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R Craig Connal KC

Former Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, now Arbitrator RCCKC Arbitration

After over 40 years as a litigation partner in a leading International Law Firm (and having sat as

an arbitrator), Craig is now focussing solely on the Arbitrator role. He brings to bear his lifetime of

experience in almost every area of law from IP to Planning, Employment to Construction and

Pensions to Commercial litigation. Craig is dual-qualified as a solicitor-advocate with rights of

audience in all Higher Courts in Scotland, England and Wales. Described as "top of his

profession" and having conducted many ground-breaking and reported cases in a huge variety of courts, tribunals and hearings, including the UK Supreme Court (where he was the first solicitor-

advocate to lead a civil appeal), he is ideally placed to use that experience to mould the best

procedural course. Well-known for a straight-forward, direct style, he is also highly regarded for

being "practical, efficient and effective" and getting to the heart of the matter. He has extensive

expertise in dealing with written and oral arguments, (whether virtually or otherwise). Having

been well-known for a problem-solving role, Craig is now deploying that skill as a decision-

maker. He writes regularly on arbitration and related topics. He is sensitive to a wide range of

traditions and backgrounds, drawing on his prior legal experience as well as a regular role as

judge in International Moots run by Jessup/ICJ and the IBA/ICC.

Craig is certified by the Law Society of Scotland both as a specialist in arbitration law and as a

solicitor arbitrator. He is an Accredited Arbitration Professional with the Federation of Integrated

Conflict Management (FICM). He is also a member of Delos Arbitration, of Arbitration Ireland, of

the ICC Institute of World Business Law, of the IBA Arbitration Committee, of ICCA and of the

Scottish Arbitration Centre. He is on arbitrator lists held by LCIA, Vienna International Arbitration

Centre, the Royal Faculty of Procurators of Glasgow and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. He

was UK Chairman, British-Irish Commercial Bar Association 2019-2022.

A former Solicitor-Advocate of the Year in England and Wales, Craig has a special interest in

advocacy, being a NITA qualified advocacy trainer, chairing the Scottish Civil Qualification

Course for Higher Courts Advocates 2004-2022, and sitting as a Presiding Judge at ICC/IBA

Moots in the Hague and the Washington, US,-based Jessop Moot. He was a government

consultee on arbitration legislation in Scotland, has been a member of a Scottish Law

Commission Working Party, a University External Examiner, and is currently a guest lecturer.

Over 30 years as an active rugby referee also fine-tuned his decision making skills!

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