James Bridgeman SC FCIArb is a Chartered Arbitrator with over thirty years’ experience. He has acted as arbitrator, both as chair and sole panellist in over 500 arbitrations, tribunals and administrative proceedings. Including 80 construction, partnership, insurance, real property, distributorship, intellectual property arbitrations and adjudications, over 400 internet domain name references (UDRP), numerous statutory tribunals, appeal boards and professional regulatory determinations.
He has been appointed as an arbitrator/neutral by party selection and by institutions including WIPO (Geneva), ICC (Paris), CIArb (London), NAF (USA), Nominet UK (Oxford, UK), Czech Arbitration Court (Prague). He is regularly appointed as a construction adjudicator and as a tribunal member to determine Internet domain name disputes.
He is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2018), past Chair CIArb Irish Branch (2005), former CIArb Trustee (2013-2017) and past member of the ICC National Committee for Ireland.
Over thirty years James has arbitrated a wide range of commercial, contractual, and transactional disputes, including insurance indemnity, intellectual property, technology, Internet and ICT, construction law, commercial contracts, partnership, distributorship, negligence, professional regulatory law,
Issues in dispute have included matters of commercial contract and insurance law, construction law, international intellectual property rights, European and International law, International Arbitration Law, ADR, and regulatory matters. His experience spans appointment of arbitrators, issues of jurisdiction and international enforcement.
His work in 2021 includes acting as sole arbitrator in an international professional indemnity insurance dispute arbitration under the Irish Arbitration Act 2010 (UNCITRAL Model Law) and as sole arbitrator in a contract dispute in England pursuant to the English Arbitration Act 1996, between a local authority and a service provider.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator, He is a member of the training faculty for international arbitration of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) and has delivered training in international arbitration for the CIArb in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Turkey and Georgia. Each year since 2007 he has convened the Dublin Forum on International Dispute Resolution – a high-level round table on developments in the field and has been designated as Global Leader in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.
James acts as arbitrator and adjudicator in construction disputes. He has been appointed as a member of the Ministerial panel of construction adjudicators (Ireland). In the past three years James has been appointed as adjudicator in 15 construction disputes. He has also been appointed in high-value cases including as a single-member tribunal with over €30 million in dispute.
He holds a Graduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration (Trinity College Dublin) and has been appointed as member of the teaching faculty lecturing on the law of evidence in that course.
He has regularly been involved in both contentious and advisory matters involving patents, copyright, trade marks, registered designs and Internet domain names.
Since 2001, he has determined over 400 Internet domain name disputes, appointed by institutions including WIPO, NAF, the Czech Arbitration Centre, Nominet UK (gTLDs and ccTLDs) and the International Chamber of Commerce (new gTLDs).
His clients include Irish government departments from whom he has received instructions in patent, copyright, performers rights and trademark matters through the Office of the Attorney General.
Prior to commencing his arbitration practice he was an associate lawyer in a firm of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys engaged in the prosecution of applications for patents, trademarks and registered designs, drafting and advising on technology transfer agreements and licensing and assignment of intellectual property licensing. He qualified as an Irish Registered Trade Marks Agent in 1992.
He is the author of a number of publications on intellectual property law including most recently the chapter on appointment of arbitrators in Arbitration of International Intellectual Property Disputes Thomas Halkett ed. Juris Publishing Inc. New York. (Juris publishing, New York. March 2021) and the Ireland (.ie) chapter in Domain Name Law and Practice (Torsten Bettinger ed.) pp. 527-554 Oxford University Press (2005, 2nd ed 2015]
He is an accredited mediator (MII) and has been appointed mediator in intellectual property, commercial, contract, partnership, workplace and family disputes by appointment of parties and by appointment of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Geneva). His recent cases include assisting the parties to successfully resolve a dispute between a university and a company providing academic courses, and a dispute relating to rights over real property.
He is a past Vice-Chairman of the Mediators Institute of Ireland and is a member of the ADR Committee of the Bar Council of England & Wales and has been listed in The International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation 2013- 2015 as being among the world's leading commercial mediators. (http://whoswholegal.com/profiles/47092/0/bridgeman/james-bridgeman/)
James is a member of numerous panels of arbitrators including;
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