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Practice Summary

Christopher Style is a Queen’s Counsel and arbitrator practising at One Essex Court.  He has 40 years experience of international dispute resolution, including acting as counsel and as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc references involving many systems of law and with seats in many of the centres of international arbitration. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the LCIA and one of the UK’s representatives on the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

Between 1977 and 2012 Christopher practised at an international law firm.  He acquired solicitor's higher courts rights in 1997 and was appointed silk in 2006.  His practice has included disputes in many of the principal industry sectors, including banking and finance, energy and resources, construction and infrastructure, professional services, shipping and commodities, transport, hospitality and leisure, insurance, healthcare and pharmaceuticals and technology and telecommunications.  He was called to the Bar to develop his practice as arbitrator in international commercial arbitration.

Christopher enjoys wide market recognition. 


Chambers: “Very efficient and very calm in his manner…on top of developments in arbitration law…absolutely first class”

Legal 500: “Quick, efficient and decisive”

Who’s Who: “An absolutely excellent arbitrator…very organised and always on top of his cases…very impressive”


Chambers: “So bright, well prepared, really organised and writes beautiful awards”…"Superb, really clever and fair. He’s everything you would want in an arbitrator”

Legal 500: “Smart, efficient and bright- an excellent chair”

Who’s Who: "A very able arbitrator and a big name…a superb practitioner”


Chambers: "He is efficient, dedicated and really bright. A no-nonsense, firm Chairman."

Legal 500: "One of the best arbitrators; handles disputes calmly, fairly and with authority."

Who's Who: “A brilliant lawyer and a pleasure to work with”; peers commend his “outstanding awards”.


Chambers: "Bright, very good at the detail and really hard-working. He has a nice manner about him."

Legal 500: "An outstanding presiding arbitrator who demonstrates a close mastery of the file."

Who’s Who: Hailed by sources as “intellectually first class, with a firm grasp of both detail and procedure” and someone who is “able to handle some very knotty issues.”


Chambers: "He is absolutely first class. Really bright and organised with a very good manner."

Legal 500: "Efficient, sensible and an excellent tribunal chair."

GAR: "a firm favourite for many market sources, who consider him "energetic, effective and a pleasure to work with"."

Who's Who: "He draws high praise for his outstanding work."


Chambers: "Very responsive. He has a pleasant demeanour, is open to both parties and makes you feel you're getting a fair hearing."

Legal 500: "A very organised and efficient chairman who gets to the heart of the matter patiently and in an agreeable fashion."

GAR: “One of the country’s foremost arbitrators. Demonstrates expertise in all aspects of commercial arbitration.”

Who's Who: "Smart, supremely organised and a real pleasure to work with."