ADR Centre

International Arbitration

Why instruct us?

We offer a flexible, forward-thinking and pragmatic approach to the services we provide and to the breadth of our engagement in international arbitration. We recognise that, unlike in litigation, there is no set division between the roles of barristers and solicitors in international arbitration and that many cases require flexibility rather than a formalistic approach to the instructions of counsel being involved. Our practice managers are happy to tailor the terms of our engagement to suit each matter you may be dealing with.

Clients can instruct us to lead an arbitration team from start to finish or to focus on the advocacy stage if they prefer to use their own in-house lawyers, or other arbitration specialists, for the rest of the case. Our members can act as co-counsel, adding specialist expertise to an existing international arbitration team, or English law expertise, if the matter is run by a non-UK law firm. We can provide specialists in a number of areas and are able to offer a mix-and-match approach if the case so demands.

Our experience

Our members have extensive experience in international arbitration, having appeared both in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations around the world with involvement in LCIA, ICC, SIAC, DIFC, LME, AAA, CAS Arbitrations.

Our members have acted in arbitrations involving the following practice areas and industries:

  • General Commercial
  • Shipping
  • Construction & Technology
  • Property
  • Insurance
  • Banking & Finance, Derivatives
  • Corporate/shareholders disputes
  • Energy / Oil and Gas
  • Professional negligence
  • Fraud
  • Sale and Carriage of Goods
  • Grain and Commodities
  • Intellectual Property
  • Sport disputes
  • Equine Industry, racing, eventing and sponsorship disputes

We are experienced in dealing with such issues, as questions of jurisdiction; appointment of arbitrators; challenges to arbitrator’s jurisdiction; applicable law; construction of arbitration clause/agreement; interim remedies; court powers in support of arbitration; challenges to awards; enforcement; and appeals.

Our members have been involved in arbitrations connected to the following jurisdictions:

Australia, Austria, Bermuda, BVI, Canada, Cayman, China, Dubai, England & Wales, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lichtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Panama, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and USA.

Arbitrators’ appointments

A number of our members act as arbitrators in international and domestic arbitrations. Members are familiar with approaches taken to arbitration in both common law and civil law jurisdictions and are able to recognise cultural differences bringing a commercial awareness of a wide range of industries. A number of members have knowledge of foreign languages and may be able to act where knowledge of another language is required.

For conflict-free potential appointments of arbitrators, please do not hesitate to contact our practice managers: Senior Practice Manager, Cliff Alderson at or Joe Grimmer, Practice Manager, at

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Our Expertise