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Murray Pickering QC

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Murray Pickering QC's principal areas of practice are commercial law, banking, financial transactions (particularly negotiable instruments and documentary credits), insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, international sales of goods and commodity trading, carriage of goods by land, sea and air, agency, and other domestic and international contracts. Procedural, evidential and jurisdictional and other private international law issues have been dealt with as required in this work and separately.

He has appeared in the High Court in London, (especially the Commercial Court) the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, and in arbitrations, He has been appointed as an arbitrator in commercial cases (both sole and as a member of panels) under ICC, LMAA, Stockholm Chambers of Commerce, and ad hoc terms, usually arising out of a wide range of contractual disputes between corporate parties. Outside England he has appeared in the Court of Appeal in Bermuda, sat as an arbitrator in Sweden, and advised in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Trinidad. Since about 2000 the main area of his practice has been international commercial arbitrations acting both as counsel and as an arbitrator.

Education and Career: 

He took Silk in 1985. (He was appointed as a Recorder in 1992). During the period from 1966 to 1977 he was a lecturer in law at London University and during that time he had articles published in The Modern Law Review and Law Quarterly Review on company law and the law of contract, and he was for a period Assistant Editor of the British Tax Review. Born in 1934, he was educated at Christchurch West High School , the University of New Zealand, M.A. (Economics Hons) 1958, and the University of London. He was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in November 1963 and after pupillages at 2 Hare Court in 1964 and at 3 Essex Court in 1969 has practised at 3 Essex Court (now 20 Essex Street) since 1969.

Appointments and Society Memberships: 

Murray Pickering was an elected member of the Bar Council from 1987 to 1992 and was a Vice Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee in 1991 and 1992. He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple.