This online event offers all CIArb members the unique opportunity to hear from the CIArb leaders and to put questions to them about CIArb’s role going forward and the effects of the 2020 pandemic on the global ADR industry. An online networking opportunity will also be available following the presentations.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professionals are currently facing concerns about what the events of 2020 mean for their practice and for the ADR industry at large. How is CIArb helping to address the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic?
For the first part of this webinar, Francis Xavier SC PBM C.Arb FCIArb (current CIArb President), Catherine Dixon (CIArb Director General) and Jonathan Wood MCIArb (Chair of CIArb Board of Trustees) join moderator Marion Smith QC FCIArb (Deputy Chair of CIArb Board of Trustees) to explore the issues in conversation. They will examine and discuss:
· the shifting landscape of dispute resolution and how the pandemic has affected many areas of ADR practice · the question of whether the pandemic presents a crisis or an opportunity for ADR practice · initiatives and strategies CIArb is using to support its members and raise the profile of ADR both now and in the period to come.
In the second part of the online event, attendees will have an opportunity to put their questions to Francis, Catherine, and Jonathan in a Q&A session.
This unique chance to hear from the CIArb leaders is not to be missed. Likewise, it is an important opportunity for the CIArb leaders to hear from the members. Attendees are asked to take advantage of the opportunity to submit their questions in advance during registration. Then be sure to join the online networking event after the presentations to continue the conversations with our global audience.
Programme (subject to change):
11.30am – Welcome and introduction
11.35am – Conversation with the CIArb leaders Catherine Dixon, Director General, CIArb Francis Xavier SC PBM C.Arb FCIArb, President, CIArb Jonathan Wood MCIArb, Chair, CIArb Board of Trustees Moderated by Marion Smith QC FCIArb, Deputy Chair, CIArb Board of Trustees
12.05pm – Q&A session
12.35pm – Close of presentation
12.35pm – Online networking
1.00pm – Close of event
Please kindly note that while this meeting is open to non-members, priority is given to CIArb members.
Cost(s):Attendance to this event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
Joining online: This online event will take place at 11.30am British Summer Time (BST). Please check yourlocal time zone. Joining instructions will be sent to delegates prior to the event.
Catherine Dixon joins the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as its new Director General in May 2020 - having just completed a world-record breaking circumnavigation of the world on a tandem (cycling). Prior to her expedition Catherine spent time in chief executive roles at the Law Society of England and Wales, Askham Bryan College and NHS Resolution. Catherine has also held senior leadership roles at the NSPCC and BUPA.
Catherine has served as a trustee and non-executive director on a number of boards, including the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and she is currently a trustee of Stonewall. Catherine is a non-practicing solicitor and an accredited mediator.
Francis Xavier SC PBM C.Arb FCIArb (2020 CIArb President) was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009 and practices international commercial and treaty arbitration and litigation. He is actively involved in cross-border commercial disputes in the areas of corporate banking, property, financial and investment related claims. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight (Indonesia) and the SIA crash (Taiwan).
He is the Chairman of the Listings Appeals Committee, Singapore Stock Exchange and Chairman of the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore. He is a member of the Rules Committee, Singapore Academy of Law.
He is the President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and current President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). He is a Chartered Arbitrator and also a Past Chairman of CIArb's Singapore Branch.
Jonathan Wood MCIArb is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also Head of International Arbitration at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
He is former Chairman of the International Bar Association's International Sales Committee and is currently a member of the advisory board of the European Regional Forum. Jonathan has been an adviser and litigation counsel to the British Government's Export Credits Guarantee Department (UKEF) for over 25 years.
Marion Smith QC FCIArb (39 Essex Chambers) has extensive experience in a broad range of commercial and construction matters. She appears as a trial and appellate advocate in England and Wales and has been involved with arbitrations before a range of tribunals including under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She is recommended by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 and Chambers & Partners 2017 for Construction.
Marion is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London. She has been a Trustee of CIArb since 2017.