Branch Seminar Series on the Practice of Arbitration. In person seminar.


Event Details

12th Mar 2024
18:00 - 20:30
IDRC, 1 Paternoster Lane, London EC4M 7BQ

Event Information


Join us in person for the second part of our series on the practice of international arbitration. This seminar, kindly hosted by Arbitra at the IDRC, puts the spotlight on the diverse range of professionals who successfully work as arbitrators outside of large structures such as law firms and barristers’ chambers. Parties have always been free to choose full-time arbitrators with expert knowledge of their sectors and who may practise in other jurisdictions. Hear from some of them and from the Head of Arbitration Practice at the Ciarb about what truly goes into practising independently.

The event will be chaired by Tope Adeyemi FCIArb, and the panel, moderated by James Clanchy FCIArb, will comprise Karina Albers FCIArb, Lucy Greenwood FCIArb, C.Arb, Mercy McBrayer FCIArb, Adedoyin Rhodes – Vivour SAN, C.Arb and Paul Sills FCIArb. Doors open 5.30pm. The panel discussion will begin at 6.00pm and will be followed by refreshments from around 7.30pm.


There will be no charge to attend, but prior registration is required, with limited spaces available. To register, please contact Elinor Pritchard, Administrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London Branch at

Tel: 0208 546 2613/07780 676976


Tope Adeyemi

Tope Adeyemi is a Barrister and Arbitrator practising from 33 Bedford Row Chambers in London. Dual qualified in England & Wales and Nigeria, her practice focuses on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Law. Tope has appeared before a wide range of courts and tribunals and has acted as Arbitrator in more than 20 arbitrations. Additionally, she undertakes adjudications as a member of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution’s Consumer Panel (CEDR). Tope is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and currently serves as Honorary Secretary of the London Branch Committee. She is also Vice Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales' Appeals Committee (ICAEW). Between 2009 and 2016, Tope was an Associate Lecturer in Law with the Open University.

Karina Albers

Karina Albers FCIArb is a full-time international commercial arbitrator and mediator based in the United Kingdom. Her profession as arbitrator and mediator has been built from her experience in derivative trading, the maritime industry and commodity trade and she has received over 80 appointments so far, participated in hearings with claims of over USD 5 billion under LMAA, LCIA, SIAC and GMAA rules.The type of disputes she covers involve any commercial dispute and in particular energy and commodity disputes, derivative and hedging/banking disputes, shipping/maritime and insurance claims.

James Clanchy

James Clanchy FCIArb is a full-time arbitrator in independent practice and an associate member of Six Pump Court chambers. He is a non-practising solicitor and has also been an avocat at the Paris bar. He spent 20 years as a commercial disputes lawyer with Withers, Holman Fenwick Willan, and Stephenson Harwood, specialising in shipping, energy, and commodities.

He is a former Honorary Secretary of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (the LMAA) and is an Aspiring Full Member of the Association. He was Registrar and Deputy Director General of the LCIA for four years (2008 to 2012).

He writes and lectures widely on international arbitration and is co-editor of Lloyd’s Maritime Law Newsletter, for which he compiles anonymised summaries of London maritime arbitration awards.

He served on the London Branch committee for four years (2018-2022) and was its Honorary Secretary in 2020 – 2021.

Lucy Greenwood

Lucy Greenwood is an independent arbitrator specializing in international commercial and investment disputes. She has practised international arbitration since 1998 (in London, Paris and Houston) and has acted as arbitrator in more than 90 arbitrations since becoming a full time arbitrator in 2017. She is highly regarded for her prompt, efficient resolution of disputes and active case management of arbitrations and is particularly in demand as a chair for major energy disputes. She is ranked Band 1 by Chambers, as a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who’s Who Arbitration and was shortlisted by Legal 500 for Arbitrator of the Year in 2023 Lucy is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Texas attorney and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. She is a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Past Chair, International Committee, Dispute Resolution Section, American Bar Association, Past Chair, North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She is the founder of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, an initiative to reduce the environmental impact of international arbitrations. More information is available at

Mercy McBrayer

Mercy McBrayer FCIArb is Ciarb’s Head of Arbitration Professional Practice. Mercy is a United States qualified attorney (Texas) and certified mediator with experience as party counsel in commercial business litigation and arbitration. She is an assistant editor of the Ciarb Journal, a Teaching Fellow in international arbitration at Queen Mary University of London, a speaker and lecturer on issues of international arbitration and ADR, and moot coach.

Adedoyin Oyinkan Rhodes – Vivour SAN C.Arb

Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour, lawyer and arbitrator (British Chevening Scholar) is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) with Over 40 years’ experience in legal practice. She is a Notary Public of Nigeria called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981. She is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. She is a Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators [CIArb] Nigeria Branch. Over the past 40 years she has acquired very significant experience in arbitration. She is recognized in various publications including Expert Guides, Who is Who Legal and Women in Business Law (Commercial Arbitration) as a top commercial Arbitration Practitioner. She is a member of the ICC Paris International Court of Arbitration and member of the World Bank Group Sanctions Board. She is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes [ICSID].

She has arbitrated disputes involving Energy and Natural resources, Construction and Infrastructural projects, Banking and Finance, Maritime, Labour and Telecommunications. She is an approved tutor for the CIArb and the author of the book titled: ‘Commercial Arbitration Law and Practice in Nigeria through the Cases’ Published by LexisNexis.

Paul Sills

Paul Sills is a leading independent international arbitrator and mediator with over 27 years of litigation experience, often involving multi-parties and complex commercial issues. His arbitration and mediation practices reflect this experience, where Paul is often called on to either determine or help resolve complex multi-party disputes. Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Paul was a civil and commercial barrister but also spent time as a CEO and Director for a number of international businesses including international freight and transportation where his focus recently has been on energy transition and ESG issues.

Paul teaches International Commercial Arbitration to LLM students at the University of Westminster. In 2022 and 2023 Paul was named by WWL as a Global Leader in mediation. He was also appointed as a chairperson to the European Commission arbitration panel for EU trade disputes. Paul has been recognised by Chambers & Partners UK where clients have commented on his style being “very sharp intellectually”.

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