Sir Bernard Rix
Arbitrator
Sir Bernard Rix has over 40 years of experience specialising in shipping, international commercial law and arbitration at the Bar and Bench. From his call to the bar in 1970, he was counsel in numerous court cases concerning shipping such as Mareva Naviera SA v. International Bulkcarriers SA [1975] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 509 the eponymous origin of the “Mareva injunction”. He was a Judge in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal between 1993 and 2013. There he heard cases in arbitration, banking, shipping, insurance, private and public international law and commercial law generally. Since 2013, he has been appointed as co-arbitrator, single arbitrator and Chairman in numerous arbitrations according to LMAA, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, and UNCITRAL rules.

Career:
1970-1993 Counsel, 3 Essex Court Chambers, London, specialising in international commercial law and arbitration

1993-2000 Judge of the Commercial Court, London

1998-1999 Judge in charge of the Commercial Court, London

2000-2013 Lord Justice of Appeal

2013 – Arbitrator

Publications:
‘International Arbitration, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’, 72(3) (2006) Arbitration 224

‘Lord Bingham’s Contributions to Commercial Law’ in M. Andenas and D. Fairgrieve (eds.) Tom Bingham and the Transformation of the Law (Oxford: OUP, 2009) 665

‘The interface of mediation and litigation’ 80(1) (2014) Arbitration 21

‘The Ethical Duties of Experts to the Tribunal’ 80(3) 2014 Arbitration 290

‘Judicial review of the merits of arbitration awards under English’ in Selected Topics in International Arbitration: Liber Amicorum for the 100th Anniversary of the CIArb, to be published in 2015Back
CONTACT
Phone: +44 207 842 1201

E-mail: Clerks@20essexst.com

Country of Residence: United Kingdom

Nationality: British
MAIN PRACTICE AREAS
  • CHARTERPARTIES
  • COMMODITIES COAL
  • COMMODITIES GRAIN
  • OIL & GAS
  • PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
    FCIArb (1999)

    Former Chairman of COMBAR (1992-1993)

    President of Harvard Law School Association UK (2002-)

    Trustee for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (2003-2012)

    Chairman Advisory Council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies QMUL (2003-)

    Treasurer of the Inner Temple (2005)

    President of the British Insurance Law Association (2007)

    Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford

    Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London

    Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1986 – 2014)
    ADMISSIONS
  • ENGLAND AND WALES
  • EDUCATION
    BA (Oxon) 1966 Literae Humaniores

    BA (Oxon) 1968 Jurisprudence

    LLM (Harvard Law School) 1969

    Called to the Bar of England and Wales 1970

    Queen’s Counsel 1981

    High Court Judge 1993

    Judge of the Court of Appeal 2000 (retired 2013)