Commercial dispute resolution to be examined at Bristol Law Society conference

Taking place at the Bristol offices of leading commercial law firm Thrings – and in the context of ongoing court reforms – the event will feature in-depth presentations on access to justice, funding litigation, the use of arbitration as an alternative to courts, corporate governance and the latest court reforms by leading solicitors, barristers and other high-profile members of the judiciary.

The one-day conference is being chaired by Alastair Govier, a partner in Thrings’ Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team, and is expected to attract more than 60 legal professionals from across the region.

Among the panel of experts are Mark Beaumont of Annecto Legal, who will speak about litigation funding options, Lucy Baldwin of Paragon Cost Solutions, who will talk about litigation costs management, and Martha Maher of St John’s Chambers, who will discuss corporate liability. Guildhall Chambers’ Richard Ascroft will also outline some of the practicalities and pitfalls of interim injunctions.

Guests will also hear from Ben Holt of Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Ed Crosse of Simmons & Simmons, and chartered arbitrator, John Redmond. His Honour Judge Havelock-Allan QC of Bristol Mercantile Court will then lead a Q&A panel discussion about access to justice, fees and relief from sanctions.

The conference, which will deliver five-and-a-half hours of regionally-focused CPD learning, is being hosted by the Bristol Law Society – the oldest local law society in the country - sponsored by the Commercial Litigation Association and supported by St John's Chambers.

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