Masood Ahmed

Associate Professor
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2362

Personal details

BA (Hons) / MA (Cantab); PG Dip. (Cardiff); PG Cert Ed. (Birmingham City); Solicitor (non-practising); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I read law at the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College) and completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Cardiff University. I qualified as a solicitor at an international commercial law firm and focused on commercial dispute resolution (including international commercial arbitration and mediation) and commercial transactional work.

I am the Alternative Dispute Resolution editor of the Civil Justice Quarterly and a member of the editorial board of Frontiers of Legal Research. I established and I am the convenor of the Civil Justice Systems and ADR stream for the Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference. I am also an external examiner at the University of Oxford where I have assessed postgraduate theses in the area of civil procedure. I have been a visiting lecturer in international commercial arbitration at Masaryk University (Czech Republic) and was invited to give a series of lectures on international commercial arbitration and Islamic finance to Justices of the Supreme Court of Indonesia. I am frequently invited to speak at conferences and round-table discussions on the civil justice system and alternative dispute resolution.

I also have a passion for the works of Charles Williams, J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S Lewis.


My primary research interests are in civil procedure/civil justice; alternative dispute resolution (especially commercial arbitration and mediation) and the interrelationship between ADR and the Civil Procedure Rules. My research on civil procedure led me to be co-opted to a specialist sub-committee of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee to assist it on the implementation of the Jackson Reforms to the General Pre-action Protocol. A number of my recommendations discussed in my paper ‘An Alternative Approach to Repealing the General Pre-action Protocol’ (below) were adopted.

I was appointed by the Professional Negligence Adjudication Pilot Scheme Working Party to review and evaluate a novel ADR procedure for professional negligence disputes. The Working Party consisted of Mrs Justice Carr, Mr Justice Fraser, the Ministry of Justice, the Association of British Insurers, the Professional Negligence Bar Association; and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association. My report (below) was welcomed and approved by the Working Party and Lord Justice Coulson (Deputy Head of Civil Justice) and the majority of my recommendations were accepted and implemented.

I am a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC). The CPRC is an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and its function is to make rules of court governing the practice and procedure in: the civil division of the Court of Appeal; the High Court; and the County Court. I work with members of the judiciary including the Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice; the Deputy Head of Civil Justice and leading practitioners in drafting new rules; reviewing and amending existing rules; implementing key reforms; and considering and advising on proposals from specialist sub-committees of the CPRC.

I can be found on Twitter @ahmedCivJustice discussing developments in civil justice and ADR.


Selected publications (peer-reviewed)

  • M. Ahmed 'Critical Reflections on the UNCITRAL Convention on the Enforcement of Mediation Settlement Agreements' (2019) Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly 259-270.
  • M. Ahmed 'A Novel ADR Procedure for Professional Negligence Disputes' (2019) 35(1) Journal of Professional Negligence 54-70.
  • M. Ahmed 'Procedural Rules and Judicial Discretion' (2018) 37 (2) Civil Justice Quarterly 149-160.
  • M. Ahmed 'An investigation into the nature and role of non-settled ADR' (2017) 7(2) International Journal of Procedural Law 216-249.
  • M. Ahmed ‘Reflections on Judicial Approaches to the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration’ (2017) 28 (4) European Business Law Review 649-666.
  • M. Ahmed 'A Critical View of Stage 1 of the Online Court' (2017) 36(1) Civil Justice Quarterly -  Briggs Civil Courts Structure Review & Online Court Special Edition 12-22.
  • M. Ahmed (with Prof B. Billingsley) ‘Evolution, Revolution & Culture Shift:  A Critical Analysis of Compulsory ADR in England and Canada’ (2016) 45(2) Common Law World Review 186–213.
  • M. Ahmed 'The merits factor in assessing an unreasonable refusal to ADR: A critique and a proposal' (2016) 8 Journal of Business Law 646-669.
  • M. Ahmed (with H. Yu) 'Keeping the Invisible hand under control? – Arbitrator’s mandate and assisting third parties' (2015) 19 (2) Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration 213-242.
  • M. Ahmed 'Bridging the gap between ADR and robust adverse costs orders' (2015) 66(1) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 71-92 re-published in Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice (Addelton Academic Publishers, New York) 2016.
  • M. Ahmed 'Procedural Non-compliance and Relief from Sanctions after the Jackson Reforms: Striking the Balance' (2015) 5(1) International Journal of Procedural Law 71-95.
  • M. Ahmed 'Loosening the Grip of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 on Arbitration Agreements' (2014) 31(5) Journal of International Arbitration 515-540.
  • M. Ahmed 'Silence in the face of invitations to mediate' (2014) 73(1) Cambridge Law Journal 35-37
  • M. Ahmed ‘An Alternative Approach to Repealing the General Pre-action Protocol’ (2013) 32(2) Civil Justice Quarterly 257-274.
  • M. Ahmed ‘Implied Compulsory Mediation’ (2012) 31(2) Civil Justice Quarterly 151-175.
  • M. Ahmed (with H. Yu) ‘The new French Arbitration Law: an analysis’ (2012) 15(1) International Arbitration Law Review 20-29.

Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)

  • M. Ahmed 'A Critical Review of the Business & Property Courts of England and Wales' in X. Kramer and J. Sorabji (ed.) International Business Courts – A European and Global Perspective (Eleven International Publishing) - forthcoming 2019, 10,000 words. 
  • M. Ahmed (with P. Vargiu) 'Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention in the United Kingdom', in G. Bermann (ed.), Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention (Springer) 2017 pp. 977-995.

Selected publications (professional journals)

  • M. Ahmed 'ADR for Professional Negligence' (2018) 168 (7803) New Law Journal 14-15.
  • M. Ahmed (with C. Pennells) 'Declaring a 'winner'' (2016) 7708 New Law Journal 14.
  • M. Ahmed (with E. Archibald) ‘Ignore now, pay later’ (2014) 164 (7594) New Law Journal 15-16.
  • M. Ahmed ‘Appeals on issues of fact – Maintaining the status quo’ (2011) 6(2) Global Arbitration Review 46.


M. Ahmed, Review of the Professional Negligence Adjudication Pilot Scheme (November 2017) - Review and evaluation of the Pilot Scheme for the Adjudication Working Party. Report recommendations approved and implemented by the Working Party and the Deputy Head of Civil Justice. The Scheme now forms part of the Professional Negligence Pre-action Protocol.

PhD Supervision

Civil Justice Systems; Civil Procedure; International Commercial Arbitration; Alternative Dispute Resolution.



Civil Justice System; Dispute Resolution; International Commercial Arbitration.


Civil Dispute Resolution Methods; International Commercial Arbitration; Carriage of Goods by Sea.

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