“One of the foremost Scandinavian experts on arbitration law.”
  • Master of Laws, University of Copenhagen
  • Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme

Contract law, i.e. the formation, construction/interpretation, adaption, performance, termination and breach of contract, including the principles for calculation and determination of damages, with a wide application with regard to industries and sectors and in both a common law and a civil law context. 


  • England and Wales
  • Denmark
  • Member of Arbitration Chambers (2017 – present)
  • Member of Copenhagen Chambers (2015 – 2017)
  • Partner of Horten (2011 – 2014)

  • Partner of Nordia Law Firm (1998 – 2010)
  • Independent practitioner (1996 – 1997)
  • Associate with different law firms (1985 – 1995)

Having a background as a transaction (M&A), corporate & commercial lawyer, including substantial experience in drafting a variety of international commercial contracts, Mr Schiersing is often involved as arbitrator in disputes related to international commercial contracts in the areas of not least company law, energy and offshore, construction and infrastructure, distribution and agency, reinsurance and insurance as well as other long term contracts, maritime contracts and international sales contracts.

Mr Schiersing has served/is serving as arbitrator, often presiding arbitrator/chairman, under the rules of e.g. the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI) and the Danish Institute of Arbitration (DIA) as well as in various domestic and international ad hoc arbitrations, including under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (1976 and 2010). He is one of the leading Scandinavian authorities on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. He is also experienced in acting as an umpire or as arbitrator in arbitral tribunals with an umpire structure.

In investment disputes, Mr Schiersing has served as arbitrator appointed by the host state and counsel to host states and investors.

Prior to becoming a full-time arbitrator, he has acted as counsel in approx. 150 arbitrations, including a broad variety of commercial, commercial chancery and construction arbitrations as well as investment arbitration.

Mr Schiersing is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London (FCIArb) and a Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb). Also, Mr Schiersing is a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA). He is on several panels of arbitrators.

Mr Schiersing has been instructed or appointed as arbitrator in matters involving the laws of e.g. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, England & Wales, United States (New York and Delaware), Singapore, China (PRC), United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, The Russian Federation, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Cyprus.

Who’s Who Legal (Arbitration 2017) states: “Niels Schiersing is an "extremely impressive individual with a very well-rounded arbitration practice" and he is widely regarded as "one of the foremost Scandinavian experts on arbitration law" scoring particularly highly in our research.” 

Niels Schiersing is dual qualified and admitted to practice both as an advokat in Denmark and as a solicitor of England & Wales, giving him profound and in-depth knowledge of civil law and common law principles alike. 


Niels Schiersing serves as arbitrator and legal expert in domestic and international commercial arbitrations, construction and infrastructure arbitrations, energy arbitrations, commercial chancery arbitrations as well as investment arbitrations. He also sits on panels in mock-trials related to complex litigation matters and is the pre- eminent Scandinavian expert in all matters relating to such proceedings. Mr Schiersing further accepts select appointments as mediator in commercial disputes where his command of international legal principles and understanding of different legal cultures can be of service to the parties. 


Niels Schiersing also undertakes scholarly work. Recently, he has published the first and only commentary on the Danish Arbitration Act of 2005 (which in turn is based on the UNCITRAL Model Law of 1985). The commentary contains a comprehensive analysis of the sections of the act and refers extensively to not least Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and English case law and serves as a Scandinavian commentary on the model law. He is one of the leading authorities on comparative Scandinavian arbitration law. Furthermore, Mr Schiersing has published the first and only book in Scandinavia on legal issues relating to reinsurance and he is one of leading Scandinavian authorities within this area of law. He is also the author of a substantial number of articles on arbitration law, insurance & reinsurance law, energy law, international construction law, general contract law, investment protection and tax law.

Mr Schiersing is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen on several legal subjects and regularly speaks on topics within his areas of competence. 

Books:

  • The Danish Arbitration Act – A Commentary (2016)
  • Reinsurance – Selected Legal Topics (2013)

Articles (selected):

  • On the Construction of Offshore Windfarms – Legal Issues (2017 – upcoming)
  • On Offshore Construction Contracts (2017 – upcoming)
  • Om Presiding Arbitrator, Umpire and Referee – What’s in a Name (2017 – upcoming)
  • On Construction Contracts under English law, part 1 (2016)
  • On the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in Recent Court Decisions (2016)
  • On Mock-Trials (2015)
  • On Arbitration in England (2015)
  • On Price and Volume Risk in Long Term Energy Contracts (2014)
  • On Reinsurance and the Pro-Rata Rule (2013)
  • On "Validity" and "Existence" of an Arbitration Agreement (2011)
  • On the Advance of Cost in Arbitration (2011)
  • On "Full" Versus "Reasonable" Possibility to Present your Case in Arbitration (2011)
  • On Interim Measures in Arbitration – Time for Revising the Rules (2010)
  • On the Concept of "Investment" in the Danish Bilateral Investment Treaties (2010)
  • On the Legal Protection of Investments in Foreign Countries (2009)
  • Advokat (Denmark)
  • Solicitor (England & Wales)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Chartered Arbitrator
  • English
  • German
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian
  • French (reading and oral)
  • Basic Russian
  • Basic Turkish
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