First for Disputes Conference


Date: 09 March 2017
Time: 10:15 - 16:20    Venue: 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP


Whether you are interested in IP disputes, Media disputes, Competition disputes, Employment disputes, Regulatory disputes, Arbitration, or specific DR essential topics such as termination of contracts, settlement or internal investigations, Bird & Bird's forthcoming First for Disputes Conference in London on Thursday 9 March will have something for everybody.

Bird & Bird is recognised as a major global disputes practice. Our First for Disputes Conference is intended to offer clients 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, regulatory, reputation management and competition disputes.

The afternoon plenary sessions will provide updates on a number of key topics in dispute resolution including internal investigations, settling disputes and issues relating to terminating contracts.

This conference has been designed with flexibility in mind: we hope you can attend the whole day. 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.

Speakers
Julian Balson
Partner, International Tax Group
Peter Brownlow
Partner, Intellectual Property Group
Sophie Eyre
Partner, Dispute Resolution Group
James Froud
Partner, International HR Services Group
Victoria Hobbs
Partner, Dispute Resolution Group
Peter Knight
Partner, Global Dispute Resolution Group
Robert Rhoda
Partner, Dispute Resolution Group, Hong Kong
Jeremy Sharman
Partner, Dispute Resolution Group
Phil Sherrell
Partner, International Media, Entertainment and Sports sector
Jonathan Speed
Partner, Dispute Resolution Group
Katharine Stephens 
Partner, Intellectual Property Group, London
Jonathan Taylor
Partner, International Sports Group
Richard Vary
Partner, Intellectual Property and Tech and Comms Groups
Andrew White
Partner, Client Training and Client Product Development
Peter Willis
Partner, Competition & EU Law Practice Group
Garreth Wong
Partner, International Arbitration Group

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The programme

Time Programme
10.15 - 10:45 Registration
10:45 - 11:45
Breakout Sessions 1: Choose from the following sessions

A. How to Deal with Regulators and Other Prosecuting Authorities

This session will focus on how prosecuting authorities operate and in particular those issues relevant in their decision-making about whether to prosecute or not. We will "compare and contrast" the approach taken by various regulators and seek to understand how to take the best approach when dealing with them.  

  • Julian Balson, Joint Head, Tax Disputes Group
  • Peter Knight, Joint Head, Global Dispute Resolution Group
  • Jonathan Taylor, Joint Head, International Sports Group

B. Business Secrets: what they are, where they are and how to recover them

This session will discuss Business Secrets and what options can be taken to recover them when misappropriated intentionally or otherwise. The session will also look at the EU Trade Secrets Directive and best practice for best protection, sanctions and risks.

  • Sophie Eyre, Joint Head, Dispute Resolution Group, London
  • James Froud, Partner, International HR Services Group

C. Getting creative: new remedies available to protect reputation and other assets

It is not just errant footballers or those looking to freeze assets who use injunctions as a remedy. They are an increasingly used weapon for a wide range of situations.  Litigants and judges are getting creative in finding tools applicable to the challenges of the digital world where corporate reputation can be destroyed at the click of a mouse, the spread of information is no longer restricted to national borders, and data is king.  In this session we will work through a case-study, looking at procedural and substantive law issues relating to an application for injunctive relief to protect both companies and individuals from an unexpected and imminent online threat.  Amongst the legal issues in the mix will be privacy, harassment, defamation, freedom of expression, confidential information, site blocking and the right to be forgotten.  

  • Phil Sherrell, Head, International Media, Entertainment and Sports sector
  • Bryony Hurst, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Group
11:45 - 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00
Breakout Sessions 2: Choose from the following sessions

D. Revolution or Evolution; what's new in cartel damages claims?

Peter Willis and Jonathan Speed will present a case study on the lifecycle of a damages claim. This will address key issues in damages claims including the impact of the damages directive, the development of collective claims mechanisms and important recent cases in the last year. In addition they will touch briefly on the implications of Brexit for cartel damages claims.

  • Peter Willis, Joint Head, Competition & EU Law practice group
  • Jonathan Speed, Partner, Dispute Resolution Group

E. Arbitration Roundtable

Arbitration is increasingly popular as a method for dispute resolution in cross-border deals or contracts with an international element.  The benefits of arbitration include finality, fairness, neutrality and international enforceability of its awards.  This informal roundtable session will give an overview of commercial and investment treaty arbitration, and provide the opportunity to discuss some key issues.

  • Robert Rhoda, Partner, Dispute Resolution Group, Hong Kong 
  • Garreth Wong, Partner, International Arbitration Group
  • Matthew Atkinson, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Group

F. Obtaining results using both IP and contract

The overlap of IP and contract can provide opportunities but there are pitfalls for the unwary. This session will consider the importance of choosing the correct governing law in IP related contracts and questions of jurisdiction and remedies where both IP and breach of contract claims are available. It will also look at some of the potential benefits and downsides of co-existence, licence and settlement agreements in IP disputes as well as further considerations to be aware of in light of Brexit. Obtaining results using both IP and contract.

  • Katharine Stephens, Joint Head, Intellectual Property Group, London
  • Peter Brownlow, Partner, Intellectual Property group
  • Louise Lanzkron, Knowledge & Development Lawyer, Dispute Resolution Group
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 13:50

Welcome Remarks

  •  Sophie Eyre and Jeremy Sharman, Joint Heads, Dispute Resolution Group, London
13:50 - 14:30
Afternoon Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session 1: Strategies for Navigating Contractual Terminations

A refresher on issues to think about when faced with a contractual termination scenario, including considering whether a repudiatory breach has occurred and dealing with the risk of affirmation.

  • Victoria Hobbs, Partner, Dispute Resolution Group
  • Andrew White, Partner, Client Training and Client Product Development
  • Rachel Glass, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Group
14:35 - 15:20

Plenary Session 2: Settling Disputes Effectively

This session will focus on settlement agreements and offers to settle, including providing an update on the law relating to without prejudice communications.

  • Jeremy Sharman, Joint Head, Dispute Resolution Group, London
  • Matthew Atkinson, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Group
  • Edward Coles, Associate, Dispute Resolution Group
15:20 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:15  

Managing Internal Investigations

This session will outline some of the legal and practical issues that should be considered when setting up and running an internal investigation. Topics discussed will include selecting the right internal team, establishing chains of communication and managing engagement with stakeholders and external advisers, as well as dealing with legal issues such as privilege and confidentiality.

  • Sophie Eyre, Joint Head, Dispute Resolution Group, London
  • Richard Vary, Partner, Intellectual Property and Tech and Comms Groups
  • Simon Phippard, Of Counsel, Dispute Resolution Group
  • Matthew Foote, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Group
16:15 - 16:20

Closing Remarks

  •  Sophie Eyre and Jeremy Sharman, Joint Heads, Dispute Resolution Group, London
16:20 - 18:00 Drinks & Canapés

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