Professional practice

Ian Hunter has a broad-based commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile. A major part of his practice is concerned with arbitration both as advocate and as arbitrator. As a junior Barrister he was involved in a large number of shipping and construction arbitrations.

Since taking silk he has been instructed in many arbitrations, both of a general commercial nature (including ICC and ad hoc arbitrations) and more specialised arbitrations, particularly in the insurance and reinsurance fields. In the last 5 – 10 years he has spent approximately equal amounts of time acting as an advocate in arbitration and as an arbitrator (both ad hoc and ICC).

Insurance and reinsurance arbitrations are a particular speciality with an increasing amount of construction work. He is sitting as arbitrator in a number of construction cases involving the Middle East. In the last 2 years he has had two construction cases in which Egyptian law has been relevant, one involving the Cairo Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. Arbitration takes up substantially more than 50% of his professional time. He has acted as Mediator in a number of matters involving a wide variety of subjects. He accepts either ad hoc or appointments made through mediation bodies such as CEDR and CPR Resources.


What others say

He has an illustrious track record both as an arbitrator and as counsel.”

International Arbitration: Counsel, Legal 500 2014

“Experienced in arbitration, aviation and shipping.”

Insurance, Legal 500 2014


1995                Avocat à la Cour de Paris

1994                Senior Counsel, New South Wales

1993                Deputy High Court Judge

1986—2000   Recorder

1980                 Appointed QC

1967                  Call: Inner Temple (Bencher)

Accredited Arbitrator ARIAS-US

Accredited Mediator CEDR


1968                LLM, Harvard Law School

1967                 LLB, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

1966                 MA (Law; Double First), Pembroke College, University of Cambridge


Open Scholar

Squire University Law Scholar

Trevelyan Scholar

Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard

Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholar

Major Scholar (the last two at the Inner Temple)