The Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Gloster, DBE, PC

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The Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Gloster, DBE, PC

International commercial arbitrator at One Essex Court (Temple, London)


    • Liz Gloster was a Lady Justice of the Court of Appeal, until she retired from the Court in May 2018, when she returned to Lord Grabiner QC’s Chambers, at One Essex Court, to practise as a full-time international commercial arbitrator. Since returning to One Essex Court she has been appointed both as chair and co-arbitrator in a wide range of international arbitrations including banking, insurance/reinsurance, oil and gas, telecoms, construction, joint venture and State investment disputes.

      She was the first woman to be appointed as a Commercial Court judge in 2004, where she presided over many important commercial and financial markets cases, including JP Morgan Chase Bank v Springwell Navigation and Berezovsky v Abramovitch trial. She was Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court from 2010-2012.

      She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2013 and was Vice-President of the Civil Division of the Court from 2016 until her departure. She sat on numerous important commercial and Chancery cases, ranging from capital markets, arbitration, shipping, insurance, tax, trust and insolvency to LIBOR fixing. She was in the forefront of promoting the use of digital technology in the conduct of trials, filing of claims and presentation of evidence.

      As a QC, Liz had a high-profile City practice at the Commercial and Chancery Bars, specialising in corporate, insurance and reinsurance, energy and insolvency/reconstruction cases. For example, she acted for the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in the Barings disqualifications; for the Inland Revenue in a number of complex anti-tax avoidance cases; and for office holders and/or creditors in cases arising out of major cross-border insolvencies. She acted as counsel in international arbitrations involving oil and gas industry disputes in Russia, the US and elsewhere, as well as in insurance and reinsurance disputes. She appeared in the Supreme Court of Bermuda and was an Appeal Court Justice of Jersey and Guernsey. She was Treasurer of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple for the year 2018.