regularly before the Commercial Court and arbitration tribunals in disputes involving the international sale of goods, charterparty construction, cargo claims, energy claims and jurisdictional issues. She sits regularly as an arbitrator and is a member of the LCIA, a supporting member of the LMAA and a member of Arbitration Ireland.

Andrew Savage

Andrew Savage

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Andrew Savage focuses his practice on international arbitration, both commercial and investor-state. He has a wealth of experience across all sectors and industries, including energy, natural resources, finance, telecommunications, construction, trade and commodities, shipping and IT.

Matt Amey

Matthew Amey

Director, TheJudge

Matthew has been a Director of TheJudge since 2005, having previously worked as an underwriter for a market leading ATE insurer. He is the ‘go to’ contact for major international law firms and has brokered some of the largest funding and ATE insurance arrangements in existence for some of the most complex commercial disputes in recent history.

Samuel Pape

Samuel Pape

Senior associate, Latham & Watkins

Samuel Pape is a senior associate in Latham & Watkins’ London office. His practice focuses on international arbitration, public international law, and complex litigation in England and overseas. He has experience representing companies and sovereigns in disputes across a range of industry sectors including energy and natural resources, banking, pharmaceuticals, private equity, telecommunications, and aviation. These disputes have included joint venture disputes, post M&A disputes, and disputes involving company law, banking law, environmental issues, public international law, and human rights law. His arbitration experience also includes acting as tribunal secretary in ICC proceedings. Mr Pape is the UK Chair of Young ITA and a member of the Executive Committee Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration. He is also an editor of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review. He lectures on subjects relating to international arbitration, and is co-author of a book chapter on procedural issues related to damages in international arbitration.

Clare Ambrose

Arbitrator, Twenty Essex

Clare Ambrose is a full-time arbitrator with over 25 years’ experience of arbitration and litigation. She is a Fellow of CIArb and a Centre for Dispute Resolution accredited mediator. In 2017, she became a full member of the LMAA. She was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018. Over the past ten years Clare has developed extensive experience as a commercial arbitrator, with over 200 appointments in international arbitrations. As an international arbitrator, she is regularly appointed as chair, panel member and sole arbitrator in a wide range of disputes, under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, SCMA and UNCITRAL, and in many ad hoc references.

Gaurav Sharma

Barrister, Gray’s Inn

Gaurav Sharma is a barrister member of Gray’s Inn, where he is a double major scholar. He is a highly experienced international arbitration practitioner, having appeared as an advocate in many dozens of investment and commercial arbitrations, whilst Counsel at the law firm Three Crowns in London, and previously an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in London and Paris. Gaurav specialises in energy arbitration, having also spent several years as a Senior Legal Counsel in Shell’s Global Litigation Group, where he acted as lead counsel in many of the group’s upstream oil and gas disputes, gas and LNG pricing arbitrations, and led Shell’s multi-disciplinary investment protection working group. Between 2014-2016, Gaurav was a member of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration. He is featured in The Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in the field of international arbitration (2019, 2020).

Elinor Thomas

Legal director, litigation and regulatory group, DLA Piper

Elinor Thomas is legal director in the litigation and regulatory group of DLA Piper’s London office and has more than 10 years of experience representing clients in complex and high value international arbitration disputes, including both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. She advises clients across a wide range of sectors including energy, IT, telecoms, banking and financial services.

Charles Graham QC

Barrister, One Essex Court

Charles Graham QC is a hugely experienced advocate and adviser in litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in handling large-scale international arbitration concerning issues of contractual interpretation, energy disputes, construction projects, sale of goods, share purchase agreements, and breach of warranty claims. He has a wide experience of accounting issues, civil fraud and banking claims and many other aspects of commercial law.

Andrew Aglionby

Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong and London

Andrew Aglionby has been involved in arbitration since 1986. Since 2015 he practices mostly as an independent arbitrator. He sits as a presiding, party-nominated and sole arbitrator. Andrew also advises companies involved in major engineering works (central gas processing facilities, hydroelectric dam projects, tunnels, motorways, metro systems, PPP projects including hospitals) and energy infrastructure (oil and gas) on dispute avoidance and management, dispute adjudication boards and arbitration.

Claire Morel de Westgaver

Senior associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Claire Morel de Westgaver is dual qualified lawyer (England & Wales/New York) with 12 years of experience in international arbitration. Claire has been involved in proceedings conducted under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, UNCITRAL and CCJA and involving several legal systems. She has particular experience of disputes relating to technology, corporate transactions, license, distribution, sale and service agreements as well as disputes with a civil law element. Her practice covers industries such as IT, cloud computing, engineering, energy, media and retail. Claire also acts as an arbitrator; she has experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chair. She frequently writes about arbitration-related topics including cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. She has been described by clients as “brilliant” (The Legal 500, 2018) and by peers as having “an astute legal mind” and being “highly sought after by clients for her strong knowledge of international arbitration law” (Who’s Who Legal, 2019).

John Fellas

Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

John Fellas is a partner in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, co-chair of the arbitration practice and co-chair of the international practice of that firm. Mr Fellas has practiced in both the US and England. He has served as counsel, and as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator, in arbitrations under the AAA, ICC, LCIA, UNICTRAL, ICDR, SIAC and ad hoc rules.

Kate Wilford

Legal principal: litigation, Anglo American

Kate Wilford is legal principal for litigation at mining company Anglo American, where she manages litigation, arbitration and other contentious issues arising from the group’s operations worldwide. Before joining Anglo American this year, Kate spent 13 years at Hogan Lovells, where she was a counsel in the international arbitration team, and was seconded to the in-house legal team at Barclays. Kate is a member of the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group (CCIAG) and the corporate counsel sub-committee of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge.

Marc Veit

Partner, LALIVE

Marc Veit is a partner at LALIVE and is based in London. He specialises in international arbitration and litigation and has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of international arbitrations, both ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and under institutional rules (ICC, Swiss rules, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC, IATA) involving the substantive and/or procedural laws of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, England, China, Turkey, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong, Georgia, Ukraine, Korea and Albania. He has extensive experience in complex international arbitration and litigation matters with particular emphasis on multi-jurisdictional disputes. His expertise spans across various industries including energy (in particular gas), mining, construction, telecommunications, life sciences and biotechnology, banking, commodity trading, shipping, ship building and nutrition. He also represents parties before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in setting aside proceedings.

Shanna Svensson

Senior legal counsel, Shell

Shanna Svensson is senior legal counsel in Shell’s Global Litigation team. She joined the Shell group in 2016, having managed BG Group’s Australian litigation and arbitration matters since 2013. Prior to moving in-house, Shanna practiced in the Construction & Major Projects Disputes team at Allens Linklaters, having graduated from Queensland University of Technology. Recently she has supported Shell’s Australian QGC LNG, North West Shelf and Prelude integrated gas assets, including successfully defending a number of material international arbitration claims. Shanna is currently based in London, supporting the Europe, Middle East and North Africa regions.

Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof

Director general, the LCIA

On 1 July 2014, Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof became Director General of the LCIA. Previously, she practised as a counsel and arbitrator in The Hague, at her GAR 100 boutique HaersolteHof. She set up HaersolteHof in 2008 after three years as counsel in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam.

She was previously with Amsterdam firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek from 2000 to 2004, and before that Loeff Claeys Verbeke in Rotterdam, which she joined on her qualification in 1992. Her 1992 PhD thesis on the application of the UNCITRAL rules by Iran-US Claims Tribunal was one of the first books to be published on the subject.

Dominic Afzali

Associate director of litigation funding, Harbour Litigation Funding

Dominic Afzali is responsible for a range of case management work with a particular interest in investment opportunities in arbitration and international commercial disputes. He has expertise in third party funding law in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Dominic lectures on arbitration and public international law and his international experience is aided by his language skills in French, Spanish and Arabic. Dominic worked at leading arbitration practices Allen & Overy in Hong Kong and Volterra Fietta in London prior to joining Harbour.


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