East Meets West: A Dialogue between the LCIA and the SHIAC on Their Approach in Handling Commercial Arbitration Disputes

  • When:
    Monday, 16 September 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Where:
    Houston Meeting Room, ATLAS Workplace, 3F, Shanghai Agile International Plaza, , 寰图办公空间,休斯顿会议室 ,雅居乐国际广场三楼
    525 Xizang Middle Road
  • Price:
    Free of charge. Members only. RSVP required.

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) is one of the world's leading international arbitration institutions. With English law continuing to be a predominant choice of law for many international contracts, the LCIA has seen a record number of arbitration cases referred to the LCIA under the LCIA Rules in the past years.

In the Far East, the Shanghai International Arbitration Court (SHIAC 上海国际仲裁中心) (formerly known as the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Shanghai Commission) is strategically poised as an arbitration centre located in mainland China to service both Chinese parties and an increasing number of foreign parties in the resolution of commercial disputes.

Different markets and regulatory regimes give rise to different needs and requirements for arbitration users. Through the past decades, the LCIA and SHIAC have both shown a tailored approach to address these market demands while striving to achieve the common goal of offering efficient, impartial and effective dispute resolution services at an international standard.

  • What are some of the main difficulties arbitration users currently face?
  • What recent changes have arbitration institutions implemented to address the needs of arbitration users?
  • What challenges and opportunities lie ahead for international arbitration institutions in China and abroad?

The British Chamber Shanghai's Women in Business focus group and Legal focus group jointly invite Paula Hodges QC, the President of the LCIA Court, and Ms Weijun Wang, Deputy Secretary General of SHIAC, to discuss the roles, benefits and challenges arbitration institutions and practitioners face in the conduct of arbitration proceedings.

In this seminar, audience members will be able to find out more about the particular characteristics and solutions offered by both arbitration institutions and receive guidance on preparing and conducting arbitration disputes from an insider's perspective.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and find out more about:

  • Challenges Chinese and foreign parties face in arbitration proceedings within mainland China and abroad
  • Tools available from the LCIA and SHIAC to assist parties in the efficient and effective handling of their arbitration cases 
  • Changes incorporated to the new LCIA arbitration rules (soon to be released)
  • Practical tips on improving the handling of arbitration cases referred to institutional arbitrations

Event Rundown

Registration and Networking

Opening Remarks by Alex Roberts, Chair of British Chamber Shanghai’s Legal Focus Group, Counsel at Linklaters LLP

Presentations and Panel Discussion
Moderator: Rebecca Soquier, Chair of British Chamber Shanghai’s Women in Business Focus Group, Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Panelists: Paula Hodges QC, the President of the LCIA Court; Ms Weijun Wang, Deputy Secretary General of SHIAC


Closing Remarks by Rosie Hawes, Chair of The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, Partner at Control Risks

Networking and Event Closes

*The British Chamber Shanghai reserves the right to alter and update the event rundown.

Event Panelists

LCIA         SHIAC        HSF




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Speaker Introduction

Paula Hodges QC

Head of the Global Arbitration Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Paula heads Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Arbitration Practice and was appointed President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Court in May 2019. Paula has over 30 years' experience of advising on international disputes, particularly in the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors. She specialises in international arbitration and has represented clients in many jurisdictions (including London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, the US, Canada, Dubai, Africa, Asia, Russia and the CIS) in ad hoc arbitration and proceedings under the auspices of the major arbitral institutions. She also sits as an arbitrator.

Paula has been closely involved in several high profile cases before the High Court in London, and has also appeared before the Court of Appeal and House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).

Paula studied law at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 1986 with an M.A. in Law.

Paula became a QC in 2014.

Weijun Wang

Deputy Secretary General of SHIAC

Ms Wang Weijun is the Deputy Secretary-General of the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Center). Ms Wang is a listed arbitrator of the Shanghai International Arbitration Center, Shanghai Arbitration Commission and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration as well as a listed mediator of the Mediation Center Shanghai of China International Chamber of Commerce.

Rebecca Soquier

Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York, USA), Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Rebecca works as a senior associate in the dispute resolution team at Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the leading international law firms in Asia. In her work here, she has helped both multinational and local companies in the resolution of large and complex disputes, often times involving their overseas' projects and transactions. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehill's Greater China team in March 2015, she worked for several years in the Middle East where she advised clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, including local and international commercial arbitration claims.

Rebecca sits on the Chamber's Executive Committee and is also the Chair of the Chamber's Women in Business Focus Group. 

Event contact

Hilary Wu