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Joe Tirado

ADR Experience [fa icon="caret-right"]

Joe has handled high-value cases in a number of sectors and industries, including banking and finance; commodities; construction and engineering; energy (oil & gas, renewable and power generation); food and beverage; information and communication technology (ICT); mining; petrochemical; pharmaceutical; professional services; sport; transport (automobile, aviation and shipping) and travel. 

Joe has also conducted and advised on international commercial and investment arbitration under all the major international arbitration rules before the leading international arbitration institutions as well as “pure” ad hoc and UNCITRAL arbitration. 

He is a solicitor-advocate with full rights of audience before all civil courts, an accredited mediator and panel member of a number of leading arbitration and mediation panels.

Joe writes extensively and presents regularly on international arbitration and ADR at major international conferences, symposia and seminars and prominent universities around the world.

He is also actively involved in arbitral and mediation institutions and prestigious international arbitration and ADR associations and committees.

Experience as an Arbitrator:

  • DIAC: Sole arbitrator: Dubai seated fuel transportation dispute in Central Asia.
  • ICC: Sole arbitrator: Distribution agreement arbitration in London subject to the laws of Florida between a Middle Eastern company and a U.S. corporation.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: US$60 million arbitration seated in South America relating to the development of an iron and steel plant.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: US$25 million dispute relating to the delivery of industrial installations in Eastern Europe.
  • ICC: Co-arbitrator: US$15 million dispute relating to alleged breaches of a European cross-border electricity supply agreement. The dispute is subject to Belgian law and the seat of the arbitration is Lugano, Switzerland.
  • LCIA: Sole arbitrator: two arbitrations seated in London arising out of a restaurant franchise agreement and a lease for memorabilia.
  • LCIA: Presiding arbitrator: US$10 million ship repair contract dispute between a European and Latin American parties. 
  • LCIA: Presiding arbitrator: Dispute relating to a hotel management agreement in the Middle East
  • SCC/ECT: Co-arbitrator: Stockholm seated arbitration involving Eastern-European parties in the electricity sector.
  • UNCITRAL: Co-arbitrator: Scotland seated arbitration concerning alleged misrepresentation and breach of warranty under an oil services sale and purchase agreement, subject to Scottish law. Claim in excess of US$50 million.
  • VIAC: Co-arbitrator: Vienna seated arbitration between an Eastern European and European parties concerning construction equipment supply contract.
  • CEDR Mediator/Sole arbitrator: Dispute between UK and North American parties regarding unpaid fees for services rendered in connection with the development of video games.

Arbitrator Panel Member:

  • Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC)
  • CEDR Solve
  • Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) Legal Advisory Task Force
  • Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • Hong Kong Islamic Arbitration Centre
  • ICDR Energy Arbitrators’ List
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
  • LawWorks
  • Madrid Court of Arbitration
  • Ofgem Electricity Market Reform (OEMR) Panel of Neutrals
  • Santiago Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation (CAM Santiago)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre
  • Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Representative Matters [fa icon="caret-right"]

Treaty arbitration

  • ICSID/EFTA: Acting for a number of financial institutions in a potential multi-billion euros claim related to the collapse of the Icelandic banking system.
  • ICSID/ECT: Advising a foreign investor in relation to an ECT claim in the region of US$250 million against a European sovereign nation. The claim arises from a number of legislative changes passed by the sovereign nation in respect of its incentive regime for the production of solar photovoltaic energy.
  • ICSID/ICC/BIT: Acting for an international mining company in relation to potential ICSID/ICC contractual and bilateral investment treaty claims worth approximately US$500 million, regarding alleged breaches of project documentation and expropriation of the mining company’s investments in Asia.
  • SCC/ECT: Representing a sovereign state in a multi-billion dollar Energy Charter Treaty claim in relation to the alleged expropriation of hydrocarbon assets.

Commercial institutional arbitration

  • AAA/UNCITRAL: Canning licence arbitration under the auspices of the AAA in London subject to New York law between an international beverage and food conglomerate and a Middle Eastern canner.
  • ICC: US$2 billion power station construction arbitration in South America.
  • ICC: Acting in London seated potential arbitration in a dispute between a European supplier and a Far East Asian party arising out of a US$220 million agreement for the supply of multi-crystalline silicon wafers for the manufacture of photovoltaic cells in solar panels.
  • ICC/Mediation: Acting for an Asian supplier of wind turbines in a US$33 million London seated arbitration against a European contractor in relation to the supply of equipment.
  • ICC/High Court: Acting in London seated arbitration and related High Court proceedings in a dispute between a European supplier and an Asian party arising out of a US$500 million agreement for the supply of multi-crystalline silicon wafers for the manufacture of photovoltaic cells in solar panels.
  • ICC: Representing a Middle Eastern JV industrial gas supplier in a US$16 million arbitration and related High Court proceedings against a Middle Eastern iron and steel company for the non-payment of sums due under a gas supply agreement.
  • ICC: Acting for a Nigerian-based company in a London seated arbitration against European entities in a dispute concerning the construction and operation of an integrated furniture manufacturing plant in West Africa.
  • LCIA: Representing a Liechtenstein company in relation to two arbitrations in London concerning a multi-million dollar dispute arising under a shareholders' agreement in respect of aviation and property assets located in Eastern Europe.
  • LCIA: Representing a European engineering company specializing in turnkey projects for installing and implementing solar power plants and wind farms in a London seated arbitration against an Asian counter-party in a US$20 million silicon long-term supply agreement dispute.
  • LCIA: African drilling rig contract arbitration in London between a leading South African oil company and an Australian contractor.
  • LCIA/High Court: Acting for a wealthy Eastern European oligarch in an arbitration and 22 related arbitrations and High Court action in connection with a joint venture to run a multibillion dollar mining consortium with production assets in Central Europe.
  • LCIA: Acting for a leading Asian travel conglomerate in relation to a London seated arbitration in a claim worth in excess of US$30 million arising out of a distributor agreement for a computer reservation system.
  • SCC/UNCITRAL: Gold mining joint venture arbitration in Stockholm under the auspices of the SCC between an Australian mining company and a Georgian mining company.

Commercial ad hoc arbitration

  • UNCITRAL: Acting for a US company in respect of a US$20 million dispute against a UK energy company in relation to a service agreement for the provision of seismic data acquisition services in North Africa.
  • UNCITRAL: Indemnity claim arbitration in London between a U.S. multinational and an Asian oil company regarding a complex claim for the recovery of customs duties and fines in relation to the acquisition of a jack-up drilling rig in India.
  • UNCITRAL: Production sharing contract arbitration in London subject to Indian law between an Indian oil and gas company and a state agency.
  • UNCITRAL: Co-acting for North American car distributor in a US$100 million distribution agreement dispute with Asian manufacturer of motor vehicles.
  • Ad hoc: Construction arbitration in London between an Indian independent power producer and a Japanese contractor regarding a 330-megawatt combined cycle power station in India.
  • Ad hoc/Mediation: International tax dispute arbitration and mediation in London between a Panamanian company and an English company regarding the acquisition of a European subsidiary company.
  • Ad hoc/Mediation: French land contamination insurance arbitration and mediation in London involving a Holland-based holding company insured and an English insurer.
  • Ad hoc: Complex construction arbitration in London between a large international power company and an English contractor.
  • Ad hoc: Large and complex construction arbitration in Santiago, Chile, subject to Chilean law between a multinational engineering company and Chilean state-owned construction company.
  • Ad hoc: Engineering arbitration in London between an Italian electrical contractor and an English electrical company relating to the fitting out of a cruise liner.
  • Ad hoc: Maritime arbitration in London between an English oil services company and Russian owners of a rig vessel located in South America.
  • Ad hoc: Arbitration in London concerning a contract dispute between a Bermudan company and a Liberian company regarding the purchase of a jack-up rig in Central America.
Honours, Memberships and Professional Activities [fa icon="caret-right"]

Joe and his team have received the following awards:

  • M&A Today: Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration – England 2016
  • Latinvex: Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers 2016
  • Acquisition International Legal Awards 2015: Best for Energy Industry Investigations & Disputes
  • Corporate LiveWire: Excellence in Energy & Environmental Arbitration 2015
  • The Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2015: International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year – UK
  • ACG Global Awards 2015: International – Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
  • ACG Global Awards 2015: International – Gamechanger of the Year (Arbitration and Mediation)
  • Corporate LiveWire: Lawyer Of The Year 2014: International Arbitration – UK
  • Global 100: Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration - England, 2014 and 2015
  • Acquisition International Legal Awards: Continued Excellence in: Commitment to Arbitration – UK, 2013 and 2014
Background and Education [fa icon="caret-right"]
  • Garrigues UK LLP, London Partner, Co-Chair of International Arbitration and ADR April 2016 to present
  • Winston & Strawn LLP, London Partner, Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration October 2012 to January 2016
  • Norton Rose LLP (now NortonRose Fulbright LLP), London Partner, Head and Co-Head of International Arbitration and ADR April 2007 to October 2012
  • Baker Botts LLP, London Partner, Trial January 2004 to April 2007
  • Baker Botts LLP, London Senior Associate, Trial October 2000 to December 2003
  • Lovells (now HoganLovells LLP), London Associate, Commercial Litigation January 1997 to September 2000
  • DLA (now DLA Piper LLP), Manchester Associate, Commercial Litigation July 1994 to December 1996
  • Boodle Hatfield, London Trainee Solicitor September 1992 to June 1994
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Manchester Law Society, UK: Graduate Diploma in Commercial Litigation, 1996
  • College of Law, Chester, UK: Law Society Final Examinations 1991
  • University of Birmingham, UK and University of Valencia, Spain: BA (Hons) with distinction in Hispanic Studies, 1984-88


Matthew Rushton
Deputy Managing Director
JAMS International, 70 Fleet Street,
London, UK EC4Y 1EU

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