Former Fulbright arbitrator launches independent practice in London

Days after the launch of Norton Rose Fulbright, David J Howell, the former London-based co-head of international arbitration at Fulbright & Jaworksi, has announced his retirement from the firm to focus on his career as an independent arbitrator.

David Howell

David Howell

He proclaims that the retirement had nothing to do with the combination and that he has greatly enjoyed his time at Fulbright.

“I have had the pleasure to work with wonderful colleagues and I wish everyone at the firm well as they merge with a fantastic team of practitioners from Norton Rose,” he says.

With over 30 years of arbitration experience in the energy, construction and engineering sectors, Howell has participated in arbitrations held under all major commercial arbitration rules.

As an independent arbitrator, he is currently sitting in an LCIA arbitration in London that will begin its hearing stage in December and he has also accepted an appointment as chairman in an upcoming ICC case, also in London.

Mark Baker, global co-head of international arbitration at Norton Rose Fulbright’s Houston office, says that the firm wishes him well in his retirement and welcomes him to the world of arbitrators.

“David has been a wonderful colleague and personal friend for many years,” says Baker. “He planned this retirement for the last three years with his usual skill and grace so as to minimise the impact it would have on our firm. He has finished his last hearing and wouldn't leave until he did so; he was very classy all the way to the end.”

Howell is listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

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