Claire Morel de Westgaver is a dual-qualified admitted to practice law in both England & Wales and the U.S. (New York).
Claire has acted as counsel in proceedings conducted under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, AAA/ICDR, SCC and UNCITRAL and involving the laws of England & Wales, New York, France, Sweden, Belgium, China, Qatar, Pakistan, Romania, Saint Lucia and Cyprus. In addition to her work as counsel, Claire sits as an arbitrator. She has acted as an arbitrator in arbitrations conducted under the LCIA Rules.
She has particular experience of disputes relating to joint ventures, licenses, cross-border sale or service agreements, investments and human rights, as well as disputes comprising multiple sets of proceedings. Her practice covers industries such as IT, Media, IP, hospitality, commodities, sport, art and defence.
Claire regularly writes and speaks on arbitration-related subjects. She has been described by clients as "brilliant" (Legal 500, 2018) and by peers as having "an astute legal mind" and "highly sought after by clients for her strong knowledge of international arbitration law" (Who's Who Legal, 2019). She has been recognised by Who's Who Legal as a 'Future Leader in International Arbitration' for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Claire sits on the Steering Committee of CEPANI 40 and of the Young Professionals group of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC-YP).
Before starting her career in private practice in 2007, Claire interned at arbitration institutions in Paris and London and worked a university teaching assistant and certified mediator in Chicago (U.S.).
- England and Wales, 2009
- New York, 2008
- DIFC Courts' Registered Legal Practitioner (Part I)
- Northwestern University School of Law Chicago, United States, Master of Laws, with honours, 2006
- Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Bachelor of Law, cum laude, 2004
- Queen's University School of Law Belfast, United-Kingdom, Erasmus programme, 2004