The Global Pound Conference is your opportunity to be part of dispute resolution history. The London conference aims to explore how litigation, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes can help achieve greater user satisfaction. The day will be structured around four interactive sessions where core questions will be voted on and discussed in order to better understand the demand for dispute resolution services and what innovations might be beneficial.  In both content and geographic reach it is a unique series of events unlike any other. Those participating - users, practitioners and other stakeholders - will be use dedicated technologies to gather data and different views.

We invite you to attend, debate with colleagues and hear from Corporate Counsel and other users, as well as respected experts who will share their own perspectives on the future. 

Please join in the global conversation and help shape the future of dispute resolution.

Through a series of interactive voting and discussion sessions using devices and smart phones, all participants will be able to express their views on a range of vital issues. The results will be instantly projected to the conference allowing a comparison of priorities by different stakeholder categories. Each session will generate valuable and actionable data on what dispute resolution users require and how others can help stakeholders meet those needs. The goal of the series is to stimulate actual impact and effective change. 

Why attend?

The conference, which will be opened by the Lord Mayor of London, is geared to corporate and public sector users of dispute resolution services (in house counsel and business leaders), external law firms and legal advisors, judges, neutrals, and ADR practitioners as well as key members of academia and government departments or agencies.  

​​​​​ 6th July 2017


(A continental breakfast may be served at some events)

No​te: All registrants are requested to have the voting app already loaded and activated on their mobile device prior to taking their seats, and to have filled out their Delegate Information in the app.


Introduction & Welcome Speeches


Chairs of the Local and Global Organising Committees  -  Dr Karl Mackie CBE and Michael McIlwrath  

Key Note – Rt Hon Lord Justice Briggs Kt QC, Author of the Civil Court Structure Review.

Opening by the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmle

Master Ceremony: Natasha Johnson and Marc Stephens, PWC


​Session 1: Access to Justice & Dispute Resolution Systems: What do Parties/Users Need & Expect?​​

  • Reviewing the voting app and technology, explanations and voting on practice questions
  • Voting on the 1st set of 5 core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 1st word cloud
  • Panel discusses results of first set of 5 core questions

Moderator: Alexander Oddy Head of ADR and Deputy Head of Commercial Litigation, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London 


  • Helen Dodds, Head of Legal, Dispute Resolution, Standard Chartered Bank 
  • Tracey Dovaston, MD, Head of Litigation, Investigations & Enforcement, EMEA, Barclays Bank
  • Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) and General Counsel, Hinduja Group
  • Nick Wilcox, Head of Litigation, BBC
  • John Pyall, Head of Facilitated Claims Unit, Munich Reinsurance UK General Branch 


Session 2: How is the Market Currently Addressing These Party/User Needs and Expectations?

  • Voting on 2nd set of 5 core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 2nd word cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 2nd set of 5 core questions

Moderator: Dr Karl Mackie CBE, Founding President, CEDR



Session 3: How can Dispute Resolution be Improved? (Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges)

  • Voting on 3rd set of 5 core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 3rd word cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 3rd set of 5 core questions

Moderator: John J Fisher, Partner Forensic Services, PwC



Session 4: Promoting Better Access to Justice: What Action Items Should be Considered a​nd by Whom?

  • Voting on 4th set of 5 core questions
  • Group discussion
  • 4th Word Cloud
  • Panelists discuss data on 4th set of 5 core questions​​

Moderator: Marion Smith QC, 39 Essex Street & Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


  • Richard Hill, General Counsel, Global Litigation, Shell
  • Principal District Judge James Leong, State Courts, Singapore
  • Richard Miller, Head of Justice, The Law Society
  • Masood Ahmed, University of Leicester, & Member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (E&W)
  • Craig Tevendale, Partner, Head of International Arbitration, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London 

Final Discussions & Conference W​rap-up

​​Moderated by Michael McIlwrath, with Nadja Alexander, Barney Jordaan, Jeremy Lack, Debbie Masucci and Alexander Oddy


​Cocktail Reception