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Essex Court Chambers, Ian Hunter QC, London, ENGLAND

Ian Hunter QC

Work 020 7813 8000
Essex Court Chambers (Essex Court Chambers)


Has a broad-based commercial practice in line with chambers’ profile. A major part of his practice is concerned with arbitration both as advocate and as arbitrator. As a junior barrister he was involved in a large number of shipping arbitrations. Since taking silk he has been instructed in many arbitrations, both of a general commercial nature (including ICC and ad hoc arbitrations) and more specialised arbitrations, particularly in the insurance and reinsurance fields. In the last five to ten years he has spent approximately equal amounts of time acting as an advocate in arbitration and as an arbitrator (both ad hoc and ICC). Insurance and reinsurance arbitrations are a particular speciality. Arbitration takes up substantially more than 50% of his professional time. Has acted as mediator in a number of matters involving a wide variety of subjects. Accepts either ad hoc or appointments made through mediation bodies such as CEDR and CPR resources.


Called 1967, Inner Temple; bencher; silk 1980; recorder 1986-2000; deputy High Court judge 1993; senior counsel New South Wales 1994; Avocat à la Cour de Paris 1995; accredited arbitrator ARIAS-US; accredited mediator CEDR.


French (fluent), Spanish (working knowledge).


ARIAS-US; Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society (chairman, English Section); British Insurance Law Association; Canadian Bar Association (Hon); Clauses Sub-Committee IUA; Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); CPR Resources (Panel of Distinguished International Mediators); Electricity Arbitration Association (Panel); Franco-British Lawyers Society (past vice-president); Gibraltar Bar; Insurance and Reinsurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS-UK) (vice-president); London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Union Internationale des Avocats (past president).


Pembroke College, Cambridge (MA, LLB); Harvard Law School (LLM).

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