ArbDB Chambers

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Our Members

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Stephen Bate


Stephen Bate is a British citizen, a Chartered Arbitrator FCI Arb., with a UK domestic and international commercial arbitration practice. His practice background is as a barrister at the English Bar, with over 25 years’ experience in a range of civil and commercial matters, specialising in media & entertainment law: www.5RB.com.

Stephen was accredited as a mediator in the UK by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in 2002 and has since mediated approximately 100 cases with values up to £250M in a very wide range of commercial disputes, with a settlement rate of about 70%.

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John Redmond


John Redmond established and led the construction law team at Osborne Clarke until he left the partnership in 2010 to concentrate on arbitration, adjudication and mediation. In 35 years as a construction lawyer he has advised and managed disputes on projects ranging from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to Dublin Port Tunnel, Moscow’s Federation Tower, Cardiff Millennium Stadium and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. He is a former national Chairman of the Society of Construction Law, a regular contributor to the construction press and speaker at national and international conferences.

As an arbitrator and mediator his practice is much wider than construction. Recent cases include computer software disputes, professional partnership breakdown, financial services and consumer disputes as well as a wide variety of construction adjudication referrals. He is a Chartered Arbitrator, accredited mediator and on several panels of adjudicators.

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Paul Rose


Paul is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Chartered Surveyor and an Accredited Mediator with Clerksroom the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and RICS. Paul has mediated over 125 mediations and he has over 42 years’ broad experience as a Chartered Surveyor both in private practice and in the corporate sector.

Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the President’s Panel of Arbitrators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and CIArb Disputes Service panel – property. He is also a member of the President’s Panel of Mediators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is one of the few people dual qualified as a commercial Mediator and an Arbitrator. Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Dubai Mediation Centre.

Paul is also a member of the RICS President’s Panel of Arbitrators in Commercial Rent Reviews. He is also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the London Court of International Arbitration and the panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.

He is a member of the panel of Mediators at the Dubai Mediation Centre and is a member of the RICS Neighbourhood Disputes Pool.

Paul has particular expertise in relation to a wide variety of property disputes including construction, service charges, both commercial and residential, easements, boundaries, dilapidations, valuations and alleged professional negligence. Paul accepts both domestic and international arbitration disputes.

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George Grant


George Grant FRICS ACIArb is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and practising Arbitrator with over 40 years experience in the fields of Development & Project Management, Cost Management, Contract Administration, Claims Consultancy, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. Twenty of those years have now been spent in the Middle East (7yrs in Oman, 13 in the UAE). During the past 20 years George has held top management positions in leading consultancy and corporate organisations and has completed many assignments throughout the region as well as in India and Africa and the Far East. He now runs his own international construction management consultancy practice based in Dubai and is a board member of various associated companies.

George has successfully pursued and defended multiple multimillion dollar claims and has extensive experience of contracts and commercial management work both in a civil and infrastructure environment. He is a practising Arbitrator and dispute resolution expert.

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Wolf Von Kumberg


Wolf von Kumberg brings over 30 years of international legal and business experience to the practise of ADR. Having served as Legal Director and Assistant General counsel to Northrop Grumman Corporation and before that to Litton Industries Inc., he has unique knowledge related to the Aerospace, Defence and High Tech Industries. His practise involved most regions of the World and included, commercial, government and state entities. He is now applying this accumulated knowledge to the field of global commercial conflict avoidance and resolution.

Wolf is a certified CEDR mediator and an arbitration Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Directors. He has mediated numerous types of commercial disputes and has been involved in a variety of domestic and international arbitrations. He sits on the mediation panels of CEDR, KLRCA and the AAA/ICDR. In addition, he is a member of arbitration panels at AAA/ICDR, KLRCA, LCIA and the DIFC. He is a founding panellist of the Aerospace/Security panel of the AAA and has assisted in the development of Investor State Mediation Guidelines for the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat.

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Michael Cover


Michael is a Member of ArbDB Chambers. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, both in private practice and as in-house Counsel.  He is an accredited Mediator with CEDR and ADR Group and has been involved in over 200 mediations. Michael is named as one of the world’s leading mediators in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediators 2015.

Michael accepts instructions as arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator. He is on the panels of neutrals of many of the leading UK and international private dispute resolution institutions, including CEDR, CIArb, ADR Group and DIAC, ACICA, SIAC, HKIAC, as well as the RICS Dispute Board Register. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator and has handed down around 60 awards.

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Jane Gunn


Jane Gunn is a former city solicitor who has now built an international reputation as a Mediator, Conflict Management Consultant and Speaker working with businesses and business leaders around the world.

Jane has mediated hundreds of disputes and is frequently chosen for her extensive mediation experience as well as her ability to handle complex and/or emotive cases. 

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John Wright


John Wright is a Consultant at the Central London firm of Goodman Derrick LLP. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and now sits full time as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member, chiefly in construction and engineering  projects but also encompassing disputes arising in the energy, commodity, travel, mining, real estate and banking fields.

John is on the FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators and is currently sitting on a number of Dispute Boards globally. He is also included on arbitration, adjudication and mediation panels in the United Kingdom, Dubai, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

John has long been identified as a leading construction lawyer in Chambers Directory and the Legal 500 and is named as one of the world’s leading construction lawyers in the 2015 edition of the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and past Co-Chair of the International Construction Projects committee of the International Bar Association.

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Chris McArdle


Chris is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited Mediator. He is Managing Director of Innotec, a technology consultancy specialising in Electronics, Microelectronics and Software. He is currently the Chairman of The Academy of Experts and has practiced in many major cases in the UK, Europe, USA and Far East in addition to International Arbitrations. He is a member of the President’s Lists of CIArb (mediation) and the IET (arbitration, mediation, expert).

Chris holds a PhD in Microelectronics and is an acknowledged expert in the fields of electronics, microelectronics and software, having over 30 years of experience in the electronics and ICT industries.

He has a worldwide reputation in all aspects of high volume product manufacture (contracts, industrial design, materials, design methods, testing, distribution, outsourcing) and has significant experience at Board level in Far East electronics and telecommunications companies.

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Mark Appel


Mark Appel is an independent, international Arbitrator, Mediator, Consultant and Trainer.

Mr. Appel has nearly 40 years of global arbitration and mediation experience, having served in both executive and senior executive positions at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), leaving ICDR/AAA as Senior Vice President, EMEA in December of 2015.

Mr. Appel is thoroughly familiar with arbitration practice and procedure, with 30 years of experience in training arbitrators on four continents on behalf of various arbitral institutions, government ministries, Courts and NGOs.

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Sheila Bates


Sheila Bates, MCIArb, CEDR accredited mediator (2007) is an international dispute resolution professional, facilitator and trainer. She has wide-ranging international experience gained in consulting, multi-nationals, financial institutions and public sector organisations over more than 25 years. She is a member of the CEDR mediation panel.

As a mediator, Sheila is particularly in interested in cross cultural and workplace and employment disputes. She has an in-depth knowledge of emerging markets. Sheila led the implementation of mediation in an international financial institution as part of its internal justice system.

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Andrew Burr


Andrew joins ArbDB from Atkin Chambers, where he was in practice from 1983 until 2016. Andrew specialises primarily in construction and technology matters. He is also an affiliated foreign lawyer with Varul (Vilnius, Lithuania), focusing on international dispute avoidance and resolution.

Andrew was on an extended editorial sabbatical between 2014 and 2015 writing the fifth edition of Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts (informa law firm Routledge), and writing various other publications and pursuing educational projects. He recently achieved substantial success for clients under a domestic CIMAR arbitration and at the TCC in Leeds.

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Peter McQueen


Peter accepts appointments as arbitrator, mediator and facilitator in respect of commercial disputes, in particular those relating to international trade and transport.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has acted as an arbitrator in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including those conducted under the auspices of Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and the Singapore International Arbitration Commission (SIAC). He is an arbitration panel member of arbitration institutions in Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Peter, having been admitted as a lawyer in Australia and in England and Wales, has practised as a dispute resolution lawyer for over 35 years.

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Tony Marks


Tony Marks has more than thirty years experience of dispute resolution.  He was a solicitor and litigation partner at CMS Cameron McKenna from 1983 to 2008. From 2008 Tony has practised as an independent mediator and arbitrator.  He has mediated fraud cases, boundary disputes and IT cases. He is an accredited mediator with ADR Group, a member of ADR Chambers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He has sat as arbitrator in a large contractual dispute and has wide experience as arbitration counsel.

As a litigation partner, he dealt with in a wide range of commercial disputes and his primary areas of industry specialisation are in financial markets, financial services, corporate and energy disputes, information technology and commodities and futures markets.

Tony was part time Director of Legal Services at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators from 2008-2012. Part of his role at CIArb was to advise practitioners on questions of practice ad procedure in arbitration, mediation and adjudication.

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Jonathan Tecks


Jonathan is a barrister whose practice has become exclusively associated with arbitration and mediation.

A Chartered Arbitrator, Jonathan has arbitrated extensively in commercial and construction cases. He is a panel member of the Minor Metals Trade Association though which he has experience of commodity arbitration. He has issued some 200 arbitration awards. Jonathan is co-author of a leading practitioner text on arbitration: ‘The Arbitration Act 1996 – A Commentary’ published by Wiley Blackwell, the fifth edition of which appeared in April 2014.

As a mediator accredited by CEDR, Jonathan has been involved in over 35 mediations, many of which have had a construction or property orientation. He has experience of court-annexed and community mediations, as well as mainstream commercial mediations.

Jonathan has considerable experience of training arbitrators and is Associate Course Director of the Diploma in Arbitration at the College of Estate Management, Reading. He has acted as Lead Assessor in mediator accreditations for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
With the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, he has developed a training programme for lawyers and judges wishing to become family law arbitrators. He drafted the Rules; with a colleague, devised and delivers training courses; and sits on the IFLA Advisory Committee.
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Tony Canham


Tony has 35 years of experience as an ADR practitioner and he is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Society of Construction Arbitrators. Tony is widely known in UK and international legal circles for conducting assessments at entry to Fellowship level of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Tony acquired wide experience of the construction industry as a Chartered Civil Engineer working for contractors in England, Seychelles and South Africa. He also practised as a Consulting Civil and Structural Engineer since 1977 when he became a Fellow of, the then, Institute of Arbitrators.

Tony’s wide ranging practical experience, and his extensive arbitral experience since 1977, has led him to be appointed, since 2000, as Chairman of international arbitration tribunals, or party appointed arbitrator, in complicated high-value construction, oil and gas, and capital plant disputes. Tony’s dispute resolution work includes being named in Canary Wharf contracts as the standing adjudicator and in Dispute Boards abroad. Tony is available for arbitration, dispute board work, adjudication and mediation.

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