Arbitration & Mediation

Sydney has a developing practice in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. In 2012 he was awarded the Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators after examination. He is on the arbitration panels of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa, Johannesburg, and the LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre in Mauritius. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2017 he was awarded a Diploma in International Arbitration by the CIArb. He accepts instructions as Counsel and as Arbitrator, and may do so on a direct access basis in suitable local and international cases.

In December 2012 he completed an internship at the international law firm Latham & Watkins with the International Arbitration practice, during which he observed an LCIA arbitration and the preliminary stages of two ICSID arbitrations.

Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) provides intensive courses in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration. Sydney attended the Introductory Course in September 2013 and the Advanced Course in October 2014.

He has a particular focus on international arbitration in Africa, particularly the sub-Saharan and SADC regions, the latter with which he has close professional and cultural ties.

Selected Cases

  • Provided assistance with legal research and drafting in an ICSID investment treaty claim.
  • Represented a solicitor’s firm in a domestic arbitration under the rules of the CIArb involving complex contractual issues including tendering, procurement and performance of a legal services contract. Arbitration award set aside on appeal to the High Court.
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