Murray Smith received his Bachelor of Science in 1973, his Bachelor of Laws in 1976 and his Master of Laws, International Business Law, at the London School of Economics in 1989. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1977 and the Bar of Yukon Territory in1985. He qualified as an English Barrister in 1990.
Currently practising from Vancouver, British Columbia Mr. Smith has extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has acted as arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations under AAA (ICDR), ICC, BCICAC and UNCITRAL Rules and has served as chairman, as party appointed arbitrator and as sole arbitrator.
Mr. Smith’s arbitration work has focused on energy and natural resource related disputes including the distribution of oil field production profits, gas supply contracts for power generation facilities, exploration concession agreements, LNG Sales Agreements and the interpretation of commercial contracts generally.
Mr. Smith has been involved in international commercial arbitration legal education programs in England, British Columbia, Yukon, the United States and the Caribbean. Over more than 20 years he has served as the course director for international training programs for experienced arbitrators seeking the Fellowship qualification with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was a founding member and was Chairman of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators from 2005 to 2008. He collaborated with Martin Hunter and Allan Redfern in writing the second edition of the leading text “Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration”.
As a commercial arbitrator Mr. Smith recognizes the importance of due process, rigorous procedural management and compliance with applicable laws to achieve arbitration goals of enforceability, cost savings, speed, efficiency and confidentiality.
His website is www.smithbarristers.com