Arbitrators

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.

Career

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:  Arbitrator member, Essex Court Chambers, London;

2013 to 2014:  Deputy Chairman, Takeover Appeal Board;

2014:  Chairman, Takeover Appeal Board.

Academic

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.

Recent arbitrations

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.

Overview of arbitrations:

Presiding arbitrator, SECE İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş. v. Turkmenistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/34)

Presiding arbitrator, Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited v. Hellenic Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/17/4)

Presiding arbitrator, Hydro Energy 1 S.à r.l. and Hydroxana Sweden AB v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/42)

Presiding arbitrator, Cavalum SGPS, S.A. v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/34)

Presiding arbitrator, Ping An Life Insurance Company of China, Limited and Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Limited v. Kingdom of Belgium (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/29)

Acting as presiding arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Japanese and French entity for disputes which had arisen under an aviation Sales Contract.

Acting as presiding arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relating to a Joint Venture Agreement; Agreement Addendum and Novation Agreement between entities incorporated in Australia and America.

Acting as presiding arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between Israelian, American and UK entities.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in a ICC arbitration. The dispute relates to a banking acquisition between an English bank and a State entity.

Acting as presiding arbitrator in an Amsterdam seat, ICC arbitration relating to disputes which have arisen under an Amended and Restated Put and Call Option Agreement between companies incorporated in Switzerland, France & Philippines.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in an LCIA consolidated arbitration concerning a dispute under two Settlement Deeds between an Abu Dhabi and Malaysian entity.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in a LCIA arbitration relating to alleged occurrence of events of termination under a shareholders agreement arising from collapse of the Abraaj Group.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in a LCIA consolidated arbitration concerning a dispute under two Settlement Deeds resulting from a previous arbitration resolving a company incorporated the UAE and a company incorporated in Malaysia.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration. The dispute relates to non-payment of monies under a contract.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in a LCIA arbitration relating to the failure to repay instalments due under a loan plus accrued interest between companies incorporated in Austria, Ukraine and Hong Kong.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in a LCIA arbitration relating to disputes which had arisen under a Sale and Purchase agreement.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in an ad-hoc arbitration relating to implications of actions by a former Premier League Football Club being enforced by the English Football League.

Acting as presiding arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration relating to disputes that had arisen under a Master Property Agreement.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in an LMAA arbitration relating to claims arising out of alleged breaches of multiple contracts entered into for the sale and delivery of fertilizers to India from Australia.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration relating to disputes that have arisen under a contract between a multinational oil & gas supplier and a Government entity.

Acting as Presiding arbitrator in a PCA arbitration relating to disputes as a result of events in Crimea in 2014 and thereafter under the 1998 BIT between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Acting as Appointing Authority in a dispute between two Nigerian entities within the petroleum industry.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in a PCA arbitration involving a commercial bank established in Bahrain.  The Claimant alleged that the Respondent had breached the Treaty and for an order reinstating the Claimants in their rights as shareholders.

Acting as party-appointed arbitrator in a UNCITRAL arbitration. Modernising Maldives airport – Concession Agreement dispute.

Acting as Presiding arbitrator in a CRCICA arbitration relating to a Cairo energy gas dispute under a Sales Contract for natural gas to be supplied to the Middle East and Europe, including Israel and the wider East Mediterranean market.