Pictured: Lindy Patterson
The Scottish Arbitration Centre has appointed Lindy Patterson QC as the new Chair of the Domestic Sub-Committee of its independent Arbitral Appointments Committee. She is replacing former Chair, James Wolffe QC, who now serves as Lord Advocate.
The Centre’s formal arbitral appointments service has been operating since it was first introduced in December 2014. When parties specify that the Centre is to appoint an arbitrator to deal with their dispute, the selection of an arbitrator is made by its Committee. The Committee acts independently from the Centre and uses its knowledge of the sector to appoint an appropriate candidate from the leading domestic (Scottish) and international arbitrators. The Centre has Directions and Guidance, along with the necessary forms to assist in the process, including the Application for the Appointment of an Arbitration Form, and can be found here.
Lindy Patterson QC has recently left CMS Cameron McKenna. Now a door tenant at 39 Essex Chambers in London, she acts as an independent arbitrator, adjudicator and dispute board member in the construction and engineering, energy and PPP industries. Lindy is qualified in English and Scots law and has higher rights (civil) in both jurisdictions. She is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, is President-Elect of the Dispute Resolution Board Federation (DRBF) Region 2 and teaches on the International Arbitration Masters Course at the University of Edinburgh.
Lindy will chair the Domestic Sub-Committee and Juliet Blanch will continue to chair the International Sub-Committee.
The other current members of the Committee are Olufunke Adekoya SAN (Partner, ǼLEX, Nigeria); Eliana Biraldi (Partner, De Vivo, Whitaker & Castro, Brazil); David Carrick (Senior VP, HKA Global, Edinburgh); Sandra Cassels (Partner, Brechin Tindal Oatts, Edinburgh); Vincent Connor (Partner, Pinsent Masons, Hong Kong); Joyce Cullen (Partner, Brodies, Edinburgh); Thomas Halket (Partner, Halket Weitz, New York); Kaj Hobér (3 Verulam Buildings, London); Elie Kleiman (Partner, Freshfields, Paris); and Alice Leggat (Legal Manager, SSE, Perth). Further details on the Committee members can be found here.
“I am delighted to take up this appointment and look forward to being part of the arbitration appointments process of the Scottish Arbitration Centre in the years ahead. I believe this jurisdiction is very well placed to have a thriving arbitration scene, both domestic and international.”
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, said:
“I am delighted that Lindy Patterson QC has accepted our invitation to Chair our Domestic Sub-Committee. She has been a strong supporter of the Centre, serving on our committee since its establishment, and is a highly respected in Scotland, London and internationally. We are honoured to have Lindy and Juliet, two outstanding arbitration practitioners, chairing our sub-committees and presiding over our ad hoc arbitral appointments system. It also further strengthens our support for gender equality in arbitration.”