Claire Morel de Westgaver is admitted to practice law in both England & Wales and the U.S. (New York). A Belgian national with a mix civil/common law background, Claire is based in London where she has been practicing international arbitration for over 10 years as counsel, advocate and more recently as arbitrator. Claire has sat as co-arbitrator and as sole arbitrator in arbitrations administered by the LCIA and the CEPANI.
Claire has experience of proceedings conducted under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, AAA/ICDR, SCC, UNCITRAL and CEPANI involving the laws of England & Wales, New York, Texas, France, Sweden, Belgium, Qatar, Pakistan, Romania, Saint Lucia and Cyprus.
She has particular experience of disputes relating to shareholder agreements and corporate transactions, licenses and distribution agreements, sale and service agreements as well as disputes comprising multiple sets of proceedings. Her practice covers industries such as IT, Engineering, IP, Cybersecurity, Media, Hospitality, Energy, Defence and Commodities.
Claire regularly writes and speaks on arbitration-related subjects. She has been described by clients as “brilliant” (Legal 500, 2018) and recognised by Who's Who Legal as a ‘Future Leader in International Arbitration’ for 2017, 2018 and 2019. Claire sits on the Steering Committee 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.).