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Murray Rosen QC

Call: 1976 QC: 1993

Murray Rosen QC FCIArb brings unique experience and expertise to dispute solutions. Having established a formidable reputation as a tenacious advocate and tactician over nearly 40 years, he returned to independent practice in 2015 as a strategic adviser, expert in English law and – primarily – as a “neutral” who resolves disputes rather than still fighting them.

He has acted in many significant international commercial disputes, as well as serving as head of leading commercial Chancery chambers and first head of the pioneering advocacy unit at Herbert Smith Freehills. His many practice areas over the years have included sports and media law, and offshore fraud and asset tracing, with an emphasis on cross-border jurisdiction and remedies.

He was appointed a QC in 1993 and a Recorder in 2000, a Deemster in the Isle of Man in 2011 and a Deputy High Court Judge, Chancery Division in 2013. In the meantime he qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and joined the London Court for International Arbitration, and was trained and accredited as a mediator by ADR Group and then CEDR.

His long career as a leading advocate taught him much about persuasion and negotiation, and led to a strong commitment to a variety of settlement strategies. His adversarial role was summed up by one of the directories as “tactically flawless … with a weighty reputation”. To dispute solutions, he offers all the skills and knowledge of a senior lawyer who has represented governments, agencies and businesses around the world, as well as participating fully as a partner at a leading international law firm. This is a rare and possibly unique combination in his area of international disputes practice.

He brings to his practice as arbitrator and mediator an accessibility to disputants and their advisers; a thorough knowledge of the law, of cross-border problems and procedures, and of litigation and industry practices; and a familiarity with both sides of the English legal profession and with kindred professions in Europe, Asia and North America, all coupled with boldly creative solution-making. He is keenly aware of how different each dispute can be as well as the different approaches involved in privately imposing a resolution through arbitration, and reaching out consensually through mediation, and the range of techniques which work, and do not work, to achieve resolution in any particular case.

His work as judge, arbitrator, early neutral evaluator, mediator, adviser and expert covers both international commercial disputes – the mainstay of his eminent career for clients – and culture, media and sports (“CMS”) in which he has an exceptional background. This includes the chairmanship of various professional associations and disciplinary tribunals in sport and law, and a postgraduate qualification in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in London. Among other things, he is an arbitrator internationally for the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and for Sport Resolution in the UK.


MA Philosophy & Law (Trinity College, Cambridge); Diploma in EU & Civil Law (Brussels Free University)