Commercial Seminar @ The Watershed


Wednesday 11th October 2017 @ The Watershed, Bristol

The team are delighted to announce that they will be hosting their annual Commercial Seminar on Wednesday 11th October 2017, at The Watershed in Bristol.

The seminar will include presentations and practical case studies along with a choice of workshops presented by members of our commercial team and external speakers.


The conference is accredited with 5 CPD points (Law Society reference BAI/GUCH).


Normal delegate rate: £95.00 + VAT per delegate

Group discount – 20% for 2 or more bookings from the same firm.


8.45: Registration & Breakfast

9.30: Chairman and Bristol Civil Justice Address

  • Chairman’s address – Professor Gerard McMeel, Professor of Commercial Law, University of Manchester and member of Guildhall Chambers
  • The future of civil Justice in Bristol – HHJ Cotter QC, Designated Civil Judge, Bristol Civil Justice Centre

9.45: Keynote Address – HHJ Andrew Keyser QC, Mercantile Judge, Cardiff

10.00: Assessing and Recovering Loss across Group Companies – Hugh Sims QC & James Wibberley, Guildhall Chambers and Philippa Hill, Grant Thornton

  • The problems caused by Swynson v Lowick Rose
  • Reflective loss and Johnson v Gore Wood
  • Getting the right claimant(s)

10.40: Professional Negligence: where are we with ‘Scope of Duty’ – Holly Doyle, Guildhall Chambers and Ben Holt, Veale Wasborough Vizards

  • The position following BPE v Hughes-Holland
  • Advice and information distinguished
  • Calculating ‘capped’ losses

11.10: Tea & Coffee Break

11.40: Directors’ Duties in the Modern World – Lucy Walker & Stefan Ramel, Guildhall Chambers

  • The interplay between common law duties and statutory regulation
  • Self-reporting and the Financial Conduct Authority Senior Managers’ Regime
  • Claims against directors for regulatory non-compliance

12.10: Lunch

12.40: Workshops

Once your place is confirmed we will be in touch regarding your workshop preferences

  1. Unfair Prejudice: striking out abusive claims
    Richard Ascroft & Jeremy Bamford, Guildhall Chambers
  2. Privilege & Waiver
    James Hannant, Jay Jagasia & Oliver Mitchell, Guildhall Chambers
  3. The Equality Act for Commercial Litigators
    Allan Roberts, Guildhall Chambers

Workshop groups are limited by numbers. In the event that your choice(s) of workshop group is full you may be allocated to another workshop.

14.00: Finish

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