Joint CIArb & LMAA Annual Seminar: Arbitrator decisions getting it right and avoiding challenge


Event Details

6th Dec 2022
18:00 - 20:00
Inner Temple
Parliament Chamber,
Crown Office Row,
Temple, London EC4Y

Event Information

This event will cover the topic of arbitrators’ powers of decision making and getting it right. How can arbitrators deal with clear-cut cases? How should arbitrators – and the parties – approach establishing the content of the law applicable to a dispute, especially when that law is one with which the tribunal is unfamiliar? When do arbitrators risk being challenged? When do they have to resign – and will they enjoy immunity?

Registration: There will be no charge to attend this hybrid event, but prior registration is required, and limited in-person spots are available. Participants will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. Please register here:

Introduction by David Steward, President of the LMAA and moderation by Karina Albers FCIArb, Chair of the CIArb London Branch


Chris Smith

Chris Smith’s practice covers all aspects of domestic and international commercial work, with particular emphasis on wet and dry shipping, professional negligence and related areas such as marine and non marine insurance and reinsurance.

Chris’ practice involves advisory work, mediation, arbitration in England and Wales and other jurisdictions including Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa, and litigation in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and all divisions of the High Court. He also has extensive experience of acting as co Counsel in disputes involving litigation in more than one jurisdiction.

Chris is described by the leading legal directories as “Always superb. He has a razor-sharp mind,” “an unflappable barrister who has a rigorous mind and a very good reputation.”

Chris' bio:

Clare Ambrose

Clare Ambrose is a full-time arbitrator at Twenty Essex with over 25 years’ experience of arbitration and litigation. Over the past 10 years Clare has developed extensive experience as a commercial arbitrator in international arbitrations particularly in shipping, commodities, shipbuilding, offshore construction, ship sales and a broad variety of commercial disputes. Clare is a Fellow of CIArb and a Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator. She is co-author of London Maritime Arbitration (4th Ed. 2017). In 2017, she became a full member of the LMAA. She was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018.

Clare's bio:

Philippa Hopkins KC

Philippa Hopkins KC is a barrister practising at Essex Court Chambers. Her areas of expertise include shipping, commodities, insurance and energy, and she has a particular interest in the conflict of laws. Her practice is divided between litigation and arbitration. She also sits as an arbitrator, mainly in LCIA and ICC arbitrations. Clients describe her as “an outstanding analytical lawyer, a great advocate who never stands on ceremony” and “the best KC in the business for big-ticket shipping disputes” (C&P 2023). She is an editor of Arnould’s Law of Marine Insurance, and a contributing editor to the White Book, responsible for Part 58 (Commercial Court) and Part 62 (arbitration).

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