President The Rt. Hon. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers (English)

Lord Phillips was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in England and Wales in 1987, as Lord Justice of Appeal in 1995 and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1999. Between 2000 and 2005 he held the position of Master of the Rolls before being appointed as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, a post he held until 2008. Between 2008 and 2009 he was the Senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary until he became the first President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on the 1st October 2009, a position he held until he retired in October 2012.

Lord Phillips was made a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter on 23 April 2011 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Drapers and of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, and an honorary fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies and University College London. He has received honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws (LL.D) from the Universities of Exeter (1998), Birmingham (2003) and London (2004) and the International Institute of Maritime Law, and of Doctor of Civil Law (D.CL) from City University, London (2003). He is also the current Chancellor at Bournemouth University.

In addition, Lord Phillips holds the posts of President, British Maritime Law Association; Chairman, European Maritime Law Organisation; Patron, International Association of Arbitrators, Patron, Bingham Foundation, and Visiting Professor at the Dixon Poon School of Law, King's College, London.

Justice Dr. Hassan Al-Sayed (Qatari)

He is an Associate Professor of Law at the Qatar University College of Law. He was previously the first Dean of the College of Law from 2007-2010, having received his doctorate in Law in 2003 from the University of East Anglia in the UK. As Dean of the Qatar University College of Law he played an important role in the separation of the College of Law from the College of Sharia (Islamic Studies), and developed a new independent legal curriculum which incorporated English language at the College.

He previously practiced as a lawyer in Qatar specializing in constitutional law, administrative disputes and state contracts, and has been Vice President of the Qatari Bar Association. He was appointed to numerous committees including the International Centre for Dialogue between religions and the Bar Admission Committee. He contributes a weekly column in the renowned Qatar Al-Sharq newspaper (three minutes law) and has published articles and proceedings in several peer reviewed journals.

Justice The Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Gibson (English)

He was appointed to the High Court of Justice in 1981, serving in the Chancery Division, and he was a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 1984. From 1990 to 1992 he served as Chairman of the Law Commission for England and Wales. From 1993-2005, he was a Lord Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. He was previously a barrister retained by the UK Government in high profile cases involving tax, corporation law and chancery commercial disputes.

In 2006, he was appointed Intelligence Services Commissioner, with his first term expiring in 2009. He was appointed in 2009 to a second term and retired in 2011. He examined the role of GCHQ in gathering and handling intercept intelligence in relation to the 1998 bombing in Omagh in Northern Ireland. He also investigated what intercept information was shared with the Northern Ireland Royal Ulster Constabulary. He was appointed in 2010 to head an inquiry into allegations that the UK Intelligence services were complicit in the torture of detainees, including those from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp or subject to rendition flights.

Justice The Rt. Hon. The Lord Cullen of Whitekirk KT (Scottish)

He was Chairman of the UK Medical Appeal Tribunals from 1977 until his appointment as a Judge in Scotland in 1986. He was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice, a Judge of the High Court of Justiciary and Court of Session in Scotland. He conducted a number of high profile inquiries, including from 1988 to 1990 into the Piper Alpha disaster, in 1996 into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School, and in 1999 into the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry. He was Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Inner House in Scotland from 1997 to 2001, when he was appointed Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session.

In March 2002, he led the tribunal at the Scottish Court in the Netherlands which heard the failed appeal of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi against his conviction for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. He was a Lord of Appeal in the UK House of Lords from 2003-2008, President of the Saltire Society from 2005, replacing The Rt. Hon. The Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, K.T., and in 2009 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Abertay Dundee.

Justice Barbara Dohmann QC (German)

She held judicial posts in England and Wales including as a Recorder from 1990-1994, and as a Deputy High Court Judge from 1994-2002 in the Commercial Court, Queen's Bench and Chancery Division. She acts as an Arbitrator (including at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France) and as a CEDR accredited Mediator in commercial disputes.

She is a leading barrister in the UK specializing in banking and finance, commercial litigation, financial services and insurance law, and was Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association from 1999-2001. She appears regularly in the High Court and appellate courts, in arbitrations as well as Regulatory and Disciplinary Tribunals and has extensive experience of large commercial disputes in many jurisdictions, including Bermuda, Gibraltar, Singapore, Brunei, Grand Cayman, The British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. She has given expert evidence on English law to courts in the USA, Ireland, France, Germany and Austria.

Justice The Rt. Hon. The Lord Scott of Foscote (English)

He was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales in 1983, sitting in the Chancery Division. From 1987 to 1991, he held the office of Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster, which has responsibility for overseeing Chancery business in the North of England. He was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1991, becoming a Lord Justice of Appeal and receiving an appointment to the Privy Council, and serving as Vice-Chancellor, the head of the Chancery Division, from 1994–2000, and Head of Civil Justice from 1995-2000. In 2000 he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in the UK House of Lords and he retired from this post in 2009. In 2003 he was appointed a non-permanent member of Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal.

In 1992, while a Lord Justice of Appeal, he was appointed to chair an inquiry into the Arms-to-Iraq scandal, in which it was claimed the British government had supported British companies in selling defence equipment to Iraq. He is Chair of the Advisory Council at the Society for Advanced Legal Studies in London.

Justice Chelva Rajah SC (Indian Singaporean)

He was the President of the Law Society of Singapore from 1990-1992 and held the position of Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Singapore from 1995-1997. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1998. He is on the panel of Accredited Arbitrators at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and was appointed Chairman of Maxwell Chambers in 2008, a position he held until his appointment to the Board of SIAC in 2010. In 2011 he became the first Singapore appointed member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Arbitral Tribunal, a post he will hold until 2015.

 He is Senior Partner of the dispute resolution team at the law firm Tan Rajah and Cheah, based in Singapore, where he has developed a distinguished practice in both litigation and arbitration, particularly in substantial commercial disputes, property-related matters and insolvency. He was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1972, and was called to the Bar in England and Wales by Middle Temple, London.

Justice Sir Bruce Robertson (New Zealander)

He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1987, and was Executive Judge and a Judge of the Commercial List. He was a divisional member of the Court of Appeal from 1996 and was appointed a full-time member from 2005. He was President of the Law Commission from 2001-2005. He was formerly Acting Chief High Court Judge and Acting Chief Justice as the senior puisne Judge. He took early retirement in 2010 and continues to sit in various Pacific jurisdictions, holding a number of statutory and advisory roles.

He was Chairman to the Search and Search Warrants Committee which published its final report in 1988. From 2001-2005 he was President of the New Zealand Law Commission. He has been involved in professional training and advocacy and was President of the Legal Research Foundation. He has held various community posts within New Zealand and has written extensively, particularly in criminal law and law reform. He is one of a few New Zealand members of the American Law Institute, in 1995 he was an Inns of Court Fellow in London and in 1998 he was a visitor at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.

Justice Frances Kirkham

Frances Kirkham was appointed to the QICDRC in 2013. Previously, Frances was a senior circuit judge, the designated Technology & Construction Court (TCC) judge in Birmingham, England. The majority of work undertaken was in the High Court, and Frances was responsible for all TCC work that both initiated and transferred to Birmingham. Prior to this, Frances was partner at three national solicitors' practices in Birmingham. Between 2006 and 2011 she acted as Commissioner at the Judicial Appointments Commission, during which time she spoke at several meetings of the Irish, Franco-British Judicial Co-operation Committee. Frances spent a period at the Palais de Justice in Paris, where she observed the work of the French courts, specifically with regard to construction and engineering disputes.

Frances regularly acts as an arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator, and completed her TCC judicial mediation training in 2010. Frances has worked as a deputy High Court judge in the Mercantile, Chancery and Administrative Courts, and has also undertaken general Queen’s Bench Division work. Frances has received numerous awards, including the Birmingham Law Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Clare Edwards Memorial Award, recognising her extensive contribution to the practice of construction law. Notably, Frances was founder committee member and first secretary of the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges.


Justice Rt. Hon. Sir Philip Otton (English)

He was appointed a Judge of the High Court (Queen's Bench Division) in England and Wales in 1983, a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1985 and a Judge in the Court of Appeal in Gibraltar in 2004. He is a chartered arbitrator, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator. He is an appointed arbitrator to the NASD, a member of the American Law Institute, of the American Bar Association and has served on the Faculty of NITA.

His experience covers a wide range of cases, principally in the general commercial, insurance, sport, oil and gas and energy fields. He has been appointed arbitrator for international corporations, governments, professional and regulatory bodies and international financial and development agencies, including the World Bank Group. He has been appointed to resolve disputes in the UK, including in connection to the Football Premier League and the Horserace Betting Levy Board, in the US, Asia, Africa.

Justice Sir David Edward (Scottish)

He was appointed a Judge of the newly-created European Court of First Instance in 1989 and as a Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities in 1992. He is currently an Associate Judge in Scotland’s Inner House of the Court of Session (Scotland’s court of appeal for civil, commercial and administrative cases).

 He has held numerous distinguished academic posts including an honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, honorary Fellow of University College at the University of Oxford, and honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn, London. He was awarded honorary degrees and serves on committees at universities in Scotland, England and Germany. He is Chairman of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, President of the Franco-Scottish Society, Vice-President of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, Vice-President of the UK Association for European Law, Vice-President of the International Association of Business and Parliament, and a Trustee of the Industry and Parliament Trust. He is a Trustee of the European Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany.

Justice Sir Peter Cresswell (English)

He was a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, and the Commercial and Admiralty Courts in England and Wales from 1991-2007. He was responsible, as judge in charge of the Commercial Court from 1993-1994, for the first Practice Direction which encouraged litigants to consider mediation as an alternative to expensive and time consuming litigation. He was Judge in charge of the Lloyd’s Litigation from 1993-1996, the largest piece of civil litigation in the UK. He retired in 2008 at a relatively young age to pursue his interests in mediation and arbitration.

Since retiring he has sat as a Deputy High Court Judge in London and as an additional Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. He has extensive experience in dealing with commercial claims including in particular claims relating to: insurance and re-insurance; banking and financial services; shipping and the construction of ships; the exploitation of oil and gas reserves and other natural resources; the carriage of goods; export and import of goods; arbitration; international disputes between states; business contracts; the operation of markets and exchanges; the purchase and sale of commodities; major construction projects/domestic and international; business agency; and disputes concerning information technology.

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