Murray L. Smith LLM Q.C., Chartered Arbitrator

Murray L. Smith Q.C. is a barrister practising out of arbitration chambers in Vancouver, British Columbia. His practice is confined to commercial arbitration cases.

With more than thirty years experience as a trial lawyer Mr. Smith is well versed in rules of evidence and principles of substantive commercial law. His experience includes cases involving maritime law, construction law, insurance law and oil and gas law.

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 cost savings, speed, efficiency and confidentiality.

Mr. Smith possesses the highest arbitration credentials available internationally including qualification as a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a Masters degree in international business law focusing on international arbitration law from the London School of Economics.

Mr. Smith has contributed to international journals and has taught arbitration law and practice internationally for more than twenty years.

Mr. Smith has many years of experience as an arbitrator serving as chairman, party appointed arbitrator and sole arbitrator. He is currently named to the roster of commercial arbitrators with the ICC, ICDR, CPR, LCIA, VMAA and BCICAC.

«Murray Smith is an internationally recognized leader in the field of commercial arbitration law. He has been chair and panel member on many international and domestic commercial arbitration tribunals adjudicating complex cases, particularly in the energy industry.»

—David Eby, Attorney General of British Columbia on the appointment of Mr. Smith as Queen’s Counsel.


Mr. Smith co-authored the second edition of International Commercial Arbitration Law and Practice with Redfern and Hunter


Mr. Smith was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) International Arbitration Centre


Mr. Smith authored a chapter entitled «Serving as the Chairperson in International Commercial Oil & Gas Arbitrations» in The Leading Practitioner’s Guide to International Oil & Gas Arbitration