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Will Thomas

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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International Arbitration and Public International Law


Will specialises in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and public international law, and has particular expertise in the energy, telecoms and projects sectors. He has represented parties, as counsel and advocate, in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitral proceedings, including before ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL tribunals. Will has also acted for parties in proceedings before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.


Will joined Freshfields in 2017, and is an English Solicitor-Advocate.


Will speaks fluent English and French.


Foreign law firms

Within: Foreign law firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advises large corporations and international banks on corporate, investment and sanctions-related matters. Highlights included Stephan Denk advising Pomegranate Investment on sanctions-related matters including compliance, and practice head Farid Sigari-Majd acting for Austria-based bank Oberbank on a financing agreement with Iranian banks. International commercial arbitration and investment arbitration expert Will Thomas joined the firm’s London office from Eversheds Sutherland LLP in September 2016.

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London: Dispute resolution

Public international law

Within: Public international law

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is best known for inter-state disputes before the International Court of Justice (ICJ); and representing states and investors in investor-state claims, with the London office recently particularly focused on Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and India. It also has a well-established sanctions practice. Examples of work include representing Chile in a dispute with Bolivia before the ICJ, concerning Bolivia’s claim to sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean. Sylvia Noury has particular expertise in the energy, natural resources and telecoms sectors, and advises corporate and government clients; examples of Noury’s work include securing a $100m International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes award for Vestey in an arbitration against the Government of Venezuela , which related to the expropriation of its cattle farming business. Reza Mohtashami represents both investors and governments, and has particular expertise in investment treaty arbitrations; Will Thomas’s experience includes successfully defending a Middle Eastern State in the first-ever bilateral investment treaty case brought against it; and Paul Bowden leads the firm’s global business and human rights team. Jean-Paul Dechamps is a key counsel, who has extensive experience in investment disputes in Latin America and other emerging markets, involving the oil and gas, electricity, shipping, mining, and food distribution sectors.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Known for its strength in EU public law, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Tom Snelling, together with IP partner Giles Pratt, was retained by Japan Tobacco International to challenge the validity of the TPD in the CJEU, and to bring a major judicial review against the SSH regarding new laws on plain packaging for certain tobacco products; both cases have had a significant impact on the market, with the TPD being upheld by the CJEU and the Supreme Court denying an appeal in the UK proceedings. Nuclear sector work is among the firm’s core industry focuses, with Sally Roe representing EnergySolutions EU (now trading as ATK Energy EU) in a procurement dispute against the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and how it conducted a tender for contracts to decommission 12 nuclear sites; the case will be appealed in the Supreme Court. The Ministry of Defence, Barnardo's and The AIRE Centre are additional clients of the practice, which includes regulatory and human rights expert Paul Bowden. Recent personnel changes included Will Thomas’s hire from Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP and Raj Parker’s departure to Matrix Chambers.

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