Cameron Ford is an Australian lawyer specializing in major international arbitrations as counsel and arbitrator. He has acted in construction, energy, commercial and investor-state international arbitrations before the world’s leading arbitral bodies and in UNICTRAL arbitrations. He is on the arbitral panels of SIAC, HKIAC, AIAC and the Beijing Arbitration Commission and has sat as sole and co-arbitrator in a number of arbitrations.

    Cameron spent nine years in-house at a multinational mining company in its Singapore office and, as senior counsel, he was responsible for managing its global disputes. He also previously worked in-house at the National Australia Bank as head of dispute resolution for four states and as special counsel for Downer Group, working on large construction disputes and arbitrations in Sydney and Singapore.

    Cameron was in private practice in dispute resolution at a leading law firm in the Northern Territory of Australia and was a barrister at the independent bar in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and Association of Forensic & Advanced Valuation Executives.

    He has served as editor-in-chief of the Northern Territory Law Reports for 15 years and as the executive editor of the Northern Territory Law Journal since it began in 2006.

    Cameron is undertaking a PhD on security for costs in international arbitration through Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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    • Managing a SG$100 million international construction arbitration in Singapore under the SIAC rules for an Australian Top 100ASX company.
    • Leading a multidisciplinary dispute resolution team investigating and formulating claims on a multi-billion dollar construction contract in Sydney.
    • Acting as counsel in a long-running AU$10 million dispute over the construction of a commercial building where EOT, variations, compliance with specifications, delay, etc. were raised.
    • Acting in a AU$100+ million dispute over the stoppage of a power station due to improper construction and delay.
    • Investigating, instigating and managing Supreme Court litigation against ship designers for the design and construction of two ships improperly including asbestos.
    • Investigating and drafting arbitration proceedings against a state for billions of dollars and subsequently negotiating with the state, under a bilateral investment treaty for breach of provisions regarding fair and equitable treatment (coercion and harassment, arbitrariness, bad faith), expropriation and the umbrella clause.
    • Investigating and drafting arbitration proceedings against a state for billions of dollars for breach of the stabilisation and related provisions of an investment agreement.
    • Investigation and drafting arbitration proceedings against a state for billions of dollars under a bilateral investment treaty for breach of provisions regarding fair and equitable treatment, expropriation and the umbrella clause.
    • Investigating and drafting arbitration proceedings against a state for breach of the stabilisation and other provisions of the investment agreement.
    • Defending proceedings in US federal court for breach of contract involving claims for extensive consequential loss.
    • Advising on numerous potential claims in respect of business-critical supplies for hydrocarbons, explosives, heavy moving equipment, capital equipment and facilities management services in the hundreds of millions of dollars with serious business interruption consequences.
    • Making numerous determinations as an adjudicator under the Construction Security for Payment regime, including a AU$20 million claim involving allegations of direct loss and delay.
    • Sitting as co-arbitrator on a US$45 million arbitration administered by SIAC arising out of the construction of a wind-farm, including the usual construction-related claims.
    • Sitting as sole arbitrator on an arbitration administered by SIAC for breach of a commodities contract, including claims for consequential loss in the tens of millions of dollars.
    • Sitting as sole arbitrator on an arbitration administered by SIAC for breach of a sale and purchase agreement.

    Education

    • Nanyang Technological University, M.A., 2017
    • University of Melbourne, LL.M., 2012
    • National University of Singapore, Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration, 2010
    • The University of Queensland, LL.B., 1986

    Admissions

    • Queensland
    • Northern Territory of Australia
    • High Court of Australia

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, SIAC Users Council Executive Committee
    • Chair, SIAC Users Council Committee for Australia and New Zealand
    • Former Exco Member, Singapore Corporate Counsel Association
    • Fomer Corporate Counsel Liaison, IBA Asia Pacific Forum
    • Chair, Singapore Chapter, Law Council of Australia
    • Member, Singapore Law Society Dispute Resolution Committee (2014 – 2017)
    • Member, Singapore Law Society Publications Committee (2014 – present)

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    • Author, “Kazakhstan Internationalises Arbitration Law,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, August 2019.
    • Co-author, “Approaches to Arbitration in Australia and Singapore,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, March 2019.
    • Author, “The Law Society Neutral Evaluation and Determination Scheme,” Singapore Law Gazette, December 2018.
    • Author, “Will You Be a Master or Technician?” Singapore Law Gazette, August 2018.
    • Author, “Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession,” Singapore Law Gazette, July 2018.
    • Author, “Purpose Over Process – Empowering the SIAC-SIMC Arb-Med-rrb Protocol,” Singapore Law Gazette, June 2018.
    • Author, “The Enforcement Chimera,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, May 2018.
    • Author, “Corporate Counsel Considerations in Choosing Dispute Resolution Methods,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, February 2018.
    • Author, “The 4As of Courting Corporate Counsel,” Singapore Law Gazette, August 2017.
    • Author, “Case Law Developments,” SIArb Newsletter, March 2017.
    • Author, “International Commercial Cases,” Singapore Law Gazette, March 2017.
    • Author, “Spirit of Civil Procedure Reforms Bites,” 2 NTLJ 227, 2012.
    • Author, “The Territories and Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission,2 NTLJ 28, 2011.
    • Author, “The Court’s Duty to Ascertain Jurisdiction,” 2 NLTJ 13, 2011.
    • Author, “[In]security of Payment,” 1 NTLJ 165, 2010.
    • Author, “Advocates’ Liability for Wasted Costs,” 16 ILJ 153, 2005.
    • Author, “A guide to Investigating Construction Disputes,” CCH Construction Service.

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