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Arbitration

Arbitration

Our members at Matrix act as counsel and arbitrators in complex arbitrations across a broad spectrum of legal disciplines, sectors, arbitral rules and jurisdictions.

For more information please contact the practice manager for this area, Paul Venables.

Inter-State arbitration

Our members regularly act on inter-state claims, such as maritime boundary disputes, international claims relating to the environment and international trade disputes. We have acted for the Australian government in Australia v Japan (“Antarctic Whaling”) ICJ Reports 2014, p. 226.

Investment treaty arbitration

A number of our members have acted as counsel in investment treaty arbitrations; acting for states and investors. We have members designated on the Member of the Panel of Arbitrators established by ICSID. We have extensive experience of the ICSID arbitrations and have written a number of journal articles and books on the subject. We have arbitrators who have been in cases under the ICSID, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules, including as a chairman and sole arbitrator in half of those cases.

We have been involved in investment treaty arbitrations, as well as cases relating to commercial contracts in Latin America and Asia. We have acted as counsel in several investment treaty arbitrations, including Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd v Bangladesh & Ors ICSID Case Nos. ARB/10/11 & ARB/10/18. We have also been involved in several complex ICSID arbitrations concerning high financial values, and acted as counsel and regularly advised on the structuring of investments for protection against BIT actions.

Commercial arbitration

We have experts who regularly advise on commercial arbitrations across a range of sectors, including energy, telecommunications and utilities. We have members on the list of arbitrators in the field of natural resources and the environment maintained by the Secretary General to the Permanent Court of Arbitration and acted as counsel in numerous commercial arbitrations, especially in cases from the Middle East and Africa. We specialise in complex proceedings in the energy, banking and oil industries using the ICC and LCIA rules and acted as counsel in the energy, construction, financial and telecoms sectors. One of our members is also the co-chair of the IBA Arb 40 Subcommittee and a contributing editor to the 24th edition of Russell on Arbitration, which is the leading text book on English arbitration law.

Court applications in support of arbitration

Members have expertise in handling court applications relating to arbitration; including anti-suit injunctions, injunctions in support of arbitration, challenges to arbitrators and enforcement of arbitral awards. In particular, members of chambers are very experienced in advising on issues of sovereign immunity that arise when proceedings are brought against a state.

Sports arbitration

Members at Matrix regularly appear as counsel in sports arbitration, including arbitrating on the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne and regularly sit as an FA Arbitrator and is a member of the FA Premier League Panel.

We have represented West Ham United in FA/FAPL arbitrations brought by Fulham FC and the players of Sheffield United arising out of the Carlos Tevez affair, and acted as an ad hoc clerk for the Court on several cases, including Dutee Chand v International Associations of Athletics Federations CAS 2014/A/3759, the well-reported case of a female athlete with hyper-androgenism who was prevented from competing in international competitions.

Class actions claims in arbitration

Our human rights team have experience in using arbitration in large group claims against corporations for breach of their business and human rights obligations.

Languages

Our members speak fluent Russian and French, as well as advanced knowledge of Spanish and Arabic.

MEET OUR MEMBERS:

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Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC
Lord (Daniel) Brennan QC
Called: 1967 Silk: 1985
Associate
Joanna Buckley
Joanna Buckley
Called: 2011
Michelle Butler
Michelle Butler
Called: 2007 Solicitor: 2002
Prof. Christine Chinkin
Prof. Christine Chinkin
Called: 2003
Academic
Kate Cook
Kate Cook
Called: 1990
Edward Craven
Edward Craven
Called: 2007
Prof. Zachary Douglas
Prof. Zachary Douglas QC
Called: 2006 Silk: 2015
Academic
Ben Emmerson QC
Ben Emmerson QC
Called: 1986 Silk: 2000
Nicholas Gibson
Nicholas Gibson
Called: 2009 Solicitor: 2004
Richard Hermer QC
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Sir Anthony Hooper
Sir Anthony Hooper
Called: 1965 Silk: 1987
Associate
Janet Kentridge
Janet Kentridge
Called: 1999
Samantha Knights
Samantha Knights
Called: 1996
James Laddie QC
James Laddie QC
Called: 1995 Silk: 2012
Thomas Linden
Thomas Linden QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2006
Rachel Logan
Rachel Logan
Called: 2008
Associate
Alison Macdonald
Alison Macdonald
Called: 2000
Prof. Jonathan H. Marks
Prof. Jonathan H. Marks
Called: 1992
Academic
Clare Montgomery QC
Clare Montgomery QC
Called: 1980 Silk: 1996
Prof. Gillian Morris
Prof. Gillian Morris
Called: 1997
Academic
Helen Mountfield QC
Helen Mountfield QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2010
Prof. Sean Murphy
Prof. Sean Murphy Associate
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Called: 2005; 2013 (Belfast)
Paul Nicholls QC
Paul Nicholls QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2012
Tim Owen QC
Tim Owen QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2000
Nicholas Randall QC
Nicholas Randall QC
Called: 1990 Silk: 2013
Prof. Philippe Sands QC
Prof. Philippe Sands QC
Called: 1985 Silk: 2003
Academic
Maurice Sheridan
Maurice Sheridan
Called: 1984
Jessica SImor QC
Jessica Simor QC
Called: 1992 Silk: 2013
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Called: 2008
Rhodri Thompson QC
Rhodri Thompson QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2002
Hugh Tomlinson QC
Hugh Tomlinson QC
Called: 1983 Silk: 2002
Prof. Takis Tridimas
Prof. Takis Tridimas
Called: 2000
Academic
Guy Vassall-Adams QC
Guy Vassall-Adams QC
Called: 2000 Silk: 2016
Angeline Welsh
Angeline Welsh
Called: 2015; 2015 (Belize) Solicitor: 2003
Antony White QC
Antony White QC
Called: 1983 (England & Wales) Silk: 2001 Called: 2016 (Northern Ireland)