Berin Simge Hikmet
Berin Simge Hikmet
Berin was called to the bar of England and Wales in the year 2000. After her pupillage at 2 Paper Buildings, Chambers of Sir Desmond de Silva QC she practiced at the English criminal bar for several years. In her early years of practice, she gained considerable advocacy experience defending and prosecuting serious criminal cases ranging from offences of dishonesty and fraud to drug trafficking and sexual offences. She appeared regularly at the Crown Courts all over England and has marked success at the English Court of Appeal. She was instructed in a multimillion US dollar commercial fraud matter representing a Turkish Government entity as second junior.
At present she is mostly based in Istanbul, Turkey and her main areas of practice are international commercial fraud, international commercial and contractual disputes, and international public law. In recent years she was instructed in numerous investor-state disputes arising out of bilateral investment treaties and foreign investment laws acting for and against host states and investors in international arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. She also acted in contractual disputes under ICC and LMAA rules of arbitration.
One of her noteworthy investor-state cases is Kilic Insaat Ithalat Ihracat Sanayi ve Tic A.S. v Turkmenistan (ICSID Case No ARB/10/1) where she successfully objected against jurisdiction on behalf of the respondent state.
She further undertakes various advisory roles in commercial transactions and investments in various jurisdictions. She is a founding member and independent legal consultant to Cuprum Island Consultants, a unit established in January 2016 to advise potential investors in Cyprus in the brink of peace process negotiations on the island.
Middle Temple Inn
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Young Arbitrators Forum of ICC
Criminal Bar Association
University of Bristol (B.Sc. in Economic and Accounting)
BPP Law School (Diploma in Law)
Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course)
University of London (LL.M in International Business Law)
Bilingual in Turkish and English
Knowledge and Understanding of French