Simon Powell is an independent arbitrator in full time practice in Asia, operating under the banner of Powell Arbitration. Prior to establishing his own, independent practice he was a senior partner in a number of leading global law firms, including most recently Latham & Watkins LLP, and spent a number of years leading their arbitration and litigation practices and in a variety of management roles.
Simon has spent the past 27 years of his life as an arbitration and dispute resolution lawyer in Asia, focusing on complex commercial and corporate disputes. Prior to his practice in Asia, and qualification in Hong Kong, Simon worked in (and was admitted to the bars of) England and Wales and Australia. He is also admitted to the New York Bar. Over the years he has consistently been recognised as one of the leading dispute resolution practitioners in Asia by various publications.
Simon has extensive experience acting as arbitrator and counsel. He is serving, or has served, as chair, party-appointed arbitrator and sole arbitrator in arbitrations, and has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations in various jurisdictions across the globe, including Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Korea, conducted under a number of different rules, including those of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and UNCITRAL.
Simon is also is a solicitor-advocate, with full rights of audience before all the Hong Kong civil courts, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution accredited mediator. He currently chairs the ICC Nominations Committee in Hong Kong and is a member of the Law Society’s Arbitration Appointments Committee.