Mr Patrick Taylor > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work Department

International Dispute Resolution Group.


Mr. Taylor’s practice focuses on commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with particular experience in the upstream oil & gas, energy and telecommunications sectors, and tax-related disputes. A UK-qualified solicitor and solicitor-advocate, Mr. Taylor has advised and represented clients in disputes throughout the world, most frequently in Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS. Mr. Taylor has acted in arbitrations under the rules of ICSID, the LCIA, the ICC, UNCITRAL, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian Arbitration and Conciliation Act and the Milan Chamber of Arbitration.




Mr. Taylor graduated with an LL.B. honours law degree from Cambridge University in 2001 and was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2005. He is bi-lingual English/French.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Patrick TaylorDebevoise & 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.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has ‘a strong practice with industry and geographical knowledge, attention to detail, and commercial awareness‘. The London office works closely with teams in New York, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and other global centres to handle transactions in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, India, Russia and the CIS, and Latin America. It focuses predominantly on investments, M&A, projects, disputes and joint ventures. Geoffrey Burgess, who maintains a highly international M&A practice, with a focus on Africa, India and Russia/CIS, leads the practice alongside capital markets partner James Scoville, chair of European and Asian litigation Lord Peter Goldsmith KC and co-chair of the Africa practice Patrick Taylor. International counsel Vera Losonci, who focuses on equity and debt offerings, is also a key adviser on emerging markets issues, notably in Russia and the CIS. Burgess is described by one client as  ‘a strong advocate who brings a commercial reasonableness to the table to get deals done‘.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

One of the leading PIL firms in the world‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s London practice consistently acts for sovereign governments, corporations, international organisations, NGOs and high-profile individuals. Recent work ranges from BIT claims, humanitarian law and international human rights law, to international environmental law, Law Of The Sea, state immunity, and acts of state doctrine. Former UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith KC is global co-chair of the firm’s PIL group, his track record including appearing before several international courts and tribunals; Samantha Rowe focuses on PIL and international arbitration matters; and co-head of the firm’s Africa practice group, Patrick Taylor, advises on PIL issues, human rights and investment disputes. The second line of practitioners features experienced international counsels Aimee-Jane Lee and Conway Blake, along with senior associate Merryl Lawry-White, who ‘has excellent knowledge and experience in PIL matters‘; and Monika Hlavkova, whose ‘preparation is impeccable‘.