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John Beechey CBE is among the best-known arbitrators in the world. A UK citizen, he has served as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, or sole arbitrator on international arbitral tribunals in both ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and institutional arbitrations under the Rules of all major arbitral institutions including, inter alia, Association of Arbitrators South Africa, DIS (German Arbitration Association), DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre), the European Development Fund, ICC, ICDR/AAA, HKIAC, ICSID, LCIA, OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration, PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration), SCAI (the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution),  SIAC and SCC (Stockholm Chamber) on more than 80 occasions.

John is a past President of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC (2009-2015).  His term of office at the ICC is regarded as one which brought about significant reform to, and the reinvigoration of, the ICC Court.  He had previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the AAA in New York and as a Vice-President and member of the Board of the LCIA.  He is the current Chairman of the Board of the BVI International Arbitration Centre. In March 2018, John was elected to serve a four-year term on the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).  Before his retirement from private practice in the City of London, he was the founding partner and Head of the highly regarded International Arbitration Group of Clifford-Turner (subsequently, Clifford Chance LLP) (1983-2008).  In June 2016, John was appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to international arbitration.

John joined Arbitration Chambers in 2015.


English; French


  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Appointed member of the Council of the Mumbai Centre of International Arbitration (April 2016)
  • Appointed member of the Council of ACICA (March 2016)
  • Appointed Chairman of the Board, BVI International Arbitration Centre (October 2015)
  • Appointed Chairman of the ICC (UK) Arbitration Committee (2015-2019) and Member of the Governing Body of ICC (UK) (September 2015 to date)
  • Member of the Investment Advisory Panel, Woodsford Litigation Funding (2014 – 2021)
  • Member IBA Working Group on Guidelines on Impartiality, Independence and Disclosure in International Commercial Arbitration (2004)
  • President of the International Arbitration Club (2002 – 2008)
  • Vice President of the LCIA Court (May 2002 – May 2007) and member of the LCIA Board (1996 – December 2008)
  • Member of the Board of the American Arbitration Association (member of the Board’s Executive Committee, 2001-2008)
  • Re-appointed as a UK representative to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and Mediation (2000 – September 2008)
  • Member of the IBA Working Group responsible for drafting the First Edition of The IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration (1999)
  • Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law (October 1998 – present)
  • Member of the UK Delegation to the ICC Commission and member of the ICC UK’s Arbitration Group under the Chairmanship of Lord Steyn (1993 – 2008)


B.A. Modern Languages (French and German) (BA converted into an MA in 1977), Christ Church, Oxford, 1971 – 1974

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London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)

John Beechey CBEArbitration Chambers

Arbitration Chambers is a ‘very strong set‘ with ‘top draw’ arbitrators who ‘cover all the bases in terms of sector and regional experience and expertise‘. The set specialises in full-time arbitrators and is not affiliated with any barrister’s chambers. It has managed to carve out a strong niche in the field, with offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.  Leading names include John Beechey CBE, the the former president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Neil Kaplan, former Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and judge in charge of the construction and arbitration list in the Hong Kong courts, Juliet Blanch, and Niels Schiersing, a leading Scandinavian arbitrator with strong links to the Asian and African markets.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitrators

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John BeecheyArbitration Chambers John is extremely smart, culturally sensitive, and is a firm and fair hand on the tiller as chair. Simply put, he is one of the leading international arbitrators worldwide.