Sir Christopher Clarke

Sir Christopher Clarke is now within what the Editor of Newton Arbitration likes to call the new class of Uber Arbitrators. The following profile suggests how he reached this exalted status.

Sir Christopher had a rather classic English education. In particular, he read Classics and Law at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

He was called to the Bar in the Middle Temple in London in 1969 of which Inn he was a Harmsworth Memorial Exhibitioner and Scholar and the JJ Powell and Lloyd Stott Prizeman. In 1991 he became a Bencher and in 2016 was Treasurer of the Inn.

In 1975, Sir Christopher became an Attorney of the Supreme Court of the Turks & Caicos Islands. In 1984 he was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel. From 1988 to 2004 he was a Recorder (a part time criminal judge) and a Deputy High Court Judge from 1993 to 2004. From 1990 to 2004 he was the Head of Brick Court Chambers. From 1988 to 1991 he was a Councilor of the International Bar Association and from 1993 to 1994 Chairman of the English Commercial Bar Association. He was a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey from 1998 to 2004.

He has appeared as counsel and sat as an arbitrator in numerous marine and commercial arbitrations.

From 2005 to 2013, he was a High Court Judge, sitting in the Commercial Court. He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013 and sat until March 14, 2017. He has joined Brick Court Chambers as a door tenant.  As a silk in such Chambers in the 1980s and 1990s he was recognized as one of the leading silks of his generation.  He went on to serve as counsel between 1998 and 2004 to the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday.

He will be accepting appointments as an arbitrator and joins a list of distinguished retired judges including Lord Phillips, Lord Hoffmann, Lord Hope and Sir Richard Aikens.  He also will sit as a Judge of the Court of Appeal in Bermuda from time to time.

Commenting on his return to Brick Court, Joint Head of Chambers Mark Howard QC reflected, “We are very pleased to welcome Sir Christopher back to Brick Court Chambers.  As a former Head of Chambers and an outstanding and brilliant judge of the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal he augments our group of internationally renowned Arbitrators.”

The Editor recently had the opportunity to interview Sir Christopher. The video of the interview is currently posted on the Newton Arbitration platform. He is and will continue to be much in demand. Based on the interview and the above profile, the Editor would strongly suggest that advocates appearing before Sir Christopher perform at the absolute top of their game. Sir Christopher will expect nothing less than excellence from all such advocates.

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