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The Arbitration Act 1996 came into force on 31 January 1997. Exactly 25 years later, this event will celebrate its success and consider what the future may hold for the Act. There will be an afternoon of presentations offering differing perspectives, past and present, as well as a debate "This House believes that the Arbitration Act 1996 remains best in class", in which Paula Hodges QC will be participating.

Other speakers will include Lord Saville, Prof. John Uff QC, Dame Sara Cockerill DBE, Prof. Sarah Green, Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Claudia Salomon, David Steward, Jonathan Wood, Sylvia Noury QC, Toby Landau QC, Duncan Matthews QC, Karyl Nairn QC, Audley Sheppard QC, Louis Flannery QC, Prof. Stavros Brekoulakis and Duncan Bagshaw.


Monday, 31 January 2022




Old Hall, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. London WC2A 3TL

The event will be hybrid, with registration for online viewing available. Venue capacity is limited so register now to ensure in-person attendance.

Please register to attend the conference here.

To join the celebratory drinks reception after the conference, you can register here.

For more information, please contact Paula Hodges QC, Head of Global Arbitration Practice, Vanessa Naish, Professional Support Consultant, Elizabeth Kanor, Professional Support Lawyer, or your usual Herbert Smith Freehills contact.

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Paula Hodges KC

Head of Global Arbitration Practice, London

Paula Hodges KC
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Vanessa Naish

Professional Support Consultant, London

Vanessa Naish
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Elizabeth Kantor

Professional Support Lawyer, London

Elizabeth Kantor
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