Ian Meredith’s practice focuses on international disputes across a range of sectors encompassing both commercial and public international law issues. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the coordinator of the firm’s International Arbitration Group. His practice embraces alternative dispute resolution, international arbitration and both domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Ian has represented a number of clients engaged in disputes, which have been settled after the application of alternative dispute techniques including mediation, mini-trial and Med-Arb. He was a leading member of a team that was successful in winning the CEDR Award for law firm commitment to mediation on two occasions in the 1990s.
Ian’s practice is focused upon International Arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrator, and encompassing both commercial and public international law issues. He has arbitrated disputes under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, LMAA, SCC, SIAC and ICSID rules amongst others as well as acting in relation to a number of ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations proceeding under the rules of various trade bodies. Recent cases have been seated in London, Geneva, New York, Paris, Vienna, Panama, Tokyo, Zurich and various cities in the US.
Ian has been involved in the arbitration of several disputes flowing from investment within and relating to Russia and various countries of the former Soviet Union. Other disputes have related to mining, metals trading, speciality chemicals, oil & gas exploration, oil pollution, telecommunications, power generation (in renewable energy), border security, mega yachts, insurance coverage and a wide range of other industrial sectors.
He has represented clients engaged in disputes in a number of countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Austria, Poland, Romania, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Kenya, Eritrea, the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taipei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of states of the US.
Ian also advises on political risk issues in the context of investments across a range of sectors, including Natural Resources. He is increasingly involved in the structuring of investments to provide scope to invoke Multilateral and/or Bilateral Investment Treaty protections and in Investor State arbitration.