In this session leading practitioners will discuss and debate how English law and dispute resolution are evolving to address the challenges and opportunities raised by the tech sector

What this session will cover

How English law and dispute resolution are evolving to address the challenges and opportunities raised by the tech sector.

The keynote speech will be given by Mr Justice Waksman. Mr Justice Waksman is a High Court Judge, designated to sit in the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court. He is perfectly positioned to give a first hand and insightful view on the subject of how the law and dispute resolution are adapting to and embracing technology.

The remainder of the session will consist of interactive panel discussions on these highly topical areas, along with a breakout session where participants will have the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge technology being used to resolve disputes, including a Relativity demonstration.

The first panel session will highlight how adept the courts and tribunals in London are at understanding and using technology and innovation to resolve disputes and deliver prompt and cost-effective justice. Amongst other things the panel will walk the audience through an evolving and exciting case study involving a business-critical cross-border cyber incident, highlighting how the English jurisdiction and cutting edge technology and innovation can be deployed to secure immediate and vital results, including injunctive relief:

  1. to prevent further unlawful activity or the publication of the same, including on social media; and
  2. to freeze assets, including bitcoin wallets
  3. to seek effective cross-border disclosure to allow stolen assets to be rapidly traced across the world.

The panel will be chaired by Luke Pardey (CMS), and the speakers will include Paul Lowenstein QC (20 Essex Street), Charlie Wedin (Osborne Clarke) and David McIlwaine (Pinsent Masons).

The second panel session will look at, among other things,

  1. the opportunities and challenges provided by autonomous vehicles and AI and how English law and the Courts are meeting these issues,
  2. smart contracts including their uses, challenges from a dispute perspective and nterplay with the law,
  3. procedural innovation (e.g. the disclosure pilot scheme) and how this aims to make litigation more efficient and cost effective and
  4. IP infringement and the relief available from the Court to tackle this including website blocking orders.

Confirmed speakers include: Alex Charlton QC (4 Pump Court Chambers), James Hyde (Eversheds Sutherland), Meloria Meschi (FTI Consulting) and Philip D’Costa (Penningtons Manches).

Registration and catering: Registration and networking open from 13:30 pm, in time for a prompt 14:00 pm start to the session. Refreshments will be available during the session and a short drinks event will take place after the session, before the LIDW Opening Drinks at Banking Hall commence at 18:00 pm (separate registration required for the Banking Hall drinks).


Cannon Place,
78 Cannon Street

  • Event Details
  • Location: London
  • Start Date: 07/05/2019 2:00 pm
  • End Date: 07/05/2019 5:00 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Meloria Meschi