Event Overview


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“In London everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.” - Paddington Bear

The Litigation and Real Estate Commissions invite you to join them on 17-19 October 2024 for an enlightening and dynamic conference in the heart of London where we will delve into the fascinating world of practical complex litigation.

With a particular focus on fact heavy cases, examination in chief in certain jurisdictions and cross examination, the seminar will tap into London's barrister traditions offer practical workshops on. While one theme of the seminar will be construction and real estate disputes, the workshops and topics will generally be oriented towards complex litigation and risks that arise in real estate transactions, making this conference relevant to both general litigators and real estate lawyers alike.

This gathering is designed to captivate young legal professionals and enthusiasts interested the intricate nature of fact-heavy cases and real estate development gone litigious. Prepare to be immersed in a thought-provoking atmosphere as we explore the complexities and challenges faced by legal practitioners and barristers in this complex area of law. A distinguished panel of experts will share their invaluable insights, strategies, and success stories – promising to be both enlightening and inspiring. London’s dynamic property landscape, ranging from historic landmarks to modern architectural marvels, provides a captivating backdrop for such discussions, and bringing together legal professionals from around the globe.

During this event, you will have the opportunity to:

Gain In-Depth Knowledge and elevate your Legal Practice: Our esteemed speakers will provide a comprehensive overview of practical complex litigation, shedding light on the intricacies involved. Discover the latest trends, best practices, and innovative approaches in different jurisdictions that can help you navigate these complex legal landscapes.

Engage in Interactive Discussions: Participate in engaging discussions and Q&A sessions with our panel of experts. Exchange ideas, seek advice, and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced in practical complex litigation. This is your chance to interact with like-minded legal professionals and expand your network within the legal community.

Learn from Real-Life Case Studies: Dive into real-life case studies that showcase the complexities and nuances of fact-heavy litigations and construction disputes. Our speakers will share their first-hand experiences, highlighting key strategies, pitfalls to avoid, and successful outcomes. Walk away with practical insights that can be applied to your own legal practice.

Network with likeminded Legal Professionals: Connect with legal professionals, industry leaders, and fellow enthusiasts who share your interest in practical complex litigation. Expand your professional network, forge valuable connections, and engage in meaningful conversations that can open doors to future collaborations and opportunities.

Beyond the conference itself, London offers an array of vibrant cultural and entertainment experiences that will leave attendees enthralled. From world-class museums and art galleries to iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, the city offers a wealth of attractions to explore during downtime. Renowned for its rich legal heritage, Dickensian-era barrister traditions and thriving real estate market which attracts property investors from afar, London offers a unique blend of history, expertise, and global connectivity that makes it an ideal host city for this event.

As Samuel Johnston said to his friend and biographer James Boswell in 1777 “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”.

The Organising Committee look forward to welcoming you to London in 2024 for a conference full of insightful discussions, networking, and professional growth!

Registration to open soon.

AIJA Commissions involved
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate


Practical complex litigation

16:00 - 18:00

Address: 54 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF
17:00 - 19:00

Address: 54 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF

Address: 45 Tothill St, London SW1H 9LQ

08:00 - 09:00

  • Address: 2 Caxton St, London SW1H 0QW
09:00 - 09:15

By Kato Aerts, Vice-President of AIJA
09:15 - 09:45

From a well-respected London KC/judge
09:45 - 11:15

Moderator: Michelle Lindholm, Pestalozzi Attorneys at la, Switzerland

  • Philipp Hardung, Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte, Germany
  • Manuel Alessandro Deamici, Cocuzza & Associati, Italy
  • Huib Schrama, Rutgers & Posch, Netherlands
  • Olivia Wybraniec, Mishcon de Reya, UK
11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 13:00

  • Meltem Steudler, Wenger Vieli, Switzerland
  • Fredrik Ellingsen, Advokatfirmaet Selmer, Norway
  • Mirco Schmutzler, Wendelstein Rechtsanwälte, Germany
13:00 - 14:15

14:15 - 15:15

  • Hannah Fry, 39 Essex Chambers' Commercial and Construction Team, UK
  • Andreas Hermann, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte, Austria
  • Daniel McKiernan, Gernandt & Danielsson, Sweden
  • Başak Küçük, Dentons Europe, Netherlands
15:45 - 16:15

16:15 - 17:30

Moderator: Lorna Cela, Bonnard Lawson Genève, Switzerland

  • Johannes Meyer-Myklestad, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, Norway
  • Shona Coffer, Mishcon de Reya, UK
  • Ross Towler, FTI Consulting, UK

  • Address: The Treasury Office, Lincoln's Inn, London WC2A 3TL 

08:30 - 09:30

  • Address: 2 Caxton St, London SW1H 0QW
09:30 - 11:00

Moderator: Frédéric Couffin, GGV Avocats Rechtsanwälte, France

  • Al-Karim Makhani, Transperfect, UK
  • Pauline Le More, LeGan Avocat, France
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

13:00 - 14:00


Guides pickinhg up participants at the hotel
Walking Tour of Westminster and Legal London

  • Address: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU

Fees & General Info

AIJA Members
AIJA Member < 35 - On or before May 23
AIJA Member < 35 - On or before October 03
AIJA Member < 35 - After October 03
AIJA Member >= 35 - On or before May 23
AIJA Member >= 35 - On or before October 03
AIJA Member >= 35 - After October 03
Non AIJA Members
Non AIJA Member < 35 - On or before May 23
Non AIJA Member < 35 - On or before October 03
Non AIJA Member < 35 - After October 03
Non AIJA Member >= 35 - On or before May 23
Non AIJA Member >= 35 - On or before October 03
Non AIJA Member >= 35 - After October 03
For all
Speaker - On or before May 23
Speaker - On or before October 03
Speaker - After October 03
Local lawyers - On or before May 23
Local lawyers - On or before October 03
Local lawyers - After October 03
In-House Counsel - On or before May 23
In-House Counsel - On or before October 03
In-House Counsel - After October 03

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations.

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

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If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

Prepare your stay

Seminar venue

We are pleased to announce that the sessions of the upcoming seminar will be held at the St. Ermin's Hotel.


2 Caxton St, London SW1H 0QW
+44 20-7222-7888


Our team has successfully negotiated room blocks at two hotels to ensure a seamless and enjoyable stay during the event.


This is where the academic sessions will take place.

Room rates:
Superior Rooms:

  • £399.00 per room, per night for Single Occupancy

Fees inclusive of Buffet Breakfast and 20% VAT

Payment will be due upon departure directñy at the hotel by each guest.

Individual cancellation policy: up to 30 days prior to arrival. Cancellations after that date will be charged with 100% of the price of the room per night.

Preferential rates available until 29/07/2014 (subject to availability).

To book your room with the preferential rates please use this link.


This is where the welcome reception will take place and only accross the street from the seminar venue.

Room rates:
Classic Rooms:

  • £300.00 per room, per night for Single Occupancy
  • £320.00 per room, per night for Double Occupancy

Executive Rooms

  • £350.00 per room, per night for Single Occupancy
  • £370.00 per room, per night for Double Occupancy

Fees inclusive of Breakfast, Internet and 20% VAT.  Porterage not included. A discretionary 5% accommodation service charge will be added to the final bill.

All charges to be settled by the guests upon placing the reservation/ check out.

Individual rooms can be cancelled free of charge up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

Preferential rates available until 08/10/2014 (subject to availability).

To book your room with the preferential rates please use this link.


Additionally, AIJA has partnered with HotelMap, an online accommodation platform that offers a variety of budget-friendly options. By clicking on the button below, you will be able to choose from a wide range of alternative hotels near the event venue. With just a few clicks, you can easily book your accommodation directly on the platform.

Nearby Hotels

Organising Committee

Jean-Rodolphe FIECHTER Kellerhals Carrard (SWITZERLAND)
Agata KIEłCZYńSKA Crido Legal J. Ziółek i Wspólnicy Sp. k. (POLAND)
Theresia Franziska WELSER WOLF THEISS Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG (AUSTRIA)


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If you have any questions, contact us on ‘Become a sponsor’ and check for more opportunities.

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Your data will be managed by AIJA's General Services, Events and Accounts Section:

  • For the purpose of administering your registration for the event and your on-site access to the event;
  • In order to pay for the selected services - your bank details will be deleted after receipt of your payment;
  • In order to communicate information messages from AIJA.

To the extent necessary for the execution of their respective tasks, our subcontractors in charge of our seminar organisation, our IT infrastructure, our management, the production and maintenance of our website and extranet, are likely to gain access to your data from time to time. Their servers are located in the European Union.

Data relating to your participation in the event shall be stored for a period of 10 years. We are obliged to archive billing data until the end of the period required for our tax and accounting obligations, i.e. for 7 full tax years.

We shall store your contact information to keep you informed until you ask us to stop. You have the right to access your data and have it corrected if necessary.