Our People

Centre Staff

Andrew Mackenzie
Chief Executive

Andrew Mackenzie has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre since its establishment in 2011. A solicitor on secondment to the Centre from the Scottish Government, Andrew previously worked as a policy lead in Justice and as a legal adviser to that Government.

Andrew sits on the Advisory Board of the International Bar Association (IBA) Section on Public and Professional Interest Council, having formerly been a Member of the Council. He is also Co-Chair of the IBA Government and Public Lawyers Forum and sits on the Advisory Board of the IBA Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, having formerly been Co-Chair of that Committee. An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he also sits on the European Sub-Committee of the Campaign for Greener Arbitration, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Arbitration Court Users Group, the Scottish Government Dispute Resolution Delivery Group, and is a public interest member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland Investigation Committee.

Duncan Bagshaw

Duncan is a barrister and a partner at Howard Kennedy in London. He practices in commercial and investment arbitration. He has extensive experience in the energy and mining sectors and cases concerning property, hotel, and retail projects. He has a particular interest in cases related to Africa. Many of Duncan’s clients are states or state-owned companies. Duncan is recommended as a Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal, and is identified as a leading lawyer in the field of international arbitration in Chambers and Partners UK and Chambers Global, and the Legal 500. Duncan also practices as an arbitrator. He is a Fellow of CIArb, a member of the ICC UK Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Committee, and an Ambassador to the ICC’s Belt & Road Commission. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the MARC Arbitration Centre in Mauritius, and was the first Registrar of the LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre.

Juliet Dodds
Business Manager

Juliet joined the Scottish Arbitration Centre as Business Manager in September 2020. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2014 with a MA (hons) in History of Art. Since then she has held various posts in marketing and business development.

Davide D'Aleo
Business Development Manager

Davide is the Centre’s Business Development Manager. He is Italian having obtained a bachelor of laws (with honours) from the University of Arberdeen, Masters of Science in International Business from the University of Leeds, and is has submitted his PhD (international business and international commercial arbitration) at the University of Liverpool. Prior to his PhD studies, he worked in audit at one of the big four accounting firms.

Rahaf Saeed

Rahaf Joined The Scottish Arbitration Centre as an Administrator in May 2022. She has held various posts in Sales, Tendering and Business Development where she acquired a semi-international exposure during her time in Saudi Arabia. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at The University of Edinburgh specializing in History.

Scottish Arbitration Centre Directors

Angus Glennie (Lord Glennie)
Chairman of the Board

After a career at the commercial bar in London, where he specialised in commercial and international arbitration, and later as an advocate in Edinburgh, Angus was appointed a judge of the Court of Session in 2005 and worked originally as an intellectual property judge. He became Principal Commercial Judge in 2007, a position which he held for some four years. Angus was appointed an arbitration judge in 2010, delivering the first judgments under the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010. In 2016 he was appointed to the First Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session and was also appointed to the Privy Council. Angus is now joining Axiom Advocates in Edinburgh and re-joining his old chambers, Twenty Essex, in London, in each case as an arbitrator. He will also remain chair of the Arbitration Court Users Group.

Brandon Malone

Brandon is an Advocate at the Scottish Bar, and a Barrister of the Inner Temple. He is a practising arbitrator, adjudicator and expert determiner, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a member of the panel of arbitrators at AAA/ICDR, New York, SIAC, Singapore, DIAC, Dubai, CIETAC, Beijing, AIAC, Kuala Lumpur, SCCA, Riyadh, RSPP, Moscow, and BCDR-AAA, Bahrain. He is also an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He chairs the ICCA-NYC Bar-CPR Working Group on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration. Brandon is an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee and is a former External Examiner in arbitration law at Robert Gordon University. He was a driving force behind the establishment of the Scottish Arbitration Centre. As well as having chaired the Board of the Scottish Arbitration Centre from its inception in 2011 until 2022 (he remains a director of the Centre), he is Co-Director of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration.

Mary Thomson

Mary is a Chartered Arbitrator, accredited mediator (Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)) and accredited adjudicator (HKIAC) now based in Edinburgh. She is also a barrister at 36 Stone Chambers (London and Singapore) and Pacific Chambers (Hong Kong (HK)) and former solicitor (England & Wales and HK), including as Partner in Dispute Resolution and Regional Head of Insurance at Brandt Chan & Partners/SNR Denton, HK. She is also Chair of ARIAS Asia and Immediate Past Chair of the Executive Committee of CIArb East Asia Branch.

Gillian Carmichael Lemaire

Gillian is dual-qualified as a Member of the Paris Bar and a Scottish solicitor, based in London at Carmichael Lemaire Ltd. Having started out as a litigator in Glasgow, she has spent most of her 35-year career in international arbitration and, more recently, mediation. Gillian is a Fellow of the CIArb and a member of their London Branch Committee. She serves as arbitrator and is an accredited mediator. Gillian is also a visiting lecturer in international arbitration at the University of Aberdeen and a Member of the Advisory Council to the Board of ArbitralWomen

Brandon Nolan

Brandon Nolan is a Partner who is classified by Legal Directories as a leading lawyer both in Scotland and in London. He is described as “a first class construction lawyer” (Scotland) and interviewees praise his “highly intelligent, pragmatic approach” (London and UK wide). Brandon advises on all aspects of construction law including contract drafting, consultancy, advisory, and disputes work in the construction, engineering and oil and gas sectors. He has acted in proceedings in all the main UK Courts. Brandon also has substantial arbitration and adjudication experience and has conducted the advocacy in a number of major arbitrations. He is also extensively involved in alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation and expert determination. Risk and strategic advisory work also form a significant part of Brandon’s practice as well as forensic investigation work. Brandon is the immediate past chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Scottish Branch.

Sarah Lancaster

Sarah Lancaster was appointed Chambers Director of Arbitration Chambers in November 2020, where she is responsible for the operations and growth of Chambers. In addition to supporting its members with their practices, Sarah accepts appointments as arbitrator and is recognized for arbitration by Who’s Who Legal. She is a member of the Reserve Panel of Arbitrators of SIAC, she is on the List of Arbitrators of the HKIAC, and she is a member of the newly-formed Court of the SCCA (having previously served on the Center’s Committee for Administrative Decisions). Sarah is also a Board member of the Scottish Arbitration Centre.

Before joining Arbitration Chambers, Sarah spent eight years as the Registrar of the LCIA, where she was responsible for managing the casework secretariat and ensuring the smooth and efficient administration of hundreds of arbitrations each year, as well as leading improvements to internal processes. Prior to that, Sarah spent 14 years practising law with Baker McKenzie, in London and Sydney, where her practice incor-porated litigation and international arbitration of commercial disputes across a broad array of sectors, with a particular focus on energy and resources, telecoms and IT, and sports disputes.

Sarah has an LLB (Law with European Law) with first class honours from the University of Nottingham and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sports Law from Kings College, London. She is admitted as a Solicitor in Eng-land & Wales, New South Wales (Australia) and the High Court of Australia.