Our Chambers regret to announce the death of their distinguished member and colleague, Arthur Leslie Marriott QC, who was widely regarded as one of the leading figures in international arbitration and dispute resolution.
Arthur was initially admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1966 and also of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong. He was one of the first two solicitors ever to be honored as Queen’s Counsel. More recently he was Called to the Bar by the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn , and was an Honorary Master of the Bench.
Arthur was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Chartered Arbitrator, an Accredited Mediator, a member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and a former member of the Board of the London Court for International Arbitration and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He was also a Deputy High Court Judge for England and Wales. a Recorder and President of Mental Health Review Tribunals.
Arthur was a principal proponent of the reform of legislation governing arbitration, which resulted in the passage of the English Arbitration Act 1996. He has published and spoken widely on the subjects of international arbitration and ADR, and is the co-author of ADR Principles and Practice (First Edition Sweet & Maxwell 1993, Second Edition 1999), and a co-editor of, and author in, the Handbook of Arbitration Practice (3d ed. 1997 Sweet & Maxwell). He is a joint author (with Bob Bruce, former General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington) and of a paper commissioned by the World Bank on ADR in the international telecommunication business.
Arthur died peacefully on 4th September in London. He had seemed to be improving but suddenly deteriorated when a gall bladder infection had not responded to treatment; there was nothing else that could be done by his doctors. Arthur will be buried privately and a Memorial Service will be announced in due course.