- An interview with Julian Acratopulo—the new president of the LSLA
- What is your background in litigation?
- Competition is growing from other jurisdictions. What impact is Brexit having on that and how can the courts in England and Wales retain their leading role in dispute resolution?
- The Portland Communications’ 2018 Commercial Courts Report reviewed the 158 cases heard in the commercial courts between March 2017 and April 2018, which is an increase of 7% on the previous year. Non-UK parties, who came from 69 different countries, accounted for 60% of litigants. Does this suggest the English courts remain the destination of choice for international litigants?
- With such strong competition, are the English courts listening to those using the courts about areas needing reform?
- You have also mentioned the need for reform of witness statements, which is being considered by the Commercial Court Users Group. What is needed and why?
- What role is technology starting to play in civil litigation?
- Senior judges have called on solicitors to consider becoming judges to help increase diversity. Should litigators be considering taking on a part time judicial role, in the same way barristers do?
- At 47 and a partner for 12 years, would you consider a judicial role?
Dispute Resolution analysis: Julian Acratopulo, partner at Clifford Chance, and the new president of the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association (LSLA), warns that competition for international dispute resolution is ‘fierce’ and there is no room for complacency.
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