We are pleased to inform you that The Year Ahead – our publication looking at key developments in global litigation and arbitration for the coming year – is now available to read and download at: https://bakermckenzie.turtl.co/story/the-year-ahead-2020

The report considers the wider global trends driving disputes, including predictions for the global economy, trade wars, sanctions and political developments. It highlights the digital revolution and the sustainability movement.

Ten “big themes” for disputes are set out:

  • The globalization of dispute resolution
  • Efforts to improve cross-border enforcement
  • Growing use of mediation
  • Litigation funding entering the mainstream
  • Growth of criminal and regulatory enforcement
  • Political risk to investments
  • New analytics tools for disputes lawyers
  • New efficiency tools for lawyers
  • Emerging use of AI in national court systems
  • Automated dispute resolution

Additionally, the report looks at six specific industries, examining the factors likely to drive commercial disputes in these sectors in the year to come:

  • Consumer goods & retail
  • Energy, mining and infrastructure
  • Financial institutions
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials, manufacturing and transportation
  • Technology, media and telecoms

Finally, a regional focus section highlights future developments in 26 jurisdictions.


Benjamin Roe is a Lead Knowledge Lawyer - Global Disputes and Compliance in the London office of Baker & McKenzie.