XXIV Old Buildings is among an elite group of barristers’ chambers with a substantial international arbitration practice that spans the globe from East Asia to the Caribbean and Americas both as Counsel and Arbitrators. It has been involved in many of the leading English cases concerning arbitration. Recommended by The Legal 500 as “a leading international arbitration chambers”, many of its members are also recommended in the legal directories in this area.
The barristers at XXIV Old Buildings are recommended in international directories as arbitration lawyers. That experience encompasses not only arbitrations by ad hoc submission but also those under the arbitration regimes of UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, CCIG, Zurich, IAR, GAFTA, AAA, City Dispute Panel, DIAC, CIETAC, IATA, SCC, UN Energy Charter Treaty and FOSFA.
Arbitration is a private, consensual dispute resolution mechanism, the cornerstone of which is party autonomy. Amongst other things, the parties are free to agree on the choice of disputes to be arbitrated; the arbitrators; the place of arbitration and the law applicable to the substance of the dispute.
Arbitrations are either ad hoc or institutional. In an ad hoc arbitration, the parties agree to arbitration without reference to an institution providing the service of administering the arbitration. In an institutional arbitration, the parties make their dispute subject to the rules of an institution such as the ICC, LCIA or SCC.
XXIV Old Buildings can provide barristers to act as arbitrators, tribunal secretaries or to give expert evidence where ad hoc or institutional arbitrations are, whether in London or abroad, such as in the other major arbitration centres of Paris, Geneva, New York, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Singapore, Dubai, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpa. Chambers’ Geneva office is a particular focus for Swiss and European arbitration and for French speaking clients.