Can Class Actions get off the ground in the UK without Technology or Funding?

Webinar Invite

Date: Thursday 21st April 2022
Time: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm GMT
Location: Webinar



Sky Discovery and FinLegal invite you to a webinar with a panel of leading experts in the UK class action space who will be providing high level insights and a discussion on some of the current topical subjects in the market.

Webinar Overview:

The webinar will focus on and discuss if the Class actions in the UK are viable without technology or funding. Susan Dunn, Founder Harbour Litigation, Andrew Nugent-Smith, Managing Director Keller Lenkner, Lucy Pert, Partner Hausfeld and Genevieve Quierin, Partner Stephenson Harwood will all take part in the panel discussions, giving their expert opinions on the current state of play within market, and how technology and funding benefit these types of actions, and the importance they will play for the future success of class actions in the UK.

Topics:

What are the main market forces driving the class action regime in the UK?
What role does litigation funding play in assisting these types of actions?
How technology has been used as an enabler for these types of claims?
Is the future opt-in, opt-out or both?
What’s next for the UK class action regime?

Presenters

Susan Dunn

Founder at Harbour Litigation

Susan is one of the most experienced and well-known professionals in the litigation funding sector.

A pioneer of litigation funding in the UK, Susan has been sourcing and investing for over 15 years’ and during this time has provided significant input to the development of public policy.

Susan was a founding member of the industry’s self-regulating body, the Association of Litigation Funders, and was appointed Chair in September 2019. Susan also sits on the board of the International Legal Finance Association, which launched in September 2020.

Susan qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and has worked as a commercial litigator in both the UK and the US where she was also a diplomat (Vice-Consul Investment), for the British Government.

Andrew Nugent-Smith

Managing Director at Keller Lenkner

Andrew is Managing Director at Keller Lenkner UK. He takes primary responsibility for the success and growth of the firm in the UK.

Andrew is a seasoned commercial litigator with a deep understanding of group litigation and litigation finance.

Prior to joining Keller Lenkner UK, he was a partner in Gowling WLG (UK) LLP where he litigated cases at all tiers of the England and Wales judicial system (including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) for clients ranging from high- net-worth individuals to large corporates and sovereign wealth funds. He also developed an expertise in litigation finance and advised numerous claimants and litigation funders on complex and innovative financing transactions.

Andrew also worked at Simmons & Simmons LLP, where he trained as a solicitor, qualifying in 2003.

Andrew studied Law at the University of Birmingham and completed his Legal Practice Course at the De Montfort University Law School.

Lucy Pert

Partner at Hausfeld

Lucy possesses almost 20 years of commercial dispute resolution experience with a focus on financial services, contentious restructuring, insolvency, trusts and shareholder disputes.

Lucy joined Hausfeld as a partner in June 2018. She has extensive experience of managing international, cross-border litigation, working frequently in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the English High Court (including Commercial Court) and Court of Appeal. She has also conducted several commercial arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC and ad hoc rules and most recently, was instructed on an LCIA arbitration in the aerospace sector.

Prior to joining Hausfeld, Lucy was of counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in London where she worked for eight years. She commenced her career at Paul, Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York before joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer in the Financial Institution Dispute Resolution Group in London.

Previously, Lucy worked for a leading global litigation funder, which has honed her commercial sense and makes her well-placed to advise clients on litigation funding matters, including strategies for securing funding.

Genevieve Quierin

Partner at Stephenson Harwood

Genevieve acts for corporate and individual clients in a broad range of commercial disputes including collective group actions. She frequently represents companies in the banking, finance and private equity sectors. Her expertise spans pre-action strategic advice to directors, shareholders and company founders through to high value, multi-jurisdictional High Court litigation. Genevieve has a specialism in competition private enforcement actions and collective redress, acting both for claimants and defendants. She is currently representing over 1,000 companies in group claims against Visa and MasterCard. She is equally at ease acting for claimants and defendants, and frequently works with third party litigation funders.

Date: Thursday 21st April 2022
Time: 12:30 pm-1:30 pm GMT
Location: Webinar

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