François Holmey > Carter-Ruck > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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François is a Senior Associate at Carter-Ruck.  He has a wide-ranging practice in public international law, international human rights, international sanctions, commercial and investment arbitration, business and human rights, ESG and international environmental law. He also advises on media, intellectual property and commercial matters.

François has substantial experience in public international law and international dispute resolution, including ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitrations, and matters before the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. He also has significant experience of litigation in the EU courts, both in the General Court and the Court of Justice, as well as the English courts, including the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has also acted in other dispute resolution forums, such as the Advertising Standards Authority and the EU and UK Intellectual Property Offices.

Prior to joining Carter-Ruck, François worked for a leading international law firm. He has done pro bono work for the Varda Group, Just Fair, the Free Representation Unit, the Waterloo Legal Advice Service and Lawyers Without Borders, and has previously interned with UNESCO.



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François completed a Masters in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford (with First Class Honours), as well as the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in London (both with distinction). He also holds a Masters in International Law, Development and Globalisation at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (with distinction and best overall performance in his year).

François is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) of England and Wales.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

Carter-Ruck‘s international law team is widely praised for its expertise in advising clients who are the subject of targeted sanctions and restrictive measures at domestic, EU or international levels. International law head Guy Martin is ‘an outstanding international lawyer‘; senior partner Cameron Doley acts in cases before the United Nations, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights; and Alasdair Pepper‘s client base includes companies, state heads and political figures. At senior associate level, Charles Enderby Smith advises on international sanctions, while François Holmey and Lawrence Northmore-Ball both act in large PIL cases.