Grace Cheng

Call: 2016

Grace is a barrister in London, a qualified Hong Kong solicitor, and has rights of audience before the AIFC Court in Kazakhstan and the DIFC Courts in Dubai. She has also been granted full registration as a registered foreign lawyer at the Singapore International Commercial Court. In addition to speaking fluent English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Grace has a working knowledge of French and Spanish, and assisted at the WTO ministerial conference. Grace has a broad practice and is regularly instructed on a wide range of matters as sole counsel or as part of a wider team, for example in the Brexit ferry case. She was part of a joint COMBAR / ChBA working group responding to the Law Commission’s call for evidence on smart contracts.

Grace is a member of the Bar Council’s ADR Panel and is included on various panels, registries and databases of arbitrators including AIAC (Malaysia); BAIAC (Singapore); CACM (Mozambique); CAA (Taipei); CEAC (Hamburg); Delos (Paris); FINRA (US/Puerto Rico); HIAC (Hainan); HKIAC (Hong Kong); ICC (UK); LCIA (London); LMAA (London); PIAC (Vietnam); SHAC (Shanghai); SHIAC (Shanghai); SCC (Stockholm); WTC Macau Arbitration Center (Macau); Sport Resolutions (International) and the World Intellectual Property Organization. She is on various panels of adjudicators, including HKA (Hong Kong); HKIAC (Hong Kong); LMAA (London); TECBAR (UK); and UKA (UK). Grace also accepts appointments as a mediator.

Prior to joining the English Bar, Grace worked at magic circle law firm Slaughter and May where she assisted with high-profile international commercial transactions and advised clients including the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Prada, Cathay Pacific, MTR, Moody’s and Standard Chartered. She has taught law at the University of Oxford, King’s College London, the University of Warwick, the National Taiwan University and the National Chengchi University. She is a member of the AIAC Academy Tutors Panel and the AIFC Academy of Law Academic Pool.

Grace was judicial assistant to the Honourable Mr Justice Blair when he was the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, and assisted Professor Ewan McKendrick with the latest two editions of Goode and McKendrick on Commercial Law, including assuming primary responsibility for updating the chapters on commercial litigation and commercial arbitration. She has published articles in leading journals, including pieces co-written with Sir William Blair in the Bank of Italy’s Legal Research Working Papers and in the ICC Dossier.

Grace obtained a First Class Honours degree in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Bachelor of Civil Law postgraduate degree from the University of Oxford.  Her ‘A day in the life of’ column was featured in Family Law LexisNexis. Grace was also featured in the Chancery Bar Association’s ‘Meet the Chancery barristers’ career’s guide.

If you would like more information about Grace’s practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.


Areas of expertise

As arbitrator/adjudicator – selected cases

As counsel – selected cases

As solicitor/judicial assistant – selected cases

Assisted with the following matters at Slaughter and May:

Assisted with the following decision given by The Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities, as Judicial Assistant to The Honourable Mr Justice Blair:


Education, qualifications and appointments


Career history




Publications & lectures


Grace has assisted Professor Ewan McKendrick with the latest two editions (i.e. 5th and 6th editions) of Goode and McKendrick on Commercial Law, a widely-used text by practitioners and academics, including assuming primary responsibility for updating chapters 38 (commercial litigation) and 39 (commercial arbitration) of the book. She was previously an associate editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal.


Professional associations

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