Our Current Panels

The Scottish Arbitration Centre has published its updated list of domestic and international panellists, which has included adding some male practitioners to the initial all-female list.   

The Centre launched its own arbitration rules in September 2022, becoming the first Scottish administrative body offering administrative services with support from the Centre’s Registrar, Duncan Bagshaw, and under the oversight of the Court of the Scottish Arbitration Centre.  

In May 2023 the Centre launched an initial panel of invited arbitrators, both domestic and international. The all-female initial panels were announced in advance of moving towards gender parity on the panels. 

The Centre remains focused on achieving and maintaining gender parity for the panels. See below for the full lists. 

Full member list – Domestic Panel  (Scotland) 

  • Derek Auchie 
  • Shona Frame 
  • Alan McMillian 
  • Janey Milligan 
  • Susanne Tanner KC
  • Sheila Webster 

 Full member list – International Panel 

  • Chiann Bao, Singapore/Hong Kong/NYC  
  • Juliet Blanch, E&W  
  • Gary Born, E&W/District of Columbia  
  • Mikal Brøndmo, Norway  
  • Philippa Charles, E&W  
  • Jacob Møller Dirksen, Denmark 
  • Lord (James) Drummond Young, Scotland   
  • Pontus Ewerlöf, Sweden  
  • John Fellas, NYC/E&W  
  • Sadaff Habib, UAE/Kenya  
  • Lord (Arthur) Hamilton, Scotland  
  • Douglas Harrison, Canada  
  • Anne K. Hoffmann, UAE/Germany/E&W 
  • Colm Ó hOisín SC, Republic of Ireland  
  • Ndanga Kamau, Netherlands/Kenya  
  • Vivek Kapoor, E&W/India  
  • Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Switzerland 
  • Sara Masters KC, E&W
  • Edward McCluskey, Scotland  
  • Lindy Patterson KC, E&W/Scotland
  • Lucy Reed, NYC
  • Patricia Saiz, Spain/NYC  
  • Audley Sheppard KC, E&W/New Zealand  
  • Tomas Vail, E&W and NYC  
  • Melanie van Leeuwen, France/The Netherlands  
  • Carita Wallgren-Lindholm, Finland  
  • Sun Wei, People’s Republic of China   
  • Galina Zukova, France/Lativia  

Our Domestic Panel of Arbitrators

Prof. Derek Auchie

Professor Auchie is an experienced dispute resolver with a 20 year career in that field. He is a tribunal judge, arbitrator and mediator. He also has a long-standing academic career and holds a Chair in Dispute Process Law at the UK top-ten School of Law, University of Aberdeen.

Derek has chaired and issued decisions in around 1000 cases following oral judicial hearings. He has case managed hundreds of others. These cases have involved multiple witnesses (of fact and opinion), complex points of law and difficult process decisions.

Professor Auchie has been appointed as a sole arbitrator and as arbitral chair in both domestic and international arbitrations. He has provided advice in connection with arbitrations in the ICC. He is on the Scottish CIArb’s President list as well as on the AIAC based in Malaysia.

Derek works as an in-house judge with a tribunal, assisting the President with judicial case management oversight, judicial training, policy and guidance work, making decisions on permission to appeal applications and mentoring judges. Derek has written extensive guides on tribunal practice and on judicial decision writing.

He has taught the law and practice of arbitration for 20 years to many undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the world. Derek has taught this subject in the UK and in the United States. Mediation, negotiation and the law of evidence are among the other subjects Derek has taught over a number of years.

He was a solicitor in private practice for 7 years before joining academia and then the Tribunal bench. As a solicitor he engaged in a wide range of civil and criminal cases and appeared before numerous courts, tribunals, inquiry bodies and commissions.

Professor Auchie has presented numerous conference papers and seminars in the UK and abroad, including to legal and other professional groups on arbitration, mediation, law of evidence and judicial process. He teaches expert witness practice regularly.

Knowledge of mediation can assist in dealing with disputes and Derek has been appointed as a mediator (sole and joint) in numerous cases including in employment, commerce, family, education and neighbour disputes.

Derek has written books, book chapters and articles on the law and practice of arbitration, court practice, law of evidence and mediation.

He holds an LLM in International Commercial Law (with Distinction), he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and of the Higher Education Academy. He has held a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship since 2016.

Shona Frame

Shona has been involved in construction and infrastructure dispute resolution since 1994.

She provides strategic advice on the management and resolution of complex construction and infrastructure disputes in litigation, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and expert determination, acts as Arbitrator and Adjudicator and is a CEDR Accredited Mediator. Shona’s sector experience includes commercial developments (hotels, shopping centres, offices, retail, conference centres, housing, leisure centres); healthcare, PFI projects (schools, hospitals, waste, sewage treatment, water treatment, waste to energy); infrastructure (roads, bridges, airports, interconnectors); marine (coastal defences, harbour); education (university and college campus developments, research facilities) and utilities.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

She is on the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Scottish Branch) Arbitrator Panel, RICS Adjudicator Panel, is a CEDR Commercial Arbitrator and Law Society of Scotland Solicitor Arbitrator and has undertaken a number od Arbitration, Adjudication and Expert Determination appointments.

She is ranked in Chambers & Partners (Band 1) and Legal 500 (Hall of Fame), recognised in Who’s Who Legal Construction (Global Elite Thought Leader) and Who’s Who Legal Mediation and Arbitration and is an Acritas Star Independently Rated Lawyer. Shona frequently writes for and speaks to industry bodies on construction and dispute resolution related topics. She was a contributor and joint Editor of the textbook “MacRoberts on Scottish Construction Contracts” and authored chapters for The International Compendium of Construction Contracts (Published by De Gruyter, 2021) and FIDIC Contracts in Europe: A Practical Guide to Application (to be published by Informa Law, 2022)

She is Education Officer of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL) of the International Bar Association (IBA) for 2023 – 24, served as Co-Chair of the International Construction Projects Committee of the IBA for 2020 – 22 and was a Director of the Scottish Arbitration Centre for 2016 – 2020

Alan McMillan

Alan has almost 30 years’ experience in disputes work in Scotland and beyond, both as an advocate in arbitrations and as an arbitrator. He is regularly listed as a leading individual in legal directories. His experience ranges across a wide spectrum of the property, energy, and commercial sectors and he has wide experience of acting in contentious planning and other commercial disputes. A solicitor advocate, he has also acted in many high-profile cases. He is an accredited mediator (CEDR), and also has a good awareness of the particular issues surrounding third sector and public sector clients and projects. He has a great deal of experience acting as an arbitrator in Scotland (commercial). He speaks conversational Spanish, and basic Dutch and Thai.

Janey Milligan

Janey has worked in the construction industry for 40 years initially qualifying as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 1985. She worked in various organisations in private practice and lectured at Glasgow Caledonian University in Building Contracts and Construction. She is Managing Director of Construction Dispute Resolution which she founded in 1997 and since then has specialised in construction dispute consultancy. Janey is a qualified Arbitrator, Adjudicator and accredited Expert Witness; with an impressive track record in all areas. Janey is regularly appointed or agreed as Adjudicator and is on the RICS, RIBA. CIArb, CIOB, CIC, Scottish Building and HKIAC panels of Adjudicators. Since the introduction of statutory adjudication, she has issued hundreds of Decisions. She is also on the CIArb and RICS Panel of Arbitrators and has issued several Awards on construction issues.

Janey has carried out expert witness appointments in relation to liability, quantum and damages in construction contract claims for extension of time, loss and expense; contract administration and measurement matters. This has been on a variety of complex building, engineering and renewable energy sector projects. Janey particularly specialises in the roles and liabilities of the design and construction team and has given expert evidence in relation to professional negligence matters on a number of occasions. Janey is a past Chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland (2007-2008) and continues to sit on various RICS and CIArb committees and working groups promoting good practice in the industry. She was a Director of the Scottish Arbitration Centre from March 2011 until December 2022. She currently sits as Independent Complaints Reviewer for SafeDeposits Scotland. Janey continues to lecture and tutor on various professional bodies courses and conferences on dispute resolution topics.

Susanne Tanner KC

Susanne is an experienced King’s Counsel, Tribunal judge (Chair), barrister (England & Wales) and arbitrator. She became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2019 and is a qualified mediator. In domestic arbitration, she is appointed via various panels (both Scotland and England), including: CCODR Covid-19 related commercial rent disputes; Hunt ADR ABTA travel disputes; Motor Insurers’ Bureau untraced and uninsured drivers’ claims; CIArb Dispute Appointment Scheme for commercial disputes and Faculty of Advocates Dispute Resolution Service. She also receives ad hoc domestic arbitral appointments. In the field of international arbitration she has been appointed as tribunal President in ICC commercial contract disputes.

In her private practice, she has expertise in public law, public inquiries, independent inquiries and reviews; personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial, property and land, landlord and tenant, health and safety, and regulatory matters. She has dealt with many high value and complex disputes. She is currently the Assistant Principal Crown Counsel in Scotland.

As well as being a global international ambassador for the Scottish Arbitration Centre, she was nominated as Scottish representative on the ICC Global Commission of Arbitration, she is an active member of the Scottish Institute of Arbitrators Scottish Branch, participates in the Dublin Forum on International Arbitration and regularly presents at conferences and events on legal and arbitral topics. She is also a part-time academic at the University of Edinburgh, in a number of subject areas.

Sheila Webster

Sheila graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1988, and completed her Diploma in Legal Practice there in 1989. Sheila trained with Brodies, joining the former firm of Menzies Dougal and Milligan on qualification and then working with Dundas & Wilson from 1992 to 2002. After a short break on the birth of her twin daughters, she joined Bell & Scott as a partner and Head of Property Litigation in 2003, joining her present firm in 2009.

Sheila is Head of Davidson Chalmers Stewart’s Dispute Resolution team, representing clients in a wide range of property and commercial disputes across all levels of courts and tribunals. She is a strong proponent of Effective Dispute Resolution, using other processes such as arbitration and mediation to handle many issues outside the confines of the courtroom.

Sheila is FCIArb qualified and regularly sits as an arbitrator on a variety of disputes, both property and business related. She is an Ambassador for the Scottish Arbitration Centre, and speaks regularly at conferences and seminars on handling property and other disputes, and using a wide range of dispute procedures to achieve best outcomes for her clients. She also chairs the WS Society Annual Commercial Dispute Resolution Conference.

As well as her legal practice, Sheila sits on the Council, and Board, of the Law Society of Scotland, representing members in Edinburgh, and is President Elect for 2023-24. She is also a member of the Scottish committee of the Property Litigation Association.

Our International Panel of Arbitrators

Chiann Bao

Tri-qualified in New York, England and Wales and Hong Kong, Chiann Bao is an independent arbitrator with Arbitration Chambers based in Singapore. She has been appointed in almost 80 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations totalling several billions USD in dispute. She serves as a Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration and the Senior Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee. From 2010 to 2018, she served as the Secretary General of the HKIAC and was subsequently appointed as a Council Member of the HKIAC. She is an Adjunct Professor at National University of Singapore and a lecturer Sciences Po Law School and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and an honorary senior fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Chiann also serves as a member of the advisory board for the Journal of International Arbitration. She a member of the board of directors for Maxwell Chambers as well as a member of the global advisory board for the New York International Arbitration Center. Chiann is a Chartered Arbitrator and CEDR-accredited mediator.

Juliet Blanch

Juliet Blanch is a full-time arbitrator having previously chaired the international dispute resolution practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. She is a Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and has over 30 years’ experience in the arbitration of both international commercial and investment treaty disputes with a particular focus on regulatory, energy and infrastructure, mining, commodities, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, hospitality, maritime and shareholder disputes. Juliet has acted as lead Counsel and/or sat as arbitrator in arbitrations held under AAA, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and other rules and which have been seated in a variety of jurisdictions including London, the DIFC, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Washington DC and Zurich. She has been appointed as arbitrator in over 100 international arbitrations, over 30 of which have been as presiding arbitrator.

Juliet is recognised by her peers as one of the world’s leading arbitrators. In 2022, Juliet received the Global Arbitration Review award for ‘best prepared and most responsive arbitrator’, the Legal 500 ‘Arbitrator of the Year’ award and the Who’s Who Legal ‘Arbitration Lawyer of the Year’ award. Juliet is ranked as is ranked as a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal, as a Band 1 arbitrator in the UK guide of Chambers and Partners and as a Tier 1 Leading Arbitrator in the UK edition of The Legal 500.

Gary Born

Gary Born is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. He has participated as counsel in more than 675 international arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history, and has sat as arbitrator in more than 250 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. Mr. Born is uniformly ranked as one of the leading practitioners in the field, and is the only lawyer in the world to receive global “starred” status in Chambers rankings for international arbitration.

Mr. Born heads the firm’s 70-person international arbitration group, which is based in London and integrated with its New York, Washington, and Berlin offices. He has particular experience in joint venture, investor-state, M&A, investment banking and other financial services, project finance, energy, oil and gas, intellectual property and insurance disputes.

Mr. Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution. His recent works include International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer 3d ed. 2021), the leading treatise in the field; International Arbitration: Law and Practice (Kluwer 3d ed. 2021); and International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing (Kluwer 6th ed. 2021). Mr. Born teaches at leading law schools around the world, including Harvard, Stanford, National University of Singapore, St. Gallen and elsewhere.

Mikal Brøndmo

Mikal Brøndmo specialises in arbitration and litigation, with a focus on complex and international disputes. He also acts as arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations.

Mikal has especially experience from representing parties in international energy disputes (both oil & gas and renewables), including offshore wind disputes subject to ICC and GMAA. His experience also includes disputes concerning shipbuilding contracts, distribution contracts, defence contracts, insurance, fisheries and aquaculture, and post M&A.

Brøndmo also acts as arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations, such as under rules of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Nordic Offshore & Maritime Arbitration Association (NOMA), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and in ad hoc arbitrations.

He was a member of the working group of ICC Arbitration & ADR Commission’s report in 2022 on leveraging technology for fair, effective, and efficient international arbitration proceedings.

Mikal Brøndmo is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo, teaching contract law and civil procedure. He regularly speaks at conferences and publishes articles.

Mikal Brøndmo is recognised as the only Norwegian Thought leader in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration 2024.

Philippa Charles

Before joining Twenty Essex in February 2023, Philippa was the Head of International Arbitration at Stewarts in London; the UK’s largest disputes-only practice, for 10 years. She was a partner at Mayer Brown in London for 5 years prior to joining Stewarts, having trained and qualified at Mayer Brown.

She specialises in complex, high-value cross-border arbitration disputes, and has 24 years’ experience of acting as counsel in proceedings before the major arbitral institutions. As solicitor/solicitor-advocate she has acted for clients including sovereigns, state owned entities, major global corporations in the aviation, pharmaceutical, power, and oil and gas industries, and high net worth individuals.

Philippa has accepted appointments as arbitrator for a number of years and has sat as sole, chair and party-appointee in ICC, LCIA, SIAC, SCC, FAI, AAA-ICDR and ad-hoc arbitration. She has particular experience as arbitrator in energy, technology and general commercial disputes, and has recently sat in cases concerning distribution contracts in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries, franchise arrangements in relation to both restaurant and hotel businesses, supply agreements for the petrochemicals industry (for materials and IT) and the power industry, disputes in relation to aircraft lease arrangements, and the implementation of a long term concession agreement for the operation of a significant infrastructure project in an EU member state.

Jacob Møller Dirksen

Jacob is the Head of Dispute Resolution at leading Nordic law firm, Accura, head-quartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

He specialises in domestic and international arbitration and around 25 years’ experience of acting as counsel in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. He’s experience includes commercial disputes in general, and he has particular experience in cases concerning international trade, corporate and M&A, distribution contracts, renewable energy, construction and insurance.  

Jacob has accepted arbitrator appointments for many years, and he has sat a chair, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator in more than 30 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including ICC, SCC and DIA arbitrations.  

Jacob holds a J.D. equivalent from the University of Copenhagen, and he has earned an LL.M. from the University of Sydney and from the University of Copenhagen, respectively. He has also studied at the University of Leicester. He is a certified arbitrator (Danish Association of Danish Law Firms), and he has completed the SAA/SCC Arbitrators Training Program.  

Lord (James) Drummond Young

Lord Drummond Young returned from the Bench in 2020. Since then he has practised in the fields of arbitration and mediation and has written opinion on legal matters, especially in the fields of commercial law, the law of trusts and fiduciary duties, company law, partnership law and the law governing international transactions. He has also given expert evidence on Scots law in foreign courts.

He was a Senator of the College of Justice (Court of Session) until February 2020, having been appointed to the Court of Session in 2001. He was a judge of the Commercial Court within the Court of Session from 2001 to 2012, and from 2013 to 2020 was a judge of the Inner House (the appellate division of the Court of Session). From 2007 to 2011 he was Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission (the body officially responsible for review of the law in Scotland with a view to making recommendations for statutory reform of the law in particular areas).

Before being appointed to the Court of Session Lord Drummond Young was a member of the Scottish Bar. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1976, and became a Queen’s Council in 1988’s tops he was Standing Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue from 1986 to 1988, and Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Industry from 1984 to 1986. At the Bar he specialized in commercial law, trusts and taxation.

Pontus Ewerlöf

Pontus is specialized in arbitration and civil litigation and is head of Hannes Snellman’s Dispute resolution team in Stockholm. Pontus has substantial experience in international and domestic arbitration under the SCC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL rules and ad hoc proceedings as well as court proceedings in Sweden. Pontus’ experience as counsel encompassing a wide range of areas such as supply, share and asset purchases, construction and real estate, finance, energy, investor-state disputes, agency and distribution, professional and product liability, regulatory issues and insurance. Pontus is also appointed as arbitrator on a regular basis.

Recommended in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration (Sweden), 2024

Recommended in Dispute Resolution and Construction, Legal 500, 2023

“Pontus Ewerlöf handles a variety of mandates ranging from the challenging of arbitral awards and shareholder disputes to product liability and arbitral proceedings. He is particularly visible in cross-border mandates.”, Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global and Europe. 2023.

John Fellas

John Fellas is a full-time arbitrator at Fellas Arbitration, an adjunct professor of international commercial arbitration at New York University School of Law and honorary professor at Durham Law School in the UK.  He has over three decades of experience in international dispute resolution, and has acted as counsel and has served as arbitrator in arbitrations all over the world, under all the major arbitration rules, and across a range of sectors. John is recognized as a leading international arbitrator by all the major legal directories, including Chambers USA where he is identified as “one of the best—his reputation is phenomenal and deserved” and Who’s Who Legal where is a ranked as a Global Elite Thought Leader “in massive demand as an independent arbitrator.”  He was recognized by Best Lawyers as the Best Lawyer in New York for International Commercial Arbitration in 2019, and the Best Lawyer in New York for International Governmental Arbitration in 2022. He received a B.A. (Hons.) in law from the University of Durham, and both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

Sadaff Habib

Sadaff Habib is an independent arbitrator based in Dubai. Born and raised in Kenya with Indian roots, she is a qualified lawyer in New York. Sadaff has extensive experience in international arbitration, including disputes involving construction, infrastructure, property, commercial, desalination plants, and solar power projects. Recognized as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal, she also holds a ranking in the Legal 500 Middle East Construction, where she is acknowledged for building a reputable presence in international arbitration as an arbitrator.

Lord (Arthur) Hamilton

Lord Hamilton is a former advocate, judge and arbitrator based in Edinburgh. He was admitted to the Scottish Bar in 1968, took silk (appointed QC) in 1982 and appointed as a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland in 1995. While in practice as an advocate (including as a QC) he acted in numerous arbitrations, either as counsel or as arbitrator (then in Scotland styled arbiter), including several international arbitrations under ICC Rules. His practice, while widely spread, was latterly focussed on commercial disputes. Following his judicial appointment he served for several years as a commercial judge, including as principal commercial judge, in the Court of Session (Scotland’s Supreme Court). In 2001 he was promoted to the Inner House of that Court (the equivalent of the Court of Appeal) and in 2005 further promoted to Lord President of that Court (the head of the Scottish judiciary). He held that post until his retirement in 2012. Following that retirement he served for several years as a judge in the Court of Appeal in Botswana (that country’s highest court) and as a judge of the Qatar International Court. He also resumed activity as an arbitrator in Scotland. He is Patron of the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Douglas Harrison

Douglas Harrison is an independent commercial arbitrator. He also acts as a mediator and as legal counsel in select matters, including designing arbitral procedures and enforcing arbitral awards, as well as doing opinion work.


He has been a presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations and in arbitrations under the rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, ICC, ICDR, ICDR Canada, and the National Automobile Dealership Arbitration Program. His recent arbitration appointments have involved both Canadian and international disputes arising from a variety of commercial agreements, including supply agreements, license agreements, distributorships, franchises, shareholder agreements, consulting agreements, Insurance agreements, construction contracts and commercial tenancies. They have covered a range of sectors, including automotive, consumer products, energy, financial services, heavy manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and sports. In additional to contractual disputes, his recent mediation mandates have also included environmental issues, law firm partnerships, co-operatives, defamation, insurance coverage and cryptocurrency mining.


Mr. Harrison is a Member Arbitrator and Mediator at Arbitration Place in Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals as both an arbitrator and mediator (Global Panel, Product Liability Panel and Pro Bono Panel) and is on the arbitration rosters of ICDR Canada, ICC Canada, the ADR Institute of Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.


Mr. Harrison is the chair of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, a member of the executive of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee and a Co-Chair of the University Tribunal of the University of Toronto. He is the Director and a faculty member of the TCAS Gold Standard Course on Commercial Arbitration, a 40-hour course that permits students who successfully complete it to apply for a Q.Arb. designation from the ADR Institute of Canada. He is on the organizing committee of CanArbWeek and is a member of the Arbitration Committee of the ADR Institute of Canada. He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and the International Arbitration Institute.


For over 30 years, Mr. Harrison was with Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto conducting a broad corporate-commercial litigation and arbitration practice that included complex, high-value matters involving, among other things, breach of contract, competition law, insolvency and restructuring, supplier-procurement disputes and class actions, in a variety of sectors including aerospace, chemicals, food processing, logistics, media, mining and pharmaceuticals. His practice also included environmental law, product liability, defamation, professional liability, and directors and officers insurance.


He is listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for commercial arbitration (Repeatedly Recommended), Who’s Who Legal (Canada) for commercial arbitration (Recommended), Best Lawyers in Canada for international arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, corporate and commercial litigation, class action litigation and product liability law, and has also been recognized as an expert in global product liability law by Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides


Mr. Harrison has written and spoken widely about arbitration, including recent papers on the enforcement of awards in Canada against states and state-owned enterprises, and on removing arbitrators for incapacity or delay. He is a regular contributor to Law360 Canada on arbitration and international law topics. He is a co-author of The Law of Product Warnings and Recalls in Canada, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis Canada, 2019) and has served as a Sessional Instructor on advocacy at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Anne K. Hoffmann

Anne K. Hoffmann is an internationally recognised arbitration practitioner with more than two decades of experience in international commercial and investment arbitration during which she acted in arbitrations seated around the globe and governed by a great variety of laws. She is dual qualified in both Germany and England & Wales and practiced at leading international law firms in London, Geneva and Dubai before focusing on her practice as an independent arbitrator.

To date, Anne has acted as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in commercial arbitrations, both institutional under all major rules (including ICC, LCIA, Swiss Rules, DIFC-LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, SCC, VIAC, DIAC, CRCICA and DIS) as well as ad hoc, including UNCITRAL. She has also been appointed in investment arbitration proceedings, including under the ICSID Rules.

Anne conducts arbitrations in English and German and has good knowledge of French and Russian.

In addition to her membership in various arbitration organisations, Anne is on the panel of arbitrators of SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB and AIAC. She is also a member of the SIAC Users Council.

Anne regularly speaks and publishes on topics of international arbitration.

She has been recognized as a Global Leader Arbitration in all editions of Who is Who Legal since 2014 and is listed by Chambers Global as “Most in Demand Arbitrator”.

Between 2011 and 2021, Anne was also a visiting lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin.

Colm Ó hOisín SC

Colm Ó hOisín SC has been in practice in Dublin at the Bar of Ireland since 1988 and became a Senior Counsel in 2005. He is also a member of the Bar of England and Wales, the Bar of Northern Ireland, and an Associate Tenant with Kings Chambers (Manchester, England).

Colm has a wide-ranging practice concentrated on commercial and public law litigation and on international commercial and investment arbitration.

He has many appointments as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in international arbitration, and these include appointments under the rules of ICC, LCIA, ICSID, ICDR and DIAC.

He is a former President of Arbitration Ireland and was a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2015 to 2021. Colm is currently designated by Ireland to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator (CIArb).

Ndanga Kamau

Ndanga is an international lawyer based in The Hague, Netherlands. Her practice spans public international law, international dispute settlement, and private international law. She sits as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc disputes. She also advises clients on a range of international law issues, dispute prevention, and business and human rights. Her clients include states and state entities, international organisations, and private parties.

She is a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, an honorary senior fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, a director of programmes of the African Association of International Law, and a PRIME Finance expert in dispute resolution. She is a member of the ILA Committee on Rule of Law and International Investment Law, the editorial board of the African Journal International and Comparative Law, the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA), and the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Centre (NYIAC).

Ndanga regularly speaks on, and teaches, topics related to her areas of specialisation. She has done so in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. She also writes and lectures on these topics.

She is listed on the panels of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Shanghai Arbitration Commission (SHAC), the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), and the International Division of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA International). She has been selected for inclusion on the Global Arbitration Counsel List of the Office of the Ombudsman, United Nations Funds and Programmes.

Ndanga has an LLM in International Dispute Settlement from the University of Geneva Law School and Graduate Institute Geneva, postgraduate diplomas in law from City Law School and the Inns of Court School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Cape Town.

She was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

You can read more about Ndanga’s practice at: https://ndangakamau.com

Vivek Kapoor

Vivek Kapoor is a barrister and arbitrator practicing at London’s leading barristers chambers, 39 Essex Chambers. Vivek is an experienced advocate and arbitrator specialising in complex commercial, construction, and investor-state disputes. He is recognised for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional disputes arising from energy, natural resources, infrastructure and construction, banking and financial services, and technology sectors. Vivek is described in leading legal directories as “an excellent litigator”, “an expert in law”, “an excellent advocate” and “a great strategic decision maker”. Clients note that “his ability to find novel legal solutions to some of the most difficult situations is remarkable” and that he “thinks of every scenario for a case and prepares for each one, including complex and difficult ones”. His “ability to make simple arguments explaining complex legal points in both law and fact” is described as “a case winner”. In a leading judgment in the English High Court, the Judge described Vivek’s submissions as “able and persuasive”. Vivek featured in the inaugural Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist, which listed 200 of the UK’s leading arbitration practitioners working in law firms and at the Bar. Vivek acts for Sovereign states, leading Fortune 500 corporations, multinational and regional corporations, and state-entities from a wide range of geographies. Vivek has a wide-ranging practice in the field of international arbitration. He acts as counsel in arbitrations under a wide variety of international arbitration rules including ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL, and ad-hoc arrangements. He also regularly acts as arbitrator in arbitrations under ICC, LCIA and SIAC rules. Vivek has an established practice as counsel before the English and Indian courts. He also acts in DIFC and ADGM courts, and has in the past acted in matters before the highest courts of Singapore and Hong Kong. His broad litigation practice extends across the full range of commercial disputes, covering energy, natural resources, infrastructure and construction, banking and finance, civil fraud, injunctions and challenges to awards and enforcement under the New York Convention. He has experience of arbitration applications before various international courts. Vivek is also instructed by States and private entities on both contentious and noncontentious public international law related issues. He is regularly advises on matters related to policy and protection of international investment under bilateral investment treaties, free trade agreements, investor-state and concession contracts, and sanctions.

Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is a partner of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva, and practices international commercial and investment arbitration, having acted in over 240 international arbitrations, mainly as president. She regularly ranks among the top ten arbitrators worldwide; a study on investment arbitration released in 2016 concluded that she was the “most influential arbitrator in the world”. She appears on numerous institutional panels (including ICC, ICSID, SIAC, CIETAC). Professor Emerita at Geneva University, where she taught private international law and international arbitration, Gabrielle is the founder of the Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) and co-founder of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA). She is or was a visiting professor at Georgetown Law, Sciences Po Paris, the MIDS, National University of Singapore and Tsinghua University Beijing. Honorary President of ICCA (since 2020) and of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), Gabrielle is also among other leadership positions a former member of the ICC Court, LCIA Court, and AAA Board, and a member of the Swiss delegation to UNCITRAL. She has published extensively (list available at https://lk-k.com/?year=&lawyer=gabriellekaufmann-kohler&expertise=&s=&post_type=publication)

Sara Masters KC

Sara Masters KC practises as both Counsel and Arbitrator at Twenty Essex.

She accepts appointments as an arbitrator in a variety of global seats and sectors. She has wide experience of both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, UNCITRAL and LMAA. She is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator and acts as an expert witness on English law before foreign courts, including the French, Singaporean, Malaysian, Hong Kong and US Courts.

In her Counsel practice, Sara is a go-to Silk for cases raising difficult jurisdiction and private international law issues. Sara’s practice extends to commercial disputes (particularly complex multi-jurisdictional disputes), sanctions – with a particular focus on Russian and Iranian sanctions in the transport and energy sectors but also extending to more general commercial contexts, EU law (with a focus on competition and private international law), shipping (including shipbuilding and ship sale disputes) and commodities, construction, energy, insurance (including marine insurance) and re-insurance.

Sara regularly appears as Counsel in international commercial arbitrations before the major international arbitral institutions, and also before trade specific bodies including the LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA. Her arbitrations have covered areas such as shipping and commodities, ship building, super yachts, joint production oil agreements off-shore construction, gas supply agreements, share purchase agreements and licensing. She has been involved in virtual arbitration hearings as both Counsel and Arbitrator.

Sara has appeared in the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council and before the European Court of Justice and Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. She is registered to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Edward McCluskey

Edward is a chartered quantity surveyor and chartered arbitrator. He an experienced procurement, commercial, and dispute avoidance/resolution professional with more than 30 years’ practical experience.

Edward has been appointed as arbitrator on 40+ arbitration cases varying in value nature and complexity. His arbitral appointments have covered real estate, construction, final accounts, termination of contract, professional negligence, damages, and misrepresentation. Edward has acted as sole arbitrator and as an arbitrator on a tribunal of three involving Kings Counsel. His reputation has been acknowledged by the fact that he continues to receive appointments from parties, and Dubai International Arbitration Centre.  He is regularly asked by the CIArb and RICS to lecture on arbitration. Edward is empaneled on numerous panels across the globe.

Edward has been appointed as expert witness on several matters. In a training capacity he conducts interviews for the RICS for the President panel of Expert Witnesses and Mediators. He also teaches on the RICS mediation course and is a qualified, and experienced, tutor for the CIArb.

He has successfully negotiated numerous contracts and resolved contractual/commercial matters.  He is pragmatic, meticulous, and solution driven. His mediation work includes commercial, workplace, and family disputes. He has worked alongside a leading KC in several mediations

Lindy Patterson KC

Lindy Patterson KC is a full time independent arbitrator, dispute board member and adjudicator with 39 Essex Chambers. She is recognised as a “go to” arbitrator for complex infrastructure, energy and construction disputes in both civil and common law systems. She is a chartered arbitrator and honorary fellow of RICS ( Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and CICES ( Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors).

She also arbitrates in general commercial contracts and real estate disputes. She operates in many jurisdictions, both civil and common law, and with a variety of governing laws with appointments from ICC; LCIA; DIAC; NAI and ADCCAC.

In 2021 she was appointed to the Standing Committee of the International Centre for ADR of ICC.

She is a member of the FCL Certification Board and Chair of its Adjudication Programme Committee which certifies dispute board members for inclusion on the FIDIC List of International Adjudicators.

She is on the following UK lists of adjudicators:-TeCSA; RICS and RIBA. She is on the Conflict Avoidance Panel administered by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for the infrastructure company, Transport for London and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers

Lucy Reed

Lucy Reed is an independent arbitrator with Arbitration Chambers (New York), ranked in Chambers Global Band 1 for Most in Demand Arbitrators (Dispute Resolution and Public International Law). Lucy is President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Court and served as President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) from 2020 until April 2023. Lucy retired in 2016 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she led the global international arbitration group from the New York, Hong Kong and Singapore offices, and then was Professor of Practice and Director of the Centre for International Law at NUS through 2019. In addition to practicing international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, she served as an arbitrator on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission (a humanitarian law/Geneva Convention claims commission), co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland (a Holocaust claims tribunal) and, while with the US State Department, the US Agent to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. Lucy, a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations, is a former Vice-President of the ICC Court and President of the American Society of International Law. She was educated at the University of Chicago Law School and Brown University.

Prof. Patricia Saiz

Patricia Saiz is an independent arbitrator with more than 20 years of experience in the field of law. As counsel and arbitrator, she has handled arbitrations under many of the major arbitral rules (such as ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL), in a broad range of industry sectors (including construction & engineering, corporate, energy, finance, insurance, technology and real estate, among others), and under both the laws of civil and common law jurisdictions (e.g., Brazil, California, Canada, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hungary, New York, Oman, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela). Also, as a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, she has scrutinized dozens of awards in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Before becoming an independent arbitrator based in Spain in 2014, she practiced in the United States for 12 years. As such, she is familiar both with common law and civil law jurisdictions. She is educated in both, having earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a J.D. equivalent from ESADE Law School in Spain, and she is licensed to practice in New York, Washington D.C. and Spain. Additionally, before turning to arbitration, she practiced as a tax lawyer for seven years. Her transactional and tax planning background gives her a unique insight into contractual risk allocation, financial statements analysis and accounting, and the inbound and outbound structuring of investments. She is therefore well known for her detailed and meticulous approach to damages calculations.

Prof. Saiz teaches at some of the world’s best universities, such as ESADE Law School, the MIDS, and Columbia Law School’s U.S. Business Law Academy, and is a sought-after speaker in international arbitration. She is an active member of the arbitration community, as an officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and a member of the Board of the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA, in Spanish) and Chairman of its Scientific Committee.

She speaks English, Spanish, French, and Catalan, and has an advanced knowledge of Portuguese and a basic knowledge of German.

Audley Sheppard KC

Audley is a Consultant at Clifford Chance LLP, based in London, having been a Partner and Co-Head of the firm’s International Arbitration Group.

He specialises in the resolution of major disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects, and international trade and investment.

His professional activities include: Vice President, ICCA; Advisory Board, Lauterpacht Centre, Cambridge; Advisory Board, International Treaty Forum, BIICL; International Advisory Board, Arbitration Ireland. He is also Chair of the Board of Sport Resolutions.

He is a former: Chair of the LCIA Board (2017-2022); Vice-President of the LCIA Court (2011-2016); Member of the ICC Court (2008-2012); Co-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2006-08); Rapporteur of the ILA Arbitration Committee (1996-2006).

He graduated with LLB (Hons) and B.Commerce (Victoria Univ. of Wellington, NZ) and LLM (Univ. of Cambridge, England). He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2015.

He has New Zealand and Ireland nationality.


Tomas Vail

Tomas Vail is the Founder of Vail Dispute Resolution, a London-based disputes practice recognised by Chambers, Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500. He regularly advises on investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration under the ICSID, LCIA, ICC, SCC and UNCITRAL rules.

With over a decade of experience, Tomas is recognised as a leading arbitration practitioner and arbitrator. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is listed in the arbitration panels of the LCIA, ICC, SCC and SIAC, among others.

Tomas is admitted to the New York State Bar and is a Solicitor of England & Wales. He is fluent in English, Russian and French.

Melanie van Leeuwen

Melanie van Leeuwen joined Derains & Gharavi as a partner in 2011.

Who’s Who Legal describes Melanie as “a Dutch superstar in Paris, who is lauded as an outstanding professional and great personality”, noting that “she is the best of the best”. Chambers Europe ranks Melanie in the category of Most in Demand Arbitrators, describing her as “a real powerhouse with a very strong presence and a sharp sound legal mind.” Legal 500 lists Melanie as “an excellent strategist who has a profound knowledge of investment law and impresses by the outstanding quality of her written and oral pleadings.”

Since 1996, Melanie has been practising international arbitration exclusively. She has solid experience as counsel and arbitrator in both commercial and investment arbitration, conducted under all major sets of arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, LCIA-MIAC, ICSID, SCC, ICDR, UNCITRAL, PCA, DIAC, NAI, CEPANI and Swiss Rules) and governed by various procedural and substantive laws. She has handled over 100 arbitrations as counsel and arbitrator concerning disputes arising out of international commercial contracts, cross-border investment, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, construction projects and investment protection under international law. She has been particularly active in the sectors of energy, mining, media, information and communication technology, construction and engineering, real estate, aviation and infrastructural and defence projects. She also regularly represents clients in annulment, enforcement and consolidation proceedings before the Netherlands state courts.

Melanie has been appointed to the ICSID panel of arbitrators by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. At present, Melanie is serving as the chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and as a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Association. She recently co-chaired the ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration.

Carita Wallgren-Lindholm

Carita Wallgren-Lindholm is a Helsinki-based international arbitrator who began her practice in Paris in the early 1980s. Before starting her boutique Lindholm Wallgren, Attorneys, Ltd. in 2008, she spent 25 years at Roschier in corporate and dispute resolution work. She has been involved in more than 120 international arbitrations, mainly as arbitrator and chair including SCC, ICC, FAI, LCIA, JCAA, DIA, PCA, ICSID, UNCITRAL and NAFTA. She was the chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR 2018-2021. Since 2012 Carita Wallgren-Lindholm only acts as an arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes. She is also a trained mediator.

Sun Wei

Mr. Wei SUN is a managing partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm. He is Representative of China to UNCITRAL Working Group II, Board Member of Singapore International Mediation Center, Member of ICC International Court of Arbitration, Member of the International Advisory Board of Vienna International Arbitral Centre, etc. Mr. Sun is frequently appointed as an arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration cases. He is panel arbitrator of SIAC, HKIAC, AAA-ICDR, AIAC, AFSA, and TIAC. He is also panel arbitrator of CIETAC, BAC, SHAC, SHIAC, SCIA, and other leading Chinese arbitration institutions. As a lawyer, Mr. Sun has extensive experience in commercial and investment arbitration and litigation, especially in the field of construction and infrastructure, energy, finance, and corporate equity. He has represented clients in many significant and complicated arbitration cases, covering jurisdictions such as Singapore, Switzerland, Argentina, Qatar, and Ghana, etc. For his profound professional expertise and prominent advocating performance, Mr. Sun was listed as Who’s Who Legal 2023 Arbitration “Global Leader”; 2022 Arbitration “National Leader” and 2021 Arbitration “Future Leaders”, awarded “2020 Top 15 Chinese Litigators” by Asian Legal Business, etc.

Dr. Galina Zukova

Dr. Galina Zukova, dually qualified in Paris and Latvia, acts as an independent arbitrator and occasionally as counsel. Before founding her own firm ZUKOVA Legal in 2019, Galina was a partner with a boutique law firm and a lawyer in the top International Arbitration Practice Group of a major international law firm based in Paris. Prior to this, she worked as Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Her previous work experience also includes the Latvian European Integration Bureau, where she was in charge of the legal aspects of Latvia’s accession to the European Union. Dr. Zukova is a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, a Vice-Chair of the Arbitration Council of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC) and a Steering Committee Member of the Armenian International Arbitration Centre. She is a Council Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, and a Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. In 2022, she was included in the European Commission’s List of Candidates Suitable for Appointment as Arbitrators in EU trade and investment agreements with third states. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (Paris-Saclay) and the Riga Graduate School of Law. Dr. Zukova is fluent in English, French, Italian, Latvian, Russian and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of German.