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Ben Knowles

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Clyde & Co LLP


Ben is the Co-Chair of the Global Arbitration Group and Chair of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group, he focuses on International Arbitration primarily in the Upstream Oil & Gas and Trade & Commodities sectors and acts for a range of international clients.

In 2013, Ben was recognised as a Reuters Super Lawyer, demonstrating excellence in the practice of law.

Ben has substantial dispute resolution experience, specialising in international arbitration including at the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LME and LMAA. One of Ben's recent Claimant cases was recognised by the American Lawyer arbitration scorecard as one of the top 10 Awards by quantum.

Ben led our substantial legal team on the high profile USD multi-billion arbitration between the Government of Yemen and various US oil interests. That case which resulted in a win for Yemen in 2008 is recognised as one of the major arbitration successes of its kind. Since then, Ben has continued to have a number of major successes for Yemen.

The Legal 500 has described Ben as "excellent" and "extremely efficient and hardworking," Ben Knowles "takes a great deal of trouble to gain the confidence of the clients."


Qualified in College of law in 1993; joining Clyde & Co in 1993 as a Partner, Ben became Co-Chair of the Global Arbitration Group in January 2014 and Chair of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in 2017. He was also a member of the Global Management Board from 2009 to 2017.


  • Representing the Government of Yemen in a USD multi-billion energy arbitration at the ICC
  • Representing a major NOC in various arbitrations arising out of anti-dumping legislation
  • Representing an international offshore company in relation to the expropriation of assets by a South American government

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Clyde & Co LLP's 'outstanding team' is focused on international arbitration in sectors such as insurance, infrastructure, energy and natural resources, transportation and trade and commodities. It acted as lead counsel for an energy equipment manufacturer in an ICC arbitration proceeding governed by Brazilian law in New York, which sought a declaration that an insurer was bound by a supply contract's arbitration agreement. Maurice Kenton  is 'an extremely diligent and resourceful specialist in international arbitration'; Ben Knowles and David Leckie are well known for energy matters; and Peter Hirst is an insurance and Latin America specialist. Lee Bacon, David Reynolds, Richard Power, Ricardo Lewandowski and Devika Khanna are also highly regarded. David Hesse and Alejandro Garcia joined from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and Winston & Strawn London LLP, respectively.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Clyde & Co LLP has extensive experience dealing with highly sensitive cross-border disputes for and against governments in emerging markets and challenging jurisdictions, such as Russia and CIS, CEE, Latin America and Asia. The team regularly advises on WTO, EU and other regulatory issues associated with investments; it is well known for its work on sanctions; and the firm's traditional sectors of shipping, insurance and transportation also bring in public international law-related mandates. Ben Knowles  led advice to the Republic of Yemen in ICSID proceedings against a Chinese contractor, Beijing Urban Construction Group, which concerned the construction of a new international terminal building at Yemen's Sana'a International Airport. John Whittaker acts for and against governments in relation to investment disputes, sovereign immunity and sanction issues; and Clare Hatcher is another key contact.

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