Financial Regulation – Increased focus on culture raises question: is everything OK?

Financial Regulation – Increased focus on culture raises question: is everything OK?

Our second one-day summit dedicated to banking disputes and regulatory actions returned in February with a host of sponsors, speakers and more than 150 guests in central London. Backed by a string of top names in contentious banking work, including headline sponsor White & Case, as well as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Boies Schiller Flexner, One Essex Court and Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF), the event was guaranteed a heavyweight line-up.

There was no mistaking the core theme for the day, which White & Case banking disputes chief John Reynolds set out in his opening remarks. Arguing that cultural issues sat at the heart of the global financial crisis over a decade ago, Reynolds gave a jaded assessment of the progress since, despite the string of post-crisis reforms, like the Senior Managers Regime, ringfencing and legislation on bonuses. Continue reading “Financial Regulation – Increased focus on culture raises question: is everything OK?”

Still punching – Can boutiques keep moving up a weight class amid mounting competition?

Still punching – Can boutiques keep moving up a weight class amid mounting competition?

‘Gone are the days where the client would just default to a certain adviser because that is who it has used all along,’ says Signature Litigation partner Daniel Spendlove. ‘Corporates, especially one-off distressed clients, are thinking about who they use carefully and that puts firms like ours in a strong position.’

Boutiques have been a striking feature of the disputes landscape for more than a decade. The rhetoric extols the virtues of the stripped-back model, unconstrained by the extra overheads that come with having multiple practice areas, and the conflict-free feature allows full-service firms to feel confident in referring disputes work to non-competitors. ‘What clients get is a focused offering. We’re not cross-selling other departments. We are simply here to handle a case,’ adds Spendlove. Continue reading “Still punching – Can boutiques keep moving up a weight class amid mounting competition?”

Arbitration – ‘There’s a new generation coming’

Arbitration – ‘There’s a new generation coming’

‘Arbitration is the Savile Row of dispute resolution. It’s not the M&S off-the-rack suit, you can create a bespoke arbitration clause that does almost anything you want it to do,’ said Kenneth Beale, an arbitration partner at Boies Schiller Flexner in London. Is it then any surprise that financial institutions are increasingly opting to use arbitration for dispute resolution?

Beale was one of a host of top names speaking at Legal Business’ 2019 International Arbitration Summit in November when he made that comment, setting out how much things have changed in the financial services sector in recent years. Continue reading “Arbitration – ‘There’s a new generation coming’”

Market Report: Fraud – Sleight of hand

Market Report: Fraud – Sleight of hand

Criminal investigations aside, the rise of cyber crime and forum shopping means the UK is a perennially popular location for resolving civil fraud disputes. Dominic Carman reports

According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, fraud offences now constitute nearly half of all recorded crime. Last year they increased by 9% to breach the four million mark, although the survey suggests that fewer than 20% of frauds are ever reported. Simultaneously, organisations that investigate large-scale fraud, such as the National Crime Agency and the Serious Fraud Office, are routinely regarded by commentators as underfunded, understaffed and – at times – unable to cope. Continue reading “Market Report: Fraud – Sleight of hand”

Market Report: Construction – Building a case

Market Report: Construction – Building a case

Despite efforts to minimise the level of construction disputes, adjudication, litigation and arbitration are all flourishing. Dominic Carman reports

While there are many relevant statutes and a significant body of case law, construction disputes benefit from having a single overarching piece of legislation: the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, commonly known as the Construction Act. In some recent decisions, judges have increasingly endeavoured to broaden the ambit of the act, which was last amended in 2011, to capture a wider range of construction activities as the sector continues to recover from a turbulent political period. Continue reading “Market Report: Construction – Building a case”

Market Report: Intellectual Property – A delicate balance

Market Report: Intellectual Property – A delicate balance

With global hubs fighting to attract big-ticket IP disputes, the London courts are facing a tougher challenge than they are used to. Dominic Carman reports

IP litigation continued apace in 2019 with a multiplicity of disputes. ‘Unlike everything else in relation to Brexit, certainly in the life sciences space and in patent litigation, things carried on pretty much as normal and we had quite a lot of cases,’ says Charlotte Weekes (pictured), contentious IP partner at Pinsent Masons. ‘People talk about some jurisdictions being pro-patentee or pro-challenger: the UK courts seem fairly well balanced.’ Continue reading “Market Report: Intellectual Property – A delicate balance”

Sponsored firm profile: Int-Arb Arbitrators

Sponsored firm profile: Int-Arb Arbitrators

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Firm overview

Our members have expertise in complex investor state, corporate and commercial, construction and engineering, technology and telecommunications, banking and finance, transport, IP, M&A, insurance and re-insurance, mining, energy and oil and gas disputes.

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Int-Arb Arbitrators members

David Cairns


David Cairns is a leading international arbitrator based in Madrid and London. He joined Int-Arb Arbitrators after spending 20 years at international law firm, B Cremades y Asociados in Madrid, Spain.

Specialist areas include investor-state, construction and engineering, commercial and IP disputes. He has a particular region focus of Spain, Latin America and London.

He is fluent in Spanish and has extensive experience of both common and civil law approaches to disputes and arbitration.

Calvin Hamilton


Calvin Hamilton is a seasoned arbitrator based in Barbados and London with 35 years of international arbitration experience, as counsel and arbitrator including his time as partner at two leading firms in Madrid. His region focus is the Caribbean, Latin America, London and the US.

Specialist areas include investor state, corporate and commercial disputes. He has a good cultural knowledge and understanding of common and civil law approaches.

He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in French and has working knowledge of Portuguese. He is a dual national of Guyana and Spain and admitted in New York and Madrid.

John Judge


John Judge is an internationally-recognised arbitrator based in Toronto and London. He joined Int-Arb Arbitrators from 39 Essex Chambers in London having previously spent 25 years at Stikeman Elliott, in Toronto.

Specialist areas include construction, engineering and infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and investor state disputes, across the globe.

He has also sat on a wide range of commercial and corporate, banking and finance, investment, M&A, insurance and reinsurance, real estate, IT and telecommunications and transport disputes.

Janet Walker


Janet Walker is an international arbitrator based in London, Toronto and Sydney who joins Int-Arb Arbitrators from Outer Temple Chambers, London.

Specialist areas include construction, heavy equipment, M&A, IP, environmental, finance, employment and shareholder disputes.

This combined with more than 20 years as a consultant and expert in a range of matters particularly those arbitration-related. She is fluent in English and has good written and oral comprehension of French and Spanish.

Jane Player


Jane is a leading international mediator. Formerly a partner at King & Spalding, co-head of the international dispute resolution group and head of the London disputes team at Bird & Bird, and DLA Piper respectively.

Specialist areas include corporate and contractual claims, fraud and project disputes including pharmaceuticals, energy, technology, IP and media disputes.

She has a reputation for managing cross-cultural aspects of joint venture and international shareholder disputes including early neutral evaluation and expert determination. Fluent in French, Spanish and Italian to varying degrees.


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