Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon



11 Nov 2019 |



11th November 2019


The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London, UK

The devil in the detail

Legal Business’s 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

Keynote sponsor

Stewarts logo

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

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.

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

Radcliffe Chambers

Networking sponsors

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.

New toolkit for bribery and corruption – Moving the debate forward

There has been debate for years on how arbitration can be used to clamp down on corruption amid concerns it is becoming part of the problem. Our panel assesses the much-debated new ‘toolkit’ from the University of Basel’s Competence Centre for Arbitration and Crime and brings in perspectives from regulators.

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?

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
External funding hits arbitration – better late than never

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.

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?

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?


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.

Charles Raffin
Barrister, Hardwicke

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.

Philippa Charles
Head of International Arbitration, Stewarts

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.

Mary Bonsor
CEO and Co-Founder, F-LEX