As businesses around the world continue to grapple with the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, it is not too early to ask an obvious question: what will our world look like in the “new normal” after the pandemic abates and people return to work?

From a litigation perspective the answer is already emerging. Plaintiffs did not stop filing cases when courts shut down, or claimants commencing arbitrations when institutions closed their facilities, and those cases offer a glimpse of what the future holds. We are seeing a number of trends developing, and history provides valuable lessons as to what we can expect.

To put all of this in perspective, Freshfields has asked its attorneys, and its clients, the simple question: in terms of disputes, what comes next?

Our report – which can be downloaded below – summarizes the key disputes trends we’re seeing around the world. 

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