Arbitration is the mechanism of choice for the resolution of disputes arising from international commerce, including transactions under standard form contracts and projects involving joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements and loans.
Arbitration offers parties, their insurers, funders and advisors a wide range of options for a route to a final and binding award enforceable worldwide. The arbitration procedure may be conducted on an ad hoc basis or it may be administered by a trade association or an institution.
As a lawyer with a background in shipping, international trade, and commodities, and having served as the Registrar of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and as the Honorary Secretary of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), I understand the different types of arbitration.
No longer practising as a solicitor, I am a full-time arbitrator, an Associate Member of Six Pump Court chambers in London, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and an Aspiring Full Member of the LMAA.
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as solicitor and arbitrator
Cases involving sale and purchase, transport, financing and insurance of commodities
LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations re exploration, production, transportation, sale and purchase
Charterparties, bills of lading, MoAs, bunker supply contracts, superyacht management, insurance, containers
Outsourcing contracts, employment, trade disruption and liability insurance claims
ICC, LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations in shipping, oil and gas, and construction industries
Cases involving Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi, South Africa
Having been involved in arbitrations of all shapes and sizes for more than 30 years, including 4 years as Registrar of the LCIA and as a content provider for Lexis®PSL Arbitration, I have accumulated an unusually varied knowledge of the law and practice of arbitration in London and around the world.
Visit my Arbitration Knowhow page to find snapshots of my own perspectives on arbitration and some useful links:
Arbitration v Court
Ad hoc v institutional arbitration
London Court of International Arbitration
Arbitration insurance and funding
I have given presentations at conferences and lectures at universities. My publications have included articles in academic journals, practical guidance notes and case analyses for Lexis®PSL Arbitration, and posts for LexisNexis Blogs:
Faster, cheaper, greener arbitration for smaller and simpler claims.
From sole arbitrators to sole arbitrations: my analysis of 2021 caseloads.
I was delighted to be invited as a guest speaker on the Arbitration Station podcast for an episode entitled ‘The Maritime Arbitration’; click here to listen to the podcast. In the interview with Saadia Bhatty, I discuss ad hoc arbitration, London as a hub for the resolution of disputes arising from international commerce, and my role as Honorary Secretary of the LMAA.
In an interview with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), I was asked about my opinion of current “hot topics” in arbitration. I gave examples of issues which have been blown out of proportion, including the law of the arbitration agreement and third-party funding.
(c) 2022 James Clanchy
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