David Hacking


David Hacking was a leading figure in international arbitration for over 40 years. In the House of Lords, as Lord Hacking, he pioneered English arbitration law reform, shepherding through Parliament the Arbitration Bill of 1979 and promoting the passage through Parliament of the Arbitration Bill of 1996.


Until retirement he was an active international arbitrator with the status of Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, and of the Singapore and Malaysian Institutes of Arbitrators. He has been an Associate Member of Littleton Chambers in London since the year 2000 and during this time issued over 300 awards. The range of his work as an arbitrator stretched from arbitrations in the aviation, commodities, construction, energy and information technology industries to the maritime, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and water industries.

Recent accolades have included:

"...the excellent approach you adopted in this case was instrumental in focusing the minds of the parties on the relevant issues and in achieving a fair outcome." Solicitor to a Party in a Sole Arbitration (2016)

"He is most diligent in his work and his Awards are always well prepared and presented. It is a privilege to work with him."
Fellow GAFTA Arbitrator (2014)

"I was recently a Co-Arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration chaired by Lord Hacking. He chaired a challenging reference with tact and skill. Thanks to his chairmanship, we were able to progress from first procedural order to final award in almost exactly a year." Queen's Counsel and Co-Arbitrator in a LCIA arbitration (2015)

He also undertook, as an accredited mediator, mediations and was appointed as a mediator by the AAA, CIArb and the City Disputes Panel.

David Hacking still lectures on arbitration and has written numerous articles on the development of the law and the law of arbitration. The emphasis on his writings in the field of arbitration has been to seek to improve the conduct of arbitrations right through from the appointment of arbitrators to the punctilious issue of awards.