Jake Lowther joins the SCC as new Legal Counsel.
Welcome Jake! What role will you have at SCC and why did you apply here?
Thank you! I am a legal counsel at the SCC with responsibility for managing the cases of division 3. As legal counsel, I manage arbitrations primarily administered under the SCC Rules, including expedited and emergency arbitrations, but also ad hoc cases under the UNCITRAL rules in which the parties have appointed the SCC to administer the case. I was drawn to apply for the role to join an innovative and world-leading team and to better understand the routines of the SCC Secretariat.
You are originally from Australia and your last assignment was with Magnusson Advokatbyrå in Stockholm. Can you tell us a little about your career and the choices you've made?
That's correct, I started my career in Australia at a top-tier firm where I worked in construction, M&A and employment law. While still a law student in Australia I competed in the Vis moot, a renowned arbitration competition in Vienna. This experience encouraged me to pursue a career in the field, which led me to studying my LL.M. in international dispute resolution at Humboldt-University of Berlin. My career then took me from Germany to Korea, where I worked in Seoul, Korea as Foreign Legal Specialist at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s international division, KCAB INTERNATIONAL. I then moved to Sweden, joining Magnusson Law in February 2020. Whilst working, I also completed the Swedish law degree and am now a dual-qualified lawyer.
Is there anything in particular that you are looking forward to working on at SCC?
I am very much looking forward to contributing to the SCC's jurisprudence and to the development of best practices in arbitration, both in Sweden and internationally. In particular, I look forward to sharing more about arbitrating "the Swedish way" with my colleagues in other jurisdictions.