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“A first class arbitrator who cuts right through the core of the dispute before him, and is decisive and effective.” The Legal 500 2022

David Bateson is a leading international arbitrator who has acted in over 150 arbitrations in 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 AA, AIAC, BANI, CIETAC, DIAC HKIAC, KCAB, ICC, LCIA, PCA, SIAC, TAI and VIAC, in ad hoc arbitrations, as a dispute board member or as a mediator.

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

In construction, energy and resources David is involved in many of the largest projects in Asia-Pacific region, and the Middle East, and is a renowned specialist.

In recent editions of Who’s Who Legal, Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, David is named as a leading arbitrator and an expert in commercial arbitration, construction, energy and mediation. He is listed in Chambers Asia Most in Demand Arbitrators (Tier 1 in Singapore).

He has over 40 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.

(* Non-Barrister)

Areas of expertise


David is very experienced in conducting mediations as mediator. Hong Kong 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.

Arbitrator – Construction and Energy

David is a very experienced and stand out arbitrator of construction, and energy disputes.

  • ICC – chair in rail dispute in Qatar.
  • ICC – chair of power project dispute in Pakistan.
  • ICC – chair in dispute over road project in India.
  • SIAC – party appointed in dispute over a power project in Vietnam between a Russian company and Vietnam government owned company.
  • HKIAC – sole arbitrator in dispute over construction of a casino in Macau.
  • DIAC – chair in airport dispute in Dubai.
  • PCA – party appointed in dispute over coal mine in China.

Arbitrator - Commercial

  • Ad hoc – party appointed in dispute over sale of aircraft between a French and Turkish company.
  • SCMA – chair in dispute over charter in Indonesia.
  • HKIAC – party appointed in shareholders dispute.
  • ICC – chair in dispute over licence of well -known food brand in China .
  • Ad hoc – sole arbitrator in hotel franchise dispute in Malaysia.
  • AIAC – sole arbitrator in a shipping dispute between Malaysian and Chinese companies.


  • “Pre-eminent and widely experienced, one of the top arbitrators in the region, who is excellent at pretty much everything he is doing.” Chambers and Partners 
  • “An accomplished arbitrator, who is getting more and more cases in Asia, and worldwide”. Chambers and Partners
  • “Writes a very good award, well able to control an arbitration, and culturally sensitive.” Chambers and Partners
  • “An excellent arbitrator of big infrastructure cases and very user friendly, and has buckets of experience in construction cases.” Chambers and Partners
  • “A big name with a strong reputation for construction –related arbitration.” Who’s Who Legal
  • “A standout with an excellent reputation.” Who’s Who Legal