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Elizabeth Birch

Call 1978; LLB (Lon); Barrister, Arbitrator; Mediator
Email: ebirch@3vb.com

Elizabeth Birch FCIArb (1993); Chartered Arbitrator; Q.D.R. (Qualified Mediator) 1995; Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (Distinction) - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1998; Advanced Mediator training (MATA) 2005; Fellow of The International Academy of Mediators (California); Certified by IMI/MATA for Intercultural Competency 2012.

In full time practice as arbitrator and mediator since 2003 handling a wide variety of international cases (practised at the English Commercial Bar 1980 to 2003), specialising in maritime law, international trade and transportation, insurance & reinsurance, oil & gas, energy, international finance and banking, joint ventures, distributorship and franchise, conflict of laws and jurisdiction disputes, Information technology and telecommunications and all types of commercial and international disputes.


Has extensive experience, having sat as arbitrator since 1992, in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration. Receives regular appointments under the Rules of ICC, LCIA, CPR (New York), ICDR/AAA (International Panel and Oil & Gas Panel), LMAA and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and ad hoc appointments in commercial, maritime, insurance/reinsurance, contractual and international disputes. Full member of The London Maritime Arbitrator's Association (LMAA). She regularly sits as an arbitrator, both as sole and as a member of a panel of three and frequently as presiding arbitrator.


Has sat as mediator since 1996 and is one of first mediators at the English Commercial Bar to do so. One of the first mediators to be certified by IMI/MATA for Intercultural Competency in 2012.  Has successfully conducted a very substantial number of mediations in commercial and cross border disputes including high value, technical and multi-party. Named as one of the top 10 mediators in UK in two surveys carried out in 2002 and 2005 and recommended in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession from 1998 - 1999 and continuing to date. Comments include: "gifted mediator"; "inspires confidence"; "gets results"; "the consummate professional"; "reliable and experienced performer"; "her gentle persona hides a solid steel intellect and "tough as nails"

Cases handled are often substantial being high value, cross-border or multi-party disputes. Many involve technical issues requiring detailed expert evidence of a trade, engineering or scientific nature.

As a barrister, Elizabeth has appeared frequently before the Commercial and Admiralty Courts, and in arbitration before the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators' Association) and the Commodity Houses (eg LME - London Metal Exchange, GAFTA, FOSFA, RSA etc) and in insurance arbitrations.



Banks, brokers and financial intermediaries, commodity trading companies, insurance companies, insureds and reinsureds, financial institutions, mining companies, shipowners, charterers and cargo owners, all types of commercial enterprises and professionals.ACI Commercial/IPOS

Panel Appointments

  • Panel Member (Full Member) LMAA and receives appointments under LMAA terms
  • Panel Member: In Place of Strife Chambers
  • Panel Member: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (arbitration and mediation)
  • Panel Member: CPR (New York) for distinguished international arbitrators and mediators
  • Panel Member: ICDR/AAA (International Panel and Oil & Gas Panel)
  • Panel Member: SCMA (Singapore Council of Maritime Arbitration)
  • Panel Member (Chairman) of FEPA/DEFRA Representation Committee (available to hear appeals against refusal of licences for dumping at sea)

Professional Membership

  • Distinguished Fellow of The International Academy of Mediators, California (IAM) 
  • British Maritime Law Association (BMLA) 
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) - Secretary 1993-96
  • Baltic Exchange
  • CIA Arbitration Club: Maritime Branch; Oil & Gas Branch 
  • Lamport Hall Group
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) Secretary (1993-1996) 
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)

Other Professional Involvement

  • Member of Commercial Court Working Party (1994 to 2000) chaired by Mr Justice Colman into the use of mediation and early neutral evaluation in the Commercial Court leading to the early Commercial Court Practice Directions on ADR
  • Member of the working party leading to the Civil Mediation Council under the Chairmanship of Sir Brian Neill (2002-3)
  • Member of the Bar Council (England & Wales) ADR Committee 2003 to 2008
  • Member of the Bar Council (England & Wales) Arbitration sub-committee (from formation in 2004)  


Frequently speaks at seminars and conferences on arbitration and mediation.

Conducts Mediation Awareness Training sessions and ADR Training Sessions from time to time for lawyers both in the UK and in foreign jurisdictions.


  • Editor of Marine Insurance chapter of Bullen & Leake a practitioner's textbook on Pleadings & Precedents: 14th and 15th editions (Sweet & Maxwell).
  • Editor of Mediators on Mediation (Tolley): Chapter on "Regulatory Mediation"


Named as one of the top 10 mediators in UK in two surveys carried out by in 2002 and 2005 and recommended in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession from1998 - 1999 and onwards.

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