Disputes Digest

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Welcome to our first conference edition of Disputes Digest, published for CMS’ inaugural Disputes Conference (Speed in disputes: when is faster better?), which was held at CMS’ London offices on 3 November 2016.

We were fortunate to have a fantastic line-up of speakers attending our conference, including Grant Dawson, GC of Centrica, and in-house speakers from RBS, Nokia and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. You can read more about the details of the day here.

If you would like to register your interest for next year’s conference, please contact [email protected].

Speed in disputes continues to be a focus, for litigants, lawyers and the judiciary: in keeping with our conference theme, this fifth edition of our Disputes Digest covers a variety of speed-related topics including emergency procedures in the arbitration setting, predictive coding technology, and ways to reduce the risk and costs of conflicts. We also take a look at reforms recommended or introduced by various courts and bodies, including Lord Briggs’ proposed reforms for the civil courts (and whether these will bring time and cost efficiencies), the Financial Ombudsman Service, the Fast Track Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Relaunch of the Professional Negligence Adjudication Scheme.

We consider multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses (what, where and do you want one?) and the new statutory offence of failure to prevent economic crime. This edition also features an article from guest contributor, Robert Parnell of Settlement Analytics, which explores the game theory of legal dispute.

You can read Disputes Digest in electronic magazine format or via the "download publication" button.

If you would like to discuss any of the issues in this edition or wish to provide any feedback, please get in touch with me, the authors, or your usual contact at CMS. I hope you find this edition of Disputes Digest interesting and thought provoking.