Joe McArthur

Professional Experience

Joe practises commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented both public and private companies in a range of industries, including mining, infrastructure, utilities, financial services, and technology.

Joe is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and has argued before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

He is National co-leader of the Firm’s Arbitration Group. He regularly advises on domestic and international arbitrations as counsel and is available for appointment as arbitrator. He is a member of the ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee, the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators and the Domestic and International Arbitration Panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC).

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Appointed to three member panel under ICC Arbitration Rules involving a dispute over a breached settlement agreement between Canadian and American companies
  • Appointed to three member panel under ICC Arbitration Rules involving a $70 million claim for energy infrastructure between Spanish and American parties
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in international arbitration involving an intellectual property dispute between Chinese and North American parties
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in BCICAC international arbitration involving a dispute over mining interests in Ecuador
  • Appointed to three member arbitration panel regarding agency dispute
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration involving a franchise dispute
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in BCICAC share valuation dispute
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in a number of ICDR commercial contract disputes
  • Appointed to three member arbitration panel regarding dispute over South American mining concession

Counsel Work

  • Counsel in lengthy arbitration involving the construction of significant energy infrastructure
  • Counsel in arbitration regarding dispute over operation of municipal infrastructure
  • Counsel in arbitration regarding public-private-partnership infrastructure financial arrangements
  • Counsel in arbitration involving the operation of energy infrastructure
  • Counsel to Aon Hewitt in dispute regarding funding of public sector long term disability trust
  • Counsel to Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. in a dispute with Suncor’s terminal operator
  • Counsel to CHC Helicopters in an arbitration over the purported termination of Hibernia helicopter contract
  • Counsel to FinancialCAD Corporation in a dispute regarding the inadvertent triggering of shareholder dissent rights in FinancialCAD as a result of an error by FinancialCAD’s corporate solicitors
  • Counsel to NovaGold Resources Inc. in the appraisal of dissenting shareholder’s shares in the first reported case to consider B.C. Business Corporation Act dissent provisions
  • Counsel to Ermineskin Cree Nation in a lengthy Federal Court trial and before the Supreme Court of Canada alleging breach of a trustee’s duty to prudently invest over C$1-billion in trust funds and to prudently manage oil and gas resources
Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of Bar of British Columbia, 1995 to date
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, ICDR Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, LCIA North America Users Council
  • Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
Academic Qualifications

B.A. (Political Science), Carleton University – 1991
LL.B., University of Toronto – 1994

Dr. Christian W. Konrad

Professional Experience

Christian W. Konrad has represented international organizations and businesses in a broad range of arbitration and litigation disputes. The disputes involved long-term energy contracts, complex construction contracts, concession agreements, entitlement to natural resources, immunity from jurisdiction, infrastructure projects, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He regularly advises clients on the protection of their investments and on the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. Furthermore, he serves as Sole and Co-Arbitrator as well as Chairman to the Arbitral Tribunal in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of numerous arbitration institutions. He regularly publishes and lectures about his field of expertise.

Prior to founding Konrad & Partners, Christian W. Konrad worked as Counsel in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s International Arbitration Group in London and Vienna. He also acted as Senior Associate in the International Dispute Resolution team of the Austrian Advocates Alliance, and was General Counsel in a Real Estate Development and Construction Company for many years.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Practicing Arbitrator since 2002 (as Sole & Co-Arbitrator and as Chairman)
  • Appointed to the Panels of following Arbitration Bodies:
    • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (International Panel of Experts)
    • International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
    • Czech Arbitration Court (Arbitrators for International Disputes)
    • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (Fellow)
    • Netherlands Arbitration Institute (Foreign Arbitrator)
    • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC Panel of Arbitrators and Emergency Arbitrators)
    • Public Institution of Vilnius International and National Arbitration (Arbitrator)
    • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (Panel of Arbitrators)
    • Lithuanian Arbitration Association (Recommended Arbitrator)
    • Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS List of Arbitrators)
    • Court of Arbitration of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce (List of Arbitrators)
    • Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (List of Arbitrators)
    • The Indonesia National Board Of Arbitration (List of Arbitrators of BANI)
    • New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre and New Zealand International Arbitration Centre
    • Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce (Recommended Arbitrator)
    • Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the German-Polish Chamber of Industry and Commerce
    • Court of Arbitration at Lewiatan- Polish Confederation of Private Employers
    • Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (Panel of Arbitrators)

Professional and Other Activities

  • Selected Publications (for full list, please see Konrad & Partners): ‘The Vienna Rules – A Commentary on International Arbitration in Austria’ (Kluwer Law International 2009), ‘Costs in International Arbitration, A Central and Southern Eastern European Perspective’ (Linde Verlag 2008), ‘Costs in International Commercial Arbitration – a comparative overview of civil and common law doctrines’ (Austrian Arbitration Yearbook, Manz 2008)
  • Selected Professional Memberships (for full list, please see Konrad & Partners): Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (Freeman), London Court of International Arbitration, London Arbitration Club, Austrian Arbitration Association, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS)

Academic Qualifications

Qualified Lawyer Transfer Test (Solicitor)
Bar examination (with distinction), Vienna Bar Association
Master of Laws (International Business Law), University of London – King’s College
PhD in Law (Doctor Iuris), University of Vienna – Law School
Master of Jurisprudence (Magister Iuris), University of Vienna – Law School