Sophie Nappert

3 Verulam Buildings

Sophie is a dual-qualified lawyer in Canada and in the UK. She is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in London. Before becoming a full-time arbitrator, she was Head of International Arbitration at a global law firm.

John Trenor


John A. Trenor is a partner in WilmerHale's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group. He has a diverse international practice focusing on international arbitration and international litigation.


Ronnie Barnes

Cornerstone Research

Barbara Benzoni

Senior Vice President, Legal Assistance, Midstream, Downstream and Chemicals, Eni

Kathryn Britten


Alexander Demuth

Alvarez & Marsal

Hilary Heilbron QC

Brick Court Chambers

Gabrielle Nater-Bass


Oliver Perez

Legal Counsel, Dispute Resolution, Standard Chartered Bank

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer

White & Case

Bill Smith

Pinsent Masons

Michael Stepek

Winston & Strawn

Christopher Style QC

One Essex Court

Sarah Vasani

Addleshaw Goddard


13.30: Welcome coffee and registration

14.00: Chairs' welcome

Sophie Nappert, 3 Verulam Buildings
John Trenor, WilmerHale

14.15: Session one: Damages - the in-house view

During this Fireside Chat our interviewer will find out what in-house counsel expect when it comes to the treatment of damages in a case. Among other things, they're expected discuss:

- What do in-house counsel seek in, and expect from, quantum experts?
- How much influence does the in-house counsel expect the expert to have a) within the legal team and b) persuading the tribunal?
- What do in-house counsel expect from arbitrators when it comes to damages (numeracy, familiarity, etc.)? Do they factor this in during selection?
- What do in-house counsel think if polarisation occurs within a case: do they view it as a problem?
- Do they think arbitrators should exercise any discretion when it comes to quantum?

John Trenor, WilmerHale

In-house counsel:
Barbara Benzoni, Senior Vice President, Legal Assistance, Midstream, Downstream and Chemicals, Eni
Oliver Perez, Group Legal Advisor, Dispute Resolution, Standard Chartered Bank

15.00: Session two: GAR Live Damages Question Time for arbitrators

A twist on our usual Tylney Hall format. A panel of distinguished arbitrators will discuss questions submitted by the audience and the moderators. They're expected to discuss:

- How influential experts are on the tribunal's decision on quantum
- Effective versus disastrous presentations
- The problem of polarisation
- Quantum/damages deliberations: scientific or horse-trading? Exercise of discretion
- When should a tribunal appoint its own quantum expert?
- Charting your own course: desirable? If so, how is it done safely?

Gabrielle Nater-Bass, Homburger
Sophie Nappert, 3 Verulam Buildings


Hilary Heilbron QC, Brick Court Chambers
Anne Véronique Schlaepfer, White & Case
Christopher Style QC, One Essex Court
Michael Stepek, Winston & Strawn

16.00: Coffee break

16.30: Session three: Counsel and experts react

In this session those who work in the trenches will react to topics explored earlier in the day.

They're expected to discuss:

- Effective communication - what works, what doesn't and where do the frustrations in the process arise? What frustrations are there?
- How to make things better. Which of the many innovations now being proposed - eg joint reports or joint meetings, expert conferencing, etc. - make a real difference?

John Trenor, WilmerHale

Alexander Demuth, Alvarez & Marsal
Ronnie Barnes, Cornerstone Research
Bill Smith, Pinsent Masons
Sarah Vasani, Addleshaw Goddard
Kathryn Britten, AlixPartners

17.45: Chairs' closing remarks

Sophie Nappert, 3 Verulam Buildings
John Trenor, WilmerHale

18.00 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Pinsent Masons


Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A 4ES, United Kingdom

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £650 15 September 2017
Early £750 13 October 2017
Standard £850 30 October 2017


Complimentary In-house/governmental registration available