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Jonathan Wood

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I am President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a solicitor and independent arbitrator, ranked Band 1 by Chambers, with over 40 years' experience of cross border disputes in a wide variety of jurisdictions, courts, and arbitral venues.


I am now based in London. I started my career as a criminal defence and civil liberties lawyer (what is now referred to as human rights) for 7 years, undertaking work before the criminal courts and ECHR. I was a Partner at Clyde & Co for 27 years, where I helped establish its office in the UAE. I joined RPC where I am now Chair of the International Arbitration Group. I have practiced both in England and Singapore. I represented the UK government's export credit agency, ECGD (now UKEF) for 30 years. I was elected to CIArb's Board of Trustees, a position I held for 8 years and Chair of the Board for 5 years.


I am a founding member and director of Legal UK, an initiative of the LCJ, whose aim is to promote English commercial law. I am Chair of London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation (LCAM), the dispute resolution arm of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, established in 1882; former Chair of the IBA committee on International Sales and Related Financial Transactions.

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