Barrister and president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Michael Stephens has joined Kings Chambers in Birmingham.

Mr Stephens was called to the Bar in 1983 and has particular interests in commercial and construction law.

He is also a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland and a registered advocate at the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Mr Stephens also sits as a Recorder of the Technology and Construction Court as well as the Crown Court and County Court and as a tribunal judge.

He has substantial experience as a dispute resolver, whether as an arbitrator, mediator or adjudicator. A member of several international arbitration panels, he was elected as president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Head of chambers Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC said: “The arrival of Michael reinforces the expertise Kings offers to our clients and is a most welcome addition to our arbitration and construction team.”

Gary Smith, senior clerk at the Kings Chambers said “Kings’ arbitration team is developing rapidly both domestically and internationally and to add Michael, the current president of CIArb to the ranks is a real coup”.