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Sir Simon Tuckey

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In January 2009 Sir Simon Tuckey retired to practice as an arbitrator after 10 years as a Judge in the Court of Appeal.  Since then he has developed an extensive International practice.  The cases he has heard include major insurance/reinsurance, shipping, joint venture, telecommunications, and energy and construction disputes under ad hoc and institutional rules, including those of the LCIA, ICC, LMAA, SIAC, KLRC, IAMA and DIAC.  He is also a qualified mediator. 


  • Insurance/reinsurance
  • shipping
  • sale and carriage of goods
  • commodities
  • energy
  • telecommunications
  • construction.


Some cases decided in the Court of Appeal

Base Metal Trading Ltd. v Shamurin [2004] EWCA Civ 1316 (14 October 2004) [2004] EWCA Civ 1316, [2005] 1 WLR 1316; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 84 KB)

Addison & Ors. v Esso Petroleum Company Ltd. [2004] EWCA Civ 1470 (12 November 2004) [2004] EWCA Civ 1470; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 42 KB)

Tioxide Europe Ltd v CGU International Plc & Ors [2005] EWCA Civ 928 (20 July 2005) [2005] EWCA Civ 928; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 25 KB)

Dornoch Ltd & Ors v Mauritius Union Assurance Company Ltd & Anor [2006] EWCA Civ 389 (10 April 2006) [2006] 1 CLC 714, [2006] 2 All ER (Comm) 385, [2006] 2 Lloyd's Rep 475, [2006] EWCA Civ 389, [2006] Lloyd's Rep IR 786; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 41 KB)

Banco Nacional De Comercio Exterior SNC v Empresa De Telecommunicaciones De Cuba SA & Anor [2007] EWCA Civ 662 (04 July 2007) [2007] 2 Lloyd's Rep 484, [2007] EWCA Civ 662, [2008] 1 WLR 1936, [2008] Bus LR 1265; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 40 KB)

ING RE (UK) LTD v R and V Versicherung AG

Blackwell (Contracts) Ltd v Gerling Allgemeine AG [2007] EWCA Civ 1450

Tesco Stores Limited v Constable & ors [2008] EWCA Civ 362

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation v IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 1157 (21 October 2008) [2008] 2 CLC 550, [2008] EWCA Civ 1157, [2009] 1 All ER (Comm) 611, [2009] 1 Lloyd's Rep 89, [2009] BLR 71, [2009] Bus LR 545; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 38 KB)

Kookmin Bank v Rainy Sky SA & Ors [2010] EWCA Civ 582 (27 May 2010) (130 Con LR 19, [2010] 1 CLC 829, [2010] EWCA Civ 582, [2011] 1 All ER (Comm) 18; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 48 KB). Dissenting Judgment upheld in the Supreme Court [2011] 1WLR 2900; [2011] UKSC 50.


In his first three years as an arbitrator he has been appointed in more than 60 references of which he has heard 40, half of which as chair or sole arbitrator.  The references include:

Chair in two unrelated ad hoc coverage disputes between US insured and London market insurers relating to product liability. 

Chair in three unrelated ad hoc shipbuilding disputes between Chinese builders and Greek buyers.

Chair in two unrelated LMAA charter party disputes relating respectively to capture of vessel by pirates off Somalia and trade union action in Australia.

Chair in a SIAC arbitration between Malaysian and Indonesian parties to a joint venture to provide satellite television to Indonesia.

Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between US and Nigerian parties relating to the supply of aircraft parts.

Sole arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration relating to the payment of commission for arms sales to the Middle East.

Chair in an LCIA arbitration relating to the mismanagement of securities.

Chair in a DIAC arbitration between Middle Eastern parties relating to the sale of shares in a Qatari company.

Co-arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration relating to a joint venture for the construction of port facilities in the Ukraine.

Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relating to a joint venture to develop a port in Turkey.

Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration relating to a long term contract for the sale of steel to international buyers.

Co-arbitrator in an IAMA arbitration in Melbourne relating to the charter of an FPSO for use in an oil field off the coast of Australia.

Co-arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration to determine liability for a fatal air accident in South America.

Co-arbitrator in an LCIA dispute between Hong Kong and Israeli parties relating to the provision of satellite broadcasting facilities in Israel.

Education and Career: 

Called to the English Bar in 1964 and appointed Queens Counsel in 1981 after which he practiced at the Commercial Bar.  During his career at the bar he conducted a 9 month internal inquiry at Lloyds into a reinsurance fraud (1983), was appointed first chairman of the Review Panel of the Financial Reporting Council (1990-1992) and by the Government to chair a tribunal under banking legislation (1991).  Appointed High Court Judge in 1992, working mainly in the Commercial Court.  Judge in charge of that Court until appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1998.  Judge of Appeal in Gibraltar 2010.


"A former Court of Appeal judge, with a wealth of international arbitration expertise." Chambers UK 2016, International Arbitration

"A fantastic no-nonsense practitioner who gets to the heart of the issue quickly." Chambers UK 2015, International Arbitration

"Sir Simon Tuckey retired from his role as a Court of Appeal Judge in January 2009 to practise as an arbitrator. Market observers praise his seamless transition between the two roles, noting that he has fully taken on board the culture of international arbitrations. He is "a sensible and relaxed arbitrator who doesn't suffer from an ounce of judgitis." Chambers UK 2012, International Arbitration