Alex Bevan

Shearman & Sterling

Alex Bevan is a partner in the International Arbitration practice and the Managing Partner for the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. He leads the firm's Construction practice. He is also a member of the Firm’s 9-member Policy Committee. Alex specializes in complex international arbitration proceedings arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures. These disputes arise in a range of industries, in particular infrastructure, power, oil and gas and telecoms. He also regularly serves as Arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

Naomi Briercliffe

Allen & Overy

Naomi Briercliffe is a senior associate in the international arbitration team of Allen & Overy in London. She has also practised in Paris and New York. Naomi represents clients in international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and has also advised on state-to-state disputes, including before the International Court of Justice and Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

Naomi acts for a broad spectrum of clients from around the globe and involved in different industry sectors, although she has particular experience of energy, telecoms and infrastructure disputes. In addition to her Who’s Who Arbitration 2019 “future leaders” ranking, she was recommended by Chambers in 2019 as an “associate to watch” in investor-state arbitration and public international law, and as a “next generation lawyer” in public international law by Legal 500. The directories describe her as a “highly capable lawyer, destined for a bright future” and reference, among other things, her “high intellectual rigour and excellent client management skills”.


Christine Artero

Arbitration Chambers

Duncan Bagshaw

Howard Kennedy

José Feris

Squire Patton Boggs

Thierry Ngoga Gakuba

Legal Line Partners

Rishab Gupta

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Rachael O'Grady

Mayer Brown

Carmen Martinez Lopez

Three Crowns

Sebastiano Nessi

Schellenberg Wittmer

Tilman Niedermaier


Dharshini Prasad


Charis Tan


Thierry Tomasi

Herbert Smith Freehills

Sarah Vasani

Addleshaw Goddard


13.30: Welcome coffee and registration

14.00: An introduction to the Who's Who Legal Future Leaders research

Rupert Wilson, Editor, Who’s Who Legal

14.05: Chairs’ opening remarks

Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling
Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy

14.15: Session one: Fireside chat

In this interview style session, our group of future leaders will discuss their tips on how to make it as an arbitrator.

Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling

Christine Artero, Arbitration Chambers
Carmen Martinez Lopez, Three Crowns

15.00: Session two: what does the future hold for arbitration?

Our panel will explore key issues affecting arbitration today and consider what the future holds.

Topics our esteemed panel are expected to discuss:

  • Is technology set to change the face of arbitration?
  • Conflicts of interest, transparency and challenges to awards: where have we got to and where are we headed?
  • Will climate change impact arbitration?
  • Investment treaty arbitration post-Achmea: what’s next for investor-State arbitration?

Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy

José Feris, Squire Patton Boggs
Rachael O'Grady, Mayer Brown
Rishab Gupta, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Thierry Tomasi, Herbert Smith Freehills

16.15: Coffee break

16.45: Session three: The GAR Live debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: “This house believes the rise of new regional arbitral seats and institutions will change international arbitration for the better."

Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling

Duncan Bagshaw, Howard Kennedy
Tilman Niedermaier, CMS
Charis Tan, DWF

Sebastiano Nessi, Schellenberg Wittmer
Thierry Ngoga Gakuba, Legal Line Partners
Dharshini Prasad, WilmerHale
Sarah Vasani, Addleshaw Goddard

18.15: Chairs’ closing remarks

Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling
Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy

18.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception


One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD, United Kingdom


  • "High quality discussion, right length of time" 

    Sarah Cameron, EY

  • "Excellent combination between work (topics of interest) and play (chance to meet other ‘young practitioners’)"  Maarten Draye, Hanotiau & van den Berg


  • "Very good – a good mix of viewpoints and topics covered"  Lexi Boyes, Haberman Ilett

  • "Very informative – good food for thought" Christina Schuetz, Clifford Chance

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Expires
Early Rate  £150 26/05/2019
Standard £300 26/06/2019


In-house/Government Representatives
Type Price
Standard £0