Commercial Court Disclosure Pilot:  Cheese and Wine Symposium - Repeat Seminar

Following on from the extremely popular and over-subscribed seminar on the Commercial Court Disclosure Pilot, we are pleased to announce a special event repeating the subject matter on February 26th 2019.

On 1st January 2019 a two year Disclosure Pilot commences in the Commercial Court which will test the proposed changes to the CPR that were approved by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on 13th July 2018.  Details of the changes can be found here.

The timings of the seminar will be as follows:

5:45pm       Arrive and registration

6:00pm       Introduction 

6:10pm       An explanation of the changes

6:25pm       Contributions from senior practitioners in chambers

6:50pm       Questions and Discussions

7:00pm       Networking

Paul Downes QC

Paul is recognised as a formidable advocate and cross-examiner who is presently instructed in some of the hardest fought pieces of commercial and banking litigation at the bar. The directories describe him as “incredibly astute”, “a terrific cross-examiner” and “brave and dogged”. His advocacy is likewise praised as “powerful”, “phenomenal” and “fearless”. Paul is leading counsel for West Ham United in their various disputes over the London Stadium (including having appeared for them in the Court of Appeal in West Ham v E20) and is acting for Sheffield United Limited in their dispute with His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al Saud which is listed for trial in May 2019.  Paul is also leading counsel for the Claimant in N v RBS (coming to trial at the end of January 2019), listed by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases of 2019.

Before coming to the Bar, Paul worked for Barclays Bank and is an Associate of the Chartered Banker Institute. He also previously was appointed an assistant examiner for the Institute in banking law and accountancy.  He is recommended as a leading silk for banking & finance and commercial dispute resolution in Chambers & Partners UK Bar and for Banking & Finance, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services and Fraud: Civil in Legal 500.

To view Paul Downes QC full website profile, please click here.

Simon Rainey QC

Simon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded practitioners at the Commercial Bar with a high reputation for his intellect, advocacy skills and commercial pragmatism. He has a broad commercial advisory and advocacy practice spanning substantial international contractual disputes, energy and natural resources, trade and commodities, and shipping and maritime law in all its aspects, in arbitration and at all Court levels. His practice involves a steady diet of high profile and high value commercial fraud cases, typically involving heavy interlocutory stages centred around pre-emptive strike applications such as worldwide freezing injunctions and anti-suit and other injunctive relief, a recent example of which is the hard fought Gerald Metals v Timis litigation in England, Cayman and the BVI (2017-2018). He has been cited for many years as a Leading Silk in Commercial Litigation / Dispute Resolution by Chambers and Legal 500. He also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Commercial Court. "A fantastically intelligent and tactically astute barrister who is immensely erudite." (Chambers UK 2019); ‘Absolutely charming and probably the best cross-examiner I’ve ever seen.’ (Legal 500 2019).

To view Simon Rainey QC full website profile, please click here.

James Turner QC

James M. Turner QC is a highly regarded and well-known Commercial Advocate. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and appointed Queens Counsel in 2013. 

His practice encompasses commercial contractual disputes across sectors including International & Commercial Arbitration, Energy, Shipbuilding, Off Shore Construction, Shipping and Banking.

In the UK he appears frequently in the Commercial Court and the Appellate Courts (Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) and has extensive experience of Arbitration, appearing before all the main domestic and international arbitral bodies (HKIAC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC, LMAA) as well as in ad hoc matters.

Many of his cases require the co-ordination of a range of expert specialisms, ideally suited to James’s down to earth approach, team-building skills and highly-regarded technical knowledge. Reflecting the invariably international character of his practice, James has extensive experience in dealing with foreign law and multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has a particular eye for appreciating and addressing cultural barriers in international arbitration.

To view James Turner QC full website profile, please click here.

Liisa Lahti

Liisa Lahti has a broad commercial practice. Her particular areas of specialism include banking, finance, civil fraud and international trade.  She undertakes drafting and advisory work in all areas of her practice and regularly appears in court and in arbitration, both as sole counsel and as a junior. Illustrative examples include:

  • LIBOR manipulation: Acting in various disputes in the Commercial Court & Chancery Division between companies and commercial banks regarding loan agreements and associated swaps linked to LIBOR.  Allegations of deceit.
  • Mis-selling of interest rate hedging products: HMG Investment Holdings Limited v National Westminster Bank PLC  [2018] EWHC 3492 (Comm): Trial of a claim for mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.
  • Online payment fraud: Acting for the Bank in defence of claims relating to vishing and cyber attacks on customers of the bank (2016-2017).
  • Share sale: An ongoing ICC arbitration relating to the share sale of an energy company (sole counsel).
  • Insolvency and the sale of goods: PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC v OW Bunker Malta Ltd [2016] A.C. 1034. Acting for various Owners (arbitration and court, including the Supreme Court) in relation to claims arising from the insolvency of OW Bunkers.

Before coming to the Bar Liisa spent two and a half years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Liisa has also been seconded in-house at an international group P&I Club, the General Counsel’s Division of the (then) Financial Services Authority and a leading international law firm.

Liisa is ranked as an 'Up and Coming' Junior in Commercial Dispute Resolution (Chambers UK 2019) and as a leading junior in Banking & Finance (Legal 500 2019).  “An extremely able lawyer, fantastically thorough, and really knows the details.” (Legal 500, 2019). "Extremely responsive and watertight in her legal arguments." (Chambers UK 2019)

To view Liisa's full website profile, please click here.