The next Quadrant Chambers International Arbitration Panel Debate is taking place on Tuesday 20 November. The topic for the debate is 'Feeding Back to Arbitrators', which we are sure will prompt some lively and interesting discussion.
Simon Rainey QC will be chairing our fantastic panel which includes future LCIA President Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Joe Tirado, Garrigues, Damian Honey, HFW and Ruth Hosking from Quadrant.
Places at our international arbitration events are always snapped up and we expect this to be no exception.
Registration - 5.45pm
Debate - 6.15pm
Reception - 7.30pm
Venue: Quadrant House
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Simon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded practitioners at the Commercial Bar noted for his intellect and advocacy. He has extensive experience of international arbitration, regularly appearing as advocate under all of the main international arbitral rules (LCIA; SIAC, UNCITRAL; ICC, Swiss Rules etc) and also sitting as arbitrator.
Current examples of his work as counsel are in arbitration before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in a US 13billion gas supply dispute; under Nigerian Law and seat in relation to an offshore oilfield redetermination dispute between oil majors, under UNCITRAL Rules in a mining supply take or pay dispute involving one of the world’s leading mine conglomerates; an ICC arbitration concerning a new mine development in Russia and an ICC Dubai seat arbitration involving specialist offshore vessels and in associated s67 and s68 LCIA challenges in the A v B  EWHC 3417 (Comm) litigation in the4 Commercial Court. Recent arbitral appointments include an ICC Paris seat arbitration concerning a power station failure, a French law and seat arbitration relating to an oil rig drilling contract, an offshore construction contract claim under SIAC Rules and a long-term ore supply contract claim under Swiss Rules.
He is highly ranked by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a first division international arbitration specialist (“Highly regarded for his expertise in handling high-profile international arbitrations in connection with complex oil and gas, banking and finance and trade issues. He is well known for his prowess in advising and representing clients in disputes in countries as far flung as Turkey, Russia, the USA, China and India” 2018; “Incredibly good, with a particular skill in reducing the complicated to the elegantly simple, which when you're trying to present a case to a tribunal or court is one of the more valuable things you need to have” 2018; “Clearly now one of the top commercial silks and a delight to work with.” 2018; “A mixture of brilliance and brevity, his written submissions are like poetry” 2018), He was nominated for “International Arbitration Silk of the Year 2017” by Legal 500 and has also been awarded “Shipping & Commodities Silk of the Year” 2017 by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
He sits as a deputy High Court Judge in the Commercial Court and is Honorary Professor of Law, Business and Economics, University of Swansea.
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Paula is the Head of the Global Arbitration Practice at Herbert Smith Freehills and has over 25 years' experience advising clients in international disputes, particularly in the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors.
Based in London, Paula specialises in international arbitration and has helped clients in many jurisdictions, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, France, Russia and the CIS, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA in ad hoc arbitration and proceedings under the auspices of all the major arbitral institutions. Paula also sits as an arbitrator.
Paula has acted for clients as lead counsel and advocate in a substantial number of high profile arbitrations. She has also been closely involved in several cases before the High Court in London, and has appeared before the Court of Appeal and House of Lords (now the Supreme Court). Her advocacy skills were formally recognised in 2014 when she was awarded the title of QC.
Paula plays an active role in the international arbitration community. She has been appointed the next president of the LCIA, which will commence in May 2019. She is the current vice president of the LCIA, having been appointed in 2015, she also sits on its board and has sat on the LCIA Court since 2012. She is also involved with the ICC, BIICL, IDRC, ASA, ILA, and the Energy Institute. She has served as an officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee and is included on the AAA's Energy Arbitrators List.
Her expertise in international arbitration, the energy sector and Africa-related disputes is consistently recognised by local and global legal directories. According to Chambers & Partners, sources describe Paula as "brilliant" and the "most complete arbitration practitioner in London."
Joe Tirado is partner and Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR at Garrigues.
Joe has occupied global leadership positions in the leading firms from four major jurisdictions, including the UK, US and Spain. He has over 25 years of dispute resolution experience representing sovereign governments, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals. He has handled hundreds of cases across a broad range of industry sectors as a litigator, counsel, arbitrator, mediator and expert determiner in over 50 jurisdictions.
Joe is recognised as a ranked individual for international arbitration and ADR in leading legal directories, where he is described as “first class”. He is “best known for his work on energy-related disputes, but is also recognised for his financial services and public international law expertise”.
Joe has also conducted and advised on international commercial and investment arbitration under all the major international arbitration rules before the leading international arbitration institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the International Center for Dispute Resolution/American Arbitration Association (ICDR/AAA), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Geneva International Chamber of Commerce (CCIG), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), as well as “pure” ad hoc and UNCITRAL arbitrations.
He is actively involved in arbitral and mediation institutions and prestigious international arbitration and ADR associations and committees, including CEDR, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the International Bar Association (IBA), ICC, International Law Association (ILA) International Commercial Arbitration Committee and the LCIA.
Damian is Head of International Arbitration and Disputes at HFW. He acts and advises clients in commercial arbitrations and in respect of claims under bilateral investment treaties. He acts in matters under all major arbitral institutions (eg LCIA, ICC, SIAC, DIFC-LCIA). Damian is particularly well-known for his work in the energy and commodities sectors.
He works on a variety of disputes matters, specialising in acting for claimants on complex cross border disputes, and is frequently involved in matters where private international law issues arise, and where project management skills are required to co-ordinate multiple actions in different jurisdictions. He has a track record of success, having now secured judgments in courts around the world for claimant clients in excess of USD1 billion.
Damian has particular expertise in disputes in the Middle East, and has, since May 2009, been heavily involved in the claims arising out of one of the largest alleged frauds and restructurings in the region.
Chambers UK 2017 says Damian (Band 2) is commended by clients, who say he is “very commercial and very thoughtful," adding: “"We trust his judgement." Damian is ranked as a leading individual in Legal 500 2017 is singled out by clients as ‘a practical and commercial realist; he is a consummate performer in complex oil and gas disputes’.
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Ruth Hosking practises in a range of commercial disputes including general commercial litigation, arbitration, commodities, energy, insurance, international trade, private international law and shipping. Since joining chambers in 2003, she has appeared in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and has represented clients in a variety of international and trade arbitrations (including ICC, LCIA, LMAA and GAFTA). She undertakes drafting and advisory work in all areas of her practice and regularly appears in court and in arbitration, both as sole counsel and as a junior. Ruth also accepts appointments as an arbitrator (both as sole and as part of a panel).
Ruth has a client-friendly approach to litigation and is happy to advise on urgent matters out of hours and at short notice. She adopts a collaborative approach, involving clients, experts and her instructing solicitors in progressing cases to trial or arbitration. She is ranked as a 'Leading Junior' in Chambers UK and The Legal 500. She is a meticulous advocate who combines rigorous analysis of detail with a common sense commercial approach.
"...quick, practical and user-friendly. She hits the nail on the head every single time." ..."She is really diligent and has great attention to detail...." (Chambers UK, 2018)
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