Hilary Heilbron QC now focuses principally on international arbitration, sitting frequently as an international arbitrator all over the world, but also acting as counsel both in arbitration and arbitral related court work. As leading counsel she has a wealth of experience of major commercial disputes and many foreign laws with appearances in the highest courts in the land including the Supreme Court, House of Lords and Privy Council.
Hilary Heilbron’s primary focus is now international arbitration where she regularly sits as an international arbitrator in a large variety of jurisdictions and involving many different foreign laws as well as English law. She still continues to act as counsel principally in international arbitration and arbitral related court cases.
She speaks regularly to international audiences and writes on the subject. Recent prestigious lectures include the keynote lecture at Fordham University School of Law, New York and the annual Clayton Utz lecture in Sydney, Australia.
She has accepted over 100 appointments as party nominated arbitrator, institution appointed and sole arbitrator and also as an emergency arbitrator. She has increasingly chaired many tribunals of leading international arbitrators. Her appointments have been under ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, HKIAC 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 is a former member of the LCIA Court and current member of the ICCA/IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings and of the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages; a former member of the ICC UK Arbitration and ADR Committee and of the International Advisory Committee of the ICDR.
She is the author of a book on international arbitration in London.
She has been described recently as having a “stellar reputation” and being an “amazing arbitrator”.
The range of claims in which she sits as arbitrator is wide and includes:
Notable cases relating to arbitration where she has appeared as counsel include: Dallah Real Estate Tourism Holding Co v Government of Pakistan  UKSC 46; 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).
Before focussing more on international arbitration as arbitrator and counsel in arbitrations and arbitral related court work, Hilary Heilbron established an excellent reputation as counsel principally in commercial litigation and the English courts including the Supreme Court, House of Lords and Privy Council.
She has acquired very considerable knowledge of international conflicts, jurisdictional and similar issues, about which she has spoken and written on many occasions and experience of a vast range of industry and financial sectors. She has acted for 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 advised and represented international celebrities and other well-known people in defamation cases.
Her skill as an advocate remains and she has been described recently as being recognised for her “excellent counsel work in international arbitration”.
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)
Hilary Heilbron QC is also a CEDR trained mediator.
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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.