By Dayo Benson
THE Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, is expected to lead a delegation of senior members of the Judiciary to this year’s Annual London Arbitration Conference in the United Kingdom, organized by Mitchell Simmonds Solicitors.
The conference which holds from Wednesday, August 2 to Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Hilton Canary Wharf, London. A statement by Mr. Momoh Kadiri said the conference would focus on, among other topics, Introduction to International Arbitration, Introduction to English Arbitration Law and Practice, Consideration of the widely used procedural rules and guides in International Arbitration- ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, IBA etc, latest developments in England involving international arbitration cases, recent appeal cases arising from arbitration awards, David -vs- Goliath: Winning strategies in international arbitration, registration and enforcement of an arbitral award as judgment of the English Court–some practical tips for successful settlement and Ethics in Arbitration: fraud, bias and conflict of interest.
Special guest speakers at this year’s conference include Daniella Horton, Honorary Secretary of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association; HH Nicholas Chambers QC of Brick Court Chambers, London; Jeremy Gauntlett QC of Brick Court Chambers, London; Arshad Ghaffar FCIArb of XXIV Old Buildings Barristers, London; and Paul Bugden FCIArb of Bugden & Co Solicitors.
It wlill be recalled that Nigerian delegation to the 2014 conference was led by the then CJN Hon. Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar. According to Kadiri, target delegates include members of the judiciary, legal practitioners, in-house counsel, government executives, legal advisers, practicing arbitrators, business executives and persons with interest in arbitration/dispute resolution.
The CJN recently admonished parties to embrace and adhere to arbitration; if it is their choice, whilst urging courts to desist from unduly interfering in matters where the parties have chosen arbitration.