Arbitrator & Mediator

Stuart is highly experienced in international commercial arbitration, whether representing clients or acting as arbitrator.

International Arbitration

In addition to his counsel role, Stuart is much in demand as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes and investment treaty disputes. He has conducted hundreds of arbitrations and is regularly appointed as presiding, sole or co-arbitrator by parties and by the leading arbitral institutions.

He is ranked in both Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global as a ‘most in demand arbitrator’. He also features in The Legal 500’s International Arbitration Powerlist UK, and in its Asia-Pacific UK Bar rankings.

He conducts commercial arbitrations under the arbitration rules of the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC and KCAB and under UNCITRAL Rules amongst others. He has also been involved in several ICSID disputes under bilateral investment treaties and many ad hoc arbitrations in a variety of fields.

He has determined disputes under a variety of systems of law, including not only English law but also the laws of Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mauritius, New York, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa and Switzerland.

Swift resolution of disputes is his forte. He strives to deal with pre-hearing matters, hearings and the production of awards speedily and efficiently, making himself constantly available to the parties. Often, he is willing to travel at short notice in order to reduce the parties’ own costs. He has been described as a ‘most efficient manager’ of proceedings who ‘exercises considerable judgment’.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, one of the City of London’s Modern Livery Companies.

Commercial Arbitration

  • ICC arbitration seated in Singapore involving a dispute between UAE parties relating to a contract for the supply of rolled steel governed by English law.
  • ICC arbitration concerning a dispute between BVI and Cayman Islands companies alleging breach of a share transfer agreement and deceit.
  • ICC arbitration seated in Paris between Thai and US parties involving claim for damages for breach of a joint venture agreement governed by English law and conspiracy.
  • LCIA arbitration between Brazilian and Singaporean companies concerning a dispute over the storage of crude oil cargoes in the PRC.
  • LMAA arbitration on LMAA 2017 Terms involving a dispute between a Singaporean shipyard and the owners of a vessel under construction.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a significant dispute between a hotel owner and hotel operator under a hotel management agreement governed by Singapore law relating to two luxury hotels in South East Asia.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a dispute concerning the storage of gasoil in the respondent’s tanks under an agreement governed by Singapore law.
  • SIAC arbitration involving claims for breach of warranty under a sharesale and purchase agreement governed by Sri Lankan law.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a dispute between a Swiss company and a marketing company for breach of a marketing services agreement between the parties.

Software Disputes

  • HKIAC arbitration involving a substantial dispute between US and Asian entities concerning the alleged misuse of electronic design automation software for use in mobile phones.
  • ICC arbitration involving a US$100m software licensing dispute under Singapore law between Chinese and Korean parties relating to mobile games.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a dispute under Singapore law between Singaporean and Korean parties relating to a software dispute between an online game developer and a licensee.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a dispute under English law between Scandinavian and Singaporean parties relating to software and hardware issues in a South EastAsian country’s mobile telephone network.

Construction Arbitration

  • ICC arbitration involving a dispute under Indian law between an Indian contractor and a Slovenian sub-contractor relating to the mechanical and electrical contracts for the construction of a hydroelectric power station in India.
  • ICC arbitration involving a dispute between an Israeli company and a Trinidadian company concerning an agreement for long-term collaboration in the development and implementation of water infrastructure projects.
  • LCIA arbitration involving a dispute between a consortium engaged to design and construct a power plant in Panama and its design consultant relating to allegedly defective design.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a dispute under Singaporelaw between Indian parties in the road construction industry relating to ashare purchase agreement.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a €35m dispute under a project development costs agreement governed by English law in relation to a solar power project in Pakistan.
  • Ad hoc arbitrationunder UNCITRAL Rules involving a dispute between Asian parties relating to thetermination of an EPC sub-contract for substantial works for a mining project in Australia.

Energy Arbitration

  • ICC arbitration involving a US$200m dispute under English law between oil majors and an African state oil company in relating to alleged breaches of operating agreements.
  • LCIA arbitration involving a dispute between a consortium engaged to design and construct a power plant in Panama and its design consultant relating to allegedly defective design.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a US$50m dispute under Turkish law between Turkish and Chinese parties engaged in the electricity industry relating to a share purchase agreement.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a $150m dispute under Mauritius law between a Singaporean shipowner and a Mauritius state entity relating to a long-term contract of affreightment for the importation of petroleum products into Mauritius (Betamax v State Trading Corporation).
  • Ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules involving a dispute between Asian parties relating to a petroleum production sharing contract.

Insurance Arbitration

  • SIAC arbitration involving coverage issues in a claim by the insureds under a mechanical breakdown policy governed by Singapore law.
  • LCIA arbitration between the parties to a professional liability insurance policy relating to alleged material non-disclosure and misrepresentation and notice provisions in the policy.
  • SIAC arbitration involving an insurance policy coverage dispute between Singaporean insureds in the leisure industry and the insurer.
  • Bermuda Form arbitration concerning the proper construction of the profit sharing provisions in a reinsurance treaty.
  • Ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules between the parties to an employment practices liability insurance policy governed by Bermuda law raising coverage issues.

Shipping Arbitration

  • LMAA arbitration on LMAA 2017 Terms involving a dispute between a Singaporean shipyard and the owners of a vessel under construction.
  • ICC arbitration involving a US$130m dispute under Nigerian law relating to the development of terminal facilities in a Nigerian port.
  • LCIA arbitration involving a dispute under English law between Singaporean shipbuilders and an English consultancy relating to the allegedly defective design and manufacture of a floating production, storage and offloading vessel.
  • SIAC arbitration involving a $150m dispute under Mauritius law between a Singaporean shipowner and a Mauritius state entity relating to a long-term contract of affreightment for the importation of petroleum products into Mauritius (Betamax v State Trading Corporation).
  • Numerous LMAA and SCMA arbitrations involving charter party disputes and ship sales.

International Mediation

Stuart is an accredited ADRGroup mediator. He is a Mediator on the Singapore International Mediation Centre Panel and has lectured extensively on the subject of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

He gains a quick grasp of the issues involved in a dispute and combines an understanding and empathetic but firm approach towards the parties with the elaboration through the mediation process of realistic solutions.

Recent disputes which he has mediated include a dispute between a Swiss bank and its customer over lending facilities, a dispute concerning investments with a Singaporean bank in structured products and a dispute over a multi-million US dollar guarantee liability.

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