Boyd McCleary CMG CVO, former Governor of the British Virgin Islands, has joined 39 Essex Chambers, from where he will act as mediator, it has been announced today.
Boyd was Governor of the British Virgin Islands from 2010 to 2014, following a four year period as High Commissioner to Malaysia. Boyd’s distinguished diplomatic career has also included appointments as Director of Estates and Director of Oracle Implementation at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Director-General Trade & Investment for Germany / Consul-General Düsseldorf.
During his 40 years as a senior diplomat, and in his work since, Boyd has gained a wealth of experience in dealing with complex international issues and is a qualified Civil and Commercial Mediator. At 39 Essex Chambers he will act primarily as mediator in international and cross-border disputes. Boyd will be based in London but will continue to work internationally, particularly in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur where 39 Essex Chambers has offices, and across the rest of Asia.
In his career with HM Diplomatic Service, much of Boyd’s focus was in support of UK business and international businesses investing in Britain. He has served in Germany, Korea, Turkey and Canada in addition to his time in Malaysia and the BVI. Since leaving in 2014 he has been acting as an international business consultant at The Ambassador Partnership where he works with other former ambassadors helping businesses analyse and resolve problems they face around the world.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, a member of the Council of the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum and a member of the Board of Trustees of the South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme.
Chief Executive and Director of Clerking, David Barnes, says “We are absolutely delighted that Boyd is joining us. He has immeasurable experience, gained during his 40 years as a diplomat, acting as a mediator in complex international disputes as well as a first-hand knowledge of businesses and governments across the world. He will be a fantastic addition to 39 Essex Chambers, particularly in light of our rapidly expanding international practice.”
Boyd McCleary adds: “I spent much of my time as a diplomat acting as an intermediary between governments and between government and business. This experience will stand me in good stead as I embark on my new career as a mediator. It is a privilege and a pleasure to join 39 Essex Chambers, who have an excellent reputation in the field.”
Boyd will be practising from 39 Essex Chambers with immediate effect.