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Katherine Bell is a Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich. Her main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. She specialises in the resolution of disputes arising out of complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects across a variety of industries. She acts as counsel and arbitrator in arbitral proceedings, represents parties in litigation proceedings before Swiss courts, and assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts.
Examples of Katherine's expertise in construction matters include: representing the Swiss subsidiary of an Austrian construction company in litigation proceedings before Swiss courts against a Swiss property developer in a dispute related to a turnkey contract for the construction of a business hotel; acting as sole arbitrator in an arbitration between an Austrian and a Turkish company in the field of hydropower technologies in a dispute related to the supply of electromechanical equipment; representing a multinational company in an ICC arbitration against a shipyard operator in a dispute over a contract regarding the delivery of technical equipment and representing a German party in ICC arbitration proceedings against an Eastern European party in a dispute under a series of supply and engineering contracts related to a metals processing plant.
In 2019-2021, Katherine was recognized by Who's Who Legal as a Future Leader in Construction as well as in Arbitration, highlighting her "skillful handling of complex construction disputes" and describing her as "brilliant counsel in the field of construction arbitration".
Katherine regularly publishes in her areas of expertise. She is a member of several professional institutions, including ASA Below 40, YConstruction, ICC YAF, ArbitralWomen, YIAG and DIS40.
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