Mr Colin Gibson > Fieldfisher > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Commercial Litigation




Colin heads up the Dispute Resolution team at Fieldfisher and sits on the firm’s Executive Committee.

The Dispute Resolution team has grown from a modest team in 2013 (turnover £8.4m) to more than 100 fee earners and a turnover of more than £30m in the financial year 2019/20.

As well as presiding over a step change in the value and importance of the team’s work (biggest case now worth circa €6bn), Colin has overseen the recruitment of the largest team of Russian-speaking lawyers in London (30+) and several key partners (Vivien Davies, Stewart Perry, Simon Sloane, Andrew Sanderson, Daniel Hayward, Tracey Wright, James Lappin, Donna Goldsworthy).

As well as leading the team, Colin was the Lead Partner on the internationally important Yukos Finance case (against CMS), where he successfully represented two of five defendants in getting all claims dismissed against them.

He also led on Mavuli Caboose v RP&C (against Taylor Wessing) and Oro Agri v Vivagro (against Powell Gilbert). He currently leads on Astor v Atalaya (against Hogan Lovells) and Profile Partners/Rune Hauge.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Leading individuals)

Colin GibsonFieldfisher

With over 30 London-based Russian speakers in its team, Fieldfisher continues to stand out as a pre-eminent firm for disputes involving former Soviet Union countries. The firm continues to further expand its global capabilities; in February 2022, the department welcomed Shivani Sanghi, who is dual qualified in the UK and India, from Covington & Burling LLP. ‘Extraordinarily clever litigatorColin Gibson heads up the practice, and is ‘able to provide a strong strategic direction‘ to the group.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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.