CIArb and the Law Society are proud to host this joint panel discussion assessing the implications for arbitration of Brexit, the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and the UK’s departure from the Lugano Convention. This online event will take place on 17 June 2021 at 9.30am UK time, please check your local time zone.
Brexit and the departure of the UK from the Lugano Convention clearly have consequences for the ways in which cross-border disputes with Europe are dealt with. Choice of jurisdiction, and mutual enforcement of judgements may both be affected in the courts, whilst arbitration – under which enforcement is governed by the New York Convention and so is unaffected by Brexit – may be seen as a viable alternative option. In addition, the full implications for the mobility of arbitrators and practitioners is yet to be fully tested, given the context of the pandemic. Now, nearly 6 months on from the agreement of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), our expert panelists will assess these issues in detail, and explain if they think there will be any longer-term effects on the UK’s attractiveness as an arbitral seat. Specifically, we will address the following questions:
What are the direct impact of the TCA on legal services in general, and arbitration and ADR in particular?
What are the prospects for the UK’s re-accession to Lugano (and does it matter)?
Could arbitration have a greater role to play in the event that the UK cannot rejoin Lugano?
Is the ability of arbitrators, mediators and other participants in dispute proceedings to move easily between the UK and EU hampered by Brexit and the TCA?
9.40am Panel Discussion
11.00am Closing remarks
Cost(s): Attendance to this event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.