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Anthony Connerty (U.K)

Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, CEDR- accredited Mediator and IMI Certified Mediator.
In practice at Chambers in London.

Practice Summary
Anthony Connerty has experience acting in most English courts and has acted as Counsel in courts of foreign jurisdiction. He has represented parties ranging from institutional clients such as the Crown Estate Commissioners and the Church Commissioners for England to commercial and entertainment clients like the designer Katharine Hamnett and the actress Diana Dors.

In recent years he has concentrated on international dispute resolution. He has acted as Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator in international arbitrations and mediations in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Lagos, London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm and Washington D.C. under the Rules of various international institutions including the LCIA, ICC, AAA/ICDR, CIETAC, CIArb, SCC (Stockholm), RCICAL (Lagos), LME (London Metal Exchange) and in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. He has acted as Counsel in arbitration- related litigation.

His areas of experience include complex international multi-million U.S. dollar cases involving general commercial disputes; oil and gas; metals; cotton; banking; online dispute resolution; art law. He has a particular interest in China and has been a member of the CIETAC Panel of arbitrators since 1997.

Cases: experience in international arbitration
Cases in which he has acted as counsel, party- appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator and as chairman of arbitral tribunals include:

– Counsel in ICC Arbitration: dispute concerning sale and shipment of U.S. coal. Seat London;

-Party-appointed arbitrator in trading dispute between U.S. and Turkish metals organisations in ad hoc arbitration. Seat London. Application to the Commercial Court in London in relation to the Panel’s interim award is reported as Naporano Iron & Metal Co. v. Sivas Steelworks Inc. [1997] 2 Lloyds Reports 359;

– Party-appointed arbitrator in Russian oil contract dispute. LCIA administered arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules. Seat London;

-Instructed on behalf of European metals organisation on the enforcement in China of an LME (London Metal Exchange) arbitration award;

– Counsel in ICC arbitration. Instructed by Chinese law firm in Beijing on behalf of a group of Chinese companies. Dispute between Chinese and Italian parties in the fashion trade involving joint venture agreements; franchising; trademarks; know-how licensing; jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal and governing law. One hearing took place in Beijing (one of the few ICC arbitration hearings at the time to have taken place in China). The arbitration switched to mediation part way through the hearing;

– Panel arbitrator in oil contract dispute under SCC Rules (Arbitration Rules of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce). Seat Stockholm;

– Sole arbitrator in international ad hoc arbitration. Seat London. Dispute concerning international commercial contract in the media field. Turkish law the governing law of share option contract;

– Co-counsel in LME arbitration between French and Italian parties in dispute relating to metals trading contracts;

– Appointment to AAA/ICDR Tribunal in dispute involving armaments and weapons systems. Hearings in Washington D.C. and New York;

-Co –Counsel in a number of international cotton arbitrations under the Rules of the International Cotton Association: Turkish and U.S. parties;

-Appointment to AAA/ICDR Tribunal in New York in international metals dispute;

– Sole arbitrator in LCIA arbitration in European/Chinese joint venture dispute involving manufacture of aircraft equipment (governing law the laws of the People’s Republic of China);

-Presiding arbitrator in dispute administered by the Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration – Lagos: Nigerian and Canadian parties in dispute relating to installation of Web- Based system for a major Bank (governing law the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria). Seat Lagos;

-Sole arbitrator in international metals dispute. UK and Indian parties. Rules of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators;

-Appointed Chairman of CIETAC Arbitration Tribunal. Seat of arbitration Shanghai. Chinese and German parties. Disputed claim concerning cargo of phosphate / port charges/ storage fees and demurrage;

-Party – appointed arbitrator in international dispute under the Rules of the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center;

-Sole arbitrator in Nigerian international oil dispute. Ad hoc arbitration under the CIArb Rules. Offshore processing venture. Spanish and Nigerian parties. Anti-arbitration proceedings issued in Lagos and London;

– Instructed as Counsel by Paris law firm on challenge to an ICC Award in English Courts under the Arbitration Act 1996. Dispute involving a 500 million Euros shipbuilding contract. Libyan and French parties: General National Maritime Transport Company v. STX France SA [2016] EWHC 1187 (Comm), Mr Justice Blair. GAR report at GAR News: garbriefing@lbrbroadcast.com;

-Appointed sole arbitrator by AAA/ICDR, New York. Media and entertainment technology dispute between UK/US and Italian parties;

– Co – Counsel in LCIA arbitration. BVI and Chinese and Hong Kong corporations. Dispute relating to android smartphones / “white label” browsers/ data capture.

Anthony has also acted as Mediator in international commercial disputes. Cases include sole mediator in 3 – day mediation in complex oil-related dispute in Singapore; and sole mediator in a North Sea oil dispute involving contracts for the fabrication of sub-sea oil drilling structures for use with FPSOs in the North Sea (Floating Production Storage and Off-loading Vessels).

As Wing Arbitrator in a Washington D.C. case involving armaments: “He is a top-notch, thorough arbitrator—always well prepared, and an outstanding colleague to work with.”

A Shanghai – based arbitration: “Anthony as presiding arbitrator sensitively but with a clear compass guided German and Chinese parties and arbitrators through a terra incognita in a challenging case.”

As Sole Arbitrator in an international arbitration under the Laws of the People’s Republic of China: “An astute arbitrator who does not miss a trick… An arbitrator that you want for dealing with difficult parties.”

As Counsel in an international arbitration under the Rules of a major arbitral institution: “Vastly experienced in a wide range of commodities, oil and gas and financial services disputes as counsel, arbitrator and mediator. A go-to multi-talented star.”

As Counsel in arbitration – related litigation: “Anthony is a remarkable attorney and has been of invaluable support in major international arbitrations and ancillary proceedings involving highly sensitive sovereign interests.”

Counsel in litigation concerning the arbitration of a 500 million Euros contract: “Anthony Connerty is a powerful advocate, always in close command of the material, and is excellent at dealing with clients and instructing solicitors. He goes the extra mile to provide an exceptional level of service.”

Author of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Manual of International Dispute Resolution. Foreword by Sandra Day O’ Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Reviews of the Manual have been published in various journals including the ICCA Yearbook, the LCIA’s Arbitration International and the CIArb’s Arbitration.

Contributions to books include publications by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague; International Chamber of Commerce; and the International Law Institute, Washington D. C.

Articles on international commercial dispute resolution have been published in various journals around the world.

Speaker at conferences on international dispute resolution in Africa, China, Europe, Middle East, United Kingdom and United States.

Anthony is a member of international arbitration panels in a number of countries including
China, Egypt, Iran, Nigeria, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

Anthony Connerty
The International Dispute Resolution Centre
70 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1EU
Tel +44 (0)20-7936-7059
Email: anthonyconnerty@idrgroup.org