‘There is a great deal of quality‘ in Keating Chambers which has made a strong name for itself in international arbitration, particularly construction, infrastructure and energy, where it has ‘many top arbitrators‘. Many have an excellent track record in disputes arising in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Several also sit as adjudicators, mediators and as Deputy Judges in the TCC. Among the full time arbitrators, Robert Gaitskell QC and John Marrin QC have established themselves as leading lights in this area. Several of the set’s top counsel also have active arbitrator practices, including Richard Harding QC and Veronique Buehrlen QC.
International arbitration: arbitrators in London Bar
‘Keating has a strong group of arbitrators in engineering and construction. I am never concerned if I have a tribunal member from that chambers.’
‘Very good chambers with strength in depth.’
‘Keating is a leading chambers with high quality barristers and support staff.’
‘Very good set with specialist abilities but a wide range of levels of practitioner.’
‘Efficient and responsive.’
‘James Luxmoore, Will Shrubsall, Oliver Goldsmith and Holly Gavaghan (BD) are great, directed by the unflappable and efficient Declan Redmond.’
One Essex Court is 'at the very top of the premier league of chambers active in international commercial and investment arbitration'. The set is home to a selection of top-notch full time arbitrators with the depth and capacity to withstand the retirement of former members such as Alan Redfern. In Lord David Neuberger and Dame Elizabeth Gloster QC it has two of the most respected former judges operating in the arbitration sphere. Moving away from former judges, arbitrators such as Christopher Style QC, Andrew Foyle and Ian Glick QC bring further quality to the offering.
‘Probably the best arbitration set currently with various other members, such as Dame Gloster and Andrew Foyle who are extremely good.’
‘One Essex Court is at the very top of the premier league of chambers active in international commercial and investment arbitration. Efficient, on top of matters and outstanding quality.’
Twenty Essex is praised for its 'very strong bench of well-known arbitrators' who range from former judges through to practicing barristers. The set, which has a strong background in shipping, international trade and broader commercial and investment treaty disputes, has several counsel who have excellent arbitrator credentials, with Duncan Matthews QC being a prime example. This is in addition to a strong cohort of full time arbitrators, including ex judges such as Sir Bernard Rix, and distinguished former solicitors including Judith Gill QC, Julian Lew QC and David Sutton. Clients appreciate the service, commending the set for being 'very experienced in clerking arbitrators'.
‘Leading set for arbitration.’
‘Twenty Essex is undoubtedly still one of small number of go-to sets for arbitration/public international law work, with a very strong bench at all levels. I really rate them.’
‘Twenty Essex are one of the top players in International Arbitration.’
‘Great set, use them regularly,’
‘I would like to credit Catherine Reeves as the arbitrators’ practice manager, for doing an outstanding job not just on the organisational side but also and – perhaps more importantly – working really hard on the profile raising efforts which are critical to growing and maintaining arbitrators’ practices. She is a real unsung hero.’
”The clerks are a very good and decent team. ‘
‘Clerks are very responsive and commercial.’
‘Very experienced in clerking Arbitrators.’
‘Arron Zitver has always been a stand out performer.’
3 Verulam Buildings' impressive push into the international arbitration market isn't limited to the counsel side. The set has an increasingly strong stable of full time and part time arbitrators who command considerable respect in the market. Full time arbitrators such as Elizabeth Birch bring a huge amount of experience, having had a full time practice since 2003, while Christopher Symons is especially known for his expertise in arbitrating insurance disputes. Brian King has also bedded in with a full time practice, following a distinguished career as a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's renowned international arbitration practice. Distinguished counsel as arbitrators include Ali Malek QC and Jane Davies Evans.
‘3VB has done an incredible job in joining highly experienced arbitrators and arbitration counsel and, as a result, has formed a very strong arbitration team.’
‘They deserve their reputation as one of the very best commercial sets in London.’
39 Essex Chambers is 'a solid construction law set with a number of good arbitrators'. The set has an especially strong standing for disputes in the Middle East, Asia and the Chinese-speaking world, where members such as Adrian Hughes QC have built up extremely good reputations, both as arbitrator and counsel. The set fields a selection of eminent full time arbitrators, including Peter Rees QC, a leading choice to chair major energy and construction disputes, David Bateson, who is based in Singapore, and Lord Dyson, a former Justice of the Supreme Court and Master of the Rolls.
‘The clerks room works very well and efficiently.’
Arbitrators at 24 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Arbitrators at 24 Lincoln's Inn Fields is a specialist chambers for arbitrators which is associated with Essex Court Chambers. The latter set's top-tier reputation for international arbitration and public international law makes it a strong source of barristers who divide their time between acting as counsel as arbitrator. In this category Jeffrey Gruder QC, Graham Dunning QC and David Mildon QC are among the best known names, though the set houses plenty of other well-regarded members at different levels of experience. Among the full time arbitrators, Sir Bernard Eder and Lord Collins are held in especially high regard.
Brick Court Chambers is ‘one of the very best in London‘ and its commanding commercial litigation presence is increasingly extending to the arbitrator space. The set boasts a strong stable of ex-barristers, judges and members who divide their time between acting as counsel and sitting on the tribunal. Among the former judges, Lord Hoffmann retains a superb reputation for chairing major international arbitrations. Specialist arbitration barristers, who now sit full-time as arbitrators, including Hilary Heilbron QC and Klaus Reichert SC, also have established extremely good names in the market. Harry Matovu QC‘s credentials as arbitration counsel also extends to the arbitrator side, particularly for Africa-related disputes.
7 King’s Bench Walk has several top quality part-time and full-time arbitrators. The former, such as Alistair Schaff QC and Gavin Kealey QC, also hold distinguished reputations as arbitration counsel, which has carried over into their roles sitting on the tribunal. The set also fields several highly-rated full-time arbitrators, several having come from high profile roles on the bench. Former deputy president of the United Kingdom Supreme Court Lord Jonathan Mance is highly sought after, and has recently arbitrated on several high profile ICSID and ICC disputes. In addition to broader commercial and investment treaty claims, the set’s members are especially well versed in arbitrating insurance and shipping disputes.
‘A good specialist set with good strength in depth.’
‘7KBW is one of the best sets of Chambers the London Bar has to offer. It is peopled by top quality barristers. They have maintained a position of excellence for many years.’
Arbitration Chambers is a unique organisation in that it focuses entirely on full time arbitrators. Established in 2012, the chambers has offices in the key arbitration hubs of London, New York and Hong Kong. A large portion of its members are former solicitors with distinguished arbitration careers as solicitor advocates and arbitrators while at their previous law firms. Now practising full time, they often bring a different perspective to those coming purely from a barrister's background. Key names to note include Juliet Blanch, John Beechey, the former president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and Neil Kaplan QC, former Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and judge in charge of the construction and arbitration list in the Hong Kong courts.
‘One of the leading arbitration-focused chambers operating anywhere in the world, with an impressive roster of leading-name practitioners.’
‘Arbitration Chambers is unique insofar as its members exclusively take appointments as arbitrators. It is able to offer a wide breadth of legal specialization by senior and very experienced international arbitrators.’
‘The pre-eminent arbitrators-only chambers in London and Hong Kong.’
‘Arbitration Chambers is perhaps the leading set of arbitrators globally, but certainly in Hong Kong. All of its members are highly regarded arbitrators, and you know the quality you are buying when appointing one of its members as arbitrator in your case.’
‘Arbitration Chambers provides a unique independent practice base, largely for ex law firm partners setting up practice as arbitrators.’
Atkin Chambers is undoubtedly one of the top choice sets for those seeking arbitrators with experience in construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes. The set's members have strong experience arbitrating claims in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, many having been (or continue to be) leading advocates in this field. The arbitrators come from a wide range of backgrounds, with Doug Jones having been an eminent solicitor in this field at Clayton Utz before becoming a full-time arbitrator. Former judges such as Sir Robert Akenhead have made a seamless switch to the tribunal and are extremely in demand, while Andrew White QC juggles his high profile counsel role with his regular high-end arbitrator work.
‘Atkin Chambers is always on my go to list for Counsel/arbitrators. It has a full complement of excellent counsel at all levels. Counsel at Atkin Chambers regularly provide training for my team.’
‘Atkin Chambers are well-known market leaders with some of the best construction barristers in the business.’
‘The clerking service at Atkin Chambers is excellent. It has been very consistent over the years and I have been dealing with David Barnes and Justin Wilson for 25 years.’
‘Helpful and friendly clerking team.’
‘Excellent. Justin Wilson and Andrew Burrows stand out, as does the leadership of David Barnes.’
‘David Barnes and Justin Wilson are very responsive, sensible and easy to work with.’
‘The Clerks are highly efficient and friendly. It is well staffed both front of house as well as in the back rooms’