ProfileI am a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Over the course of my long career I have experience of more than 200 arbitration cases as advocate or client representative and, for the past decade, as an Arbitrator. I have conducted cases or represented clients in arbitrations in many jurisdictions including Algeria, England, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, United States and the United Arab Emirates. In the past decade I have sat as Chair, Sole and Co-Arbitrator in more than 30 cases.
At the outset my career concerned disputes in maritime, commodity and charterparty cases. For the past 20 years I have been involved primarily with construction and engineering disputes arising out of the project financing and implementation of major infrastructure projects including disputes within the joint ventures building these. I have also rendered awards in franchise, shareholder/joint venture and property development disputes as well as commercial contract claims.
I have taught arbitration as a faculty member for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. I am a member of several arbitration panels including LCIA, DIAC, LCIA – DIFC, HKIAC, AIAC, TAI and ADCCAC. I am regularly invited to speak at conferences and master classes in MENA and Asia Pacific regions. I have accreditation as an Adjudicator by AIAC Malaysia. I also sit as arbitrator by invitation in the prestigious annual Vis East Moot Competition held in Hong Kong with teams from over 100 of the world’s best universities and law schools. I was honoured to be the recipient of the inaugural ‘Star Arbitrator Award’ at the 13th competition in Hong Kong in March 2016.
I have practiced as a full time Neutral since 2013. I believe in making clear decisions in accordance with contract provisions based on the facts established by evidence. It is the utmost importance to choose an arbitrator who will understand the technical and commercial arguments in a case. There are protocols which allow an arbitrator to be interviewed by a prospective litigant or their advisors before nomination. Whilst the interview must not deal with the facts or evidence of the particular case, the interview can be wide ranging and can provide the background necessary to inform any decision on appointing the right arbitrator for your case.
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