Parties to agreements with arbitration clauses will frequently make amendments to them or enter into settlement agreements following disputes. Through carelessness, lack of time or perhaps just thoughtlessness, no-one bothers to check the the dispute resolution clauses are kept consistent. What is the court to do when faced with a series of connected agreements which variously choose arbitration and court litigation at the same time? Where should any further dispute be heard?Read more
Since setting up my own practice in 2004, I have worked as both practitioner in the area of Technology Law and also as Alternative Dispute Resolution provider in a variety of industry sectors, though primarily in the technology sector or cases where there is some added complexity.
I have become an experienced arbitrator and mediator in disputes in the general commercial area, but I have a great deal of experience to bring to bear in what could broadly be called the technology arena, taking in commercial and intellectual property disputes with a technology focus. I sit on various panels in various capacities – arbitrator, adjudicator and expert. For example, I am an Expert on the Nominet panel deciding disputes to do with .uk domains. I have issued many awards on various arbitration schemes, including those run by CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) and the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators). This means that I have issued decisions in various fields – holidays and travel, employment, telecommunications as well as my core compentency of technology. I also sit as Chair of the British Computer Society’s Disciplinary Tribunal.
If you want a copy of my CV, you can find it here. You will see that I have been involved in disputes across a wide range of areas: IT and IP, employment, consumer, general commercial, property, sales of goods and services and others.
I bring to any dispute my years of experience in advising on and acting in disputes, as well as a commercial understanding grounded on my work for clients in a non-contentious capacity, skills which have won me acknowledgements – Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession called me “good news” on the most complex of matters when I set up my business and indeed I pride myself on my attention to detail both as a lawyer and as someone with many years’ experience working in various industries.
Here’s another link to my dispute resolution CV.