GAR Live London: in pictures

26 May 2016

GAR Live London was held on 18 May at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and was co-chaired by Sylvia Noury of Freshfields and Jason Fry of Clifford Chance. Photos of the event are now available.

The Pledge

The Pledge

18 May 2016

Today’s GAR Live London saw the launch of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, a call for the international arbitration community to commit to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators.

"A judicial land grab"? GAR Live reacts to Lord Chief Justice's proposal

"A judicial land grab"? GAR Live reacts to Lord Chief Justice's proposal

26 May 2016

The latest GAR Live London saw delegates react to the proposal of the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales that the courts’ power to review points of law in international arbitration be expanded so that the development of the common law in the commercial field is not stifled.


Jason Fry

Clifford Chance

Sylvia Noury

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


John Beechey

Independent Arbitrator

Sophie Lamb

Debevoise & Plimpton

Timothy Mayer


Wendy Miles QC

Boies, Schiller & Flexner

Juliet Blanch

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Amy Lashinsky

Chief Executive Officer, Alaco

Daniel Busse

Allen & Overy

Joanne Cross

Assistant General Counsel, Dispute Resolution, BP

Justin D'Agostino

Herbert Smith Freehills

Nicholas Fletcher QC

4 New Square

Penny Madden QC

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Peter Griffin

Slaney Advisors

Rachel Thorn


Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof

Director General, The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Sylvia Tonova

Jones Day

Simon Nesbitt QC

Maitland Chambers

James Spigelman AC QC

One Essex Court

Matthew Weiniger QC


CPD points

This conference has been accredited with 5 CPD points


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration 

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks 

Jason Fry, Clifford Chance
Sylvia Noury, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

9.40: Session one: Demystifying arbitrator selection

This session will discuss the selection of arbitrators and attempt to bring some sunlight into what can be an opaque process. In particular, the panel will explore the critical factors that drive arbitrator selection, including the increasing impact of arbitrator challenges, conscious or subconscious bias and the “IBM” factor – the perceived benefit of erring on the side of caution.

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • How do parties and their counsel select arbitrators? Who really decides?
  • What is the role of the institution? Will their innovations (existing or planned) change how parties appoint arbitrators? ‎
  • Is the “safest” choice always the best choice?
  • Why are so few women appointed, even today?
  • Will more information on arbitrators – such as who’s sat with whom, and even Tripadvisor style pages, help?
  • On whom does the onus to drive the change lie and what efforts are already underway (including “The Pledge”)?

Sylvia Noury, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

John Beechey, Independent Arbitrator
Juliet Blanch, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Joanne Cross, Assistant General Counsel, Dispute Resolution, BP 
Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills
Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Session two: GAR Live symposium 

Our espresso version of Tylney Hall. 

Wendy Miles QC, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
Simon Nesbitt QC, Maitland Chambers

12.30: Networking lunch sponsored by Oxera Consulting

14.00: Session three: Getting the client paid

You have the award but how do you get the money? This session will explore both the legal and practical aspects of enforcement and other means of monetising awards. 

Questions the panel are expected to dig into include:

  • How do you find assets to enforce against?
  • How do you secure those assets for enforcement?
  • What are the chief legal and practical headaches associated with enforcement? Where is the leverage to get paid?
  • What are the unique features of enforcing awards against states?
  • Selling the award on – is this the way forward? Are there any pitfalls?

Jason Fry, Clifford Chance

Peter Griffin, Slaney Advisors
Amy Lashinsky, Chief Executive Officer, Alaco
Timothy Mayer, Therium 
Sylvia Tonova, Jones Day
Matthew Weiniger, Linklaters

15.15: Coffee break

15.45: Session four: The GAR Live Debate

Motion: “This house believes …. arbitrators should stop pussyfooting and cut to the chase

Sophie Lamb, Debevoise & Plimpton


Arguing "for" motion:
Daniel Busse, Allen & Overy
Nicholas Fletcher QC, 4 New Square

Arguing "against" motion:

Penny Madden QC, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Rachel Thorn, 
Chadbourne & Parke

John Beechey, Independent Arbitrator
James Spigelman AC QC, One Essex Court
Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks 

Jason Fry, Clifford Chance
Sylvia Noury, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

17.25 onwards: Cocktail reception and launch of Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge kindly hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


28 Tudor Street London, EC4Y 1HT, United Kingdom


  • "The best conference I been to for years....Lively stimulating and interesting" Anthony Trace QC, Maitland Chambers 


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