Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

International arbitration

Arbitration is a core practice area at Fountain Court Chambers. Members have a wide range of experience acting in arbitrations, in litigation concerning arbitrations, and as arbitrators. The high values involved in the arbitral practices of our leading barristers have seen them act on claims valued in the billions, although quantum varies considerably.

Members of chambers have experience of acting in arbitrations in a wide range of fields, including energy, oil & gas, commodities, joint ventures, pharmaceuticals, product liability, telecommunications, asbestos-related liabilities, aviation, insurance  and reinsurance (including Bermuda Form arbitrations), and sport (including cricket, Formula 1, Premiership and Football Association).

Members are familiar with the various institutional arbitration regimes, including the International Chamber of Commerce (‘ICC’), the London Court of International Arbitration (‘LCIA’), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (‘SIAC’), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (‘HKIAC’), the UNCITRAL Rules and the City Disputes Panel.  Members are also frequently involved in ad hoc references.  Many members have experience of arbitrations (both as counsel and as arbitrators) not only conducted in foreign jurisdictions, but also where the subject matter of the dispute is governed by a foreign law.

Members also have wide experience of dealing with all types of disputes relating to arbitrations, such as the construction and validity of arbitration agreements, the conduct of arbitrations, the removal of arbitrators, the granting of interim remedies, the enforcement of awards and appeals.

Most senior members of chambers have accepted appointments as arbitrators, and many of them are highly experienced arbitrators with strong reputations in the market.

Our work includes cases relating to:

  • Energy (also see here)
  • Oil & gas
  • Commodities
  • Joint ventures
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product liability (also see here)
  • Telecommunications
  • Asbestos-related liabilities
  • Aviation (also see here)
  • Insurance & Reinsurance (also see here)
  • Sport (also see here)

Notable cases

The confidential nature of arbitral proceedings prevents us from identifying the many complex and high value international arbitrations which members of chambers have been involved in.

One recent very high-profile case in which the set has been involved, however, is the Supreme Court case of Halliburton v Chubb, concerned with the circumstances in which repeat appointments of an arbitrator by one party may give rise to justifiable doubts as to the arbitrator’s impartiality.

Legal directory rankings

  • International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance by Chambers & Partners
  • International Arbitration – The English Bar by Chambers & Partners (global guide)
  • International Arbitration: Counsel by Legal 500

Quotes from directories

  • 'excellent set with some real star silks' and also some 'really excellent and talented juniors who can pick up cases quickly and easily'

    Legal 500
  • 'many outstanding members at all stages of their careers'

    Legal 500
  • ‘Fountain Court Chambers is a notable force in arbitration proceedings, whose barristers handle the full range of international disputes.’

    Chambers & Partners
  • ‘Members at the set are skilled across a number of industries and undertake cases in the energy, aviation, telecommunications and financial services sectors on behalf of claimants and defendants.’

    Chambers & Partners
  • ‘Its barristers have significant experience of acting under ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules, and showcase expertise in challenging arbitral award claims. "Fountain Court is one of the outstanding commercial sets," reports a market source.’

    Chambers & Partners
  • ‘The arbitration experience of its members is all-encompassing, while its global reach includes an outpost in Singapore.’

    Legal 500