Ben Giaretta

Ben Giaretta is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department of Mishcon de Reya LLP, specialising in international arbitration. His experience spans several industry sectors, including oil and gas, mining, petrochemicals, telecommunications, shipping, insurance, construction, engineering and infrastructure. He has represented clients on disputes throughout the world, including Europe, Africa and the Americas, and particularly in Asia: he lived and worked in Singapore for seven years. He appears as counsel in international arbitration and often sits as an arbitrator: he has been appointed as sole arbitrator, party nominated arbitrator, presiding arbitrator and emergency arbitrator, on many occasions. He is on the panels of arbitrators of several arbitration institutions, including the SIAC and the HKIAC, and he is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He regularly speaks at conferences about international arbitration, and lectures on arbitration at several universities and for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Contributed to


Questions for potential arbitrators
Practice Note

This Practice Note considers the purpose and value in obtaining information on potential arbitrators. It sets out possible questions to consider asking potential candidates and details on the means by which such information may be gathered, such as arbitration questionnaires and resources that collate data on arbitrators. It considers the drawbacks, such as confirmatory bias that may arise due to the use of pre-arbitration questions.

Other work

Pre-arbitration considerations—checklist

When considering arbitration proceedings, this Checklist can be used as a starting point for effective process management.

Singapore Convention on Mediation

This Practice Note considers the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation commonly known as the Singapore Convention on Mediation or the Singapore Convention. The convention provides a framework for the enforcement of international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. This Practice Note explores which countries have signed the convention and their obligations under the convention and the reservations that they may make. The application of the convention is examined, alongside the meaning of the specific terms used in the convention, as well as the requirements for enforcement or reliance on settlement agreements and the grounds for refusing to grant relief and adjournment of decisions on relief. Other points and practical considerations are also covered.

Practice areas


  • Solicitor Advocate


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • SIAC


  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Contributing Author


  • Trinity College, Oxford - MA (1996)
  • Queen Mary College, University of London, Postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitrati

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