Advocate and Solicitor | Arbitrator
Simon Dunbar is a leading international dispute resolution lawyer, who acts as advocate and arbitrator, and specialises in international arbitration. He has been based in Singapore for more than 15 years, and his work spans the Asia Pacific region.
Simon is admitted to practice in Singapore, England & Wales (as a solicitor advocate) and New York, and has experience of both common law and civil law systems. He has represented clients in international arbitrations under most of the major institutional rules, focusing on joint venture, energy, technology and infrastructure disputes with a connection to Asia. These include some of Asia’s most complex and high-value arbitrations. Recent examples include securing an award of US$ 158 million and dismissal of US$ 350 million in counterclaims in an ICC arbitration in the nuclear power sector, and successfully defending US$ 1.69 billion in counterclaims in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a joint operating agreement.
Among other accolades, Simon has been recognised in the legal directories as “very impressive,” “an unbelievably good lawyer”, and “a formidable advocate.” He has also been described as “the hardest working lawyer on the planet”, “excellent as arbitration counsel or arbitrator” and someone “who knows the arbitration space inside out and knows the region inside out.”
In addition to his work as counsel, Simon regularly sits as arbitrator, and has served as sole or presiding arbitrator in ICC, SIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), is listed on the arbitrator panels of various arbitral institutions and is an accredited mediator. Simon currently serves on the SIAC Users Council, and on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law. He also teaches, speaks and writes regularly on topics related to international arbitration.
Before joining Gateway, Simon was partner in the global disputes practice of a leading international law firm, based in Singapore, having spent more than 17 years at international law firms in Singapore and New York.