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Vinson & Elkins RLLP
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International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration




Louise is a partner in the London office and a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution practice group. Louise’s practice focuses on international arbitration, particularly investor-state disputes, commercial litigation and arbitration, and public international law. Her experience includes arbitration under all the major institutional arbitration rules (ICC, SCC, LCIA, LMAA, ICSID, PCA and HKIAC) as well as ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules. Louise is admitted in England as a Solicitor Advocate.

Louise acts for clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including banking and financial services, construction, and the real estate development and energy sectors, and has experience in shareholder disputes and professional negligence claims. Louise also spent six months at a leading global automotive finance company, where she worked as in-house counsel.


French (fluent), Spanish (conversational)


University College London, B.A., Hons English, 2003
City University, London, GDL, 2005
BPP Professional Education, London, LPC, 2006
Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (Higher Rights of Audience: 2016)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Vinson & Elkins RLLP ‘produces excellent work and is fully available to clients‘. The practice is well known for its significant energy sector roots, but it has also expanded into advising financial services, technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, construction and engineering clients. In addition, the firm has a robust investor-state arbitration practice. James Loftis leads the group from Houston; the London names to note are Nick Henchie, Louise Woods and Alexander Slade, who was recently promoted to counsel, and senior associate Georgina Barlow.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration

Vinson & Elkins LLP  counts Panama Canal Authority as a major client, currently in connection with its defense in a series of arbitrations arising from disputes with construction contractor GrupoUnidos por el Canal relating to the design and construction of the third set of locks for the Panama Canal expansion project. James Lloyd Loftis heads the practice from the firm’s Houston office; the team also includes London-based Louise Woods, Washington DC-based Alden Atkins and the recently promoted partner Scott Stiegler. Mark Beeley left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP  in 2018, but in mid-2019 the practice was bolstered with the arrival of Camilo Cardozo  and associate José Sanchez from Paul Hastings LLP.