Alan Redfern has over 30 years' experience of complex international commercial arbitration cases. Before being called to the Bar in May 1995, he was a solicitor and the senior litigation partner of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He is co-author of Redfern and Hunter "Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration", now in its fourth edition. He is fluent in French.
Scope of Practice
Alan Redfern's principal activity is as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes, whether ad hoc or under the rules of institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Since joining One Essex Court, Alan Redfern has acted as a sole arbitrator, as a member of arbitral tribunals and as Chairman of such tribunals on numerous occasions. These arbitrations have been held not only in London but in New York, Washington, Boston, Houston and Dallas in the United States, Sydney in Australia and Paris, Geneva, Zurich and Brussels in continental Europe.
Cases in which he has been involved as an arbitrator include a $200 million LNG claim; reinsurance claims; disputes involving major pharmaceutical companies; and other cases in different areas of activity, including telecommunications, plant and equipment supply, joint ventures, computer software and financing; international construction projects; the oil and gas industry, both on-shore and off-shore; and international defence contracts. As a practitioner, Alan Redfern has advised and acted as counsel in many international and domestic arbitrations. His clients have included governments, international oil corporations, intellectual property rights holders in hi-tech industries, transport operators and universities.
Alan Redfern is a vice-Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the International Bar Association. He is a non-executive director of the London Court of International Arbitration. He is on the international panel of the American Arbitration Association and of arbitral institutions in Europe and elsewhere. He is a former Vice-President of the Middle East Association and a previous Chairman of the International Arbitration Club, which brings together former judges, members of the Bar, partners in major law firms and leading overseas lawyers. He has written and spoken regularly on arbitration issues. He gave the Annual Queen Mary College/Freshfields arbitration lecture in November 2003 and the Annual Masters Lecture of the Company of Arbitrators in March 2005. He has also contributed articles to many business and professional journals, including the British Yearbook of International Law, Arbitration International, The Texas International Law Journal and The Leading Arbitrators' Guide to International Arbitration.