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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

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Katherine Bell comes highly recommended by peers in the European market for her skilful handling of complex construction disputes.


Katherine Bell is a senior associate in Schellenberg Wittmer's dispute resolution group in Zurich. Her main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. She has acted as counsel and legal secretary to arbitral tribunals in complex international arbitrations involving an array of matters, including large construction and engineering projects around the globe. Katherine also represents parties in commercial litigation proceedings before Swiss courts and assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts.

Examples of Katherine's expertise in construction matters include: representing a multinational company in an ICC arbitration against a shipyard operator in a dispute over a contract regarding the delivery of technical equipment; representing a German party in ICC arbitration proceedings against an Eastern European party in a dispute under a series of supply and engineering contracts related to a metals processing plant; and acting as tribunal secretary in an ICC arbitration between a British company and a Belarus company related to a dispute over the construction of a mega-complex in Minsk.

Katherine regularly publishes in her areas of expertise. She is a member of several professional institutions, including the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Arbitral Women Association, the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and YConstruction.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer, Katherine was a contract manager for an international healthcare company based in Zug, Switzerland. Katherine was also a legal intern at the High Prosecutor’s Office of the Canton of Berne. Thereafter she served as a law clerk with the District Court of Horgen, Zurich, where she was also chair of the conciliation authority for disputes relating to the tenancy and lease of property.

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