Previous Events

26/03/2020Leading Litigators Reception with address from Lord ChancellorVirtual, Zoom
05/11/19LegalWeek Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Forum 2019The Waldorf Hilton,
17/09/19Moscow Event: discussion on Interim MeasuresEPAM Law Firm
18/06/19CLF Summer SocialWhite & Case, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Peters & Peters on behalf of the CLF committee at 34 Mayfair (Emin Room), London
24/04/19Moscow Event: discussion on Litigation CostsALRUD Law Firm
06/11/18Legal Week Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Forum 2018The Waldorf Hilton, London
05/11/18Pre-Conference DinnerMari Vanna, London
16/10/18CLF DinnerWhite & Case, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Peters & Peters on behalf of the CLF committee at The Ivy, London
01/03/18Discussion Panel on the Disclosure Regime ProposalsSimmons & Simmons
02/11/17Legal Week Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Forum 2017The Waldorf Hilton, London
29/06/17CLF Summer Dinner hosted by Advanced DiscoveryLondon
03/11/16Legal Week Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Forum 2016.

Opening address by Head of the Commercial Court, Sir William Blair.
The Waldorf Hilton, London
22/09/16CLF NY Drinks Reception.

The Hon. Mr. Justice Blair (Judge in charge of the Commercial Court) discussing (in the company of invited New York judges) the introduction of the new Financial List in the High Court of England and Wales.
Brown Rudnick, New York Offices
14/07/16"Top Tips to appearing before the RDC" talk given by Tim Parkes (Chair of the Regulatory Decisions Committee at the FCA). Tim remains a member of the CLF.Arnold & Porter, Tower 42
10/12/15“Cost budgeting is inappropriate in complex cases” – Oxford style debate chaired by Lord Dyson (Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice). Proposing the motion: Hilton Mervis and Nicholas Bacon QC. Opposing the motion: Lord Justice Jackson and Roger Stewart QC. Motion passed.CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, London
05/11/15CLF and Legal Week “Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Forum” chaired by Tim Parkes (head of dispute resolution at Herbert Smith Freehills) and Guy Pendell (chair head of disputes at CMS Cameron McKenna). Keynote speaker Peter Rees QC and Sir Robin Knowles CBE.The Waldorf Hilton, London
20/11/14 “Arbitration – a liar’s charter” - Oxford style debate chaired by the Hon. Mr Justice Eder. Proposing the motion: Hilton Mervis and David Lewis QC. Responding to the motion: Barbara Dohmann QC and Mark Levy (Allen & Overy). Motion passed.Allen & Overy LLP, London
24/04/14The Second Meeting of the Moscow Commercial Litigators’ ForumWhite & Case
02/05/13The London and New York Commercial Litigators Forum held a panel discussion on 'What impact will DBAs have on commercial litigation & funding?'
The Panel included:
Michael Napier CBE QC (Panel Chairman)
Leslie Perrin, Association of Litigation Funders
Rocco Pirozzolo, QBE Insurance
Hardeep Nahal, Member of the CJC's Expert Working Group
Nicholas Bacon QC
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Mitre House
160 Aldersgate Street
14/11/12The London and New York Commercial Litigators' Forum held a panel discussion on "What makes a great litigator?" included The Hon. Mrs Justice Gloster, Catherine McGregor, Managing Editor of Chambers and Partners, and in-house and private practice lawyers from London (Chaired by Hilton Mervis of SJ Berwin LLP).
The first comprised of in house lawyers which included Damian Bisseker of Credit Suisse, Alastair Fitzsimmons of BNY, Lawrence Guedes of Logica, Samuel Kale of Lloyds Banking Group, Harvey Kass who was formerly head of Associated Newspapers and Agnes Xavier-Phillips of GE.
Solicitors and barristers sat on the second side panel. They were Simon Davis of Clifford Chance, Justin Fenwick QC, John Fordham of Stephenson Harwood, John Kingston who was former head of litigation at Travers Smith, now a practising barrister and with Harbour Litigation Funding, Alex Leitch of SJ Berwin LLP, Charles Manduca who was formerly of Hogan Lovells and is now with Woodsfords Litigation Funding and Rory McAlpine of Skadden Arps.
SJ Berwin
10 Queen Street Place
City of London
08/05/12The CLF New York and CLF London held a joint panel discussion on the key differences between the English and US legal systems of interest to practitioners. The panel was chaired by David Hashmall and included U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan L. Gropper and the General Counsel IP Litigation of Teva Pharmaceuticals. Representatives from all the major New York law firms attended as well as practitioners from London.Goodwin Procter
NY Times Building
620 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
15/09/11The New York Commercial Litigators Forum panel discussion on "What Makes A Great Litigator". Guest panellists were the Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan, US District of New York, Catherine McGregor, Managing Editor of Chambers & Partners, P.J. Mode Jr., Special Counsel, Citigroup and John Baughman, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &Garrison LLP (Moderator)Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
17/11/10Commercial Litigators' Forum - The Launch of the New York Commercial Litigators Forum to discuss 'why and when should a Judge disapprove a settlement?' Guest speaker Hon. JED. S. Rakoff, District Court for the Southern District of New York.White & Case
15/06/11Commercial Litigators' Forum - Inhouse panel discussion on Bribery. Speakers panel includes Peter Rees, Legal Director for Royal Dutch Shell PLC; Claire Shaw, Senior Legal Counsel for Alstom Aamir Khan, Head of Legal, Dispute Resolution & Contentious Regulatory (Retail) at Lloyds Banking Group; Donald Macfarlane, Head of Global Operations & General Counsel, LDM Global.Wragge & Co
17/03/10Commercial Litigators' Forum - Litigating in the 21st Century,
A discussion of the implications for the traditional litigation model following Lord Justice Jackson's Civil Litigation Costs Review, developments in the outsourcing market, and the proposed introduction of alternative business structures such as Legal Disciplinary Partnerships and Barrister-only Partnerships. Chaired by Richard Clark, Head of Dispute Resolution, Slaughter & May and speakers Richard Susskind and Robert Graham-Campbell, Maitland Chambers
Slaughter & May
13/07/09Commercial Litigators' Forum and the CLLS Litigation Committee, Jackson Review - a chance to provide feedback and discuss issues of interest for commercial litigators . Guest of honour: Lord Justice JacksonFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
26/01/09The Commercial Litigators' Forum, COMBAR and the London Solicitors Litigation Association presented: The Aikens Report on Supercases and the Future of Commercial Litigation - an opportunity to raise questions and provide feedback
Speakers Panel includes:
The Honourable Mr Justice Andrew Smith,
The Honourable Mr Justice Aikens and
The Honourable Mr Justice Flaux
Herbert Smith
24/09/08The time for contingency fees has arrived: a debate covering litigation funding and access to justice Speakers:
Matthew Collings QC (Maitland Chambers)
Susan Dunn (Harbour Litigation Funding Limited)
Laurie West-Knights QC (Hailsham Chambers)
Kevin Abikoff (Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP)
Chairman: Sir Gordon Langley (Fountain Court Chambers)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
24/04/08The Charity Event Somerset House Reception 6:30pm - 9:00 April 2008.
A high profile reception hosted by the CLF. The guest of honour was the Attorney General. All proceeds from the reception will go directly to the following charities: LawWorks, Bar Pro Bono Unit, Free Representation Unit , The Royal Courts of Justice Advice desk. Approximately £80,000 has been raised.
Photo Gallery and Sponsors here
Sommerset House, London
25/02/08An informal discussion and social group for leading commercial and city litigation practices (London). The Aikens Report on Supercases and the Future of Commercial Litigation: an opportunity to raise questions and provide feedback
Mr Justice Richard Aikens,
Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE
Mr Justice Andrew Smith
Allen & Overy
02/05/07Commercial Litigators' Forum: Streamlining the litigation process: getting back in touch with the needs of the parties Chaired by Neil Fagan (Lovells) and John Reynolds (White & Case)
A panel including:
The Honourable Mr Justice Langley
Helen Dodds of Standard Chartered Bank
Rory McAlpine (Denton Wilde Sapte)
Hilton Mervis (SJ Berwin LLP)
Tim Parkes (Herbert Smith)
White & Case LLP
06/07/06Conflicts of Interest: the rules of engagementMayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP
06/05/06Charity Welcome Event Somerset House Reception 6:30pm - 9:00 May 2006. A high profile reception hosted by the CLF for the International Bar Association. The guest of honour was Cherie Booth
QC. All proceeds from the reception will go directly to the following charities: the London Bombings Charitable Relief Fund, The London Air Ambulance and Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust. Approximately £85,000 has been raised.
Click here for highlights of Cherie Blair's speech
Click here for photos taken at the event
Click here for press coverage
Somerset House
27/02/06Litigation v Arbitration DebateAshurst
25/10/05Costs - time for a change?
(Lord Justice Brooke, Chief Masater Hurst and Leading Practitioners)
Baker & McKenzie
07/03/05Collins J/Smith JNorton Rose
22/11/04Hollander QC/Passmore/TrustSimmons & Simmons
12/10/04Judges (Lord Phillips MR / Lord Hoffmann / Anthony Scrivener QC)Lovells
12/02/04Expert Evidence (Lord Justice Jacob)Richards Butler
01/09/03Question Time (Neuberger / Langley J)Allen & Overy
12/06/03International Commercial ArbitrationBaker & McKenzie
07/05/03Drinks for Lord Mayor/Commercial Court Judges (Mr Justice Coleman)Herbert Smith
26/03/03Pro bonoFreshfields
23/01/03AdvocacyTravers Smith Braithwaite
09/12/02Reception for QB and Chancery mastersNabarro Nathanson
07/11/02Mediation Linklaters