Mr David Bateson > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers
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An international arbitration specialist in all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, David has been resident in Asia since 1980 and has over 35 years’ experience. He has extensive experience in disputes concerning construction, resources, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, and telecommunications. He is a practising arbitrator, with extensive experience in over 80 arbitrations in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and South America. He has acted as Chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, or sole arbitrator under the auspices of the HKIAC, KLRCA, SIAC, CIETAC, ICC, PCA, AAA and LCIA. David sits on the Panel of Arbitrators for the following: Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), CIETAC (China), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), FACT (India) and APRAG (Asia Pacific).


1980: Denton Hall & Burgin, Hong Kong; 1990 – 2015: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (latterly King & Wood Mallesons); 2015: Arbitrator, 39 Essex Chambers.


Law Society of England, Hong Kong and New South Wales; Fellow and ex-Vice-President, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


1976: Bachelor of Arts (Hons); 1980: Master of Law (Hons), Cambridge University.


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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

David Bateson39 Essex Chambers ‘Always well prepared, calm and has great depth of experience as an arbitrator. He is open-minded and has a firm grip on handling an arbitration.’

39 Essex Chambers is ‘full of excellent arbitrators‘ and is considered ‘an outstanding construction law set with many of the leading construction law specialists in the country‘. Energy and infrastructure disputes in Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong and China, all feature prominently on the agenda for its strong selection of full time and part time arbitrators. The members come from an impressive mix of backgrounds, including former judges such as Lord Dyson, highly rated barristers including Adrian Hughes KC and Richard Wilmot-Smith KC, and former solicitors such as Peter Rees KC,  David Brynmor Thomas KC and David Bateson.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

David Bateson  – 39 Essex Chambers ‘David is one of the best construction and infrastructure arbitrators in practice at the present time. He is highly intelligent, diligent, commercial with almost unparalleled experience both from his time as one of the major players in the sector in Hong Kong and on the international arbitration circuit.’