John Beechey CBE

John Beechey CBE

Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

John Beechey is among the best known arbitrators in the world.  He has served as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, or sole arbitrator on international arbitral tribunals in both 'ad hoc' (including UNCITRAL) and institutional arbitrations under the Rules of, inter alia,


  • the European Development Fund (EDF)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution/ American Arbitration Association (ICDR/AAA)
  • International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • the Stockholm Chamber


He is a past President of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC (2009-2015).  His term of office is regarded as one, which brought about significant reform to, and the reinvigoration of, the ICC Court.  He had previously served on the Executive Board of the AAA in New York and as a Vice-President and member of the Board of the LCIA.


Before his retirement from private practice in the City of London, he was the founding partner and Head of the highly-regarded International Arbitration Group of Clifford-Turner (subsequently, Clifford Chance LLP) (1983-2008).


He is the President of the ICC UK’s Committee for Arbitration and ADR, the Chairman of the Board of the BVI International Arbitration Centre, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, a Council member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


He participated in the ground-breaking IBA working groups responsible for the Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration and the Conflicts of Interest Guidelines.  John was also an Observer (initially, for the AAA and latterly for the ICC) at the UNCITRAL Working Group.  He contributed to the revision of the UNCITRAL Model Law and the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration.


He is an occasional lecturer at the Universities of Columbia in New York, Oxford, Milan, Munich and Vienna and at the Max-Planck Institute in Luxembourg.


He is in demand as a panelist at international arbitration conferences and as an arbitrator at the Willem C Vis Moot.