Next Gen

ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes Next Gen will run informative panel sessions and networking events, covering the most pertinent and current issues affecting Commercial Litiagtion and International Arbitration, targeted at the junior practitioner. 

Members will include:

  • Junior partners, associates, counsel at law firms specialising in Commercial Litiagtion and International Arbitration Disputes
  • Junior barristers practicing at the commercial, chancery, family bar
  • Managers / junior directors at investigation firms
  • Accountants & insolvency practitioners 
  • In house at banks, wealth managers and financial institutions
  • Litigation funders 
  • Forensic accounting professionals

Bringing together up-and-coming Disputes practitioners to share knowledge and experience

Who Qualifies as a Next Gen Member?

Are there membership criteria?

Typically members must operate in fields related to Commercial Litiagtion and International Arbitration and be between Associate and Junior Partner as a rough guide. 

Does my membership end once I reach 12 -15 years in the industry?

No, this only at the point of joining.

Is there a membership fee?

No, membership is free.

Natalie Todd
Partner - Cooke, Young & Keidan

Ranked as a Next Generation Partner in Civil Fraud and Commercial Litigation by The Legal 500, Natalie is a partner specialising in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation including banking and financial services litigation, insolvency, fraud and asset recovery. 

She is a “partner who is one to watch”, “personable, professional and user friendly, great to work with, always on top of the detail”. Natalie has expertise in litigation and arbitration involving banking and financial services, insolvency, trust, contractual, partnership, shareholder and commercial disputes.  She has a particular specialism in fraud and asset recovery and has acted on some high profile Russian and CIS cases.  She has worked on multi-jurisdictional asset tracing cases, including obtaining extensive Worldwide Freezing, Search, Disclosure and Passport Surrender Orders in one of Russia’s biggest ever alleged bank frauds.


Dan Wyatt
Partner - RPC

Dan Wyatt is an experienced commercial litigator with particular expertise in complex, high value civil fraud, financial services, and shareholder/partnership disputes.

His work is usually multi-jurisdictional, and frequently involves Russia and Former Soviet Union countries.

Dan advises on proceedings in the English High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, as well as on arbitration proceedings.     

Dan is listed by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Partner, and as a recommended lawyer in RPC's commercial disputes and civil fraud practices. He also was nominated as a stand-out lawyer in the 2019 and 2020 Acritas Stars survey.


Jo Jones
Senior Associate - Stephenson Harwood

Jo has acted on a wide range of disputes for corporates, airlines, financial institutions, and professional service providers, including auditors and accountancy firms. She has also worked as in house legal counsel for a major UK airline and bank.

Jo has had experience of both High Court litigation and international arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. She has advised clients on a broad range of disputes ranging from enforcement action to breach of contract and debt recovery claims. Jo also has experience of alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation as well.


Gregor Hogan
Barrister - Serle Court

Gregor is developing a busy commercial and chancery practice with a particular interest in commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate (onshore and offshore), trusts issues in financial remedy proceedings, company and insolvency, and civil fraud. He regularly appears in the High Court, where he is instructed in his own right on interlocutory matters, and in the County Court. Gregor has acted for a range of clients, including trustees, high net worth individuals, insolvency practitioners, national charities and international companies, and in jurisdictions including Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, BVI and the UAE. Gregor is also a contributing author on the forthcoming edition of Tudor on Charities.


Robert Christie
Partner - Bedell Cristin

Robert is a Jersey Advocate, and English and BVI barrister, specialising in trusts, company, commercial and insolvency litigation.

Robert has extensive experience of acting for and advising clients in high-value commercial matters in particular involving breach of trust claims, directors’ breach of duty claims, trust disclosure and other administrative proceedings in relation to trusts, enforcement of foreign orders in relation to trusts, actions to remove trustees and protectors, unfair prejudice claims, freezing injunctions and insolvency procedures. He has acted for beneficiaries, shareholders and other individuals in disputes with larger institutions such as trust companies, banks and other lenders. He is experienced in obtaining litigation funding where necessary for impecunious clients. Robert also acts for some major trust companies, and advises trustees and directors on their duties, including in insolvency situations.

Robert is a graduate of Oxford University and was called to the English bar in 2006, practising at Radcliffe Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn. Between 2012 and 2015 he worked for a major offshore law firm in BVI. Robert has advised on a broad range of trust, company, commercial, fraud and asset-tracing and insolvency matters and appeared regularly in interim applications, trials and appeals in the County Court, High Court, English Court of Appeal, BVI Commercial Court and Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal. Robert’s Caribbean experience means that he is regularly instructed in international litigation which involves a number of offshore centres.

Robert moved to Jersey in 2015 and worked for a Jersey Law firm where he became a partner in January 2019. He joined Bedell Cristin as a partner in December 2020.

In November 2020 Robert was named IFC Partner of the Year at the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards in recognition of the results achieved for his clients over the previous few years.


Laura Coad
Associate - Keidan Harrison

Laura is an Associate at Keidan Harrison LLP, having joined the firm upon its start-up in May 2020 as its first associate. Laura trained at a mid-sized regional firm where she qualified as a solicitor in 2018, working predominantly for partner Luke Harrison.

Laura is a litigation specialist who acts on a range of general commercial and insolvency disputes, mostly in the High Court. Laura also has substantial expertise in media, data protection and defamation claims, as well as technology disputes. Unusually for her level of seniority, she has experience in preparing for and undertaking trials, having litigated media cases to trial in the specialist Media and Communications list of the High Court against the national press and others.

Laura has represented various clients including entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, directors, insolvency practitioners and other office holders, and mid-sized and large corporations. She has experience of working on high-value and complex litigation alongside lead partners, as well as having sole conduct of smaller disputes in a proportionate and value-engineered manner.

Laura has undertaken arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution, including mediations and direct without prejudice negotiations, having had sole conduct of several such matters and assisted partners on others.


Priyanka Kapoor
Kapoor - PCB Byrne

Priyanka is a specialist in white-collar crime. She advises international corporations and individuals on matters related to anti-corruption, fraud, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions. She is recognised for her expertise in leading cross-border investigations.

She has diverse international experience and deals with enforcement agencies, sovereign regulators and financial intelligence units from a wide geography, including the US, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. An expert in international banking regulations and international law, she advises regulators on policy formulation. Priyanka’s work covers a wide range of industry sectors, including financial services, technology and natural resources.

Priyanka designs and implements compliance and training programs addressing global regulatory regimes. She advises multi-national corporations on regulatory risk management, conducts corporate due diligence, and manages large scale internal investigations on behalf of clients. Highly skilled in handing multijurisdictional investigations, she has acted for high profile senior management of large corporations, state-owned entities and state officials. She has worked on some of the most complex and high-profile regulatory investigations in Asia.

Her cross disciplinary experience compliments her work for financial institutions and banks. She advises banks on various aspects of cross-border disputes, multi-jurisdictional asset recovery of non-performing loans and enforcement of judgments.


Founding Committee

Natalie Todd
Natalie Todd Partner
Cooke, Young & Keidan
Dan Wyatt
Dan Wyatt Partner
RPC
Jo Jones
Jo Jones Senior Associate
Stephenson Harwood
Gregor Hogan
Gregor Hogan Barrister
Serle Court
Robert Christie
Robert Christie Partner
Bedell Cristin
Laura Coad
Laura Coad Associate
Keidan Harrison
Priyanka Kapoor
Priyanka Kapoor Kapoor
PCB Byrne

Upcoming Events

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13 Apr 2021
Most Controversial Decisions under CIS Treaties*

Join a stellar line-up of local and international experts who will drill down into the key decisions under CIS treaties 


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15 Apr 2021
India | Worldwide Strategy for Asset Recovery: Time to Look Beyond Jurisdictional Boundaries

Dealing with the endemic of fraud and asset recovery requires a concerted and coordinated multi-jurisdictional approach. Hear from the key experts from the region and internationally. 


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21 Apr 2021
Nizam: Nuclear powers face off in High Court over English trust law principles

India and Pakistan locked horns with each other and descendants of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad in Pakistan v NatWest decided by Marcus Smith J in October 2019.  .  When Pakistan initiated new proceedings in 2013, the current Nizam instructed Eason Rajah QC, 10 Old Square, and Paul Hewitt, Withers LLP.  Eason and Paul will set out the historic and political context as well as the trust law principles debated.


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13 May 2021
LIDW21 Member-Hosted Event: How to Find the Right Partner in a Foreign Jurisdiction

Cross-border litigation often requires cooperation from firms in multiple jurisdictions. How can you ensure that you choose a firm with the right expertise that can deliver a seamlessservice to your client?


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14 May 2021
LIDW21 Member-Hosted Event: Sanctions and Disputes

A presentation and discussion on current issues in the world of economic sanctions with particular emphasis on the effect of sanctions on legal rights and proceedings to enforce them


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To Hear or Not to Hear, That is the Question – Challenging Jurisdiction and Service: The Defendant’s Toolkit

TL4 Disputes together with PCB Byrne are delighted to bring you the first of an innovative new series which will take you on a tour through the lifecycle of a dispute from the principal vantage point of the defendant’s lawyer.


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Disputes Magazine Issue 2 - Our BIG Issue: Investor State, International Commercial Arbitration and Commercial Litigation

Issue 2 of our ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes Magazine is out now and it is BIG! With 21 contributuions and featuring four "60 Seconds with" interviews introducing the diverse range of practitioners behind the Community, this issue, like our Disputes Community, is bigger and bolder that ever. 

We hope that by offering a multi-disciplinary blend of insights on the most pertinent topics ranging from ESG, SPACs to sanctions and sovereign enforcement, this second edition will serve as a helpful compendium of opinions, analyses and commentaries. 

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Disputes Magazine Issue 1 - The Next Generation in Dispute Resolution

We are delighted to bring you the first edition of the Disputes Community Quarterly Magazine dedicated to the “NEXT GENERATION IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION”.

Just like the Community’s next generation component, this issue is very special to us. By marking the first significant milestone in our development, this bumper publication offers a platform to the  diverse range of current and future leaders in commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations. 

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Disputes Magazine Issue 8

We are nearing the end of Q1 and it has been a busy start to the year for the Disputes Community, and we are delighted to present the first edition of the year, Issue 8 of the Disputes Magazine. This year’s editions explore different chapters throughout the year. For this issue, our authors discuss a variety of topics facing practitioners in the Arbitration, Corporate Disputes, and ESG space including recent cases, ChatGPT, the world of crypto, greenwashing, and more.

Thank you to all our community partners, members and contributors for their support as we head into an even bigger and more exciting year for the community.

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Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire - IWD 2022 - Carly Parrott Profile

In this International Women's Month we want to shine a spotlight on a few truly amazing women in our community as they discuss their journey's to leading positions, highlight the challenges they faced in their progression, share their advice with the next generation of female practitioners as well as further action steps to #breakthebias and forge a more inclusive legal world. The Thought Leaders 4 Women Who Inspire features a series of interviews that we will be publishing over the course of the month to celebrate women and champion change. 

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The Russian Bear Fights On

The days of massive commercial disputes emanating from Russia and other FSU States are dead. That has been a constant concern of many leading practitioners in London, the epicentre of the largest, most high-profile of those disputes in the past 20 years.

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60-seconds With: Robert Christie Partner Bedell Cristin Jersey Partnership

Q. What do you tell people when they ask you what you do?

A. I say I’m a lawyer. My days of claiming to be a matador are long gone.

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Oatly Vs Glebe Farm Food – Picking your Battles

Any big corporates considering entering into a David vs Goliath legal battle over something, really ought to consider the strength of the legal case in conjunction with the potential reputational risks to avoid a possible catastrophe. 

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Give credit where credit’s due: settlement agreements and the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CFL Finance v Laser Trust & Gertner)

The Court of Appeal in CFL Finance Limited v Laser Trust & Gertner [2021] EWCA Civ 228  has ruled that a settlement agreement providing for an undisputed debt to be paid by instalments may be subject to the provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (the “CCA”). 

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The winner takes it all (the loser’s ts and cs were too small): Green v Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited t/a Betfred [2021] EWHC 842 (QB)

Just after midnight in 2018, Mr Green played an online game called “Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Blackjack”. He played well. When he finished, the screenshot on his mobile phone showed betting chips to the value of £1,722,500. However, when he tried to follow the instructions to cash in his chips, it didn’t work. He contacted Betfred who informed him that there had been a glitch in the game and that they could not make payment. After further exchanges with Betfred, Mr Green issued these proceedings. Awarding summary judgment to Mr Green on his claim, Mrs Justice Foster DBE found that Betfred had no realistic prospect of successfully defending to the claim.

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LIDW21: Sanctions and Disputes Content

On Friday, 14th of May 2021, ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes Community co-hosted the “Sanctions and Disputes“ virtual session with our Community Partner and fellow LIDW21 Corporate Member Radcliffe Chambers.

The event has generated a great deal of interest with 160+ practitioners from 23 countries tuning in.

Here is a copy of the presentation on current issues in the world of economic sanctions with particular emphasis on the effect of sanctions on legal rights and proceedings to enforce them.  

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Commercial Court cracks down on crypto-fraudsters (if it can find them)

In the first initial coin offering 'ICO' fraud case before the Commercial Court, Ion Science Limited & Duncan Johns v Persons Unknown & Ors, the court granted permission to serve disclosure orders on two cryptocurrency exchanges through which the claimants' stolen bitcoin had been traced, granted a world-wide freezing order against persons unknown, and gave ground-breaking guidance on the lex situs of crypto-assets...

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Supreme Court places limits on SFO’s extraterritorial reach: R (on the application of KBR, Inc) (Appellant) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (Respondent) [2021] UKSC 2

On 5 February 2021, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, held that section 2(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 (“the 1987 Act”) does not confer a unilateral power on the Serious Fraud Office (“the SFO”) to demand documents from overseas entities under the threat of criminal sanction, and the request for evidence should have been handled through international mutual legal assistance channels. The Supreme Court confirmed that in applying the rules of statutory interpretation, the UK Parliament could not have intended for the SFO to use Section 2(3) notices extraterritorially and a test based on "sufficient connection" had no basis in the 1987 Act...

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Misrepresentation requires ‘active appreciation’—assumption is not enough (Leeds City Council and others v Barclays)

The court has struck out fraudulent misrepresentation claims brought by Leeds City Council and others against Barclays in connection with the ‘LIBOR rigging affair of 2012’.

In Leeds City Council and others v Barclays Bank plc and another [2021] EWHC 363 (Comm), the court held that the lack of awareness (in the sense of ‘active appreciation’) of any representation regarding LIBOR was fatal to the claim. In a decision likely to be of significant comfort to banks, the court concluded that ‘to say that the key people assumed that LIBOR would be set in a straightforward and proper manner’ is simply not enough. The court also briefly considered (although the claims had already been found to have no prospect of success) Barclays’ alternative ground for strike out on affirmation. It held that the disputed questions of fact regarding the councils’ knowledge of their rights would have had to be resolved at trial. The case on affirmation would not have been suitable for summary determination...

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Jurisdiction Jumble

This bulletin is of interest to those clients currently considering the commencement of English High Court proceedings, or who have recently had such proceedings served on them. In this context the UK’s EU withdrawal agreement gives rise to some significant uncertainty, including both opportunities and threats, during what should be an interim jurisdictional regime pending the EU’s decision whether to allow the UK to accede to the Lugano Convention...

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Use but not abuse – think laterally before using material collaterally

In disputes, information is often the key to success. However, if the key is used in the wrong door, then that very same information can lead to problems for the litigant and its lawyers. This has been reflected by an increasing number of cases addressing the restrictions on how information and documentation can be used, and how these restrictions can be navigated. This article explores a number of recent scenarios that have arisen in this regard...

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Key issues for breach of warranty claims and the potential impact of Covid-19

In the early part of 2020, Covid-19 entered all of our personal and professional lives and substantially changed the world (hopefully temporarily) in almost every respect. In the business world, it caused significant and almost unprecedented disruption to the way that businesses operate and to their turnover and profitability. At that time, some businesses were in the position where they had either recently completed the purchase of another business (whether by share or asset purchase) or were shortly due to complete such a purchase. Those share or asset purchases may have been based on assumptions, forecasts and/or valuations over which there may now be a question mark...

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Anita Arthur joins TL4 as Community Director for Disputes - exciting new community coming soon

ThoughtLeaders4 is delighted to announce that Anita Arthur has joined as Director for our new DISPUTES community that will be launching shortly.

Anita brings huge experience within the industry and a strong track record of launching and growing market leading events over the last 15 years within disputes, sanctions, anti-corruption, fraud & asset recovery and private equity, among others.

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