David Bateson *


+44 (0)20 7832 1111


David Bateson is a leading international arbitrator who has been involved in over 100 arbitrations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. He has acted as Chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, or sole arbitrator in arbitrations under the rules of the AAA, CIETAC, HKIAC, DIAC, ICC, KLRCA, LCIA, PCA, SIAC and VIAC, or in ad hoc arbitrations.

He has extensive experience in disputes in a variety of industry sectors including, construction, resources, commodities, insurance, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, shipping and telecommunications.

In construction, energy and resources he has been involved in many of the largest projects in the region, and the Middle East, acting for governments, developers, contractors and subcontractors. On power projects, he has extensive experience in both the front and back end, mainly in coal and hydroelectric projects. He has been involved in many new Airport projects for either the authorities or contractors.

Chambers Asia 2016 described him as “pre-eminent and widely experienced”, “one of the top arbitrators in the region” who is “excellent at pretty much everything he is doing” and “an accomplished arbitrator, who is getting more and more cases in Asia, and worldwide”. Asia Pacific Legal 500 stated that David is “one of the top arbitrators in the region”. Also, in the Legal Guides Best of the Best 2016, he was listed as one of the 35 top construction lawyers in the world. Chambers Asia 2017 describe him as “a very good arbitrator” “writing a very good award” “well able to control an arbitration” and “culturally sensitive“.

In recent editions of Global Counsel 3000, Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Chambers Asia, PLC Which Lawyer and Asia Pacific Legal 500, David was named as a leading arbitrator and an expert in commercial arbitration, commercial litigation and construction. Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Asia have variously referred to him as “a pre-eminent construction practitioner” and “a big name with a strong reputation for construction-related litigation”.

Before joining 39 Essex Chambers in Singapore, David was a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques and King & Wood Mallesons, based in Hong Kong. He has over 36 years of legal experience and is a specialist in all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He has been resident in Asia since 1980 and before that he lived in Africa, Fiji and New Zealand. He is now based in Singapore.


David is very experienced in conducting mediations as either counsel or mediator. HK was at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution in Asia, and consequently David has deep experience in this area. He is listed in Who’s Who of Mediation. He has also contributed to books on this area.


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