International Arbitration

"My preferred London set for international arbitration."


The Legal 500

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.

We 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 (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. Find our arbitrators here.

Our work includes cases relating to:

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. Very high-profile cases in which the set has been involved, however, include:

  • Halliburton v Chubb: Acting in the Supreme Court case 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.
  • Enka v Chubb: Acting in the Supreme Court case regarding the law which determines an arbitration agreement.
  • A v C: Acting in the Court of Appeal case which looked at the scope of section 44(2) of the Arbitration Act, particularly regarding non-parties, an area described as one of “long standing controversy”.

International Arbitration Barristers & Door Tenants

David Railton QC

David Railton QC

Call 1979 | Silk 1996

Stephen Moriarty QC

Stephen Moriarty QC

Call 1986 | Silk 1999

Stephen Rubin QC

Call 1977 | Silk 2000

Michael McLaren QC

Michael McLaren QC

Call 1981 | Silk 2002

Raymond Cox QC

Raymond Cox QC

Call 1982 | Silk 2002

Charles Bear QC

Charles Béar QC

Call 1986 | Silk 2003

Bankim Thanki QC

Bankim Thanki QC

Call 1988 | Silk 2003

Patricia Robertson QC

Patricia Robertson QC

Call 1988 | Silk 2006

Timothy Howe QC

Timothy Howe QC

Call 1987 | Silk 2008

Richard Handyside QC

Richard Handyside QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2009

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2009

Jeffrey Chapman QC

Jeffrey Chapman QC

Call 1989 | Silk 2010

Derrick Dale QC

Derrick Dale QC

Call 1990 | Silk 2010

Akhil Shah QC

Akhil Shah QC

Call 1990 | Silk 2010

Andrew Mitchell QC

Andrew Mitchell QC

Call 1992 | Silk 2011

Richard Coleman QC

Richard Coleman QC

Call 1994 | Silk 2012

Stuart Ritchie QC

Stuart Ritchie QC

Call 1995 | Silk 2012

Anneliese Day QC

Anneliese Day QC

Call 1996 | Silk 2012

John Taylor QC

John Taylor QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2013

Patrick Goodall QC

Patrick Goodall QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2014

Matthew Gearing QC

Matthew Gearing QC

Silk 2014

Ben Valentin QC

Ben Valentin QC

Call 1995 | Silk 2016

Rosalind Phelps QC

Rosalind Phelps QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2016

Henry King QC

Henry King QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2017

Adam Zellick QC

Adam Zellick QC

Call 2000 | Silk 2017

Bridget Lucas QC

Bridget Lucas QC

Call 1989 | Silk 2018

Paul Sinclair QC

Paul Sinclair QC

Call 1997 | Silk 2018

James Cutress QC

James Cutress QC

Call 2000 | Silk 2018

Giles Wheeler QC

Giles Wheeler QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2020

Edward Levey QC

Edward Levey QC

Call 1999 | Silk 2020

Ben Lynch QC

Ben Lynch QC

Call 2001 | Silk 2020

Chloe Carpenter QC

Chloe Carpenter QC

Call 2001 | Silk 2020

Tamara Oppenheimer QC

Tamara Oppenheimer QC

Call 2002 | Silk 2020

Alexander Milner QC

Alexander Milner QC

Call 2006 | Silk 2022

Louise Merrett

Call 1995

Deepak Nambisan

Call 1998

Nik Yeo

Call 2000

Andrew Pullen

Andrew Pullen

Call 2016

Marianne Butler

Marianne Butler

Call 2003

David Murray

David Murray

Call 2004

Simon Atrill

Simon Atrill

Call 2005

Rupert Allen

Rupert Allen

Call 2005

Alex Barden

Alex Barden

Call 2005

Natasha Bennett

Natasha Bennett

Call 2009

Nico Leslie

Nico Leslie

Call 2010

Tetyana Nesterchuk

Tetyana Nesterchuk

Call 2011

Rebecca Loveridge

Rebecca Loveridge

Call 2011

Philip Ahlquist

Philip Ahlquist

Call 2012

Niamh Cleary

Niamh Cleary

Call 2012

Giles Robertson

Giles Robertson

Call 2012

Samuel Ritchie

Samuel Ritchie

Call 2012

Leonora Sagan

Leonora Sagan

Call 2012

Simon Paul

Simon Paul

Call 2013

Laurie Brock

Laurie Brock

Call 2013

Nick Daly

Nick Daly

Call 2014

Max Evans

Max Evans

Call 2015

Max Kasriel

Max Kasriel

Call 2015

Ian Bergson

Ian Bergson

Call 2015

Jacob Turner

Jacob Turner

Call 2016

Gillian Hughes

Gillian Hughes

Call 2018

Marcus Field

Marcus Field

Call 2019

Joseph Leech

Joseph Leech

Call 2020

Francesca Ruddy

Francesca Ruddy

Call 2020

Daniel Schwennicke

Daniel Schwennicke

Call 2020

Gordon Langley

Sir Gordon Langley

Call 1966 | Silk 1983

Andrew Smith

Sir Andrew Smith

Call 1974 | Silk 1990

Michael Brindle QC

Michael Brindle QC

Call 1975 | Silk 1992

Michael Crane QC

Michael Crane QC

Call 1975 | Silk 1994

Brian Doctor QC

Brian Doctor QC

Call 1991 | Silk 1999

Philip Brook Smith QC

Philip Brook Smith QC

Call 1982 | Silk 2002

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For more information on our experience or to discuss a particular case, please contact us.

Call:    +44 (0)207 583 3335
Email: clerks@fountaincourt.co.uk

"Fountain Court Chambers is a notable force in arbitration proceedings, whose barristers handle the full range of international disputes."


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."


The Legal 500

"Fountain Court Chambers has a solid arbitration offering and vast international capabilities."


Chambers & Partners

"An 'excellent all-round' set for commercial disputes, a quality that extends to its international arbitration offering."


The Legal 500

"The set wields considerable expertise in a range of industries, regularly acting as either counsel or arbitrator in big-ticket insurance and energy arbitrations, often governed by LCIA, ICC and DIFC rules. Instructing solicitors consider the set to be composed of 'a really superb bunch of barristers'."


Chambers & Partners

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


The Legal 500

"Members have strong links to and experience of the market's key arbitration forums, such as the LCIA."


The Legal 500

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