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Stephen Bickford-Smith

Stephen Bickford-Smith


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Dispute Resolution

Stephen is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator. He is also a practicing adjudicator, a qualified mediator and on the construction adjudication panels of TeCSA, TECBAR and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (HY) Ltd v Shepherd Construction Ltd decided in September 2009 the judge described Stephen as “a barrister well known in construction law circles”. He is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in disputes in the construction, property and professional services fields, including substantial construction and property disputes.  He has made over 20 awards in the last 3 years dealing with a wide variety of commercial and property disputes.

He also acts as adjudicator under the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. and has issued numerous decisions.

Stephen also acts frequently as advocate and party representative in arbitration and adjudication and is ready to meet the tight timescales required. He is also increasingly involved in International Arbitration. 

He has competent French and Italian and is familiar with the legal systems of these countries. Stephen is a past chairman of the London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration. He regularly participates as professional in the annual International Commercial Mediation Competitions organised by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. He has addressed audiences in London and Paris on choice of forum in international arbitrations. He writes regularly on property and arbitration topics.