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Belgrade, Serbia
12 june 2024

English Law Day
in belgrade

We are delighted English Law Day is being run in collaboration with the Bar Council of England & Wales and British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce.


Sanctions and their impact on transport, trade, transactions and the disputes which arise from them;
Investor state and international commercial arbitration in Serbia and further afield;
Dispute resolution, awards and their enforcement through innovative investigations and funding;
Combating corruption and fraud through the use of international legal mechanisms;
Investments into Serbia and England, streamlining processes and securing the best terms.


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Belgravia Law


16 Marina One Chambers


Orlova\Ermolenko Law Firm



Townend KC

The Bar Council




D'Cruz KC

Littleton Chambers


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Hilton Belgrade hotel


09:00 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:00
Opening remarks
Greeting by Samuel Townend KC, Chairman of the Bar Council
10:00 - 11:30
Morning. Session 1
Sanctions and their impact on transport, trade, transactions and the disputes which arise
11:30 - 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00
Session 2
Investor state and international commercial arbitration in Serbia and further afield
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Session 3
Dispute resolution, awards and their enforcement through innovative investigations and funding
15:00 - 16:00
Session 4
Combating corruption and fraud through the use of international legal mechanisms
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
Session 5
Investments into Serbia and England, streamlining processes and securing the best terms
18:00 - 18:15
Closing speech
With special thanks to our sponsors


CIS London & Partners LLP is a uniquely positioned London based law firm specialising in providing legal advice on all key aspects of laws across the CIS region.
We advise companies and private clients on cross border matters and projects with a CIS element.
The CIS London & Partners team have excellent expertise in the areas of financial services, corporate and M&A and venture investments. We also advise on dispute resolution and arbitration matters.
We have a deep understanding of the relevant areas based on local expertise and knowledge of the CIS markets.
Gold Sponsor
Barnes Law
Founded by Yulia Barnes in 2019, the firm has developed an impressive track record of reaching compromises through mediation rather than needing to formally litigate in the courts. We only work with the most qualified lawyers with excellent track records; this is central to our business philosophy of putting clients first.

Our team of dedicated and hard-working professionals resolves the most complex legal challenges faced by businesses. We only work with the most qualified lawyers, all of whom have excellent track records and immaculate reputations.

The core of our philosophy is to put clients first. We operate with a hands-on approach, working creatively and collaboratively to help our clients achieve their business objectives.
Official Sponsor


The Bar Council
The independent, practising Bar of England and Wales is more than 17,000 strong and plays a crucial role in upholding the principles of government accountability under law and vindication of legal rights through the courts.
A strong and independent Bar exists to serve the public. As specialist, independent advocates, barristers enable people to uphold their legal rights, often acting on behalf of the most vulnerable members of society.
The Bar makes a vital contribution to the efficient and effective operation of criminal and civil courts. It provides a pool of talent, from increasingly diverse backgrounds, from which a significant proportion of the judiciary is drawn, and on whose independence the rule of law and our democratic way of life depends.
Eurasian Legal Professionals’ Forum
The Eurasian Legal Professionals' Forum is a networking group and platform for bringing together people who are connected not only by country and profession, but also by their values and beliefs.
Over a period of 10 years, the forum has helped to increase the level of interaction of legal systems between countries located throughout Eurasia, to expand opportunities for lawyers to co-operate and to develop joint projects.
British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce
The British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) is a company limited by a guarantee and not having a share capital, whose main objective is to facilitate trade between the United Kingdom and Serbia. It operates on a non-profit basis and represents the views of the business communities in both countries.

The BSCC activities include meetings with members, helping members enter and maintain their positions on the UK and Serbian markets, seminars, webinars, trade missions in both countries, joint cooperation with other similar trade organisations, sponsorship opportunities, contacts with experts in various fields, business networking, etc.

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Partner at Orlova\Ermolenko Law Firm, PhD in Law. Alexandra specializes in supporting projects in the field of currency regulation, sanctions compliance, foreign trade, cross-border employment, international litigation and international commercial arbitration.

Personally recognized by world leading legal ratings The Legal 500 EMEA, Best Lawyers, Law 300, Kommersant. Supports projects in the field of obtaining approvals from the Government Commission when interacting with persons from unfriendly states.

She has many years of experience in supporting projects in the field of labour law, including labour and corporate issues of changing directors of companies in various sectors of the economy
Alexandra Gerasimova
Anastasiya Ryabova represents clients at international commercial arbitration and litigation, as part of KIAP’s international arbitration team. Curates the Russian Women in Arbitration (RWA) Mentoring Program and is an associate member of the Arbitration Association in Belgrade; member of the ICCA Russia Arbitration Commission.
Anastasiya Ryabova
Andrew Burr is a barrister, arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator, practising from 16 Marina One Chambers, specialising primarily in construction and technology matters; he is an affiliated foreign lawyer with Varul (Vilnius, Lithuania). Andrew is a listed arbitrator in multiple jurisdictions and sat on the ICC’s advisory committee for the revision of its Dispute Board Rules. He was previously also both the general and articles editor for Construction Law Journal.
Andrew Burr
Benjamin Wells worked for Freshfields, Linklaters and Gide Loyrette Nouel, sitting his traineeship at CMS Cameron McKenna, prior to joining Belgravia Law.

Benjamin is a Solicitor-Advocate whose practice is centred on dispute resolution. He regularly represents clients in: (i) arbitral proceedings conducted under the auspices of leading arbitration institutions; and (ii) litigation in the English courts. He also sits as an arbitrator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. All his cases have a cross-border element.

Issues that he resolves relate to commercial contracts, joint ventures, company and shareholder disputes, banking, investments, trading (including shipping), insolvency, international civil fraud and enforcement.

Benjamin has a particular focus on sanctions, asset-tracing, contentious trusts and matrimonial disputes. Benjamin is an executive committee member of the British-Kazakh Law Association, holds rights of audience at the Astana International Finance Centre.

Benjamin writes articles which are published internationally as well as having featured in articles for the Law Society of England and Wales.
Benjamin Wells
Roman Khodykin is a Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and is an arbitration and litigation specialist with extensive experience in national and cross-border matters. He holds a Ph. D in Conflict of Laws. Roman is an English solicitor and also qualified as civil law lawyer.

Roman is a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Commercial Law at Queen Mary University of London. He has also lectured at Clare College, Cambridge University, l’Université Paris-Saclay (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin) and Exeter University.

Additionally, from 2015 to 2018 Roman was an alternative member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration in Paris. He is also a member of the editorial board at The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Disputes Management.
Roman Khodykin
Rupert D’Cruz is a King’s Counsel specialising in complex cross-border litigation and arbitration. Rupert is regularly instructed to provide expert opinions on English law issues for use in CIS- proceedings and is frequently appointed as an arbitrator in CIS-related disputes. He is a registered lawyer with the Astana International Financial Centre Court and recently (January – July 2023) represented the Claimant in the largest case to date before the Court (a $300 million shareholder dispute).”
Rupert D'Cruz KC
Sam Townend KC is Chair of the Bar 2024. Sam is a silk at Keating Chambers and practises in domestic and international construction, energy and professional negligence work. He is also a mediator and adjudicator, and a Bencher at Lincoln's Inn.

Sam was the co-chair of the Bar Council Legal Services Committee in 2022 and has chaired the Bar’s Regulatory Review Working Group. He is a former member of the Young Barristers’ Committee and Treasurer of the Free Representation Unit.
Sam Townend KC
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