Mission Statement

The Commercial Litigators’ Forum (“CLF”) was established in early July 2002 by a number of leading dispute resolution practices. It has representatives from all the principal litigation practices participating in its activities. The CLF is now active in London, New York and Moscow.

Aims

  • 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

Structure

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 andrew.CLFlondon@gmail.com.

Pro Bono Centre Fundraising Project 

Click here for further details and Sponsoring Law Firms.

CLF National Pro Bono Centre Initiative Sponsorship Letter

The project will officially launch in 2017! 

Please email andrew.CLFlondon@gmail.com if you are interested in sponsoring a page.

The Hon Mr Justice Blair, Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court:

“Through the Commercial Litigators Forum, leading law firms and suppliers of services to those law firms are supporting the National Pro Bono Centre, strongly encouraged by GC100. The Commercial Court warmly commends this collaboration.”

 

Rosemary Martin, Chairman of GC100 (the Association of General Counsel of FTSE 100 Companies):

“GC100 welcomes this coordinated leadership by commercial law firms to provide much needed resource to the National Pro Bono Centre. These things matter, and General Counsel notice them. They say much about the individual firms involved.”

 

Sir Robin Knowles CBE, Trustee of the National Pro Bono Centre:

“The National Pro Bono Centre was established in 2010. It was possible with the support of member firms of the Commercial Litigators Forum, and they have been alongside the Centre ever since. Now CLF and GC100 are working to help take the Centre to the next level. Their efforts are deeply appreciated. They recognise that looking out for those without means is an important part of maintaining the quality and standing of our legal system.”

 

John Malpas – Publishing Director of Legal Week:

“Our support for this worthwhile effort will be signified by carrying a link from our homepage to the sponsorship pages of the CLF website at the launch of National Pro Bono week in November 2017.”

 

Hilton Mervis on behalf of the CLF:

“We thank the sponsors for their support for this initiative which is aimed to ensure a sustainable and renewable source of funding for the Pro Bono Centre. All member law firms off the CLF are encouraged to make use of the list of service providers.”

Legal Week Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Forum 2016

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Opening address by Head of the Commercial Court, Sir William Blair
Pictures of the event can be found here

Commercial Litigators’ Forum New York Meeting

Justice William Blair, second from right, Judge in charge of the Commercial Court, at the offices of Brown Rudnick, discussed the introduction of the new Financial List in the High Court of England and Wales. Left to right: David Molton- partner at Brown Rudnick; Hilton Mervis-partner at Arnold & Porter; Roger Kennell-partner at Brown Rudnick; Paul Convery-partner at William Fry; Justice Blair and Stewart Aaron-partner at Arnold & Porter. September 22, 2016

Left to right: David Molton- partner at Brown Rudnick; Hilton Mervis-partner at Arnold & Porter; Roger Kennell-partner at Brown Rudnick; Paul Convery-partner at William Fry; Justice Blair and Stewart Aaron-partner at Arnold & Porter.

On 22 September 2016, a discussion was held between UK and New York lawyers at the Times Square offices of Brown Rudnick LLP. A key topic of conversation was whether a specialized financial court would be useful to establish in the US. The Hon.Mr.Justice Blair discussed the benefits of the new Financial List in the High Court of England and Wales, a new UK business court which began in 2015, with expert judges hearing and ruling on complex business cases relating to derivatives, sovereign debt and other complex financial disputes. Concerns were raised by the New York lawyers regarding potential ‘judge shopping’ and the necessity of having a specialised court in the US seemed less apparent in view of the current system of federal judges handling such cases.

New York Commercial Litigators Forum Inaugural Meeting

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The New York Commercial Litigators Forum panel discussion on “What Makes A Great Litigator”.
From left to right: John Baughman, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, P.J. Mode Jr., Special Counsel, Citigroup, Catherine McGregor, Managing Editor of Chambers & Partners and the Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan, US District of New York.

Inaugural Meeting of the Commercial Litigators’ Forum Held in Moscow

On 20 June 2013, the inaugural meeting of the Commercial Litigators’ Forum (CLF) in Moscow was held at White & Case offices. The event attracted attendance form Russia’s leading litigation practices and from London based law firms. Those launching the CLF in Moscow hope that it will be a forum for promoting further interaction amongst leading Russian practitioners as well as amongst lawyers from London and New York.

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White & Case partner David Goldberg and Hilton Mervis, partner Arnold & Porter, are leading the project.
The panel of the inaugural meeting included esteemed guests of honour from London: Sir Bernard Rix QC, a recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal, and Peter Leaver QC, a former Chairman of the Board of the LCIA. The meeting was attended by lawyers from leading international and Russian law firms.

Inaugural London Litigation Associates Launch Reception

The launch event resulted in an oversubscribed party restricted to three associates from each law firm meeting at the Wine Tun on 28 May 2014. Pictures below and thanks to  the event committee members: Jessica Neuberger, Ashurst, Charlotte Mallorie Arnold & Porter,  Jason Woodland, Peters & Peters and Emily Hudson, Eversheds.  A web page for the associates committee is in the process of being created.

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Organising committee: Jason Woodland, Peters & Peters; Emily Hudson, Eversheds; Jessica Neuberger, Ashurst; Charlotte Mallorie, Arnold & Porter

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