This is an online event organised by CIArb’s East Anglia branch to discuss the importance of independence and impartiality as the most salient characteristics of an arbitrator. The talk will be presented by Dr Michael Reynolds C.Arb FCIArb.
Dr Reynolds will discuss the importance of independence and impartiality as the most salient characteristics of an arbitrator. This is a prerequisite to performing the judicial function. In examining its application in practice, Dr Reynolds will discuss some leading cases, ethical considerations embodied in institutional rules and why observance is so important today.
Dr Reynolds, a solicitor, chartered arbitrator and researcher in international arbitration, has considerable experience of litigation, arbitration, enquiries and international tribunals. He is the author of several professional practice books and numerous articles having formerly been a member of the Editorial Board of Arbitration and then Commissioning Editor of Construction and Engineering Law. His latest contributions to Amicus Curiae concern the invention of case management 70 years before the Civil Justice Reforms. His latest book, to be published in March 2021, is about how diplomats, arbitrators and lawyers resolved issues between sovereign states.
The talk will suit both arbitrators and those involved in arbitration. It will appeal to experienced arbitrators and newcomers in this form of dispute resolution now and in the future.
Cost: Access to this event is free for CIArb members and non-members, however pre-registration is required. A link will be sent out nearer the time.
Registration: to register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your name and registration to the event.
Programme: 19.00 - 19.05: Introduction by the branch Chairman, Dr Al Jarratt FCIArb 19.05 – 19.45: Talk on the Independence and impartiality of arbitrators by Dr Michael Reynolds C.Arb FCIArb 19.45 – 20.00: Q and A session 20.00: Branch announcements and closing
Dr Reynolds is a solicitor and chartered arbitrator, who teaches and researches international arbitration. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics completing research for an historical study on international dispute resolution between sovereign states. He is the Module Director of LLM International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration at BPP University College. He has also taught Jurisprudence, Construction and Engineering Law, Professional Legal Skills and Tort as well as being the PhD House Tutor.
As a solicitor he worked in Westminster and the City, then in local government before returning to private practice. As an arbitrator he has recently presided over two international cases and over 80 other referrals. He has acted in numerous actions in the High Court, on enquiries, arbitrations including the Andover Public Arbitration, and as part of the defence team on a Royal Commission regarding the National Health Service.
He is the author of several professional practice books and numerous articles having formerly been a member of the Editorial Board of Arbitration and then Commissioning Editor of Construction and Engineering Law. Prior to returning to the LSE to write his new book he was a Programme Associate on the Civil Justice Programme at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. He is a regular contributor to The Company Lawyer. Michael is a member of the Law Society, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the British Institute of Comparative and International Law and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.