Australia: Arbitration 2018

In this chapter we highlight 30 standout practitioners who are recognised for their excellence acting as arbitrators and counsel in complex arbitration proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Douglas Jones AO Independent Arbitrator, Sydney
2. Michael Pryles Michael Pryles, Melbourne
3. Gavan Griffith QC Gavan Griffith QC, Melbourne
4. Brenda Horrigan Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney
5. Alex Baykitch King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney

Quayside Chambers boasts a strong arbitration offering and sees two individuals highlighted here for their excellent work in the field.
Kanaga Dharmananda SC is “a senior figure” in the Australian market who is regarded by peers as “a very sound advocate with a deep knowledge of international arbitration”. One source effuses: “He is a very eminent practitioner.”
Michael Feutrill is widely recognised across the arbitration space for his excellent work handling a range of international and domestic commercial disputes.

Eleven Wentworth Chambers sees two barristers recognised here.
Andrew Bell SC is “a top name” when it comes to international arbitration, where he boasts a strong reputation as “very experienced counsel”.
Malcolm Holmes QC is an “outstanding” advocate who sources also praise highly for his strong experience acting as arbitrator in international proceedings.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth receives two nominations in this chapter.
Andrew Stephenson is “a great lawyer” who respondents identify as “a real construction law expert”. He is recognised for his impressive experience handling arbitration proceedings.
Bronwyn Lincoln boasts “a lot of experience” in international arbitration where she stands out for her superb work acting as arbitrator in complex disputes.

Independent arbitrator Douglas Jones AO is praised as “one of the most highly respected names” in international arbitration. He “really stands out” in the market as “a very well-known international arbitrator and a specialist in construction disputes.”

Solo practitioner Michael Pryles is “one of the greats” according to respondents, who commend him as “a splendid arbitrator”. He is “up there with the best” when it comes to handling a wide range of international disputes.

Gavan Griffith QC, also a solo practitioner, is “very active in the field” according to sources who praise him particularly for his strong expertise handling investor-state arbitrations.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, Brenda Horrigan is “certainly a big name in the market” and stands out among peers for her excellent work in arbitration proceedings as counsel. 

Alex Baykitch at King & Wood Mallesons draws widespread plaudits from market sources for his top-tier disputes practice as well as his strong experience handling proceedings under a range of arbitration rules including ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL. 

James Morrison at Allens is recognised for his “great knowledge of international arbitration”, an area in which he stands out as one of the top names in the country.

Clyde & Co’s Beth Cubitt is “one of the top names” in the Australian arbitration market and boasts “good experience” handling disputes relating to the construction industry.

Georgia Quick at Ashurst stands out as a “very experienced and capable” arbitration practitioner who is well known for her work on disputes in the construction and infrastructure industries.

At White & Case, Max Bonnell enjoys a strong reputation in the international arbitration field and focuses his leading practice on disputes across a range of sectors from telecommunications to energy.

Chester Brown at 7 Wentworth Selborne is “an incredibly sound lawyer” who wins high praise from peers for his “speciality in public international law”.

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG is a long-standing and highly respected figure in the Australian market who stands out for his impressive alternative dispute resolution practice.

Independent arbitrator Peter McQueen is highly sought after by clients and receives plaudits from sources for his “strong arbitration expertise, particularly in shipping and maritime matters”.

Sam Luttrell at Clifford Chance is “an up-and-coming name” in the Australian arbitration field where he stands out for his “impressive expertise on investor state arbitration proceedings”.

Shane Doyle QC at Essex Court Chambers is a widely recognised name in the Australian market where he stands out for his expert handling of complex construction and infrastructure-related disputes.

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