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Liz Tout

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Dispute resolution/international arbitration.


Liz is head of Dentons’ dispute resolution department in London. She is well known for her extensive experience in international arbitration generally with a particular emphasis in the energy sector. Liz has a clear understanding of the oil and gas business and the many different agreements from the field to the end user and frequently acts for major oil and gas companies in LNG and gas price reviews. Publications of note include numerous articles on ADR and arbitration for the In-house Lawyer magazine and various articles for wider journals on arbitration and ex12ert determination.


Trained Edmonds Bowen & Co, qualified 1983; Dentons (formerly SNR Denton) 1985-91, partner 1991-present.


International Bar Association; UK Oil Lawyers’ Group; London Solicitors Litigation Association.


University of Cardiff (1980 LLB); Guildford College of Law (1981).

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Liz Tout - Dentons

Within: Commercial litigation

Dentons recently merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, the London disputes team gaining Craig Neilson and Simon Colledge as a result. The 'outstanding practice' advises on the full suite of contentious matters, ranging from competition issues to banking, real estate and employment disputes; and it was particularly active in commercial arrangement disputes emanating from UK-listed companies; cross-border shareholder disputes; and internal management issues concerning directors' rights and duties. It defended RBS against Property Alliance Group's landmark LIBOR case, which was the first LIBOR-related civil claim against any bank to go to trial in England and Wales. Liz Tout is dispute resolution head; Daren Allen leads on financial and commercial disputes and investigations; and Adrian Giles is 'a trusted litigation solicitor'. Other recommended names are Felicity Ewing, Thomas Leyland and Akin Akinbode.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Dentons 'consistently performs well for its clients; the team is well known for its skills and experience in this field'. Alongside its high-value commercial arbitration practice, the firm maintains a significant investment treaty and investor-state arbitration practice, acting on behalf of investors and sovereign states; and its international expertise includes Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe and CIS. Liz Tout is UK international arbitration and dispute resolution head. Dominic Pellew, who divides his time between London and Moscow, 'has the ability to preview the consequences of different steps and to estimate the risks'. Dan Bodle and counsel Matthew Vinall are other key contacts, and senior associates James Langley  and Catherine Gilfedder are 'very good'. Michelle Bradfield  joined Dechert LLP.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Dentons 'has a good presence in public international law and is known for its skills and experience'. The practice routinely advises on sanctions, sovereign immunity, state responsibility and self-determination, and state succession. Other areas of strength are treaty interpretation, international criminal law and human rights law, and business and human rights issues. International arbitration expert Liz Tout  is 'a solid practitioner'; Andrew Cheung is an international financial sanctions specialist; and senior associates James Langley and Catherine Gilfedder are 'very good'. Michelle Bradfield joined Dechert LLP.

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