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Global Leader

Mediation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Elizabeth Birch is "an extremely good mediator" who ranks very highly among peers. She regularly works on high-value cross-border disputes.

Biography

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 the 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 the 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: “very gifted mediator”; “inspires confidence”; “gets results”; “very patient, thoughtful and thorough; “pragmatic, calm and sensible”; “very considered and commercial”; “reliable and experienced performer”; “grapples with the issues head on”; “meticulous in planning and very, very good on the day”; “she has that skill of getting people, despite their prejudices, to see that there is a better way forward for them and all parties”; “very effective in bringing the parties closer together”; "[she has an] aptitude for exposing parties to the strengths and weaknesses of both sides without seeking to impose a view”; “we cannot praise her enough”; and “regularly instructed on international disputes.”

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.

National Leader

UK Bar - Mediation - Juniors 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Elizabeth Birch is an excellent mediator with an outstanding international reputation and significant expertise in contentious maritime proceedings.

Biography

Elizabeth Birch (FCIArb, 1993) is a chartered arbitrator (1998) and a qualified mediator (QDR, 1995) with a diploma in international commercial arbitration (distinction) from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1998). She is a senior mediator (advanced mediator training, MATA, 2005) and a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM), California. She is certified by IMI and SIMI for cross-border disputes and a member of the prestigious Lamport Hall Group.

Elizabeth has practised full-time as an international arbitrator and mediator since 2003, handling a wide variety of international cases (practised at the English Commercial Bar, 1980–2003), specialising in maritime law, international trade and transportation, insurance and reinsurance, oil and gas, energy, international finance and banking, joint ventures, distributorship and franchise, information technology and telecommunications, and all types of commercial and international disputes. Cases frequently involve complex issues, disputes with an international flavour and high-value disputes. Many involve technical issues.

Elizabeth has extensive experience in arbitration, having sat as arbitrator since 1992, in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration. She receives regular appointments from the main international institutions, and has been appointed both as sole arbitrator and on panels of three, frequently as presiding arbitrator or chairperson.

Elizabeth has sat as a mediator since 1996. She has successfully conducted a substantial number of mediations in commercial and cross-border disputes including high value, technical and multi-party. She is a panel member of Singapore International Mediation Centre (SMC/SIMC ) and CPR (New York) for distinguished international mediators. She is recommended in Chambers (1998–) and The Legal 500 (2015–).

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