Arbitration

Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular way of resolving commercial disputes, and is a well-known feature of standard form contracts, such as JCT and ICE in the UK and in FIDIC internationally.

Members of Keating Chambers are regularly instructed as counsel in domestic and international arbitrations across our core areas of practice. We also have experience of representing clients in arbitration challenges in the UK courts. Examples of recent or current UK domestic arbitration work undertaken by our members are listed below.

  • Advising in a multi-million pound arbitration relating to the London Underground scheduled for a six-week hearing.
  • Appearing in a two-week arbitration of a breach of warranty dispute arising from presence of sulphates on the site of a large residential estate in the Midlands.
  • Acting for a Channel Tunnel Rail Link Joint Venture in arbitration of disputes on ‘cut and cover’ sections of tunnelling, and on liquidated damages and related issues.
  • Advising in a dispute between a railway industry manufacturer and a national rail company arising from a contract for the design, manufacture and supply of rolling stock units.
  • Acting for a waste management corporation in the arbitration of a £5 million dispute arising from a Midlands landfill project.

Members are familiar with the rules and procedures particular to the various institutions, including those of the ICC, LCIA, AAA, SIAC, DIAC, EAA, HKIAC and ICSID, as well as the UNCITRAL rules. Further information on our international experience can be found on our international arbitration page.

Members of Keating Chambers also regularly accept appointments to act as independent arbitrators (either as sole arbitrator, chairman or tribunal member). We have a number of very experienced arbitrators, including members whose sole or primary practice is as an arbitrator, and members whose primary practice is as a barrister but who also accept appointments as arbitrator. For arbitrator appointments, please contact the clerks.