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Cherine Ghali has been awarded Higher Rights of Audience in England and Wales

Congratulations to Cherine Ghali for recently being awarded Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Advocacy) in England and Wales. Cherine Ghali is a Professional Associate at Outer Temple Chambers. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and focuses on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution and accepts appointments to act as an Arbitrator. Cherine has recently been awarded Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Advocacy in England and Wales). This means she can now represent her clients in court. Cherine is already admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England and Wales and as an Attorney in the State of New York and has held senior positions in-house and in private practice. Cherine commented on her achievement: “As a member…

Arbitration, News 11 Jul, 2022

Hong Kong skyline

International arbitration in Hong Kong – innovation and change

Hong Kong continues to compete and innovate in the world of international arbitration. This is reflected in the legislative framework, key reforms, and the practice of the leading institutions in Hong Kong. This short article introduces Hong Kong as a seat of arbitration and provides an update on recent reform and innovation. Authors David Holloway and Damien McDonald conclude this article with an observation on practice in Hong Kong and how it supports the development of Hong Kong as a leading arbitration seat. Arbitration Framework – supporting commercial arbitration Hong Kong’s international focus The arbitration law in Hong Kong was based on English arbitration law until 1989 when the Arbitration Ordinance was amended to adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on…

Arbitration, Legal Blog & Publications, International 8 Apr, 2022

Robert Rhodes QC lectures on the Singapore Convention on Mediation

Robert Rhodes QC, at the request of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, will be lecturing on the Singapore Convention on Mediation at the Forum on ADR in Shanghai on 5 November. The Singapore Convention is of potentially huge interest to businesses worldwide because, until this Convention, it was expensive and time-consuming to enforce international commercial mediation settlements in third countries.  The Singapore Convention (on which Robert has regularly lectured) is designed to overcome this problem, and to do for international commercial mediation settlements what the New York Convention has done for international arbitration awards, viz make enforcement in third countries quick and inexpensive. Robert Rhodes QC is a panel member of numerous arbitration and mediation panels worldwide, with particular emphasis…

News 1 Nov, 2021

Sam Carter joins Outer Temple Chambers’ Business Team

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome Practice Director Sam Carter to our business team. Sam Carter joins the practice management team today, with responsibility for our commercial and international teams. With a wealth of experience in international ADR, he will be taking a particular interest in driving forward our thriving international arbitration team. Sam has been clerking for over 15 years, and previously worked with the business team at Outer Temple so already knows the team well. He has spent the last few years in senior clerking roles and was most recently Managing Director of an international arbitration set, focusing on alternative dispute resolution on a global scale. He has worked with clients throughout London and Europe, US and…

Commercial, News, International 4 May, 2021

The Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Sport

Anthony Lo Surdo SC writes for Resolution Institute on the future of Alternate Dispute Resolution in Sport: the National Sports Tribunal. Sport’s governing bodies are leading exponents of alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’) in the resolution of disputes in organised sports. However, given the breadth of sporting interests which range from amateur, to semi-professional and professional, not all sports are well-equipped to determine the types of disputes that frequently arise between participants. The National Sports Tribunal was established to level the playing field in the area of sports dispute resolution by providing for an effective, efficient, independent, transparent and specialist tribunal for the fair hearing and resolution of sporting disputes. It does so by employing a full suite of ADR processes and…

Legal Blog & Publications, News, Sports, Sports 6 Oct, 2020

Stephen Doherty successful in $14 million Dubai arbitration

Stephen recently acted for a high profile master developer in proceedings under the rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). The arbitration related to the sale and development of commercial real estate, and the provision of infrastructure by the master developer. Stephen acted as lead counsel over the course of a four day hearing, which heard evidence from a number of expert witnesses, and successfully obtained an award exceeding $14 million on behalf of his client. Stephen has recently returned to chambers following a secondment to the arbitration team of a leading UAE law firm. His UK practice is focused on commercial litigation, particularly within the field of pensions and financial services. Stephen is also a registered advocate before…

News 12 Jul, 2019

Alex Haines instructed in case before United Nations Appeals Tribunal

Alex Haines, assisted by Stephen Butler, has recently been instructed in an appeal before the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT). The UNAT is the second and final instance of appeal within the UN internal system of justice.  The UNAT was established by the General Assembly in 2009 as part of the new UN internal justice system (replacing the old United Nations Administrative Tribunal). As the second level appellate review tribunal within the UN’s justice system, the UNAT reviews (1) appeals against judgments rendered by the UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT), (2) appeals against judgments rendered by the Dispute Tribunal of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWADT), as well as (3) appeals of decisions…

News 15 Apr, 2019

International Dispute Resolution Conference 2019

Robert Rhodes QC is due to speak at the International Dispute Resolution Conference 2019 in Hong Kong, on 17th April 2019. The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, will open the event. Robert is the only English silk speaking at the Conference, which is expected to have 850 people attending. His session focuses on Investor Rights under Bilateral Investment Treaties. Jointly organised by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Hong Kong Mediation Centre and the International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute in collaboration with the Department of Justice, the one day Conference aims to encourage discussion on emerging trends in dispute resolution and examine the impact of the “Convention on…

News 10 Apr, 2019

Outer Temple Chambers welcomes four new barristers

We are delighted to announce the successful recruitment of four new barristers to our ranks. As of Monday, 8th April 2019 we extend a warm welcome to: Louis Weston Louis Weston, top-ranked sports law specialist and regulatory law barrister joins us from 3 Paper Buildings as a full Member of Chambers. Louis was the recipient of the 2017 International Advisory Experts Award: Sports Law Lawyer of the Year in England and has a thriving Sports Law practice. He prosecutes before the British Horseracing Authority, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, the Turf Club, the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association and before other arbitral bodies. He acts before both courts and regulators in disputes arising from sports contracts and doping…

News 5 Apr, 2019

Global Arbitration Review – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators seat index launched in London

The Global Arbitration Review (GAR) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) held an event in London this month to mark the launch of the new GAR-CIArb Seat Index – which is now live and ready to access. The launch, held at Reed Smith in London on 15 November, featured a panel discussion by CIArb’s Doug Jones, Lord Goldsmith QC and Professor Janet Walker of Outer Temple Chambers, who led work on the project, following an introduction by GAR’s publisher David Samuels. The index aims to provide one-page summaries of the favourableness of individual arbitral seats assessed against a range of standard criteria. In its first version, it covers six frequently used and well-established jurisdictions for arbitration: Hong Kong, London, New York,…

News 28 Nov, 2018

New women leaders at ICC Canada Arbitration Committee

International Chambers of Commerce, Canada (ICC Canada) has announced new women leaders of its arbitration committee and held a dinner to honour leading arbitrator Marc Lalonde QC – who received praise from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau among others. The committee said that it has appointed Tina Cicchetti as its first female chair and Janet Walker as vice-chair who will take over as chair after Cichetti’s two-year term ends, meaning the leadership will be female for the next four years. Barry Leon, an arbitrator at Arbitration Place and former Commercial Court judge in the British Virgin Islands who chaired ICC Canada from 2011 to 2014, describes Janet Walker, as an “energetic and thoughtful leader” who commands respect from many leading figures…

News 23 Nov, 2018

Matthew McDonagh – appointed to the Sports Resolutions (UK) Arbitrators and Mediators Panels

Sport Resolutions (UK) is an independent dispute resolution service, providing sport specific arbitration and mediation services. We are delighted to announce Matthew’s appointment to their panels. The Panel Appointment and Review Committee of Sports Resolutions has also invited Matthew McDonagh to join the Pro Bono Panel in order to provide advice and assistance to athletes and individuals of limited financial means. In his capacity as a member of the Pro Bono Panel, Matthew accepts instructions for athletes in a wide variety of disputes. He is one of a select group of experienced sport lawyers to assist individuals before Sport Resolutions panels and other NGB tribunals. At Outer Temple Chambers, Matthew leads on the Law in Sport activity and has represented…

News 27 Apr, 2018

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