Elizabeth Birch (FCIArb (1993); chartered arbitrator (1998); QDR; diploma in international commercial arbitration (distinction) – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1998); qualified mediator (1995); advanced mediator training (MATA) (2005)); IMI Certification for cross-border disputes (2012) has been in full-time practice as arbitrator and mediator since 2003, handling a wide variety of international cases (having practised at the English Commercial Bar from 1980 to 2003). She specialises in maritime law, international trade and transportation, insurance and reinsurance, oil and gas, energy, pharmaceuticals, international finance and banking, joint ventures, distributorship and franchise, conflict of laws and jurisdiction disputes, information technology and telecommunications and all types of commercial and international disputes.
Elizabeth has sat as a mediator since 1996 and was one of first mediators at the English Commercial Bar to do so. She has successfully conducted a very substantial number of mediations in commercial and cross-border disputes including high-value, technical and multiparty matters. She was named as one of the top 10 mediators in UK in two surveys carried out by In Brief in 2002 and 2005 and recommended in Chambers and Partners from 1998–1999 and throughout subsequent years. Comments include: "gifted mediator"; "inspires confidence"; "gets results"; "the consummate professional"; "reliable and experienced performer"; "her gentle persona hides a solid steel intellect"; "tough as nails and a good operator in the marketplace"; "very effective in bringing the parties closer together and in ensuring that our clients had a good understanding of all the risks they faced”; and “we cannot praise her enough”.
Elizabeth is a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, California (IAM). She is on the CPR (New York) panel for distinguished international arbitrators and mediators, the AAA international panel (ICDR) and the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). She is a member of the Baltic Exchange and the prestigious Lamport Hall Group.
WWL says: Elizabeth Birch is a well-known disputes specialist with a wealth of expertise sitting as arbitrator in a diverse range of international cases.
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