16 February 2017
On 2 February 2017, Liz Perks was invited to contribute to a panel discussion organised jointly by Hogan Lovells and ArbitralWomen on “Winning Communication”. Liz joined Julianne Hughes-Jennett, partner at Hogan Lovells, Tessa Wood, voice and communication coach, and Wendy Miles QC, global head of arbitration at Boies, Schiller and Flexner to answer questions and discuss their experiences of communicating effectively as women in the arbitration community. There was a great turnout to the event, showing the keen interest in this topic.
During the panel, Liz shared analysis that Haberman Ilett has carried out as part of an ongoing research project examining ICSID awards over the past ten years. The analysis shows that in public ICSID awards where damages were awarded, only eight out of 176 named quantum experts were female. And only five of these females’ reports were signed without a male expert co-signing. Despite working in a field where women are so under-represented at expert level, Liz explained that she has not felt that she has struggled to have her voice heard. However, she recognises that this can be an issue in the business community more widely, and has worked with her partners at Haberman Ilett to ensure that all voices are heard equally in the firm.
Click here for a full round-up of the panel discussion from Practical Law.