We are delighted to announce that Sir Gary Hickinbottom, Tim St Ellam KC and Philippa Charles will be on the panel for the Fox Williams Pre-Moot discussion, taking place at our offices on Thursday 23 February. As is customary, the panel will be discussing the procedural issues raised by this year’s Vis Moot Problem.

If you would like to attend the Pre-Moot debate, please register your interest here.

The event serves as the traditional curtain raiser to the Fox Williams Pre-Moot which is hosted in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 2023 in London.

The Pre-Moot, which is regarded as one of the best pre-moots on the global stage, serves as preparation for the Vis Moot, the biggest commercial arbitration law competition in the world.

Co-head of Fox Williams’ international arbitration practice, Peter Ashford, who will chair the panel debate says: “We’re delighted to have secured another excellent panel for the Pre-Moot debate and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from some of the most respected arbitration experts. They will bring diverse, interesting and informative insights into the Vis Moot Problem and we all look forward to hearing their observations.” 

About the panellists

Sir Gary Hickinbottom is a former Judge of the Court of Appeal. Following a double First from Oxford, where he also later tutored, Gary became a solicitor and was a partner in McKenna & Co (later CMS Cameron McKenna) until 2000, when he was made a full-time circuit judge. In 2008 he was appointed a High Court Judge, the fourth solicitor to be appointed. In 2017 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. 

Tim St Ellam KC is a partner in McCarthy Tetrault’s litigation and arbitration practices in Calgary and London and is co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice group. Tim principally practices in the area of international arbitration in both Canada and London with an emphasis on energy and intellectual property matters.

Philippa Charles specialises in complex and high-value cross-border arbitration disputes, and has 20 years’ experience of proceedings before the major arbitral institutions. She has acted for clients including major global corporations in the aviation, pharmaceutical, power, and oil and gas industries. She is a Solicitor-Advocate and a busy arbitrator.


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