Will the post-Pledge field be pale, stale and female?

Will the post-Pledge field be pale, stale and female?

18 May 2018

Two years after the launch of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, delegates at GAR Live London considered whether the current focus on gender diversity in international arbitration needs to be accompanied by equal attention to ethnic and socioeconomic diversity for real change to be achieved.

GAR Live London – in pictures

GAR Live London – in pictures

18 May 2018

GAR Live London was held at Allen & Overy’s city centre office on 10 May.

GAR Live Lookback: London’s future as a seat

GAR Live Lookback: London’s future as a seat

26 April 2019

International arbitration looks set to be one of the few ‘City’ activities not dented by Brexit – according to a diverse panel at GAR Live London last year that included names from Australia, Singapore and Paris.

GAR Live London Lookback: is international arbitration at home in Big Law?

GAR Live London Lookback: is international arbitration at home in Big Law?

02 May 2019

Are the big global law firms falling out of love with international arbitration? And, if not, then why are international arbitration boutiques forming - and what role might third-party funding play in dictating whether the boutique or larger-firm model flourishes from here on? These questions formed the basis of last year’s GAR Live London Inquisition.


Steven Finizio


Steven Finizio is recognized as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers in London in the Chambers UK Guide, named in the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration and recognized for his standing in the field of international arbitration in Legal 500, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Global Arbitration Review's Who's Who in International Arbitration, PLC Which Lawyer? and Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best. Mr. Finizio has been resident in the firm's London office since 2000.

Paula Hodges QC

Herbert Smith Freehills

Paula heads Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Arbitration Practice and has over 25 years' experience of advising on international disputes, particularly in the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors. She specialises in international arbitration and has represented clients in many jurisdictions (including London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, the US, Canada, Dubai, Africa, Asia, Russia and the CIS) in ad hoc arbitration and proceedings under the auspices of the major arbitral institutions. She also sits as an arbitrator. Paula has been closely involved in several high profile cases before the High Court in London, and has also appeared before the Court of Appeal and House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).


Charles Adams

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Michael Baratz

Steptoe & Johnson

Juliet Blanch

Arbitration Chambers

Stephen Bond

Covington & Burling

Stavros Brekoulakis

Professor of International Arbitration and Commercial Law, Queen Mary University of London

Andrew Foyle

One Essex Court

Jason Fry

Clifford Chance

Jessica Gladstone

Clifford Chance

Christopher Harris

3 Verulam Buildings

Charles Kaplan

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Steven Law


Mark Levy

Allen & Overy

Penny Madden

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Lucy Martinez

Independent Consultant

Timothy Mayer


Sophie Nappert

3 Verulam Buildings

Wolfgang Peter

Peter & Partners

Tanja Pfitzner

Pfitzner Legal

Edward Poulton

Baker McKenzie

James Spigelman QC

One Essex Court

Paul Tan

Rajah & Tann

Baiju Vasani

Jones Day


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

9.45: Session one: London’s IA future – does it depend on being a financial centre?

Many of the leading seats for IA are found in financial centres and, where new IA centres have emerged, they’ve usually been in a new financial centre. What does that mean for London, and other seats, with Brexit looming? And what about international arbitration more generally? Is international arbitration successful only because there’s no real alternative? Will the creation of various English speaking, English-law literate, opt-in courts cut the amount of work that needs to be done? Or will they, in fact, be helpful to the world of IA?

Our panel will address questions such as:

  • What drives choice of seat?
  • Is there going to be a Brexit hit or a Brexit boost for London?
  • Arbitration vs litigation – if courts are creating an alternative to IA, is that going to cause a problem for the future of arbitration?
  • Why are IA seats so often financial centres, when financial firms don’t particularly like IA?

Lucy Martinez, Independent Consultant

Christopher Harris, 3 Verulam Buildings
Charles Kaplan, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Paul Tan, Rajah & Tann
Tanja Pfitzner, Pfitzner Legal
James Spigelman QC, One Essex Court

11.00: Coffee break 

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live Question Time

A panel of distinguished speakers will discuss questions submitted by the audience and moderator, including career progression and mentoring in a post-Weinstein world.

Mark Levy, Allen & Overy

Juliet Blanch, Arbitration Chambers
Sophie Nappert, 3 Verulam Buildings
Stavros Brekoulakis, Professor of International Arbitration and Commercial Law, Queen Mary University of London
Edward Poulton, Baker McKenzie

12.45: Networking lunch

14.15: Session three: Practical steps if you suspect corruption or fraud during a case

What protections are in place to stop IA from being abused by one or more of the actors (party, counsel, or arbitrator)? As the sums at stake increase, will they be sufficient? More practically, what to do if you detect something unholy? Drawing on real life examples and personal experiences, this panel will offer practical advice to help you avoid the feeling of powerlessness that can otherwise seem overwhelming on such occasions.

Issues the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • Corrupt arbitrators
  • Sham disputes
  • Manufactured or otherwise falsified evidence
  • Reporting to authorities. What, to whom, and when? Does IA’s view of its obligations correspond to the wider world’s?
  • Unscrupulous experts giving conflicting evidence in different cases
  • The role of institutions in sifting out the bad apples
  • What happens if there’s a subsequent challenge?

Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills

Jason Fry, Clifford Chance
Wolfgang Peter, Peter & Partners
Michael Baratz, Steptoe & Johnson
Steven Law, BDO

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Session four: The GAR Live Inquisition – Is international arbitration at home in Big Law?

Is Big Law falling out of love with international arbitration? It's an interesting question, and the signs are mixed. On the one hand, Big Law likes work where it can charge premium rates. And only Big Law seems equipped for the compliance demands of the biggest cases. On the other hand, Big Law is getting worse at making IA specialists partner, owing to changes in firms' leverage models.

Meanwhile, ruthless cost-cutting by some is leaving clients feeling empowered but also confused. It's become harder for them to tell what top-quality work should cost. How do these forces play out? Is the business model that underpins IA changing? What sort of firm will be doing the biggest cases in the future?

This session will replicate a US senate committee hearing with a succession of witnesses being ‘grilled' by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors. Together they will seek to get to the bottom of these questions. They are likely to explore:

  • Do IA teams of today face pressures that their predecessors didn't? 
  • Can only Big Law handle the client relationship side of big cases (money laundering rules, data protection etc)?
  • Is IA a comfortable fit within firms that count as Big Law? 
  • Has anyone found a way of sharing risk with clients that really works?
  • What role will funders play? Is Third Party Funding a long-term solution or just a short term fix for large groups hoping to charge premium rates?

Steven Finizio, WilmerHale
Charles Adams, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Baiju Vasani, Jones Day

Jessica Gladstone, Clifford Chance
Stephen Bond, Covington & Burling
Andrew Foyle, One Essex Court
Penny Madden, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Timothy Mayer, Therium

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills
Steven Finizio, WilmerHale

17.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception hosted by 3 Verulam Buildings



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