Event FAQs

What is London International Disputes Week (LIDW)?

In late 2017, a group of London-based legal professionals collaborated to discuss how to globally promote English law and London as a leading centre for international dispute resolution and to celebrate its rich heritage.

This group developed to an association of over 60 founders and supporting institutions who joined together to present the inaugural LIDW event in May 2019.

In October 2019, representatives from the group incorporated ‘London International Disputes Week Limited’ under the Companies Act 2006 as a private, not-for-profit organisation.

The day-to-day activities of LIDW are led by member volunteers, made up of a core committee and sub-committees. LIDW is supported in its work by TMB Events, a leading UK event management company and Portland Communications, a leading strategic communications firm, specialising in litigation and disputes.

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Where is LIDW taking place?

LIDW takes place at a number of venues across the week.

This year LIDW’s one-day hybrid conference will be hosted at the QEII Centre in Westminster on Tuesday 4 June 2024.

The International Day on Monday 3 June will be hosted at three locations, all within a short walk of one another to enable delegates to attend the sessions they wish. The venues are: Clyde & Co’s offices (The St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch), Covington & Burling’s offices (22 Bishopsgate) and Kirkland & Ellis’ offices (30 St Mary Axe).

LIDW member hosted events are taking place at a number of locations across London from Wednesday 5 June – Friday 7 June. They will be predominantly hybrid events. A variety of social events are also taking place throughout the week at venues across central London.

Who is attending LIDW24?

LIDW24 brings together lawyers, judges, arbitrators, academics, clients, government officials, in-house counsel and others involved with dispute resolution from around the world spanning many sectors.

What is the difference between the main conference and member hosted events?

The main conference will be held at the QEII Centre, is organised by the committee, and will host a series of sessions throughout the day. There will also be extensive networking opportunities and a drinks reception. There is a fee to attend the main conference.

The member hosted events will be held at various venues around London. They are shorter sessions within fixed time slots often accompanied by further networking opportunities. Delegates can build their own agenda, suited to their interests, from the schedule of member-hosted events. Member hosted events are free to attend, but delegates must register in advance via the main LIDW24 registration site.

Do I need to pre-book my place onto specific sessions?

Both in-person and virtual tickets will provide you with access to all the sessions that form part of the main one-day conference.

You will need to pre-register for all other events running throughout the week. You will be able to do this through the LIDW24 website.

For International Arbitration Day, you will need to register for each session you would like to attend.

What time zone is LIDW24 being held in?

The times of all sessions stated within the event programme will be BST.

Will you be offering translation services?

All sessions will be in English and unfortunately there will be no translation.

Will there be any networking opportunities available?

Yes. At all events throughout the week there will be extensive networking opportunities.

Joining Instructions

Pre-event instructions for the one-day hybrid conference will be communicated to you in a separate email in the week prior to the event.

For International Arbitration Day, the hub venues will send you joining instructions separately as will the organisers for our member hosted sessions.

Tickets for the Law Rocks gig including the young and young at heart VIP area as well as supper club details will be sent to you individually prior to LIDW24.

If you have not received instructions by Friday 31 May 2024 please email LIDW@tmb-events.com

How do I get to the QEII Centre?

We would recommend travelling by public transport as there is no general parking at the venue.

The nearest underground stations are Westminster (5 mins walk), St James’s Park (4 mins walk) and Victoria (14 mins walk). The nearest mainline stations are Charing Cross (12 mins walk), Victoria (14 mins walk) and Waterloo (18 mins walk).

Blue badge holders are permitted to park on the QEII Centre forecourt free of charge. Parking in this location is subject to availability so please call ahead on +44 20 7798 4000 to enquire.

What technology/software do I require to participate in LIDW24 virtually?

You do not need to download any software to access the main one-day hybrid conference. However, we do recommend that for the best experience you use a PC / Laptop with Google Chrome browser. If you do not have Google Chrome on your laptop/computer, you can find instructions on how to download the application by clicking here.

To ensure the best experience please make sure you have a stable and good internet connection. We suggest disconnecting from any VPN connection and join using a hardwire wherever possible.

For any further technical help, either before or on the day, in relation to the main one-day hybrid conference please contact LIDW@tmb-events.com. Please note, any LIDW member hosted sessions will communicate their requirements separately.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for this year’s one-day conference at the QEII Centre and official drinks reception on Tuesday 4 June 2024 as well as for most events throughout the week is business attire.

The Gala dinner dress code is black tie and the Law Rocks gig is casual.

Can I attend the Tuesday drinks reception without having been to the Conference?

The drinks reception following the conference is for delegates only due to limited capacity.

Registration FAQs

How does registration work?

You can register for the events taking place during LIDW24 by clicking here.

Is there an option to attend member hosted events in-person?

The majority of member-hosted events (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) will be available to attend in person, subject to availability and capacity. Registration for these events is available via the LIDW24 website.

Will I be given an invoice for the event?

A debit/credit card payment will be required to complete your registration and upon completion, you will be able to download an invoice from your registration account. If you have any questions, please contact LIDW@tmb-events.com.

Do I need to register for the main conference to be able to attend a member hosted event?

No, you do not need to register for the main conference to be able to attend any of the other events during the week.  

Do I have to pay to attend International Arbitration Day or member hosted events?

The International Arbitration Day sessions and member hosted events are free to attend. However, you do need to register /book to attend. 

Is there a limit on the number of events I can attend?

You can attend as many or as few events as you would like.  However, please note it is not possible to register for more than one event taking place at the same time.

What is your cancellation policy?

All tickets for the conference and other paid-for events throughout the week are non-refundable. However, if you are no longer be able to attend LIDW24, you may transfer your entire registration to a colleague from your organisation. This should be done in writing to LIDW@tmb-events.com.

Requests for refunds in exceptional circumstances will be considered at the sole discretion of LIDW. In the event that a refund is approved, the greater of £30 or 20% of the amount subject to refund will be retained by LIDW to cover administrative costs.

When do I need to register by?

Registration for International Arbitration Day, the Opening Reception and the main conference will close on Friday 31 May, at 12:00.  

Registration for the Gala Dinner will close on Tuesday 28 May, at 12:00.

Registration for member hosted events will close 48 hours before the event is due to take place.

My organisation is not a member of LIDW – can I attend the main conference?

Yes, you can attend the main conference.  A non-member rate is available. If your organisation wishes to become a member of LIDW, further information can be found here

I am a member of the press. Can I register for a press pass?

A limited number of in person press passes are available for the main conference. We are also able to provide online access to the main conference to members of the press. To find out more please contact LIDW@portland-communications.com.

General FAQs

I am travelling from abroad, where is the best place to stay?

As the QEII Centre is located in the heart of Westminster, there are over 6000 hotel bedrooms withing walking distance.  Suggestions can be found here

Can I sponsor LIDW?

Yes, LIDW has various sponsorship opportunities on offer for the week. For more information and a a copy of the sponsorship brochure, please email LIDW@tmb-events.com.

COVID-19 Guidelines

LIDW will adhere to local government guidelines and maintain high health and safety standards so that all attendees that come to our events can continue to do business effectively and network with their peers safely. For the protection and wellbeing of all event attendees, we do recommend that you perform a lateral flow test before attending the event, although this is not a specific requirement. If you test positive for covid, feel unwell or have any covid symptoms, please do not attend the event. Please note our entry policy is subject to change at any time based on a change in local regulations.

Member-hosted events FAQs

Organising a member-hosted event

My firm is a member of LIDW – can I organise/host an event on my own?

Each member-hosted event (MHE) should include a minimum of two LIDW members.

My firm is not a member of LIDW – can we organise an event during LIDW24?

Your firm can apply to become a member of LIDW here. You can then submit a proposal with at least one other member of LIDW. Alternatively, as a non-member you can participate in a member-hosted event with at least two members of LIDW.

My organisation is a supporter/Friend of LIDW – can we organise an event?

Supporters of LIDW may host an event but must collaborate with at least one full member.

How do I submit an event proposal?

You should complete the online proposal form by 2 February 2024. Events may be submitted after this date, but please review the schedule to check for clashes with events on a similar topic.

How do I know what information is required to submit an event proposal?

Guidance on the information required to submit an event proposal has been sent to all members of LIDW. If you have not received it, please contact memberevents@lidw.co.uk and we will send you a copy by email.

Are there fixed time-slots for events?

For 2024, we have fixed 1.5 hour time-slots as follows: 9am – 10.30am, 11am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 3.30pm, 4pm – 5.30pm Events can take place Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 June.

Why are time-slots fixed?

Following delegate and host feedback it was decided MHE should have set time-slots to allow networking and/or travel time between events.

Can I book two time-slots for a longer event?

Yes, if you would like your event to be longer than 90 minutes you may book two time-slots. The fee will be payable for each session ie 2 x £1000 plus VAT.

Can I host an event on Monday 3 or Tuesday 4 June?

MHE can be hosted from Wednesday to Friday so as not to clash with LIDW’s International Arbitration Day on Monday 3 June or the main conference on Tuesday 4 June.

How do I know my event proposal has been successful?

Your proposal will be checked by LIDW to confirm that it meets requirement and approved with the nominated contact.

When will my event show on the website?
Once your event has been approved and all details checked, it will be uploaded to the schedule as pending. The event will be confirmed and attendees able to register once payment has been received.
Why is my event showing as pending on the event site?

Your event will show as pending until full payment has been received. Once payment is confirmed the event will become live and delegates able to register.

I have an idea for an event and would like to collaborate with another member – how do I find out who is a member?

You can check the LIDW main website for a list of existing members and work with them to submit a full proposal. Alternatively you could complete the ‘Opportunities for collaboration’ form by 8 December. This will place your interest in collaborating on an event on a specific theme on a database which will be open for review by other members. You should then submit a full proposal using the online proposal form.

How do I update the details for my event?

Once your event has been confirmed your nominated contact will be sent unique log-in details, which will enable them to update any of your event details and check the number of registrations for your event. They will also be able to download the attendee list for your event.

General questions

Does the event have to be hybrid?

If possible, events should be delivered as hybrid to maximise your audience. However, events can be in-person or virtual only.

How do delegates register?

Delegates register for all MHEs on the LIDW24 site. All MHEs are free to attend.

Is it free for delegates to attend MHEs or can I charge them?

There is no fee for delegates to attend MHEs. Delegates can book onto MHEs for free via the LIDW24 website.

Do delegates have to register via LIDW24 or can they register via our firm’s registration platform?

Delegate must register/book for MHEs via the LIDW24 site as this allows them to have one registration account for the whole week and plan accordingly. The LIDW registration system does not allow delegates to register for multiple events taking place at the same time meaning that hosts of MHEs should have more accurate information on expected delegate numbers.

How do I know if another event clashes with my event?

If an event is proposed to run at the same time as another event on a similar topic, we will try out best to alert members of the clash. If you are submitting your event after 2 February 2024, please check the event schedule before submitting your proposal.

How do I know my event has been approved?

Once your event has been approved, we will send an email to your nominated contact confirm details of your event and requesting all host logos for uploading. You will also be sent an invoice which can be paid by bank transfer or card. We will upload your event for you and once payment has been received send your nominated contact log-in details so that they can update information if necessary.

Fees and payment

How much does it cost to host an event?

The fee is £1000 plus VAT per single time-slot.

I am a Friend/supporter of LIDW do I have to pay the fee to host an event?

Yes, the fee of £1000 plus VAT is still payable.

Is it possible to split the £1000 fee?

LIDW will issue one single invoice per event to be paid by the nominated member contact. We cannot issue multiple invoices per event and cannot accept part-payment from various hosts. If it has been agreed between hosts that they will share the cost, the nominated contact must pay the invoice in full and reclaim payment from others separately.

How do I pay the fee for my event?

Once your event has been confirmed, you will be sent a VAT invoice for the relevant fee (£1000 plus VAT per single time-slot), which can either be paid by bank transfer or credit/debit card.