Claire Morel de Westgaver is a dual-qualified admitted to practice law in both England & Wales and the U.S. (New York).
Claire has acted as counsel in proceedings conducted under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, AAA/ICDR, SCC and UNCITRAL and involving the laws of England & Wales, New York, France, Sweden, Belgium, China, Qatar, Pakistan, Romania, Saint Lucia and Cyprus. In addition to her work as counsel, Claire sits as an arbitrator. She has acted as an arbitrator in arbitrations conducted under the LCIA Rules.
She has particular experience of disputes relating to joint ventures, licenses, cross-border sale or service agreements, investments and human rights, as well as disputes comprising multiple sets of proceedings. Her practice covers industries such as IT, Media, IP, hospitality, commodities, sport and defence.
Claire has been recognised by Who's Who Legal as a "Future Leader in International Arbitration" for 2017 and 2018. Claire sits on the Steering Committee of YAWP (Young Arbitral Women Practitioners), of CEPANI 40 and of the Young Professionals group of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC-YP).
Before starting her career in private practice in 2007, Claire interned at arbitration institutions in Paris and London and worked as a university teaching assistant and certified mediator in Chicago (U.S.).
“Arbitral Parents – managing parenthood in the context of an international practice” [ICDR Y&I; YAWP], London, 29 November 2017
“Small arbitration – big problems: non-participation, non-appearance and non-representation”, The New Generation of Arbitrators – challenges and opportunities [ICC; CEPANI 40], Brussels, 23 November 2017
“Infra petita and ultra petita - deciding only what was asked, and nothing more”, Prayers for relief in international arbitration [ASA below 40], Zurich, 17 November 2017
“The Place of the Arbitrator”, co-interview of Juliet Blanch, Bernard Hanotiau and Pedro Martinez-Fraga, with Olivier Caprasse [CEPANI], London, 23 February 2017
“Skills that make a difference: what it takes to be effective counsel in international arbitration”, The Future of International Arbitration – Building your International Arbitration Career [ArbitralWowen], Zurich, 8 April 2016
“Transatlantic perspectives on the use of national courts as a strategic tool in support of international arbitration”, Webinar broadcasted in London / New York, 13 May 2015
“Dispute Resolution Strategy”, Spotlight on Arbitration, Thompson Reuters, London, 8 October 2014