2022 Spring/Summer Lectures - all series

4th May 2022 6:00pm - 13th July 2022 8:00pm


The next series of LSLA lectures is now open for booking. The lectures will consist of talks and panel discussions with eminent practitioners on topical subjects of legal interest. 

Each lecture will begin at 6 p.m. and will last approximately one hour, which will include an opportunity for questions.  The lectures will be followed by an opportunity for drinks and networking. Materials and, if practicable, a video recording will appear on the LSLA website after the event.      

Please note if you are booking on behalf of a member but you are not a member yourself, you will need to enter the member's LSLA registered email address in the delegate info in order to receive the member rate.                                                  

We are grateful to the following firms for hosting these lectures:            

Hogan Lovells International LLP, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 100 Bishopsgate, London EC2P 2SR
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EG

Series programme


Wednesday 4 May 2022, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
“The Commercial Court Guide: updates for 2022”
Ms Justice Cockerill and Mr Justice Baker

Mr Justice Baker and Ms Justice Cockerill will provide an overview of the updates to the new edition of the Commercial Court Guide published on 3 February.  The discussion offers judicial insight into the changes and practical guidance on reflecting the new provisions in practice. The event will be followed by a drinks reception with canapés.  Please note that this will be a free event.

Monday 23 May 2022, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
“Contractual termination and express termination clauses”
Michael Fealy QC of One Essex Court

Express termination clauses can be seen as convenient tools in a crisis but are false friends. This session will provide an overview of contractual termination rights and will focus on the particular issues that arise where rights of termination exist under an express termination clause.

Wednesday 8 June 2022, at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
“Ukraine and Sanctions: recent developments in sanctions, and their impact on litigation and the legal market”
Brian Kennelly QC and Jason Pobjoy of Blackstone Chambers

This lecture will address the impact of sanctions on litigation and the London legal market. It will also bring us up to speed with developments over the last 6 months on key issues in designations of persons as sanctioned, and challenges to / compliance with the sanctions regime.

Tuesday 28 June 2022, at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
“Dishonest Assistance and Knowing Receipt – where are we now?”
Jeffrey Chapman QC and Samuel Ritchie of Fountain Court

This session discusses the new test for Dishonest Assistance following the Court of Appeal judgment in Group Seven v Notable Services LLP and the latest word on the law of Knowing Receipt, following the CA decision in Byers v Saudi National Bank.  Jeffrey Chapman QC appeared in both cases. 

Tuesday 5 July 2022, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
“Material Adverse Effect in a post-pandemic age”
Sa’ad Hossain QC and James MacDonald QC of One Essex Court

This talk addresses the landmark Commercial Court judgment in Travelport & Ors v WEX, Inc ([2020] EWHC 2670 (Comm)), which concerned whether the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were a Material Adverse Effect entitling the Defendant, WEX, not to proceed with its widely publicised €1.7bn acquisition of two substantial e-payments companies. As the first English judgment to consider the construction of Material Adverse Effect clauses in light of the pandemic, it will have major and wide-ranging ramifications for the many material adverse effect, force majeure and business interruption cases which are anticipated or already in train as a result of the economic impacts of Covid. The One Essex Court speakers at this talk appeared on opposite sides (Sa’ad Hossain QC for the claimants and James MacDonald QC for the defendant, WEX), and they will share their unique insight into the case and its implications. In light of recent geopolitical events, Material Adverse Effect clauses are likely to be a hot topic for a while.   

Wednesday 13 July 2022, at Hogan Lovells International LLP
“The interface between criminal and civil fraud in the international dimension”
Alison Macdonald QC of Essex Court Chambers

Criminal and civil fraud claims increasingly overlap, particularly when they have an international element. This talk takes a practical look at the issues which arise, including:

  • - Handling civil claims where the client faces an extradition request from abroad;
  • - The impact of INTERPOL notices, and how to challenge them;
  • - Protecting witnesses and evidence in English proceedings from foreign law enforcement agencies;
  • - Future trends and issues to watch for.


Attendance is not limited to LSLA members. The cost for the series is £90 for non-members and £115 for non members. Please also note that the talk on “The Commercial Court Guide: updates for 2022” is FREE.

The LSLA lectures will start at 6 p.m. All events will last approximately one hour, to include a period for questions at the end, and will be followed by drinks.