Laura Rees-Evans > Fietta LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fietta LLP
1 FITZROY SQUARE
LONDON
W1T 5HE
England

Position

Laura is an English-qualified solicitor and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings). Laura’s practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious aspects of public international law and international arbitration.  Laura is widely recognised in the leading legal directories for her expertise in these fields.  She is recognised as a “Rising Star” in public international law in the Legal 500 UK Solicitors 2022 and 2023; and in Chambers UK Guide 2023 as an “associate to watch” in the field of public international law.  She was also included in the inaugural Lawdragon Global Litigation 500 in February 2021 for her expertise in public international law.

Laura advises on a wide range of public international law (PIL) issues, including international investment law; State immunity and the immunity of international organisations; international human rights law; international humanitarian law; the law of the sea; statehood and sovereignty issues; treaty interpretation; and UN procedure. She has acted as counsel in ad hoc inter-State proceedings conducted under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

She has acted for both claimant investors and respondent States in complex and high-value international investment arbitrations under all of the major arbitral rules (ICSID, SCC, UNCITRAL), and in multiple different industries, most recently in the banking, private equity, and extractives sectors.  Laura also regularly advises on PIL issues before domestic courts (including, in particular, State immunity issues, recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, and set-aside proceedings), and is currently advising a client defending set-aside proceedings in which a reference has been made to the CJEU.

Laura has delivered numerous training courses to officials of State clients and lectures at academic and other institutions on topics of PIL and international arbitration. Recent highlights include providing training to Government officials of two Asian States on various topics within the law of the sea; delivering lectures to post-graduate students on the Diplomatic Studies Programme and as part of the Public International Law Discussion Group series at the University of Oxford; and teaching at King’s College London. Laura is frequently invited to speak at conferences and has authored and co-authored numerous articles on topics of PIL and international arbitration.

In 2018-2019, Laura spent six months at the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where she was advising the British Government on PIL issues arising out of Brexit. Laura has continued to focus on such issues since her return to Fietta LLP. She is a member of LexisNexis’s Q&A panel of experts for its Arbitration and Brexit practice areas. Laura is a founding board member of the Young Public International Law Group, a network of PIL practitioners from law firms, the bar, international organisations, governments and academic institutions. She is a member of the International Law Association (British Branch) and a member of ArbitralWomen.

Career

Fietta LLP, counsel (2020 onward), senior associate (2017-2020), associate (2016); Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, assistant legal advisor (on sabbatical from Fietta LLP, October 2018-March 2019); Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, associate (2015-2016); Volterra Fietta, associate (2012-2015); Linklaters LLP, trainee solicitor (2010-2012) (6-month secondment to UBS); European Commission Delegation to the United Nations, Legal and Disarmament Affairs advisor (2009)

Languages

English (native), Italian (advanced), French (elementary)

Education

Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) (2016)

Admitted to practise in England & Wales (2012)

M.A. in Jurisprudence (2010), University of Oxford

Legal Practice Course (2009), University of Law (London)

LLM in International Legal Studies (2008), New York University (Graduate editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics; Research Assistant to Professor Benedict Kingsbury)

B.A. in Jurisprudence, with Law Studies in Italy (first class honours) (2007), University of Oxford (President of the Worcester College Law Society (2004-5))

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

(Rising stars)

Laura Rees-EvansFietta LLP

The strongest PIL boutique in London‘, Fietta LLP has ‘vast experience in PIL matters‘. Dedicated to PIL and international arbitration work, the practice is routinely instructed by sovereign clients in their most sensitive PIL matters globally; and in contentious work, the team represents both investors and respondent states in investment arbitration. With ‘remarkable knowledge of PIL‘, founding partner Stephen Fietta KC regularly acts for sovereign states in high-profile territorial disputes; and Jiries Saadeh, ‘an absolute star of his generation‘, represents state and investor clients in international investment treaty cases. At counsel level, Australian lawyer Ashique Rahman is a founding board member of the Young Public International Law Group, a network of PIL practitioners; and Laura Rees-Evans and Oonagh Sands also both assist with complex PIL issues.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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.