Bruce Gailey

Bruce Gailey

Bruce Gailey has practiced law for 20 years, focusing on claim and dispute resolution.

Bruce began practice as a trial lawyer in Vancouver, Canada before moving to London, England where, as a solicitor, his practice increasingly focussed on international arbitration. After four years in London, Bruce moved in-house with Alstom Power in Switzerland, where he negotiated settlements around the world related to well-known technical issues involving one of Alstom’s gas turbine product lines.

From 2005 to 2013 Bruce was Vice President of Litigation for Alstom Power. In this role he was responsible for supervising Alstom Power’s portfolio of litigation and arbitration cases around the world. Bruce continued to be involved as an advocate or counsel in selected international arbitration cases, and of course has negotiated and drafted the agreements to settle disputes.

Bruce brings a rare perspective to the role of an advisor to companies seeking help on claims and disputes. His many years as in-house counsel responsible for litigation has highlighted the importance of achieving a commercially sensible outcome – a perspective that can sometimes be lost if one focuses on legal issues to the exclusion of the commercial realities.

Bruce is an experienced negotiator – his in-house background helps him develop a strategy that puts the client in the strongest possible negotiating position, either through direct negotiations or with the assistance of a mediator. He is also familiar with the procedures for dispute boards.

As counsel he has successfully represented clients in large and complex disputes.

As in-house counsel he has managed disputes to conclusion through settlement, mediation, arbitration and litigation as well as having appeared as advocate and counsel in international arbitrations.

Bruce is familiar with international arbitration around the world, having acted as counsel, user or arbitrator in arbitrations under the administration or rules of

  • International Chamber of Commerce;
  • London Court of International Arbitration;
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Stockholm Chamber of Commerce;
  • Swiss Rules;
  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board;
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (Canada); and
  • Ad-hoc international arbitrations

as well as domestic arbitrations and litigation in various countries around the world.

He has extensive experience in dealing with disputes relating to construction, operation and maintenance of large infrastructure projects and process facilities. He also has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes, insurance issues, IP and IT disputes and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Bruce speaks regularly at legal conferences worldwide, providing his view on a wide range of international arbitration issues from his unique perspective of having been a user, counsel and arbitrator.

  • Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Barrister and Solicitor, British Columbia Law Society
  • Member of the Canadian Committee to the ICC Commission on Arbitration

Bruce speaks English and French.