The Founder

London-based member of the Paris Bar


Gillian Carmichael Lemaire is a member of the Paris Bar (1994) practising in London. She is also qualified as a Solicitor in Scotland (1984).

Gillian is a UK national and is bilingual English/French. She started out as a litigator in Scotland with a focus on personal injury and medical and other areas of professional negligence. She has spent most of her career practising arbitration in international law firms in Paris, where she also gained experience in the legal department of an international environmental services company. Her principal areas of experience are international contracts, arbitration and mediation in the construction and infrastructure and general commercial sectors. Her Franco-Scottish profile affords her a mix of common and civil law experience, in addition to which she has strong arbitration experience involving Middle Eastern legal systems, particularly Egypt.

In addition to her counsel work, Gillian accepts appointments as arbitrator and mediator. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is accredited for mediation by the Institut d’Expertise d’Arbitrage et de Médiation (IEAM) and the Paris Bar. She also holds a Certificate of Competence in Mediation Skills from Core Solutions.

Gillian is an advisory member of the Board of Directors of ArbitralWomen. She enjoys getting out of the office with her clients to resolve conflict through walking.