11:00AM - 12:00PM

Finding our Niche

Competition is fierce among international arbitration centres. What can set the British Virgin Islands apart and make it an attractive venue for the settlement of disputes through arbitration? Which disputes? Which parties? What are the BVI competitive advantages? Its disadvantages? Can the disadvantages be overcome? Where should the BVI focus its arbitration energy and resources?

Andy Thorp,
Partner & Head,
BVI litigation and insolvency Practice Group,


  • Rt. Honourable Lord Peter Goldsmith, QC, Partner Debevoise & Plimpton, London
  • Justice Barry Leon, Chief Justice, Commercial Division, High Court, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
  • Gerard Farara, QC, Senior Partner and Head of Litigation, Farara Kerins
  • Professor Doug Jones, AO, Independent Arbitrator, Canada & Australia

45 minutes of discussion and 15 minutes of Q&A

12:00PM - 1:00PM - LUNCH

Getting here

Maria's by the Sea

Located in the heart of Road Town, Maria’s by the Sea is perfectly situated on the shore of Road Harbour thus taking advantage of the convenience of being in town while enjoying some of the best views of the harbour and Sir Francis Drakes Channel.

P.O. Box 2364 - Road Town
Tortola, British Virgin Islands VG1110