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David Owen Qc

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International Mediator and Arbitrator, based at 20 Essex Street Chambers (London & Singapore). He became a barrister in 1983, and was appointed as a QC (Queens Counsel) in 2006. With over 30 years of experience of commercial disputes, David now works almost exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator. He also lectures and trains on mediation, and dispute resolution.

Examples of recent mediations in which he has acted as mediator: Public procurement dispute involving provision of health services, with value of about £20m. Commodity dispute involving Far Eastern and Indian parties, relating to rice trading and involving financing issues. Dispute concerning major infrastructure project in the Gulf. Mediating in the Gulf with U.S and locally-based parties. Dispute relating to global recruitment outsourcing contract relating to the IT sector. Pharmaceutical distribution and supply disputes, relating to the UK and European markets. Iron ore trading dispute, involving a bank and trading entity, and raising regulatory issues. Since accreditation in 2002, he has regularly been appointed in a wide range of mediations, often involving complex issues or difficult relationships, and has in recent years mediated approximately 80 commercial cases.

His style combines robust legal analysis and reality testing with a pragmatic focus on commercial needs.

Commercial (and related) disputes, often with international elements, in a wide variety of sectors, including: Shipping; Energy; Commodities; Banking & Finance; Derivatives; Private Equity; Corporate Finance; Projects; Public Procurement; Joint Ventures; Disputes involving state-related entities; Insurance & Reinsurance; Negligence; Share Sales and Pharmaceuticals.

Depends upon nature of case and the work involved. Fees can always be discussed with the Clerks at 20 Essex Street (

Civil Mediation Council - Member Bar Council Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee - Executive Member London Court of International Arbitration - Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Member Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration - Panel Member Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration - Panel Member London Maritime Arbitrators Association - Supporting Member ARIAS - Insurance & Reinsurance Arbitration Society - Managing Committee Anglo Russian Law Association - Member International Bar Association - Arbitration and Mediation Committees Commercial Barristers' Association Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates

Training and Education

Accredited by CEDR in 2002. Advanced Mediator Training - MATA Regular updates at mediation training events

Member of CEDR Training Faculty


Bar Council Code of Conduct; European Code of Conduct for Mediators

Chambers process and Bar Council.

Bar Mutual Insurance plus top-up cover: total amount of cover £20m.

David Owen Qc
+44 (0) 20 7 842 12
United Kingdom
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