Thursday, 4 April 2019, Paris, France


2nd Annual GAR Live Construction Disputes offers a unique opportunity to explore and discuss key themes with top practitioners and arbitrators from around the world. Known for offering a conference with “a little less talk, a little more conversation”, GAR Live events are designed to break the mould of ordinary legal conferences by creating an atmosphere where moderators, speakers and the audience explore key areas of interest, together. 

2nd Annual GAR Live Construction Disputes takes place as part of Paris Arbitration Week. To view the details of Paris Arbitration Week and the other events, please visit:

Following the conference, please join us at the 9th Annual Awards Ceremony for the unveiling of the GAR 30, the annual ranking of the world’s most active arbitration practices, and the presentation of other awards for individuals and firms. Visit event website. 


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Jane Davies Evans

3 Verulam Buildings

Jane acts as counsel in international arbitrations, dispute boards and litigation; she also accepts appointments as arbitrator, adjudicator and dispute board member. Jane works extensively internationally, and in particular in the Middle East, Africa, the Russian Federation and CIS, Latin America and Asia Pacific focusing on disputes arising in the energy (oil and gas and power), natural resources and infrastructure sectors. 

Peter Rosher

Reed Smith

Peter Rosher is a dual qualified (English Solicitor/French Avocat) lawyer with over 23 years’ of experience in International Arbitration advising clients on contentious issues as well as providing extensive advisory services in relation to "live" major projects.


François Doré

Bouygues Construction

Amir Ghaffari

Vinson & Elkins

Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Maria Hauser-Morel

ICC International Court of Arbitration

Emma Kratochvilova

Herbert Smith Freehills

Christopher Lau SC

Maxwell Chambers, 3 Verulam Buildings

Gillian Carmichael Lemaire

Pinsent Masons

Thierry Linares

FTI Consulting

Iain McKenny

Profile Investment

Lindy Patterson QC

39 Essex Chambers

James Perry

PS Consulting

Lee Rovinescu

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Christopher Seppälä

White & Case


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.20: Chairs’ opening remarks
Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings
Peter Rosher, Reed Smith

9.30: Keynote address

10.10: Session one: Ask the Arbitrators

A panel of distinguished arbitrators will discuss questions submitted by the audience and the moderators. Questions will focus on how tribunals deal with the challenges involved when sitting as an arbitrator from both a common and civil law perspective, including enquiries into corruption or forgery.

Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings
Peter Rosher, Reed Smith 

Christopher Lau, 3 Verulam Buildings

11.10: Coffee break

11.40: Session two: Have lawyers ruined dispute boards? Are dispute board members failed construction arbitrators?

Are dispute boards the answer to all our problems? Despite more than 50 years of the dispute board, construction arbitration is still thriving, with some of the biggest projects in the world ending in arbitration. What makes for a successful dispute board? Are lawyers at fault when the dispute board doesn’t work – or are the board members simply not up to scratch?

Peter Rosher, Reed Smith

François Doré, Bouygues Construction
Thierry Linares, FTI Consulting
Lindy Patterson QC, 39 Essex Chambers
James Perry, PS Consulting

12.40: Session three: The GAR Live Construction debate: construction and investment treaty arbitrations: let’s call the whole thing off…

You say construction, I say supply… In the third panel of the day leading practitioners will take part in a mock hearing, arguing whether involvement in a construction project is an investment or not. Is a dispute board decision, or an arbitration award based on a “construction contract”, an investment?

Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings

Amir Ghaffari, Vinson & Elkins
Emma Kratochvilova, Herbert Smith Freehills
Gillian Carmicheal Lemaire, Pinsent Masons
Lee Rovinescu, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

13.40: Networking lunch

14.40: Session four: Construction and diversity: results of the global survey

By looking at the results of the recent global survey, our panel will discuss diversity in construction arbitration. Speakers will look not only at gender diversity, but also cultural diversity; ensuring that arbitration is a representative field for all involved. This panel seeks to ask whether a lack of cultural diversity is causing countries to pull away from arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism – and what can be done to combat this.

Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings 
Peter Rosher, Reed Smith

Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, London Court of Interational Arbitration
Maria Hauser-Morel, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Christopher Seppälä, White & Case

15.40: Chairs’ closing remarks
Peter Rosher, Reed Smith
Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings

15.50: Close of conference

Further information

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  • "Very good. Excellent interaction with the audience" Jeremy Winter, Independent Arbitrator 


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