ICC Annual Arbitration & ADR Conference | 23 & 24.06.2021

Join the ICC United Kingdom and specially invited guest speakers for the ICC Annual Arbitration & ADR Conference: Connecting the World of International Arbitration & ADR taking place 23rd & 24th of June, 2021.

Hosted virtually via a new events platform, the two-day conference will not only bring leading practitioners from across the globe to discuss the latest developments in international arbitration & ADR but also, allow attendees to network, have meetings and personalise their agendas.

5 webinars | 4 discussions groups | 2 days

    Platform: Swapcard



    Wednesday 23rd June


    Update from ICC Court of International Arbitration

    09:00 - 09:05 | WELCOME FROM CHAIR

    • Ania Farren, Chair, ICC Arbitration & ADR Committee

    09:05 - 09:10 | WELCOME REMARKS

    • Harry Matovu QC, Barrister and Queen’s Counsel, Brick Court Chambers and ICC United Kingdom Board Member

    09:10 - 09:40 | KEYNOTE

    Interview with Alexis Mourre, President, ICC Court of International Arbitration

    • Interview conducted by Juliet Blanch, Arbitration Chambers and Member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration (TBC)

    - Insights into the court including latest on awards & statistics

    - Reflections on this tenure

    - Hopes for the future and thoughts on legacy

    09:40 - 10:00 | PANEL DISCUSSION

    ICC Rules - 6 Months In

    - How are the 2021 revisions of the ICC Rules working in practice?

    - Are they enhancing transparency?

    • Emily Monastiriotis, Partner, UK Head of Dispute Resolution at Simmons & Simmons

    10:00 - 10:15 | Q & A

    10:15 | CLOSE



    Practicalities of Alternative Dispute Resolution

    12:00 - 12:05 | WELCOME FROM CHAIR

    12:05 - 12:45 | PANEL DISCUSSION

    Med-Arb: The best of both worlds or an unnecessary intermediary?

    Med-arb is the melding of two well-established processes for conflict resolution into one hybrid process. When used in its truest form, mediation and arbitration are used in conjunction with one another and the same third-party neutral plays the role of both mediator and arbitrator.  Med-Arb was a topic discussed at some length shortly before Covid 19 hit the world by storm.

    During this session our panellists will investigate by way of a debate:

    • Whether and to what extent the anticipated increase in the use of Med-Arb has played out as many expected
    • Is the arbitral process well-suited for smaller claims
    • When used effectively, does med-arb serve as a solution to some of the efficiency concerns expressed in the 2019 QMUL-Pinsent Masons Survey? Or are contractually imposed requirements to attempt to settle amicably more harmful than helpful?
    • Does it make commercial sense to have the same neutral perform both functions, if feasible? Or does the power and leverage of a neutral arbiter lead to an unfair advantage in coercing a settlement?
    • What are the questions that conflict professionals should explore with their clients when med-arb is considered as a process choice for resolving a specific dispute?


    • Chris Parker, Partner, HSF
    • Clea Bigelow-Nuttall, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons

    12:45 - 13:00 | Q & A

    13:00 | Q & A



    Interactive Discussion Groups

    15:00 - 16:00 | DISCUSSION GROUPS

    Discussion Group 01

    • Climate Change related disputes and Arbitration & ADR

    MODERATOR: Wendy Miles QC, Twenty Essex 

    Discussion Group 02

    • Vaccine related Disputes

    Discussion Group 03

    • Non-UK participation in the Lugano Convention. Is this an opportunity for arbitration?

    Discussion Group 04

    • TBC

    *Please note: Discussion groups are limited to a maximum of 30 people (spaces are allocated on a first come first serves basis)


      Thursday 24th June


      Evidence in International Arbitration

      09:00 - 09:05 | WELCOME REMARKS

      • Iain Quirk, Vice-Chair, ICC Arbitration & ADR Committee

      09:05 - 09:45 | SESSION

      Reform of Witness Statement Evidence in International Arbitration – Evolution or Revolution?

      This session is a comparative analysis of how various jurisdictions (for example, institutions and the arbitral community at have in recent years become increasingly critical of current common practice with regards to the preparation and drafting of witness statements

      These initiatives raise several important issues, to be addressed in turn.

      1. Is the cultural divide between civil lawyers and those with a common law background narrowing when it comes to the purpose and preparation of fact witness testimony in international arbitration, and if so, what might be the consequences?
      2. Do national court initiatives – such as the UK’s recent CPR reform relating to witness statements – have any relevance to the practice of international arbitration? If so, do such initiatives risk creating a new cultural divide between English arbitration practitioners with a court background and the rest of the world?
      3. Are some of these initiatives unnecessarily obtrusive on the witness preparation process?

      The speakers will conclude by looking forward 10 years to predict how best practice on witness statement preparation might look in 2030. Where do we go from here? How this will influence arbitration going forward. Change seems inevitable – the real question is whether we are looking at an evolution or revolution.


      • Charlie Caher, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP


      09:45 - 10:00 | Q & A

      10:00 | CLOSE



      Evidence in International Arbitration - YAF Workshop

      12:00 - 12:05 | WELCOME REMARKS

      • Naomi & Alina, ICC YAF Representatives

        12:05 - 12:45 | PANEL DISCUSSION

        Dealing with Expertise: The Opportunities and Challenges of Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration

        Using expert evidence and cross-examining in arbitrations in multiple jurisdictions.

        The session will cover:

        • Benefits and challenges of working with experts in large arbitrations
        • Getting the best out of an expert while maintaining their independence
        • Views from the expert witness - tips from someone who is frequently cross-examined
        • How expert evidence is best used and tips on cross-examination of experts
        • Working as junior counsel, leveraging experts’ abilities to help you get to grips with a case, preparing cross-examination of experts and delivering your own cross


        • Ben Hornan, Partner, Hogan Lovells
        • Liz Perks, Partner, Haberman Ilett


        12:45 - 13:00 | Q & A

        13:00 | CLOSE



          Enforcement of Awards

          15:00 - 15:05 | WELCOME REMARKS

          15:05 - 15:45 | PANEL DISCUSSION

          Introduction to Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Offshore jurisdictions (BVI, Cayman, Jersey and Guernsey, Switzerland)

          • Applicable domestic legislative framework for enforcement
          • International conventions/agreements
          • Practice and procedure (including interim remedies)
          • Scope for challenge, refusal or review
          • Proposals for reform


          • Christian Hay, Managing Partner, Collas Crill LLP
          • Domitille Baizeau, Partner, Lalive
          • Richard Bamforth, Partner & Head of Arbitration, CMS


          15:45 - 16:00 | Q & A

          16:00 | CLOSE


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