Event 22 Jul 2020 4 min read

Year 126 & onwards: planning for the future of the Commercial Court

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Year 126 & onwards: planning for the future of the Commercial Court

London’s Commercial Court, in association with the London International Disputes Week, is pleased to present, 'Year 126 and onwards: planning for the future of London’s Commercial Court', a virtual seminar as part of the celebration of the Court’s 125th Anniversary.

The half day seminar, taking place on 7th September 2020, will be chaired by Lord Justice Flaux and is made up of different sessions covering the lessons learnt from the recent use of remote hearings, and developments in both the Disclosure Pilot and the approach to witness statements.

The itinerary for the seminar will run as follows:

14:00 - 14:10

Introductory remarks: Lord Justice Flaux

14:10 - 15:00

Virtual and Hybrid hearings – the lessons and legacies of the covid learning curve

Coda: The Covid Insurance Test case: the first Financial Markets Test Case

15:10 - 15:55

The Disclosure Pilot – Phase 2

16:05 - 16:45

What next for witness statements?

16:45 - 17:00

Concluding remarks and discussion on changes to the Court’s procedures


The sessions will include panel discussions from 15 speakers from many aspects of the legal industry including:

The Hon. Mr Justice Andrew Baker

Richard Blann, GC100 and Lloyds Banking Group

Chris Bushell, HSF and LSLA

The Hon. Mrs Justice Cockerill

Ed Crosse, Simmons & Simmons and LSLA

The Hon. Mr Justice Robin Knowles

Richard Little, Eversheds and CLF

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC, Fountain Court Chambers

Professor Rachael Mulheron, Queen Mary University of London

Natalie Osafo, Stewarts and LSLA

Joe Smouha QC, Essex Court Chambers and COMBAR

Charlotte Tan, Brick Court Chambers and COMBAR

Sonia Tolaney QC, One Essex Court and Chair of COMBAR

Professor Jackie Vam-Haersolte Van Der Hof, LCIA


This year's seminar will be conducted as a virtual event due to the implications of Covid-19. Opus 2 will be delivering the fully online, live-streamed event. The event will be powered by the same technology and services that has been trusted by hundreds of law firms around the world to deliver their virtual dispute proceedings in the recent months.

Registration for the event is now open. The event is free to attend, and you can reserve your place here. Once registered, you will receive your personalised joining details with instructions for how to access the sessions closer to the time of the event.

You will need an internet-connected laptop, tablet or mobile device to join the event. You'll be able to submit questions to the panel live as well as join the conversation with other participants, ensuring the event remains interactive.

Register your place at Year 126 and onwards: planning for the future of London’s Commercial Court.