UK Bar: Arbitration 2018

In this chapter we highlight 83 outstanding arbitration practitioners who are recognised for their first-class work handling a range of international disputes. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Toby Landau QC Essex Court Chambers
2. V V Veeder QC Essex Court Chambers
3. Christopher Harris 3 Verulam Buildings
4. Julian Lew QC 20 Essex Street Chambers
5. Angeline Welsh Matrix Chambers
6. Hilary Heilbron QC Brick Court Chambers
7. William Rowley QC 20 Essex Street Chambers
8. Douglas Jones AO Atkin Chambers
9. Charles Brower 20 Essex Street Chambers
10. Peter Rees QC 39 Essex Chambers

Mainly Acting as Arbitrator

At 20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS the following practitioners are recognised for their outstanding work as arbitrator.
Julian Lew QC is “an excellent arbitrator” who draws widespread praise from peers who note that he is “authoritative, fair and gets straight to the issues”.
William Rowley QC boasts “a giant reputation” in the international arbitration space as “a top arbitrator”. He possesses vast experience handling both commercial and public international law disputes.
The “exceptional” Charles Brower boasts 35 years’ experience in the field of international arbitration, an area in which he is described by peers as “the godfather”.
Bernard Rix is “an exceptional arbitrator” recommended by respondents who note, “He is a very clever man – extremely quick and responsive, particularly as chairman.”
David Owen QC is “truly excellent” as arbitrator according to sources. They effuse, “He is very responsive and always on top of the procedures.”
Michael Lee is highlighted as “a top name” in the field by peers who “would definitely endorse him” for his work in commercial arbitration proceedings.  
David St John Sutton boasts vast experience across a range of arbitral tribunals, from LCIA to HKIAC and is highly sought after by clients who praise his “great ability to really think ahead about potential problems”.

ONE ESSEX COURT sees Ian Glick QC highly recommended, particularly for his “excellent work as chairman” where he is considered “a smooth operator”. One source notes, “He is great in hearings and when it comes to interlocutory aspects of a case.”
Alan Redfern is “an absolute must for inclusion” according to sources. He is a firm favourite among clients who regularly appoint him as chairman as well as sole arbitrator. 
Andrew Foyle enjoys a stellar reputation in the international arbitration market where he is highly respected for his outstanding work under a variety of international rules including LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC.

Douglas Jones AO at ATKIN CHAMBERS is “out and out leader of the pack” according to respondents who commend his “excellent mastering of the arbitration rules and practices”. He is described as “extremely diligent and responsive to parties”, as well as “always well prepared, efficient and on top of proceedings”.

At ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS V V Veeder QC stands out as “a very well-established arbitrator”, internationally respected for his “excellent” work handling both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. 

At 3 VERULAM BUILDINGS, Sophie Nappert wins high praise from peers who “would never hesitate to work with her” and consider her a leading figure in the field, thanks to her exceptional handling of high-value and complex disputes.

At BRICK COURT CHAMBERS, Leonard Hoffmann QC is “absolutely superb” according to sources, who consider him “in the pantheon of arbitration practitioners”.

Nicholas Fletcher QC at 4 NEW SQUARE is “a top silk” and “a big name” in the field of international arbitration where he has over 30 years’ experience dealing with commercial disputes.

The “outstanding” Philippe Sands QC at MATRIX CHAMBERS “really knows his stuff” when it comes to public international work according to sources, who consider him to be “at the top level” of arbitration practitioners.

Robert Gaitskell QC at KEATING CHAMBERS is highly respected for his work in the arbitration space by peers and clients alike who effuse, “He really stands head and shoulders above the rest.”

Mixed practice or mainly acting as counsel

At ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS, Toby Landau QC is “outstanding counsel” according to sources who highlight his excellent reputation in the international market. They highly recommend him for his work both as counsel and arbitrator, most notably in relation to international commercial disputes.
David Joseph QC is a firm favourite among clients who hold him in high regard for his exceptional work on high-profile commercial disputes.
Lucas Bastin has “built up a very impressive practice in both public international and commercial arbitration” according to sources, who consider him a standout name in the field. He is regarded as “very commercially savvy” and a “top cross-examiner who gives the reassuring impression of having full control of the case and the procedure”.
Jern-Fei Ng QC is a widely respected figure in the international arbitration space where he is considered by peers to be “simply superb – smart, diligent and efficient”.
Graham Dunning QC is “a very good advocate for difficult and complicated cases” according to respondents who effuse, “He is always able to boil a case down to the key points and sort the wheat from the chaff.”
Vaughan Lowe QC continues to impress peers with his world-class arbitration practice and is highlighted most notably for his excellent work in relation to investment arbitration proceedings.
The “outstanding” Joe Smouha QC is highlighted in this chapter as one of the best in the arbitration field. He draws widespread praise for his top-notch work in international arbitration proceedings under various rules including ICSID and UNCITRAL.
Samuel Wordsworth QC receives international praise from sources for his impressive arbitration practice, and is commended particularly for his superb handling of investment treaty disputes.  

At 20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS, Duncan Matthews QC is highlighted as “a leading arbitration practitioner” well known among peers for his excellent work handling institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings.
Kate Parlett stands out as “one of the top barristers in public international law in London”, and is well versed in handling complex international arbitration disputes. She is recognised particularly as “a leading light on law of the sea matters”.

ONE ESSEX COURT’s Christopher Style QC boasts 40 years’ experience handling international disputes. He draws high praise for his outstanding work both as counsel and arbitrator in both ad hoc and institutional proceedings.
Peter Leaver QC is internationally renowned as a leading light in the field of arbitration where is highly regarded for his top-tier practice.
The “excellent” Laurence Rabinowitz QC is recognised for his impressive disputes practice which encompasses a wide range of major international arbitration matters.

Christopher Harris at 3 VERULAM BUILDINGS is the foremost arbitration junior at the Bar. He is highlighted for his ability to provide “absolutely top-drawer analysis” as well as for his “deep knowledge of public international law”. One client effuses: “He is the standout arbitration barrister of his generation.”
Ali Malek QC is a prominent figure in the arbitration space, commended by sources for his “very calm and authoritative manner”.
Tariq Baloch is a “very user-friendly” practitioner who focuses his practice on both investment treaty and international commercial arbitration proceedings. 

At BRICK COURT CHAMBERS, Hilary Heilbron QC wins praise as “an amazing arbitrator” who is “very effective as chair” and is “always on top of things”. She is also recognised for her excellent counsel work in international proceedings.

Peter Rees QC at 39 ESSEX CHAMBERS is “a big name in the field” who wins praise for his strong expertise in international commercial arbitration matters.
David Brynmor Thomas is internationally regarded as a standout junior in the arbitration arena, where he continues to impress peers who consider him “very sharp and very good” when it comes to complex commercial disputes.

At MATRIX CHAMBERS, Angeline Welsh is highlighted by peers as “a bright and efficient advocate” who is regarded as “a very strong up-and-coming name” in the international arbitration field.
The “remarkable” Zachary Douglas QC is “quick on delivery, reliable, extremely pleasant and inclusive” in arbitration proceedings, according to sources, who also consider him “very effective” when acting as chair.
Alison MacDonald QC is well versed in providing advisory and advocacy services in international arbitration proceedings to clients, who consider her “delightful” and “have the highest regard for her”.

Michael Black QC at XXIV OLD BUILDINGS is “an absolute delight to work with” according to sources. They note, “He is extremely reliable and helpful in deliberation” and is particularly “outstanding” when it comes to disputes in the Middle East.  

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