International Advisory & Dispute Resolution Unit

Providing advisory, dispute resolution and pro bono services in developed and emerging markets


Chair - Ali Malek QC

Ali Malek QC is a leading commercial barrister. Widely recognised for his skills as an advocate in international arbitration, he has appeared as counsel in cases governed by ICC, LCIA and SIAC rules, amongst others. His expertise also includes ICSID claims under bilateral investment treaties. He has also been appointed as arbitrator in disputes under many institutional rules including ICC, LCIA, SIAC and the HKIAC.

Frequently advising on enforcement issues and jurisdictional challenges to arbitration awards he has a reputation in the international arbitration world as someone to go to for the "top cases." His clients include state authorities and governments, and his recent matters include disputes in Singapore, Hong Kong and arbitration-related appearances in the Commercial Court.

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Vice-chair - Jane Davies Evans

Jane has extensive international experience as counsel and arbitrator in cross-border and construction/engineering disputes, focusing on conflicts arising in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, and in particular in the Middle East, Africa, the Russian Federation and CIS, Latin America and the Asia Pacific.

She acted as counsel in nuclear projects in Finland, Switzerland, China, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. She is also an experienced forensic accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and is particularly skilled in addressing complex issues of quantum.

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IADRU Coordinator - Carlos Carvalho

Carlos Carvalho is an arbitration assistant at 3 Verulam Buildings. He is an MCiarb lawyer with extensive experience in dispute resolution and a track record of adding commercial value and growing businesses, including law firms, start-ups and large commercial organisations.

He has started three businesses in the last eight years involving professional and regulatory compliance services, technology, and the financial sector. He founded a law firm in Brazil, growing it from start-up to established institution, and managing its clients and dispute resolution strategies. He is qualified to practice in Brazil and Portugal and holds a Master’s degree in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary University of London.

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham

Tan Sri Dato' Cecil Abraham is one of Malaysia's leading counsel. He has a strong reputation for dealing with complex disputes and covers a wide breadth of areas that include Corporate and Commercial, Environmental, Banking and Securities, Insurance, Maritime, and Competition Law as well as Arbitration.

He has acted for the former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, and he is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations and is the only Malaysian to be regularly appointed as an arbitrator in investment treaty disputes.

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Sir William Blair

Sir William (Bill) Blair served as a High Court Judge in England and Wales for nearly ten years handing down many decisions in the field of arbitration. He was the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court in London from 2016 and had overall responsibility for arbitration cases. He now sits as an arbitrator, to which he also brings experience from his time in practice as a QC at the bar.

He is Professor of Financial Law and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London and the President of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities. He is also a member of the International Commercial Experts Committee of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China, the Chair of the Bank of England’s Enforcement Decision Making Committee and a member of P.R.I.M.E. Finance's Advisory Board.

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Sir Ross Cranston FBA

Sir Ross Cranston FBA was a High Court Judge in England and Wales for some nine years. As well as being Judge in Charge of the Administrative Court he sat in Commercial Court. He still sits as a part-time judge. As a judge he has decided a number of arbitration cases. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is currently professor of law at the London School of Economics.  

He has been Solicitor General for England and Wales. As a consultant to the World Bank, the IMF, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission and UNCTAD, he has advised different countries on their court systems. Previously he was Centennial Professor and Cassel professor of commercial law at LSE.

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Professor Dr. Kaj Hobér

Kaj Hobér is Professor of International Investment and Trade Law at Uppsala University (Sweden), Chairman of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and a leading figure in the field of international arbitration. He acts as a counsel to corporations and governments and has been appointed arbitrator in more than 200 international commercial and investor-state arbitrations, including SCC, ICC, ICISD and the LCIA, amongst others.

Kaj is a fluent Russian speaker and has extensive experience dealing with and advising in many legal aspects of East-West transactions. This includes, inter alia, joint ventures, industrial cooperation agreements, turn-key contracts for various types of plants, construction and civil engineering contracts, licensing and other transfer of technology agreements, countertrade transactions, privatization transactions, oil and gas projects, different capital markets transactions, trading in Russian securities, loan transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Christopher Lau SC

A former Judicial Commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court, Singapore Senior Counsel and Chartered Arbitrator, Christopher is recognised as “one of Singapore’s leading arbitrators on major domestic and international arbitrations” (AsiaLaw). His arbitration and mediation practice encompasses investment as well as all aspects of commercial disputes involving the laws of various common and civil law jurisdictions. He is a member of, amongst others, the LCIA Court, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Council of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration and the Board of Advisors of the New York International Arbitration Centre.

Christopher is also an independent, non-executive director of the Board of Directors of Wing Tai Holdings Ltd, Chairman of its Audit and Risk Committee and member of its Nominating Committee. He is also a former director and Chairman of the respective Risk and Audit Committee of both Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd and Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd.

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Sophie Nappert

Sophie is a dual-qualified lawyer in Canada and in the UK and a full-time arbitrator. She is trained and has practised in both civil law and common law jurisdictions and is the peer-nominated Moderator of OGEMID, the online discussion forum on current issues of international investment law, economic law and arbitration.  She is ranked in Global Arbitration Review's Top 30 List of Female Arbitrators Worldwide and is commended as a “leading light” in the field by Who’s Who Legal.

Sophie is the author of a Commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: A Practitioner’s Guide (Juris, 2012). She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and McGill University Faculty of Law. In February 2018 Sophie was appointed by the Canadian Government to the NAFTA Chapter 19 (Trade Remedies) Roster.

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Gopal Subramanium

One of the most talented jurists that India has produced in recent times, Gopal Subramanium the Solicitor General of India between 2009 and 2011. His extensive arbitration experience includes being the lead counsel for Indian companies in ICC and domestic arbitrations, and also an expert witness on Indian law in SIAC and other international commercial arbitrations.

Mr. Subramanium has also appeared in a number of landmark cases concerning the law of arbitration in India, and has appeared in a number of matters in the Supreme Court and various High Court concerning arbitrability of disputes, appointment of arbitrators and challenge to arbitral awards including those arising out of defence contracts, EPC contracts and infrastructure contracts.

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Professor Attila Massimiliano Tanzi

Attila Tanzi, PhD, is a professor of International Law at the University of Bologna, a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), a conciliator at the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Chairman of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention. He is also on the PCA specialised panel of Arbitrators for Environment disputes.

Attila regularly advises governments and international organizations on international law matters, including questions concerning investment law, treaty interpretation, environmental law, law of the sea, State immunity, the law of international organizations and international procedural law. Attila has a strong practice as an inter-state litigator and as an investor-state and international commercial arbitrator. He was also a member of Italy’s delegation to the Sixth Committee (Legal) of the UN General Assembly.

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