On Friday, the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum came to Edinburgh, where it held an open event examining current hot topics in arbitration from Scottish and English law perspectives. This, the first ICC YAF event to be held in Scotland, was hosted by McClure Naismith, in Association with the Scottish Young Lawyers Association; the Scottish Arbitration Centre; and the International Centre for Energy Arbitration. The event was kindly sponsored by CIArb Scottish Branch and RICS Matrics. The seminar was an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration, and to enrich their network in the region.
Ania Farren, ICC YAF Regional Coordinator for Europe and Russia Chapter and Special Counsel in the International Arbitration group at K&L Gates in London, welcomed delegates. Tunde Ogunseitan Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, provided an insight into the work of ICC International Court of Arbitration. Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Scottish Arbitration Centre and Partner at McClure Naismith, spoke about Scottish arbitration and Louis Flannery, Partner at Stephenson Harwood in London, responded with the position in England. Sara Lannigan, Associate at McClure Naismith and Sara Nadeau-Seguin, Associate at Baker Botts in London, spoke on the different provisions on confidentiality in the two jurisdictions, while Jennifer Hartzler, Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in London and Alice Leggat, SSE plc, focused on challenges allowed for under the Scottish and English legislation. Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, gave the vote of thanks.
Andrew Mackenzie said:
“We were delighted to have the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum in Scotland for the first time and very grateful to all the speakers, especially those travelling from London and Paris to attend. Thanks to the wealth of experience on the panel of speakers, we enjoyed a number of interesting debates on various topics relating to international arbitration. It is also encouraging to see the international arbitration community coming to Scotland to hold such events and demonstrates that our message on Scottish arbitration and Scotland as a place to arbitrate is having an impact.”