Members

Sir Anthony Evans

Chairman

Sir Anthony Evans, former Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts, has extensive recent experience as an arbitrator, with particular emphasis on international commercial arbitration. Before being appointed as judge, Sir Anthony practiced as a barrister, specializing in commercial cases. He became Queen’s Counsel in 1971 and a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1972. He was a High Court Judge in England and Wales from 1984 until 1992, where he regularly sat in the Commercial Court, and from 1990 until 1992 he was a judge in charge of the Commercial list. Sir Anthony was a Lord Justice of Appeal (a member of the Court of Appeal) from 1992 until his retirement in 2000.

Since 2000, he has continued to sit from time to time in the Court of Appeal and as a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He is also a member of the Court of Appeal in Bermuda. Sir Anthony Evans was appointed Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts in April 2005, and later as the Chairman of the Dubai World Tribunal in December 2009.

 

 

Michael Hwang, SC

Member

Michael Hwang SC is a graduate of Oxford University and a former law teacher in the University of Sydney and University of Singapore.

From 1972 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 2002, Mr. Michael Hwang SC was a partner in Allen & Gledhill, the largest law practice in Singapore, and served as the Head of its Litigation and Arbitration Department for 10 years. Between those periods from 1991 – 1992 he served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore (a full time post equivalent to the office of a Contract High Court Judge) for a fixed term which expired at the end of 1992. During his term, he dealt with a full caseload of civil litigation and 15 of his reasoned judgments are reported in the Singapore Law Reports. He returned to private practice at the beginning of 1993 and since 2003 has practiced as an independent barrister and arbitrator.

In 1997, he was appointed one of the first twelve Senior Counsel (SC) of the Supreme Court of Singapore (a status equivalent to that of Queen’s Counsel in England). In 1999, he was elected a member of the American Law Institute and also served as a Visiting Professor to the National University of Singapore teaching advocacy and commercial arbitration. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as a Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based in Geneva, a body set up under the Security Council to assess claims against Iraq arising from the Gulf War.

His former appointments include being President of the Law Society of Singapore, a Vice Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), a Vice President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration. He has also served on the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, and as a Trustee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre as well as Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to Switzerland. He currently serves as Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to Argentina. He was appointed as a Member of the Dubai World Tribunal in December 2009 and later as the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts in June 2010, having served as Deputy Chief Justice since April 2005.

 

 

Sir John Murray Chadwick

Member

Sir John Chadwick was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1966. He was standing counsel to the UK Department of Trade and Industry from 1974 until 1980, when he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Having served for 10 years until 2007 as a Judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, Sir John Chadwick had previously held senior judicial appointments as a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales (Chancery Division), and a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey. In private practice, he undertook both litigation and advisory work; principally in property, company, insolvency, banking and insurance matters. His experience includes litigation in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Bermuda.

Sir John Chadwick was appointed as a Member of the Dubai World Tribunal in December 2009, after having served the DIFC Courts as a Judge from 2008 and later as Deputy Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts from 2010 to 2015. He was also the President of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands from 2008 to 2016.

 

Sir David Steel

Member

Sir David Steel was appointed as a Member of the Dubai World Tribunal in October 2012 after being appointed as a Judge of the DIFC Courts in 2011. Prior to this, Sir David Steel served as a Judge of the High Courts on the Queen’s Bench Division from 1998 onwards.

Sir David Steel was appointed as Judge of the Commercial Court and an Admiralty Judge from 1998 onwards. He also served as a Judge in charge of the Commercial Court in the High Court of London from 2006 to 2008 having been the presiding Judge of the Western Circuit from 2002 to 2006. In 1981, he had been appointed as Queen’s Counsel and from then on served as a member on the Panel of Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitrators. He had earlier been a Wreck Commissioner for England and Wales until 1998. Sir David Steel also was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct from 1991 to 1997. More recently, Sir David Steel chaired the European Commercial Judges Forum.