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In an age where competing arbitral institutions and dispute resolution centres are defining themselves with unique procedural processes and bespoke rules, what clients really demand and need to win their case are innovative counsel.

The subject of the debate for members and stakeholders in the Shipping and Commodities community is 'Do Lawyers Lack Imagination?' In this lively debate Chaired by Stephen Vallely (Managing Director, Senior Counsel, Castleton Commodities), Michael Ashcroft QC (20 Essex Street), Lawrence Teh (Senior Partner, Denton Rodyk & Davidson LLP), Iain Sharp (Head of Legal, Asia Pacific, Gunvor Singapore PTE Ltd) and Oliver Caplin (Junior Counsel, 20 Essex Street) will explore the high and in some cases the lows of 'innovative lawyering'.


Date: 1st March 2018 2-5pm

Venue: Maxwell Chambers, Maxwell Road, Singapore 069115

RSVP the registration form below to

The seminar is free to attend and SILE CPD points can be registered.

Oliver Caplin provides a practitioner's acute summary and insights on the most recent and precedent setting cases in the areas of Private International Law, IP disputes and their crossover.

Before coming to the Bar, Oliver trained and practised as a medical doctor. As a result of his background, he is developing a predominantly life sciences based commercial and IP practice. He has appeared or advised on cases in both the Patents Court and the IPEC.

In 2017 he was involved in three of the year’s leading pharmaceutical patent disputes concerning where challenges to the validity of a foreign registered patent may be brought: Fujifilm v Abbvie; Chugai v UCB; and Eli Lilly & Co v Genentech Inc.

If you would like your team to receive training on this topic or are seeking advice on a matter please contact the 20 Essex Street Senior Clerking Team.

8 February 2018 The Centre for International Law, with the support of International Law Association (Singapore), will bring the Singapore legal community together for the inaugural International Law Year in Review Conference. The Conference aims to provide knowledge and insight into the latest developments in international law and legal practice from a Singaporean and global perspective.

Topics to be canvassed include key developments at the International Court of Justice and other international courts and tribunals, significant treaty-making, legislative and judicial developments and key issues to watch. Participation will give lawyers and non-lawyers alike a broad overview of the key trends in international law.

Dr Kate Parlett will join Alison Macdonald QC (Matrix Chambers) and Loretta Malintoppi (39 Essex Chambers) on a panel addressing 'International Law Disputes' to provide an overview of the key international law cases of 2017, as well as those in the pipeline - including the judgment of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire maritime boundary dispute, the award of the arbitral tribunal in the Slovenia and Croatia land and maritime boundary dispute, and the current conciliation between Timor-Leste and Australia. The moderator will be Mr VK Rajah SC, former Attorney-General of Singapore.

Registration is available on the CIL website.

In this Women in Arbitration Seminar, kindly hosted by Wong Partnership LLP, Loretta Malintoppi (Arbitrator, 39 Essex Chambers), Davinia Aziz (Senior State Counsel, International Affairs Division at Attorney-General’s Chambers), Koh Swee Yen (Partner, Wong Partnership LLP) and Dr Kate Parlett (Barrister, 20 Essex Street) will explore the challenges in representing States in disputes, covering public international law, investment arbitration and commercial arbitration and share their experiences in managing them.

This will be an informal and interactive session and will address issues including procedure, advocacy, choice of fora, working within a diverse and multi-cultural team, and presenting before diverse and multi-cultural courts and tribunals.

This seminar will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

Please RSVP to reserve your place.

Date: 9th February 2018
Registration: 8.30 am
Seminar: 9.00-10.00 am
Venue: Wong Partnership LLP, 12 Marina Boulevard, Level 28, Marina Bay Financial Tower 3, Singapore 018982

Gordon Nardell QC joined a team of specialist practitioners and academics at a round table event on 13 December, hosted in London by Nottingham University School of Law.

The event, the latest in a series, discussed rule of law issues surrounding market governance and competition regulation in China’s rapidly growing domestic economy. Gordon frequently acts for Chinese and other clients within the Asian Pacific region. He recently gave a presentation on Brexit and civil justice issues at a conference organised by the Hong Kong SAR Department of Justice.

Daniel Bovensiepen participated in a panel on the 6th December at the London Shipping Law Centre at its Limitation of Liability Revisted event. He presented on the topic of 'Recent Limitation Issues under the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules' following his involvement in the Maersk test case. He discussed the special rule for limitation in respect of containerised cargoes in Art. IV r 5(c) of the Hague-Visby Rules.

The PowerPoint presentation Daniel used can be found below.

Alexander Layton QC will be lecturing at the University of Lausanne on the topic of 'Provisional measures in cross border cases - English Law perspective' 1st November 2017.

His practice covers a wide range of commercial and other disputes, many of which involve questions of private international law or arbitration, as well as aspects of public international law, state immunity and contentious Chancery work. His practice is mainly in the High Court and Court of Appeal and in arbitral tribunals, he has also been admitted ad hoc to the Bars of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. Alexander acts as both counsel and arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations in the UK and abroad. He has given expert evidence on English and European law in proceedings in Europe, Russia, Canada, Latin America and the United States and has lectured frequently on topics of European and international law in Britain, Europe and the United States.

Where are we now? What are the clients asking and how to advise them?

Angharad Parry provided a legal update webinar for LexisNexis. Please view the LexisNexis website to purchase this webinar.

On 27-28 October, Professor Guglielmo Verdirame and Dr Kate Parlett will participate in the 3rd Conference on International Humanitarian Law in Rome, Italy. The conference will address The Protection of Civilian Population in Warfare – The Role of Humanitarian Organizations and Civil Society and will be held at the Scuola Ufficiali Carabineri. Guglielmo will contribute a paper on humanitarian organizations and civil society in public international law, and Kate will moderate a panel on humanitarian organizations and civil society in international humanitarian law. The keynote will be delivered by H.E. Christos Stylianidis, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. He will address the audience at the presence of the Italian Ministers of Defence, Foreign and Home Affairs as well as of the Commander of the Carabinieri, General Tullio Del Sette, and of the Secretary General of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni. Information on the conference, including registration information, is available here.

In addition, Guglielmo and Kate are part of a small group of experts who will have a private audience with Pope Francis. The Pope will address them on issues of international humanitarian law, at Vatican City.

Commercial and investment arbitral activity in relation to the energy and mining sectors of Africa and Latin America has risen rapidly.

In the first of a series of events focusing on energy and mining arbitration in these two regions, on 28th of September, 20 Essex Street held (on this occasion in partnership with Ince & Co) an event discussing the landscape, the peculiarities, the issues to be considered prior to arbitration, cases, trends, and enforcement challenges, concerning energy and mining arbitration arising from the African region, drawing some comparisons with Latin America. 

An esteemed panel consisting of Nuno Frota (partner (African Group), Ince & Co), Michael Tselentis QC (Arbitrator, 20 Essex Street), Colin Johnson (Vice-President, Charles River Associates), and Tunde Ogunseitan (Counsel, ICC), explored such topics from the perspective of the transactional lawyer, the arbitrator, the expert and the arbitral institution. Cases discussed included the Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited  vs Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited  (TANESCO) (an ICSID case raising important connections between banking/financing and energy), Petrotrans vs Ethiopia (a 1.4 billion dollar commercial arbitration concerning a mining concession) and the recent  US$ 2 billion (plus interest and costs) ICC claim by Cobalt International Energy vs SONANGOL, arising from Angola.

Monica Feria-Tinta, who is curating these series, chaired the panel.   

The series are a reflection of the growing expertise 20 Essex Street has on dispute resolution arising from Africa and Latin America, both in arbitration and litigation. The second in these series of events will focus more closely on Latin America and will take place earlier next year. 

For further information on the work of 20 Essex Street on dispute resolution arising from Africa and Latin America see the brochure below.