Post Brexit: The Fate of Commercial Dispute Resolution in London and on the Continent

On May 26th a joint conference of the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law (Luxembourg) and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law on the Brexit was held in London at the BIICL premises. The conference focused on the potential impact of a Brexit on cross-border commercial dispute resolution and on the role of London as a center for international litigation and arbitration. Speakers addressed selected questions such as the legal framework for the transitional period; the validity of choice of court agreements and future frequency of choice of court agreements in favour of English courts; the different approaches in England and under the Brussels I Recast as to parallel proceedings; the cross-border circulation of titles. A roundtable discussion followed on London's future as a centre for commercial dispute resolution post Brexit.



  • Burkhard Hess, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
  • Richard Fentiman, University of Cambridge
  • Andrew Dickinson, University of Oxford
  • Marta Requejo Isidro, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
  • Trevor Hartley, London School of Economics
  • Alexander Layton QC, 20 Essex Street
  • Tanja Domej, University of Zurich
  • Thomas Pfeiffer, University of Heidelberg
  • Adam Johnson, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Karen Birch, Allen and Overy
  • Diana Wallis, President of the European Law Institute and former Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Deba Das, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The programme of the event is available here: Programme
The event flyer can be downloaded here: Event Flyer

Please find below the video of the event.