The East Midlands Branch is delighted to invite you to a back-to-back event on (1) International Commercial Arbitration and Brexit; and (2) Witnesses and Expert Evidence followed by AGM.
3.30 – 4.30 "International Commercial Arbitration and Brexit" talk by Masood Ahmed (Associate Professor at the Leicester University) on international commercial arbitration and Brexit, followed by Q & A and refreshments.
5.00 – 6.00 "Witness and Expert Evidence" session by Marion Smith QC and Melissa Shiply of 39 Essex Street Chambers on Witnesses and Expert Evidence followed by AGM.
6.30 Dinner and East Midlands Branch 2019 AGM.
Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, 33 Packington Hill, Kegworth
Details of 3.30-4.30 talk "International Commercial Arbitration and Brexit":
This talk considers some of the issues surrounding the impact of Brexit on international commercial arbitration including:
An analysis of the Government's Explanatory Memorandum
The future of London as the seat of arbitration
The supervisory role of the English Courts
Future threats and opportunities
Details of 5.00-6.00 session "Witness and Expert Evidence":
Courts and tribunals, arbitrators and adjudicators, all have different rules and approaches to factual and expert evidence. But there are common themes and fundamental principles. However, a run of cases in the last two years suggests that there are still some issues to discuss! This session will look at a variety of issue around witness and expert evidence such as:
Who is telling the truth?
Do I have to challenge this witness?
When will adverse inferences be drawn?
What are the consequences of a witness talking to counsel in the course of giving evidence:
Does the joint meeting matter?
Who is an expert?
What is “unbiased” opinion?
What are the duties of those who instruct?
How do I afford expert evidence?
For more information or to book please contact Matthew Crawley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marion Smith QC specialises in commercial and construction disputes and has extensive litigation experience before domestic courts and tribunals and in international arbitration, including under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA and LMAA and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She has been appointed as sole and co-arbitrator and an expert determiner. She is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University, London and a Professional Fellow of Aston University. She is a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales.
Melissa Shipley’s practice is focused on construction disputes in a variety of forums, including international arbitration, UK litigation and adjudication. She acts across a wide range of construction sectors in the UK and internationally, including transport, oil and gas, renewable energy and domestic and commercial building projects. Examples of recent work include acting for the contractor in a multi-million dollar SIAC arbitration arising out of the rehabilitation, design and construction of a road in Asia.