The Rt. Hon. Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE, PC
Call 1971 QC 1989
Dame Elizabeth Gloster practised as a commercial and Chancery QC at One Essex Court from 1991 until 2004, before accepting an appointment as a High Court judge, becoming the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Commercial Court. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2013 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division of that Court in 2016. Since retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2018, Liz has returned to One Essex Court to practise as a full-time international commercial arbitrator.
She has been appointed both as chair and co-arbitrator in a large number and wide range of international arbitrations including insurance/reinsurance, shipping, banking, gas and oil, electricity pricing, construction, joint venture and investment disputes. Liz is one of 25 persons listed as willing and able to serve as a member of an arbitration panel under the Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom relating to the UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. In November 2020 she produced her independent investigation's report into the Financial Conduct Authority's regulation of London Capital & Finance plc. In July 2021 she was appointed to the ICC International Court of Arbitration as an alternate member for the UK. Most recently, with effect from 1 September 2023, Liz was appointed by the Master of the Rolls, on the advice of an independent selection panel, to serve as a Deputy Chair of the Takeover Appeal Board. She was awarded Senior Arbitrator of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2023.
Examples of Recent Cases
Since returning to Chambers in 2018, Liz has been appointed both as chair and co-arbitrator in a large number and wide range of international arbitrations including insurance/reinsurance, shipping, banking, gas and oil, electricity pricing, construction, joint venture and investor-state disputes under PCA, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA-DIFC, SIAC and other institutional regimes, both in London and abroad.
Speeches and Lectures
Elizabeth has delivered numerous speeches and lectures on a variety of legal topics to law societies, students’ associations, solicitors’ associations, Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, Circuit Bar associations, GC100, the European Commercial Judges Forum, and at law conferences both in the UK and internationally. She has also chaired/participated in many conferences, webinars and moots. She spoke at meetings of the European Commercial Judges Forum in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Warsaw; was one of the UK’s representatives at a European judges’ symposium in Riga; was invited on two occasions to lead 2 day training courses for Czech judges in Prague. For example, in 2017 she delivered the 32nd Annual Freshfields QMUL Arbitration Lecture “Symbiosis or Sado-Masochism? The relationship between the courts and arbitration” and in .keynote speaker at the Supreme Court of Victoria/Melbourne University Law School 2016 Commercial Law Conference: “From oligarchs to insider traders – does commercial litigation tick the boxes?”