From the Co-Chairs - Litigation Committee November 2020
Taylor Wessing, London
We hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well.
When we last wrote this message, the Covid-19 global pandemic was in its relatively early stages, and we were all trying to adjust to new ways of living our lives – under various forms of lockdown, working from home for the first time or much more than ever before, and with the way we did business having shifted online to an unprecedented degree almost overnight.
Nonetheless, even though we sadly had to postpone our Annual Litigation Forum in Buenos Aires, we were hopeful that life would have largely returned to normal by the time we wrote to you again. Many of us harboured hope that we would be able to meet up again in sunny Miami, for the IBA Annual Conference.
Sadly, we could not have been more wrong, and at the time of writing it looks as though it will be some time before we are able to meet in person again.
The IBA has adjusted to this reality with an ambitious project to create a virtual conference instead, running from 2 to 29 November. We hope to ‘see’ as many of the Committee's members there as possible. We understand over 7,500 delegates have registered, which is a result beyond expectations and proves the interest of professionals to be in touch, exchange experiences and views, through the incredible channel offered by the IBA.
The Committee will be putting on a full series of sessions as part of the event, covering topics as diverse as whether court action is a friend or foe to arbitration, AI and the role of the judge, legal privilege across borders and case managing international litigation. Immediately after each session there will be an opportunity to meet other attendees via a networking hub, allowing you to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
We will also be holding the usual open Committee meeting, to which everyone is welcome – (in this respect, should you wish to attend the meeting, please write to the Chairs or the Secretary to the Committee, to receive the relevant credentials). One important topic for that meeting will be the Committee's plans for 2021 and beyond. Not an easy subject, with no clear end to the current situation in sight, and one on which we welcome views from right across the membership.
Finally, please enjoy this edition of the ILN. The editors have worked wonders to make this publication current and interesting for contentious lawyers wherever they are in the world and whatever their current working situation.
Stay safe, and let's hope that by the time of the next edition we will be heading back towards some normality.
Angelo Anglani and Tim Strong