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John Martin QC

Call: 1972    QC: 1991

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International Arbitration

John Martin has substantial experience of conventional dispute resolution (as a single tribunal or as part of a three-person tribunal) and of alternative dispute resolution, as arbitrator or participant in arbitration.

The following are examples:

  • Acting as single arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration relating to a dispute about telecommunications provision at Canary Wharf.
  • Acting as single arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration relating to a dispute between British and Canadian companies over payment for extraction of water from the Manchester Ship Canal.  An attempt to appeal the award was rejected by the Commercial Court on the ground that the decision was “plainly right”.
  • Acting as single arbitrator in an ad hoc international arbitration involving a major foreign national telecoms company relating to a dispute between British and Swedish companies over tele-warehousing. In the course of this arbitration, it became necessary to decide the scope of the inhibition in sections 48(5)(b) of the Arbitration Act 1996 on an arbitrator making an award of specific performance of a contract relating to land. An appeal against the decision on jurisdiction was dismissed by the Chancery Division: Telia Sonera Ab v Hilcourt (Docklands) Ltd [2003] EWHC 3540 (Ch).
  • Acting as counsel in a long-running ICC international arbitration in Paris relating to a dispute between British and Italian companies over rights to software updates reflecting improvements to a naval gun supplied to 39 navies worldwide.
  • Acting as counsel in a LCIA international arbitration relating to a dispute over veto rights in shareholders’ agreements affecting the conduct of a major international commodities producer.
  • Nominated as single arbitrator in a LCIA international arbitration in Paris relating to a dispute between Norwegian and French companies relating to closing adjustments in a share sale agreement affecting an oil and gas exploration company operating in Turkey.