Who We Are

 

Our dynamic team is a cross-cultural and international blend of skilled industry professionals, distinguished academics and lawyers including:

 

David Byron

David Byron is a mechanical engineer who has worked as a commercial Manager/Director in the onshore and offshore construction industry for the past 40 years. David worked for major oil companies in the UK, the Middle East and the Far East on a large number of offshore oil and gas projects. In particular David has spent ten years working for Shell in the UK and in the Far East. Additionally he has worked for ten years in the heavy construction Industry, in particular the construction of major suspension bridges in China. He was a Commercial Director of a major construction company with responsibility for world- wide procurement and all projects in China.

For the past ten years David has worked as a Commercial director for various companies working in the onshore and offshore Renewable Energy Industry, in particular the offshore and onshore wind energy sector.

Email:  davidbyron@bchwglobal.com

 

Jodi Hansell

Jodi L. Hansell is a lawyer based in New York City, NY.   Jodi is an experienced deal lawyer having been responsible for the successful negotiation and completion of many transactions and financings.  Jodi has worked for firms in London, Seattle, New York and the Cayman Islands.  In addition to her law practice, Jodi was an adjunct professor of Business Entities at the Seattle University School of Law.  Since then, she has been a speaker at numerous prestige conferences on the topics of drafting and negotiating contracts, international finance and topics related to business transactions.

Email: jodihansell@bchwglobal.com

 

Iain K Clark

Iain K Clark is a Solicitor Advocate and Partner with Young & Partners LLP, Glasgow, United Kingdom (www.businesslaw.co.uk) and has a wealth of practical experience gained over 20 years of conducting all types of arbitration, litigation and mediations before the Courts and other Tribunals in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

As UK Winner of the ILO Client Choice Award 2013 for Arbitration, he is regularly instructed in relation to domestic and transnational disputes – to advise on and conduct complex and high value arbitrations, litigations and mediations in Scotland and internationally – including disputes in the engineering, construction, oil & gas, renewables, and property fields; and other general commercial disputes.  He also regularly advises clients on how to avoid disputes and how to manage disputes, if they do arise.

Iain has particular expertise in International Arbitration, with a special interest in the Energy Sector, and experience of conducting arbitrations under both institutional rules e.g. the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); and Ad hoc Arbitrations e.g. under the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010, the English Arbitration Act 1996, and the Norwegian Arbitration Act 2004.

Admitted as a Solicitor Advocate (Civil), he has extended rights of audience to appear before the Sheriff Courts of Scotland, the Court of Session, and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Iain is an Honorary Lecturer, Course Director, and member of the Global Academic Faculty on International Arbitration and Mediation issues at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), at the University of Dundee. Iain is also one of the World’s first CEPMLP Accredited Commercial Arbitrators and was a coach to the award winning CEPMLP Mediation Team, who won an award at the 6th ICC Mediation Competition in Paris in February 2011. He is also a member of a member of the Law Society of Scotland Specialist Accreditation Panel on Arbitration.

He is also co-author, with Steven P Walker, Advocate and Barrister, of Pleading In Arbitration: A Practitioner’s Guide, published by Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters.

Email: iainkclark@bchwglobal.com

 

Professor John McRae
John McRaeProfessor John McRae was nominated Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies in the School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham in 1992, and is now Senior Teaching Fellow; from 1999 to 2004  he was Professeur Invité atthe University of Avignon.  He worked for the British Council for several years; in Italy he taught at several universities, including the Magistero Faculty in Napoli from 1975 to 1992, and inaugurated the English Department of the new University of Basilicata in Potenza 1984-1991. He is an Adviser on Language and Literature to the British Council Literature and Film Department, and was  closely involved with the British Council Oxford Conference on the Teaching of Literature for 17 of its 22 years, as Chair, co-Chair and Consultant, and Deputy Chairman of the British Council’s Languagein Literature and Culture committee. He currently holds Visiting Professor posts in China, Malaysia and Spain, and has been Visiting Professor in Austria, Brazil, India, Sweden, Thailand and the USA (Portland Oregon, 1997-2002).

He has lectured in well over sixty countries and is a specialist in advanced negotiation and communication skills for the corporate sectors.

He works and lives in Providence Rhode Island, USA, London and the south of France.

 

Surya P. Subedi
Surya P. Subedi is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and Barrister in London. His law practice, teaching and research have covered a wide range of areas within international law, including international investment law, WTO law and the law of the sea. He has advised a number of countries and public utility companies on international legal matters and has taught at a number of other universities in Britain, the Netherlands, the U.S., and Sweden. He was elected to the Institut de Droit International in 2011.

He is the author of a major book in international investment law. His name has been designated to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and on the Panels of the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He holds a DPhil in Law from the University Oxford, an LLM with Distinction from the University of Hull and an LLB from Tribhuvan University. He was called to the English Bar by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple in 2007.

He was called to the Bar of Nepal in 1981 and has served as a District Public Prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney-General, as an Under-Secretary in the International Law Division of the Ministry of Law and Justice, and as a legal advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and represented the country in the UN General Assembly.

 

Tom Saul
Tom Saul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in the early 1990s. He has been a Director of a global marine mutual insurance company, a listed ship-owning company, and several fast-growing businesses supplying specialist personnel, unexploded ordnance detection, and marine cabling services, around the world.

Tom has broad and deep experience of all aspects of financial management and control, HR and IT strategy. His specialisms include risk management, change management, treasury, corporate structure and tax planning, contract management, project finance and corporate financial transactions, in multiple currencies and across multiple jurisdictions.

 

Monique Matosian-Bharucha
Monique Matosian-BharuchaQualified in New York, based in London and bilingual in French and English, Monique Matosian-Bharucha is a lawyer specializing in contentious and non-contentious international commercial issues.

Monique has worked for leading international firms in Paris and London, with her practice covering commercial contract negotiation and dispute resolution in the construction, natural resources, oil and gas, IT and financial sectors. In addition, Monique has extensive experience in institutional and ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitrations.

Monique has lectured on international arbitration issues at the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, and contributes regularly to Commercial Dispute Resolution Magazine.

 

Paul Wakefield
Paul Wakefield is a Chartered Insurance Practioner specialising in risk financing and offshore insurance structures for companies all around the Globe.

Paul has worked for major UK insurance and reinsurance companies and also the largest firm of insurance brokers in the world. He has visited and helped clients from all sectors of industry and commerce in every corner of the globe on a regular basis.

In particular, Paul has set up offshore facilities for companies such as Barclays Bank, Japan Airlines, Neste Corporation and Swiss Re.

He is currently a Non Executive Director for a European Insurance Company and a number of offshore based (“Captive”) insurance companies. He also provides on a regular basis insurance and risk financing advice for a number of European insurance brokers and provides presentations to their clients.

 

Paul Stevenson
Paul is a barrister working out of chambers in central London. He is a commercial, Chancery and employment barrister and his practice encompasses all aspects of commercial and property law including insurance, the sale of goods, trusts and joint venture agreements. He is equally comfortable as a litigator and as an advisor and whether acting on his own or as part of a team. Paul has broad experience of providing advice, of drafting, and of appearing in the County and High Courts and in specialist tribunals. Paul is also a keen advocate of arbitration and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has participated in seminars hosted by the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.

Paul has a particular interest in practice which cuts across his areas of expertise, with a focus on the law of partnerships and the law of restrictive covenants and confidentiality. Paul also has a significant interest in the law of salvage, art law and cultural heritage and the protection and return of unique and high-value items. He is particularly interesting in the development of legal solutions for the preservation of historical and culturally significant buildings and property. To this end, Paul has written extensively on maritime salvage and cultural heritage. He is a member of the Institute of Art and Law and regularly gives seminars on the subject.