Edwin Glasgow

Edwin Glasgow CBE, QC

JAMS Arbitrator and Mediator

Case Manager
Burton King
T: 212-607-2758
F: 212-751-4099
620 Eighth Ave., 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018


Edwin Glasgow CBE, QC has extensive experience in commercial law, including international arbitration and mediation in many jurisdictions. In addition to his UK practice, he has been involved in commercial cases and dispute resolutions in Hong Kong, USA, Africa, France, Mauritius, New Zealand, South America, the Caribbean and Australia; professional negligence in Singapore, Italy and USA; and Human Rights cases in many jurisdictions including Malaysia, India and a number of African countries. He is also known for his public inquiry work, including the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

With over 50 years experience in the law; more than 40 as a barrister; and 25 as a QC, Edwin Glasgow has served as a judge on several prestigious panels and lectured on law and advocacy around the world. Renowned for his advocacy and forensic skills, he now concentrates on his work as a popular and approachable arbitrator and is an outstanding mediator.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Linguists and speaks English, good French, and has a basic knowledge of a number of other languages.

ADR Experience

He is an accredited mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was instrumental in establishing the SCMA training programme in asset recovery mediation under the Proceeds of Crime Act. He has had domestic and international appointments and is on the following panels:

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Commercial Panel, Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa
  • Arbitrator and mediator, Sports Dispute Resolution Panel
  • Member, Advisory Board, Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates
  • President, International Tribunal, and Vice-President of the International Court of Appeal of the FIA
  • Judge and arbitrator, Premier League Disciplinary Panel
  • Judge and arbitrator, Rugby Football Union Disciplinary Panel

Representative Matters


  • ICC Arbitration of Malaysian telecommunications dispute
  • International Commercial Arbitration: Oil and gas joint venture agreement dispute in Indonesia for UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore
  • Numerous ad hoc appointments in commercial and sporting arbitrations


  • Motto & Ors v Trafigura: A 30,000 claimant group litigation class action arising out of contamination in the Ivory Coast
  • Rexy Finance Ltd v Morgan Stanley Int. Co Ltd: Bank guarantee litigation in Singapore
  • British Aerospace v Hawker Siddeley: Advanced corporation tax, post de-nationalisation
  • SvenskaHandelsbanken v Sun Alliance and London Insurance plc: Defence of £200m claims under policies of commercial mortgage indemnity insurance
  • Giles v Thompson: Champerty/maintenance incredit-hire claims
  • Davy Offshore v Emerald Field Contracting: £250m dispute over offshore oil & gas field development

Insurance & Reinsurance

  • Banque Bruxelles Lambert SA v Sun Alliance: £200m mortgage guarantee claim
  • Chase Manhattan v B.A.T.: $81m asbestos insurance liability in US claims
  • Re Eras EIL Appeals: Environmental risk reinsurance

Administrative & Public Law

  • R v City of London Magistrates' Court: Defence of Serious Fraud Office for alleged contempt of court
  • Gibbs v Rea: 29 JanuaryCaribbean drug enforcement agency warrants
  • Capital & Counties v Hampshire CC.: Fire authority’s liability for negligence
  • Kinnear v Falcon Films NV: Joinder of party within Art. 6(2) Brussels Convention

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

  • Knight v Bennett: Sports injury liability.
  • Lancashire County Council v Municipal Insurance: Insurer’s liability to indemnify against exemplary damages awards
  • Morriss v Lewisham& North Southwark Health Authority: Clinical negligence resulting in pediatric brain injury
  • Rastin v British Steel Plc; Todd v Evans; Adams v GeestPlc; Byrne v Webber; Donaldson v Canavan; Ayres v British Steel: Striking out of personal injury actions

Construction and Engineering

  • Makers UK Ltd v Camden London Borough Council: Enforcement of adjudicator’s awards
  • Bacal v Topmix: Defective foundations/contaminated concrete
  • Lubenham Fidelities v South Pembrokeshire: Limits of liability on bonds and guarantees
  • Black & Decker v Try and Atkins: Defective building design


  • The Bradford Fire
  • Hillsborough
  • Piper Alpha
  • Herald of Free Enterprise
  • The Guinness DTI Inquiry
  • The Guildford Four [Ch Constable of Surrey]
  • The Alison Halford Inquiry [The Home Office]
  • The Bloody Sunday Inquiry
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Recognised in areas of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Public Inquiries and Mediation by Chambers & Partners, 2009
  • Leading Individuals, Mediation, Chambers & Partners, 2012
  • Recognised in area of Mediation by Legal 500, 2009
  • Lawyer of the Year, Legal Business Awards, 2005
  • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), awarded 1998 for services to City of London
  • Bencher, Gray’s Inn, 1994
  • Leading trainer on UK, South African and Australian Advanced Trial Advocacy Courses
  • Chairman of Stewards, Royal Automobile Club, appointed 2005
  • President, International Advocacy Training Council
  • Past Chairman, UK Advocacy Training Council
  • Visiting examiner, Ecole de Formation du Barreau
  • Chairman, Financial Reporting Review Panel, 1992-1997
  • Council Member, Public Concern at Work
  • Chairman, Mary Glasgow Language Trust
  • Chairman of Trustees, Harlequins Rugby Club, 1995-2004
  • Vice President, Thames Ditton Cricket Club
  • Barrister, 39 Essex Street (known as 2 Garden Court until 1990), 1969-present
    • Head of Chambers, 1974-1978
  • Fellow, University College London, 2002
  • Appointed Silk, 1987
  • Member, Bar of England and Wales, 1969
  • LLB (hons), University of London,1967
  • Metropolitan Police, 1961-1964

Counsel Comments

    • "Something of a legend in his own lifetime. He has a delightful appealing manner to judges, yet is capable of fierce independent thought."
      Chamber & Partners



Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business & Commercial
  • Construction
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Professional Liability
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