Fraud, fairness and futility in a commercial world: Commercial Litigation Conference

18 April 2024


Time: 2pm – 5pm with drinks to follow

Date: 18th April 2024

Venue: The Ashworth Centre: The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3TL


To download the materials from this event please see below, or the individual sessions below:

Fraud, fairness and futility in a commercial world  – PRESENTATION MATERIALS

Fraud, fairness and futility in a commercial world  – Brochure




14:00 – 14:20



14.20 – 14.30

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Steven Thompson KC will chair this year’s Commercial Litigation Conference.


14:30 – 15.00

Unfair prejudice and derivative proceedings: tactical considerations

The Companies Act 2006 significantly expanded the scope of traditional shareholder remedies, with many questions about the precise limits of the post-codification rules still being determined today. In this panel, Steven ReedTimothy Sherwin and Harry Samuels look at unfair prejudice petitions and derivative proceedings, and discuss some practical and tactical considerations for litigators emerging out of the recent case law.

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15.00 – 15.30

The Great Escape: How far can interpretation be used to escape contractual obligations in complex or unexpected circumstances?

In a constantly evolving and increasingly dramatic and uncertain international commercial environment,  how do commercial parties address their agreements coming up against illegality, impossibility, impracticality or futility? Edward Cumming KCBen Waistell, and Niamh Davis discuss a variety of available approaches and the escape routes they may (or may not) provide.

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15.30 – 15.50

Check Your Privilege

Sarah Bayliss and Tim Koch review recent cases on privilege including the decision on the ‘iniquity exception’ by the Court of Appeal in Al Sadeq v Dechert [2024] EWCA Civ 28.

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15.50 – 16.20

Refreshment Break


16.20 – 16.40

What’s the matter?

Bajul Shah and Erin Hitchens investigate the scope of section 9 of the Arbitration Act following the decision of the Supreme Court in Mozambique v  Privinvest [2023] UKSC 32

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16.40 – 17.10

Solutions in financial services litigation: a different perspective

Adam Cloherty KC, Oliver Assersohn KC, Bethanie Chambers and Rachel Carver will discuss valuable lines of attack and defence in financial services litigation including Part 8 declarations, judicial review challenges and applications to the Upper Tribunal for interim relief and much more.


17.10 – 17.20

Q&A and Closing


17:20 – 20:00

Drinks and canapé reception