Experience in various International Sectors as Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator includes the following:
Has acted for Chinese clients in international commercial disputes in court hearings and in arbitration hearings in the UK and in China.
Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC): appointed to the Panel in 1997.
Speaker at conferences on international dispute resolution in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou.
Articles relating to China - in particular concerning international dispute resolution - have been published in various journals around the world, including the CIETAC Yearbook (some translated into Mandarin). Article on the 2012 revision to the CIETAC Rules published in New York by the American Arbitration Association’s Dispute Resolution Journal, May –July 2012 Edition.
Member for many years of the English Bar Council / Law Society’s China Law Council. Mentor over a number of years to some ten Chinese lawyers attending the All China Lawyers / China Law Council Training Scheme in England.
Chairman of the CIETAC Foreign Arbitrators’ Forum (www.cfaforum.co.uk)
• Oil and Gas
Petroleum and petroleum – related cases have included multi-million U.S. dollar disputes:
Party-appointed arbitrator in US$ 200 million oil dispute: LCIA arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules;
Oil drilling jack up rig contracts: sole mediator in dispute in Singapore under Rules of London arbitration/mediation institution;
Contracts for the fabrication of sub-sea oil drilling structures for use with FPSOs in the North Sea (Floating Production Storage and Off-loading Vessels): sole mediator in ad hoc mediation in London.
Member of the Energy Arbitrators’ List of the ICDR (the international section of the American Arbitration Association), and member of various Middle East arbitration panels: Abu Dhabi, Cairo, and Dubai.
Post-graduate Certificate of Credit in International Energy Law (London University). Long time member of the Institute of Petroleum (now the Energy Institute).
Speaker at various conferences on Petroleum, in particular in relation to dispute resolution:
Speaker at World Petroleum Council conferences in Shanghai and Qatar;
Speaker at the 5th and 6th Doha Conferences on Natural Gas;
Chairman and Speaker at Abu Dhabi conference on contract risk management in Middle East Oil and Gas;
Chairman of the Organising Committee and speaker at the First International Oil and Gas Conference held at the Guildhall, City of London in 2004; and the Second International Oil and Gas Conference held in London in 2007 at Number One Birdcage Walk.
Long - standing interest in non-precious metals. Has acted as counsel and sat as arbitrator in international metals disputes:
1. Instructed on behalf of European metals organisation on the enforcement in China of an LME (London Metal Exchange) arbitration award. Worked with major PRC Law Firm in Beijing, conducted meetings with PRC metals organisation and local government officials in Shanghai, and produced Report for Chinese local government in relation to the enforcement of the LME award in accordance with the New York Convention.
2. Member of Panel of Arbitrators in trading dispute between U.S. and Turkish metals organisations in ad hoc arbitration held in London. Application to the Commercial Court in London in relation to the Panel’s interim award is reported as Naporano Iron & Metal Co. v. Sivas Steelworks Inc.  2 Lloyds Reports 359.
3. Co-counsel in LME arbitration between French and Italian parties in dispute relating to metals trading contracts. Mediation successfully used to resolve the dispute.
4. Co – arbitrator in AAA/ICDR Tribunal in New York in international metals contract dispute.
5. Advising Chinese lawyers on international metals “scam”.
6. Appointed sole arbitrator in international metals dispute: ad hoc arbitration.
Co- Counsel in international cotton trade arbitrations.
Author “International Cotton Arbitration”, published in Arbitration International, the Journal of the LCIA, May 2013.
Post-graduate qualification in international and comparative banking law [as part of M.A. (London) in International Business Law].
Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s Lehman –Brothers – related Investment Products Dispute Mediation & Arbitration Scheme
Appointed over a number of years in various cases by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Centre for Expertise, Paris.
Instructed by Paris law firm on behalf of Middle Eastern bank as Counsel on application in English courts for freezing order in relation to multi-million US dollar fraud case.
Instructed to advise Middle Eastern government in relation to attempted bank fraud in UK.
Articles, etc on banking published in various international journals:
The ICC’s DOCDEX Rules (Rules of Documentary Credit Dispute Resolution Expertise): articles published in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law and in Sweet & Maxwell’s Journal of International Banking Law;
“The Fraud Exception in English Law ”: Chapter in the ICC Commercial Crime Services book “Trade Finance Fraud: Understanding the Threats and Reducing the Risk”;
Section on the ICC’s DOCDEX system in the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Manual of International Dispute Resolution.
Articles on Lehman Brothers published in Hong Kong and London.
Speaker on banking issues at the International Maritime Bureau’s 22nd and 23rd Annual Practical Course on International Trading Problems: Pitfalls and Remedies in International Trade: Morschach, Switzerland.
Online Dispute Resolution
Member of the United Nations WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) Domain Name Panel for a number of years, and has been regularly appointed as a WIPO Panellist since 2004.
Cases on which he has been appointed - mainly as sole panellist- have involved as Complainants major international organisations such as:
Pepsi Co, Inc
Hoffmann La Roche
Mamas & Papas
Chivas Pernod Ricard
Debevoise & Plimpton
He has been appointed over a number of years in various cases by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Centre for Expertise, Paris. Cases involve online resolution of disputes between international banking organisations.
Articles on Online Dispute Resolution and Electronic Commerce have been published in various journals including-
Sweet & Maxwell’s International Company and Commercial Law Review;
Amicus Curiae, the Journal of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies;
Centre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage de Tunis, Tunisian Arbitration Review;
Asian Dispute Review [Published by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centr
Articles on international commercial dispute resolution have been published in various
journals around the world.
Recent publications include –
articles on Lehman Brothers published in Hong Kong and London;
articles on the revised CIETAC Rules published in New York and London;
“International Cotton Arbitration”, published in Arbitration International, the Journal of the LCIA, [May 2013];
“ADR as a ‘Filter’ Mechanism: The Use of ADR in the Context of International Disputes”, published by Arbitration, the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators [April 2013].
“Lex Mercatoria: Reflections of an English Lawyer”: (2014) 30 Arbitration International,
Author of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Manual of International Dispute Resolution.
Published by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London
Foreword by Sandra Day O’ Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme
Reviews of the Manual have been published in various international journals including the ICCA Yearbook, the AAA’ s Dispute Resolution Journal and the LCIA’ s Arbitration International.
Speaker at conferences in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and China on
international commercial dispute resolution:
Turkey: Istanbul Kemerburgaz University School of Law. Conference on "International Commercial Arbitration and the New Lex Mercatoria", April 2013.
Saudi Arabia: Naif Arab University for Security Science, Riyadh. Conference on the use of Arbitration in relation to criminal matters. May 2013.
UK: Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) Conference, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London. June 2013.
UK: Hong Kong International Arbitration (HKIAC) Conference, Norton Rose Fulbright, London. August 2013.
US : The International Investment Law Center, the IDR Group and the ADR Center of the International Law Institute: Conference on Interim Measures in International Arbitration. Georgetown, Washington D.C. April 2014.
Turkey: Ankara University Faculty of Law and Union of Turkish Public Notaries. Energy Law Symposium. Ankara, May 2014.
UK: Speaker and member of the Organising Committee of Conference at the Guildhall, City of London on “Shaping the Future of International Dispute Resolution”. Staged by the International Mediation Institute and the IDR Group. October 2014.
Union Internationale des Avocats Conference on Mediation. Ankara, May 2015
Seminar: Istanbul Kemerburgaz University School of Law. May 2015
Lecture at the British Law Week in Beijing on Dispute Resolution: 1998
Trinity College, Cambridge: Conference on Chinese Commercial Law: chaired
session on Dispute Resolution and submitted Paper on the China Maritime
Commission (CMAC), September 1999
ICC United Kingdom Annual Banking Conference: Lecture on Dispute Resolution
Procedures in relation to Documentary Credits, November 1999
Lecture on Arbitration as a means of resolving international commercial disputes
given at a Conference organised by various Italian trading organisations including the
Italian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce: May 2000
Lecture on Electronic Commerce: Hawksmere Conference: May 2000.
Lecture on Electronic Commerce at a Seminar for the Holborn Law Society: May
Lecture on Trade with China: Seminar at the London Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, June 2000.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands:
International Bar Association: Committee M, submitted paper on Time Clauses in
International Sales Contracts. Took part in panel discussion with lawyers from
Canada, Ecuador, Israel, India, Germany and America. September 2000.
Institute of Petroleum, London: Lecture on Resolving Disputes in the Oil and Gas
Industries. December 2000.
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Lecture at Seminar on Trading with
Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia: international commercial arbitration. February
Lecture on Electronic Commerce and Dispute Resolution: Tunis Center for
Conciliation and Arbitration. April 2001.
World Petroleum Congress: Shanghai, September 2001: Paper on Asia’s Natural Gas
Industry in the 21st Century, September 2001.
Speaker on the UK implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery and Corruption
Convention at Conference on “International Sanctions: Implications for the Oil, Gas
and Mining Industries.” October 2001.
Seminars on Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector: The Centre for Energy,
Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy: University of Dundee, Scotland (CEPMLP),
September, 2001 and September, 2002.
Colloquium On International Commercial Arbitration and African States, organised
by Kings College, London and the British Institute of International and Comparative
Law. Paper presented: “Arbitrating in Africa? A non-African View of Africa as a
Venue for International Arbitration”, June 2003.
World Petroleum Congress, 2nd Regional Meeting in Doha. Paper on “Managing Risk
and Uncertainty in the Modern Petroleum Industry.” December 2003.
Paper “Overview of Some Dispute Resolution Systems Commonly Used in the Oil
and Gas Industries”, presented at the First International Oil and Gas Conference:
“Managing Risk – Dispute Avoidance and Resolution” London, April 2004.
Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Conference held at The Guildhall,
City of London, 2004 .
The organisations involved in staging the Conference were the World Petroleum
Congress, the Energy Institute (formerly the Institute of Petroleum), the Centre for
Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), the University of
Dundee, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
The Conference was supported by the Corporation of London.
The Keynote Speaker was HRH The Duke of Kent.
The Conference Chairman was Dr Eivald Røren, President of the World Petroleum
Speakers and Panel Chairmen included Mr Rory Brady SC, the Attorney General of
Ireland; Judge Rosalyn Higgins, the International Court of Justice; Sir Mark Potter,
Lord Justice of Appeal; Tjaco van den Hout, Secretary-General of the Permanent
Court of Arbitration, The Hague; William K. Slate II, President and CEO of the
American Arbitration Association; Ulf Franke, Secretary-General of the Arbitration
Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce; Lord Fraser of Carmyllie,
Honorary President, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Ucheora Onwuanaegbu,
International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Washington; and
Professor Martin Hunter, LCIA
Presentations were also given by speakers from the oil and gas industry and from
major international law firms on topics including ethics and risk; inter-state dispute
resolution; dispute resolution in different regions of the world; corporate social
responsibility; dispute resolution techniques; and international arbitration institutions.
Those attending the conference came from 20 countries around the world: from
Britain, Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Speaker at the 5th Doha Conference on Natural Gas in February / March 2005: a
conference under the patronage of the Emir of the State of Qatar. Paper on “Gas
Speakers from the International Energy Agency, Qatargas, Qatar Petroleum, RasGas,
Shell, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Total, Sonatrech, Bechtel, etc.
Over 1,300 participants from 34 countries attended the Conference
Spoke on domestic and international arbitration and acted as sole arbitrator at
an International Mock Arbitration at the Lagos Regional Centre for International
Commercial Arbitration - May 2005. Leading members of the Nigerian Bar
participated in the Mock arbitration. Those attending the 3-day Mock Arbitration and
lectures included politicians and judges.
Speaker / panellist at the International Bar Association’s Conference in Prague in
September 2005, session on Mediation. Paper presented - “Mediation under the
UNCITRAL Model Conciliation Law: the enforcement of settlement agreements”.
[Article in the IBA’ s Mediation Newsletter published in the 2nd edition of the
“ Arb-Med / Med – Arb: and enforcement under the New York Convention]
Speaker at a Seminar organised by the Bar Council / Law Society in conjunction with
the Guangdong Lawyers’ Association. Paper “ADR – Arbitration and the Resolution
of International Disputes”. November 2005.
Speaker at a Seminar of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network
(EIPIN) on “The Legal Response to New Information Flows” at Cumberland Lodge,
Windsor. Members of EIPIN include Queen Mary College, University of London,
the University of Alicante, CEIPI (Strasbourg), ETHZ (Zurich), and the Munich
Intellectual Property Institute. Topic in the Section on Jurisdiction on the Internet -
“Public Responses: ICANN, WIPO and the need for International Action”.
17 – 19 February 2006.
Speaker at conference jointly organized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and
St. John’ s University, New York, sponsored by Queen Mary, University of London:
“Transatlantic Perspectives of ADR”. July 2006.
Speaker at Seminar on the Mayor’s and City of London Court’s Mediation Scheme.
Held at the London offices of Clyde & Co. April 2007.
Abu Dhabi, UAE:
Speaker (and Conference Chairman) at conference on “Contract Risk Management in
Middle East Oil and Gas”. Paper on “Managing Risks in the Oil and Gas Industry:
Avoiding them and Resolving them”. July 2007.
Speaker and Chairman of the Organising Committee, the Second International
Oil and Gas Conference, held at One Birdcage Walk, London. Organisations
involved were the World Petroleum Congress and the Energy Institute. Supporting
organisations were the Corporation of London, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
and CEPMLP, University of Dundee.
Speakers included the Lord Mayor of London; the President of the World Petroleum
Council; the Chairman and CEO of the American Arbitration Association; a Keynote
Speech to the Conference from H.H. Prince Dr. Bandar Bin Salman Al-Saud,
Adviser to the King of Saudi Arabia (delivered by H.E Dr. Saud Al- Ammari,
Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of Legal Affairs, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia,
London); and speakers from international law firms and international petroleum
companies. September, 2007
International Maritime Bureau’s 22nd Annual Practical Course on International
Trading Problems: Pitfalls and Remedies in International Trade. Paper: “The
Contract as a tool for loss minimisation.” Morschach, October 2007.
6th Doha Conference on Natural Gas. Paper “Monetizing Natural Gas: A Contribution
to the Problem of Emissions and Climate Change”. November 2007.
Participant as Mediator in the ICC’ s 3rd International Commercial Mediation
Competition (universities from around the world participate in the Competition).
Paris, February 2008
Union Internationale des Avocats and All China Lawyers Association (ACLA):
Conference on the Legal Aspects of Doing Business with China. Paper “The use of
arbitration and mediation in disputes involving Chinese parties – and enforcement
under the New York Convention”. Palazzo Affari ai Giureconsulti, Milan: April 2008.
International Maritime Bureau’s 23rd Annual Practical Course on International
Trading Problems: Pitfalls and Remedies in International Trade. Paper: “Your
Contract as a tool for loss minimisation: Examples of what to avoid - and arbitration.”
Morschach, October, 2008. The paper for the conference includes a section on
Organiser and speaker at a joint conference staged by the IDR Group and the
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Topic resource nationalism: “Control of National
Resources – the Challenges for International Dispute Resolution.”
Organiser and speaker at a conference organised by the IDR Group, the Union of
Turkish Bars and the Ankara Bar - “ International Dispute Resolution: Practice,
Procedure and Problems.”
Speaker and Trainer at ADR Training Session organised by ICC, Paris.
Paper: “Overview of various ADR techniques: Mediation / Conciliation, Mini-trial,
Neutral Evaluation” and “Distinguishing ADR from other dispute resolution
techniques: arbitration and dispute boards”
Speaker at conference organised by the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan and the
European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Paper “How to choose the
ideal arbitrator: selection criteria”.
Organiser and speaker at conference jointly staged by the IDR Group and American
University in Cairo: “Investment State Arbitration, Resource Nationalism and
Supporting Organisations included the Cairo Regional Centre for International
Commercial Arbitration; the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, London; the
International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. and the International Chamber of
Speaker at the first Asian Mediation Association’s conference in Singapore in June
2009. Topic: “Developments in cross-border mediation: The use of mediation as part
of a ‘filter’ process in cross-border disputes”.
The members of the AMA are the Mediation Centres of Delhi, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.
Speaker and organiser of conference in Beijing in May 2010 staged by the IDR Group
in conjunction with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration
Commission and the Beijing Lawyers’ Association. About 70 delegates attended the
conference at CIETAC’s new HQ in Beijing. The proceedings were transmitted to
four other CIETAC venues in cities in China - an estimated audience for the
conference of some five hundred delegates.
IDR Group members from Canada, China, France, Italy, Nigeria, Sweden, Turkey and
the United Kingdom submitted papers to the conference.
Keynote speeches were delivered by the Secretary-General of CIETAC and the
President of the Beijing Lawyers’ Association.
Speaker at ADR conference held in the Supreme Court Building in Singapore.
Organisers included the Singapore Mediation Centre, the Singapore Judiciary and the
Singapore Law Society. Paper presented on the use of mediation in cross-border
disputes: October 2012
Speaker at conference on the New Lex Mercatoria: April 2013
Speaker at conference on the use of arbitration and mediation in criminal cases: May 2013
Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) Conference, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London. June 2013
Hong Kong International Arbitration (HKIAC) Conference, Norton Rose Fulbright, London. August 2013.
International Investment Law Center, the IDR Group and the ADR Center of the International Law Institute: Conference on Interim Measures in International Arbitration. Georgetown, Washington D.C. April 2014
Ankara University Faculty of Law and Union of Turkish Public Notaries. Energy Law Symposium. Ankara, May 2014
Speaker and member of the Organising Committee of conference staged by the International Mediation Institute and the IDR Group. Conference looked at the future of international dispute resolution. The Guildhall, City of London, October 2014