LIDW2020 aims to drive the international dispute resolution agenda

LIDW2020 aims to drive the international dispute resolution agenda

London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is gearing up for its second outing following the success of its inaugural event in May 2019. Taking place between 7 and 11 September this year, LIDW2020 looks to provide a forward-thinking forum for discussion of the future of international dispute resolution. The event’s focus is the interaction between business and law within the context of international dispute resolution, and will include sessions aimed specifically at more junior practitioners. LexisNexis® UK is a Founding Member of LIDW and—full disclosure!—I am a member of the LIDW core committee. 

What is LIDW?

LIDW is a forum that empowers organisations and individuals to:

  • explore, and contribute to, the future of international dispute resolution
  • celebrate London as a leading centre for handling the resolution of international disputes, whatever the sector or form of dispute resolution, such as arbitration, litigation and mediation
  • represent London’s dispute resolution community, and
  • demonstrate legal London’s genuine commitment to diversity, inclusion and the rule of law

By way of background, in May 2019, a group of over 60 Founders and Supporting Institutions banded together to present the inaugural LIDW event. Spanning four days, LIDW2019 included a one-day flagship conference at the National Gallery, 18 technical sessions on different types of disputes and forms of dispute resolution, a gala dinner at Mansion House in the City of London and opening drinks at Banking Hall.

LIDW2019 attracted over 1100 registrations of individuals from 47 jurisdictions. Feedback from attendees and speakers across the week was incredibly positive, so, when the dust had settled, those involved agreed that LIDW2019 shouldn’t be a one-off and set about planning for LIDW2020 and beyond.

You can read about the launch of LIDW here, and I also wrote an article for the New Law Journal reflecting on the event, which can be accessed here.

What’s on the agenda for 2020?

LIDW2020 comprises a two-day conference at Central Hall Westminster with five plenary sessions and 11 breakout sessions. It is great to see that the event will also feature a half-day conference aimed at those more junior in their professions (although all ages and levels of seniority are welcomed).

The programme for LIDW2020 reflects contemporary issues facing dispute resolution globally, including the rise of group actions, the role of technology and AI, environmental issues, climate change, social responsibility, and the mental health challenges faced by those engaged in the resolution of disputes. There will be many highlights, among them the session being held in collaboration with the Commercial Court’s 125 Anniversary Group and the International Commercial Courts Group.

LIDW2020 will also feature a gala evening drinks reception at Banqueting House, an iconic London venue, as well as many opportunities to network. In addition to the core conference, we will be announcing, in due course, official LIDW2020 ‘fringe’ events, which will offer delegates even more choice of technical sessions and social events.

The Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Gloster, former Lady Justice of Appeal, a supporter of the inaugural LIDW event, comments:

I am thrilled to support the second London International Disputes Week in September 2020. London has a grand tradition and heritage as a global centre for dispute resolution, and LIDW will play an important role as we look to understand and shape the future of dispute resolution, both here in the UK and on the international stage.

LIDW’s driving ethos, from the very beginning, has been to be a collaborative, representative, world-class and forward-thinking forum that demonstrates the UK legal community’s commitment to innovation, excellence, upholding the rule of law and diversity. When deciding programme content and choosing speakers for LIDW events and sessions, the organisers commit to take all reasonable steps to consider and promote a fair representation of diverse speakers.

How do I sign up?

LIDW is open for registrations, so sign up while there are places available. You can register for LIDW2020 here. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Main conference—£300 (early bird offer until 15 May 2020; full price: £350)
  • Young lawyers DR conference—£75 (early bird offer until 15 May 2020; full price: £100)
  • Corporate in-house general counsel can receive complimentary tickets for the event

And, if you’re interested in becoming a ‘member’ of LIDW, find out more here.

Sponsoring opportunities may also be available—see here for more information.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in September for what should be another great event! 




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Barry specialises in international arbitration and commercial litigation. He trained and practised at Jones Day before joining Pinsent Masons. At LexisNexis, Barry is Head of Arbitration and Head of the Lexis®PSL Dispute Resolution Group.

In practice, Barry’s work included commercial, aviation and technology arbitrations pursuant to international arbitral rules, involving UK and international clients. He also has a background in general commercial, civil fraud and IT litigation, including experience before the High Court. While in private practice, Barry worked with a broad range of clients from the private and public sectors.

At LexisNexis, when not focused on the strategic development and operational requirements of the Dispute Resolution Group, Barry’s content work focuses on the law and practice of international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. In addition to his work for Lexis®PSL, Barry contributes to the LexisNexis Dispute Resolution Blog and New Law Journal on litigation and arbitration matters