Leading Litigators Virtual Autumn Reception and CLF Directory of Service Providers

The Commercial Litigators’ Forum is hosting 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)  will attend 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).


The Directory is kept up-to-date by a number 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 any CLF event. 


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.


Press Releases:

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 game-changer 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 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”.


If you are a service provider and wish to sponsor, please  see the sponsorship proposal, the Directory page and contact Mary Dobson (mary@dobsonsmith.consulting) to take forward.


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.


  • 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 enquiries@commerciallitigatorsforum.com.

Pro Bono Centre Fundraising Project 

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

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 has been postponed due to recent events. It will be re-arranged when it is safe to do so. 

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


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.


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.

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