Mercantile Barristers’ work involves domestic and international arbitrations in our fields of specialisation. Our barristers are members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and members of the London Court of International Arbitrations.


Arbitration, rather than immediate and direct court proceedings, is a recognised and preferred method of resolving disputes within the sport, construction, engineering and allied industries as well as in general commercial transactions. We have decades of experience in resolving complex disputes in both domestic and international arbitrations concerning matters in construction, commercial transactions and sport.


At Mercantile Barristers our members have technical and practical experience that has enabled us to develop a considerable arbitration practice. This covers the full spectrum of services, from advice at the initial stages of contract formation on arbitration rules; drafting arbitration agreements; representation of clients pre action; right through to conducting the proceedings and enforcing or resisting the arbitral award in subsequent court proceedings.


Parties engaged in an arbitration, or who are about to embark on an arbitration, require early specialist professional advice to secure compliance with institutional rules, as well as statutory strictures where necessary; and generally to secure a successful award that is free from defect.


Whether the arbitration is to be conducted on a ‘document only’ basis or involves a full hearing with witnesses, Mercantile Barristers are skilled at putting the client’s case to maximum effect either through skilled drafting of papers or through representation and forceful advocacy. Where a client’s circumstances and business relationship so dictate, Mercantile Barristers’ members can adopt appropriate Alternative Dispute Resolution methods such as mediation, conciliation and impartial expert determination.

Value Adding Approach

Our approach to legal practice is always to articulate creative and value-adding solutions for clients whilst delivering timely, efficient and affordable professional services. All clients conduct their affairs within a legal context and Mercantile Barristers’ role is to advise on the conduct of their transactions and affairs in ways that avoid conflict and disputes.


However, should a dispute become inevitable, then our prior engagement would have assured that all the necessary precautions have been taken and mitigating steps adopted. Thus, clients will begin any dispute resolution in a strong position to achieve their desired objectives.


Whether by adjudication, arbitration, litigation, members at Mercantile Barristers will adopt a firm, swift and decisive approach to achieve the best possible results for clients within the shortest possible time. We recognise that no two cases are the same, so we will adapt our style to suit the occasion.


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