Clare Ambrose practises as a barrister and arbitrator in commercial law with particular emphasis on international trade, embracing shipping, commodities, energy, insurance and banking.
She took a first in law from Oxford University and then a first in the LLM from Cambridge University, and was called to the bar in 1992. Since then she has practised at 20 Essex Street. She has appeared before the High Court, Court of Appeal and arbitral tribunals including LMAA, LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL tribunals. In 2007 she was appointed a Deputy District Judge.
In recent years Clare has acquired extensive experience as a commercial arbitrator, with more than 90 appointments. Clare has frequently been appointed as a chairman and sole arbitrator as well as panel member. She has issued more than 50 awards, usually having done the main drafting. Her appointments have been made under a variety of arbitral rules, including those of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) and the London Maritime Arbitrators' Association (LMAA). She has also been appointed in numerous ad hoc arbitrations.
Arbitral appointments have included matters relating to:
- Commodities and international sales
- Construction contracts and industrial design
- Coal and iron trading
- Distribution agreements
- Music promotion
- Oil trading and suppli agreements
- Professional negligence
- Shipping: charterparties & bills of lading
- Ship building
- Ship sale & purchase
- Share purchase agreements
- Technical services agreements
In addition to being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, she is a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration; the London Maritime Arbitrators' Association (Supporting Member), and a Panel Arbitrator for the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. Her book, “London Maritime Arbitration”, was published in its third edition in 2009 and she widely lectures on arbitration issues.
She was appointed junior counsel to the Crown (B panel) in 2008 and has worked on a number of cases for the UK Government including general commercial cases and also high value claims relating to VAT fraud.