In this fourth of a series of roundtable webinars for members of the CIArb London Branch, Alistair Schaff QC and Emilie Gonin will each make short (5 minute) presentations and then lead what we are sure will be a lively and informative discussion among all attendees. Rules of Play apply (see below).
In this roundtable we return to the topic of remote and hybrid hearings which we addressed earlier in the year in a well- attended and lively session. Our focus will include potential issues of procedural fairness and logistical arrangements when dealing with international parties who may be located in different time zones. Particular attention will be given to:
How might a tribunal weigh competing interests in the face of a dispute when deciding whether to direct that the hearing proceeds on an in-person basis or a remote/ hybrid basis? Looking to the future will the remote/ hybrid option be the default option?
- Alistair Schaff QC (Speaker), of 7 King’s Bench Walk Chambers, practises both as a barrister and as an arbitrator specialising in international commercial law. He is a leading commercial Silk, particularly in the fields of international arbitration, insurance and reinsurance, and shipping/international trade. In 2018, Alistair was named the Chambers Bar Awards Shipping Silk of the Year (in 2015 he was named the Legal 500 Awards Shipping Silk of the Year). In 2009, Alistair was named the Chambers Bar Awards Insurance Silk of the Year and has been frequently short-listed ever since. He is ranked in band 1 as an International Arbitrator (London Bar) by Chambers & Partners.
- · Emilie Gonin (Speaker) is a Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in investment treaty arbitration, public international law, human rights and international commercial arbitration. Having joined the Bar from the International Arbitration and Public International Law group of Allen & Overy in London, she has extensive experience in these fields, in which she has developed a substantial full-time practice acting as a member of a counsel team, sole junior to a leader as well as sole counsel. She is ranked as a “Future Leader” and recognised as a leading arbitration junior by Who’s Who Legal.
- Daniel Djanogly is a Chartered Arbitrator, expert determiner and forensic accountant expert witness. He specialises in accounting, financial and valuation issues in M&A, shareholder, partnership and other complex business-related disputes, and fraud. He is a Partner in the forensic services team at BTG Advisory LLP (part of the Begbies Traynor Group). Daniel is Vice-Chair of the London Branch.
- Karina Albers FCIArb (Moderator) is a full-time commercial arbitrator and mediator based in the United Kingdom. Her career hitherto as derivative trader, chartering manager, broker, agent, expert and consultant enables her to service an ever-increasing complex and diverse world of disputes. She is an accredited expert at the Federal Court of New York and acted as expert in leading cases in London, New York and Singapore and she acts as NGO representative at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Ms Albers is also a Committee Member of the CIArb London Branch, on the panel of the GMAA, SCMA and an aspiring full member of the LMAA.
Rules of Play: 1) Chatham House Rules will apply. 2) During the course of each topic discussion, attendees may submit to the Moderator (by the electronic means to be provided) a brief outline of their intended contributions. Contributions may include responses to contributions by others. Submissions made before the discussion will not be accepted. 3) The Moderator will choose from the contributions and those invited will speak and appear by video. In the time available, and to allow for contributions from the presenters, it is possible that not all wishing to speak will have the opportunity. 4) Contributions should be brief, and the Moderator may exercise editorial control to keep the discussion moving along.