Ricky Diwan QCBarrister at Essex Court Chambers
Ricky Diwan QC specialises in the fields of international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration both as counsel and arbitrator, for which he is recognised as a leader at the UK Bar in leading legal guides. He has been described as a “truly exceptional advocate with a deep and varied experience in international dispute resolution proceedings”.
He has acted in high value, complex and large-scale international arbitrations under a wide variety of international arbitration rules including HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and VIAC and related court challenges and enforcement applications.
Recent examples of his cases that have been widely reported include:
- Eyre & Montrose v Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, ICSID case No. ARB/16/26, ICSID Award of 5 March 2020, where he successfully acted on behalf of Sri Lanka in dismissing investment treaty claims on jurisdictional grounds;
- Kabab-Ji v Kout Food Group  EWCA Civ 6, where he successfully resisted recognition and enforcement of an international arbitral award before the English Court of Appeal (and at first instance) under the New York Convention on jurisdictional grounds. This decision is now pending before the Supreme Court;
- Griffin v Poland  1 Lloyd’s Rep 410, where he successfully set aside an investment arbitral award being the first time an investment award has been set aside before the English Courts.
He is a member of the SIAC and HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators and is also a member of the UK ICC Committee. He co-authored the ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration for England & Wales (2015), co-drafted the Mauritian International Arbitration Act 2008, advised on the LCIA-MIAC arbitration rules and sits on the advisory board of the Mauritian International Arbitration Centre (chaired by Professor Emmanuel Gaillard). He is also one of the co-authors for the next edition of Mustill & Boyd.