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London International Disputes Week 2022



With its theme: Dispute Resolution - Global, Sustainable, Ethical?, LIDW22, through a series of events held both physically and virtually, took a critical look at the future of dispute resolution and its place in the post-pandemic world.

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The sessions looked not only at how disputes will be resolved in the future, considering matters such as witness recollection and how negotiation strategy is changing, but also about our place in the business world, as ESG and wellbeing are increasingly on the agenda. The nature of international trade and therefore disputes is also changing: sessions at LIDW looked at cyber and crypto issues and the rise of class actions, amongst a range of other topics. The conference also featured keynote addresses from leading figures in the judiciary, UK Government, and more.

The LIDW22 conference programme was also complemented by social events to enable delegates to make new connections and to re-make those that have been lost over the last 2 years, including a drinks reception at a prestigious central London location and an event, featuring the ever popular Law Rocks, organised for young and young-at-heart delegates.


Herbert Smith Freehills was delighted to co-host a number of member events throughout the week. Two of these were hosted in person at HSF's offices. Recordings of those two sessions can be seen below:


9th May, 09.00 – 10.30:

London as an international disputes hub for East Asia disputes: the challenges and opportunities of East Asia’s evolving dispute resolution ecosystem

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This session focused on a small number of key/hot topics from the world of dispute resolution that are particularly relevant to East Asia disputes, including (i) navigating BRI disputes; (ii) the introduction of adjudication in HK; and (iii) the potential cost of meeting zero-carbon commitments.

Member hosts: Herbert Smith Freehills, Atkin Chambers, Morrison & Foerster, Penningtons Manches Cooper, Twenty Essex

HSF Speakers: Helen Tang

9th May, 15.00 – 16.30:

Latin America: delivering sustainable and ethical infrastructure across key sectors – a disputes perspective

The Latin America region has embraced ethical and sustainable investments across multiple sectors. This session considered how disputes arising out of those investments are being resolved in key jurisdictions and sectors such as energy, infrastructure, commodities, shipping and insurance.

Member hosts: Herbert Smith Freehills, HFW, HKA, King & Spalding, Twenty Essex, Brattle, Claro & Cia, Miranda & Amado and Squire Patton Boggs

HSF Speakers: Daniela Paez

13th May, 14.00 – 16.00:

Back to the future: a look at the future of energy disputes in a post-Covid world

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Following the success of last year’s LIDW session on the future of oil and gas disputes, this session focused on the key issues and trends that are likely to play a role in shaping energy disputes in the both the short and longer term. Our panel will discuss disputes across the full spectrum of the energy industry, from traditional oil and gas projects, to renewables and the implications of ESG concerns.

Member hosts: Herbert Smith Freehills, Clyde & Co., Linklaters, Norton Rose Fulbright, Twenty Essex, Vinson & Elkins, HKA

HSF Speakers: Rachel Lidgate, James Robson

About London International Disputes Week:

Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud founding member of LIDW: a collaborative, representative, world-class and forward-thinking body that demonstrates the UK’s legal community’s commitment to innovation, excellence, upholding the rule of law and diversity.

LIDW22 is a forward-thinking forum, which aims to drive the future of international dispute resolution. Using London’s position as a major international seat for the dispute resolution business, LIDW22  engaged with international perspectives across all sectors and explore how the industry can adapt, evolve and progress.

Through a programme of virtual and in-person sessions, leading experts discussed and debated the ever-changing landscape of international dispute resolution: LIDW22 is the biggest celebration there is of the heritage of London as a leading centre for handling international disputes.

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