Leigh Herd, construction disputes solicitor at UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has been confirmed as Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
Since 2015, Leigh has played an active role in the global organisation which represents practitioners involved in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Previously as CIArb Scottish Branch’s Young Members’ Convenor, she promoted the interests of young and aspiring practitioners, helping to create opportunities for them to contribute to the ADR community.
Speaking of her appointment, she said: “It’s a great honour to be appointed to this role in CIArb, an organisation which is over 100 years old, and a true centre of excellence in promoting arbitration and other forms of ADR . I look forward to working with members of the Branch here in Scotland, and also the wider CIArb organisation within the UK and beyond.”
In congratulating Leigh, Stephen Gibb, Chief Executive, Shepherd and Wedderburn, said: “Leigh’s experience of acting for Shepherd and Wedderburn’s construction and property clients in various forms of dispute resolution will be a real advantage in her new role, together with her excellent understanding of arbitration and other forms of ADR prevalent in the industry, such as adjudication and mediation.”
Shepherd and Wedderburn has a strong tradition of encouraging its lawyers to become involved in national and global organisations such as CIArb, which support the Scottish, UK and international business communities. Recent appointments to major bodies include: partner Pat Hawthorn, Chairman of Scottish Renewables; and solicitor Emma Carmichael, Chairman, Women in Property (Central Scotland)
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has 14,000 members in 133 countries and supported by an international network of 37 branches.
It provides education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators. It also acts as a global hub for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business, supporting the global promotion, facilitation and development of all ADR methods.
CIArb offers a range of resources including guidance, support, advice, networking and promotional opportunities, as well as facilities for hearings, meetings and other events.