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”

Katherine Bell is a Counsel in our Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich. Her main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. She specializes in the resolution of disputes arising out of complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects across a variety of industries. She acts as counsel and arbitrator in arbitral proceedings, represents parties in litigation proceedings before Swiss courts, and assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts.


  • 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 agreements


Professional Experience
Counsel at Schellenberg Wittmer
Senior Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Student Trainee 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, University of Bern
Bachelor of Law, University of Bern
Additional Professional Activities
  • 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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