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Saira Singh qualified as a solicitor in 1994 with Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells LLP), where she specialised in commercial and insurance litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on contractual disputes and professional negligence claims. In 2001, she became a professional support lawyer in the dispute resolution and arbitration practice at Lovells. She joined Practical Law in May 2009 and is now Head of Arbitration. Saira is currently a non-practising solicitor. She also sits as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) on the Midland Circuit.
Claire Lipman is a former solicitor. She trained and qualified at Paisner and Co (now Berwin Leighton Paisner), where she worked for some 13 years in their dispute resolution department. In addition to practising in all areas of general commercial litigation, Claire specialises in international arbitration and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has contributed a chapter in ADR and Commercial Disputes, published by Sweet and Maxwell. Claire joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor in July 2007.
Melissa Lorenzo-Herve joined Practical Law from Fortent, a compliance information management company, where she was legal editor. Previously she was an associate in the M&A group at Troutman Sanders LLP and before that was an associate in the corporate and litigation groups at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
Jo Luker qualified in 1993 with Herbert Smith, where she worked on a range of commercial litigation and arbitration disputes. In 2000 she joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a practice development lawyer providing professional support to the firm's litigation and international arbitration lawyers. Jo co-authored the "Global Overview" chapter of Arbitration World (2004), a multi-jurisdictional guide for arbitration practitioners. Jo joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor in October 2006. Jo is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Suzie Noble graduated from Bournemouth University with an LLB Honours Degree in Business Law in 2000 and has worked as a paralegal for Denton Wilde Sapte and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Suzie worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for over 5 years, firstly as a professional support paralegal for the litigation team and then as a practice development executive for the international arbitration team. Suzie joined Practical Law in August 2008 and is an Editor for the Arbitration team.
Victoria Kummer joined Practical Law in 2015 after retiring from Dickstein Shapiro, where she was a partner in the Business Litigation group for 12 years. Previously at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Baer Marks & Upham, she practiced for more than 20 years as a commercial litigator before courts and arbitral tribunals around the world. Since 1998, she has also been an arbitrator, serving on panels of the AAA, ICDR, FINRA, CPR, and ICC, and a mediator for the NY Supreme Court Commercial Division, the SDNY and the Second Circuit. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, teaching Legal Writing and an upper level course on Pretrial Practice.
Steven Skulnik joined Practical Law from Ganfer & Shore LLP, where he was counsel in the litigation department. His practice focused on commercial and employment litigation and arbitration. He previously was counsel at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and a partner at Pavia & Harcourt LLP. He is a Panel Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and other arbitration and mediation providers and was named a Super Lawyer (Thomson Reuters) for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Francesca Albert qualified as a solicitor in 2001, training with, and later becoming Of Counsel, at Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills). She specialized in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration working in Herbert Smith’s London, Tokyo and Moscow offices. In 2013 she moved to Dechert Russia LLC as National Partner and joined Practical Law as Arbitration Editor in 2015. Francesca taught LLM modules on the protection of foreign direct investment at Queen Mary, University of London and lectured on investment treaty arbitration to Masters students of international law and finance at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). She co-founded the Moscow Arbitration Forum 40 (now Russian Arbitration Association 40) and sat as Co-Vice Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Russian Arbitration Association. She has spoken extensively and been published widely on international arbitration matters. She is fluent in five languages including Russian. Francesca is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Jack Meek graduated in 2011 from Queen’s University Belfast with a degree in Law and Certificate in American Business Practice from the College of Idaho, USA. In 2012, he earned a Distinction for his Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law at Queen’s University Belfast, before completing the BPTC. In 2013, he was called to the Bar of England & Wales, and in 2014 he passed the New York State Bar Exam. Jack worked previously as a paralegal at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and completed a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights. Jack joined Thomson Reuters in August 2015 as an Assistant Editor for the Practical Law Dispute Resolution and Arbitration teams.
Dominic Evans graduated in 2015 with a first class degree in Law from Cardiff University. In 2016, he was called to the Bar of England & Wales after completing the BPTC at the University of Law, attaining a Very Competent. Dominic joined Thomson Reuters in August 2016 as an Assistant Editor for the Practical Law Arbitration team.