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  Judith Gill QC



Judith is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the field of international arbitration. She has conducted cases under various sets of rules and subject to many different systems of law. In particular she has experience of arbitrations under the rules of, amongst others, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna, and German Arbitration Institute (DIS) with seats including Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, London, New York, Dubai, Geneva, Zurich and Budapest. She has particular experience of projects (particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors), joint ventures, distributorships, investor protection disputes, insurance claims and construction disputes.

She regularly acts as lead advocate in arbitration cases.

She also sits as an arbitrator, both sole and as a member of a panel of three arbitrators, in a variety of arbitrations on matters involving construction disputes, energy contracts, manufacturing, distributorship agreements and other commercial agreements.

Judith is currently the President of the LCIA, the first female to be appointed to the position. She was only the second female solicitor-advocate to be appointed QC and the first with an international arbitration practice.

Market Recognition

Judith has been recognised as a top practitioner in international arbitration for many years. She is ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global 2017 for Global-wide, Arbitration (International) and Singapore, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - the only person to receive a Band 1 ranking in both categories. Chambers Global 2017 notes that “She is considered to be “a leading expert in arbitration” who is “calm under all circumstances.” and a “Top-notch operator” [who] is regarded by market sources as being a “spectacular counsel” who is “right at the top of the tree” for international arbitration.”

In Chambers 2016, she is ranked in Band 1 and ‘one source hailed her as being “a superb, top-flight lawyer.”’

In a vote by peers, Who’s Who Legal 2016 recognised Judith as the “most influential figure in international arbitration”.

Chambers 2015 ranks Judith Band 1 for International Arbitration Global-, Europe- and UK-wide, and notes that she is “highlighted for her depth of experience and excellent advocacy on complex matters”, where she “works on a broad range of PIL cases, including Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) issues and investment treaty arbitrations, and is considered to be a practitioner of ‘very high stature’” (London, Public International Law).

Chambers 2014 rates Judith as a ‘Star Individual’ who is held in “incredible esteem” (London – International Arbitration), stating that she is “a great speaker, an amazing cross-examiner, a strategic thinker and has an amazing memory. She also has a unique ability to predict outcomes of cases” (Europe-wide – International Arbitration).

Judith’s “excellent command of investment treaty arbitration and advocacy capabilities sees her instructed in ground-breaking disputes” (Public International Law, Chambers UK 2013) and she is praised for making “complex concepts understandable” (International Arbitration, Legal 500 UK 2013).

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1985

Academic qualifications

BA, Jurisprudence, Worcester College, University of Oxford, 1983

MA, Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, 1986

Diploma, University of London, 1990

Published work

"Co-Author: “The Public Policy Exception Under Article V.2(b) of the New York Convention: Lessons from Around the World”, Asian Dispute Review, April 2016

The Development of Legal Argument in Arbitration: “Law as an Afterthought – Is It Time To Recalibrate Our Approach?” in David D. Caron, et al. Practising Virtue: Inside International Arbitration. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015

Co-Author: “Russell on Arbitration”, 24th Edition, 2015

Co-Author: “The Principle of Contributory Fault after Yukos”, published in Dispute Resolution International Vol 9 No 2 October 2015

Contributing auditor, 2015 to “International Financial Disputes” by Golden and Lamm

Co-Author, 2015: “Investment Treaty Tribunals’ Divergent Approaches to Costs: Reflections Following Decisions in Two Cases Commenced Against the Republic of Turkey”, published in The Turkish Commercial Law Review

Author, 2012: “Transparency:  is it really needed and to what extent?”, published in Players’ Interaction in International Arbitration

Co-Author, 2011: “The 2010 Revisions to the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration”, published in The Paris Journal of International Arbitration

Spring 2010: “Is There a Special Role for Precedent in Investment Arbitration?”, ICSID Review, Volume 25, Number 1

Author, 2009: “Applications for the Early Disposition of Claims”, published in ICCA Congress Series No. 14, Kluwer International

Contributing author, 2008: Chapter on English Law in State Entities in International Arbitration, edited by Emmanuel Gaillard, Juris Publishing

Co-Author: “Russell on Arbitration”, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Editions

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