Hilary Heilbron QC has extensive experience as counsel both in international arbitration and commercial litigation acting for a wide range of national and international clients in very substantial disputes. She has appeared as leading counsel in the Supreme Court, House of Lords and Privy Council. She also regularly sits as an international arbitrator and is a qualified mediator.
Hilary Heilbron also practices international arbitration in which she appears both as counsel and acts as arbitrator. She speaks regularly to international audiences and writes on the subject. As counsel she also takes court related arbitral cases. Recent cases as counsel include La Societe pour la Recherche, la Production, le Transport, la Transformation et la Commercialisation des Hydrocarbures SpA (Sonatrach) v Statoil Natural Gas LLC (Statoil)  EWHC 875 (Comm), SulAmerica Cia Nacional de Seguros & 5 others -v- (1) Enesa Engenharia S.A - Enesa (2) Energia Sustentavel do Brasil - ESBR (3) Construcoes e Comerica Camargo Correa  EWHC 42 (Comm), and Dallah Real Estate Tourism Holding Co v Government of Pakistan  UKSC 46.
Hilary Heilbron's experience as an international arbitrator is wide. She has accepted many appointments as party nominated arbitrator, institution appointed and sole arbitrator. She has chaired many tribunals of leading international arbitrators. Her appointments have been under ICC, LCIA and ICDR as well as ad hoc appointments. Many of these relate to substantial claims including in excess of US 1 billion. She also has experience of arbitrations in many foreign laws: both civil and common law. She has also been appointed as an emergency arbitrator by the AAA (ICDR rules) under their Article 37 procedure. She is a member of the LCIA Court. She also trains arbitrators for the ICDR, and was a speaker at Singapore International Arbitration Academy Advanced Training Programme in December 2012. Hilary was quoted in Who's Who Legal 2016 as being an “absolutely fantastic arbitrator” whose experience includes ICC, LCIA and ICDR and ad hoc appointments.”
In approximately 90 appointments in recent years she has handled a large variety of different types of claims relating to parties from all over the world many involving foreign law. Her recent appointments include claims relating to:
As advocate Hilary Heilbron's recent arbitrations include:
Hilary Heilbron QC is the author of a book on international arbitration in London.
Hilary Heilbron has wide experience in a range of areas of law, with particular emphasis on commercial litigation, both international and domestic. She has considerable knowledge of international conflicts, jurisdictional and similar issues, and has spoken and written about this on many occasions. Her experience ranges from various contractual disputes to insurance, international trade, banking, financial services, professional negligence and defamation law as well as other areas of law. In the commercial field her clients have included international conglomerates, utility companies, key financial regulators, FTSE 100 companies, governments as well as many foreign and national public and private companies. She has appeared as counsel in professional disciplinary hearings and appeals. She also has the relatively rare experience of having been a Department of Trade and Industry Inspector in a DTI inquiry into a major public company. She has also conducted an insider dealing inquiry. She has advised and represented international celebrities and other well known people in defamation cases. Hilary was described as “undoubtedly one of the best” according to her peers in Who's Who Legal 2015 acting for "both domestic and international clients in substantial disputes.”
Cases of note include
Recent Articles include:
Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution International Arbitration Review June 2015 “The English Court’s Approach to review of Awards by way of Challenge and Enforcement.”
“Interim Measures in International Commercial Arbitration – Useful Weapon or Tactical Missile”: ICCC Congress Series No 18;
“Is International Arbitration becoming too Confrontational and Counter-intuitive? And some Guidelines as to how not to irritate a Tribunal!”: Liber Amicorum for the 100th Anniversary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2015)
“Jurisdictional Issues Relating to Challenges and the New York Convention – Fictions, Failures and Finality – a Choice of Remedies”: Turkish Commercial Law Review (2015)
Hilary Heilbron QC is also a CEDR trained mediator.
Current positions held
Previous positions held
Hilary Heilbron QC has glowing recommendations in many of the most respected directories as set out below both as arbitrator and also as advocate both in arbitration and litigation.
A privacy notice for Hilary Heilbron QC referable to sitting as an Arbitrator can be found here.