John Bellhouse is an illustrious expert in the UK market with over 30 years of experience in construction disputes. He is described as "absolutely wonderful in arbitration".
John Bellhouse was admitted to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1972 and in Hong Kong in 1980. John was a partner in McKenna & Co (now CMS McKenna) and then in White & Case (based in the London office) from 1994 retiring in 2009 to establish his own practice, he joined 4 New Square as a door tenant in 2016 and now practises full time as an international arbitrator, adjudicator and dispute board member in the construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy sectors. John was based in Hong Kong in the early 1980s and again in the 1990s.
John has over 40 years of experience advising on major international projects from both project advisory and dispute resolution perspectives. In addition to negotiating project contracts, John has broad experience of a range of institutional procedural rules and has acted as counsel or as arbitrator in ad hoc international arbitrations and under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, UNCITRAL, ICDR, DIAC and LCIA-DIAFC rules of arbitration. In addition to being a member of three person tribunals, John has also been appointed as chair or as sole arbitrator.
John has significant experience applying a range of national laws including various civil law codes in arbitrations, particularly in relation to international standard forms of contract such as FIDIC.
His experience includes projects in Hong Kong, Qatar, UAE, Tanzania, Trinidad, Ethiopia, Malawi, Vietnam, Poland, Mongolia, Uganda, Turkey, Peru, Iran and Kazakhstan.