Our next Ongoing Learning Webinar will focus on professional growth advice for those considering starting their own dispute resolution practice. Together with our expert guests, we will help you tap into your practitioner mindset, as well as your entrepreneur mindset- with a focus on the business elements of a practice.
The starting point of our discussion will be dedicated to fundamentals and cover the advantages of establishing an arbitration, mediation or adjudication practice. We will then navigate through more comprehensive topics particularly:
Knowing if you are ready to open your own practice and what you need to do so
Identifying your ideal clients (and whether it is important to identify them at all)
The different approaches to marketing strategies and how to grow your caseload.
We will then move onto factors such as technology, finance and sustainability- all things that should be considered by an independent practitioner. Our panel will also take into account the social and even psychological aspects of creating a healthy and prosperous work environment.
This webinar is part of CIArb’s Ongoing Learning – a range of learning opportunities designed to help you deepen your knowledge and skills, and keep you informed and up to date. Look out for more information about Ongoing Learning in the coming months. Attendees will receive an Ongoing Learning certificate as part of this webinar, which counts towards 1.5 hours of CPD/CLE. Recordings will be available after the event. If you are unable to attend the live event, buying a ticket will still give you access to the recording.
This webinar will be moderated by Kateryna Honcharenko, MCIArb. Ongoing Learning Webinars are supported by JAMS.Register now.
Please note the times listed are in GMT.
CIArb members - Higher income countries*
CIArb members - Lower income countries**
* Valid for High-income and Upper-middle income economies as per World Bank classification.
** Valid for Low-income and Lower-middle-income economies as per World Bank classification.
Kateryna is Ciarb’s Arbitration Professional Practice Manager. Before joining Ciarb Kateryna trained with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and practiced litigation with Integrites in Kyiv, Ukraine. Kateryna holds an LL.M in comparative and international dispute resolution from Queen Mary University of London and an LL.M in international trade regulation from the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, where she also obtained an LL.B in international private law. Kateryna is responsible for maintaining the research strategy that contributes towards Ciarb objectives concerning the use of alternative dispute resolution. She is, in particular, a co-author of the Ciarb Guidance Note on Remote Dispute Resolution Proceedings, Ciarb Framework Guideline on the Use of Technology in International Arbitration and acts as the lead UNCITRAL Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) delegate.
Prof. Praveen Sandhu spent several years as a commercial litigation lawyer in Vancouver, Canada. With a drive for keeping parties out of court, in 2021 she founded an international mediation and arbitration practice. She has worked as a mediator, co-mediator, settlement counsel and sole arbitrator in dozens of matters both within and outside of Canada.
She is a fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a mediator with the Superior Court of California and is listed as a mediator and arbitrator on several rosters globally. Prof. Sandhu is a dispute resolution authority and has been invited by many organizations in the space to speak on various topics related to Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Prof. Sandhu was raised in Canada, has family roots in India, spent three years living in Paris and speaks four languages. Her life experience together with her professional experience make her a natural fit in the international ADR space.
Prof. Sandhu is an active member of the Law Society of B.C., remains as passionate today about the law as she was in law school and teaches business law to post-secondary students and professionals in other fields.
Athina Fouchard Papaefstratiou is an independent arbitrator based in Paris. A Greek citizen and a lawyer registered with the Bar in Paris and in Athens, she has worked for 15 years in two of the most renowned international arbitration groups globally and in a boutique firm specialised in Africa-related dispute resolution, before establishing her own practice in 2022. Athina has significant experience in Africa-related arbitration, as well as in arbitration involving States and State entities. She is a Ciarb Fellow, a member of the board of the European Branch of Ciarb, and the former Chair of the Ciarb YMG steering committee. She is also a founding member (and former co-head) of AfricArb, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and a Board member of the Arbitration Committee of ICC Greece. She publishes, teaches and speaks in conferences on issues of international arbitration, public international law and contract law.
Tomas is the Founder of Vail Dispute Resolution, an independent disputes practice advising on investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration under the ICSID, LCIA, ICC, SCC and UNCITRAL rules. With over a decade of experience in the world’s top arbitration practices, Tomas is recognised by Chambers and Legal 500, and by Who’s Who Legal as among the “most highly regarded” arbitration practitioners in EMEA. He is currently acting as lead counsel in several commercial arbitrations, in an ICSID arbitration against Belarus, and in other investment treaty disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including under the Energy Charter Treaty. Tomas is a Fellow of the Ciarb and regularly sits as arbitrator under the rules of all major arbitral institutions. He is fluent in English, Russian and French.