Could you tell us about your career so far and your route to membership?
I qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and became a Solicitor-Advocate (civil) and New York Attorney in 2012. I am presently a Senior Associate and my practice includes a mixture of arbitration, adjudication, litigation and mediation.
After gaining practical experience of arbitration I decided to formalise my knowledge by obtaining a recognised qualification. Accordingly I completed the CIArb’s accelerated membership course before passing the international arbitration award writing examination administered by QMUL.
I then completed a peer interview, becoming a Fellow in 2014 at the age of 30.
What advice do you have for other young members trying to build a career in the arbitration profession?
Get involved and contribute to the dialogue. Volunteer to sit as an arbitrator at mooting competitions, speak at conferences, write articles, attend networking events and learn from more experienced practitioners.
How has the CIArb helped in building your arbitration career?
Membership of the CIArb has particularly helped me to raise my international profile and build relationships with practitioners around the world.
What was your toughest dispute?
Every dispute presents its own challenges.
Particular highlights have included dealing with a party that repeatedly attempted to bring adjudication proceedings before a dispute had crystallised and overcoming limitation difficulties in respect of a multi-million pound professional negligence claim.
What are your interests (hobbies) outside arbitration?
I serve as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, assisting students from diverse backgrounds seeking to enter the legal profession.
In addition I practice yoga, ride horses and dance Argentine tango.
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