About us

Board of Directors

Michael Payton QC (Hon)

Chairman

Michael is the Chairman of Clyde & Co,having been Senior Partner for nearly 30 years. He has acted for Underwriters and Insurers worldwide on most of the major international insurance problems of recent years. Michael was chairman of the Solicitors Indemnity Mutual Insurance Association from 1986 until 2007. He has been chairman of the British Maritime Law Association since 1996. He holds various Non-Executive Directorships, in the insurance industry.

 

 Michael was voted Senior Partner of the Year at the Legal Business Awards, 2004 and again at the British Legal Awards 2011. In Chambers 2007 he is recorded as 'a true leader of the insurance industry in London, Europe and Asia'. He was a member of the UK Judicial Delegation to India in 2008 for discussions with the President and Judges of the Indian Supreme Court. Michael was also listed as a leading individual in the 2009 Global Arbitration Review, in which the firm was ranked 11 out of the top 100 global arbitration practices.

Damian Hickman

Chief Executive Officer

Damian is the CEO of The IDRC, which he founded in 1999. Before this he was the Manager of The Fleet Arbitration Centre which he joined in 1994. Damian's main responsibility is managing the centre and has been regularly consulted in the setting up of other dispute resolution centres around the world.

Damian is a member of the International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee and Compere/Partner of Law Rocks! -  a charity fundraising battle of bands for international law firms. Damian is also a Governor of the Europa School, a bi-lingual free school in Oxfordshire.

 

 

Juliet Blanch

Director

Juliet Blanch is a full time arbitrator having chaired the international dispute resolution practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges from 2010 to 2016 and before that the international dispute resolution practice at McDermott, Will & Emery and the international arbitration practice at Norton Rose.  Juliet has over 30 years’ experience in the arbitration of international commercial disputes with a particular focus on energy and infrastructure, mining, commodities, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, hospitality, maritime and shareholder disputes. Juliet has acted as lead Counsel and/or sat as arbitrator in arbitrations held under HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and other rules and which have been seated in a variety of jurisdictions including London, Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Washington DC and Zurich. 

 

Juliet is a member of the ICC Court, a former Director of the LCIA and chair of the International Arbitral Appointments Committee of the Scottish Arbitration Center and she also chairs the review committee of the Energy Arbitrators List.  She is Vice Chair of the Oil and Gas Arbitration Club, sits on the editorial board of Dispute Resolution International and is a member of the FDI Moot Advisory Board and is a past Chair of the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee of the Inter Pacific Bar Association. 

 

Juliet is consistently ranked highly in legal directories for International Arbitration, Litigation, and Projects and Energy in the UK, Europe and globally, and is recognised as “a well-known figure in the market and is respected for her depth of knowledge in both litigation and arbitration”, as well as for “her enthusiasm, dedication and magnificent reputation”, “a rare blend of practicality and technical excellence” and as “a joy to work with, a good leader of people with fantastic judgement and a very sharp intellect.” Juliet was featured in The Lawyer’s “The Hot 100 2015: Litigation”, was included in the 2014 London Super Lawyers list as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers, was awarded the standout entry by the FT in the category of most innovative dispute resolution lawyer and was named by Chambers Global as a “Leading” Lawyer for Dispute Resolution: Litigation and International Arbitration in London and Energy & Natural Resources: Disputes UK-wide.

Lauren Buck

Director

Lauren is the founder of Vector Real Estate Limited, a strategic real estate asset management specialist.

 

Vector provides independent and objective advice to High Net Worth Individuals, Family Offices and companies seeking to maximise the value of their real estate assets.

 

Prior to setting up Vector, Lauren spent 16 years at Grosvenor, working principally on its London Estate as Investment Director.  Responsibilities there included optimising the performance of its office portfolio, valued at c. £700m. This included identifying and exploiting value-adding opportunities through off-market acquisitions, lease restructures changes of use and refurbishments. 

 

Lauren holds an MSc in Property Investment and Finance from Cass Business School and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1995. She is a member of the RICS and Investment Property Forum.

David Grief

Director

David is the Senior Clerk at Essex Court Chambers, with a career in managing barristers' chambers spanning over 40 years. He was one of the first generation of the modern Clerk and is now one of the most experienced in his field. He heads up an Administration team of over thirty five which includes clerks, finance, marketing, IT, human resources, facilities and secretarial staff. As Senior Clerk, David continues to work closely with senior members of chambers to drive the business and play a key role in the strategic development of Essex Court Chambers.

 

Some of his major achievements are: Managing the set (currently 39 Silks; 38 Juniors) as it emerged from a predominantly shipping practice to its current standing as a leading commercial set with a broad based domestic and international practice; Being pivotal to the decision to physically expand chambers, to accommodate the growing number of tenants and the increase in areas of specialisation, so that chambers now occupies 5 adjacent buildings in Lincoln's Inn Fields;  Pioneering marketing and business development in the profession and developing a strong reputation for client care.

 

David frequently travels, visiting jurisdictions of importance to Chambers and its clients. In the last two year he has organised business trips with members and sometimes clients to Australia, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New York, India, Singapore and Uganda. He is a regular writer and speaker on Bar management issues including being a keynote speaker the inaugural conference of the New South Wales Barristers Clerks Association on international practice (2011). He has held a private pilot's license for almost 40 years.

Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof

Director

Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof became Director General of the LCIA as of 1 July 2014. Previously she practised as a counsel and arbitrator in The Hague, at her GAR 100 boutique HaersolteHof.

She set up HaersolteHof in 2008 after three years as of counsel in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam. She was previously with Amsterdam firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroke from 2000 to 2004, and before that Loeff Claeys Verbeke in Rotterdam, which she joined on her qualification in 1992.

She has sat as arbitrator in cases under the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules, as well as those of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI), on whose supervisory board she sits. She has also arbitrated cases at the Royal Dutch Grain and Feed Trade Association and the Institute of Transport and Maritime Arbitration, both based in the Netherlands. She is on the ICSID roster of arbitrators.

She was also involved in setting up the arbitral process for the Claims Resolution Tribunal in Zurich, which analysed claims from Holocaust survivors over dormant accounts in Swiss banks.

She is a lecturer in international arbitration at VU University Amsterdam and a member of GAR’s editorial board.

Her 1992 PhD thesis on the application of the UNCITRAL rules by Iran-US Claims Tribunal was one of the first books to be published on the subject.

Bruce Harris

Director

Bruce Harris practices as a full-time commercial arbitrator (having started part-time in 1975) dealing with all kinds of commercial trading disputes, particularly maritime matters, predominantly in London arbitrations but also elsewhere, both as a member of tribunal and as sole arbitrator (including umpire). 

 

Bruce is a Past President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association and Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as well as co-author of the most successful Commentary on the Arbitration Act 1996 (now in its 4th edition) and consultant editor of London Maritime Arbitration (now in its 3rd edition)

Richard Harry

Director

Richard has been Chief Executive at Sport Resolutions since April 2016. Richard joined Sport
Resolutions in July 2010 and spent almost six years as firstly Dispute Resolution Manager and then
Legal Director.
He is a sports lawyer and former Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Players; Association. Richard
started his career as a specialist employment and sports lawyer at Hugh James Solicitors in Cardiff
before joining Clarke Willmott in Bristol.
He left Clarke Willmott to establish the Welsh Rugby Players; Association and has acted as a
Consultant to the World Anti-Doping Agency. Richard is a Visiting Fellow to the School of Sport and
Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire.

Arthur Harverd MBE

Director

Arthur is a Chartered Arbitrator and joined Carter Backer Winter after many years' international experience in the manufacturing industry- he was subsequently a partner in the City of London firm Hacker & Young. His appointments as arbitrator, both UK based and internationally, cover such diverse areas as commercial contracts, financial services, partnerships and sports disputes. Arthur is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and The Textile Institute.

Arthur was awarded the MBE in January 2021 for services to international arbitration.

 

He is a past chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is the chairman of the board of the London Court of International Arbitration. He was appointed by the Government in 1999 as a member of the Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel and has twice served as a DTI Inspector. He is a member of the Tribunal of the Accountancy & Actuarial Disciplinary Board.

Graham Massie

Director

Graham Massie is currently CEDR's Director of Consultancy responsible for a range of its international development and conflict management consultancy initiatives. Graham has over 25 years' experience as a business consultant and trainer of technical and business skills. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he spent ten years with KPMG London where he ran a professional services department responsible for a broad cross-section of clients ranging from major PLCs to small owner-managed businesses. During this period he also spent two years in the USA, initially as a manager in KPMG's Chicago office and thereafter as seconded finance director to a computer leasing industry client, based in New Jersey. Upon leaving KPMG, Graham established his own business consultancy and audit practice specialising in helping owner-managed businesses find creative solutions to one-off problems (including systems development, corporate mergers and acquisitions, strategy and planning, and litigation support); he was involved in the formation of an online publishing venture; and he also acted as an independent expert and investigating accountant for the Accountants' Joint Disciplinary Scheme, reporting on the conduct of accountants involved in major corporate collapses.

 

 A significant proportion of Graham's work is with international organisations and he travels extensively to advise on the development and operation of dispute resolution services and conflict management systems, including serving as Project Director for World Bank projects to assist in the development of international ADR in India (2008), and to consider the feasibility of setting up an international arbitration centre in Bangladesh (2009). He is currently advising the Qatar Financial Centre on the development of ADR within its new court system.

Nicholas Peacock

Director

Nicholas is a partner in the Herbert Smith Freehills international arbitration practice based in London.  He was previously based in Singapore, where he headed the international arbitration practice between 2009-2012.  He is currently head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ India Disputes practice.

Nicholas is an English law qualified solicitor-advocate who has appeared before arbitral tribunals in Europe and Asia, as well as in the London High Court.  Nicholas also sits as an arbitrator under various institutional rules and ad hoc.

Nicholas has enjoyed a 20+ year career with Herbert Smith Freehills and has been a partner since 2007.  Nicholas is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, the International Bar Association (IBA), the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).

John Randle

Director

John was Operations Director at Courage Ltd where he had worked since 1977. In that time he has also been a Business Unit Director

Graham Smith-Bernal

Director

Graham Smith-Bernal is the founder and CEO of Opus 2 - the world's leading developer and provider of Case Management software specifically designed for use by lawyers, judges and Arbitrators. Graham was previously the founder of Smith Bernal International and Livenote - the world's first Windows software used by lawyers - which became a world standard for managing transcripts and evidence in the early 90s. The software created by both companies has won numerous awards across the globe, and in 2018 Opus 2 was awarded The Queen's Award for Innovation - the first British Legal technology company to win this award

Graham has written a number of articles and spoken at numerous conferences on the subject of Technology and the law, in the UK, US and Asia. He is also involved as a sponsor and fundraiser in a number of children’s charities, including sponsoring children through World Vision in Africa, South America and Asia. 

 

Opus 2 has offices in London, San Francisco and Singapore where it provides its scalable case management and electronic trial services to the world's leading law firms on major civil litigation and arbitration hearings, as well as most major public inquiries.

Adrian Winstanley OBE

Director

Adrian Winstanley is an English solicitor with 20 years’ experience in international commercial arbitration acquired in his roles of Registrar and Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and his earlier role as a member of the Clifford Chance arbitration team.

Appointed LCIA Registrar in 1997, Adrian actively and closely oversaw every step in the administration of many hundreds of arbitrations arising from a wide range of commercial enterprises and in many jurisdictions.


In 2000, Adrian was appointed Director General and Executive Director of the LCIA; retaining the position of Registrar until 2008, when the LCIA’s expanding caseload required a separation of the roles. He played a pivotal role in the establishment and operation of DIFC-LCIA (Dubai), LCIA-India (Delhi), and LCIA-MIAC (Mauritius); in the process acquiring valuable insight into commercial arbitration in the Gulf, Asia, and Africa. 

He has spoken and written extensively on international arbitration. Adrian sits on the LCIA Court , and has sat on the Board of IDRC since its foundation in 1999. 

He was Secretary-Treasurer of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI) from 2000 to 2009; and a Vice President of IFCAI from 2009 to 2013. 

He is a CEDR-accredited mediator. 

Adrian was awarded the OBE in June 2013 for services to international arbitration. 

Adrian retired as LCIA Director General in June 2014, to pursue his career as arbitrator and mediator.

“It would be hard to argue against the proposition that Winstanley is one of the chief architects of the success of London as a centre for international dispute resolution.”  (Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine, February 2014)

Sir David Wootton

Director

Sir David Wootton was the 684th Lord Mayor of the City of London, serving from 2011-2012. His role was to promote British goods and services, skill and expertise in key export markets and to act as a global ambassador in a year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Games.

Sir David has been a partner at Allen & Overy LLP, the international law firm, since 1979, advising on corporate transactions and corporate governance. He has served as President of the City of London Law Society and is President of the City of London Branch of the Institute of Directors. He is a Director of the Saudi British Joint Business Council and Co-Chairman of the Kazakh-British Trade and Industry Council. He is Vice Chairman of the International Trade and Investment Group, the private sector arm of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board of HM Treasury, BIS and TheCityUK, set up to promote the UK financial services sector around the world. He is Co-Chairman of the Board organising the Global Law Summit in London in February 2015.

 

Johnny Veeder

 

Johnny Veeder has recently died, after a protracted illness.  He was a founding member and long-time Director of IDRC, who supported us over the years, to considerable effect.  He was not only a colleague, but a good friend, possessed of great wit as well as determination.  He will be sorely missed.