CLF Mission Statement

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.

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
  • 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.

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.

The CLF Directory of Service Providers

The CLF Directory is kept up-to-date by a number leading law firms and used by their associates, partners and PSLs when selecting service providers. It is the only directory operated in this way and is comprehensive with all principal service providers included. Service providers that donate to the National Pro Bono Centre receive an enhanced listing and other benefits. Sponsoring opens doors for marketing and is a pre-requisite for service providers attending CLF events.

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.

See the current sponsorship details here and email mary@dobsonsmith.consulting to join.

 

Relationship with the National Pro Bono Centre and the GC100

There is a long-standing relationship between the CLF, the National Pro Bono Centre and the GC100. The CLF is committed to supporting the aims of the National Pro Bono Centre and the GC100 supports this initiative.

Service Providers who wish to align themselves with the CLF are invited to become annual sponsors; enabling enhanced listings in the CLF Directory, invitations to attend CLF events and other marketing opportunities.

In 2013 the CLF joined with the GC100 to encourage sponsorship of the Centre by key firms, chambers and service providers. See the details of the 2013 sponsors here.

 

Events

Leading Litigators In-Person Reception at the Royal Courts of Justice: date to be confirmed

An in-person Reception scheduled to take place on the 26 March 2020 at the Royal Courts of Justice was postponed due to covid-19. It will be re-arranged when it is safe to do so. 

 

Leading Litigators Virtual Autumn Reception 2020 

The Commercial Litigators’ Forum hosted the Leading Litigators Virtual Autumn Reception with speaker, Lord Sumption on 30th September supported by Augusta (Event Sponsor) and Remo (Tech Sponsor). The event and CLF endeavours are supported by the GC100 and by COMBAR.

Leading litigators from commercial disputes practices (including commercial arbitrators)  attended as part of a ground-breaking project which has at its heart the CLF 2020 Directory of Service Providers (for use by in-house lawyers and leading commercial litigation firms in London when deciding who to instruct).

 

Legal Week Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Forum 2019

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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