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Dominic Spenser Underhill

Dominic Spenser Underhill

Spenser Underhill Newmark LLP4-5 Gray's Inn SquareGray's InnLondonEnglandWC1R 5AH

Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Dominic is a clever arbitrator with an eye on speed and efficiency"
"He has deep common law and civil law experience"
"He is well experienced as arbitrator in high-profile cases"
"I sincerely appreciate his collegial manner and gentlemanly behaviour"

Biography

Described as “excellent” and “highly regarded” in peer-review publications, one reviewer said “He’s a top class arbitrator; I have nothing but good things to say about him.” Dominic is in the Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist.

An English solicitor for 31 years, Dominic has sat regularly as an arbitrator since 2004, when he founded his own law firm in London.  Before, he was the head of international arbitration at Mayer Brown (London & Paris). He was counsel in the first ever Unidroit arbitration (about an orbiting satellite). He is one of the first solicitors to obtain CEDR mediator accreditation, in 1996.

His arbitral appointments cover a wide area of commercial life. He has particular experience in international banking and financial services, international sale of goods and services, commodities, contentious business ventures and civil defence. Arbitrators and institutions regularly appoint him presiding arbitrator.

Dominic has been an active member of the ICC commission on arbitration & ADR for over 20 years. He has chaired and been a member of various task forces. He has extensive experience of ICC and LCIA arbitration.

Educated at the universities of Oxford and Durham, Dominic is currently a visiting professor at the university of Turin and a senior visiting lecturer at Queen Mary, university of London. He has also lectured at the universities of Rome La Sapienza, and Padua, and in Russia at the invitation of the British embassy in Moscow.  He has written and spoken widely on arbitration and dispute resolution. He speaks English, French and Italian.

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