Claire Morel de Westgaver is a dual-qualified arbitration practitioner admitted to practice law in England & Wales and the U.S. (New York). She has acted as counsel in proceedings conducted under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, AAA/ICDR, SCC and UNCITRAL and involving the laws of England & Wales, New York, Texas, France, Sweden, Belgium, China, Qatar, Pakistan, Romania, Saint Lucia and Cyprus.
In addition to her work as counsel, Claire sits as an arbitrator. She has experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chair in arbitrations conducted under the LCIA Rules and the CEPANI Rules.
She has particular experience of disputes relating to technology, corporate transactions, licenses, cross-border sale or service agreements, as well as disputes with a civil law element. Her practice covers industries such as IT, engineering, energy, IP, hospitality, art and defence.
Claire regularly writes and speaks on arbitration-related subjects. She has been described by clients as “brilliant” (Legal 500, 2018) and by peers as having “an astute legal mind” and being “highly sought after by clients for her strong knowledge of international arbitration law” (Who’s Who Legal, 2019). She has been recognised in Who's Who Legal as a ‘Future Leader in International Arbitration’ for 2017, 2018 and 2019 and as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist United Kingdom.
Claire sits on the Steering Committee of the Young Professionals group of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC-YP) and on the Steering Committee of CEPANI 40.
Before starting her career in private practice in 2007, Claire worked at arbitration institutions in Paris and London, as a university teaching assistant and as certified mediator in Chicago (U.S.).