Who's Who Legal 2021

“has deep-seated knowledge in the construction industry, which she applies to complex disputes”

Who's Who Legal 2021

“Katherine is brilliant counsel in the field of construction arbitration”

Who's Who Legal 2021

“has analytical and strong argumentation skills, both in writing and orally”

Who's Who Legal 2020

“comes highly recommended by peers in the European market for her skillful handling of complex construction disputes”

Who's Who Legal 2021

“Katherine is a very talented counsel, particularly recommended for construction cases”

Who's Who Legal 2021

“she is very eloquent and smart”

Who's Who Legal 2021

“she has excellent advocacy skills combined with a sharp mind”

Who's Who Legal 2021

“a talented lawyer with a practical and commercial approach”

Who's Who Legal 2021

“Katherine is an excellent advocate, who is extremely dedicated to her cases”

Katherine Bell is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution Group and heads the Construction Practice Group in Zurich. Her main areas of practice are domestic and international litigation and arbitration. She advises clients front-end to back-end on complex construction and infrastructure projects and specializes in the resolution of disputes arising out of complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects as well as commercial tenancy and lease agreements across a variety of industries. She acts as counsel and arbitrator in arbitral proceedings and represents parties in litigation proceedings before Swiss courts as well as before dispute boards and in other types of alternative dispute resolution procedures. In addition to her disputes practice, Katherine regularly advises clients on public procurement matters, contract drafting and negotiation, contract and claims administration and dispute avoidance.


  • Has acted as counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations under the ICC, DIS, CEPANI, VIAC, CAS and Swiss Rules
  • Has represented clients in litigation proceedings before Swiss courts including before the Swiss Supreme Court
  • Main areas of specialization include construction and engineering as well as sales and commercial tenancy and lease agreements


Professional Experience
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate, Senior Associate and Counsel at Schellenberg Wittmer
Law Clerk and Chairwoman of the Conciliation Authority for Disputes Relating to the Tenancy and Lease of Property at the District Court of Horgen
Legal Intern at the High Prosecutor’s Office of the Canton of Bern
Legal Analyst / Contract Manager Supply Chain EMEA at an international healthcare company in Zug
Education and Admission
Bar Admission in Switzerland
Master of Law, Universities of Bern and Stockholm
Bachelor of Law, University of Bern
Additional Professional Activities
  • Member of the editorial board of Construction Law International (CLInt), the magazine of the IBA International Construction Projects Committee
  • Lecturer at Campus Sursee Educational Centre for Construction (Construction Law)
  • Member of the Board of ArbitralWomen
  • Regular publications in the areas of dispute resolution and construction
  • Member of several professional institutions, including the Swiss and Zurich Bar Associations, the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA below 40), ArbitralWomen, YIAG, ICC YAF, IBA International Construction Projects, YConstruction and The Society of Construction Law

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