Sir BernardEder
Independent Arbitrator & Mediator; & International Judge, SICC
Sir Bernard Eder accepts appointments as arbitrator or mediator, and as an expert on English Law.

Bernard Eder (dob 1952) practised as a barrister at 4 Essex Court, Temple and (when Chambers moved) at Essex Court Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn Fields for almost 35 years between 1976-2010 specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration covering a wide range of commercial disputes including shipping, international trade, insurance/reinsurance, banking, construction (including shipbuilding), commodities and energy law. He was appointed King’s Counsel in 1990, Recorder in 1996 and a Justice of the High Court of England and Wales (QBD) in 2011.

During his practice at the English Bar, he acted as Counsel in over 100 reported cases (including in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the Privy Council) and over 200 international arbitrations including many on the Bermuda Form. He also acted as Counsel in numerous foreign jurisdictions (including Singapore, Gibraltar and various Courts in the Caribbean) as well as arbitrator under the aegis of various institutions including the ICC, the LCIA and the LMAA and on an ad hoc basis.

As a High Court Judge, he sat mainly in the Commercial Court in London presiding over a number of high-profile trials. He also sat from time to time in the general Queen’s Bench Division, the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) as well as on circuit at various Crown Courts across England presiding over criminal trials. He retired from the Bench on 1 April 2015 and returned to Chambers as an arbitrator/mediator. On 7 May 2015, he was appointed an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court. In June 2016, he was appointed an Acting Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court sitting in the Commercial Court, British Virgin Islands. He regularly delivers lectures/speeches in the UK and in other parts of the world.

Examples of his appointments as arbitrator together with a list his most notable reported cases as Counsel, Judgments, most recent speeches and other appointments/activities are attached.

He is a member of the ICC, LCIA, LMAA (Supporting Member), FHKIArb, FCIArb, SIAC (Panel Member) and SCMA.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7147 7233


Country of Residence: United Kingdom

Nationality: British

    AIADR (Honorary Fellow); ARIAS (UK) (Panel Member); Baltic Exchange; CIETAC; FCIArb; HKIAC; HKIArb (Fellow); ICC; IDRA; JCA; JCAA; LCIA; LMAA (Supporting Member); SCMA; SIAC (Panel Member); Worshipful Company of Arbitrators; and XMAC (Panel Member)

    BA (Law) – Cambridge University (1971-1974)

    Barrister (1976) 

    King’s Counsel (1990) 

    Recorder (1996)

    Visiting Professor, University College London (1999-2003)

    Justice of the High Court of England & Wales (2011-2015)

    International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court (2015-)