David A. Southern FCIArb, LL.M (Senior Consultant)
My strong skillset of advocacy, legal practice, international cross-border dispute management and counsel within niche commercial practice areas means I can add value to a wide range of engagements
  • Qualified Barrister-at-Law in Hong Kong Chambers
  • Arbitrator and Arbitration Counsel Expertise
  • Extensive Thai Law Firm Experience - Commodities / Trade / Commerce / Fintech / Logistics / Renewables
  • Masters Degree (LLM) in Shipping Law, Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd
  • Oxford Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration Law & Fellow of CIArb

David has been through and practised within highly regulated ethical regimes as a barrister-at-law, solicitor, arbitrator and counsel. David will advise with the client ‘best interests’ at the forefront of his mind and will rigorously avoid conflict and self-interest whilst challenging third parties who adopt a different approach.

Ethical Counsel
Detached Candid Honesty

David has applied strong efforts to focussing on select areas where he can excel and support clients with his focus: commodities; international trade; fintech; logistics and renewable energy. This enables clients in those segments to trust that David understands their business and can shape his counsel accordingly.

Entrepreneurial Mindset
An understanding of specific business segments with expertise

David has a rich substantive spread of academic learning ranging from his Masters in Shipping Law, Fellowship and Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration to his Management Skills; Psychology; Negotiation and Leadership Training. David also provides his time to teaching others through his Mentorship at Universities and his exam preparation tutor business – Ace Law Tutor which he has operated for 9 years.

Rigorous Continued Academic Learning
Applies Education to Every Area of Practice

Dispute Resolution



Blockchain & Fintech

Transnational Commercial

Transnational Corporate Structuring


Renewable Energy



Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)

2019-To Date

QLTS Qualification as English Solicitor


Barrister-at-Law, Justice Chambers – Pupil Barrister – Liberty Chambers; Princes Chambers; Admiralty Chambers; Gilt Chambers


PCLL, Law – The Chinese University of Hong Kong


PCLL Conversion Course, Law – HKU Space


Masters Degree in Law (LLM) Shipping Law  – Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd


LLB (Hons), Law Degree – University of Liverpool


A-Levels and GCSEs – Stonyhurst College

Extensive Asia & Thailand Specific Experience & Credentials

David has been able to qualify in multiple jurisdictions – the UK and Hong Kong and also work as a solicitor and a qualified barrister spanning the advocacy gap. He has worked in a cross-section of legal practice firms and chambers in Hong Kong and Thailand and therefore is able to frame his advice and services within a multi-jurisdictional context.

International Commercial Arbitration Focus

David has shaped his qualifications and experience around dispute resolution matters, and is highly knowledgeable with regards to the practice and procedure of arbitral institutions, being a panel member of the Thai Arbitration Centre (THAC) and having acted as counsel on numerous arbitration-based disputes. He is a Fellow of CIArb, a Committee Branch Member of CIArb Thailand Branch and obtained his Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Oxford.

Niche Modern Practice Areas - Commodities; Trade; Fintech & Renewables

Modern business requires modern legal entrepreneurial mindset and an up to date grasp of emerging and adopted technologies; trade practices; payment systems and sustainability/renewable processes and technology. David is able to offer a diverse insight and and tailored advice in these areas.

Golf, Wakeboarding & Rock Climbing

David’s interests and activities are as diverse as his legal experience and he is willing to try new sports and challenges

Professional Speaking/Presenting

David enjoys sharing his professional knowledge with others and attends events to provide presentations and his knowledge of legal and commercial matters

Diving & Horse Riding

In addition to being a qualified sailor and having owned his own S/Y in Hong Kong, David likes to see what is under the water through recreational diving and isn’t averse to indulging in horse riding either.

David's Social Networks

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