Anthony Connerty

Year of call 1974


Practice Summary

Experience as advocate, arbitrator and mediator in complex international multi-million U.S. dollar disputes in areas including commercial disputes, oil and gas, metals, cotton and banking.

Anthony has acted in international arbitrations and mediations in Beijing, Lagos, London, New York, Singapore, Stockholm and Washington.

Recent cases include appointment to AAA/ICDR Tribunal in Washington D.C. in dispute involving armaments and weapons systems; sole mediator in ad hoc case involving North Sea oil contracts; co –counsel in international cotton arbitrations under the Rules of the International Cotton Association; appointment to AAA/ICDR Tribunal in New York in metals dispute; appointment as sole arbitrator in LCIA arbitration in Chinese joint venture dispute (governing law the laws of the People’s Republic of China); presiding arbitrator in dispute administered by the Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration – Lagos (governing law the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria); advising Chinese lawyers on metals “scam”; sole arbitrator in international metals contract dispute under the Rules of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


In practice at the English Bar since 1975.  Has appeared in most English courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal. Experience as advocate in lengthy and complex court cases.


Chartered Arbitrator: acts in domestic and international arbitration.

Experience as Counsel and Arbitrator in multi-million U.S. dollar international commercial disputes under the Rules of various arbitral and other institutions including:

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); ICDR (the international section of the American Arbitration Association); Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC); London Metal Exchange (LME); International Cotton Association (ICA); Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration – Lagos (RCICAL); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Counsel and arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations (including international arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules).

ADR / Mediation IMI Certified Mediator: the International Mediation Institute in The Hague was created by the Singapore Mediation Centre/Singapore International Arbitration Centre; the International Centre for Dispute Resolution/American Arbitration Association (ICDR/AAA); and the Netherlands Mediation Institute. CEDR - accredited Mediator [1997]. Actively involved in ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution or Amicable Dispute Resolution) – in particular mediation - for over 10 years. Experience as Counsel and Mediator in both domestic and high – value international commercial mediations, including acting as counsel or mediator in international commercial mediations in England, China and Singapore. Experience in international commercial arbitration, mediation and other forms of international dispute resolution: International arbitration and mediation cases have covered various types of commercial disputes including –

contracts for the sale and carriage of goods letters of credit international metals contracts oil trading contracts; oil drilling jack up rig contracts; contracts for the fabrication of sub-sea oil drilling structures for use with FPSOs in the North Sea (Floating Production Storage and Off-loading Vessels) joint venture agreements franchising trademarks; know-how licensing hotels fashion and clothing manufacturing contracts armaments and weapons systems finance/ investment contracts international cotton contracts Cases involving the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal; governing law; and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Appointed in various cases by the ICC’s International Centre for Expertise, Paris. Appointed by the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva, as panellist in WIPO domain name disputes. Particular interest and experience in dispute resolution in relation to OIL & GAS, METALS, BANKING, COTTON – and in relation to CHINA.


Articles on international commercial dispute resolution have been published in various journals around the world.

Recent publications include –

articles on Lehman Brothers published in Hong Kong and London; articles on the revised CIETAC Rules published in New York and London; “International Cotton Arbitration”, published in Arbitration    International, the Journal of the LCIA, [May 2013]; “ADR as a ‘Filter’ Mechanism: The Use of ADR in the Context of International Disputes”, published by Arbitration, the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators [April 2013]. Author of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Manual of International Dispute Resolution. Published by the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX Foreword by Sandra Day O’ Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Reviews of the Manual have been published in various international journals including the ICCA Yearbook, the AAA’ s Dispute Resolution Journal and the LCIA’ s Arbitration International. Speaker at conferences in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and China on international commercial dispute resolution.


Turkey: Istanbul Kemerburgaz University School of Law. Conference on "International Commercial Arbitration and the New Lex Mercatoria", April 2013. Saudi Arabia: Naif Arab University for Security Science, Riyadh. Conference on the use of Arbitration in relation to Criminal Matters. May 2013. UK: Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) Conference, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London. June 2013. UK: Hong Kong International Arbitration (HKIAC) Conference, Norton Rose Fulbright, London. August 2013.     

Other activities involving international dispute resolution

Chairman of the CIETAC Foreign Arbitrators’ Forum

Appointed by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission in Beijing to set up a CIETAC Foreign Arbitrators’ Forum in the UK. The purpose of the Forum is to disseminate information on CIETAC. Forum launched in London in April 2011 at a Reception at the Guildhall hosted by the Corporation of the City of London, followed by a conference on CIETAC arbitration at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies hosted by Clifford Chance. Speakers at both events included the CIETAC Secretary General.

Series of seminars on CIETAC have taken place since the launch: two in London in September 2011 at the CIArb and at Wilmer Hale’s offices: speaker Dr Li Hu, Deputy Secretary General of CIETAC. Four seminars on the revision to the CIETAC Rules took place in April 2012 in London at the offices of Clifford Chance and Fulbright & Jaworski; in Edinburgh at the Scottish Parliament Building, hosted by the Scottish Arbitration Centre; and in Dublin at the offices A&L Goodbody and hosted by them and Arbitration Ireland. The Speaker on the revised Rules (in force 1 May 2012) was Mr Cai Renrong, Adviser to CIETAC and former Chief Representative of the CCPIT in the United States.

Head of the IDR Group

A small, not-for-profit group of specialists in international dispute resolution from various countries around the world.

Members include those who have sat in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

 Members have acted in commercial arbitrations in cities around the world under the Rules of the major arbitral and other institutions.

Since its launch at a Reception in the Houses of Parliament in London, the Group has staged conferences on international dispute resolution in London, Ankara, Cairo and Beijing. Supporting organizations for the conferences have included the International Law Institute, Washington DC; ICC, Paris; the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration; Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London; and the American University in Cairo.