First for Disputes Conference


Date: 11 March 2015
Time: 10.30 - 16.45 GMT    Venue: Bird & Bird, 15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP


Bird & Bird & First for Disputes

Bird & Bird is recognised as a major global disputes practice. Our First for Disputes Conference is intended to offer in-house lawyers an opportunity to benefit from our wealth and breadth of disputes experience and to receive updates from experts on a range of disputes topics.

We will be running a range of focused workshops in the morning, with delegates able to choose between sessions on arbitration, IP, employment and competition disputes. The afternoon plenary sessions will provide updates on a number of key topics in dispute resolution.

This conference has been designed with flexibility in mind: we hope you can attend the whole day, however, if you are unable to attend the workshop sessions in the morning, we would be delighted to welcome you for lunch and the afternoon plenary sessions or vice versa. Please note that the availability for the morning workshop sessions is limited.

CPD accreditation:

The morning workshops are SRA accredited with 1 CPD hour per session. The afternoon Plennary sessions are SRA accredited with 2.5 CPD hours.

The programme

10.30 - 11.00

Workshops registration and refreshments

 

11.00 - 12.00

Workshop session 1 - choose from one of the following:

Trade Secrets and Employee Competition

By 2017 all 28 Member States will have to introduce legislation guaranteeing harmonised trade secret protection across the EU. The forthcoming Trade Secrets Directive will also require changes to Court processes and practice, which will be far reaching in some jurisdictions. This breakout session will take a practical look at the Directive's expected impact on trade and supply chain arrangements, as well as the EU's soft touch approach to employee competition issues.

 

Warren Wayne, Partner, Co-Head of the Trade Secrets Protection Group.

 

Drafting Bespoke Arbitration Agreements (draft wording)

A valid arbitration clause is the foundation of an enforceable arbitration. Commercial transactions are growing increasingly more complicated, and arbitration clauses are often tailored to suit the particular circumstances of the deal. No longer are 'plain vanilla' arbitration clause the overwhelming norm. With growing complexity, however, comes the risk that some or all of an arbitration clause might be declared invalid or otherwise encourage satellite disputes. This session will cover features commonly added to arbitration clauses - such as escalation clauses, sole option clauses and provisions for multi-party or multi-contract deals - and discuss the attendant risks.

 

Annet van Hooft, Partner, Co-Head of Bird & Bird's International Arbitration Group

Garreth Wong, Partner, Bird & Bird's International Arbitration Group

 

12.00 - 12.15
 

Coffee break
 

12.15 - 13.15

Workshop session 2 - choose from one of the following:

A Brave New World - The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: what should I be doing to prepare?

The new system is expected to be up and running by early 2016. Although there is a long period of transition, patentees should develop a strategy now for managing their portfolio and considering how to litigate within the UPC system. This session will examine some of the key differences between the current patent litigation landscape in Europe and the forthcoming UPC system.

 

The new system is expected to be up and running by early 2016. Although there is a long period of transition, patentees should develop a strategy now for managing their portfolio and considering how to litigate within the UPC system. This session will examine some of the key differences between the current patent litigation landscape in Europe and the forthcoming UPC system.

 

Katharine Stephens, Partner, Joint Head of the Intellectual Property Department in London

Christopher de Mauny, Associate, IP department

 

Competition Litigation – on the verge of a revolution?

EU lawmakers have adopted a Directive on competition damages, intended to make it easier for victims of cartels and anti-competitive abuses to obtain compensation for their losses. Why have most claims to date been brought in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, and will the new rules lead to more claims being brought in other countries too? How will competition damages claims change, and how should businesses prepare themselves?

EU lawmakers have adopted a Directive on competition damages, intended to make it easier for victims of cartels and anti-competitive abuses to obtain compensation for their losses. Why have most claims to date been brought in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, and will the new rules lead to more claims being brought in other countries too? How will competition damages claims change, and how should businesses prepare themselves? 

Peter Willis, Partner, Co-head of the Competition & EU Law Practice Group

13.15 - 14.00

Afternoon plenary sessions registration, networking and lunch

 

14.00 - 14.05

Plenary sessions welcome address by David Kerr, Partner and CEO

Plenary sessions chaired by Steven Baker, Co-Head, International Dispute Resolution Group

 

14.05 - 14.50

Anti-Bribery and Corruption ("ABC") and investigations – don't get caught out!

Three years on from the implementation of the UK Bribery Act ("UKBA"), this is no time for complacency. While there has not yet been a corporate prosecution under UKBA, it is only matter of time – as indicated by the SFO having recently announced several high profile investigations into major companies under pre-UKBA legislation. This session will discuss ways to ensure that you limit your exposure to such investigations.

Peter Knight, Partner, Dispute Resolution
Sophie Eyre, Partner, Dispute Resolution
Simon Phippard, Counsel, Dispute Resolution
Patrick Gilfillan, Associate, Dispute Resolution

 

14.50 - 15.35

What You Think Is Privileged May Not Be!

Due to difficulties caused by the courts’ decision to narrow the scope of legal advice privilege, this session will look at what advice is privileged and what isn't, current best practice on privilege and will look at some of the differences between the UK and various EU countries when it comes to privilege rules.

 

Jeremy Sharman, Partner, Dispute Resolution

Russell Williamson, Associate, Dispute Resolution

 

15.35 - 15.50

Coffee break

15.50 - 16.45

Terminating Contracts: strategies and successful outcomes


Understanding the jargon-ridden topics of breach, material breach, repudiatory breach, and termination of long-term contracts, and tips on strategies and choices when dealing with termination.

 

Andrew White, Partner

Rachel Glass, Associate, Dispute Resolution

16.45 End of the conference and tea reception

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