Hardwicke welcomes new international arbitration and mediation barrister

06 Jan 2012

Hardwicke is delighted to announce the arrival of William Frain-Bell, a barrister specialising in international arbitration and mediation, who has been recognised for several years as being a leading individual in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500.  William has a growing practice in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  His arrival will strengthen Hardwicke’s emerging international presence.

William deals with a wide range of commercial dispute avoidance and resolution with particular experience in real estate, energy and construction disputes.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and was called to the Bar firstly in Scotland (1999) and then in England & Wales (2000 Middle Temple). He has extensive advocacy experience in courts and tribunals at every level throughout the UK and abroad, and is a registered practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.   Since late 2010 he has also been instructed as counsel in many of the leading cases heard by the Dubai World Tribunal, set up in 2009 by the Ruler of Dubai in the aftermath of the global economic collapse to deal with disputes involving Dubai World and its subsidiaries.

William is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been involved in a number of high level arbitrations and adjudications.  He is regularly instructed to advise upon jurisdiction and enforcement issues in international arbitrations. 

Speaking about his recent move to Hardwicke, William said, “I am delighted to be joining such a prestigious set, with a first class support network and a truly global reach.  The market for the services offered by the Bar internationally has never been greater and I am looking forward to developing my practice within such an innovative and forward looking set.”

William also has a post graduate diploma in international commercial arbitration from the School of International Arbitration in London and has lectured extensively in contract law, advocacy skills and dispute resolution. He also has extensive knowledge of the laws relating to the provision of land and maritime security services and is legal advisor to a leading maritime security company combating the threat of Somali based piracy to international shipping.

Paul Reed QC said of his arrival, “We look forward to working with William.  He will be a great addition to the team and we particularly welcome his arbitration expertise which will complement our team.”