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Howard Kennedy LLP
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  • International Arbitration
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Duncan Bagshaw
Non-African Country
Non-African Country (Please Specify)
United Kingdom
Country of Birth
United Kingdom
If non-African, how do you promote Africans in international arbitration/ADR?
My practice is around 75% concerned with African disputes. I frequently appoint and work with African practitioners and arbitrators. I am currently supporting the development of arbitration and arbitration centres in several African jurisdictions including Mauritius and Kenya.
English, French.
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Arbitrator
  • Counsel
I have not sat as an arbitrator but hold this relevant qualification (see note below)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Number of Cases as Counsel in international arbitration/ADR
Number of Cases as Sole Arbitrator in international arbitration
Number of Cases as International Arbitration Tribunal Secretary
Number of Cases as International Arbitration/ADR Administrator
  • 20+
Areas of Speciality
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Joint Venture
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
LLB (Hons), University of Birmingham, 2002
Diplome d'Etudes Juridiques Francaises, Universite de Limoges, 2001
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 2003
Advanced Certificate of International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2014
Called to the Bar of Lincoln's Inn, London, 2003
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
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Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
Barrister, St Philips Chambers, 2003 - 2012
Registrar, LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre, Mauritius, 2012 - 2015
Counsel, Stephenson Harwood, London, 2015 - 2018
Partner, Howard Kennedy, London, March 2019 - Present
Duncan is a partner at Howard Kennedy LLP in London. He has experience as counsel in numerous cases relating to African projects and contracts, particularly in the energy sector. Duncan has appeared before numerous arbitration tribunals, and before all courts of England and Wales, including the UK Supreme Court. He also acts as an arbitrator and he is a Fellow of CIArb (UK).

Duncan is a board member of Nyumbani UK, a charity supporting children in Kenya, and Chair of a UK charity which supports disadvantaged young adults. Duncan is a mentor for the Nigerian Association of Young Arbitrators Mentoring scheme
Legal Background
  • Civil Law
  • Common Law
Qualified in (specify jurisdiction(s))
England and Wales
Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Sale of Business
  • Sale of Goods
  • Share Purchase/Joint Venture
List arbitration/ADR articles, book chapters, books and where published
Chapter in Arbitration in Africa: A Practitioner's Guide, Bosman, Kluwer, 2013
Chapter in Arbitration in Africa: A review of key jurisdictions, Shah/Miles/Fagbohunlu, Sweet & Maxwell, 2016
Chapter in The Transformation of Arbitration in Africa: The Role of Arbitral Institutions, Onyema, Kluwer, 2016
Chapter in Rethinking the Role of African National Courts in Arbitration, Onyema, Kluwer 2018

Many articles.
Website Address

African Arbitration Association, P.O. Box 695, Nyarutarama, KG 9 Av. No. 66, Kigali, Rwanda

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