Lord Collins of Mapesbury

Lord (Lawrence) Collins is a full-time international arbitrator. He was until 2011 a Justice of the UK Supreme Court. In 2000 he was the first solicitor to be appointed direct from private practice to the High Court bench (Chancery Division, and subsequently also the Commercial Court), as Mr Justice Lawrence Collins. In 2007 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal, as Lord Justice Lawrence Collins, and then in 2009 appointed to be a member of the House of Lords Appellate Committee, whose functions were transferred to the UK Supreme Court in October 2009. He continues to sit as a non-permanent judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.

He was in private practice as a partner in Herbert Smith for 30 years, and was head of its litigation and arbitration practice. In 1997 he was one of the first two solicitors to be appointed practising Queen’s Counsel. He acted as counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations, including ICC, LCIA, Cairo Centre and ad hoc arbitrations. As a judge in the Court of Appeal and the UK Supreme Court he delivered important judgments in the field of international arbitration, including Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Emmott (confidentiality in international arbitration); ETI Euro Telecom International NV v Bolivia (provisional measures in investment arbitration); and Dallah Real Estate & Tourism Holding v Pakistan (enforcement of foreign awards).

Since 1987 Lord Collins has been the general editor of Dicey and Morris (now Dicey, Morris and Collins), on the Conflict of Laws, the leading work in that field, and is co-editor of the chapter on international arbitration. He is also author of other works on public and private international law, and European law.


1971 to 2000:  Partner in Herbert Smith & Co (later Herbert Smith), solicitors;

1997:  Appointed Queen’s Counsel (one of first 2 solicitors to be appointed);

1997 to 2000:  Deputy High Court Judge, Chancery Division;

2000 to 2007:  High Court judge (as Mr Justice Lawrence Collins) (Chancery Division;  judge of the Commercial Court, from 2006);

2000:  Bencher, Inner Temple;

2007 to 2009: Lord Justice of Appeal, Court of Appeal (as Lord Justice Lawrence Collins);

2009:  Lord of Appeal, House of Lords (as Lord Collins of Mapesbury);

2009 to 2011:  Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom;

2010: Member, American Law Institute

2011 to 2016:  Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom;

2011:  Non-permanent member of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal;

2011:  Professor of Law, University College London;

2012:  Independent Arbitrator, London;

2013 to 2014:  Deputy Chairman, Takeover Appeal Board;

2014:  Chairman, Takeover Appeal Board.


1975 to 2008:  Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge (Emeritus Fellow, 2008; Honorary Fellow, 2010);

1989:   Elected Associate (1989-1993) and Member (since 1993), Institut de droit international;

1994:  Awarded LL.D., Cambridge University (for distinction by original contribution to the advancement of the science or study of law);

1994:  Elected Fellow of the British Academy;

2000:  Honorary Fellow, Downing College, Cambridge;

2011:  Professor of Law, University College London;

2012/2013:  Visiting Professor, Columbia University School of Law;

2012/2019: Visiting/Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law.


Lawrence has been a full-time international arbitrator since 2011 in investor-state and international commercial arbitrations.  He regularly sits as Presiding, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in ICSID, ICC, LCIA, PCA, Cairo Centre, ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitrations.  Most recent cases include seats in Washington DC, London, Florida, The Hague, Geneva, Paris, Zurich, Singapore, Mumbai, Cairo.