Simon Nesbitt QC practises exclusively in the field of international arbitration and is regularly appointed as arbitrator in some of the world’s largest and most high-profile disputes.
He has extensive experience of arbitrations under all of the major institutional rules including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, SCC, HKIAC, Swiss and ICSID rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations, often under the UNCITRAL rules. He has, in particular, dealt with many cases in Africa and involving African parties.
Simon has extensive experience of arbitrations in the following areas:
- oil and gas
- projects and construction
- international trade
- banking and financial services
- food and beverage
- international investments and joint ventures
Simon is fluent in French and Italian, and dual-qualified in English law and French law. Before joining Maitland Chambers, Simon was Global Co-Head of International Arbitration at the worldwide law firm Hogan Lovells. In 2015, he was one of only five solicitors to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. He moved to Maitland Chambers later that same year, qualifying as a barrister.
1994 Admitted as Solicitor (England & Wales)
1997 Admitted as Avocat à la Cour (France)
2001 Appointed Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
2015 Appointed Queen’s Counsel
2015 Admitted as Barrister
- Safe Ports for Arbitral Storms, (Parts I, II and III) CIArb Journal, 2015 - 2018
- The 2014 LCIA Rules: a commentary, ed. Prof Loukas Mistelis, Kluwer
- International Arbitration: bestriding the narrow world, PLC Magazine
- The Status and Operation of Unilateral or Optional Arbitration Clauses in 22(1) Arbitration International 133
- International Arbitration: A Handbook, ed. Prof Phillip Capper (contributing author)
- What to do with a reluctant witness, The European Lawyer
- Le contentieux et ses modes de résolution, Guide des affaires en Grande-Bretagne (French Chamber of Commerce)
- International Arbitration: achieving uniformity on the global stage, In Brief