London International Disputes Week 2021 (LIDW21) comes at a significant period for the UK legal sector, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, post-Brexit and amid an uncertain global political environment.

With its theme: “Looking forward: change, challenge and opportunity”, LIDW21 will provide crucial insights on the business and law of international dispute resolution. The programme draws on contemporary global issues facing the sector, including the rise of group actions, the role of technology, the rule of law, climate change, social responsibility, and ethics.

To read more about LIDW21 click here and register at LIDW21.

Herbert Smith Freehills is co-hosting the following virtual member-hosted events throughout the week:

  • The new regime for trial witness statements: what to watch out for

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 09.00-10.00 (co-hosted with One Essex Court) – Register here

  • The future of oil and gas disputes

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 18.00-19.00 (co-hosted with Quadrant Chambers) – Register here

  • The impact of litigation analytics on London dispute resolution

Friday, 14 May 2021, 11.00-12.00 (co-hosted with Brick Court Chambers) – Register here

Lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills are also speaking at the following sessions:

  • How can London remain a forum of choice for parties to MENA disputes?

Monday, 10 May 2021, 09.00-10.00 (co-hosted with HKA) – Register here

  • Breaking the mould – new approaches to evidence in the digital age

Wednesday, 12 May, 12.00-13.00 – Register here (Please note that this is part of the main conference and you will need to have registered for the conference to attend this session)

  • Challenges and opportunities in investor-state dispute settlement

Friday, 14 May 2021, 09.00-11.00 – Register here

  • Construction disputes in a post-COVID world

Friday, 14 May 2021, 15.00-16.00 – Register here

The panel will explore the implications of the pandemic on the future state of construction disputes in International Arbitration, Litigation and Adjudication.


Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud founding member of LIDW: a collaborative, representative, world-class and forward-thinking body that demonstrates the UK’s legal community’s commitment to innovation, excellence, upholding the rule of law and diversity.

LIDW21 is a forward-thinking forum, which aims to drive the future of international dispute resolution. Using London’s position as a major international seat for the dispute resolution business, LIDW21 will engage with international perspectives across all sectors and explore how the industry can adapt, evolve and progress.

Through a programme of virtual sessions, leading experts will discuss and debate the ever-changing landscape of international dispute resolution: LIDW21 is the biggest celebration there is of the heritage of London as a leading centre for handling international disputes.

Rupert Lewis
Rupert Lewis
Partner, Head of Banking Litigation, London
+44 20 7466 2517
Craig Tevendale
Craig Tevendale
Partner, London
+44 20 7466 2445
Chris Bushell
Chris Bushell
Partner, London
+44 20 7466 2187
David Nitek
David Nitek
Partner, London
+44 20 7466 2453
Hannah Ambrose
Hannah Ambrose
Senior Associate, London
+44 20 7466 7585