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Leading Arbitrators

John Beechey - Arbitration ChambersAn arbitrator who absolutely deserves top ranking.
Juliet Blanch - Arbitration ChambersAt the top of the game, I'd appoint her in a nanosecond.
Andrew Foyle - One Essex CourtVery experienced and knowledgeable in international arbitration and able to navigate the various institutions, he is also very collegial and it is a pleasure working with him.
Robert Gaitskell QC - Keating ChambersA highly experienced arbitrator who is pragmatic, efficient and diligent - an excellent choice as chair for a complicated construction dispute.
Judith Gill QC - Twenty EssexShe is excellent - calm, cool and collected, a steady hand.
Ian Glick QC - One Essex CourtDiligent, careful attention to the cases, and good judgement.
Lord Hoffmann - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely peerless and intellectually brilliant.
Julian Lew QC - Twenty EssexOne of the most responsive and best prepared arbitrators working.
John Marrin QC - Keating ChambersExceptionally experienced international arbitrator who is diligent, thorough and careful - a pragmatic chair/president who is the ideal choice for a factually or technically complicated construction, energy or infrastructure disputes.
Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump CourtA very dedicated arbitrator whose reputation precedes him. Absolutely top notch as a full-time arbitrator and as good as anyone.
Lord Neuberger - One Essex CourtTruly outstanding in every way with a wide-ranging experience and a crystal clear analytical approach to complex issues of fact and law.
David Owen QC - Twenty EssexAn excellent arbitrator.
Alan Redfern - One Essex CourtOne of the most distinguished and exceptional arbitration lawyers in the field - he draws on his vast experience to preside over matters with the necessary level of firmness mixed with flexibility.
Peter Rees QC - 39 Essex ChambersTop class international arbitrator. Excellent chairman. Quick and perceptive.
Sir Bernard Rix - Twenty EssexVery able, amiable and penetratingly quick.
J William Rowley QC - Twenty EssexHe case manages excellently and arrives at an intellectually honest result.
Christopher Style QC - One Essex CourtSmart, efficient and bright - an excellent chair.
David Sutton - Twenty EssexA top-tier arbitrator.
Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office ChambersHe is highly intelligent, efficient and courteous both in the administration of arbitrations as well as at hearings. His award writing is exemplary and very much on the ball.
David Bateson - 39 Essex ChambersAn excellent choice for the arbitral tribunals in large and complex international construction and commercial disputes.
Elizabeth Birch - 3 Verulam BuildingsOn top of all the details of the case, took a realistic and practical approach to the management of the hearing and demonstrated good judgement throughout. Pleasant and professional at all times but, quite rightly, not willing to indulge hopeless arguments.
Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court ChambersHis relaxed and friendly manner masks the fact that he is an exceptionally, hard-working, sensible and able lawyer, with an excellent sense of fairness and commercial sense.
Sir Bernard Eder - Essex Court ChambersAn excellent arbitrator, bringing both his commercial and judicial skills to the task.
Timothy Elliott QC - Keating ChambersOne of the top international construction arbitrators. A real expert in construction law. Runs a friendly and business-like tribunal.
Nicholas Fletcher QC - 4 New SquareHe is an excellent and fair-minded arbitrator who fully appreciates both the legal and commercial aspects of disputes.
Stephen Furst QC - Keating ChambersExtremely well regarded for construction arbitrations.
Hilary Heilbron QC - Brick Court ChambersHer rulings were well-written and thoroughly considered, and counsel were treated with utmost courtesy and professionalism.
Doug Jones - Atkin ChambersAn experienced and super-efficient arbitrator.
Peter Leaver QC - One Essex CourtA very clear-thinking incisive arbitrator - he is hardworking and energetic and determined to get to the relevant points quickly.
Michael Lee - Twenty EssexOne of the leading names in arbitration, and has had a particular impact in Asia.
Klaus Reichert SC - Brick Court ChambersA hard-working individual, with intelligence and finesse in communicating with counsel and witnesses and legal skills in dealing with the merits of the case.
Christopher Symons QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery experienced, conscientious, wise and fair, but not afraid of making a decision.
John Uff QC - Keating ChambersHugely experienced with a strong background in engineering.

Leading Counsel As Arbitrators

Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersThe cream of the international crop - Zac is always well prepared; he listens carefully; and he considers what he has heard conscientiously, and he starts off with an encyclopaedic knowledge of investment law.
Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxIn a nutshell, he's absolutely outstanding - he's phenomenally bright, very quick and very fair but at the same time tough.
Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very well versed in all aspects of insurance/reinsurance law: his analysis of the principles of the law and their proper application to the facts is first-rate.
Toby Landau QC - Essex Court ChambersA quality barrister arbitrator who has specialised in arbitration as counsel.
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHe is a thoughtful, conscientious and wise arbitrator.
Wendy Miles QC - Twenty Essex 'Wendy Miles has a wide experience in international litigation and arbitration and her skills are praised worldwide.'
Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHis experience and abilities are such that he is the go-to arbitrator for any disputes in the Middle East region.
Anneliese Day QCFountain Court ChambersDid an excellent job, and brings a superb combination of intellect, practicality and approachability, the quality of her drafting was particularly high.
Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court ChambersStrong attention to detail; incredibly responsive; collegiate and very easy to deal with.
Richard Harding QC - Keating ChambersAlways extremely well prepared and knows the case inside out with a great attention to detail - he is very responsive and always on top of things throughout the proceedings.
Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex Chambers 'Well connected in Asia and dedicated to work in Asia. Highly experienced sitting as an arbitrator.'
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTook a very constructive and facilitative approach as arbitrator, making sensible interventions and working hard to try to steer the parties to a suitable outcome.
Iain Meakin - XXIV Old BuildingsAlways well prepared and a good sense of diplomacy.
Colin Ong QC - The 36 GroupVery hard working, on top of material and the law, and experienced in both common and civil law.
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersA no-nonsense Presiding Arbitrator with a tremendous capacity for the complex dispute.
Marcus Taverner QC - Keating ChambersOne of the leading new generation construction arbitrators - he has a good incisive brain; listens to arguments carefully but makes his mind up and is decisive.
David Brynmor Thomas QC - 39 Essex ChambersWell-thought of in international arbitration circles.
Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersA highly effective Presiding Arbitrator who commands respect, whilst maintaining a relaxed style.

International arbitration: arbitrators in London Bar

The arbitrator rankings have been adapted to reflect the difference between those who work full time as arbitrators, and those who also still work as counsel. This split does not reflect any differences in quality between full-time and part-time arbitrators. Issues of availability and potential conflicts of interest could, however, be of greater relevance for those who also act as counsel.

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers is 'an excellent set of well-managed chambers' with 'a collection of impressive individuals'. The set has 'a number of leading arbitrators specialising in international engineering and construction disputes'. The set has a strong flow of full and part-time arbitrators, with extremely good track records for arbitrating disputes in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Full-time practitioners such as Robert Gaitskell QC, John Marrin QC, John Uff CBE QC, Stephen Furst QC and Timothy Elliott QC have established themselves as leading figures in the market, while Richard Harding QC and Marcus Taverner QC enjoy strong reputations as both counsel and arbitrator.

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is 'one of the best in international arbitration' and is 'highly regarded in China and Asia'. Clients are 'impressed by both the breadth of their service and the expertise in specialised areas'. The set's arbitrators come from a broad range of backgrounds, including former solicitors such as Andrew Foyle, Christopher Style QC and Alan Redfern, and barristers such as Ian Glick QC and Peter Leaver QC. The set also offers several leading former judges, among which former president of the Supreme Court, Lord David Neuberger, has fast developed an excellent reputation as an arbitrator.

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex's longstanding commitment to international arbitration is demonstrated by its strong selection of highly-rated arbitrators, many of whom have established themselves as leading figures on the market. These include highly-rated former solicitors, such as Judith Gill QC and Julian Lew QC, as well as former judges, including Sir Bernard Rix. Several practising counsel are also popular choices for the tribunal, including Duncan Matthews QC. The arbitrators are regularly appointed to sit on major commercial and investment treaty arbitration tribunals. Gill and Michael Lee primarily work from the set's Singapore base.

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is 'a quality set' and its strong track record in international arbitration naturally feeds into its arbitrator offering. Many of its leading names, including Peter Rees QC, David Brynmor Thomas QC, and David Bateson, come from distinguished solicitor backgrounds and are noted for their commercial approach. They are very much the tip of the iceberg in terms of the set's strong roster of talent, which also includes former judges and working barristers. Construction, infrastructure, insurance and energy disputes feature high on the agenda, and the set's members are especially noted for their handling of Middle Eastern and Asian disputes.

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers fields an impressive roster of arbitrators. Former judges such as Lord Hoffmann have rightly established themselves as highly sought after arbitrators. Members also include several highly rated arbitration specialists, including Klaus Reichert SC and Hilary Heilbron QC. The set's experience runs the full gamut of industries and arbitration types.

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is a 'first-rate international arbitration chambers' and this reputation extends to its stable of arbitrators. The full-time arbitrators, which include Sir Bernard Eder and several other highly respected former judges, are housed in the associated specialist chambers, 24 Lincoln's Inn Fields. The main chambers has several well-respected counsel who also work as arbitrators, with Toby Landau QC and Jeffrey Gruder QC among the most active. The set, and the market as a whole, mourns the loss V V Veeder QC, who sadly passed away in 2020 and was widely considered to be a doyen of the arbitration world.