Case No. CTFIC0012/2022; KBF Trading and Contracting Company WLL v Akram Bin Al Taher Hidri and Creatrea LLC
Frances Kirkham has been a judge of the Qatar International Court since 2013. Frances Kirkham was a senior circuit judge, the designated Technology & Construction Court (TCC) judge in Birmingham, England. The majority of work undertaken was in the High Court and was responsible for all TCC work that both initiated and transferred to Birmingham. Prior to this, she was partner at three national solicitors' practices in Birmingham. Between 2006 and 2011, she acted as Commissioner at the Judicial Appointments Commission, speaking at several meetings of the Irish, Franco-British Judicial Co-operation Committee. Frances spent a period at the Palais de Justice in Paris, where she observed the work of the French courts, specifically with regards to construction and engineering disputes.
Frances regularly acts as an arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator, and completed her TCC judicial mediation training in 2010. She has worked as a deputy High Court judge in the Mercantile, Chancery and Administrative Courts, and has also undertaken general Queen’s Bench Division work. Frances has received numerous awards, including the Birmingham Law Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Clare Edwards Memorial Award, recognising her extensive contribution to the practice of construction law. Notably, Frances was founder committee member and first secretary of the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges.
George Arestis has been a judge of the Qatar International Court since 2015. He studied at the Law School of Athens University, graduating in 1968. He subsequently went to England and read Political Science at the University of Kent at Canterbury, graduating with a Master’s in Comparative Politics and Government.
After practising as a lawyer for ten years, he was appointed as a judge in 1982 and, in 2003, he attained the office of Judge of the Supreme Court of Cyprus. He has been Cyprus’ first judge at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, a position from which he served for a period of ten years. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law by the University of Kent.
George has given lectures on European Union law, mainly at universities in Cyprus, Greece, the UK, Germany, Belgium and Bulgaria.
With an interest in poetry, he has published a collection of poems “To Taxidi mou” (“My Journey”) (2009).
Dr. Rashid Hamad Al-Anezi
Dr. Rashid Hamad Al-Anezi is a Kuwaiti legal academic, international arbitrator and a private lawyer. He holds a PHD in International Law from Cambridge University and is a partner in the Kuwait law firm, International Legal Group Law, in strategic alliance with an international law firm Baker Botts LLP.
Dr. Rashid started practicing in the academic field when he joined the faculty of the College of Law at Kuwait University. He was the Head of International Law Department and Assistant Dean in the College of Law. Currently, he is a professor of International Law in the College of Law at Kuwait University. Dr. Rashid has published six books and more than 20 articles in both Arabic and English.
He is a registered arbitrator in Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Laussane, Kuwait Sports Arbitration Authority, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and Saudi Arabian Sports Arbitration Centre. An active international participant, Dr. Rashid is a member of various international organisations and associations, including the Kuwait Bar Association, Kuwait Environment Protection Society and the American Society of International Law. He is also a member of the Ethics Panel of Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer in the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).