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Vivian Ramsey

  • Sir
  • Royal Courts of Justice
  • The Old Vicarage, School Lane
  • Swanley Village, Kent, BR8 7PJ, United Kingdom
  • Email:
  • Phone: +44 07785 267 690
  • Cell:
  • Company Phone: +44 07785 267 690
  • Fax: +44 1322 666668


  • Undergraduate: MA (Oxford) Eng Science & Ec, Oriel College, 1972
  • Graduate: DipLaw (City University, London), 1978
  • Law School: Bar Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 1979

Career History

Civil and Structural Engineer, Ove Arup & Partners, London and Libya: 1972 to 1980

Called to the Bar (England and Wales): 1979

Pupil Barrister (England and Wales), Harcourt Buildings, London: 1980

Pupil Barrister (England and Wales), Keating Chambers, London: 1980 to 1981

Junior Counsel (England and Wales), Keating Chambers, London: 1981 to 1992

Queen’s Counsel (England and Wales), Keating Chambers, London: 1992 to 2005

Recorder (part-time criminal judge): 1998 to 2005

High Court Judge (England and Wales), Queen’s Bench Division, Technology and Construction Court, Royal Courts of Justice, London: 2005 to 2014

Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court, Royal Courts of Justice, London: 2007 to 2010

International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court: 2015 to date

Professional Activities

Practiced as a Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator, Dispute Board Member in UK and overseas including being called to the Bar and appearing in court in Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei and Trinidad and being chairman, sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator worldwide in ICC, LCIA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Commercial Arbitration Association and other institutional or ad-hoc arbitrations (1980 to 2005)

Head of Keating Chambers, London (2003 to 2005)

Presided over High Court civil and Crown Court criminal trials in England and Wales (2005 to 2015)

Acting as International Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator, Expert and Dispute Board Member in cases worldwide (2014 to date)

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

Joint editor of Keating on Building Contracts, 7th Edition (2000), 8th Edition (2006), 9th Edition (2011) and 10th Edition (2016)

Frequent speaker for professional societies, universities and commercial organizations and author or contributor to papers and publications

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