Previous Events

The International Arbitration Charity Ball has raised more than £1.9 million for Save the Children since the inaugural Ball in 2010. Click on the links below to find out more about our previous events.

Read more about the International Arbitration Charity Ball in 2018

Read more about the International Arbitration Charity Ball in 2016

Read more about the International Arbitration Charity Ball in 2014

Read more about the International Arbitration Charity Ball in 2012

Read more about the International Arbitration Charity Ball in 2010


In 2018, a record 850 arbitration professionals became secret agents for the evening, and headed to Old Billingsgate for an important mission: to raise as much as possible for Save the Children at the 5th International Arbitration Charity Ball.

After enjoying a champagne reception and three course dinner, firms turned giant blue martini glasses that formed the centre-piece of each table red by donating £2,000 or more, bid generously on a fabulous silent and live auction, and entered a raffle for the chance to win a luxury holiday.

The event also highlighted how Save the Children has changed children's futures using the money raised from this event, including providing life-saving food, shelter and medicine to families affected by an earthquake in Indonesia and famine and violence in Bangladesh, Syria and East Africa.

For the first time, those who missed out on the main event were able to experience some of the action by purchasing tickets for the afterparty at Old Billingsgate. Those with more staying power pushed on to an “after after party” at The Ned!

Photos from the evening can be viewed here


In 2016, 630 arbitration professionals donned masks and were welcomed to the Guildhall for the 4th International Arbitration Charity Ball, supporting Save the Children.

On the night, guests heard from Tanya Steele, Interim CEO of Save the Children, who spoke about two children who she had met recently, Alister from Zimbabwe and Jenna from Syria, who had benefited from the support of the Save the Children’s Emergency Fund. George Burn, committee member and partner at Vinson & Elkins, also spoke about his recent trip to Cherso and Nea Kavala refugee camps in Greece.

Inspired by the moving speeches, guests dug deep and supported Save the Children generously through the live auction, silent auction and famous table centre challenge. The sell-out masquerade Ball became the most successful fundraising event yet, with over £430,000 raised on the night.

Photos from the evening can be viewed here


In 2014 we welcomed over 630 guests from the arbitration community for a record breaking night of fundraising for Save the Children!

Thanks to the generosity of guests we raised an incredible £400,000 and all the funds raised went to the Children’s Emergency Fund, which allows Save the Children to respond fast when an emergency strikes.

Guests took part in a Live Auction, with some truly spirited bidding for a chance to win a week’s stay at a beautiful house in La Garde Freinet, nestled in the hills above St Tropez; a private box for 18 people at Ascot Race Course; and a tour of the set of Downton Abbey which included lunch with the cast (it was even auctioned off by none other than Jim Carter, who plays Carson the Butler in Downton Abbey!)

Throughout the evening a competitive and fun challenge took place where table centre’s changed colours before guest’s eyes, with glowing items rewarded to guests at the final stage.

The party continued well into the night, and we are already excited about the next event in 2016!

To view the photos taken on the night, please click on the picture below. Please find a full breakdown of the 2014 income and expenditure here.


Following the huge success of the inaugural International Arbitration Charity Ball in 2010, we had high hopes for another fantastic evening in 2012. And we were not disappointed!

The event was a sell-out, with over 625 guests attending from around the world. And the tremendous generosity of the guests meant that we exceeded our ambitious fundraising target, raising over £300,000 for Save the Children. All of the money raised on the night went to support a vital project in Ethiopia, which is now providing essential clean water and sanitation to schools throughout the area.

Stephen Jagusch, Chair of the International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee, told GAR following the event: “At times like this I beam with pride to be part of such a generous profession. To raise this amount of money is simply mind blowing and will help to save or improve the lives of children in some of the neediest parts of the world.”

Charlie Ross hosted the live auction, which included amazing prizes, including VIP tickets to the Monaco Grand Prix, two tickets to the 2012 Olympics Closing ceremony and a week’s stay for up to 10 people at the Abbadia Celestina villa in Perugia, Italy.

The exciting new table challenge was also a huge success. Giant Martini glasses formed the focus of the challenge, with guests bidding to turn the water clean – mirroring the essential work in Ethiopia being funded through their donations.

The party continued well into the night, and has left high expectations for the next International Arbitration Ball – which we hope will be the biggest and best yet!

To view the video which was played at the 2012 event, as well as photographs from the night, please click on the gallery below. Please find a full breakdown of the 2012 income and expenditure here.


The first ever International Arbitration Charity Ball was held in September 2010 at the Royal Courts of Justice and raised over £200,000 for Save the Children.

With the initial aim to raise over £100,000, the committee were delighted with the enthusiasm and generosity of the arbitration community.

With half the tickets being sold in just three weeks, Stephen Jagusch, Chair of the International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee, told GAR: ‘We anticipated the community would be quick to respond to a worthy charitable cause – and of course we knew it would enjoy a party. The revenue from current sales alone will diagnose and treat nearly 10,000 children with pneumonia – how can this not be a great thing we are doing?”

The evening itself started with a champagne reception, with a three course dinner being served to guests. After a successful auction the event concluded with dancing to a live band, and an after-after party for those who wished to stay out beyond 1am.

Please find a full breakdown of the 2010 income and expenditure here.