Leading Litigators Reception 2020 and CLF Directory of Service Providers
The commercial dispute resolution landmark event of the year which was scheduled to take place on the 26 March 2020 at the Royal Courts of Justice has been postponed due to recent events. It will be re-arranged for a date later this year when it is safe to do so.
Leading litigators from commercial disputes practices (including commercials arbitrators) will be attending as part of a ground breaking project which has at its heart the CLF Directory of Service providers (for use by in house lawyers and the leading commercial litigation firms in London when deciding on who to instruct). The Directory (Beta version launched) is kept up to date by a number of different leading law firms and used by their associates/ partners/ PSLs when selecting service providers. It is the only directory operated in this way and comprehensive with all principal service providers included (regardless of whether they sponsor). Those that donate money to the National Pro Bono Centre receive an enhanced listing and other benefits. Sponsoring an enhanced listing opens doors for marketing and is a pre-requisite for service providers attending the Reception at the Royal Courts of Justice . This event is supported by all the Commercial Court judges, with attendance from the GC100, COMBAR and Commercial Litigators’ Forum.
Event details are summarised here. Further ticket information will be released shortly. Tickets are limited. We are delighted the reception takes place in the 125th year of the Commercial Courts and we will be celebrating this anniversary.
The Directory has part launched in Beta version (full launch for 2020 to take place later this year) and we welcome you aboard this worthwhile and transformative project that not only raises money but is also a unique commercial opportunity for service providers to meet leading litigators and in house lawyers.
Mr Justice Robin Knowles, Judge of the Commercial Court and Trustee of the National Pro Bono Centre: “This important initiative sees our commercial law firms, the General Counsel of our major companies, and our Commercial Bar all working together to support the new National Pro Bono Centre. It is a show of leadership to which I pay tribute. This active, practical, support for the legal system as a whole, and specifically for access to justice, is a welcome part of the celebrations of 125 years of our Commercial Court.”
Hilton Mervis, Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution for Europe at Arnold & Porter and Chair of the Commercial Litigators’ Forum: “The launch of the 2020 CLF Directory of Service Providers is a gamechanger as for the first time service providers to the legal sector will be sponsoring a hugely useful Directory of Service Providers to the litigation community. The CLF member firms, the GC100 and COMBAR are determined to encourage service providers (i.e their customers) to join us in making clear their commitment to access to justice/the new National Pro Bono Centre. It is a win-win for the sponsors and charity.”
Ben Mathews, Group Company Secretary at BP and Chair of the GC100: “GC100 is delighted to be joining the Commercial Court judges, COMBAR and the Commercial Litigators’ Forum at the reception on 26th March to celebrate not only 125 years of the Commercial Court but also the launch of the new National Pro Bono Centre and the Directory of Service Providers. The Directory has been compiled by the Commercial Litigators’ Forum and provides a one-stop source of valuable information about service providers in the litigation, arbitration and disputes resolution arena.”
Sonia Tolaney QC, Chair of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR): “COMBAR and its members are committed to improving access to justice for all. In that context COMBAR welcomes and supports the CLF’s vital and innovative initiative to provide funding for the Access to Justice Centre through the launch of its Litigation Service Provider Directory.”
Robert Hanna, co-founder at Augusta, event sponsors: “Access to Justice is an increasingly important issue in the UK today. Augusta is proud to support this worthy cause, through the CLF and through our day job as funders of meritorious claims of any size”.
The Commercial Litigators’ Forum (“CLF”) was established in early July 2002 by a number of leading dispute resolution practices (i.e partners and associates from the committee law firms). It has representatives from all the principal litigation practices participating in its activities. The CLF is now active in London, New York and Moscow.
- Improve and promote social interaction between professional colleagues
- Encourage the informal discussion of litigation related issues affecting the legal profession and the court system
- Produce discussion papers and initiatives on litigation related matters of interest affecting the legal profession and the court system
- Set up channels of communication with the judiciary
- Work in conjunction with other established bodies such as the London Solicitors Litigation Association, the Commercial Court Users Group and the International Bar Association
- Raise funds for the National Pro Bono Centre – http://www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/
- Support the Directory of Service Providers – with all money going to the National Pro Bono Centre.
The CLF operates through an informal structure with regular meetings at which events are planned and programmes organised. Law firms are kept in contact through e-mail and the Forum is open to new initiatives or lawyers who wish to become further involved in the management of the organisation. A current list of the committee members can be viewed within each city’s page, above.
For any further information regarding the CLF, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project has officially launched!
Click here for SPONSORSHIP LETTER, and here for PRICE SCHEDULE
If you are interested in sponsoring a page, please email Mary Dobson: Mary@dobsonsmith.consulting
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