Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

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“Something of a legend in his own lifetime”
Chambers & Partners

“A veteran arbitrator and mediator in Asia and beyond”
Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016

Edwin Glasgow has extensive experience as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a popular arbitrator and an outstandingly successful mediator, having successfully settled in excess of 90 per cent of the matters in which he has been appointed mediator, both domestically and internationally. He has extensive experience over many years, in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In addition to the institutional appointments he has received from leading arbitral institutions, including ICC and LCIA, he accepts appointments in ad hoc arbitrations. He was the founding chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre, and is a member of both SIAC and AFSA arbitration panela.

With a career in the law spanning more than 45 years, Edwin has extensive experience in general litigation, as counsel, arbitrator and mediator; specialising in the resolution of substantial and complex financial, commercial and construction disputes and professional negligence matters. In addition to his UK practice he has been involved in commercial and civil engineering litigation and dispute resolution in USA, Hong Kong, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, Mauritius and the Caribbean; professional negligence in Singapore, Hong Kong and USA; and human rights cases in many jurisdictions including Malaysia and Africa.

Edwin has been involved in many of the public inquiries and litigation associated with major disasters and other high-profile events during the past three decades, including Piper Alpha, the Guinness DTI inquiry and the Bloody Sunday inquiry, and the CLICO and HCU Inquiries in Trinidad. He was chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel between 1992 and 1998, and is a judge of the Qatar Financial Regulatory Tribunal. He also has a particular interest in legal education: he was the founding chairman of the International Advocacy Training Council and of the UK Bar’s Advocacy Training Council. Edwin has served as a judge on several prestigious panels and lectured on law and advocacy around the world. He also has extensive experience in sporting matters, and is the chairman of Sport Resolutions UK and president of the FIA International Tribunal. Edwin has been presented Lifetime Achievement Awards both in the UK and for services to the rule of law in Southern Africa.


Edwin is recommended for Commercial Dispute Resolution, Public Inquiries and Mediation by Chambers & Partners, and the Legal 500 for Mediation and Sport

Legal Business Awards Lawyer of the Year 2005

“A veteran arbitrator and mediator in Asia and beyond.” Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016
“His experience is unparalleled and it is impossible to pull the wool over his eyes.” Legal 500 2015
“Something of a legend in his own lifetime” Chambers & Partners
“subtle yet highly effective, particularly at defusing emotion.” Chambers & Partners
“He lives and breathes inquiries” Chambers & Partners
“he has a delightful appealing manner to judges, yet is capable of fierce independent thought” Chambers & Partners “fearsome cross-examinations” Chambers & Partners
“incredible degree of experience” Chambers & Partners
“He is the one to wheel out when a witness is being awkward” Chambers & Partners
“A standout performer.” Legal 500

“Lifetime Achievement Award” in both UK, in 2013, and South Africa, in 2014.


Related Cases

Arbitrations and Mediations


International Commercial Arbitration recent appointments include:

Appointed by the LCIA on many arbitrations, including: mining contracts in Sub Saharan Africa; a major infrastructure project in South America; and a number of international commercial and investment disputes.

Appointed by the ICC in a telecommunications dispute arising in Malaysia; and an international infrastructure project in Nigeria.

International Construction Project Dispute in relation to an airport construction under FIDIC Yellow Book Procedure.

Oil and Gas Dispute in Indonesia conducted under UNCITRAL Rules (in Singapore)

Other Recent Arbitrations Numerous ad hoc appointments in commercial and sporting disputes in particular involving high profile Premier League and Rugby Disputes


Recent mediations Numerous domestic and international: infrastructure and construction disputes – including a number of PFI projects; investment and shareholder disputes; insurance and re-insurance matters; finance, fraud and asset recovery; professional negligence,

Other cases

Construction & Engineering

Acting in the Wembley Stadium Dispute over steelworks

Acting in a pipe laying dispute – material loss claim

Acting for the landlord in a major PFI / construction dispute about fit out of a large public building

Acting in a construction dispute in relation to defective wiring in a school

Acting in a dispute in relation to the construction of a link road

Acting in disputes arising out of oil rig constructions.

Acting in multi-party litigation over runway design and construction

Black & Decker v Try and Atkins Defecting building design.

Lubenham Fidelities v South Pembrokeshire Limits of liability on bonds and guarantees.

Bacal v Topmix Defective foundations / contaminated concrete.

Makers UK Ltd v Camden London Borough Council Represented the claimant contractor in proceedings to enforce an adjudication award


Motto & Ors v Trafigura A 30,000 claimant group action arising out of contamination in the Ivory Coast.

Rexy Finance Ltd v Morgan Stanley Int. Co Ltd [2007] EWHC (Comm) Bank guarantee and financial services regulation claim arising from share trading in Singapore.

Modahl v British Athletic Federation These were the original disputes, the results of which were not reported save in the mainstream press.

Svenska Handelsbanken v Sun Alliance and London Insurance plc Defence of £200m claims under policies of commercial mortgage indemnity insurance.

Banque Bruxelles Lambert SA v Sun Alliance £200m mortgage guarantee claim.

Giles v Thompson Agreements to recover car hire costs from third parties.

Davy Offshore v Emerald Field Contracting £250m dispute between offshore oil & gas field development.

Insurance & Reinsurance

E.I.L. American Environmental Re-Insurance

Re Eras EIL Appeals Environmental risk reinsurance.

Chase Manhattan v B.A.T. $81m asbestos insurance liability in US claims.


The Bradford Fire


Piper Alpha

Herald of Free Enterprise

The Guinness DTI Inquiry

The Hang Lung Bank

The Guildford Four [Ch Constable of Surrey]

The Alison Halford Inquiry [The Home Office]

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry

The CLICO and HCU Inquiries [Trinidad]


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