Contract Law as an Instrument of Legal Predictability and Economic Attractiveness: A Franco-British Perspective.
Nov 24 @ 18:00 – 20:00



Contract Law as an Instrument of Legal Predictability and Economic Attractiveness:

A Franco-British Perspective

Le droit comme outil de prévisibilité juridique et d’attractivité économique :

 Approches comparées sous le prisme du droit applicable aux contrats d’affaires

Thursday 24 November at 6pm 

University of Westminster, 309 Regent St., Room UG 05

London W1B 2HW

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At a time of healthy competition between legal systems, to what extent can contract law be used as an instrument of legal predictability and economic attractiveness for parties involved in cross-border trade? Do the choice of law and the choice of jurisdiction matter for them in their commercial endeavours, particularly as private ordering of commercial and legal affairs gains in prominence in the current market?

This conference will explore (1) the challenges and opportunities for legal predictability in contractual interpretation with senior judges from different legal traditions, and (2) the considerations in the choice of law through the prism of legal practitioners.

Introductory remarks

Luke Mason, Professor of Jurisprudence, Head of Westminster Law School

Estelle Cros, Magistrat de Liaison, French Embassy to the United Kingdom

Chair: Catherine Pédamon, President, England & Wales section, FBLS, Senior Lecturer, Westminster Law School

Panel 1. Predictability in Contractual Interpretation: Challenges and Opportunities from a Franco-British Law Perspective

Lord George Leggatt, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

François Ancel, Justice of the Cour de cassation

Lord Ericht, Judge of the Scottish Supreme Courts, Commercial Judge in the Court of Session

Panel 2.  Considerations in the Choice of Law: Economic Attractiveness through the prism of legal practitioners

Laure Lavorel, Présidente du Cercle Montesquieu

Géraldine Fabre, Senior Legal Counsel, RATP Dev UK

Jean-François Le Gal, Partner, Pinsent Masons

Concluding remarks


The conference will be followed by an aperitif at 19:30 in the same building.

This seminar is open to all. Registration is free.

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Cross border estate planning in Scotland and France – navigating forced heirship
Dec 1 @ 18:00 – 20:00
Thursday 1 December 2022 at 6pm for 6:30pm start

Cross border estate planning in Scotland and France – navigating forced heirship

In Person

Address: Capital Square, 58 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8BP

This event will talk about the comparison of limitations on testamentary freedom and forced heirship rules in Scotland and in France, an examination of how these might affect those with interests in both countries and a discussion around estate planning solutions for navigating them


Emilie Bensmihen, Buckles LLP.

Emilie is a French native and qualified French Avocat since 2008. After practicing a few years in France and Luxembourg, Emilie moved to the UK in 2016 to work in the French team at Buckles Solicitors. Emilie is also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales. Her main area of expertise is French property and inheritance law. She advises UK residents/nationals on any issue related to French properties or French assets, including estate planning with a French element, administration of cross-border estates and separation with a French property. With a background in civil litigation, Emilie also advises individuals on contentious issues related to their French assets.

Jessica Flowerdew, Brodies LLP:

Jessica is a Senior Associate in the Personal & Family team at Brodies LLP. She is qualified to practice in Scotland and advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of personal law include estate planning, inheritance tax, executry administration, trusts and issues affecting adults with incapacity. As a dual French/British national and fluent French speaker, Jessica has a particular interest in Scottish/French cross border estate planning and succession matters. She sits on the Scottish committee of the Franco British Lawyers Society.

The Presentation will be followed by a chance for networking with drinks and spectacular views over Edinburgh’s skyline

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The Role of the Judge in International Arbitration Judges and Arbitrators: l’Entente Cordiale? Comparative perspectives
Dec 1 @ 18:00 – 20:00

The Role of the Judge in International Arbitration

Judges and Arbitrators: l’Entente Cordiale? 

Comparative perspectives

Thursday 1 December at 6pm

 In person at Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES, and online


This event will seek to offer comparative perspectives on issues including:

  • Should parties involved in arbitration proceedings be more mindful of the judiciary?
  • Are the parties sufficiently aware of the support that the judiciary can offer in parallel to the arbitration proceedings? Do they leverage that support and those opportunities as much as they could?
  • On the other side of the spectrum, should parties be more mindful of the court’s supervision of the arbitral process, and of the risk it can trigger with respect to the viability/effectiveness of that process?
  • Should judges be regarded as helpful to, or in conflict with, the arbitrators and the arbitral proceedings?

We will hear from a distinguished panel of speakers comprising judges, arbitrators, academics, and counsel (Barristers and/or Avocats) acting on both sides of the Channel

The Rt. Hon. Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE, PC, a former Judge at the Court of Appeal and now a full-time international arbitrator

Mrs Fabienne Schaller, Judge at the international commercial chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal

Mr Christopher Harris KC, Barrister and Arbitrator

Mr Matthieu Grégoire, Barrister

Mrs Catherine Pédamon, Senior Lecturer and President of the England & Wales Section of the Franco-British Lawyers’ Society

Mr Jean-François Le Gal, Barrister & Avocat, partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, Honorary Secretary of the Ciarb’s London Branch










House of Lords reception in person
Jan 30 @ 18:00 – 19:00

House of Lords reception in person

By Invitation Only

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