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Dominic Pellew

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Dispute resolution/international arbitration.


Dominic qualified as an English solicitor in 1995, and spent the early part of his career with Herbert Smith, working in the London, Moscow and Paris offices. From 2007 to 2010 he headed the dispute resolution practice of Lovells in Moscow. Between 2010 and 2013 he was a partner at Baker Botts, and in early 2014 he joined Dentons. His work typically focuses on high value disputes under English law-governed contracts, such as shareholder agreements, construction contracts, loans and other financing documentation. These disputes have a strong international element and often require consideration of other systems of law and conflicts of laws. Dominic also has particular experience of Russian and French law (he qualified as a French avocat in 2006), and is often called on to work with lawyers in other jurisdictions in relation to, for example, applications for interim measures. Dominic is an experienced advocate and cross-examiner and has conducted more than twenty hearings as 'first chair'. Dominic's clients come from a variety of industry sectors, including banking and finance, construction, oil and gas, and telecommunications. He has experience in particular of LCIA, ICC and SCC arbitrations, as well as of ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL rules. Although his primary focus is on commercial arbitration he has also acted in investment treaty disputes, both as counsel and arbitrator.


English (first language), Russian (fluent), French (fluent).




Merton College, University of Oxford (BA 1991); Oxford Polytechnic (Dip LP 1992); College of Law Guildford (Law Society Finals 1993).

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Dentons’ ‘excellent team has very detailed knowledge of the issues from the outset’. It has a robust investor-state practice, and fields lawyers with significant energy and and infrastructure (including construction and transport) sector expertise. The practice also increased its volume of banking-related arbitrations; was recently instructed in aviation, telecoms, education and real estate matters; and its emerging markets expertise is increasingly focused on Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, and the CIS region. Liz Toutvisibly enjoys finding solutions for clients’, and Dan Bodle is ‘impressive’. Dominic Pellew divides time between London and Moscow. Michelle Bradfield moved to Dechert LLP.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Dentonsgives clear advice’. The practice has particular strength in advising energy clients on PIL issues, including investor-state matters; and it extends beyond investment treaty arbitrations to include sanctions, maritime boundaries, outer continental shelf delimitation issues, and sovereign immunity. Other areas of strength include state responsibility and self-determination; state succession; and ICJ proceedings. It acted for Silver Ridge Power in an investment treaty arbitration claim against the Italian Republic for ECT violations. Dominic Pellew and Andrew Cheung are highly rated. Michelle Bradfield moved to Dechert LLP.

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