A group of more than 50 leading law firms, barristers’ chambers, specialists, academics, legal commentators and dispute resolution organisations have joined forces to launch London International Disputes Week (LIDW), with the inaugural event set to take place between May 7-10, 2019.
Comprising a conference and 18 interactive sessions at a landmark venue in Trafalgar Square, the four-day event will explore the future of dispute resolution in London, where and how disputes will arise, how London should adapt to the changing landscape and the future of dispute resolution globally.
“I look forward to discussing with delegates from around the world the challenges and opportunities in dispute resolution and London’s place in our increasingly globalised world,” said former Court of Appeal judge Elizabeth Gloster.
“London has long been a respected centre for handling disputes, but this is not a time for complacency. The event will provide our great city with the opportunity to showcase our heritage, whilst looking ahead to the future and how we will adapt, evolve and progress.”
Indeed, the event comes at a watershed time for the UK legal sector, as London looks to establish its future role and status as a dispute hub in the post-Brexit environment.
The event’s founding members and supporters say they hope to foster an ethos of collaboration among organisations that would usually compete. By combining forces they aim to deliver a forward-thinking and inclusive event that the organisers plan to use to demonstrate legal London’s commitment to diversity.
LIDW will bring together lawyers, judges, arbitrators, academics and others involved in using or administrating dispute resolution from around the world and hailing from numerous sectors.
More information on the event is available at: lidw.co.uk