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Chartered Institute of Arbitration presents Cryptocurrency Disputes – Litigation v Arbitration

Watch The Debate: Cryptocurrency Disputes – Litigation v Arbitration

Stephen Doherty and Chloë Bell recently joined the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ London Branch Committee for an interesting panel discussion on how to resolve cryptocurrency disputes. Watch the full discussion here.

This event featured a group of expert panellists who debated the best way to resolve cryptocurrency disputes. Ben Giaretta, Chair of the London branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators hosted the evening, opening and closing the event.

Chloë Bell (Outer Temple Chambers) and Charlotte Hill (Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP) discussed the benefits of litigation, whilst Stephen Doherty (Outer Temple Chambers) and Jaak Poldma (White & Case) discussed the benefits of arbitration. The branch was honoured to have Lord Mance, former Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, moderating the event. After the panel discussion, Lord Mance opened the room for questions.

The panel discussed a devised problem, looking at recent case law and possible points of contention in the pipeline during their debate whilst the audience asked some very interesting questions and provided observations from their own experiences in this fast evolving area of law.

“Cryoptocurrency Disputes: Litigation v Arbitration”

Watch the full panel discussion “Cryoptocurrency Disputes: Litigation v Arbitration” here:

About the speakers

Lord Mance was Deputy President of the Supreme Court until 2018, having sat as a Commercial Judge from 1993, in the Court of Appeal from 1999, in the House of Lords from 2005 and in the then newly created Supreme Court from 2009. He practises now from 7KBW as an arbitrator in commercial and investor-state arbitrations and expert witness, as well as sitting on appeals in the Singapore International Commercial Court and being Chief Justice of the Astana International Commercial Court. 

He is co-chair of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law and was from 2009 until 2021 Chair of the International Law Association. He is a member of the Senate of the European Law Institute and, as a German speaker, President of the British-German Jurists Association. 

Stephen Doherty is a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers, practicing in international arbitration and litigation. His work is predominantly focussed on commercial disputes, particularly in the Middle East, where he has been involved in a number of significant recent cases involving conflicts of jurisdiction, interim applications in support of arbitrations, and on the application of the Quincecare duty in phishing fraud. 

Chloë Bell is a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers and was, in a former life, a judicial assistant to Lord Mance when he was then Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court. She is ranked as a leading barrister in Cryptocurrency law in Chambers and Partners 2022 (the first ever cryptocurrency section of the directories) and has been involved in some significant cases in this developing area of law, particularly relating to injunctive relief, jurisdiction and applicable law. She also advises on a wide range of cryptocurrency disputes in a range of forums including litigation and arbitration. 

Charlotte Hill is an experienced commercial disputes practitioner at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. She advises on a broad range of complex, high-value multijurisdictional disputes relating to financial services, company disputes, corporate insolvency and civil fraud. She has specialist expertise in digital assets where she advises clients about cryptocurrencies and blockchain disputes. Recognised as being ‘tenacious … and a real force of nature’ and an ‘opponent-whisperer’, Charlotte is said to be ‘brilliant at case management and marshalling evidence’ with ‘a particular talent for sniffing out the best pieces of evidence in a case’. 

Jaak Poldma is an associate in White & Case’s Dispute Resolution group based in London. He is dual-qualified (England & Wales and New York) and represents clients in litigation and international arbitration. Since 2018, Jaak has actively participated on blockchain and cryptocurrency matters, representing a FinTech company in a shareholder dispute, representing a shareholder in a dispute related to DeFi projects, and advising clients and speaking on cryptocurrency regulations and litigation risks.

Find out more

To find out more about Stephen Doherty and Chloë Bell, contact Sam Carter on +44 (0)203 989 6669 or Colin Bunyan on +44 (0)20 7427 4886 for a confidential discussion.

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