The devil in the detail
11 November 2019
The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD, UK
Legal Business’ International Arbitration Summit – one of the top dispute conferences in the UK – returns for its fifth year, uniting well over 100 senior practitioners and clients to discuss the issues defining the modern disputes scene. This year sees us team up with a string of leading names in the field, including Boies Schiller Flexner, Stewarts, Eversheds Sutherland, Twenty Essex and Hardwicke.
To confirm your attendance, email our client relationship manager Craig Belson.
Stewarts is a law firm like no other. Specialising in high-value and complex disputes, our track record of success for our clients has helped us become the UK’s leading, and largest, disputes-only law firm. Clients choose Stewarts for our legal excellence, our specialist expertise and our pioneering approach to complex disputes. Our focus is always on success: achieving the best results for our clients around the world. Each of our departments has an international reputation for excellence. We are top ranked in both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, the leading guides to the legal profession in the UK. The firm includes some of the UK’s leading disputes lawyers and is known for its innovative and groundbreaking approach to dispute management. Our arbitration department acts for clients worldwide, and offers sophisticated input from partners who also sit as arbitrators. Many of the disputes in which we act have an international element. We have strategic partnerships in place with law firms around the world to give our clients a seamless global approach
Boies Schiller Flexner is a firm of internationally recognised trial lawyers, crisis managers, and strategic advisors known for our creative, aggressive, and efficient pursuit of success for our clients. Over two decades, Boies Schiller Flexner has established a record of taking on and winning complex, groundbreaking, and cross‐border matters in diverse circumstances and industries for many of the world’s most sophisticated companies. Our lawyers are recognized for prevailing when the odds are longest and the stakes highest. We regularly take cases to trial, and we prepare each one accordingly from the start. We have the experience, judgment, and vision to develop the arguments that achieve favorable outcomes, whether those arguments are needed inside or outside of the courtroom. We build deep relationships with our core clients that allow us to represent them in any matter, in any forum, anywhere in the world. We regularly represent our clients as plaintiffs as well as defendants, often sharing the risk of litigation through creative fee structures. We strive every day to build upon that reputation and to achieve exceptional results for our clients.
As a global top 15 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal advice and solutions to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals.
Our teams of lawyers around the world operate seamlessly to deliver the legal know-how and strategic alignment that clients need from their advisors to help further their business interests. Clients describe us as creative and well-versed in cutting edge legal work – we listen well in order to understand how and where we can be most effective and add the greatest value.
We shape our advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensure the right people are in the right places to offer insight and certainty – from the day-to-day to the most complex, multijurisdictional matters.
What unites us is our commitment to service excellence through a solution-oriented approach. We know our clients’ businesses, the industries and markets they operate in, and we know that great relationships yield the best outcomes.
Hardwicke is a leading commercial chambers which specialises in arbitration; commercial dispute resolution; construction and engineering; insolvency, restructuring and company; insurance; professional liability and property disputes. It also has niche specialisms in clinical negligence and personal injury as well as private client work. Handling both domestic and international work, Hardwicke is known for the quality of its members and client service as well as its innovative approach to issues such as funding.
McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets. With more than 20 locations on three continents, our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success. More than 1,100 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.
A leading commercial set of chambers, the barristers of Twenty Essex offer outstanding legal minds combined with a modern and commercial disputes experience. Our clients include major global companies, institutions, governments and their advisors from around the world and our barristers advise and appear as advocates in court or arbitration in relation to a broad range of company and commercial, EU, competition, and public international law disputes. Practices involve the preparation and conduct of litigation before a wide range of courts and tribunals, in the UK, in foreign jurisdictions as well as on the international stage. The vast majority of the work is international in nature and we have well-established links to many overseas markets, including through our Asian hub in Singapore servicing clients throughout Asia-Pacific and beyond. The set is also home to a number of highly respected domestic and international arbitrators and mediators, some of whom were previously judges either in the UK or overseas.
The International Arbitration Centre (IAC) offers an exclusive hearing space, in the heart of legal London, providing incomparable facilities and five-star service.
We pride ourselves in offering complete privacy and confidentiality. Each hearing is housed within a private dedicated floor, no one other the parties and their representatives can access that floor. Our breakout suites are accessed via swipe card and include three boardrooms, a lounge area with fully stocked refreshments station, cloak area and separate lavatories. Each suite also has its own dedicated secure Wi-Fi network, secure private printing facilities and dedicated host.
Clients love our catering options which include exclusive menus from Gaucho, Top Hat and the Natural Food Kitchen.
Int-Arb Arbitrators will be launching in October 2019. These facilities will be based on the top floor roof terrace of the IAC. We are offering Independent Arbitrators unsurpassed facilities and high-end services with three dedicated clerks, IT support and accounting facilities. We have created a template for those looking to step away from their law firms, or the conflicts within chambers, to transit seamlessly across to Int-Arb Arbitrators. This includes independent websites, strategic diary management, fee negotiations and budgeting as well as a prime London address and flexible working facilities.
Betting the bank – How arbitration went mainstream in financial services
With unprecedented use of arbitration among the financial services community, we explore why major banks are ditching their traditional aversion to ADR. Our panel will explore where arbitration can best deliver for financial institutions – and where it still falls short – and cast an eye to its future prospects in bank disputes.
The Prague Rules: the soft law solution?
Introduced at the end of last year, the Prague Rules represent a significant change to long-established norms on taking evidence – parties are encouraged to avoid document production, while the tribunal calls fact witnesses and appoints experts. Amid criticism that they are too civil law-focused at the expense of UK/US common law procedure, the debate will explore the issue of what happens when soft law rules are inconsistent with a particularly country’s system and what are the fallbacks?
Not just an old man’s game
Despite arbitration’s well-earned reputation for being dominated by a small group of veteran practitioners, there is mounting pressure from growing ranks of talented younger lawyers to have their say. We meet some of the industry’s most-touted young practitioners and ask what it takes to break through?
A question of culture – How to make your arbitration tactics travel globally
Despite arbitration’s globe-trotting heritage, substantial differences remain in how major hubs handle key issues like witness handling, examination, disclosure, skeleton argument and ethics. We explore how to adopt a common approach that stands up on a global level.
Reforming the game – The debate that’s not going away
With calls for reform of arbitration growing with its popularity, we explore the key priorities for modernising the system. The key question is simple: how to make the process work better for clients?
External funding: new opportunities and challenges in arbitration finance
Practical guidance on the use of third-party funding arbitration, including when such an approach would be appropriate; how you engage with funders; dealing with maintenance and champerty concerns; and reviewing relevant case law.
Investing in high-risk markets – The arbitrator’s toolkit
A practical look at corruption, compliance and risk management /enforcement issues when investing in high-risk, developing markets. Our panel will explore how arbitration can help you manage risks… and address problems once they have materialised.
The buy side – Client perspectives on arbitration
Touching on the day’s discussions, this panel sees leading GCs give their take on key issues facing companies in arbitration and outline what advisers need to learn from clients. How do major users of arbitration want the process to evolve?
Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner
Natasha Harrison is managing partner of Boies Schiller Flexner’s London office. The firm focuses on complex litigation, arbitration and investigations. Acting on behalf of funds, investment banks, corporations and governments, Natasha’s practice focuses on high‐stakes international litigation and arbitration. She has extensive experience in all types of finance and business disputes and has litigated many of the most important creditor disputes of the last decade.
Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner
Ken Beale currently is lead counsel in numerous international arbitrations and related proceedings, most with several hundred million to several billion dollars in dispute. An international arbitration specialist, he has advised clients for more than 15 years in over 100 high‐stakes international commercial and investor‐state arbitrations throughout the world. Described as ‘one of the best’ in the field, ‘very experienced in handling large cases’, and as standing out for his ‘insightful and great oral arguments’, Ken has acted as counsel under the auspices of most leading arbitral institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, SCC, VIAC, and HKIAC, as well as in matters under the UNCITRAL Rules.
Charles acts in, and advises on, contentious and non-contentious domestic & international arbitration matters. Many of his cases have a heavy foreign law element and a foreign seat. Co-Author of Electronic Disclosure: Law and Practice (OUP, 2017) he advises regularly in cases featuring disputes over document production & other evidential matters.
Head of International Arbitration, Stewarts
Philippa specialises in complex and high-value cross-border arbitration disputes, and has 20 years’ experience of proceedings before the major arbitral institutions. She has acted for clients including major global corporations in the aviation, pharmaceutical, power, and oil and gas industries. She is a Solicitor-Advocate and also sits as an arbitrator.
CEO and Co-Founder, F-LEX
Mary Bonsor was a property litigator in a top city firm before starting F-LEX in August 2016. F-LEX is an online platform which connects pre-vetted law students to law firms and general counsel for a flexible, on demand service. F-LEX has over 3,500 law students on it’s platform and over 200 clients including magic circle firms, FTSE250 companies and SMEs. F-LEX won Legal Supplier of the Year 2018 in the Legal Business Awards and Legal Week Innovation Award 2019 for Resource Management. F-LEX has recently started offering junior lawyers on a flexible basis too. Mary is passionate about the future education of the profession and how tomorrow’s lawyer will qualify. She sees the SQE offering a huge opportunity to law students to get relevant work experience during their studies and is also very interested in how law firms can retain and attract the future generation.
Colleen specialises in commercial law with a particular focus on international arbitration, shipping and commodities. She appears regularly before the Commercial Court and arbitration tribunals in disputes involving the international sale of goods, charterparty construction, cargo claims, energy claims and jurisdictional issues. She sits regularly as an arbitrator and is a member of the LCIA, a supporting member of the LMAA and a member of Arbitration Ireland.
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Andrew Savage focuses his practice on international arbitration, both commercial and investor-state. He has a wealth of experience across all sectors and industries, including energy, natural resources, finance, telecommunications, construction, trade and commodities, shipping and IT.
Matthew has been a Director of TheJudge since 2005, having previously worked as an underwriter for a market leading ATE insurer. He is the ‘go to’ contact for major international law firms and has brokered some of the largest funding and ATE insurance arrangements in existence for some of the most complex commercial disputes in recent history.
Senior associate, Latham & Watkins
Samuel Pape is a senior associate in Latham & Watkins’ London office. His practice focuses on international arbitration, public international law, and complex litigation in England and overseas. He has experience representing companies and sovereigns in disputes across a range of industry sectors including energy and natural resources, banking, pharmaceuticals, private equity, telecommunications, and aviation. These disputes have included joint venture disputes, post M&A disputes, and disputes involving company law, banking law, environmental issues, public international law, and human rights law. His arbitration experience also includes acting as tribunal secretary in ICC proceedings. Mr Pape is the UK Chair of Young ITA and a member of the Executive Committee Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration. He is also an editor of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review. He lectures on subjects relating to international arbitration, and is co-author of a book chapter on procedural issues related to damages in international arbitration.
Arbitrator, Twenty Essex
Clare Ambrose is a full-time arbitrator with over 25 years’ experience of arbitration and litigation. She is a Fellow of CIArb and a Centre for Dispute Resolution accredited mediator. In 2017, she became a full member of the LMAA. She was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018. Over the past ten years Clare has developed extensive experience as a commercial arbitrator, with over 200 appointments in international arbitrations. As an international arbitrator, she is regularly appointed as chair, panel member and sole arbitrator in a wide range of disputes, under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, SCMA and UNCITRAL, and in many ad hoc references.
Barrister, Gray’s Inn
Gaurav Sharma is a barrister member of Gray’s Inn, where he is a double major scholar. He is a highly experienced international arbitration practitioner, having appeared as an advocate in many dozens of investment and commercial arbitrations, whilst Counsel at the law firm Three Crowns in London, and previously an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in London and Paris. Gaurav specialises in energy arbitration, having also spent several years as a Senior Legal Counsel in Shell’s Global Litigation Group, where he acted as lead counsel in many of the group’s upstream oil and gas disputes, gas and LNG pricing arbitrations, and led Shell’s multi-disciplinary investment protection working group. Between 2014-2016, Gaurav was a member of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration. He is featured in The Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in the field of international arbitration (2019, 2020).
Charles Graham QC
Barrister, One Essex Court
Charles Graham QC is a hugely experienced advocate and adviser in litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in handling large-scale international arbitration concerning issues of contractual interpretation, energy disputes, construction projects, sale of goods, share purchase agreements, and breach of warranty claims. He has a wide experience of accounting issues, civil fraud and banking claims and many other aspects of commercial law.
Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong and London
Andrew Aglionby has been involved in arbitration since 1986. Since 2015 he practices mostly as an independent arbitrator. He sits as a presiding, party-nominated and sole arbitrator. Andrew also advises companies involved in major engineering works (central gas processing facilities, hydroelectric dam projects, tunnels, motorways, metro systems, PPP projects including hospitals) and energy infrastructure (oil and gas) on dispute avoidance and management, dispute adjudication boards and arbitration.
Claire Morel de Westgaver
Senior associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Claire Morel de Westgaver is dual qualified lawyer (England & Wales/New York) with 12 years of experience in international arbitration. Claire has been involved in proceedings conducted under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, UNCITRAL and CCJA and involving several legal systems. She has particular experience of disputes relating to technology, corporate transactions, license, distribution, sale and service agreements as well as disputes with a civil law element. Her practice covers industries such as IT, cloud computing, engineering, energy, media and retail. Claire also acts as an arbitrator; she has experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chair. She frequently writes about arbitration-related topics including cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. She has been described by clients as “brilliant” (The Legal 500, 2018) and by peers as having “an astute legal mind” and being “highly sought after by clients for her strong knowledge of international arbitration law” (Who’s Who Legal, 2019).
Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
John Fellas is a partner in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, co-chair of the arbitration practice and co-chair of the international practice of that firm. Mr Fellas has practiced in both the US and England. He has served as counsel, and as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator, in arbitrations under the AAA, ICC, LCIA, UNICTRAL, ICDR, SIAC and ad hoc rules.
Legal principal: litigation, Anglo American
Kate Wilford is legal principal for litigation at mining company Anglo American, where she manages litigation, arbitration and other contentious issues arising from the group’s operations worldwide. Before joining Anglo American this year, Kate spent 13 years at Hogan Lovells, where she was a counsel in the international arbitration team, and was seconded to the in-house legal team at Barclays. Kate is a member of the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group (CCIAG) and the corporate counsel sub-committee of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge.
Marc Veit is a partner at LALIVE and is based in London. He specialises in international arbitration and litigation and has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a large number of international arbitrations, both ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and under institutional rules (ICC, Swiss rules, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC, IATA) involving the substantive and/or procedural laws of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, England, China, Turkey, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong, Georgia, Ukraine, Korea and Albania. He has extensive experience in complex international arbitration and litigation matters with particular emphasis on multi-jurisdictional disputes. His expertise spans across various industries including energy (in particular gas), mining, construction, telecommunications, life sciences and biotechnology, banking, commodity trading, shipping, ship building and nutrition. He also represents parties before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in setting aside proceedings.
Senior legal counsel, Shell
Shanna Svensson is senior legal counsel in Shell’s Global Litigation team. She joined the Shell group in 2016, having managed BG Group’s Australian litigation and arbitration matters since 2013. Prior to moving in-house, Shanna practiced in the Construction & Major Projects Disputes team at Allens Linklaters, having graduated from Queensland University of Technology. Recently she has supported Shell’s Australian QGC LNG, North West Shelf and Prelude integrated gas assets, including successfully defending a number of material international arbitration claims. Shanna is currently based in London, supporting the Europe, Middle East and North Africa regions.
Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof
Director general, the LCIA
On 1 July 2014, Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof became Director General of the LCIA. Previously, she practised as a counsel and arbitrator in The Hague, at her GAR 100 boutique HaersolteHof. She set up HaersolteHof in 2008 after three years as counsel in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam.
She was previously with Amsterdam firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek from 2000 to 2004, and before that Loeff Claeys Verbeke in Rotterdam, which she joined on her qualification in 1992. Her 1992 PhD thesis on the application of the UNCITRAL rules by Iran-US Claims Tribunal was one of the first books to be published on the subject.
Associate director of litigation funding, Harbour Litigation Funding
Dominic Afzali is responsible for a range of case management work with a particular interest in investment opportunities in arbitration and international commercial disputes. He has expertise in third party funding law in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Dominic lectures on arbitration and public international law and his international experience is aided by his language skills in French, Spanish and Arabic. Dominic worked at leading arbitration practices Allen & Overy in Hong Kong and Volterra Fietta in London prior to joining Harbour.
Counsel, Hogan Lovells
Matthew Knowles is Counsel in Hogan Lovells’ International Arbitration practice, where he focuses on disputes in the energy and natural resources sector. He also regularly advises clients on litigation and arbitration finance, drawing on his experience as a user while senior disputes counsel at one of the leading global energy and natural resources companies, and as a Director of Litigation Funding at a leading funder.
Senior associate, Mayer Brown
Rachael O’Grady is a senior associate in the international arbitration practice at Mayer Brown. A solicitor advocate, she focuses on international commercial and bilateral investment treaty arbitration and public international law. Rachael has acted as counsel and advocate for claimants and respondents in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations across a wide range of industries, including the satellite, telecommunications, taxation, mining, oil and retail sectors. She has particular experience in large-scale investment disputes in Africa and the Middle East. Rachael has conducted arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, LMAA, CAS and ad hoc rules.
Head of India practice; partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Sherina Petit is an international arbitration lawyer in London and heads up the practice across Asia, Europe and Middle East. She also heads the firm’s India practice. Besides arbitration, she has significant experience of investor state disputes resolution, alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) and litigation. In addition to acting as counsel in arbitrations, she regularly sits as an arbitrator.
Director, Barclays Legal
Patrizia Masselli is a director in Barclays Legal – litigation, investigation and enforcement team where she is responsible for Western Europe covering a wide variety of litigation, arbitration and investigation matters across all the bank’s clusters. She joined Barclays in 2013. Previously she was a senior associate in Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LPP – litigation and arbitration team where she has worked for seven years. She practiced as a trainee and later as a junior associate in LexJus Sinacta.
She is qualified as a lawyer both in Italy and England & Wales. Patrizia has a degree in law from the University of Bari and an LLM in international litigation and arbitration and competition law from King’s College London. Patrizia has an extensive experience in litigation and arbitration before several national courts and chambers (ICC, ICSID and LCIA among others), having worked on several significant matters both in-house and in private practice.
Partner, Peter & Partners
Daniel Greineder trained at the London Commercial Bar and has practised in the field of international commercial dispute resolution in Geneva and London. He has advised and represented parties to institutional and ad hoc arbitrations and to English court proceedings as well as to contractual price reviews and mediations. His practice focuses on technically complex cases across different industry sectors, in particular disputes arising out of M&A transactions, construction projects, and JVs and supply agreements in the energy industry.
Daniel Greineder has often worked with lawyers from different common and civil law backgrounds and many of his cases involve the application of foreign law. He has extensive experience of applications for provisional measures in commercial arbitration. He is an English-qualified barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2005.
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Craig Tevendale is Head of the Herbert Smith Freehills International Arbitration group in London and UK Head of Energy. He has broad experience of commercial arbitration and court proceedings in the energy, leisure, construction, engineering, defence and telecommunications industries. Craig is a member of the ICC UK National Committee, the ICC Commission, the CRCICA Advisory Committee and the AFSA Advisory Board. In addition to his counsel work he is appointed as arbitrator in cases subject to a broad range of governing laws, with recent cases subject to the laws of Egypt, Iraq, Kazakhstan and Yemen.
Craig has lived and studied in the Middle East and is fluent in Arabic and French, with a First Class honours degree in Arabic. He is often involved in cases involving the Middle East and North Africa and has advised on a range of disputes across the region, both in commercial arbitration and under treaty.
Barrister, Radcliffe Chambers
Paul Burton represents clients in business-critical commercial, company law and trust disputes, often involving allegations of fraud. He has extensive trial advocacy experience and his cases frequently start with urgent pre-emptive remedies. His practice encompasses drafting and advisory work and he regularly works with domestic and international lawyers, and other professionals, to assist in the drafting of complex documents. In addition to his court practice, Paul represents parties before a number of different arbitral tribunals, including the ICC and SCC.
Partner, Volterra Fietta
Robert Volterra is recognised in global legal directories as one of the world’s top public international law and arbitration practitioners. He combines being a seasoned practitioner with being a thought-leader in the field of public international law. A Visiting Professor of International Law at University College (UCL), University of London, where he has taught the international law of foreign investment for almost 20 years, Professor Volterra is also Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College, University of London, where he has taught the international law of boundary disputes for several decades.
Robert advises and represents governments, international organisations and private clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law and international dispute resolution issues. These include investment treaty arbitration, commercial arbitration, international boundaries, sovereign immunities, Brexit, the application of international law in domestic court systems, the Law of the Sea, WTO and trade law, treaties and State responsibility, international organisations, transboundary resources, the Laws of War, international oil and gas issues, and government relations.
Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Tunde Ogunseitan is Counsel of the common law jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Caribbean, Anglophone Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. Management of over 750 arbitrations, including emergency arbitrator cases, and review of over 650 awards. This includes managing counsel and arbitrators from various jurisdictions in complex and high value arbitrations.
Prior to joining the ICC, Mr. Ogunseitan practiced in several international law firms specializing in dispute resolution, structured finance and debt capital markets.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He graduated with a LLB from the University of Hull and a LL.M. in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton.
Barrister, One Essex Court
Called to the Bar in 2003, Daniel Hubbard is listed in Chambers UK as a leading junior in arbitration and in The Legal 500 as a leading junior in energy. In the last few years he has appeared in a number of multi-billion dollar LCIA arbitrations in the energy sector, including against governments.
Principal associate, Eversheds Sutherland
Cameron Forsaith is a principal associate within Eversheds Sutherland’s international arbitration group and commercial disputes team.
Based in London, he specialises in international arbitration and cross-border disputes, and in recent years has maintained a particular focus on investment treaty arbitration and public international law.
Cameron has acted in more than 20 international commercial arbitrations, with experience of a wide range of rules and seats. He is also experienced acting in English court litigation, and in a variety of forms of bespoke dispute resolution.
Senior solicitor, Vodafone Group plc
Clare Lynch joined Vodafone Group Plc in July 2015 as a senior solicitor in the litigation team. She is based London, and her remit includes commercial litigation, international arbitration, bilateral investment treaty arbitration and internal investigations with respect to the wider business and its local markets.
Senior associate, DLA Piper
Serena Cooke’s practice is focused on high value, complex cross-border litigation and arbitration. She acts for clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, in particular energy and natural resources, financial services and media.
She has represented clients before leading arbitration institutions including the LCIA, ICC and SCC and in proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales.
Her experience includes contract and commercial disputes, corporate merger and acquisition disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, civil fraud and breach of trust claims.
Visiting counsel, international litigation, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Natasha Mellersh specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with a focus on arbitration, mediation and other ADR mechanisms. She regularly acts as counsel and manages complex international and large-scale domestic disputes in the energy sector.
Natasha made numerous contributions to the Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series— a series of events championing the future of dispute resolution world-wide, providing strategic planning and guidance to local organisers. She also ran the accompanying publication, the GPC Blog (now the IMI Blog), which provides a platform for discussion for academics, neutrals and practitioners.
Vice president and general counsel, Seaco Global
Dominic Buckwell is vice president and general counsel for Seaco Global, one of the worlds largest container leasing companies. Prior to joining Seaco, Dominic worked in the London offices of Reed Smith specialising in maritime litigation and arbitration. Dominic was called to the Bar in 1993 with a Blackstone scholarship from Middle Temple. He practiced as a barrister from London Chambers until 1997, when he joined Holman, Fenwick and William as a Solicitor Advocate.
Simon Milnes specialises in international dispute resolution, especially in the fields of energy law, commodities, infrastructure and projects, ship and rig building, and insurance/reinsurance. He speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and is regularly instructed by Asian clients, in particular from China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia. He acts as sole or lead counsel in arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC, HKIAC and LCIA rules. Having been based full time in Singapore from 2010-2016, Simon continues to spend a substantial part of his time in Asia. Simon also sits as arbitrator.