Twenty Essex appoints Seoul arbitrator


London’s commercial set of chambers, Twenty Essex, has hired Shin Hi-taek as a full-time arbitrator to reside in and accept appointments from Seoul.

Shin has been the chairman of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s (KCAB) international division since its establishment in 2018.

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Shin Hi-taek

He is a professor at Seoul National University School of Law, teaching international business transactions and investment dispute settlement arising from cross-border transactions.

He was also the chairman of the Korea Trade Commission from 2016 to 2019. Until 2007, he was a partner at Kim & Chang, specialising in cross-border transactions.

Shin has expertise in complicated disputes in the energy, infrastructure, construction projects and defence industries, and has been appointed as a sole presiding and co-arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations under the rules of major international arbitral institutions.

Duncan Matthews QC, co-head of Twenty Essex in London, said Shin’s arrival would further strengthen the chambers’ international dispute resolution presence in the Asia-Pacific.

“Professor Shin’s outstanding reputation and international practice is an excellent fit with chambers, combining expertise in international arbitration and commercial litigation across various sectors, including energy and infrastructure,” said Matthews.