Malcolm Holmes KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • International commercial arbitration
  • International sports arbitration


Malcolm is a chartered arbitrator primarily based in Sydney but with an international practice. He accepts sole, party and Chair appointments in international commercial, construction, infrastructure, maritime, joint venture, energy, and sport disputes.

He is a member of various arbitral bodies including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, supporting membership of the LMAA, a former member of the Board of Trustees of CIArb, a director and fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and a fellow of the Resolution Institute.

Malcolm has also acted as an arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) based in Lausanne, Switzerland since 1995. He was a member of the Ad Hoc Division of CAS at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and at the Torino Olympic Games in 2006.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. Malcolm lectures on international commercial arbitration at other Australian universities including the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney, and also at Queen Mary University of London.

Malcolm has been recognised annually in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration from 2013 to date, in Euromoney’s The World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration from 2008 to date, in the Roster of International Arbitrators published by Juris Publishing Inc, and in the Best Lawyers® list for arbitrators in Australia from 2008 to date.


Year of call: 1977 (New South Wales)
Year of QC: 1991


  • ACICA: director and fellow
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Board of Trustees
  • IAMA: fellow
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • SIAC


  • University of Oxford: Bachelor of Civil Law (1976)
  • University of Sydney: Bachelor of Laws (1973)
  • University of Sydney: Bachelor of Arts (1971)