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With offices in both London and Buenos Aires, international arbitration boutique Dechamps International Law was founded in 2018 by ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP counsel, Jean Paul Dechamps, an international arbitration specialist with extensive experience in investment and commercial disputes in Latin America and other emerging markets.
Focusing exclusively on international arbitration and international law, Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes was launched in London in early 2021 (in addition to New York and Paris offices) by former Shearman & Sterling LLP practitioners Ximena Herrera-Bernal, a Latin American and Iberian disputes expert; and Tsegaye Laurendeau, who focuses on M&A, investment funds, international financing and joint venture disputes.
During 2021, Switzerland-based law firm LALIVE recruited commercial arbitration specialist and former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP counsel Genevieve Poirier, as partner for its 2018-launched London office, which also fields experienced London and Zürich-based international arbitration partner Marc Veit, as well as, since summer 2023, Nicholas Lawn.
Litigation boutique Pallas Partners LLP was launched in early 2022, one of its early hires being highly experienced arbitration advocate and partner Will Hooker from Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP.
Former Allen & Overy LLP international arbitration associate Uliana Cooke, a commercial and investment treaty arbitration specialist, joined PCB Litigation as partner in February 2021, before it merged two months later with Byrne and Partners to become dispute resolution-only firm PCB Byrne.
Launched in 2020 by former Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practitioners, Simon Bushell and Gareth Keillor, specialist disputes firm Seladore Legal covers major arbitrations, particularly LCIA cases, as well as arbitral challenges before the English courts.
Taylor Wessing LLP's international arbitration group features both Nick Storrs, who routinely acts in heavyweight and multi-jurisdictional disputes; and December 2021 recruit, Karel Daele, the former arbitration head at Mishcon de Reya LLP.
Acting for both states and investors in investment treaty arbitration proceedings, disputes practice Vail Dispute Resolution was established in 2019 by arbitration specialist Tomas Vail, a former White & Case LLP senior associate.
Further to the 2020 establishment of Van Bael & Bellis (London) LLP by Belgium-based Van Bael & Bellis, in 2021 former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP counsel Nick Lawn was recruited as partner and head of the firm’s London-based international dispute resolution team. Since publication, Lawn has left the practice.
New York-headquartered Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP recently launched  a London international arbitration practice when it looked to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP to recruit barrister and partner Duncan Speller, whose experience includes over 150 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations; and counsel Dharshini Prasad, who routinely acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

Firms in the Spotlight International arbitration

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker has an established track record of success in even the most complex cases. Litigation and Dispute Resolution has been a focus of the firm since its inception in 1948, and our highly experienced team is widely recognised for its skill in this area. The firm deals with a broad range of commercial …

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International arbitration in London

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP ‘s London-based practice is ‘second to none‘. The group is consistently sought out for its energy and natural resources-related international arbitration credentials, as well as its enviable track record in heavyweight investor-state disputes. Global arbitration practice head Paula Hodges KC has longstanding experience in international energy, telecoms and technology-related disputes; and UK arbitration leader Craig Tevendale is ‘world-class in every respect‘. The practice further showcases public international law practice co-head Andrew Cannon; Chris Parker KC, who took silk in March 2022; James Doe, who heads the UK construction disputes practice; and infrastructure, construction and engineering disputes expert David Nitek. At senior associate level, Hannah Ambrose, Marco de Sousa, Charlie MorganLouise Barber, Aaron McDonald and Maguelonne de Brugiere are all active team members. Departures at partner level during 2021 include Nicholas Peacock joining Bird & Bird LLP and Tom Leech KC becoming a full-time High Court judge.

Practice head(s):

Craig Tevendale; Paula Hodges KC

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Cannon; Chris Parker KC; James Doe; David Nitek; Hannah Ambrose; Marco de Sousa; Charlie Morgan; Louise Barber; Aaron McDonald; Maguelonne de Brugiere


‘This team is outstanding – it has the requisite legal knowledge and experience, and can translate this into a practical, effective strategy – second to none in the market.’

‘Craig Tevendale is simply exceptional – world-class in every respect.

‘Paula Hodges KC’s reputation speaks for itself – an exceptional leader, who is perfect for big ticket cases.

Key clients




Standard Chartered Bank




Virgin Trains

Work highlights

  • Acting for two energy multinationals in an UNCITRAL arbitration claim and parallel litigation proceedings, arising from a potential unitisation in West Africa.
  • Acting for a US energy major in arbitration proceedings (under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules), which concern a post-M&A dispute involving an offshore oil field.
  • Defending an international restaurant franchise chain against an ICC arbitral claim, brought by a former franchisee in Asia, which alleged that the franchise agreement had been wrongfully terminated.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP’s ‘excellent international arbitration team’ frequently handles arbitrations that also involve court applications for interim relief, disclosure orders from the US courts in aid of foreign arbitrations, and enforcement proceedings to collect on arbitration awards. The Europe international litigation and arbitration group is led by David Kavanagh KC, who acts in heavyweight cases around the world. Other respected London-based practitioners are international arbitration specialist Bruce MacaulayDaniel Gal KC, who is experienced in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes in growth markets, such as the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Brazil; and corporate, commercial and shareholder disputes expert David Edwards. Counsels Jonathon Egerton-Peters, Nicholas Adam and Devika Khopkar also have active international arbitration practices. International arbitration expert and newly-appointed silk Kate Davies KC recently joined from Allen & Overy LLP (where former partner David Herlihy departed for in early 2022); and former practice co-head Karyl Nairn has retired.

Practice head(s):

David Kavanagh KC

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Macaulay; Daniel Gal KC; David Edwards; Jonathon Egerton-Peters; Nicholas Adam; Devika Khopkar; Kate Davies KC


‘Skadden has an excellent international arbitration team, with great experience and presence in a number of the largest disputes.’

One of the leading arbitration firms in London – its excellent reputation makes it very popular.

‘The team is a lean, effective and cost-conscious group that shows cohesion and professionalism.

Operated well at all levels, adhering to hierarchy yet being flexible, open and innovative in their interaction and brainstorming sessions. The lawyers showed respect for the inner workings of the client.’

‘A partner-led practice, with partners being fully engaged and involved in the process.’

‘David Kavanagh KC has a down-to-earth attitude that gives clients the confidence that he has good control of both strategic and tactical issues.

David Kavanagh KC and David Edwards stand out as two of the best practitioners in London. They work hard for their clients and are highly effective.

Bruce Macaulay exemplifies a partner at the very top of his game, with a huge amount of experience, and one of the best strategic minds in the business.’

Key clients

DP World

Vodafone Group

NextEra Energy Spain Holdings

Enka Renewables

Agility Public Warehousing Company

CC/Devas (Mauritius)

Devas Employees Mauritius Private

Telcom Devas Mauritius

IndiGo Airlines

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Anadarko Petroleum

Chatterjee Group

Emaar Properties

Work highlights

  • Achieved a significant victory for Rakesh Gangwal (former CEO of US Airways) in a high-profile arbitration involving the shareholders of India’s largest airline, Indigo Airlines.
  • Successfully led a consumer goods distribution company to victory in a complex LCIA arbitration.
  • Successfully represented the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund in €100m LCIA arbitration proceedings, brought by investors in the privatised Greek lottery.

Three Crowns LLP

With the highest concentration of stars of any arbitration practice‘, Three Crowns LLP is a specialist international arbitration firm that routinely and successfully acts in the market’s highest-profile cases; and it represents top-level clients from a range of industries, including aerospace, energy, construction, telecoms, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Constantine Partasides KC‘s track record includes obtaining numerous mega-value awards, while Gaëtan Verhoosel KC (a silk since March 2022) consistently leads on major commercial and treaty arbitrations across all continents. The second line of key practitioners features Middle Eastern disputes specialist Reza Mohtashami KCCarmen Martinez Lopez, a Latin American and Iberian dispute resolution specialist; and Asia-related disputes expert Manish AggarwalLeilah Bruton is a partner as of January 2022, while counsel Hamid Abdulkareem (a partner at Nigerian firm Aluko & Oyebode until 2021), along with senior associates Maanas Jain, Richard Trinick, Farouk El-Hosseny and Oliver Spackman, all maintain active international arbitration practices.

Practice head(s):

Constantine Partasides KC; Gaëtan Verhoosel KC

Other key lawyers:

Reza Mohtashami KC; Carmen Martinez Lopez; Manish Aggarwal; Leilah Bruton; Hamid Abdulkareem; Maanas Jain; Richard Trinick; Farouk El-Hosseny; Oliver Spackman, Ridhi Kabra


‘The 3C lawyers are obviously market-leading – with a particular strength as oral advocates. The team’s in-depth and broad experience in arbitration in various markets makes Three Crowns unique.’

‘Constantine Partasides KC, Gaëtan Verhoosel KC and Reza Mohtashami KC are all leading arbitration practitioners.’

‘Constantine Partasides KC has excellent strategic and oratory skills, and is persuasive in an understated but effective manner.’

Key clients

American Express





Crescent Petroleum









Siemens Gamesa



Work highlights

  • Obtained a victory on behalf of Crescent Petroleum in the first of two cases against National Iranian Oil Company.
  • Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) and its members in an application to set aside a large-value ICC award in favour of the Panama Canal authority.
  • Obtained an overwhelming victory (on behalf of Dana Gas Egypt) in an LCIA arbitration filed just three months previously.

White & Case LLP

One of the best law firms around for international arbitration’, White & Case LLP‘s experience includes high volumes of heavyweight investor-state arbitrations, as well as mega infrastructure project-related disputes. The UK international arbitration practice is co-led by Aloke Ray KC, whose ‘advocacy takes on a whole new level’; and engineering and construction industry expert Phillip Capper. Within the department, David Goldberg co-heads the London investment arbitration practice, alongside Andrea Menaker; Edward Attenborough‘s experience includes energy, financial services and defence-related disputes; Paul Brumpton acts for both sovereign and corporate clients; Clare Connellan is regularly involved in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and CRCICA rules; and Dipen Sabharwal KC is one of the youngest solicitor advocates to take silk. Other experienced partners include Robert WhealJulia Zagonek and Stephanie Stocker, while Tessa Crosby and Emiko Singh are experienced senior associates. Mark Clarke has now left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Philip Capper; Aloke Ray KC

Other key lawyers:

Edward Attenborough; Paul Brumpton; Clare Connellan; David Goldberg; Andrea Menaker; Dipen Sabharwal KC; Robert Wheal; Julia Zagonek; Stephanie Stocker; Tessa Crosby; Emiko Singh; Adam Tahsin; Agnieszka Zarówna


‘One of the best law firms around for international arbitration.’

‘The W&C team, co-led by Aloke Ray KC, has extensive experience and top-notch capability in managing international arbitration. Aloke fully understands  cases and grasps the whole picture.

David Goldberg is not only extremely well connected in the CIS legal world, but is also extremely able and has good judgement – a strong advocate with a wealth of experience.’

‘The team led by Andrea Menekar, with her past experience in the US State Department, understands the requirements of a state and how to work with states.’

‘Andrea Menekar’s past experience, eye for detail, and her comprehensive suggestions/opinions make it easy to plan and strategise – a highly regarded professional with a very impressive record in investor-state arbitration.’

‘Ed Attenborough is an exceptional lawyer – excellent on paper and an equally good advocate.’

Robert Wheal is a very experienced litigator and has superb judgement.

Senior associate Tessa Crosby demonstrates an extraordinary ability to listen when dealing with complex issues, and provides feedback with very deep analyses and accurate syntheses.

Key clients



Jan De Nul

Grupo Unidos por el Canal (Panama Canal)

Republic of Mozambique

Government of Nigeria


MOL Hungarian Oil & Gas

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

The Republic of India

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

The Republic of Peru

JSC Tashkent Mechanical Plant

JSC National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan

JSCB Asaka

JSCB Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank

TECO Guatemala Holdings

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

Kornikom EOOD

Worley Parsons International

Work highlights

  • Representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in a rare ICSID post-award remedy, seeking to revise the largest damages award ever issued by an ICSID tribunal.
  • Representing MOL in a complex joint venture dispute, which relates to oil and gas assets in the Middle East.
  • Defended India across multiple jurisdictions against Cairn Energy and Cairn UK Holdings’ attempt to enforce a $1.4bn arbitral award obtained from the Permanent Court of Arbitration.


With an enviable track record of success in complex, high-stakes disputes, WilmerHale‘s large London group, which is devoted exclusively to international arbitration and handles all its own advocacy, has ‘exceptional experience and knowledge in international investment disputes'. The international arbitration practice department is chaired by ‘brilliant advocateGary Born, an international commercial arbitration and litigation specialist, whose track record includes acting as counsel in four of the largest ICC arbitrations, as well as several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history. The practice also showcases Steven Finizio, who is highly focused on investment treaty and public international law issues; global vice-chair of the  international arbitration practice Franz Schwarz; and energy, construction, telecoms, insurance, joint venture and M&A disputes expert Charlie Caher, who is ‘recommended for anyone looking for an arbitration specialist‘.

Practice head(s):

Gary Born

Other key lawyers:

Steven Finizio; Franz Schwarz; Charlie Caher


‘The best expertise and on-hand experience in the area of international (investment) arbitration on the market, having strongly focused on this area of practice for many years.’

‘Honest, detail oriented, strategic, fair, and well informed and connected.

Exceptional experience and knowledge in international investment disputes, where there are not so many law firms. Team spirit is kept high, and during the hearing there are always strategic team meetings to achieve the best output for the client.

‘Given the size of matters the lawyers handle, there is definitely value for the money they charge. Furthermore they have always been extremely flexible with their billing policies.

‘Steven Finizio and Gary Born are stars of the firm, who are widely known all over the world and there is no need to introduce them – great experts, excellent communicators and extremely client friendly.

‘Gary Born – the tools and trappings of law practice may evolve but the basic ingredient of excellent lawyering does not. Gary is a brilliant advocate.’

Gary Born and Charlie Caher are simply fantastic, from their ability to understand a complex case quickly and provide guidance on likely outcomes, to going through the arbitration process.

‘Charlie Caher is fantastic – recommended for anyone looking for an arbitration specialist.’

Allen & Overy LLP

A match for all comers‘, Allen & Overy LLP‘s London practice handles both commercial and investor-state arbitrations, while clients additionally benefit from the firm’s ability to leverage expertise throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, South Africa and the US. International arbitration group head Mark Levy KC is a commercial arbitration specialist, who is highly rated for his extensive gas price arbitration expertise; and James Freeman is ‘versatile, smart and pragmatic‘. At counsel level, Naomi Briercliffe is ‘very smart and knowledgeable‘; Guled Yusuf practises commercial and investor state-arbitration and public international law; and Sunil Mawkin acts for corporate and banking clients in arbitration proceedings. During 2022, international arbitration partner David Herlihy was hired from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, which subsequently recruited the firm’s own partner Kate Davies KC; and former global co-head of the business and human rights group, Suzanne Spears left in 2022 to set up specialist business and human rights boutique Paxus LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Levy KC

Other key lawyers:

James Freeman; Naomi Briercliffe; Guled Yusuf; Sunil Mawkin; David Herlihy


The team is very strong on arbitration procedure, as well as the law and facts – a match for all comers. Many firms wish to convey a depth of arbitration experience they cannot justify.

‘Mark Levy KC leads a team that has a strength and depth that most competitors can only dream of.’

Mark Levy KC is a stylish and relaxed leader.’

Key clients

BG (Part of Royal Dutch Shell Group)

Reliance Industries


International Swaps & Derivatives Association

Kempinski Hotels

International Finance Corporation


Manchester United

Waterland Private Equity Group

Republic of Peru

Activos Mineros

Work highlights

  • Representing BG and Reliance Industries in arbitrations against the Government of India, regarding two Indian law- governed production sharing contracts.
  • Acting for the Republic of Peru in separate investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, being heard in parallel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Clifford Chance LLP

With clients ranging from high-profile financial institutions, to major energy and construction companies as well as states, Clifford Chance LLP‘s London practice has a strong track record in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Global co-head of international arbitration Audley Sheppard KC, specialises in major disputes involving infrastructure and energy projects, and international trade and investment; Rob Lambert‘s recent work includes acting for energy and infrastructure companies in multi-jurisdictional disputes; Alex Panayides leads on the firm’s Africa strategy; Marie Berard has longstanding international commercial arbitration experience; and Jessica Gladstone focuses on public international law disputes. At senior associate level Christina Schuetz is an investment treaty arbitration specialist; Eraldo d’Atri has energy and financial sector expertise; Anna Kirkpatrick‘s experience includes multiple arbitrations; and Sam Brown acts in arbitrations across several jurisdictional seats. An expert in complex breach of contract claims, Sachin Trikha was recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Audley Sheppard KC

Key clients

Aabar Investments PJS

Manchester City Football Club


Invenergy Renewable (US)

Kingsgate Consolidated

Tantalum International

Cortec Mining Kenya

Churchill Mining

Planet Mining Pty

Odebrecht Latinvest

Invenergy Renewable (US)

Work highlights

  • Representing POSCO E&C in a $2bn-plus ICC arbitration, arising in connection with the development and construction of a new smart city near Incheon, Seoul.
  • Representing Manchester City Football Club in arbitration proceedings against the Premier League (PL), arising from a PL investigation into compliance with its rules.
  • Representing Odebrecht in an ICSID arbitration against the republic of Peru, in relation to the termination of a concession contract to build and operate a pipeline for the transportation of natural gas.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s London office has a strong market reputation for investor-state work (acting for both investors and governments), in addition to its commercial arbitration credentials; and the practice is particularly well known for operating in emerging markets such as Gambia, Mexico, Tanzania, Yemen and Zambia. Global arbitration chair Ben Knowles has particular experience in the energy, oil and gas, aviation, telecoms, and trade and commodities sectors; Maurice Kenton acts under all the major institutional rules; Lee Bacon is ‘very calm and measured‘; and David Hesse focuses on Africa. Also integral to the group are Milena Szuniewicz-Wenzel, who ‘has an encyclopaedic knowledge of cases’ facts‘; energy disputes experts Richard Power and David Leckie; commercial, investment, energy and construction arbitration specialist Loukas Mistelis; experienced of counsel Simon Schooling; and legal directors Ian Hopkinson, Pavani Reddy, Felipe Sperandio and Tom Roberts. Former partner Alejandro Garcia joined Stewarts Law LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ben Knowles

Other key lawyers:

Maurice Kenton; Lee Bacon; David Hesse; Milena Szuniewicz-Wenzel; Richard Power; David Leckie; Loukas Mistelis; Simon Schooling; Ian Hopkinson; Pavani Reddy; Felipe Sperandio; Tom Roberts; Edward Hamilton; Catherine Wang; Olivia Fox


‘This first-class team has a complete mastery of the detail of cases, manages clients incredibly well, and is excellent at presenting cases to arbitrators (both orally and in writing).’

‘Tremendous strength in depth in its international arbitration team, which gives it the ability to resource even the most complex and intense cases.’

‘Richard Power and Ben Knowles are terrific.’

Key clients

Liberty House


Shanara Maritime International

The Government of the Republic of Yemen


Work highlights

  • Representing Liberty House in an ICC arbitration against Rio Tinto, which relates to the sale of the Dunkerque aluminium plant on France’s northern coast.
  • Acting on behalf of Chubb in arbitration and English court proceedings.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Housing a ‘good mix of legal minds‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s international arbitration department conducts all its own arbitration and arbitration-related High Court advocacy. Operating at the top end of the international arbitration market, former UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith KC is consistently mandated to handle the most complex commercial and investment disputes; ‘outstanding lawyer‘ and Africa practice group head Patrick Taylor, who divides his time between London and Paris, represents both corporate and sovereign clients in international arbitration disputes throughout the world; London and Hong Kong-based Tony Dymond co-chairs the Asia arbitration practice; and commercial and investor-state arbitration and public international law specialist Samantha Rowe, also works across the London and Paris offices. At international counsel level, Gavin Chesney, Robert HooseAimee-Jane Lee and Conway Blake, all maintain active international arbitration practices, while Laith Najjar, Shreya ArenMaxim Osadchiy and Merryl Lawry-White are experienced associates.

Practice head(s):

Lord Peter Goldsmith KC

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Taylor; Tony Dymond; Samantha Rowe; Gavin Chesney; Robert Hoose; Aimee-Jane Lee; Conway Blake; Laith Najjar; Shreya Aren; Maxim Osadchiy; Merryl Lawry-White


‘The Debevoise team has shown remarkable reactivity skills when needed – very pragmatic and solution-oriented advice and analyses.

‘Demonstrated the capacity to mobilise a wide network of experts – great client-oriented relationship, very easy to work with, and the firm creates a teamwork atmosphere between the client and lawyers.’

‘Good mix of legal minds, understanding of construction issues, co-ordination with experts on issues, presentation during hearings, and use of technology in document production.’

‘Excellent lawyers.’

‘Patrick Taylor is very impressive. He is very focused and sharp, and highly knowledgeable of the facts of a case – assets that any client would want to see in a lawyer.’

‘Patrick Taylor is an outstanding lawyer with a very clear mind and strategic skills in all kinds of situations.’

‘Tony Dymond is great for providing different perspectives of a case.

‘International counsel Robert Hoose – solid detailing of the issues and excellent at conducting witness interviews.’

Key clients

Tethyan Copper Company Pty

CH2M Hill


Bechtel Group

The Nova Group Investments

Shell Petroleum NV

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria

Qatar Airways

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tethyan Copper Company Pty in proceedings that involve an arbitration claim under sections 67 and 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Representing The Nova Group Investments in an ICSID claim against the Romanian Government, which concerns the purported expropriation of its Romanian assets and breaches of BIT protections.
  • Representing SPNV and SPDC (as claimants) against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in an ICSID case, which concerns breaches of BIT protections.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Leading cases in ‘a dynamic, efficient and impactful way‘, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is best known for high-stakes, politically-sensitive disputes, as well as for its enviable strength in emerging market jurisdictions in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Clients also benefit from the group’s diverse sector expertise, which covers oil and gas, mining, telecoms, financial services and private equity, as well as defence, satellite communications, construction, infrastructure, pharma, healthcare, entertainment and retail. Elevated to silk status in 2022, investor-state and commercial arbitration specialist Sylvia Noury KC heads the international arbitration practice in London; Will Thomas KC has particular expertise in the energy, telecoms and projects sectors; and Oliver Marsden, whose emerging market focus is Africa and Asia, is ‘a brilliant adviser for arbitrations‘. Recent departures at partner level include Nigel Rawding KC becoming a full-time arbitrator, while Jane Jenkins has now retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):

Sylvia Noury

Other key lawyers:

Will Thomas KC; Oliver Marsden


Freshfields can draw upon a broad team of experienced professionals with hands-on experience in a wide variety of substantive legal areas that could become the subject of international arbitration.

The Freshfields international arbitration team leads cases in a dynamic, efficient and impactful way.

The firm provides a tailored approach to each dispute, with efficient representation being its hallmark – the teams are no larger than necessary and never lose sight of the client’s long-term business interests.

Key clients

Akfel Commodities


Deutsche Telekom

Anglo American

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher houses ‘a very diverse, powerful arbitration practice with great delivery capabilities‘. Comprising three silks, the group particularly stands out for its enviable advocacy credentials. With notable experience in telecoms, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure disputes, Cyrus Benson acts before both commercial and investment treaty tribunals; ‘exceptional advocatePenny Madden KC has a broad international arbitration practice; and Jeffrey Sullivan KC‘s track record includes successfully acting in arbitrations under all the key arbitral rules. Also integral to the practice are former UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer KC and Osma Hudda, who acts in insurance and reinsurance claims, financial services disputes, and claims arising out of oil industry-related divestments and delivery contracts. The second line of key practitioners includes Doug Watson, who regularly assists with high-profile and high-value arbitrations. Sarah Wazen has now left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Penny Madden KC; Cyrus Benson

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Sullivan KC; Lord Falconer KC; Osma Hudda; Doug Watson; Ceyda Knoebel


This is the most successful arbitration team in London – its win-loss ratio is second to none.

‘A very diverse, powerful arbitration practice with great delivery capabilities.’

‘The team includes Penny Madden, who is a great person to work with as co-counsel. Very respectful and supportive. An  exceptional advocate.’

Key clients

Yukos Capital

Corral Morocco Holdings

Bechtel Corporation

Agility Public Warehousing

VEON (formerly, Vimpelcom)


MGM Resorts

Anglo American


AES Corporation

Centerbridge Partners Europe



Crescent Petroleum

Dana Gas

Infrastructure Services Luxembourg

Energia Termosolar

Eiser Infrastructure

Energía Solar Luxembourg


RREEF Infrastructure

Hydro Energy 1

Hydroxana Sweden


Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s international arbitration practice comprises ‘highly competent, heavyweight litigators‘, whose key sector areas include energy and natural resources, financial services, TMT and life sciences. Clients further benefit from the firm’s extensive global footprint, as well as its credentials in Africa, Asia, Middle East and CIS-related arbitrations. London international arbitration head Kieron O’Callaghan has vast expertise in arbitrations involving natural resources; Michael Davison‘s track record includes cases under the rules of all the major arbitration centres; Nathan Searle co-ordinates the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Africa; and Ben Hornan‘s practice focuses on oil and gas, mining, and financial services disputes. At counsel level, Annabel Maltby works with clients from a range of industries, including life sciences, healthcare and financial services, while associate Ademola Bamgbose is admitted to practise in both Nigeria and England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Kieron O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Michael Davison; Nathan Searle; Ben Hornan; Annabel Maltby; Ademola Bamgbose


‘Detailed knowledge of arbitration procedures, comprehensive global coverage, and exceptional insight into specific industry areas and requirements.’

‘Highly competent, heavyweight litigators.’

‘An experienced, efficient and thorough team.’

‘They stand out for regional knowledge. subject matter expertise, and in skill. Their worldwide presence is an asset to their clients.’

‘Kieron O’Callaghan is a seasoned arbitration partner. He covers the full range of arbitration subject matter and is a master of detail and strategy.

‘Ben Hornan always takes a hands-on approach, leading his team from the front.’

‘Ben Hornan – client friendly, commercial and knows his stuff’

‘Ben Hornan shows an incredible ability for absorbing complex background material, and producing compelling legal submissions from that background in a very short time frame.’

Key clients

Bank of Ghana

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Bank of Ghana in the dismissal of a $478m LCIA arbitration claim by Sibton Switch Systems, which related to a large technology project.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 company in an ICC arbitration regarding the failure of a large-value M&A transaction.
  • Representing a global pharmaceutical company in a complex and high-value ICC arbitration regarding drug development.

King & Spalding LLP

The track record for ‘leading international arbitration firmKing & Spalding LLP includes hundreds of arbitrations, administered by all the major international arbitration institutions (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC and SCC), as well as more specialised institutional arbitration forums, such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport and ad hoc arbitrations. The London team comprises no less than four silks, namely: Thomas Sprange KC, who works with clients from the energy, mining, projects, construction, telecoms, technology and financial services sectors (among others); John Savage KC, who is ‘among the best globally of his generation of arbitration practitioners‘; public international law expert Ben Emmerson KC; and Ruth Byrne KC, a 2022-appointed silk. The department also features international arbitration and trade expert Sajid AhmedEgishe Dzhazoyan, who has an ‘exceptional strategic approach‘; and energy, natural resources and financial services disputes specialist Giorgio Mandelli. Simon Maynard is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sprange KC; John Savage KC

Other key lawyers:

Ben Emmerson KC; Ruth Byrne KC; Sajid Ahmed; Egishe Dzhazoyan; Giorgio Mandelli; Sarah Walker; Shareena Edmonds; Vincent Rowan; Andrea Stauber; Simon Maynard


King and Spalding is a leading international arbitration firm. Its industry expertise and tactical acumen are second to none. It also maintains one of the best enforcement practices.

‘Thomas Sprange KC is sharp as a tack in his understanding of the key issues, and articulate and succinct in expressing them – very impressive.

Thomas Sprange KC is a good strategic thinker, and leads a very busy practice which straddles both High Court litigation and international arbitration matters.

‘Thomas Sprange KC – impressive at hearing and examining experts/witness. He is really able to command authority, even in front of the most seasoned and authoritative experts.

Ruth Byrne is someone clients want to have in control of a case.

‘Ruth Byrne grasps the important stuff, and has a great collaborative work style – infinitely patient.’

‘John Savage KC is a master strategist, a terrific advocate, and truly among the best globally of his generation of arbitration practitioners.

‘Egishe Dzhazoyan is very professional and hands on – exceptional strategic approach.’

Key clients

Adriatic Properties

Baker Hughes


Diamond Offshore Drilling

Diamond Offshore


GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Gerald Mining

Government of Turkey

GE Power

InterGlobe Enterprises Private


OMV Upstream International

Naturgy Energy Group



Pakistan LNG

Reliance Industries

SL Mining

Shell Philippines Exploration

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Rockhopper Group

The Mongolian Government

Taleveras Petroleum Trading DMCC

The Stati family, Ascom Group

Terra Raf Trans Trading

The Dow Chemical Company

Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty


Cairn Energy Hydrocarbons

Valeri Mejlumyan

Western Union


Work highlights

  • Secured a complete victory for Turkey when the tribunal unanimously declined jurisdiction over a media sector investment-related claim, and ordered Cascade to bear all the costs of the arbitration and half of Turkey’s legal fees and expenses.
  • Acting for Reliance in a New Delhi-seated arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, which relates to a production- sharing contract with the Indian Government.
  • Representing Obrascón Huarte Lain in a major ICSID construction arbitration against Kuwait under the Spain/Kuwait and Italy/ Kuwait BITs.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins‘ global international arbitration practice routinely acts in some of the market’s highest value and most business-critical disputes. The group is active across the range of commercial and investment treaty arbitration, and is particularly well known for its oil and gas industry expertise. The department is jointly led at silk level by Philip Clifford KC, who represents private and public corporations, shareholders, government-owned entities and states in large-value disputes; and Sophie Lamb KC, who acts throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the US in arbitrations (under all the principal arbitration rules). The second line of highly rated practitioners comprises Charles Claypoole, ‘the standout investment treaty arbitration lawyer in the London market‘; advocacy specialist Oliver Browne; and London and Hamburg-based Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, who regularly acts in major international arbitrations. Robert Price was promoted to partner in January 2022, while Samuel Pape is a ‘star‘ associate.

Practice head(s):

Philip Clifford KC; Sophie Lamb KC

Other key lawyers:

Charles Claypoole; Oliver Browne; Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert; Robert Price; Samuel Pape: Charles Rae; Stephanie Forrest


‘The standout market leader for investment treaty arbitration work.’

‘The arbitration group at Latham & Watkins is a go-to team. Incredibly responsive, excellent quality of work, and all with a smile. The diversity of the team is impressive too.’

‘Sophie Lamb KC is in a league of her own.’

‘Sophie Lamb – the full package of intelligent advocacy and graceful wit – indispensable to any winning case. She also balances her professional appreciation of a case and clients’ expectations very well.

‘Charles Claypoole is the standout investment treaty arbitration lawyer in the London market.’

‘Oliver Browne and Philip Clifford KC are heavyweight partners. They are both very bright, user friendly, down to earth, and really care about their clients. They are both outstanding advocates.’

An up-and-coming partner is Robert Price – an extremely capable and personable individual.

‘Associate Samuel Pape is a star – a pleasure to work with, cool under pressure, and with perfect command of all aspects of a case.

Key clients




Mason Capital

The Republic of Colombia

The Republic of Croatia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Work highlights

  • Represented Strabag in securing a €100m arbitral award in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Libya (brought under the Libya – Austria BIT).
  • Representing Ukraine in an arbitration, brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing Ipek Investments in an ICSID arbitration under the UK-Turkey bilateral investment treaty, in relation to the seizure of 18 companies of the Koza Group by the Erdogan regime in Turkey.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has strong credentials in mega-value investment treaty, commercial and construction arbitrations, with clients additionally benefiting from the practice’s sector expertise in oil and gas, mining, energy, telecoms and infrastructure. The track record of global international arbitration practice chair Stephen Jagusch KC, includes dozens of ad hoc and institutional international arbitrations; Anthony Sinclair focuses on oil and gas, energy, mining, telecoms, infrastructure and utilities-related matters; and Epaminontas Triantafilou represents private corporations and sovereign governments. Also highly-rated are energy litigation chair Ted Greeno; construction disputes expert James Bremen; Alex Gerbi, who acts in fact-heavy, cross-border commercial disputes; and Julianne Hughes-Jennett, whose practice also covers complex arbitrations. The next line of key partners comprises Mark Grasso, Gregory PantlinElizabeth Wilson and Adam McWilliams, while Peter Hillerstrom and Christopher Humby are experienced of counsels.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Jagusch KC; Anthony Sinclair; Epaminontas Triantafilou

Other key lawyers:

Ted Greeno; Nick Marsh; James Bremen; Alex Gerbi; Julianne Hughes-Jennett; Mark Grasso; Gregory Pantlin, Elizabeth Wilson; Adam McWilliams; Peter Hillerstrom; Christopher Humby; Dominic Roughton; Odysseas G Repousis


‘Dominic Roughton and Julianne Hughes-Jennett are both very commercial and sharp.’

Key clients


DP World-Djibouti

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development


Ashurst‘s ‘tremendous international arbitration team‘ is particularly well regarded for energy disputes, but its recent experience further includes matters involving construction, mining,  infrastructure, financial services, joint ventures, warranty claims, and manufacturing and consumer goods. Global international arbitration head Matthew Saunders focuses on oil, gas and renewables disputes; Emma Johnson specialises in energy sector matters; Dyfan Owen acts in Middle East-related disputes; Myfanwy Wood is ‘a standout‘; and Tom Cummins‘ experience encompasses governing laws, institutional rules and arbitral seats. Counsel Thomas Karalis, along with senior associates Amy Cable, Harsh Hari Haran and Lucy McKenzie, all maintain active international arbitration practices.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Dyfan Owen; Myfanwy Wood; Tom Cummins; Thomas Karalis; Amy Cable; Harsh Hari Haran; Lucy McKenzie


‘Ashurst has a tremendous international arbitration team, with real expertise in energy, oil and gas, construction and mining.’

‘Utter professionalism and commitment – an absolute pleasure to work with a firm that is dedicated and delivers to all agreed deadlines.

‘Matthew Saunders excels at case strategy and is exceptional at cross-examination.

Baker McKenzie

Providing sound advice at every step of a case‘, Baker McKenzie‘s global international arbitration practice stands out for its ability to leverage the firm’s sizeable international network. It also houses specialists in arbitrations involving finance, M&A, construction, and energy, mining and infrastructure. Andy Moody focuses on both commercial and investor-state arbitration; Ed Poulton is global international arbitration chair; and Steve Abraham‘s arbitration practice frequently involves projects in Africa, the Middle East and CIS countries. Kate Corby and Judith Mulhollandfocus on what is to be done‘; and Katia Finkel, Richard Molesworth and Anjuli Patel are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Steve Abraham; Ed Poulton; Andy Moody

Other key lawyers:

Kate Corby; Judith Mulholland; Katia Finkel; Richard Molesworth; Anjuli Patel; Dogan Gultutan


‘Wide arbitration experience from a team that is familiar with different jurisdictions, providing sound advice at every step of a case – very quick at bringing technology to service cases.

‘The team is well selected and works efficiently to deliver on time.’

‘Andy Moody and senior associate Richard Molesworth are excellent – thoroughly invested on behalf of their client. They are accessible and on hand with immediate availability, and they thoroughly understand their clients’ interests and the position affecting them.’

Key clients

Anaklia Development Consortium

State of Kuwait

Work highlights

  • Acting for Anaklia Development Consortium in a large-value investor-state arbitration, which relates to the Anaklia port, a large infrastructure project on the Black Sea.
  • Acting for Bob Meijer in his ICSID claim against Georgia under the Netherlands – Georgia bilateral investment treaty.
  • Defending the State of Kuwait against ICSID proceedings brought by a prominent Egyptian family, in relation to the development of a heritage site in Kuwait City centre.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

With ‘great strength and depth‘, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s recent track record includes major matters in the energy, natural resources, construction, engineering, financial services, insurance, reinsurance and technology sectors. Co-head of the global arbitration group, George Burn is experienced in appearing for investors bringing claims under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties; Roman Khodykin is ‘a first-rate lawyer‘; and Claire Morel de Westgaver practises international commercial arbitration as counsel, advocate and arbitrator. The group additionally features senior associate Nadia Hubbuck, who regularly acts in international commercial arbitrations administered under the major international arbitral rules.

Practice head(s):

George Burn

Other key lawyers:

Roman Khodykin; Claire Morel de Westgaver; Nadia Hubbuck


‘Great strength and depth.

‘A very professional team that is very dedicated to the work and very pleasant to work with. Allocates responsibilities among the team in an efficient and seamless way.’

‘Extremely effective advocacy, courteous but firm correspondence, and a collaborative attitude generally. Full marks.’

‘George Burn is head and shoulders above most other practitioners in London. Calm, focused, measured and effective. Cool head in the hottest temperatures and a very able opponent indeed.’

‘George Burns leads the team very professionally. George is very knowledgeable on the law, practice, and the facts of the matter; and he has built a team of associates who work well together to support the overall management of the case.’

George Burn stands out as a global leader in international arbitration.

George Burn has a clear and concise approach, and is not afraid to look outside the box when required. George is very client friendly and provides incredible value for the money spent – always a first call in this field.

‘Roman Khodykin is a first rate lawyer.’


Well known for its global network, CMS‘ practice is sought out for complex and high-value arbitrations across the energy, infrastructure, construction, TMT, insurance and life sciences sectors. The international arbitration group is co-led by Richard Bamforth, who specialises in international commercial arbitration (both as counsel and as arbitrator); and Sarah Vasani, the investor-state disputes practice head at Addleshaw Goddard until 2021. Also highly regarded are cross-border disputes expert Guy Pendell; energy disputes specialist Phillip Ashley; co-head of the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes group Adrian Bell; and finance and fintech disputes expert Kushal Gandhi, who is an experienced international arbitration practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Vasani; Richard Bamforth

Other key lawyers:

Guy Pendell; Phillip Ashley; Adrian Bell; Jonathan Warne; Sarah Grenfell; Jeremy Mash; Luke Pardey; Kushal Gandhi; Emma Schaafsma; Louise Boswell; Jay Randhawa; Jessica Foley; Robin Wood; Stephanie Woods


‘Very personal and strong attention to detail, time lines and overall strategy on how to deal with a case.’

‘The team at CMS seamlessly managed the collaboration between parties in different jurisdictions, gave incisive legal advice, and managed the client’s cost expectations.’

CMS is very good at cost management!


With ‘strength in depth when it comes to international arbitration‘, Dentons‘ London practice has considerable energy and construction disputes expertise. It is also active in post-M&A and shareholder disputes, as well as major investment treaty claims. Leading the international arbitration practice in the UK,  Liz Tout is particularly expert in large energy-related commercial arbitrations; Dan Bodle has ‘a first-rate legal brain‘; James Langley regularly acts in disputes involving parties from the Middle East or Africa; and Dominic Pellew is a CIS-related arbitration specialist. Counsel Matthew Vinall is ‘hugely experienced‘, while Catherine Gilfedder is ‘among the London market’s strongest senior associates‘.

Practice head(s):

Liz Tout

Other key lawyers:

Dan Bodle; James Langley; Matthew Vinall; Catherine Gilfedder; Dominic Pellew; Sophie Palmer


‘Hugely knowledgeable, practical and effective. Dentons has strength in depth when it comes to international arbitration cases, and is very user friendly, with approachable and engaged partners leading from the front in disputes.’

‘Liz Tout – decades of industry knowledge coupled with a nose for the points that will turn the case.’

‘Liz Tout is a great practice leader and very good with clients – committed to their cause.

Dan Bodle is a partner with a first-rate legal brain – very good with clients and user friendly.

‘James Langley – a sharp legal mind and superbly well organised.’

James Langley is an outstanding partner – very user friendly, very good with clients, commercial, adopts a holistic approach involving all stakeholders, and happy to roll up his sleeves.

‘Counsel Matthew Vinall is hugely experienced, very clever and with an unfussy way of expressing himself.’

‘Catherine Gilfedder is among the London market’s strongest senior associates.’

Key clients

HM Government

Newcastle United Football Club




Perenco Energies International


Sony Corporation

Avis Budget Group

Government of India

National Bank of Canada

Crossbridge Energy

West Indian Ocean Cable Company

Gulf Energy

CJSC Patriot

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation


Network Rail Infrastructure

Nigeria LNG


Work highlights

  • Acting for Newcastle United Football Club (NUFC) in high-profile arbitration proceedings brought against The Football Association Premier League (the EPL), in relation to the well-publicised decision of the EPL concerning the acquisition of NUFC by a consortium.
  • Acting for the Government of India in a challenge/appeal to an arbitral award, arising out of a high-profile UNCITRAL arbitration against Reliance Industries and BG Group that concerns an upstream oil and gas project in India.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s ‘strong‘ group handles multi-specialist, multi-jurisdiction, large-scale international commercial arbitrations that frequently arise in emerging markets. London and Madrid-based of counsel Ben Sanderson is global practice manager of the international arbitration group; Europe international arbitration head Philip Chong is an energy and infrastructure project disputes expert; Jeremy Andrews specialises in complex international arbitration; senior counsel Kate Cervantes-Knox acts in both international commercial and investor-state arbitrations; James Carter has Africa-related expertise; and Christina Lawrence acts in energy, infrastructure and mining disputes. Legal director Jue Jun Lu and senior associates Serena CookeMaria Scott and Chloe Mears, are also active team members.

Practice head(s):

Philip Chong

Other key lawyers:

Ben Sanderson; Kate Cervantes-Knox; James Carter; Jeremy Andrews; Christina Lawrence; Jeremy Sher; Jue Jun Lu; Maria Scott; Serena Cooke; Chloe Mears


‘DLA’s international arbitration team comprises a perfect combination of gifted and experienced litigators.

‘DLA Piper’s strong London-based arbitration practice can draw on resources in numerous other jurisdictions in support of multi-jurisdictional arbitration proceedings.’

Exceptionally well led by Philip Chong – the overall package is an extremely effective and cohesive team that excels in big-ticket international arbitral disputes.’

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s arbitration team is experienced in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, as well as the enforcement and challenges of arbitral awards. Global international arbitration group co-head Jonathan Leach, is an international commercial and investor-state arbitration specialist; Claire Stockfordputs in the hours to get the job done‘; and Sheena Buddhdev is a 2021 recruit from Akin. Also key to the team are principal associate and ‘up-and-coming starCameron Forsaith, counsel Ahmed Abdel-Hakam, and senior associates Kate Lomas, Margrit Trein and Michael Armstrong. Greg Falkof left the practice for Mishcon de Reya LLP in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Leach

Other key lawyers:

Claire Stockford; Cameron Forsaith; Ahmed Abdel-Hakam; Kate Lomas; Margrit Trein; Michael Armstrong; Mark Howarth; Luisa Zukowski


‘Eversheds has built up a solid international arbitration practice and has, over a short period of time, become a leading set in this area. The firm is very well resourced and can handle the biggest and most complex cases; and its lawyers are always responsive.’

‘Claire Stockford puts in the hours to get the job done and leaves no stone unturned.

‘Jonathan Leach is a great leader of the practice in London.

‘Jonathan Leach and principal associate Cameron Forsaith have substantive knowledge of arbitration, in particular state-investor arbitration. Both are receptive, responsive, knowledgeable. sensible, and produce strong insights.’

Cameron Forsaith is an up-and-coming star with a great ability to pick up issues quickly.’

Key clients

Government of Malaysia


National Iranian Oil Company

State of Libya

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s ‘highly experienced‘ London international arbitration team routinely acts for major clients in arbitrations involving governments and jurisdictions across the globe. ‘Highly skilled‘ commercial and investor-state arbitration specialist Rajinder Bassi leads the London arbitration practice; and Jon Newman conducts institutional arbitrations around the world, and is increasingly taking lead roles on matters previously led by former partner and London practice head Christopher Colbridge, who retired from the firm in February 2022. Also integral to the team, international investment disputes expert Philipp Kurek, ‘a superb tactician and fantastic lawyer‘, acts in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Rajinder Bassi

Other key lawyers:

Jon Newman; Philipp Kurek


‘A highly experienced arbitration team across a range of arbitral bodies. Highly capable lawyers, who are flexible and dynamic, and can cope with the most complex of disputes; and while technically very able, they are also excellent at taking an approach that is rooted in sound commercial judgement, and which is most likely to get a satisfactory resolution of the case (or to be attractive to the arbitral tribunal).’

Strength in depth with high-calibre individuals at all levels of seniority.’

‘Rajinder Bassi is highly skilled at running a team, and a calm and reassuring presence.’

‘Rajinder Bassi stands out. A very able lawyer who is highly experienced. She steers the case calmly, and with great skill and excellent judgement even in the most tense and difficult of contentious situations.’

‘Lead partner Rajinder Bassi marks this practice. She has the ear of her clients, as a person whose advice in difficult commercial situations they can trust and rely upon.’

‘Philipp Kurek provides excellent ideas while developing matters in his charge.’

‘Philipp Kurek is truly excellent. He handles cases with ease and is a joy to work with.’

‘Philipp Kurek and Rajinder Bassi are both very strong in this area. Philipp, in particular, is a superb tactician and fantastic lawyer overall. He has masterly command of the subject and unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of his cases and of international arbitration.’

Key clients

Agility Group

Ping An Insurance Company of China

Dow Chemical

EN+ Group

General Motors

Samsung Electronics Company

Work highlights

  • Representing a global logistics company in an investor-state arbitration against a South American state, in relation to economic measures targeting the investor’s customs infrastructure investment.
  • Representing a global construction equipment company in connection with political risk insurance claims, arising out of defaults on loans caused by political instability.
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company in complex damages claims, arising out of breaches of a distribution agreement.

Linklaters LLP

With deep knowledge of arbitration‘, Linklaters LLP has substantial experience in acting for corporations and states in high-stakes investment and commercial arbitrations. The team also assists with related court proceedings in support of arbitration. Global international arbitration practice chair Matthew Weiniger KC is an investment arbitration specialist; and Ben Carroll is energy disputes head. Further support is provided by energy, infrastructure and construction expert Teresa Laboucarie-Polak; and Tom Lidstrom is experienced in all major arbitral institutional rules. Also active in international arbitration matters are counsel Jacqueline Chaplin, and managing associates Rebecca James, Alex Fawke, William Chan and Joanne Finnegan.

Practice head(s):

Ben Carroll Partner; Matthew Weiniger KC

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Laboucarie-Polak; Tom Lidstrom; Jacqueline Chaplin; Rebecca James; Alex Fawke; William Chan; Joanne Finnegan


Deep knowledge of arbitration practice across a wide range of jurisdictions.

A powerhouse on black letter law, but with the ability to deliver via top-level advocacy. Above all, easy to work with, even in the most stressful of situations.

The team is easy to work with and knowledgeable, and is very willing to consider new or difficult arguments.

Very committed and very reasonable billing.

The team comprises very professional and renowned lawyers.

Matthew Weiniger KC is a brilliant lawyer with top-shelf advocacy skills. Thinks clearly under pressure and has an uncanny ability to predict a tribunal’s thinking.

Managing associate Rebecca James has worked tirelessly and at all hours to be responsive and to assist.

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

HSBC Alternative Investments

Work highlights

  • Represented the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (as co-counsel) in annulment proceedings, which relate to the second-largest award in ICSID’s history.
  • Representing HSBC in respect of a potential investment treaty claim against the Republic of El Salvador under the UK-El Salvador bilateral investment treaty.

Mayer Brown International LLP

With Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia-related disputes expertise, Mayer Brown International LLP‘s ‘excellent international arbitration practice‘ regularly represents clients in commercial and corporate disputes involving the energy, infrastructure and leisure sectors (among others). Raid Abu-Manneh‘s track record includes ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA arbitrations; Kwadwo Sarkodie is a Sub-Saharan African disputes expert; Mark Stefanini is London energy disputes head; and Miles Robinson is a contractual and commercial claims specialist. Other key members are Rachael O’GradyLuiz Aboim and recently promoted Stephen Moi, along with senior associates Sam PrentkiJawad AhmadSang Joon Park and Ali Auda.

Practice head(s):

Raid Abu-Manneh

Other key lawyers:

Kwadwo Sarkodie; Mark Stefanini; Miles Robinson; Rachael O’Grady; Luiz Aboim; Stephen Moi; Sam Prentki; Jawad Ahmad; Sang Joon Park; Ali Auda; Havin Jagtiani; Rhys Morgan; Line Chataud; Marcelo Richter; Thais Stella


‘Strong work capabilities, proactive, and able to deal with all kinds of issues – legal, technical and strategic.

Good drivers of the arbitration process, with high-level advice and good results from the strategy suggested. High degrees of involvement in the case.’

‘Mayer Brown’s excellent international arbitration practice has broad geographical and subject matter reach’.

‘Its lawyers are equally comfortable in the UK, EU, the Middle East, and Asia, and they have particular experience in construction disputes and investor-state arbitrations.

Mayer Brown’s rates are surprisingly reasonable for a top global firm, and it staffs matters as such that the lawyers do the work efficiently and within budget.

‘Raid Abu-Manneh’s depth of experience is belied by his personable manner and ability to communicate complex issues in a way that is digestible to non-experts.

Senior associate Jawad Ahmad is a go-getter that nurtures relationships in this field. This serves him (and his clients) well, given how important individual personalities and track records can be among arbitrators and international arbitration practitioners.

Key clients

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Petronas Petróleo Brasil

Visor Engineering

Veolia Propreté

Veolia Environment

Work highlights

  • Representing Veolia Propreté in a dispute against the Italian Republic, brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and the ICSID Convention.
  • Acting for Petronas Petróleo Brasil in an ICC arbitration against the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, in relation to a concession contract.
  • Representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan before the Washington DC courts in resisting enforcement of an ICSID award.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s core team acts for financial institutions, corporations, governments and state-owned entities from sectors such as financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, technology, life sciences and healthcare. Arbitration head Sherina Petit is highly focused on India-related matters; James Rogers acts in arbitrations seated in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East (in addition to London); Patrick Bourke is ‘a brilliant strategist‘; and Holly Stebbing focuses on disputes in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Matthew Buckle was recently made partner; and at associate level senior Joseph Bentley and India Furse are experienced team members.

Practice head(s):

Sherina Petit

Other key lawyers:

James Rogers; Patrick Bourke; Holly Stebbing; Matthew Buckle; Joseph Bentley; India Furse


‘Norton Rose Fulbright really belongs in the Magic Circle when it comes to international arbitration. It is a power house and the strength across the partner team and associates is second to none. The make-up of the partnership is very culturally diverse.’

‘Sherina Petit is a specialist in India-related English law arbitrations. She is known for working with some of the largest companies in India and is really the go-to in the London market for bet-the-bank, big-ticket arbitration. One of the biggest names in the area.

Sherina Petit is a standout partner, who shows total commitment, focus and tactical awareness.’

James Rogers is an incredibly clever lawyer.

‘James Rogers is just fantastic. His advice is thought through, yet simple and in a bite-size form. Brilliant operator!’

‘Patrick Bourke is one of the wisest and most thoughtful litigators in the London market, and a brilliant strategist for the most complex of arbitrations.’

‘Holly Stebbing has an innate understanding of arbitration tactics, especially how to present the evidence and prepare for a full hearing.’

India Furse is one of the brightest associates around. She is simply brilliant. If ever there were anyone on partner track, it is her.

Key clients





Sonangol PP

InterGlobe Aviation



Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice is widely respected for its energy and infrastructure-related arbitration expertise, but it also acts in commercial arbitrations involving project-related joint ventures, as well as the aerospace, technology, manufacturing, IP, pharmaceutical, and banking and finance sectors. Jason Hambury and Hong Kong-based Dean Lewis co-head the international arbitration practice, which features 'tactically astute partner' Katharine Davies; 'outstanding lawyerJean-François Le Gal; and Africa expert Rob WilkinsGurmukh Riyat and Charles Blamire Brown are both active in infrastructure and energy-related matters, while commercial and investment arbitration practitioner Clea Bigelow-Nuttall and 'excellent lawyer' Daniel Gardiner are both recently-raised partners.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hambury; Dean Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Davies; Jean-François Le Gal; Rob Wilkins; Gurmukh Riyat; Charles Blamire Brown; Clea Bigelow-Nuttall; Daniel Gardiner; Richard Ashmore; Michael Cottrell


‘The team is excellent. Its industry-specific focus means that its lawyers are uniquely able to deal with and understand complex cases.

‘Jean-François Le Gal is an outstanding lawyer. Extremely bright and client focused – highly impressive.’

‘Katharine Davies is a highly impressive and tactically astute partner, who has huge experience of commercial disputes.

Simmons & Simmons

Working at cross-border levels seamlessly‘, Simmons & Simmons fields specialist commercial arbitration lawyers across the firm’s insurance, TMT, financial services, energy and construction practices; and the group routinely acts for commercial entities, investors and states in investor-state arbitration proceedings that involve complex points of law. International arbitration head Stuart Dutson is ‘definitely a star in the field‘; Jayne Bentham acts in large-scale telecoms and energy-related multi-jurisdictional arbitrations; Ed Crosse assists with arbitral proceedings involving CIS parties; and UK dispute resolution leader Emily Monastiriotis acts in construction disputes. Senior associate Basil Woodd-Walker and supervising associate Jonathan Shuman are also active team members.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Dutson

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Bentham; Ed Crosse; Emily Monastiriotis; Basil Woodd-Walker, Jonathan Shuman


‘A flexible and efficient team working at cross-border levels seamlessly.

A strong team across the board and well resourced.

‘Simmons & Simmons has an extremely strong practice in this area, under the fantastic leadership of Stuart Dutson. The firms offers an exceptionally skilled team of individuals who provide advice that is always considered and on point.’

Key clients

The O1 Group

Sodexo Pass International

Work highlights

  • Representing Nori, Centimila and Coniston in a $600m LCIA Arbitration regarding allegations of fraudulent conspiracy, in relation to a large private bank (prior to its nationalisation).
  • Acting for French investor Sodexo Pass International in a groundbreaking ICSID award against the Hungarian State.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘really excellent team‘ has a strong track record in major international arbitrations involving energy, life sciences, insurance and construction. The firm also has a growing investment treaty practice. ‘Standout individualJon Tweedale has longstanding international commercial disputes expertise, while Simon Kamstra is an energy law expert. Also highly regarded are legal director and ‘arbitration guruNathalie Allen; and managing associate Canelle Goldstein, who is experienced in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Jon Tweedale; Simon Kamstra

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Allen; Canelle Goldstein


‘The team is very innovative and incredibly well resourced. It is very approachable and operates very flexibly to suit clients’ needs – and its work is consistently first class.’

‘AG is a really excellent team – a pleasure to deal with and AG does everything within its power to help.

‘Great depth of experience, brilliant legal knowledge and calm under pressure.’

‘Addleshaw Goddard has an extremely strong practice in this area, benefiting particularly from the skills and experience of Jon Tweedale – a standout individual! The firm offers an exceptionally skilled team of individuals.

Jon Tweedale is very sharp, and offers focused commercial advice that is both pragmatic and appropriate to the commercial context his client operates in. Key to this is Jon’s ability to disseminate large chunks of text and select the main points.

‘Jon Tweedale is an excellent lawyer and arbitrator.’

‘Jon Tweedale – a very bright lawyer, who also has great commercial common sense. Hardworking, very responsive, and a joy to work with.’

‘Legal director Nathalie Allen is absolutely superb. Extraordinarily experienced, an arbitration guru, and a phenomenal brain.’

Key clients


The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Patel Engineering


Akin‘s London practice houses international arbitration specialists that consistently leverage the firm’s sector expertise in energy, technology and construction. Spearheading the firm’s worldwide international arbitration practice from London, Justin Williams acts in commercial and treaty disputes; Richard Hornshaw is a financial services disputes specialist; Hamish Lal‘s practice covers international disputes and arbitrations; and Kambiz Larizadeh has a broad commercial disputes practice. Counsel Jenny Arlington acts in disputes involving CIS, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Justin Williams

Other key lawyers:

Hamish Lal; Kambiz Larizadeh; Jenny Arlington


‘A firm with the ability to go the extra mile in terms of legal analysis and case energy – quite superb.’

‘The lawyers are very detail oriented and have great expertise.’

Akin Gump shows no limitation in terms of: resources deployment; brilliance of diverse minds addressing multi-factorial legal issues; and the ability to attend to clients’ needs as they evolve.

‘Its performance is at all times stellar, yet intellectually humble and open to questioning and refinement. One of the best intellectually-diverse teams around.’

‘Justin Williams brings a brilliant, yet subtle, touch to his understanding of any complex oil and gas arbitration. He always stands out for the finesse of his questions, and for his constant curiosity to get to the bottom of minute details’.

‘Justin Williams understands the lie of the land in LATAM when speaking about arbitrators.’

‘Justin Williams is a top-drawer practitioner.’

‘Justin Williams is a senior partner who gets personally involved in all aspects of a case. He is really great.’

Key clients

Dommo Energia


Bridgestone Licensing Services

Bridgestone Americas

Vitol Group




Active Capital

Neste Oil

Work highlights

  • Acting for a US oil company in a $3bn UNCITRAL arbitration, which relates to a series of disputes arising out of a CIS production sharing contract and related work.
  • Acting for a South American oil company in a $1.5bn ICC arbitration concerning a disputed farm out.
  • Acting for tyre manufacturer Bridgestone in a high-profile ICSID arbitration against Panama (concerning IP investments).

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter is well known for high-value and complex institutional and ad hoc international arbitration cases. David Reed represents multinational corporations, sovereign states and government-owned entities in international commercial and investment arbitrations; Patricio Grané Labat is ‘dedicated and detail oriented‘; and ‘absolute standoutMonty Taylor is a commercial and investment arbitration specialist. The counsels to note are Álvaro Nistal (a 2021 recruit from Volterra Fietta) and Charlotte Mallorie. In July 2022, former partner Dmitri Evseev departed to become an independent arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

David Reed; Patricio Grané Labat; Monty Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Jane Wessel; Hilton Mervis; Álvaro Nistal; Charlotte Mallorie; Bart Wasiak; Timothy Smyth; Alice Osman


‘Arnold & Porter achieves great results in international commercial and investment cases.’

‘The partners offer sound leadership, maintain good client relationships, and collaborate well with clients and co-counsel.’

David Reed has extensive practical experience in large-scale international arbitration.’

‘Patricio Grané Labat is dedicated and detail oriented.’

‘Patricio Grané Labat in London is fantastic and always open to new ideas.’

‘Patricio Grané Labat is calm, yet strong at getting his point across – experienced, competent and intelligent.’

Monty Taylor stands out for his talent, work ethic and well-maintained client relationships. He has developed excellent cross-examination skills, and has a solid reputation among many notable senior lawyers working in arbitration.

‘Monty Taylor is one of the best three investment arbitration solicitors of his generation – he is an absolute standout.’

Key clients

Czech Republic

Dominican Republic

EU Commission

Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim

Kingdom of Sweden

Kingdom of Thailand

Lima Gas Natural Peru

Republic of Bulgaria

Republic of Costa Rica

Republic of Colombia

Republic of Chile

Republic of Hungary

Republic of Korea

Republic of Panama

Republic of Peru

Republic of the Philippines

Republic of Turkey

Work highlights

  • Representing Sweden in an investment treaty defence dispute initiated by Huawei over Sweden’s ban on Huawei 5G equipment on national security grounds.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Thailand in a major treaty arbitration commenced by Kingsgate Consolidated and Kingsgate Capital Pty, which relates to a mining concession for the largest gold mine in Thailand.
  • Defending the Republic of Peru against a $1.2bn ICSID claim, brought under the Belgium/Luxembourg-Peru BIT by Odebrecht Latinvest, and which concerns one of the largest gas transportation projects in Latin America.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP

Baker Botts (UK) LLP stands out for its energy and oil and gas arbitration expertise, along with its Latin America international arbitration experience. Johannes Koepp acts in energy, telecoms and financial services-related disputes; UK and Chile-qualified Alejandro Escobarhas deep international investment and commercial arbitration experience‘; and Dorine Farah is ‘extremely competent‘. Duncan Saunders recently joined as special counsel from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, while former international arbitration chair Jay Alexander left to practise as an independent arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Koepp

Other key lawyers:

Alejandro Escobar; Dorine Farah; Duncan Saunders; Valeriya Kirsey; David Turner; Ernesto Féliz


‘The lawyers always find an innovative angle to cases, delivering an effective and premium service. They have been successful in many of their cases for clients, who return to them, which represents the proof in the pudding.

‘The international arbitration team, comprising Alejandro Escobar, Johannes Koepp and Dorine Farah, is very knowledgeable and skilled. They have decades of experience in the field, but do not ever come across as know-it-alls, and are a delight to work with.’

Alejandro Escobar has deep international investment and commercial arbitration experience and is never overbearing, but always quietly confident. He is a rare example of an advocate who manages to combine diplomacy and modesty with knowledge and mastery of his subject.’

‘Alejandro Escobar leads his cases in an impeccable manner, showing outstanding knowledge of all legal matters required of him.

Johannes Koepp combines rich experience with attention to detail and client focus.’

‘Johannes Koepp is a real star. A deep thinker who analyses the strategy from every angle – masterly judgement.’

‘Dorine Farah is extremely competent in the field of international law and international arbitration, and is very sharp and quick-thinking in relation to highly technical matters. She leaves no stone unturned for the client.

Senior associate Ernesto Féliz has provided great support, contributions, and important legal perspectives and opinions.

Key clients

Carbon Holdings


International Chamber of Commerce

Mobile TeleSystems

Osaka Gas

Public Sector Enterprise Electricity Corporation of Ecuador

Republic of Ecuador

Republic of Iraq


Uranium One

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Work highlights

  • Currently defending the Republic of Iraq in an investment treaty arbitration case brought by German railway and logistics company, AHG, for the alleged expropriation of its cement production business.
  • Representing a South American state-owned company in an arbitration against an engineering consultant, which concerns the construction of a hydroelectric power plant.
  • Retained by a US client to advise on its arbitration options, as a result of expropriation threats against its substantial overseas investment in the services sector.

Enyo Law LLP

Disputes-only firm Enyo Law LLP has a strong track record in successfully representing commercial parties and state-owned entities in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitrations. Jonathan Brook specialises in financial services work; Pietro Marino routinely acts in big-ticket international arbitrations; Daniel Levy spearheads the Latin American practice; Tim Elliss acts in oil and gas, financial services and telecom-related disputes; Richard Levett is ‘an excellent choice‘; and Evgeniya Rubinina is a CIS specialist. Matthew Marshall was made partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brook

Other key lawyers:

Pietro Marino; Daniel Levy; Tim Elliss; Richard Levett; Evgeniya Rubinina; Matthew Marshall; Konrad Rodgers; Jonathan Pagan; Katie Marquet-Horwood; Jonas Habert; Francesca Albert


‘The team’s strengths lie in its diverse experience, knowledge and expertise at all levels, and ability to cover all manner of disputes – multi-layered, vibrant and successful outcomes for clients at far lower costs than firms with much larger and expensive arbitration teams.’

‘Pietro Marino is a strategist with vast experience. Pietro’s knowledge of the international arbitration landscape extends to the best expert witnesses, foreign firms in most countries, and of course barristers. Pietro is also honest and with a strong value system.

‘Jonathan Brook takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to all aspects of litigation, and is at all times conscious of the cost entailed to achieve the desired result.’

‘Richard Levett is an excellent choice to lead quantum calculations and expert witnesses pertinent to quantum. Richard is as thorough as the rest of the Enyo team.

‘Matthew Marshall is thorough, thoughtful and careful. He is one of those people clients know they can rely on, especially when cases become difficult.’

‘Konrad Rodgers is an exceptional partner, who is building a very strong reputation. He combines intelligence with great commitment to the client’s needs. He has excellent commercial sense and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jonathan Pagan never missed a beat – as solid as the rest of Enyo.’

‘Katie Marquet-Horwood is a very hardworking senior associate.’

Key clients

Petronas Brasil E&P


Ascent Resources

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company, in a claim for approximately $ 1.4bn, in relation to a $850m investment into offshore oil fields in Latin America.
  • Acting for Livian, a German electro-medical manufacturer, in its challenge of an arbitral award from previous arbitration proceedings against Elekta and Medical Intelligence Medizintechnik.
  • Representing two investors in their factually and legally novel claim against a cryptocurrency platform, in relation to the allocation of cryptocurrency.


At the forefront of premium arbitration work‘, Fieldfisher distinguishes itself through high-profile arbitration references that consistently emanate from the CIS region. The arbitration practice is co-led by Simon Sloane, who has international arbitration experience across the globe; and Colin Gibson, who ‘achieves the best possible results‘. The next line of partners includes international commercial arbitration specialist Daniel Hayward; energy and banking disputes expert Tracey Wright; and Alexandra Underwood, who ‘stands out‘. Rebecca McKee and Birmingham-based Zaakira Allana are key directors.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson; Simon Sloane

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hayward; Tracey Wright; Alexandra Underwood; Rebecca McKee; Zaakira Allana; Richard Waugh; Koen Van DenBroeck; Shivani Sanghi


‘The Fieldfisher team is at the forefront of premium arbitration work.’

‘Several litigators stand out, including Alexandra Underwood, Tracey Wright and Simon Sloane.’

‘Colin Gibson is an extraordinarily clever litigator, who always strikes exactly the right balance between aggression and caution. He reliably achieves the best possible results, no matter how complicated or challenging the case.

‘Simon Sloane is very experienced in international arbitration, and he is a real leader who can lead the team and control the process at every stage to make it perfect.

‘Tracey Wright is very attentive to detail, the importance of such an attitude becoming apparent at the final stage of arbitration.’

‘Alexandra Underwood stands out – alongside managing her enviable practice, she finds time to be a huge supporter of the female legal community. She is involved in several initiatives designed to create more opportunities for female lawyers.’

Daniel Hayward is a true star among the younger generation of partners. He has a deservedly loyal client following and is a genuine expert in CIS disputes.

Director Zaaikra Allana is a sharp lawyer with an eye for detail and a bright future – already outstripping her peers and managing complex cases with little oversight – one to watch for.

Key clients

Gilward Investments

LLC Lugzor & Others

Littop Enterprises

Bridgemont Ventures

Bordo Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Gilward Investments in an investment treaty claim under the Netherlands-Ukraine BIT (brought by the majority shareholding in AeroSvit).
  • Instructed for a respondent state in a mega-value ICC arbitration commenced by a telecoms operator and its holding company, in relation to a mobile telecoms network licence.
  • Successfully represented an operator of gas extraction and supply in a high-value dispute concerning gas pricing under a long-term production and sale agreement.

Fietta LLP

Boutique law firm Fietta LLP houses a dedicated international arbitration and public international law (PIL) practice that is widely respected for its investment disputes credentials. The ‘strategicStephen Fietta KC is regularly instructed by sovereign states to act in highly sensitive PIL matters, including some of the world’s highest profile territorial claims; and Jiries Saadehhas vast experience in investment disputes‘. Ashique Rahman is a partner as of July 2022, while Laura Rees-Evans and Oonagh Sands are the counsels to note.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Fietta KC; Jiries Saadeh

Other key lawyers:

Ashique Rahman; Laura Rees-Evans; Oonagh Sands


‘Fietta is the strongest arbitration boutique in London, with quality from top to bottom and no dead weight at all.’

‘Vast experience and remarkable knowledge of investment disputes in international arbitration.’

‘Stephen Fietta KC is strategic and a great team leader.

‘Stephen Fietta KC is a very strong performer with longstanding experience in investment arbitration.

Jiries Saadeh is highly professional and has vast experience in investment disputes.

‘Jiries Saadeh is an absolute star of his generation, and someone in whom clients can place absolute trust.’

Key clients

PL Holdings

Big Sky Energy Corporation

Littop Enterprises

Bridgemont Ventures

Bordo Management

Schooner Capital

Tidhar Excavation and Earth Moving

Work highlights

  • Counsel to over 900 Greek and Luxembourgian investors in a pending ICSID arbitration brought under two bilateral investment treaties against Cyprus.
  • Representing the respondent state in an ad hoc arbitration brought by a Canadian investor under a bilateral investment treaty, which involves issues of state succession in the former Yugoslavia in relation to real estate interests.
  • Representing the claimants in a claim brought under the Ethiopia-Israel BIT.

Fox Williams LLP

Key areas for Fox Williams LLP‘s international arbitration practice are commercial disputes involving commodities, energy, professional services, technology, transport and distribution, as well as M&A and joint ventures. The international arbitration practice is jointly led by Peter Ashford, who focuses on general international commercial arbitration; and ‘outstanding lawyerBen Giaretta, a 2020 recruit from Mishcon de Reya LLP. Other experienced practitioners include energy arbitration expert Tom Custance, dispute resolution head Gavin Foggo and senior associate Kate Felmingham, who assists with treaty work.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Foggo; Peter Ashford; Ben Giaretta

Other key lawyers:

Tom Custance; Kate Felmingham


‘A niche arbitration practice comprising really well-known market names – its market recognition is huge compared to its relatively small size. Clients know these lawyers are going to do a good job.‘

‘Peter Ashford – a doyen of the arbitration world. At the top of the tree and highly respected within arbitration circles. Author of a number of leading texts, experienced arbitrator, and a great confidant of the younger generation – he is the full package.

‘Peter Ashford gets to the heart of the legal questions in a case and grapples with them. He is very good on the tactics of arbitration, and has encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and practice of international arbitration. He is also commercially pragmatic and won’t fight silly points.’

‘Peter Ashford literally writes the books, and always provides calm, knowledgeable guidance for his clients.’

‘Ben Giaretta impresses with his knowledge and understanding of the law involved, and his willingness to consider different aspects of disputes with an open mind. He has handled a large number of international arbitrations and  is definitely an asset to the firm.’

‘Ben Giaretta thinks outside the box, and is able to run with an idea to get the best and most productive outcome.’

Ben Giaretta is continuing to make a big name for himself in arbitration -someone to watch, undoubtedly.

‘Ben Giaretta is an outstanding lawyer – very good on partnership arbitrations. Highly experienced and effective, and he benefits from sitting as an arbitrator regularly.’

Key clients


On the Beach

The Sultanate of Oman

The Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company – Taqnia

Work highlights

  • Acted for Secretariat in the Court of Appeal, in a leading case in English law about the duties of experts in international arbitration.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s ‘very strong international arbitration practice‘ is regularly instructed on both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Michelle Bradfield (former London international arbitration head at Dechert LLP) is a public international law and investor-state arbitration expert; and Sylvia Tonova‘s experience includes high-stake disputes across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The department also features Rhys Thomas, who ‘has excellent client handling skills‘, and international construction arbitration specialist James Pickavance. In January 2022 Philip Devenish was made partner.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Bradfield

Other key lawyers:

Sylvia Tonova; Rhys Thomas; James Pickavance; Philip Devenish; Anatoly Matveev


Very strong international arbitration practice with a truly collaborative and open approach.

‘The team is incredibly organised and commercially minded. The junior solicitors, in particular, are very hands on and engaged in the process, more like junior Counsel for their insight on legal nuances – this sets them apart from other firms.’

‘Michelle Bradfield is a next-level partner, who has run some enormous arbitrations and gives them unparalleled energy and analysis.’

‘Sylvia Tonova stands out as showing excellent leadership and strategic insight, while maintaining good knowledge of the facts.’

Sylvia Tonova has great local knowledge combined with international experience.’

‘Rhys Thomas has excellent client-handling skills. He knows how and when to break difficult news or negative advice to the client. He also has an excellent grasp of a case’s strategic situation and its commercial aspects.

‘Philip Devenish is an outstanding lawyer. He is forensic and hardworking, and will always go the extra mile for a client. His recent promotion to partner was well deserved.’

Philip Devenish works very hard to explore all options for instructing parties – great technical knowledge.

Key clients

Gold Pool JV

World Wide Minerals

Windoor AS

Omega Engineering

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the world’s largest construction companies in parallel arbitrations, which concern a power project in the Middle East.
  • Defending a GCC State in a $2bn-plus investment treaty arbitration, which relates to the Qatar diplomatic crisis of 2017-2021.
  • Acting in a $1.2bn dispute involving eight parallel arbitrations, which relate to a telecoms investment in a Middle Eastern state.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Displaying ‘wide-ranging talents and skills’, Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s international arbitration practice is led by ‘arbitration guruLouis Flannery KC, with the group also featuring international arbitration partner Zachary Segal, who is a key contact for proceedings involving emerging markets; and managing associate Heidrun Walsh, who is a ‘wonderful lawyer‘. The group is highly active in matters with an international element and leverages the firm’s global network to act in disputes in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Alexander Slade is also a noteworthy name and is experienced in the energy and construction sectors; he joined the team from Vinson & Elkins RLLP in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Louis Flannery KC

Other key lawyers:

Zachary Segal; Heidrun Walsh; Alexander Slade; Sophia Louw


‘Wide-ranging talents and skills.’

‘Louis Flannery KC was a wonderful addition to their team.’

‘The team is lead by arbitration guru, Louis Flannery KC, who is the writer of the go-to book on the English Arbitration Act and a real force in the field.’

‘Louis Flannery KC is a mastermind with great tactical understanding and out-of- the-box strategic thinking – a real star!’

‘Louis Flannery KC is supported by several very strong arbitration lawyers with exceptional in-depth experience, especially in international commercial arbitration.’

‘Managing associate Heidrun Walsh is appreciated for her responsiveness, amazing grasp of detail, and efficient, top-notch case management. A wonderful lawyer who is a true pleasure to work with.

‘Heidrun Walsh is an inspiration for her work in support of the Greener Arbitrations Pledge!’

Key clients

BSG Resources Limited/Beny Steinmetz

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Hiscox Action Group

Diag Human

The Union of India

Work highlights

  • Advising the Government of Nigeria on seeking the set aside of an award worth $10bn, on the basis that the award was procured by fraud.
  • Represented the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as an intervener in the Supreme Court case of Halliburton v Chubb.
  • Represented BSG Resources Limited as defendant in a multi-billion-dollar LCIA dispute with its former joint venture partner and as claimant in parallel ICSID arbitration against a West African state.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s international arbitration practice is highly active in complex, cross-border matters; and in addition to its well-known credentials in disputes involving the technology, financial services and construction sectors, it has expertise in emerging arbitral fields, such as renewable energy (including wind and solar) and video games-related arbitrations. Greg Fullelove heads the firm’s international arbitration group worldwide, which also showcases ‘superb lawyerArtem Doudko; and associate director Daniel Harrison, who acts in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Greg Fullelove

Other key lawyers:

Artem Doudko; Daniel Harrison; Katie Bewlock; Danielle Griffiths


‘With a good arbitration pedigree, Osborne Clarke has amped up its talent with major players in the market.’

Excellent value for money from lean and efficient teams.

‘Greg Fullelove is a modern-day power partner, in whose hands clients can place their case without worry.’

‘Greg Fullelove is an absolute delight to work with. Very bright and very experienced.

‘Artem Doudko – excellent strategic thinking, listens to advice and adapts.

‘Artem Duodko is a fabulous partner.’

‘Artem Doudko is a superb lawyer – incredibly hardworking, professional, always well prepared, and has great commercial understanding and a lot of common sense.’

‘Associate director Daniel Harrison is one of the absolute standouts at the firm.

Reed Smith LLP

With ‘depth of talent at every level‘, Reed Smith LLP‘s London team has substantial experience in both investor-state disputes and commercial arbitrations. Clients additionally benefit from the firm’s sector expertise in trading, commodities and shipping. Dividing his time between London and Singapore, Gautam Bhattacharyya has a broad international commercial arbitration practice; Belinda Paisley specialises in investment treaty international arbitrations and has notable Kazakhstan-related expertise; and Chloe Carswell is an investor-state specialist. Suzie Savage was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gautam Bhattacharyya

Other key lawyers:

Belinda Paisley; Alex Andrews; Chloe Carswell; Suzie Savage; Alex Sandiforth; Simon Greer; Lucy Winnington-Ingram; Lucian Ilie


‘Collectively the team is attuned to clients’ requirements and it has a diverse range of capabilities, ensuring that the approach and strategy eventually adopted has been the subject of rigorous scrutiny.’

‘Reed Smith is market-leading in terms of the quality of cases and service (both from a Counsel and client perspective).’

‘The principal strength is its depth of talent at every level.’


With ‘credible international arbitration expertise‘, RPC‘s sector credentials cover IP, technology, insurance, reinsurance, construction and engineering, along with international trade, finance, energy and transport. Consultant Jonathan Wood is international arbitration chair, while May 2022 partner recruit from Stephenson Harwood Shai Wade heads the London international arbitration team. Tatiana Minaeva is a commercial and investor-state arbitration expert; of counsel Paul Baker is ‘a formidable lawyer‘; and senior associates Kirtan Prasad, Suzie Kurdi and Adam Forster all maintain active international arbitration practices.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wood; Shai Wade

Other key lawyers:

Tatiana Minaeva; Paul Baker; Kirtan Prasad; Suzie Kurdi; Adam Forster


‘Credible international arbitration expertise and experience across a range of industry sectors – often seen against bigger law firms. Outstanding service – excellent hands-on partner supervision and very hardworking, diligent associates.’

Jonathan Wood is very active and vastly experienced, and has seen it all before.’

‘Tatiana Minaeva is very well regarded for her CIS-related experience, as well as her knowledge of international arbitration practice and procedure.

‘Tatiana Minaeva is highly astute, particularly in relation to cross-border conflicts of laws issues, and questions relating to jurisdictional challenges and appeals of arbitration awards. She is tactically savvy and really worth having in a client’s corner.

‘Of counsel Paul Baker is a formidable lawyer who knows his way round cases incredibly well.’

‘Senior associate Kirtan Prasad is very hardworking, has a head for detail, and is a strategic thinker.

‘Kirtan Prasad – one of the really up-and-coming names in international arbitration, who is definitely partner material.

Senior associate Adam Forster is a real brain. He has a razor-sharp intelligence and his attention to detail is second to none. A real black letter lawyer, he also possesses the commercial acumen and practical strategic nous that mean he will be a future leader in this field.

Key clients

Kout Food Group

Hua She Asset Management (Shanghai)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kout Food Group, a large food franchise owner/operator, in a dispute concerning ongoing use of the brand of a restaurant chain operating in the Middle East.
  • Successfully represented Hua She Asset Management (Shanghai) in its enforcement in England of an arbitral award made by the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Commission in October 2020.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May‘s ‘absolutely stellar practice‘ acts in major disputes for clients from the energy, infrastructure, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors (among others). The international arbitration group is co-led by James Stacey, who is well known for challenging commercial disputes, and ‘visionary arbitration partnerDamian Taylor. The team additionally fields energy disputes specialist Efstathios Michael and Jonathan Clark, who acts under the rules of major arbitral institutions. Peter Wickham and Megan Sandler were elevated to the partnership in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Practice head(s):

James Stacey; Damian Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Efstathios Michael; Jonathan Clark; Peter Wickham; Megan Sandler; Smriti Sriram; Richard Swallow


‘Absolutely stellar practice with some of London’s best lawyers. A cut above in both preparation and presentation, always one step ahead, never stressed, and acting in quality, high-value arbitration cases – simply one of the best arbitration teams in town!

‘Excellent team with depth, and very smooth and international, which is ideal for arbitration.’

‘Damian Taylor is a visionary arbitration partner, who is hugely experienced, fantastic with clients and down to earth. He’s the arbitration lawyer that should be on everyone’s shortlist.

James Stacey is highly intelligent and always one step ahead of opponents.

‘James Stacey – excellent strategic thinking.

‘Efstathios Michael – simply the best.

‘Peter Wickham is handling some amazing arbitration cases.

‘Peter Wickham and Megan Sandler are both complete stars.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘ ‘exceptional‘ London practice stands out for its representation of buyers in natural gas and LNG price review disputes. The commercial arbitration team is also notably growing its shipping and commodities practice. London and Cleveland-based George von Mehren is IDR global co-chair; Peter Crossley is London IDR leader; Max Rockall is an energy disputes expert; and Alexis Martinez is an international arbitration specialist. In late 2021, Africa disputes partner Timi Balogun was recruited from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

Practice head(s):

George von Mehren; Peter Crossley

Other key lawyers:

Max Rockall; Alexis Martinez; Timi Balogun; Peter Stewart; Chris Swart; Katie Pritchard; John Rollason; Tim Flamank; Michael Davar; Gabriella Martin


‘Great coverage for engineering project disputes worldwide, and very timely and pragmatic with its advice. Exceptional service and a very professional law firm for anything involving domestic and international arbitration.’

‘Hugely enthusiastic, with lawyers who really try to fight every inch to protect/promote clients’ interests.’

‘Peter Crossley – hugely experienced, with very sage instincts as to how best promote or defend clients’ interests.’

Key clients


Elekta AB


The Slovak Republic

The Federal Republic of Nigeria


Republic of Costa Rica

Republic of Croatia

Dominican Republic

Republic of Ecuador

Republic of Kosovo


Republic of Peru



Republic of Benin

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Elekta and Elekta AB against a €365m claim, brought by a former distribution partner before the London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Secured a full victory for Edison (one of Italy’s largest oil and gas companies) in a price review arbitration brought by Qatargas.
  • Successfully defended the Slovak Republic in a €128m claim brought under the Polish-Slovak bilateral investment treaty.

Stephenson Harwood

A major player in the international arbitration space‘, Stephenson Harwood offers substantial geographic coverage in Europe, Africa, India, Greater China, Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, along with the US, CIS and Middle East. London and Dubai-based Rovine Chandrasekera is global international arbitration head; and head of the firm’s Africa and India groups Kamal Shah is ‘the doyenne of African and South Asian disputes‘. In May 2022, ‘up-and-comingJide Adesokan was made partner, while former partner Shai Wade departed for RPC.

Practice head(s):

Rovine Chandrasekera; Kamal Shah

Other key lawyers:

Jide Adesokan; Charlotte Welsh; Afolarin Awosika


‘Stephenson Harwood is a major player in the international arbitration space, particularly in relation to arbitrations in the EMEA region.’

‘A very experienced, dedicated and creative arbitration team.’

‘Kamal Shah – hugely experienced, particularly in the African legal market. A reliable manager for all large-scale commercial arbitrations.’

‘Kamal Shah is the doyenne of African and South Asian disputes.

‘Kamal Shah is a real star, with in-depth knowledge of commercial disputes involving Africa and elsewhere.’

‘Kamal Shah – excellent commercial nous and judgement in handling cases – a master tactician, with superb client-handling skills and a real focus on giving practical, results-focused advice.

‘Kamal Shah and Jide Adesokan are part of a group with excellent international experience, particularly in African disputes.’

‘Jide Adesokan is an up-and-coming new partner with great energy.

Key clients

IBL Group

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Republic of Iraq

Work highlights

  • Acted for three respondents (based in Asia and Africa) in a London-seated ICC arbitration against a major North American bank, in relation to a shareholder agreement.
  • Successfully represented the Republic of Iraq in a $652m ICSID claim, brought by Kuwaiti investor Agility under the Kuwait-Iraq bilateral investment treaty.
  • Advising on a potential, large-value dispute arising out of an oil asset in West Africa.

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

An integral part of its global dispute resolution group, Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP‘s ‘world-class‘ practice brings together expertise in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, public international law, award enforcement, and cross-border litigation. Investment treaty arbitration chair Matthew Coleman is a go-to counsel for claims against African states; Neil Dooley litigates fraud claims in the financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical and property sectors; Christophe Bondy is an investment treaty arbitration expert; and Angus Rodger appears in international commercial arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Coleman; Neil Dooley

Other key lawyers:

Christophe Bondy; Angus Rodger; Leigh Mallon; Juliya Arbisman; Ivan Gordienko; Thomas Innes; Natalia Gofman; Alexandre Genest


‘For international and cross-border arbitration, Steptoe is world-class – a stellar and leading practice in this area, with an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals who provide advice that is always incisive and exactly on point.’

‘Neil Dooley is the star of the team. Highly recommended – has an unerring instinct for good and bad points, runs a tight but effective team, and is super-efficient in all he does.’

Matthew Coleman is an experienced and wise arbitration expert, who has a strategic approach – leads the team with ease and precision.

‘Christophe Bondy – logical mind, tenacious, thorough, total dedication, good communication, and keeps clients well informed.’

‘Leigh Mallon is exceptional. His attention to detail while still thinking strategically for the client is impressive.’

‘Juliya Arbisman is a world-class player in the field of international law and international arbitration. She strives to understand the client and the client’s needs, and has an exceptional commercial understanding and appreciation of the bigger picture.’

‘Thomas Innes is a young arbitration star – excellent oral and writing skills, impeccable approach to examining witnesses and experts, and an incredible legal brain.

Natalia Gofman is a hardworking associate, with exceptional attention to detail. Although not partner yet, she has a partner-level approach to solving issues.’

Key clients

The European Union


The Paglieri Family

The von Pezold family

Republic of Armenia

West African Aquaculture

Koch Supply & Trading

Koch Industries


Work highlights

  • Serving as external counsel to the European Union in a Nord Stream 2 investment treaty claim under the Energy Charter Treaty, arising out of the application of European competition rules to the ownership and operation of a mega-value pipeline.
  • Acted as lead counsel to Sunlodges and the Paglieri Family, in respect of an investment dispute with Tanzania, which arose from alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Serving as lead counsel to Neustar (a US technology company) in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia, brought pursuant to the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP’s London group is well known for representing energy and oil and gas clients in high-value disputes. Louise Woods is experienced in investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations; Nick Henchie is a construction and engineering disputes expert; and Scott Stiegler acts in international construction disputes. In 2021, construction disputes partners Roberta Downey and Angus Rankin were recruited from Hogan Lovells International LLP, while former counsel and London practice co-head Alexander Slade joined Mishcon de Reya LLP in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Louise Woods

Other key lawyers:

Nick Henchie; Scott Stiegler; Roberta Downey; Angus Rankin; Ciara Ros


‘Very highly regarded for energy-related disputes – technically excellent lawyers who are all very approachable.’

‘Very astute insights that focus on the issues that matter.’

‘V&E is a firm that adapts to clients’ needs and is always willing to go the extra mile for the client.’

‘Unique for its vast experience and remarkable knowledge of international arbitration, and its concentration on core areas, such as energy and power, in addition to construction disputes. Excellent quality of legal services that are tailored towards the client’s needs.’

‘Louise Woods is not only a remarkable lawyer in terms of knowledge and expertise but also a professional to look up to. Her strong commitment to female empowerment and new talent development are remarkable.’

‘Louise Woods is known not just for the quality of her practice, but for her excellent work on gender diversity through ArbitralWomen.’

‘Louise Woods – outstanding focus. Louise is highly professional during fact-finding processes, whether by analysing facts or determining the key elements of the dispute. She also has vast experience in international commercial arbitration disputes.’

‘Nick Henchie is a partner of choice in all major construction matters – always very dedicated. Strong strategic approach in complex arbitration cases and team leadership skills.’

Key clients

Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq Basrah Oil Company

Panama Canal Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq (as representative of the Republic of Iraq) in two ongoing arbitrations.
  • Handling a series of arbitrations for the Panama Canal Authority, arising out of complex and technical construction disputes with Grupo Unidos por el Canal.

Volterra Fietta

Housing lawyers who are ‘absolutely at the highest level‘, the investment treaty arbitration practice at specialist public international law (PIL) firm, Volterra Fietta represents both states and foreign investors. The firm is also increasingly involved in commercial arbitrations. Robert Volterra is an investment treaty arbitration expert; Graham Coop focuses on energy, natural resources and infrastructure-related matters; and Peter Flint is ‘detail oriented‘. Counsel Gunjan Sharma is a PIL and international dispute resolution specialist, while associate Angela Ha is ‘very thorough‘.

Practice head(s):

Robert Volterra; Graham Coop; Peter Flint

Other key lawyers:

Gunjan Sharma; Angela Ha


‘Volterra Fietta has very high degrees of knowledge in all international arbitration fields, and specifically in arbitration related to investments. This knowledge is accompanied by great experience in arbitration claims.’

‘Very impressive professional experience and knowledge, with strategy that is drafted very carefully, thinking about all alternatives and anticipating opponents’ reactions – professionals who are absolutely at the highest level!

‘The partners have very good associates supporting them.’

Key clients



Republic of Croatia

Koch Industries

Koch Minerals

Koch Nitrogen International

Arab Republic of Egypt



Republic of Ghana

Work highlights

  • Representing KN-Holding and Severgroup in an ad hoc arbitration against the French Republic (under the France-Russia bilateral investment treaty).
  • Representing the Arab Republic of Egypt in a case that presents an opportunity to clarify the appropriate scope of an investment dispute in the face of allegations of human rights law breaches.
  • Representing Grenada in a case that raises novel investor-state protection issues.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Known for its shipping, energy, oil and gas, construction and commodities sector expertise, Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s ‘combines extensive and deep experience with a modern and nimble approach to disputes‘. The London dispute resolution group is jointly led by Rebecca Williams, who ‘gives her all to cases‘; and big-ticket international arbitration specialist Andrew Ward. Mike Phillips leads the maritime disputes team; Rob Fidoe is ‘an outstanding lawyer‘; and Alexander Creswick, Mark McAllister-Jones and Archit Dhir are experienced senior associates. The 'incredibly bright and committed' Dr Laura Lintott, who joined the firm as a counsel in August 2022, is 'brilliant - a real star'... 'a future partner for sure - clients love her.'

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams

Other key lawyers:

Mike Phillips; Marcus Dodds; Rob Fidoe; Alexander Creswick; Mark McAllister-Jones; Archit Dhir; Andrew Hutcheon; Dr Laura Lintott


‘The WFW international arbitration team combines extensive and deep experience with a modern and nimble approach to disputes.’

‘Rebecca Williams is a powerhouse, fully committed, strategically talented and inventive, and gives her all to cases.’

Andrew Ward has an excellent mixed shipping and international arbitration practice – extremely clever and pays close attention to detail.

‘Marcus Dodds has unrivalled legal and technical knowledge in the LNG sector, along with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the shipping industry – valued for the quality of his advice and commercial focus.’

Rob Fidoe is an outstanding lawyer, adept at managing complex technical disputes, and with a good eye for the issues that are important in a dispute. Rob’s easygoing manner is very popular with clients and other team members.

‘Mike Phillips is true maritime law expert, and is reachable and hands-on with clients.’

‘Mike Phillips and senior associate Archit Dhir deliver clear and detailed legal analysis and advice very swiftly; and Alexander Creswick is a senior associate with maturity and judgement well beyond what is expected from someone his age.’

‘Senior associate Mark McAllister Jones is committed, good on the law, and shows good judgement on difficult points. No doubt a partner of the future.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the owners of a fleet of vessels in respect of highly complex claims and counterclaims, arising out of disputes between the administrators of a shipping pool.
  • Representing a project developer and EPC contractor in two LCIA arbitrations against one of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturers, in relation to alleged breaches of a framework purchase agreement.
  • Representing an independent E&P company in expedited LCIA proceedings, which relate to the late abandonment of an SPA for the acquisition of assets in North Africa.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Delivering ‘responsive, smart and strategic advice‘, Winston & Strawn LLP’s London office is consistently instructed on high-stakes shareholder disputes, including in the tech sector. The team also acts in large-scale infrastructure disputes. International arbitration chair Michael Stepek is ‘an extraordinary advocate‘; Matthew Bate focuses on disputes involving infrastructure projects, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, and cross-border transactions; and Ben Bruton and Daniel Meagher both act in high-profile international arbitrations. Suzanne Labi and Oriane Cannac are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Michael Stepek

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Bate; Ben Bruton; Daniel Meagher; Suzanne Labi; Oriane Cannac


‘Responsive, smart and strategic advice.’

‘Very dedicated team – fair billing vs the value delivered.’

‘Deep subject matter expertise in oil and gas.’

‘Michael Stepek is an extraordinary advocate for his clients. He has the ability to break down the most intricate of corporate transactions to understand them properly, and then craft arguments based on that understanding of the economics of the deal.

Michael Stepek is phenomenal in providing sharp analysis of claims and defence strategies. He is business minded and solution-oriented.

‘Michael Stepek is extraordinarily focused and understands the arbitration world intimately.’

‘Daniel Meagher is user friendly, collaborative and has good subject matter knowledge.’

‘Matthew Bate and associate Oriane Cannac are an excellent double act.’

Key clients

Dominion Minerals Corp

Food Delivery Holding 12

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dominion Minerals Corp in its ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Panama.
  • Represented Food Delivery Holding 12 in US court actions concerning a DIFC-LCIA arbitration.

Withers LLP

One of the top acts for international arbitration worldwide‘, Withers LLP handles both major investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations. The international arbitration practice is jointly led by Hussein Haeri, who focuses on assisting clients from the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa regions; and ‘strategic thinkerEleni Polycarpou. Also key to the group are CIS-related arbitration specialist Tatiana Menshenina; special counsel and international commercial and investor-state arbitration expert Robert Kovacs, and senior associates Camilla Gambarini and Ruzin Dagli.

Practice head(s):

Hussein Haeri; Eleni Polycarpou

Other key lawyers:

Tatiana Menshenina; Robert Kovacs; Camilla Gambarini; Ruzin Dagli


‘One of the top acts for international arbitration worldwide.’

The international arbitration team is thorough, pays attention to detail, and is well versed on legal issues and client friendly.

‘Excellent lawyers with huge knowledge and experience in arbitration.’

‘Diverse team with the ability to translate the arbitral process in a way that clients from a number of sectors can understand.’

‘Hussein Haeri in London is at the top of his game in terms of expertise, judgement and team leadership.’

‘Hussein Haeri stands out from his peers through his mastery of the facts of a case, articulation of the client’s position, and clear communication with the client.’

‘Hussein Haeri is an excellent speaker, and a very smart and talented lawyer.’

‘Eleni Polycarpou – a strategic thinker who is very easy to work with.

Key clients

Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Co

Fraser Solar

Government of Ukraine

Scholz Holding


Qatar National Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Frazer Solar, (FS) a German company in the renewable energy sector, in worldwide enforcement proceedings over a €55m award issued in FS’s favour against the Kingdom of Lesotho.
  • Representing Gesenu, an Italian waste management company, in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Egypt.
  • Representing Scholz (large metal recycling company) in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against the Kingdom of Morocco, the dispute involving issues of expropriation and discrimination.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP‘s international arbitration group acts for major names from the technology, aviation, construction, financial services and life sciences sectors. It also has enviable sports law credentials. International disputes practice co-head, Sophie Eyre, has significant arbitration experience in a variety of fora; London international arbitration head Nicholas Peacock is a 2021 partner hire from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP; Jonathan Speed is active in IT, telecoms and financial services-related arbitrations; and Max Duthie is ‘unsurpassed in his sports sector knowledge‘.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Eyre; Nicholas Peacock

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Speed; Tom Darvill; Richard Bush; Max Duthie; Simona Peter; Tom Darvill; Sam Beer


‘They lawyers possess a clarity of thought and, consequently, a clarity of expression, which makes working with them a pleasure.’

Entirely reliable strength in depth and availability of the team – a client can be fully confident that a matter will be presented as well as it can be. The atmosphere within the team is particularly good – everybody is enthusiastic, trusting and respectful.’

‘In sport arbitrations, what stands out is the combination of legal expertise in relation to the substantive issues, not only when they relate to sports law but also to other legal issues, procedural expertise when preparing for arbitration.

‘Sophie Eyre and her team of associates in London understand the commercial considerations and are able to get on top of complex technical issues.’

‘Sophie Eyre is responsive, approachable and very commercial. Cost-effective, and has a great ability to get to the bottom of complex technical issues.’

‘Max Duthie is unsurpassed in his sports sector knowledge, and in his skill in addressing challenges on behalf of governing bodies. He is always calm and collected whatever the difficulties faced, and his advice is always practical and accurate.

‘Richard Bush and associate Sam Beer have been excellent in the complex administration and preparation of sport arbitrations.’

‘Senior associate Tom Darvill is particularly outstanding.’

Key clients





Union Bank of Nigeria

The Premier League

English Football League

World Athletics

Johnson Matthey


Very strong litigation and arbitration boutiqueCANDEY mostly acts in cross-border matters, particularly in relation to the CIS, US, BVI and Cyprus. The group is jointly led by managing partner Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn, who has knowledge of the LCIA, ICC and HKIAC rules. The practice further comprises ‘outstanding lawyerJames Collins and Yuri Botiuk, who acts in strategically significant mandates. International commercial arbitration specialist James Glaysher recently joined as partner from Akin, where he was counsel.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:

James Collins; Yuri Botiuk; James Glayshe


‘Very good firm with great client relationships and market reputation.’

‘Candey is a very strong litigation and arbitration boutique.’

‘The team is highly capable, matching the much bigger litigation and arbitration practices of leading UK and US firms in London; and it offers not only in-depth knowledge of the law and the mandates, but also solution finding and proactiveness.’

‘Candey’s competent, serious and pleasant group combines knowledge, speed, and the ability to throw in extra resources.’

James Collins is an outstanding lawyer with a valuable understanding of the intricacies of international dispute resolution. He is thorough, determined and dedicated.

‘Yuri Botiuk is highly recommended.’

‘Yuri Botiuk is very strong and talented, as regards the strategy and tactics of cases – with Yuri, clients feel in safe hands.

‘Yuri Botiuk shows excellent judgement, strategic thinking and good timing. He is creative, approachable and efficient.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

The international arbitration practice at specialist commercial and financial disputes boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, covers commercial arbitrations and enforcement of awards, as well as bringing and defending challenges to awards. Daniel Burbeary is experienced in cross-border commercial disputes involving parties from China and former CIS countries, while Sinead O’Callaghan specialises in substantial, high-value commercial disputes. Mikhail Vishnyakov joined as counsel from Linklaters LLP during 2021, while Irina Buydova is ‘the senior associate to watch'. Consultant Philip Young - ‘an exceptional intellect‘ - is currently taking a mid-career break.

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Burbeary; Sinead O’Callaghan; Philip Young; Mikhail Vishnyakov; Irina Buydova; Peter Stewart


‘Excellent individual lawyers, with a strong work ethic. Unafraid and willing to take on any firm. They often go toe-to-toe with the biggest firms and come out on the winning side.’

‘These lawyers appear smarter and better trained than the opposition. If the case is important, definitively a key firm to consider.’

‘A brilliant team achieving miracles at half the price of Magic Circle firms.’

‘Daniel Burbeary – indefatigable, excellent on the law, thoughtful, insightful, and brilliant with clients.’

‘Daniel Burbeary is sensible and good to deal with.’

‘Daniel Burbeary is one of the great arbitration practitioners of his generation.’

‘Philip Young is an exceptional intellect.’

‘Irina Buydova is the senior associate to watch.

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Fenwick Elliott LLP is best known for large-scale, high-value disputes involving international construction, infrastructure and energy projects. The practice is co-led by infrastructure disputes specialist Simon Tolson; construction expert Tony Francis; and Richard Smellie, who acts in oil and gas, power and construction sector-related disputes. Also integral to the group are ‘excellent negotiatorNicholas Gould, offshore wind and energy-from-waste project disputes expert Karen Gidwani, and Jeremy Glover, who acts in international arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tolson; Tony Francis; Richard Smellie

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Gould; Karen Gidwani; Jeremy Glover; Toby Randle; Claire King; Thomas Young; James Cameron; Edward Foyle; James Mullen


‘A superb firm with a stellar international arbitration practice and excellent strategical thinking.’

‘Richard Smellie is an excellent solicitor and good to work with.’

‘Richard Smellie is very experienced in international arbitration. Brilliant judgement in handling tribunals and case strategy, and runs big teams really well.

Key clients


Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP

The London-based international arbitration team of US-headquartered Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP combines longstanding international arbitration experience with energy and construction sector expertise; and the team regularly acts in arbitrations pursuant to the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules, as well as in ad hoc proceedings. International arbitration head Melanie Willems is ‘a superb team leader‘, while Markus Esly is an energy, projects, construction and infrastructure disputes expert. Counsel Robert Blackett focuses on international arbitration, and William Cecil is litigation head.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Willems; William Cecil

Other key lawyers:

Markus Esly; Robert Blackett


‘Excellent – highly experienced, very hardworking, and extremely bright.’

‘Highly responsive, easy to work with, and always with an eye on practical outcomes.’

‘Exceptional case management.’

‘Melanie Willems is a superb team leader – extremely bright, very commercial and a wonderful motivator, who is brilliant at getting the best out of everyone.

The standout lawyers are Melanie Willems and Markus Esly.

Marcus Esly is a brilliant lawyer – very bright, and fantastic with clients.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP‘ London office is routinely involved in large-value arbitrations, along with arbitration-related court proceedings. Ian Meredith is experienced in both commercial and investment arbitrations; John Magnin is global co-practice leader for dispute resolution and litigation; energy disputes partner Ben Holland is a 2021 hire from Squire Patton Boggs; and Peter Morton‘s track record includes both institutional arbitrations and trade association arbitrations. Jeremy Farr is London and Houston based, while Matthew Walker works across the London and Doha offices.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin; Ian Meredith; Peter Morton

Other key lawyers:

Ben Holland; Jeremy Farr; Matthew Walker; Clare Kempkens; Louise Bond; Tim Fox; Tim Gavigan; Theo Hall; Nita Mistry


‘A vastly knowledgeable and experienced arbitration team that is highly focused on MENA commercial arbitration.’

‘K&L Gates’ team leverages its worldwide offices to give quality client services, particularly to its clients in the Middle East.’

‘Jeremy Farr – hugely knowledgeable, strategic, commercial, and a delight to work with.’

‘Matthew Walker is the standout partner for commercial disputes in the Middle East. His understanding of the culture, politics and legal systems of the Gulf is second to none.’

‘Matthew Walker – very knowledgeable in relation to Middle Eastern laws, and particularly good at listening to clients and understanding what they need.’

Matthew Walker is a very experienced construction lawyer, extremely sharp and with a keen eye for detail. His case management skills are impressive.’

Matthew Walker is brilliant – a superb lawyer, terrific leader of a team, and a highly effective communicator who is is wonderful with clients.

Nita Mistry is exactly what clients want in a senior associate, a totally dependable person, but one who also sees the bigger picture. A partner in waiting.

Key clients


Republic of France

Formula 1®

CB&I/McDermott International


Howmet Aerospace

Ansan Wikfs (Hadramaut)

Work highlights

  • Acted in high-profile arbitration-related court proceedings regarding the issue of multiple appointments of arbitrators.
  • Represented the Republic of France in a second wave of arbitrations that concern an oil spill from the M/T Prestige.
  • Undertook all the advocacy in a six-week mega-value ICC arbitration merits hearing, which related to the construction and modernisation of a large refinery in Latin America.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP‘s international arbitration team represents states and private entities in proceedings under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements. It is also active in commercial arbitrations. Team head Andrew Savage is ‘a fantastic lawyer‘, while associates Romilly Holland, Kimberley Smith and Edward Perkins are also active practitioners. In 2021, the London office recruited partner Michael Darowski and ‘superstar‘ counsel Armando Neris from Gowling WLG and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Savage

Other key lawyers:

Michael Darowski; Armando Neris; Romilly Holland; Kimberley Smith; Edward Perkins


McDermott Will & Emery has an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals, who provide advice that is always incisive and exactly on point.

‘The firm benefits from great global coverage and the lawyers always do the utmost to secure a win for clients.

‘Andrew Savage is very sensible, and takes only the good points.’

Andrew Savage is absolutely dedicated to his clients, a superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. Andrew has an attention to detail that is unrivalled, and he is unrelenting in his desire to serve his client and the case.

‘One of the main achievements of Andrew Savage is that he has built up a team of very impressive associates. These include Edward Perkins and Kimberley Smith, each of whom is a future star – very impressive.’

‘Michael Darowksi is brilliant. He is highly professional, easy to work with, and in control of deadlines, procedural and substantive issues at all stages. He displays effective case management, and has an open and collaborative way of working.’

‘Michael Darowski is tremendously responsive, retains detailed case knowledge over a long period of time, and displays excellent industry and sector knowledge.’

‘Counsel Armando Neris is a superstar, whose intellectual capabilities are no short of extraordinary.’

Key clients

Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company

Petrochemical Holdings

Conapro Dena-BMS SAL

H.I.G. Capital

Panasonic Industry Europe

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe

Legal Action Worldwide

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Albania

Crescent Petroleum



Work highlights

  • Acting for Albania in ICC proceedings, which relate to a concession contract for the Kalivac Hydropower Plant.
  • Acting for Crescent Petroleum in a commercial arbitration against National Iranian Oil Company.
  • Acting for Crescent Petroleum in an ad hoc arbitration against National Iranian Oil Company, in relation to a gas supply agreement.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP‘s ‘team of highly competent and effective litigators‘ is routinely instructed by multinational companies, high-net-worth individuals and nation states, in relation to disputes concerning energy (particularly renewables), infrastructure, finance, technology and innovation. Mark Beeley predominantly focuses on disputes arising out of the energy sector; and London and Geneva-based James Hargrove has longstanding arbitration experience. Elevated to partner in early 2022, Indian and UAE specialist Sarah Stockley acts in energy-related commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Beeley; James Hargrove; Sarah Stockley; Lucy Preston; Harriet Gibson; Alexander Witt


‘Orrick has tremendous expertise in energy disputes, and a team of highly competent and effective litigators.’

‘By comparison to other lawyers in the UK, the lawyers at Orrick are very responsive, have a sound understanding of international arbitration law, and undertake their tasks efficiently.’

‘Mark Beeley is an accomplished and clever lawyer, who is highly committed to delivering results for the client.’

‘Mark Beeley is fully approachable, a team player, knowledgeable on Middle East matters, and above all practical. He is always available for any type of question and collaborative in his approach, which is necessary when working with very active in-house counsel.’

‘Mark Beeley is recommended to anyone wishing, not only to engage counsel to manage litigation/arbitration, but also to strategise on the best options for settlement (even if it means cutting short billable hours incurred in arbitration proceedings).’

‘Mark Beeley, Sarah Stockley and managing associate Lucy Preston have a good understanding of international arbitration proceedings; and considering they were working for a client in a different jurisdiction, they ensured that the objectives of the client were met.’

Lucy Preston is incredibly hardworking, conscientious and astute – nothing gets past her. She has a tonne of experience in complex construction disputes and is beyond reliable.

Lucy Preston is a real talent and a genuine pleasure to work with.

Key clients


Gaztransport & Technigaz




Louis Dreyfus Company

BNP Paribas

Khaitan Holding (Mauritius)


Work highlights

  • Obtained anti-suit injunctive relief, damages and indemnity costs on behalf of  Louis Dreyfus (LD), the order mandating that the dispute be decided through arbitration as per the contractual provisions.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s ‘highly skilled and experienced‘ practice is best known for energy disputes, its recent work including nuclear sector and conventional power plant electricity generation matters. It also specialises in MENA and CIS-related work. Global arbitration practice head Deborah Ruff is ‘one of the top arbitration lawyers in London‘; and within the counsel pool, Julia Kalinina Belcher focuses on complex international disputes, and Charles Golsong is experienced in investor-state disputes and arbitration-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Ruff

Other key lawyers:

Julia Kalinina Belcher; Charles Golsong; Charlotte Stewart-Jones


‘The international arbitration team is highly skilled and experienced – it has great depth of knowledge,’

‘Deborah Ruff is a star performer. She is one of the top arbitration lawyers in London and a great choice for disputes. She is always calm and has excellent strategic instincts.’

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Making a real impact on the London arbitration market‘, Shearman & Sterling LLP acts in commercial and investment treaty disputes under all leading arbitration rules. Arbitration specialist Matthew Skinner is a February 2022 partner hire from Jones Day‘s Singapore office; and at counsel level, Margaret Clare Ryan acts for both companies and states in international arbitrations. London and Abu Dhabi-based Alex Bevan is global international arbitration practice head. Garreth Wong has left for Paul Hastings LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bevan; Matthew Skinner

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Clare Ryan; Alastair Livesey


‘A fantastic team that is making a real impact on the London arbitration market.’

‘For big-ticket, complex disputes, Shearman & Sterling is an obvious choice.’

‘Matthew Skinner is not only very well versed in international arbitration, but also commercially and culturally very astute.’

‘Matthew Skinner is very easy to work with as he knows what the client wants and needs, whatever the cultural context.’

Key clients

EFG International


KLS Energy Lanka Sdn Bhd

KLS Energy Lanka (Private)

Work highlights

  • Representing Malaysian investors in an ICSID arbitration against the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, which relates to the expropriation of a renewable energy generation project.
  • Representing a Swiss bank in connection with a CAA arbitration in Taiwan (and multiple, related court proceedings in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong).
  • Representing an international logistics company in three HKIAC-administered arbitrations (conducted under the UNCITRAL rules).

Signature Litigation LLP

Attracting stellar work‘, specialist dispute resolution firm Signature Litigation LLP focuses on complex, high-value matters that frequently comprise cross-border features. Ioannis Alexopoulos is consistently involved in heavyweight commercial arbitration mandates; Josh Wong‘s practice increasingly includes China and Hong Kong-related instructions; and commercial arbitration expert Daniel Spendlove is particularly focused on finance, mining, and oil and gas mandates. At counsel level, Bernhard Maier is a 2021 recruit from Squire Patton Boggs, while Neil Newing has ‘excellent arbitration experience‘.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Alexopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Josh Wong; Daniel Spendlove; Bernhard Maier; Neil Newing; Ryan Cable


‘The individual lawyers demonstrate their great depth of knowledge and experience in getting to the hub of the matter to distil down the important points, which are then harnessed to generate the appropriate claim and ongoing action.

‘Highly diligent and precise, the lawyers allow clients to sleep more easily, given the maelstrom normally surrounding complex legal matters.’

‘Excellent understanding of state arbitration processes and different systems; and excellent understanding of the law and practice of arbitration. Very responsive team, very good written materials.’

‘The team attracts stellar work from a diverse range of international clients, resolving their most complex disputes, which often have significant political ramifications.’

‘Ioannis Alexopoulos leads a bright and dedicated team. Ioannis, in particular, brings his exceptional experience to bear in making smart strategic calls during challenging cases.’

‘Josh Wong and his colleagues are a highly knowledgeable and intellectually-focused team that fully appreciates and acts upon all the levers within complex litigation, taking full account of the strengths and weakness of all components.’

‘Counsel Neil Newing is very responsive – excellent arbitration experience, and excellent appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of cases.’

‘Senior associate Ryan Cable is experienced and has a good understanding of arbitration processes – quick to absorb information and responsive.

Key clients

Privinvest companies

Discovery Global

Work highlights

  • Currently representing Privinvest and Iskandar Safar in four Swiss arbitrations (currently taking place under supply contracts in relation to a Commercial Court Claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse, Privinvest and others).
  • Representing Discovery Global (DG) in a claim against the Slovak Republic, in which DG alleges it was prevented from conducting oil and gas exploration drilling operations because of unlawful behaviour by state authorities.

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP‘s team routinely leverages its conflict-free status for conflict-referral arbitration work. The practice is also active in Africa-related disputes and the representation of states, and has a growing reputation for cryptocurrency-related matters.  Daniel Wilmotbattles hard‘. Recent expansion includes the recruitment of international commercial and investment treaty arbitration partner Alejandro Garcia and ‘no-nonsense‘ senior associate Mark McMahon from  Clyde & Co and Mayer Brown International LLP, respectively. Philippa Charles is now a full-time arbitrator based out of Twenty Essex.

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Wilmot; Alejandro Garcia; Mark McMahon


‘Stewarts has a solid understanding of commercial arbitration work and is growing its strength in investment arbitration. Its relatively small size enables it to compete with larger firms on price, without risking quality and the capacity to take on large matters.’

‘Stewarts is a truly client-focused outfit, which sets it apart from larger firms elsewhere. The calibre and experience of the group is second to none, and this is reflected from senior partners to associates, who are impressive right down to juniors.

‘Daniel Wilmot stands out as a partner willing to roll up his sleeves for his clients, and he battles hard.’

Work highlights

  • Defending a Nigerian energy company against two ICC arbitrations commenced by a consortium of lenders, in relation to $1bn-plus claims, which involve challenges of jurisdiction and raise novel points on powers of consolidation under the ICC rules.
  • Acting for a sophisticated Cayman-based cryptocurrency market operator in a large-value dispute over the repayment terms for cryptocurrency (advanced for an investment).
  • Acting for a Nigerian engineering consultancy in large-value ICC/ad hoc arbitration claims, which concern the award of large construction/project contracts.

Bracewell (UK) LLP

Focused on Africa and the Middle East, as well as the UK and continental Europe, Bracewell (UK) LLP‘s ‘excellent litigation and arbitration practice‘ is exclusively dedicated to the energy sector. John Gilbert acts in disputes concerning oil and gas exploration and production, the construction and operation of pipelines, and the downstream sector; and the practice of energy specialist Alistair Calvert encompasses complex international arbitrations. Robert Meade is a recently-promoted partner, while Jameela Bond is ‘a first-class senior associate‘.

Practice head(s):

John Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Calvert; Robert Meade; Jameela Bond


‘Excellent litigation and arbitration practice, with a particular specialism in oil and gas and energy matters.’

‘Bracewell’s combination of its oil and gas focus and significant disputes experience differentiates them from a number of its peers. The team, from associate all the way up to partner, are knowledgeable and experienced.

‘Its availability is a key advantage and it always has a client-first mentality.’

‘John Gilbert is an excellent disputes lawyer – he brings a diversity of views to the table when preparing a case; and when engaging with the counterparty, he is able to argue the strands of the argument that are being put forward confidently and coherently.’

‘In complicated arbitration cases with a number of strands, John Gilbert is excellent at assimilating various pieces of information in order to construct a holistic argument.

‘Alistair Calvert will be one of the standout lawyers in the market in years to come.’

‘Robert Meade was the backbone of a recent case – from liaising both internally and with Danish counsel, he pushed the case forward at every opportunity. His progression from senior associate to partner is well deserved.’

‘Senior associate Jameela Bond is a first-class senior associate, who is surely destined for partnership very soon.’

Key clients

Aqua Ventures International FZE

Apache North Sea

Savannah Energy

Work highlights

  • Acted for Aqua Ventures International FZE, and eight individual co-defendants, in proceedings that were commenced by Equitix EEEF Biomass 2, in relation to the sale of a biomass plant in Lincolnshire.
  • Acted for Apache North Sea  in defence of proceedings brought by Schlumberger Oilfield UK, which claimed that amounts were due to it for electric submersible pumps that it supplied to Apache for use in the Forties Field.
  • Representing Savannah Energy in its acquisition of Exxon and Petronas’ entire interests in the Doba oil field in Chad and their shareholding in the Chad-Cameroon pipeline and floating, storage and offloading vessel, which includes advising on pending arbitration .

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton‘s ‘very experienced‘ London practice has an extensive strack record in representing global corporations in international arbitrations in key arbitral centres, such as the LCIA, ICC, SCC, SIAC and HKIAC. Dividing his time between London and New York, global international arbitration group co-head, Christopher Moore, acts as lead counsel and advocate in major international arbitrations; and associate Naomi Tarawali acts in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Former counsel J Cameron Murphy recently joined third party funder Profile Investment.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Moore

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Tarawali; Paul Kleist


‘Very experienced team in investment treaty international arbitration cases and with a strategic view of matters.

‘High-quality advice, even when deadlines are very tight.’

‘Excellent treatment of clients, and a team that is a delight to work with.’

Key clients


Telecom Italia International

Telecom Italia

Idemia France

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vale (as claimant) in an LCIA arbitration involving fraud and breach of warranty claims, in relation to a mining investment in Africa.
  • Acted for Telecom Italia Finance and Telecom Italia in an ICC arbitration, brought by various parties within the Opportunity group of companies.
  • Acting for identity company Idemia in disputes arising from a $100m project to supply ID cards to the Bangladesh Election Commission, including a Singapore-seated UNCITRAL Rules arbitration and a Bangladesh-seated arbitration.

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s London practice handles both commercial and investor-state disputes. It is particularly experienced in life sciences and technology-related matters, but the group also has a strong track record in energy, oil and gas, construction, financial services, infrastructure development, defence/aerospace and insurance/reinsurance-related arbitrations. UK disputes head James Maton defends clients against commercial, contractual, product liability, and public international law disputes, while Laurence Harris is experienced in international arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

James Maton

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Harris; Sascha Grimm; Juan Nascimbene

Key clients

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Work highlights

  • Represented Odyssey Marine Exploration in an arbitration brought under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement against Mexico (UNCITRAL Rules).

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP‘s London practice regularly acts in major international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty cases; and it has notable arbitration strength in the life sciences, consumer goods, energy, technology, insurance, and construction sectors. ‘Brilliant‘ global international arbitration practice co-chair, Jeremy Wilson, acts in price review disputes, and investor-state and commercial arbitrations; and experienced partner Jonathan Gimblett works from both the London and Washington DC offices. Of counsel Monique O’Donoghue routinely acts in commercial dispute matters around the world.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Gimblett; Monique O’Donoghue; Marney Cheek; Clovis Trevino


‘Fantastic caseload – a heavy-hitting arbitration practice at the top of its game.’

‘Jeremy Wilson is brilliant. As an advocate he is superb – careful, lucid and sensible submissions, clearly backed by an immense amount of preparation. A well-deserved reputation of excellence.’

‘Covington & Burling have an exceptionally strong international arbitration practice.’

Key clients


Galp Energia


Samsung Display Co

ACWA Power

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented TotalEnergies (and its Malawian subsidiary, Total Malawi) in a Johannesburg-seated UNCITRAL arbitration against Prima Fuels, in which Total was defending a claim involving alleged unpaid fuel rebates.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

With a ‘wide range of knowledge across different jurisdictions‘, DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s international arbitration practice comprises specialist teams in commercial disputes, as well as insurance and construction-related claims. A 2021 recruit from K&L Gates LLP, ‘fantastic brainstormerClarissa Coleman acts for corporations and individuals in multi-jurisdictional arbitration disputes; Ken Forsyth  has a longstanding arbitration practice; Richard Highleyhas a strong eye for detail‘; and Anthony Menzies is the London lead for the firm’s Latin American practice.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Menzies; Clarissa Coleman

Other key lawyers:

Ken Forsyth; Richard Highley; Sahar Farooqi


‘Excellent quality work, highly approachable, great team spirit, and completely unstuffy.’

‘Strength in depth. The firm has a wide range of expertise in many different sectors, and so can call on that to deal with pretty much any kind of dispute that comes to it.’

‘Wide range of knowledge across different jurisdictions, especially Latin America.’

Key clients

China Taiping


The experience of DWF‘s international arbitration team covers most arbitral forums, while fielding sector experts in energy, infrastructure and technology. It is also experienced in working with clients from Europe, the Middle East and former CIS countries. Richard Twomey acts in technology, energy and financial services disputes; Stefan Paciorek routinely leads large disputes teams across multiple jurisdictions; Antony Woodhouse acts in insurance disputes; and Darren Kenny and Birmingham-based Andrew Leach are CIS specialists. Natasha Gunney is a key director.

Practice head(s):

Richard Twomey

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Paciorek; Antony Woodhouse; Natasha Gunney; Darren Kenny; Andrew Leach; John Groome; Jonathan Moss; Tarik Sharif


The team is experienced and very able, while being affable and easy to get on with.

Richard Twomey is the standout partner at DWF. He is calm, collected, and always thinking of how best to strategise.

Key clients

Trafigura Pte

Doosan Power Systems

Doosan Babcock

Union Pacific Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Trafigura Pte in a claim for insured and uninsured losses, following the loss of cargo after an explosion and fire in an oil terminal in Malaysia.
  • Acting for Doosan Power Systems/Doosan Babcock in delay claims by a contractor, which concern a project to convert a coal-fired power station to biomass.
  • Acting for Union Pacific Capital in resisting the enforcement of a $45m arbitral award.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co‘s commercial arbitration practice covers sectors such as post-transactional and other corporate disputes, energy, financial services, construction and public procurement. The team is also expert in investor-state arbitration, art-related issues and sports disputes. ‘Highly skilled lawyerHendrik Puschmann is well known for his shipping, marine construction and energy work; Kate Allass is ‘a great strategist‘; and John Wilkinson is an asset tracing, fraud and arbitration specialist. Oliver Blundell and Tom Rudkin are the team’s key associates.

Practice head(s):

Hendrik Puschmann

Other key lawyers:

Kate Allass; John Wilkinson; Oliver Blundell


‘Farrers has one of the best disputes teams in London (and anywhere). They do a stupendous job – always available, technically excellent, good drafting, very cost-conscious, and (importantly) unstuffy.’

‘Hendrik Puschmann is highly experienced and highly regarded in the UK, Austria and internationally. Extraordinarily knowledgeable and hardworking, he is also very responsive, and can be relied upon to respond to queries quickly and without fuss.

‘Provides excellent legal advice and service. Hendrik Puschmann and his team answer all questions in due time and in a most satisfying manner – no weaknesses’

‘Hendrik Puschmann is a star arbitration lawyer. His knowledge of the field is encyclopaedic, he is a master tactician, and he manages to condense highly complex matters into clear, comprehensible advice and drafts.

‘Hendrik Puschmann is a highly skilled lawyer.’

‘Hendrik Puschmann is not only very responsive, the input he provides is to the point. He’s always open to pursuing creative avenues and he’s supportive of alternative dispute resolution methods.’

‘Hendrick Puschmann is a really good arbitration practitioner – he sees the wood from the trees and maintains calm under enormous pressure.’

‘Kate Allass is excellent – a great strategist, who is very much a trusted adviser and go-to lawyer for clients with complex disputes.’

Key clients

Hitzinger (in administration)

HTI High Tech Industries (in administration)

International Canoe Federation

Vattenfall Vindkraft

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended an appeal made to CAS by La Federation Francaise de Canoe Kayak et Sports de Pagaie and Le Comite National Olympique et Sportif Francais, alleging that the ICF had not allocated athlete quota places in accordance with the ICF’s Olympic Qualification Rules.
  • Acted for the ICF in Court of Arbitration for Sport proceedings, in relation to Tokyo 2020 and an appeal by the United States Olympic Committee and American Canoe Association, concerning the allocation of athlete quota places.
  • Acted for Vattenfall in relation to claims under various contracts for the Horns Rev 3 project, the largest offshore wind park in Europe.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP‘s ‘London litigation team delivers on large international arbitration projects‘. Predominantly comprising employed barristers and US trial attorneys, the team is experienced in representing clients from the pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, telecoms and financial services sectors. International arbitration chair James Kitching is an ‘exceptionally skilled, first-class lawyer‘, while James Barratt‘s experience includes acting as sole or lead advocate in over 100 international arbitrations. Former special counsel Duncan Saunders joined Baker Botts (UK) LLP in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

James Kitching

Other key lawyers:

James Barratt


‘The Fried Frank London litigation team delivers on large international arbitration projects. It combines significant partner involvement with good associates to deliver excellent client results.’

‘Excellent legal skills, commercial approach and practical advice.

‘Small but focused team, delivering real value.’

Key clients

Perrigo Company

Perrigo Ireland 2


Work highlights

  • Represented Perrigo, the US-listed manufacturer of private-label over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, in relation to a large-value arbitral claim, which resulted from a substantial fraud and alleged breaches of warranties.
  • Represented Cerner, a US-based supplier of health information technology solutions, services, devices and hardware, in a $1.3bn dispute, which resulted from the repudiation by the UK Government of a contract with Fujitsu Services.

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP‘s ‘very strong‘ London arbitration practice focuses on both commercial and investment disputes, predominantly in the international energy and infrastructure sectors. London IDR head Rupert Reece specialises in international arbitration proceedings concerning joint ventures, construction contracts, aerospace, and international commerce; and counsel Hannah McIrvine is the firm’s insurance arbitration specialist in London. ‘Brilliant lawyer‘ and international investment and commercial arbitration expert Saadia Bhatty was promoted to partner in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Reece

Other key lawyers:

Hannah McIrvine; Saadia Bhatty


‘The Gide team is a very strong cross-border team, with various outstanding lawyers in both the Paris and London offices – a particular focus on Africa-related disputes and industries.’

Top-notch lawyers who are specialised in disputes and international investment treaty matters.

Gide’s ability to navigate the waters between French and English on matters involving civil law and common law, and complex issues of international law, make them particularly stand out.

‘Very strong in commercial arbitration and a pleasure to work with – fully up to speed on the latest legal developments.’

‘Saadia Bhatty is a leading international arbitration practitioner and rising superstar – very smart, knows everything about international arbitration and everyone working in international arbitration, finds practical solutions for difficult problems, and speaks French, Urdu and English fluently.’

‘Saadia Bhatty is a brilliant lawyer- well versed in both civil law and common law, as well as a sharp and responsive person who is a true joy to work with.’

Saadia Bhatty’s breadth of experience in Africa and input are very valuable – great ability to articulate complex issues clearly, and she is always very well prepared and meticulous.

‘Saadia Bhatty’s dedication and commitment are commendable.’

Key clients

China Railway 18th Bureau Group Company

Hope Services

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Powerchina Huadong Engineering Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of Chinese Contractors in two arbitrations against a Vietnamese state-owned company, which concern a contract for the design, engineering, and construction of tunnels for a hydroelectric project.
  • Acting for US-based Hope Services (as claimant) in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Cameroon (brought under the 1986 USA-Cameroon BIT).
  • Acting for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in an ICSID arbitration, which relates to an agreement for the exploitation of a copper and gold mine.

Gowling WLG

Very experienced in international arbitration‘, Gowling WLG‘s international arbitration practice acts in high-stakes commercial and investment arbitrations under the major institutional rules, as well as in ad hoc proceedings; and the team has notable sector experience in construction and engineering, IP/technology, life sciences and natural resources. Gordon Bell is international arbitration head; Mike Stewart acts in construction and infrastructure project-related disputes; and Birmingham-based Tom Price is ‘an excellent litigator‘. Legal director Elinor Crowther specialises in international disputes, particularly arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Bell

Other key lawyers:

Mike Stewart; Tom Price; Dan Wood; Jamie Rowlands; Elinor Crowther; Patrick Fox; Dominic Sinnott


‘Regardless of how many details have to be tackled, the team never loses sight of what really matters.’

‘The team is excellent from top to bottom.’

‘The lawyers are very experienced in international arbitration and able to give their clients excellent advice.’

‘The individuals here are uniformly excellent- good lawyers, good tacticians and very pleasant to work with.

‘Impressive legal drafting style – lucid yet with punch to it.’

‘The people working in this firm are more receptive than their competitors, and they pay attention to detail.’

Tom Price is an excellent lawyer, very responsive, and great to work with.’

‘Particularly notable is Tom Price, who is an excellent litigator. He is hardworking, tenacious and very practical.’

Key clients

Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Albania


Outstanding for arbitration work‘, HFW‘s practice fields sector specialists in construction, energy, trade and commodities, shipping and aviation, along with insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services. Damian Honey has considerable international arbitration experience, particularly in relation to commodities, trade finance, banking, energy and fraud; Adam Strong acts in investor/state international arbitrations; Michael Sergeant is a Middle East disputes expert; and Andrew Williams has a broad disputes practice. Former partner Costas Frangeskides departed in late 2021 for Wordley Partnership.

Practice head(s):

Damian Honey

Other key lawyers:

Adam Strong; Michael Sergeant; Andrew Williams; Michael Buffham; Gordon Rieck


‘Outstanding for arbitration work – the team went into great depths to analyse the complex issues and to find the correct expert in the UK. Day or night, the lawyers were available to discuss all important developments that arose.’

HFW has a broad range of sector-specific experience, plus significant volumes of litigation and arbitration claimant-side matters.

HFW compares very very well. Strong fee-earners, strong back-office support, value-for-money fee rates, and prepared to risk-share.

‘Adam Strong is singled out for his ability to run complex multi-track arbitrations.’

‘Damian Honey and Andrew Williams are a class act, with complementary skills in running multi-jurisdictional cases covering the England, BVI and ADGM courts. They provide a strong team with super international reach.’

‘Damian Honey is a clever strategist and excellent client manager. Andrew Williams blends excellent technical knowledge with an approachable style.’

‘Adam Strong is very solid.’

‘Adam Strong – great combination of technical ability, commercial sensitivity and strategic acumen.

Howard Kennedy LLP

With its primary international markets being India, the Middle East and Africa, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s ‘absolutely excellent‘ international arbitration team handles international cases that frequently involve states or state-owned parties; and its sector focus covers energy, commodities, IT, technology, and hotels and leisure. The recent track record of practice head Duncan Bagshaw includes major cases involving groundbreaking international arbitration law issues. In May 2022, Arish Bharucha was hired as partner and India group chair from Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Bagshaw

Other key lawyers:

Arish Bharucha; Shelley Drenth


‘A truly personalised service – the lawyers work tirelessly for their clients’ specific needs. This approach has come from the top – partners are hands on, and engaged – but has trickled down to all levels of the business. Absolutely excellent.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw is an exceptionally professional litigator..’

‘The team is headed by the terrifically talented advocate Duncan Bagshaw, who has acted in several high-profile cases. In international tribunals, he understands the temperature of the room like a thermometer.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw is a determined advocate who won’t leave a hearing without a victory.

Duncan Bagshaw – extremely likeable and with infectious enthusiasm. Impressively broad range of clients, particularly from Africa.’

‘Arish Bharucha – few people are better connected in the Indian arbitration scene than Arish -a very user-friendly operator.’

‘Arish Bharucha is a thoughtful partner, but with a strong sense of what is commercially practicable. Excellent at advising clients, particularly on strategic decisions where the position changes as the proceedings progress.

‘Arish Bharucha is extremely intelligent and diligent. He is also a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Eurafric Power

Texas Brine Company

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Work highlights

  • Acting for Isaltina Lucas, the former Director of Treasury and Deputy Finance Minister of Mozambique, in Commercial Court proceedings, that relate to an alleged massive conspiracy and bribery scandal.
  • Acting for one of the largest banks in Africa in large-value arbitration proceedings against an international energy company.
  • Acting for Eurafric, a global energy company, in the enforcement of a large-value arbitration award against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which concerned a power generation-related contract.

King & Wood Mallesons

Acting in high-stakes commercial arbitrations, King & Wood Mallesons‘s clients benefit from the firm’s combination of commercial arbitration expertise, public international law credentials, and knowledge of both the English Courts and offshore jurisdictions. The practice also has substantial Asia Pacific, Europe, US and Middle East coverage. London and Dubai-based CIS/CE specialist Andrei Yakovlev focuses on disputes in the energy, telecoms, financial services, and metals and mining sectors, while next generation partner Wilson Antoonfocuses on what is important‘.

Practice head(s):

Andrei Yakovlev; Wilson Antoon

Other key lawyers:

James McKenzie; Viktoriya Krasyuk


‘Flexible, pragmatic and easy to work with.’

‘The lawyers are very able to deal with a wide range of disputes, including large and complex international arbitrations and enforcement/challenge proceedings.’

‘Wilson Antoon is very sharp. He gets straight to the point and focuses on what is important. He is a pleasure to work with, and is hands on when he needs to be.’

Key clients

NJSC Naftogaz Ukrayiny

Work highlights

  • Representing Naftogaz in a shareholder dispute-related LCIA arbitration, in what is effectively a battle with Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoyski for control of Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.
  • Defending a Chinese entity against an HKIAC arbitration, which concerns a HK$5.8bn dispute over a terminated share subscription agreement.
  • Defending an aluminium trader against a London Metals Exchange arbitration, which concerns a contract for sale and fraud allegations.


Acting for major corporations and financial institutions, as well as state and federal governments, Milbank‘s international arbitration practice regularly acts in high-stakes, large-value arbitration proceedings; and handling all its own advocacy, the practice has particular strength in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors. The track record of global international arbitration head Tom Canning includes leading arbitrations conducted under all the major arbitral rules, while Julian Stait leads the broader disputes team. Peter Edworthy is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Julian Stait; Tom Canning

Other key lawyers:

Peter Edworthy

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Extremely experienced across the range of international commercial arbitration‘, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP‘s London practice routinely handles major disputes in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS region. International commercial, oil, gas, and energy arbitration specialist David Waldron, ‘has clients’ complete confidence‘; and Peter Sharp‘s arbitration experience includes several LCIA and ICC arbitrations. Providing additional partner-level support are Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan, while partner Paul Mesquitta acts in arbitrations across various sectors.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Ryan; David Waldron; Peter Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Chris Warren-Smith; Paul Mesquitta


‘A wealth of top-quality experience, huge tactical acumen and strategic intelligence.’

Morgan Lewis is a go-to international arbitration firm. It can assemble large teams of experienced solicitors to work on large and complex international arbitrations; and its solicitors come from diverse backgrounds but work hard as a team.

‘A very experienced international commercial arbitration outfit – hugely experienced and punching above its weight.’

Extremely experienced across the range of international commercial arbitration in numerous sectors, but particularly energy matters.

David Waldron is a wise head who always under-promises and over-delivers. Despite his seniority, he gets stuck into the detail and has clients’ complete confidence. He fights the cases that should be fought and settles the ones that should be settled.

‘David Waldron is very experienced and gets on excellently with clients. He is very commercial.

‘Peter Sharp is an excellent lawyer and decisive in his advice.’

Peter Sharp is an outstanding leader, who knows when to delegate and when to step in.’

Morrison Foerster

Providing ‘a phenomenal level of service to its clients‘, Morrison Foerster stands out for its TMT sector expertise, as well as its Africa disputes credentials. ‘An exceptionally bright lawyer‘, Chiraag Shah acts for clients in institutional, ad hoc and treaty arbitrations around the world, and Gemma Anderson is a cross-border disputes specialist. The practice of recently promoted of counsel Richard Jerman covers arbitration proceedings, while the arbitration workload of associate Shawna Pasquale includes cross-border commercial contract and fraud disputes.

Practice head(s):

Chiraag Shah; Gemma Anderson

Other key lawyers:

Richard Jerman; Shawna Pasquale


‘Morrison & Foerster is an outstanding top-level firm operating in the international arbitration sector. It provides a phenomenal level of service to its clients.’

‘The team works with clients very assertively while maintaining a relaxed environment. The lawyers really knows how to keep the pressure down and focus on the points at issue.

‘Whether clients are working with a partner or associate, they know from the start that they know their brief, the procedure and the law. There is no messing around at all; and clients always know where they stand as far as fees are concerned.’


Carter-Ruck‘s London team handles arbitrations before major international forums, with its geographical coverage including South Asia, Eastern Europe/CIS and the Middle East. International arbitration head Cameron Doley regularly leads large-scale arbitration claims, while consultant Alasdair Pepper manages complex international arbitrations. Lawrence Northmore-Ball and François Holmey are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Doley

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Pepper; Lawrence Northmore-Ball; François Holmey; Charles Enderby Smith; Jennifer Harvey


‘Top firm for all aspects of reputation management, extending to international arbitration and commercial litigation.’

‘The team members combine their strong industry experience with thorough knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues, to provide clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.’

‘The team at Carter-Ruck is highly experienced and provides an excellent service. It is particularly adept at handling cases that involve political, geopolitical and diplomatic sensitivities, and the lawyers rarely put a foot wrong in such contexts.’

‘Cameron Doley is a go-to lawyer whenever a particularly difficult or sensitive case arises, especially one with geopolitical aspects. His dedication to his clients’ interests is pretty much unparalleled.’

‘Cameron Doley has a first-rate intellect and his analysis of the position (both legally and in terms of wider context) is as good as it gets.’

‘Cameron Doley and senior associate Lawrence Northmore-Ball both provide practical, creative legal advice that focuses on clients’ strategic and commercial objectives.’

‘Lawrence Northmore-Ball is a skilled technical lawyer and an absolute delight to work with.’

‘François Holmey was a standout senior associate. He was on top of all aspects of the legal detail, while also managing client issues very effectively.’

Key clients

Al Jazeera Media Network

The State of Qatar

Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy – FIFA World Cup 2022

Qatar Armed Forces

beIN Media Group

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP‘s London team acts in complex, cross-border commercial arbitrations across the telecoms, construction, mining, aviation, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors. London and Dubai-based Charles Buderi is experienced in disputes concerning the petroleum industry, international commercial transactions, and infrastructure development; and Mark Handley specialises in cross-border arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Charles Buderi; Mark Handley

Other key lawyers:

Justin Jacinto; Luciana Ricart; Milo Molfa; William Hampson; Serena Boscia Montalbano

Key clients

State of Libya

Antrix Corporation

Republic of Uganda

Republic of Kazakhstan

State of Kuwait

Argentine Republic

Republic of Cyprus

Danieli & C Officine Meccaniche



Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the State of Libya before the UK Supreme Court in a case that concerned the procedure for service of English court proceedings.
  • Acting for the Republic of Uganda in two, large-value transportation and infrastructure-related UNCITRAL arbitrations.
  • Defending the State of Kuwait in an ICSID arbitration, the case brought by Italian and Spanish companies under the Italy-Kuwait BIT and the Spain-Kuwait BIT, and involving a $800m public infrastructure project in Kuwait.

gunnercooke LLP

gunnercooke LLP‘s dispute resolution practice has significant experience in conducting disputes work under the rules of major international arbitral bodies, such as LCIA, ICC and ICSID. David Breslin (former international arbitration head at Fladgate LLP) acts in international arbitration in the insurance, financial services, energy and international trade sectors.

Other key lawyers:

David Breslin; Philip Rubens; Julie Forsyth; Andre Yeghiazarian

Hausfeld & Co LLP

During 2022, Hausfeld & Co LLP‘s ‘amazingly responsiveJohn McElroy was promoted to London commercial disputes head. Commercial arbitration specialist Ned Beale is a 2021 recruit from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, where he was international arbitration head; and newly elevated London managing partner Lianne Craig and Lucy Pert both also have arbitration experience.

Practice head(s):

John McElroy

Other key lawyers:

Ned Beale; Lianne Craig; Lucy Pert


‘Strong on litigation strategy and methodical.’

‘Proactive and sensible in its approach, with advice delivered clearly and pragmatically.’

‘Lucy Pert, Ned Beale and John McElroy stand out as leaders in their field.’

‘John McElroy is an amazingly responsive and likeable professional – always available to help.’

‘Ned Beale is great. A real lawyer with a true sense of justice.’

‘Ned Beale is clearly both an expert and experienced. Great at planning the litigation workload and strategising.’

‘Ned Beale and Lucy Pert are well regarded in the international arbitration market.’

‘Ned Beale is a first-class operator. Smooth and steely, he sets the route to victory and then delivers.’

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s significant caseload covers high-value arbitration matters that are seated predominantly in London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Adrian Jones is a highly regarded international arbitration partner; Darren Wall routinely acts in commodities and dry shipping disputes; and Paul Taylor is experienced in ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Jones

Other key lawyers:

Darren Wall; Paul Taylor


Acting in large and complex cases, O'Melveny‘s ‘very responsive‘ international dispute and arbitration practice group in London is headed by technology, professional services and financial services-related disputes expert, David Foster. Foster regularly acts in commercial arbitrations, his experience including representing sovereign states in both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Knapton; Lauren Sweet


‘The team is very responsive, and clients always feel that they can pick up the phone or send an email and that they will be attended to promptly.’

‘The communications are good from partner level down, and clients particularly like the fact that the arbitration team in London is diverse and that women are well represented.’

‘David Foster’s arbitration knowledge is exceptional, and he is very good at guiding clients through the pitfalls that might arise during the arbitral process. He is also very user friendly and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Asiana Airlines

Arie Lyampert

1Globe Capital

Net Insurance

Jason Cox

Amaury Sechet

Carbogen Amcis

Carbogen Amcis

Dishman Carbogen Amcis


ONTIER LLP‘s London team specialises in multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, with recent workloads involving Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Oliver Cain‘s experience includes international arbitrations under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA and LMAA, as well as ad-hoc arbitration proceedings. Former partner Paul Ferguson recently joined Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Cain

Other key lawyers:

Felicity Potter; Aoife Keane


‘A tough but sensible team.’

‘The team is very professional and responsive.’

‘Oliver Cain is a very dedicated, trustworthy, professional and client-oriented lawyer.’

Key clients

Advanced Control Systems

Luzar Trading

Adquantum Trading

Compass Bank & Trust Corporation


Calvin Ayre

Brunswick Gold

Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading

Grupo Mexico SAB de CV

Brunswick Rail

Work highlights

  • Acting for a former major shareholder in two banks in a $85m dispute.
  • Acting for a Cypriot company in relation to a $100m dispute concerning a Canadian mining company.
  • Acted for a major European steel producer in relation to LCIA arbitration proceedings brought by a Swiss commodities trader.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP‘s international arbitration practice is best known for its Middle East expertise, along with its strength in infrastructure and construction arbitrations. Dividing his time between London and Dubai, Alexander Burton leads the international dispute management practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Burton

Other key lawyers:

Navinder Grover; Lucy James; James Ignotus; Eve Cristo; James Lancaster


‘Down-to-earth approach, making often complex legal arguments easy to understand.’

‘Very approachable and always available.’

A very strong team.

‘The team is very client committed and does a great job of getting stuck into the client team, allowing for a great working relationship.’

‘Excellent team – very quick to respond to queries.’

Helps its clients handle stressful situations while maintaining good humour throughout.

Key clients

TransCanada Turbines

Saudi Selevision Company

AAL Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for TransCanada Turbines (TCT) in resisting a section 69 Arbitration Act 1996 appeal against two arbitration awards in favour of TCT.
  • Represented Selevision Saudi Company in seeking to recognise and enforce a DIFC-LCIA arbitration award against beIN.
  • Acted for AAL Group (global helicopter leasing firm) in obtaining arbitration awards for approximately $20m.

Zaiwalla & Co

Regularly representing parties from India, the Middle East and Iran, Zaiwalla & Co‘s ‘highly effective and responsive‘ team has notable experience in substantial international arbitrations. The ‘exceptionally brightLeigh Crestohl heads up the international arbitration department, while Sarosh Zaiwalla‘s track record includes acting as counsel in over 1200 international arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Crestohl

Other key lawyers:

Sarosh Zaiwalla; Saurabh Bhagotra


‘The team at Zaiwalla & Co was highly effective and responsive. It took instructions from clients efficiently, allowing Counsel to put together arbitration statements rapidly, and its instructions were clear and commercially sensible.

‘Manages to encourage individual responsibility and contributions in a way that sets it apart from nearly all City firms. It is also not afraid to be unpopular or strike out on its own path.’

‘An excellent team that is rightly highly regarded in the market.’

‘Works regularly on complex cross-border disputes, providing cost-effective solutions without compromising quality of service.’

‘Leigh Crestohl provides creative solutions and result oriented’

‘Leigh Crestohl – focused and an excellent problem solver.

‘Leigh Crestohl is exceptionally bright, insightful and tough. Great with clients.

Senior Solicitor Saurabh Bhagotra is an excellent lawyer, great team player, and very safe pair of hands for even the most difficult cases.

Key clients

Sharp Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sharp Corporation, as buyer, in relation to its section 69 English Arbitration Act 1996 appeal, in relation to two sale contracts.