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International Arbitration

“7KBW is very much at the heart of commercial arbitration”

(Chambers Global 2017)

“an excellent set providing excellent service and outstanding practitioners at every level”
(Legal 500 2016)


Arbitration is a means by which parties elect to resolve their disputes by determination by a private tribunal appointed by the parties.  Whilst it has been a prominent feature in England since the passage of the Arbitration Act 1889, it has in recent years assumed an ever-increasing importance in matters of international trade and investment and has become a significant part of the dispute resolution practice at 7KBW.  

Arbitrations come in three guises: domestic arbitrations (between UK parties held in the UK), international arbitration (where the parties are from different states or the place or seat of the arbitration is in a state other than the parties’ usual place of business), and investment dispute arbitrations (those administered pursuant to the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID)).  Members of 7KBW are regularly involved in all three guises, whether as counsel or as arbitrators.

Our barristers are instructed on a regular basis to appear in arbitration proceedings.  We are often instructed in arbitral proceedings, whether taking place in London or in any of the various arbitral centres abroad, including: Paris, Geneva and Stockholm in Europe; Dubai in the Middle East; Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Kuala Lumpur in Asia; Sydney in Australia; as well as in many less prominent jurisdictions.  We also specialise in applications from arbitral proceedings to the English courts where those courts have supervisory jurisdiction under the Arbitration Act 1996, and also for the purposes of enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

Our members also have extensive experience in sitting as independent arbitrators in a wide variety of disputes, in in all three guises of arbitration, whether in London (with London as the seat) or with a foreign seat (say, Bermuda). Members have been appointed (as president or as co-arbitrator or as sole arbitrator) by all of the principal arbitral institutions, and on an ad hoc basis by the parties themselves.

As a result of acting as counsel or as arbitrator, our members are familiar with the rules and procedures of the various commercial arbitration institutions, including those of the ICC, LCIA, AAA, SIAC, DIAC, EAA, HKIAC, KCAB, KLRCA, and ACICA, as well as (of course) the UNCITRAL rules; and of the ICSID arbitration rules in relation to investment arbitrations.

7KBW have in place a clerking system designed to ensure confidentiality and separation whenever we have both counsel and arbitrator engaged in the same matter.  Our members and clerks also take all necessary steps to ensure that, when sitting as arbitrators, our members render awards on a timely basis. 

Please contact the clerks should you wish to discuss arbitration.


“offers a significant number of outstanding practitioners who appear
across a broad range of practice areas”
(Chambers and Partners 2016)


“A popular choice for insurers facing arbitrations in the aftermath of significant, highly publicised events”
(Chambers and Partners 2016)



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