Sara Gillingham Aukner
Independent Arbitrator & Mediator

Over 30 years’ experience of commercial shipping and international transport operations worldwide:

  • Resolving disputes with shipowners, charterers, traders & insurers
  •  Considerable operational know-how
  • Understands trade/corporate finance, derivative/physical trading, insolvency/cross-border issues
Sara has over 145 arbitration appointments since arbitrating full-time in early 2018, and is already an Aspiring Full Member of the LMAA. Experience of acting as sole, on a panel and as Chair. 
With an executive history in shipping, insurance and commercial property, Sara’s extensive operational knowledge spans chartering and ship-owning, shipbuilding, insurance, derivative trading, maritime logistics and commercial property. 
Her career started at City of London law firm Ince & Co, she moved on to a law firm in Oslo and then to P&I/FDD Club Skuld in Oslo. She became the first lawyer in-house at, and ultimately General Counsel of, global dry bulk ship operator Western Bulk (offices in Oslo, Singapore, Santiago and USA). Sara has been a regular visitor to Singapore and the Far East for most of her career.
Sara’s extensive hands-on experience covers the full range of commercial activities from management services, supply chain logistics, trade finance, asset sale & purchase, joint ventures, corporate finance, cross-border insolvency issues, to corporate governance issues, service agreements, leasing, regulatory and compliance issues.
Other relevant industry experience is as a representative on Bimco Documentary Committee (6 years) and non-executive board experience in marine insurance and commercial property.
Sara has successfully resolved a wide variety of disputes worldwide, including in many Far East jurisdictions, and has extensive knowledge of mediation and arbitration. An accredited mediator with a proven track record of negotiating settlements, she understands the importance of preserving commercial relationships. In arbitration, she understands the need for efficiency of procedure and costs. 


Further information and a recent CV available at 

Mobile: +47 916 59 667

UK Mobile: 07957 390 770 

Nationality: British 

Country of Residence: Norway 

Language(s): Fluent Norwegian and English, understands Danish and Swedish, French and Spanish 

    Aspiring Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association (LMAA), Panel Member of Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)
    Accredited Mediator
    Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and Member of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
    Representative (Norway), BIMCO Documentary Committee 2012-2018
    Non-Executive Director of The Strike & Marine Delay Club 2015-2018
    Lecturer at Norwegian Shipping Academy (BI Norwegian Business School), 2002 and 2003
    English Solicitor since 1991
    B.Sc. Economics & International Relations from L.S.E., incl. Public International Law