Commercial Update: Disclosure & Privilege - Hotel du Vin, Birmingham

Quadrant Chambers is hosting the next seminar in its Commercial series on 9 April, at the Hotel du Vin in Birmingham. The seminar will look at recent changes for those litigating in the commercial courts. Members of Quadrant Chambers will:  

  • Summarise the principal features of the new process and the practical ramifications of the two year Disclosure Pilot in the Commercial Court that commenced on 1st January 2019.  How does the new process work? What key features/matters should practitioners be aware of? What are the pros and cons? How is the pilot working in practice? What are the experiences so far?
  • Look at the implications of West Ham United v E20 Stadium (No.2) which raised issues relating to the scope of litigation privilege and the grounds upon which the Court might be prepared to “go behind” a claim to privilege and inspect controversial documents.

The programme for the event will be as follows:

5:45pm - Registration
6:00pm - Seminar
7:15pm - Reception and Networking

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Robert-Jan Temmink QC

Robert is recognised as a talented advocate with a commercial practice encompassing a broad spectrum, from Chambers' core areas of aviation and shipping, to energy, construction, and insurance law together with financial services, insolvency and fraud. Many of Robert's cases involve cross-border, or other jurisdictional issues both in the UK and abroad and he most regularly appears in the Commercial, Chancery and Technology & Construction courts in the United Kingdom. He is also registered to practice at the Dubai International Financial Centre Court where he has frequently appeared and is called to the Bar in Northern Ireland and as a Foreign Legal Consultant in the State of New York. He is often asked to work on cases in the Caribbean (he is called to the bar of the Eastern Caribbean) arising out of contractual or commercial chancery disputes.

Robert is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is one of the arbitrators at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. He is also a panel arbitrator at the Kuala Lumpur International Arbitration Centre and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.  He has appeared in a wide variety of arbitral proceedings under different institutions' rules, and as sole or a panel arbitrator in ICC and LCIA proceedings. Robert is an accredited commercial mediator in the UK and abroad and is a TECBAR-accredited adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator.

Robert is ranked as a leading barrister in the current editions of Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Areas include commercial dispute resolution, international arbitration and aviation.

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Jeremy Richmond

Jeremy specialises in commercial and modern chancery law.  He is described in Chambers and Partners as a “superb advocate” whose “expertise in chancery, commercial and banking matters is a useful complement to his insolvency skills”. He has been ranked as 'Leading Junior' for Commercial Litigation and Insolvency in The Legal 500 2019. 

Jeremy’s practice encompasses a broad range of commercial chancery and insolvency matters. He has a specialisation in cross-border insolvency issues particularly in relation to the shipping, commodities, insurance and aviation sectors. Jeremy has advised and / or appeared for key parties in OW Bunker, Hanjin Shipping, STX Pan Ocean, Alpha Insurance and Arik Airlines. Jeremy's practice also encompasses company law (including directors misfeasance), shareholder and joint venture disputes, sale of goods (both international and domestic), fraud (with an emphasis on asset recovery) and all aspects of general commercial law.  He regularly appears in the Chancery Division as well as in the Commercial and Mercantile Courts.  Jeremy often works in conjunction with Counsel from other jurisdictions and with experts. 

Many of his cases involve a cross-over between ‘modern’ chancery and commercial litigation. 

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Emily Saunderson

Emily is a general commercial practitioner specialising in commercial fraud, and banking and finance. She has broad experience in obtaining urgent injunctive relief including freezing orders, asset preservation orders and delivery up orders. Emily’s banking and finance practice has a particular emphasis on financial derivatives instruments, and she is familiar with standard form contracts including the ISDA Master Agreement.

Emily is ranked in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners in commercial dispute resolution and she is recommended as a leading junior in banking and finance and financial services by the Legal 500, where she is described as “technically outstanding, with a very sound grasp of copious quantities of fine detail.”

She has experience in cases involving contractual interpretation and rectification; dishonest assistance; fraud; bribery; fraudulent trading; rights of set-off; contractual estoppel; rights under contracts of indemnity; and guarantees.

Before embarking on a career in law, Emily was a financial journalist covering the global derivatives markets. She brings a strong understanding and useful insider’s perspective on financial markets to her legal practice.

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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)

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