International arbitration is a significant part of the dispute resolution landscape and barristers at One Essex Court regularly appear on behalf of clients in many of the main arbitral centres, including London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, Dubai, Geneva and Stockholm. Members are familiar with the rules and procedures particular to the various institutions, including those of the ICC, LCIA, AAA, SIAC, EAA, HKIAC and ICSID, as well as the UNCITRAL rules.
In addition to appearing on behalf of clients, members of One Essex Court regularly accept appointments as independent arbitrators, mediators and experts, in a variety of domestic and international disputes, often where there is a foreign seat. As well as the internationally respected full-time arbitrators at One Essex Court, a number of our Queen’s Counsel also regularly accept appointments to sit either as sole arbitrator, or as part of a larger tribunal.
At One Essex Court, there is a dedicated and separate team of arbitration clerks for any administrative support required by the tribunal. This is in addition to the separate teams of clerks for counsel. This ensures a confidential service and provides the necessary separation when we have both counsel and arbitrator in the same dispute. We are careful to ring fence time in an arbitrator’s diary following on from any hearing, so that the award can be rendered promptly.