Counsel; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Gavin is a Member of the English Bar and is a Brussels Advocaat, as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. His practice covers both domestic and international disputes with a focus on international arbitration, art and entertainment law. He was appointed to the Arbitration pool of CAfA in January 2020.
As counsel, Gavin advises global corporations and often acts as part of large multi-jurisdictional legal teams as led or sole counsel in complex commercial and intellectual property disputes involving parties from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has extensive experience representing clients in disputes administered under the LCIA, SCC, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL rules, and also has extensive experience with post-award matters at the annulment and enforcement stages.
Gavin is listed as an Arbitrator at several ADR institutes around the world such as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa, Asian International Arbitration Centre, Mauritius Arbitration Centre and Centro de Arbitraje de México amongst many others. He is also regularly appointed as an Arbitrator in ICC Arbitrations and ad hoc arbitrations under the English Arbitration Act 1996, with a focus on sporting disputes and serves as a Tribunal Secretary in ICSID cases.
He is a frequent speaker and has published extensively on issues related to art law and international arbitration. Gavin is also a Faculty Member of the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee and authors questions for English bar exams. Amongst Gavin’s forthcoming publications include articles on forgeries in art, intellectual property rights of artists and the interrelationship of human rights to cultural property. Gavin has also participated as visiting faculty and is often invited to speak on Bar Association sponsored events around the world, including the African Arbitration Association’s Annual Conference, and has conducted training sessions on international arbitration for foreign lawyers.
Gavin is actively involved in the Institute of Art and Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Young ICCA, was an International Bar Association Scholar at the Annual Conference in Vienna in 2015 and is retained as a specialist intellectual property adviser at the Institute of Directors in London.
Gavin ’s educational background includes: Exeter University (BA.Hons), City University (LL.B), SOAS (LL.M.), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He is a native English speaker, fluent in Flemish and has good working levels of French (B1) and Dutch (B2).
Jurisdiction: Belgium and U.K.