Mr. John Tackaberry

Professional Experience

During his career at the Bar, John Tackaberry, Q.C. has undertaken a wide range of work. In more recent years as an advocate he has had a substantial degree of experience in building and civil engineering work, adjudication and DRB work.

As well as work in the UK, he has a great deal of expertise in international disputes throughout Europe, the USA, the West Indies, Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and South America. He is a member of, or has been admitted to the Bars of California, Ireland, Hong Kong (ad hoc), Trinidad & Tobago (ad hoc) and New South Wales and is heavily involved in ICC arbitrations.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Work at the UNCC involved five years of intensive dispute resolution on a paper only basis utilising a locally base legal team. 196 construction claims were addressed. The total value of the claims exceeded $3 billion.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Past President of the Society of Construction Arbitrators
  • Vice President of the Arbitration Club
  • Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and first Chairman of its Executive Committee
  • Founding President of the Society of Construction Law
  • Recorder of the Crown Court: 1988-2005
  • Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission: 1998-2003
  • Past or present member of many international arbitration panels
  • Member of ADR Chambers
  • A Principal Editor of Bernstein’s “Handbook of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice”
Professional and Other Activities

B.A., University of Cambridge, 1962
LL.B., University of Cambridge, 1963
M.A., University of Cambridge, 1969
LL.M., University of Cambridge, 1988

 

Mr. Michael Tselentis

Professional Experience

Michael Tselentis QC was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray’s Inn in November 1995, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. He was elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2008. He practices as a Barrister and Arbitrator in a broad commercial field which includes complex contractual disputes, insurance, shipping, commodities and international trade, mining and energy, engineering and construction, banking and professional negligence.

He is also an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa (admitted to practice in 1978 and appointed Senior Counsel in 1989), and practised at the Johannesburg Bar where he was a leading commercial silk, from 1978 to 2000. In 1993-1994 he was the Chairman of the Johannesburg Bar. He advises in London on all aspects of South African commercial, insurance, mining and construction law, and accepts appointments as an expert witness in South African law in Court proceedings and arbitrations.

He regularly accepts arbitration appointments in international commercial disputes. He is a Chartered Arbitrator (UK), and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa), and the Botswana Institute of Arbitrators. He is a member of the ICC (UK), the LCIA, ARIAS (UK) and a supporting member of the LMAA.

His panel memberships include the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre, Chinese European Arbitrators’ Centre, Arbitration Foundation of South Africa, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, Mauritius Permanent Arbitration Court, Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators’ Association, the Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration, and the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration.

Professional and Other Activities

Lecturer in law at South African Universities, 1972-3, 1975
Advocate of the SA High Court, 1978
Senior Counsel, South Africa, 1989
Acting Judge, SA High Court, 1992
SA Rules Board for Courts of Law, 1989-1992
Johannesburg Bar Council, 1991-1995; Chairman, 1993-4
SA Bar Examination Board 1992-4
Called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray’s Inn, 1995
Queen’s Counsel, 2003
Bencher of Grays Inn, 2008
Chartered Arbitrator, 2008

Academic Qualifications

University of Cape Town, BA (distinction), LLB (first class honours), 1971
Rhodes Scholar, 1973
Magdalen College, Oxford University, BCL (first class), 1975