Arbitrator & Mediator

I offer over 30 years’ experience of arbitration, mediation and court proceedings in many jurisdictions worldwide as:

  •  Legal practitioner
  •  A commercial user of dispute resolution services
  •  Client

With a strong commercial background from many years as General Counsel, my focus is on solving problems and achieving results. As a lawyer, I offer integrity and impeccable ethics.

Through diverse roles in the maritime and insurance industry, I have acquired considerable commercial and operational know-how as well as a significant hands-on understanding of shipping practices (as owner and charterer), insurance, trade and corporate finance, supply chain logistics, derivative trading, insolvency and cross-border issues. I have additional experience in commercial property management, construction and land development.

My career spans private legal practice, in the UK and overseas, working with small and medium-sized businesses, working in-house with a global insurer and an international public listed company, at entry-level as well as C-suite and board level.

Having experienced a variety of challenging situations, I appreciate:

  •  Client needs – the quick, painless and economical resolution of disputes, without losing business partners.
  • Insurance considerations – sensitivity to the assured/insurer relationship and possible alignment (or not) of interests.
  •  Lawyers’ needs – an independent and impartial arbitrator with focus on efficiency, from a time perspective, as well as costs.

As an arbitrator, I am objective and impartial, firm but fair. I strive for efficiency in the arbitration process and timely publication of awards. I have experience of both ad hoc and institutional arbitration. I am conscious of the need for recognition and enforcement of awards across borders.

As a mediator, I strive to facilitate acceptable solutions that enable the parties to move on, with continued relations where possible. It is a challenge to enable fruitful discussions rather than repetition of bargaining positions. I have trained in Norway and worked with experienced UK mediators. I can offer an innovative approach to resolving disputes.

I accept appointments worldwide. I am a frequent user of video-conferencing to save on travel time/costs, although I am also willing to travel when required. My charges are based on local rates applicable at the place of arbitration – whether London, Oslo, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York or Dubai – so no additional expenses beyond the usual expenses for hire of a hearing room or online management of virtual hearings.

Read more at About Me
To see my qualifications, expertise and career to date please download my CV here.

Please contact me should you have any questions, wish to discuss my fees for arbitration services or my fees for mediation and other ADR services.