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Ian Meredith

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Mr. Meredith’s practice focuses on international disputes across a range of sectors encompassing both commercial and public international law issues. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the coordinator of the firm’s International Arbitration Group. His practice embraces alternative dispute resolution, international arbitration and both domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Professional Background

Mr. Meredith has arbitrated disputes under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR UNCITRAL, LMAA and ICSID rules amongst others as well as acting in relation to a number of ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations proceeding under the rules of various trade bodies as well as several Bermuda Form insurance coverage disputes as arbitrator and as counsel. His clients include sovereign states, individuals and corporates. He has been involved in the arbitration of several disputes flowing from investment within and relating to Russia and various countries of the former Soviet Union, India, Iraq and new member and candidate countries of the EU. Other disputes have related to mining, metals trading, speciality chemicals, oils & gas exploration, telecommunications, border security, mega yachts, insurance coverage and a wide range of other industrial and commercial sectors.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator
  • China Trade Law Report (Editorial Board)
  • Arbitration World (Editor)
  • LCIA European Users’ Council (Member)
  • IBA (Member)
  • Association Suisse de L’Arbitrage (ASA) (Member)
  • ICC Task Force on “Trusts and Arbitration” (Member - both original Task Force and 2015 reformed Task Force)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Which tools are available to a tribunal in a commercial arbitration to deal with a finding of corruption?”, ITA-CANACO Americas, December 2015
  • "International Arbitration, Enforcement", Commercial Dispute Resolution Conference, November 2012
  • Harrisburg International Arbitration Webinar, November 2012
  • "Attorney-Client Privileges in International Disputes", ICC Russia / ABA Conference, Moscow, September 2012
  • "Making an Informed Choice of Law Decision in Cross-Border Transactions", ICC Russia / ABA Conference, Moscow, September 2011
  • "International Arbitration in Emerging Markets", Association of General Counsel, Texas, May 2011
  • "Drafting Effective Arbitration Clauses for Cross-Border Deals", North Charlotte Bar Association, Charlotte, February 2011
  • “Managing Political Risk,” Joint Securities & Investment Institute / K&L Gates Seminar, London April 2007
  • “Anti-suit Injunctions – Are they on borrowed time?”, International Bar Association Annual Conference 2006 – Arbitration Committee ‘Hot Topics’, Chicago, September 2006
  • “Leading Arbitrators of the World Symposium,“ Juris Conference, Panelist, Vienna, 10 April 2006

Additional Information

Publications

  • “Tools Available to a Tribunal in a Commercial Arbitration to Investigate Suspicions of Corruption”, World Arbitration & Mediation Review, vol. 10, No. 2, pp.275-293 (with Jonathan Graham)
  • “Non-Damages Remedies in International Arbitration”, LexisPSL practice note, last updated 2016 (with Hendrik Puschmann)
  • “Notes on the Cultural Dimension of International Commercial Arbitration”, vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 29-35 (with Hendrik Puschmann)
  • “Cultural Misunderstandings and Why They Continue to Matter in International Arbitration”, LawyerIssue, 25 January 2016 (with Hendrik Puschmann)
  • “Emergency Arbitration Procedures: A Comparative Analysis, International Arbitration Law Review, Int.A.L.R., Issue 5 Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Limited and Contributors, 2012 (with Raja Bose)
  • "Rating Arbitrators: Time for Change", Commercial Dispute Resolution, November-December 2012
  • "Emergency Arbitrators", Sweet & Maxwell, November 2012
  • "Ukraine: Is it easier to avoid enforcement of judgments of CIS countries that are signatories to the ECHR?", Littleton Chambers CIS Bulletin, December 2011 (Author)
  • "Witness preparation in International Arbitration", Mealey's International Arbitration Report, September 2011 (Co-Author)
  • "Partial enforcement of international arbitration awards", Arbitration International, August 2010 (Co-Author)
  • "Singapore Court of Appeal takes tough line on 'no dispute' agreement", Global Arbitration Review, September 2009 (Author)
  • "The Brave New World of Disputes", Law.com, April 2009 (Co-Author)
  • "European Court of Justice rules that Anti-Suit Injunctions are Contrary to EU Law", Arbitration Alert, February 2009 (Co-Author)
  • "Prospects for Investment Treaty Claims Arising out of the Financial Crisis", Arbitration World, January 2009 (Co-Author)
  • “Drafting an effective international arbitration agreement,” PLC Cross Border Arbitration Handbook, 2008/2009
  • "Anti-suit Injunctions in Support of Arbitration Agreements are Contrary to EU law, According to the Opinion of Advocate General Kokott delivered 4 September 2008", Arbitration Alert, September 2008 (Co-Author)
  • “High Growth Spells Risk,” The Metropolitan Corporate Council, August 2008, (Interview)
  • "International Arbitration: A tool to manage risk when dealing in high-growth/high-risk materials", The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, August 2008 (Author)
  • “The ICC’s arbitral referee procedure: How valuable is it?” PLC Cross Border Quarterly, January - March 2008 (Co-Author)
  • “The anti-suit injunction: On borrowed time?,” PLC Cross Border Quarterly, November 2007 (Co-Author)
  • “Disputes in developing countries,” National Law Journal, September 2007 (Co Author)
  • “Investor protection in China,” PLC Cross Border Quarterly, July - September 2006 (Co-Author)
  • “Getting to Yes Abroad: Arbitration as a tool in effective commercial and political risk management,” American Bar Association, May 2007 (Co-Author)
  • “Investment Treaties, taking advantage of the Protections on offer,” PLC Cross Border Quarterly, July - September 2006 (Co-Author)
  • “Show and Tell,” The Lawyer, July 2006 (Co-Author)
  • “Do alternative fee arrangements have a place in international arbitration?” Arbitration, February 2006 (Co-Author)
  • “Securing Protection for Foreign Investments,” The International Trade Law Newsletter, November 2005 (Co-Author)

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Mr. Meredith has represented a number of clients engaged in disputes, which have been settled after the application of alternative dispute techniques including mediation, mini-trial and Med-Arb.  He was a leading member of a team that was successful in winning the CEDR Award for law firm commitment to mediation on two occasions in the 1990s.

International Arbitration
Over recent years, Mr. Meredith’s practice has become increasingly focused upon International Arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrator, and encompassing both commercial and public international law issues. He has arbitrated disputes under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, LMAA and ICSID rules amongst others as well as acting in relation to a number of ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations proceeding under the rules of various trade bodies. Recent cases have been seated in London, Geneva, Paris, Vienna, Panama, Tokyo and various cities in the US.

Mr. Meredith has been involved in the arbitration of several disputes flowing from investment within and relating to Russia and various countries of the former Soviet Union. Other disputes have related to mining, metals trading, speciality chemicals, oils & gas exploration, telecommunications, border security, mega yachts, insurance coverage and a wide range of other industrial sectors.

He has represented clients engaged in disputes in a number of countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Austria, Poland, Romania, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taipea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of states of the US.

Mr. Meredith also advises on political risk issues in the context of investments across a range of sectors, including Natural Resources. He is increasingly involved in the structuring of investments to provide scope to invoke Multilateral and/or Bilateral Investment Treaty protections and in Investor State arbitration.

Domestic and International Litigation
Mr. Meredith has project managed significant disputes involving sums exceeding US$6billion across a range of jurisdictions including Russia, Brazil, Venezuela, Egypt, Italy, Spain, France, BVI, Cayman, Bermuda, Japan, Switzerland, Malta and various states in the US and in Canada. Those disputes have extended across a diverse range of business sectors including power generation, combustion equipment, mining, metals, oil & gas, telecoms, industrial coatings, border security, beverages, finance and investment and sport.

Individual disputes have concerned post-acquisition issues (including completion account and warranty claims), boardroom disputes (including minority shareholder actions), professional negligence (malpractice) claims, commercial trading, trade finance and Bank defence. He has taken disputes through appellate courts and has several reported cases.

Reported Cases

  • Re A Company (Ghyllbeck Driving Range, Ltd.) 93 BCLC, Page 1126, First Instance decision of J. Vinelot.
  • Centremodel Projects, Ltd v. RBS (2000) ALL ER 919 Court of Appeal (Gibson, Brooke and Robert Walker) reported July 4, 2000.
  • Samson Lancastrian v. RBS (2000) CLC 1457 Court of Appeal. (House of Lords 2005).
  • Gencor ACP and Others v. Dalby and Others (2000) ALL ER 1067, First Instance decision of J. Rimer reported July 27, 2000.
  • Motorola Credit Corporation v. Cem Uzan and ORS (2002) ALL ER (Comm 945), TLR 10/07/2002, 2002 C.P.Rep.69, Court of Appeal 26 June 2002.
  • Jalal Bezee Mejel Al-Gaood & Partner and another company v Innospec Ltd and others [2014] All ER (D) 230 (Oct) - Flaux J
  • London Steam Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v The Kingdom of Spain and the French State (The Prestige) [2013] EWHC 2840 (Comm) - Walker J
  • London Steam Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v The Kingdom of Spain and the French State (The Prestige) [2013] EWHC 3188 (Comm) - Hamblen J
  • London Steam Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v The Kingdom of Spain and the French State (The Prestige) [2015] EWCA Civ 333 - Court of Appeal (Moor-Bick, Patten, Tomlinson LJJ)
  • Corona Materials LLC v Dominican Republic, ICSID Case No ARB(AF)14/3
  • H v L [2017] EWHC 137 (Comm)
  • H v L 2017 EWHC 249 (Comm)