Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Professor Simon Gault

  • Visiting Professor

I am a professional arbitrator and mediator, handling a wide variety of international maritime cases. My arbitration practice involves deciding disputes arising under time and voyage charters, bills of lading contracts, sale and purchase contracts, shipbuilding contracts, contracts for the sale of goods, marine insurance policies, and agency and commission agreements. My mediation practice involves assisting parties reach a negotiated settlement in similar types of dispute.

I was also the Honorary Secretary of London Maritime Arbitrators Association for over four years. In this capacity, I advised on and lectured about a wide range of issues which arise under the Arbitration Act 1996. I am a barrister with over thirty years experience of arbitrating and litigating shipping cases. I was counsel in a number of leading shipping or arbitration cases and appeared as counsel in a number of wreck inquiries. I practiced from what is now Quadrant Chambers and served as the deputy head of those chambers for a number of years and now I'm a door tenant of those chambers.

Before qualifying at the bar, I had 5 years experience in the shipbuilding industry both in the UK and overseas. After retiring from practice, I was appointed chairman of a shipping group, and was responsible for instituting a programme of rationalization of the group. I have over 11 years of judicial experience as a recorder of the crown court, as deputy admiralty registrar, and an assistant boundary commissioner. I am a trustee of a number of charities including the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting and the general editor of Marsden - Collisions at Sea.