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“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.”
Shanghai-based arbitration - client feedback
“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.”
Counsel in an international arbitration under the Rules of a major arbitral institution - client feedback.
Anthony Connerty is a barrister practising in the field of commercial dispute resolution. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and Certified and Accredited Mediator. His practice is as litigator, arbitrator and mediator:
As a litigation lawyer he has extensive experience acting in most English courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal, 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.
He has been appointed as Counsel and Arbitrator in international arbitrations 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.
CEDR – accredited Mediator  and IMI Certified Mediator [the International Mediation Institute in The Hague was created by the Singapore Mediation Centre/Singapore International Arbitration Centre; the International Centre for Dispute Resolution/American Arbitration Association (ICDR/AAA); and the Netherlands Mediation Institute].
Actively involved in ADR – in particular mediation – for over 10 years. Experience as Counsel and Mediator in both domestic and high – value international commercial mediations, including acting as counsel or mediator in international commercial mediations in England, China and Singapore.
Has acted as Mediator in over 50 cases.
His experience in both domestic and high – value international commercial mediations includes acting as mediator and counsel in international commercial mediations:
CASES in which he has acted as counsel; mediator; and as party- appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator and as chairman of arbitral tribunals include:
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 PRC law: “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.”
On an international petroleum dispute: “A great mediator! Anthony is able to quickly digest key issues, understands what drives disputes, and finds creative solutions.”
The lawyer acting for one of the parties in an international commercial mediation held in Singapore involving breach of contract commented on Mr Connerty’s “ability to grasp key issues and bring the parties together from very different starting points”.
“Mr Connerty’s ability to provide a clear analysis of complex factual and legal issues contributes to his high settlement rate.”
“… an eminently sensible mediator who is able to reach fair settlements even in cases where the parties did not believe a settlement would be possible.
Mr Connerty’s steadying influence reduced tensions among parties and helped them to focus on key issues and future interests.”
Even in circumstances where emotions run high “… Mr Connerty’s ability to communicate to parties the strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases played a decisive role in reaching settlements acceptable to all parties involved.”
Several respondents noted that Mr Connerty “conducts himself in a professional, courteous and diplomatic manner, remaining impartial at all times. It was also noted often that the parties reached a fair outcome within a reasonable timescale and that Mr Connerty has excellent listening skills and is able to convey each party’s point of view to the other side. These skills enabled the parties to form a greater understanding of the actual issues at hand.”
Author of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Manual of International Dispute Resolution.
Published by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London. ISBN 13: 978-8-0 85092-837-2
Foreword by Sandra Day O’ Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Reviews of the Manual have been published in various international journals including the ICCA Yearbook, the AAA’ s Dispute Resolution Journal and the LCIA’ s Arbitration International.
“The Fraud Exception in English Law”
Chapter 21 of the ICC Commercial Crime Services book “Trade Finance Fraud: Understanding the Threats and Reducing the Risk”. ICC Publication No. 643 ISBN: 92 842 1312 6
“Strengthening Relations with the Arab World through Dispute Resolution”:
Published by the Permanent Court of Arbitration / Peace Palace Papers.
Papers emanating from the Fourth PCA International Law Seminar at The Hague. Kluwer ISBN 90-411-1972-8;
Interim and Emergency Relief in International Arbitration – International Law Institute Washington D. C.
Series on International Law, Arbitration and Practice
Diora Ziyaeva, Editor / Ian A. Laird, Borzu Sabahi, Anne Marie Whitesell, General Editors
CHAPTER on “Bifurcation, Challenges to Jurisdiction and Security for Costs”
“Ownership, Ethics and Non- Adversarial Settlement Methods: The Hugh Lane Bequest”: Volume 26 of the Studies in Art Law, “Cultural Heritage Law and Ethics: Mapping Recent Developments”.
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Articles on international commercial dispute resolution have been published in various journals around the world. Recent publications include –
Articles on Lehman Brothers published in Hong Kong and London;
Articles on the revised CIETAC Rules published in New York and London;
“International Cotton Arbitration”, published in Arbitration International, the Journal of the LCIA, [May 2013];
“ADR as a ‘Filter’ Mechanism: The Use of ADR in the Context of International Disputes”, published by Arbitration, the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators [April 2013].
“Lex Mercatoria: Reflections of an English Lawyer”: (2014) 30 Arbitration International, 701-719.
Book reviews for various publications including New Law Journal and GAR.
Speaker at conferences in the UK, U.S., Europe, Africa, the Middle East and China on international commercial dispute resolution:
Turkey: Istanbul Kemerburgaz University School of Law. Conference on “International Commercial Arbitration and the New Lex Mercatoria”, April 2013.
Saudi Arabia: Naif Arab University for Security Sciences Riyadh. Conference on the use of Arbitration in relation to criminal matters. May 2013.
UK: Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) Conference, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London. June 2013.
UK: Hong Kong International Arbitration (HKIAC) Conference, Norton Rose Fulbright, London. August 2013.
USA: The International Investment Law Center, the IDR Group and the ADR Center of the International Law Institute: Conference on Interim Measures in International Arbitration. Georgetown, Washington D.C. April 2014.
Turkey: Ankara University Faculty of Law and Union of Turkish Public Notaries. Energy Law Symposium. Ankara, May 2014.
UK: Speaker and member of the Organising Committee of Conference at the Guildhall, City of London on “Shaping the Future of International Dispute Resolution”. Staged by the International Mediation Institute and the IDR Group. October 2014.
Turkey: Union Internationale des Avocats Conference on Mediation. Ankara, May 2015.
Turkey: Seminar: Istanbul Kemerburgaz University School of Law. May 2015.
Scotland: Energy Arbitration Conference. Paper on the Innovations in Conflict Management for the Energy Industry: Role of mediation and other ADR mechanisms for the Energy Industry. Edinburgh, October 2015. Organisations supporting the conference included the Energy Charter Secretariat and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.
Switzerland: Speaker at Second All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference, Art-Law Centre, Geneva, June 2016. Paper “Ownership, Ethics and Mediation” concerning ownership dispute between London and Dublin galleries in relation to the Hugh Lane Continental Pictures.
Turkey: Conference “Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation in the Resolution of International Disputes”. Staged by the IDR Group, Altinbas University and the Istanbul Bar Association at Caglayan Court House Conference Hall, Istanbul. October 2017.
Anthony has been appointed to various Arbitration / Mediation Panels including:
Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre;
Beijing Arbitration Commission;
Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration;
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ International Arbitration Panel;
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Mediation Panel;
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Beijing (CIETAC)
[appointed to the CIETAC Panel in 1997];
Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC);
Florence International Mediation Chamber;
ICDR (the international section of the American Arbitration Association, Chicago): Energy Arbitrator’s List (EAL);
ICDR Panel of Arbitrators: American Arbitration Association, New York;
International Mediation Institute, The Hague (The IMI)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC): [appointed in various cases by the ICC’s International Centre for Expertise, Paris];
Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration;
PAIAM: Professional Advisers to the International Art Market
Pools of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Court of Arbitration for Art, The Hague (CAfA).
Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM);
Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Lagos, Nigeria;
Scottish Arbitration Centre, Edinburgh;
SHIAC: Shanghai International Arbitration Centre;
Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA);
Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC);
U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva (WIPO): Arbitration &
Mediation Panel; and the WIPO Domain Name Panel
Admitted to the Freedom of the City of London, May 1991;
Former Governor of the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Hospitals Trust;
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, John Adam Street, London WC2;
International Arbitration Club, London.
Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London SW1;
City Livery Club, Upper Thames Street, London EC4;
Anthony Connerty has particular experience in the following areas:
General Commercial Disputes
Experience as Counsel, Arbitrator and Mediator in litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of international dispute resolution in cases involving various types of commercial disputes including:
Armaments and weapons systems
Contracts for the sale and carriage of goods
Letters of credit
Commodities: metals, cotton and oil & gas
Joint venture agreements; franchising; trademarks; know-how licensing
Fashion and clothing manufacturing contracts
Finance/ investment contracts
Cases involving the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal; governing law; the enforcement of arbitral awards
Challenge in the English Courts to international arbitral awards
Appointed in various cases by the ICC’s International Centre for Expertise, Paris
Appointed by the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva, as panelist in WIPO domain name disputes
Oil & Gas
Petroleum and petroleum – related cases have included multi-million U.S. dollar disputes:
Party-appointed arbitrator in US$ 200 million oil dispute: LCIA arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules
Oil drilling jack up rig contracts: sole mediator in dispute in Singapore under Rules of London arbitration/mediation institution
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): sole mediator in ad hoc mediation in London
Appointed as sole arbitrator in international oil arbitration. Spanish and Nigerian parties. Anti-suit proceedings commencing in two jurisdictions
Member of the Energy Arbitrators’ List of the ICDR (the international section of the American Arbitration Association), and appointed to various Middle East arbitration panels: Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Dubai and Tehran.
Post-graduate Certificate of Credit in International Energy Law (London University).
Speaker at various conferences on Petroleum, in particular in relation to dispute resolution: London, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai.
1. Instructed on behalf of European metals organisation on the enforcement in China of an LME (London Metal Exchange) arbitration award. Worked with major PRC Law Firm in Beijing, conducted meetings with PRC metals organisation and local government officials in Shanghai, and produced Report for Chinese local government in relation to the enforcement of the LME award in accordance with the New York Convention.
2. Member of Panel of Arbitrators in trading dispute between U.S. and Turkish metals organisations in ad hoc arbitration held in 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.  2 Lloyds Reports 359.
3. Co-counsel in LME arbitration between French and Italian parties in dispute relating to metals trading contracts. Mediation successfully used to resolve the dispute.
4. Co – arbitrator in AAA/ICDR Tribunal in New York in international metals contract dispute.
5. Advising Chinese lawyers on international metals “scam”.
6. Appointed sole arbitrator in international metals dispute: ad hoc arbitration.
Co –counsel in international cotton arbitrations under the Rules of the International Cotton Association: Turkish and U.S. parties.
Article “International Cotton Arbitration” published in Arbitration International, the Journal of the LCIA. The article deals with the arbitration rules of the International Cotton Association and refers to cases on those rules dealt with in the English and Chinese Courts: (2013) 29 Arbitration International, pp 295-317.
Post-graduate qualification in international and comparative banking law [as part of M.A. (London) in International Business Law].
Lehman Bros Panel: Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s Lehman –Brothers – related Investment Products Dispute Mediation & Arbitration Scheme: Appointed as Member of the Panel of Arbitrators instituted by HKIAC.
Appointed by ICC over a number of years in various cases by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Centre for Expertise, Paris.
Instructed by Paris law firm on behalf of Middle Eastern bank as Counsel on application in English courts for freezing order in relation to multi-million US dollar fraud case.
Instructed to advise Middle Eastern government in relation to attempted bank fraud in UK.
Articles, etc on banking published in various international journals:
Conferences: Speaker on banking issues at the International Maritime Bureau’s 22nd and 23rd Annual Practical Course on International Trading Problems: Pitfalls and Remedies in International Trade: Morschach, Switzerland, 2007 and 2008.
Online Dispute Resolution
Anthony Connerty has been a member of the United Nations WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) Domain Name Panel for a number of years, and has been regularly appointed as a WIPO Panellist since 2004. Cases on which he has been appointed – mainly as sole panellist- have involved as Complainants major international organisations such as: Pepsi Co, Inc; Hoffmann La Roche; Mastercard; Kodak; AOl; Sanofi Aventis; Orange; Lego; Mamas & Papas; Chivas Pernod Ricard; Michelin; Bayer AG; Wikimedia.
He has been appointed over a number of years in various cases by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Centre for Expertise, Paris. Cases involve online resolution of disputes between international banking organisations.
Publications and Articles
Manual of International Dispute Resolution
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. The Manual includes four chapters in a section dealing with the “Electronic Era”: the emergence of online dispute resolution; the ICC’s DOCDEX System (a system involving banking disputes relating to documentary credits); and the WIPO Domain Name Dispute Resolution System. On the future of online dispute resolution, the final chapter in that section suggested that “The future of online dispute resolution …seems assured in a world where cyber trade and cyber commerce increase day by day. The day of the cyber arbitrator- or the cyber online dispute resolver – has arrived.”
-Paper on the ICC’s DOCDEX Rules (Rules of Documentary Credit Dispute Resolution Expertise, administered by the ICC’s International Centre for Expertise, Paris) published in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, November and December, 1998
-Article “Documentary Credits: a Dispute Resolution System from the ICC”, Sweet & Maxwell, Journal of International Banking Law, 1999, Issue 3
-“Electronic Commerce: A United Kingdom View”: Sweet & Maxwell’s International Company and Commercial Law Review, December 1999
-Paper submitted to the Third Chinese Commercial Law Conference at Clare College, Cambridge: “The Internet Era: the Development of Electronic Commerce in China – and a Need for Global Dispute Resolution Processes”. September, 2000.
[later published by Amicus Curiae, the Journal of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, in Issue 33, January / February 2001]
-“Electronic Commerce and Dispute Resolution: A United Kingdom View” published by the Centre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage de Tunis in Tunisian Arbitration Review: 2002 No. 2
-“Online Jurisdiction: ICANN, WIPO, and the Need for International Action”: Asian Dispute Review, July and October, 2006. Published by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
English Court Actions
Instructed as Counsel in actions in the English Courts relating to works of art:
The client purchased what he claimed he had been informed was a “Michelangelo bronze”.
The bronze was sent to various experts around the world for an opinion as to whether the statuette was genuine: could it properly be described as a Michelangelo bronze? If so, what was its worth?
Advised the client on issue of a potentially complex claim in the English courts.
World –wide Mareva
The client wished to stop the auction in New York of a work of art. Three hearings on three separate days took place in the High Court in London.
Application ex parte for a Mareva injunction (now a “freezing order”) to restrain the sale. The order was granted.
The second application was inter partes: the party against whom the injunction was granted at the earlier ex parte hearing now had the opportunity of challenging the order. The injunction was continued.
A third hearing took place on the following day. In breach of a confidentiality provision in the world-wide Mareva injunction the client had sent information about the Mareva to a New York newspaper. The Judge discharged the injunction.
Speaker at Second All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference, Art-Law Centre, Geneva, June 2016. Paper “Ownership, Ethics and Mediation” concerning ownership dispute between London and Dublin galleries in relation to the Hugh Lane Continental Pictures.
Publication: “Ownership, Ethics and Non- Adversarial Settlement Methods: The Hugh Lane Bequest”: Volume 26 of the Studies in Art Law, “Cultural Heritage Law and Ethics: Mapping Recent Developments”.
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Article: “The Resolution of Art Disputes by Adjudication- A New Way Forward” published by the Disputes Board Federation.
Member of the Pools of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Court of Arbitration for Art, The Hague (CAfA).
Member of PAIAM: Professional Advisers to the International Art Market
Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC): appointed to the Panel in 1997.
Member of the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC).
Member of the panel of Arbitrators of the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC).
China Litigation / Arbitration Experience
He has acted for Chinese clients in international commercial disputes in court hearings and in arbitration hearings in the UK and in China:
– Counsel for Chinese quasi-government body in dispute with Cypriot corporation. Instructed by PRC law firm in Nanjing to act with London solicitors in Commercial Court proceedings
– Counsel for Chinese parties in dispute with Hong Kong / UK parties: LCIA arbitration.
– Counsel for Chinese parties in ICC arbitration. Multi-million US dollar commercial dispute between Italian and Chinese parties involving manufacture in China of children’s clothing. At one stage during the arbitration process the ICC sole arbitrator agreed to act as mediator: a mediation hearing took place in China at the Beijing offices of CIETAC.
– Instructed on behalf of German metals corporation on the enforcement in China of a New York Convention award. Case involved visiting Beijing and Shanghai, acting with a Beijing lawyer, meeting with Chinese parties and Chinese government officials and producing Report for senior PRC officials.
– 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. Hearing in London. Beijing law firm acting for one of parties.
– 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.
Speaker at conferences on international dispute resolution in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou.
Articles relating to China – in particular concerning international dispute resolution – have been published in various journals around the world, including the CIETAC Yearbook (some translated into Mandarin).
Article on the 2012 revision to the CIETAC Rules published in New York by the American Arbitration Association’s Dispute Resolution Journal, May –July 2012 Edition.
International Arbitration and Virtual Hearings – A New Era Dawns
Six Pump Court will host a webinar dealing with the long-term effect of the Coronavirus on international arbitration. The webinar entitled International Arbitration and Virtual Hearings – A New Era Dawns, will be chaired by Stephen Hockman QC and will take place on Friday 4th September 2020 at ...read more
COVID-19 and international arbitration: a hybrid future?
In a recent article for the New Law Journal, Anthony Connerty assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international arbitration. The full article can be viewed here The article first appeared in the New Law Journal. ...read more
The resolution of art disputes by adjudication - a new way forward
Disputes in the field of art are on the increase. This article by Anthony Connerty looks at two areas of dispute and asks whether adjudication can assist in resolving such disputes. The disputes considered are claims for the return of national treasures and one specific claim relating to the thirty ...read more