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One Essex Court

Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

Work 020 7583 2000
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London, Singapore

Nicholas Sloboda

Work 020 7583 2000
One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC)


Nick’s practice is divided equally between international commercial arbitration and disputes heard in the English courts. Over the years, Nick has acted in some of largest-scale international commercial disputes, frequently within the energy or financial sectors, and often involving allegations of fraud or other wrongdoing.

Nick’s recent work has included the following:

  • SIAC arbitration (Singapore seat): acting (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC) in a US$5.5bn SPA dispute in the oil&gas sector, being heard in Singapore under the rules of SIAC. The trial took place over some 35 days in 2018;
  • The VW Emissions group litigation: defending the VW group (with Charles Gibson QC, Prashant Popat QC and others) in the largest ever English Group Litigation Order;
  • ICC arbitration (Geneva seat): acting (with John McCaughran QC) in a multibillion US$ gas supply dispute between national electricity/gas companies heard at the ICC in Paris. Successfully obtained an approx US$1.7 billion award (subsequently upheld before Geneva courts);
  • Dar Al Arkan v Al Refai: acting (with Craig Orr QC) in a fraud dispute relating to Islamic bonds/banking practice, one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 High Court trials of both 2015 and 2014;
  • Bilta v Deutsche Bank: acting (with Daniel Toledano QC) for Deutsche Bank in relation to alleged carbon trading fraud; and
  • A corporate investigation at a FTSE 100 plc.


Called 2007; Lincoln’s Inn.




St Anne’s College, Oxford (2005 BA Hons, History, First Class); City University (GDL); Inns of Court School of Law (BVC).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

Nicholas Sloboda - One Essex Court ‘ Excellent – bright, energetic, team focused, and a calm and considered manner whatever the challenges. ’

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Within: Leading Juniors

Nicholas Sloboda - One Essex Court ‘ A formidable opponent, a great all-rounder and a real star; his written work is impressive. ’

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Juniors

Nicholas Sloboda - One Essex Court ‘ A formidable opponent, his written work is impressive in all respects. ’

Within: International arbitration: counsel

One Essex Court has an excellent reputation for international arbitration, and its clerking team is 'very efficient in finding appropriate barristers'. The set fields numerous top name silks and juniors with strong expertise in commercial arbitration and BIT claims. Recent highlights for members, such as John McCaughran QC and Nicholas Sloboda,  include successfully representing Israel Electric Corp, a defendant in East Mediterranean Gas v Egyptian General Petroleum Corp & Others. The set was recently boosted by the arrival of Alexander Gunning QC from 4 PUMP COURT.

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