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Public International Law Department

London (Bar)
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Possesses strong credentials in investor-state arbitration. The set handles an impressive roster of high-value disputes on behalf of sovereign states and investors across the world, including in the Middle East, Africa and East Asia. Barristers here are highly adept at acting before a range of international courts and arbitral institutions including the ICC and ICSID. They have been active in standout cases including an arbitration in which a USD6 billion award was made against Pakistan.

Client service: Stephen Penson is the senior practice manager.

Cameron Miles

A talented junior who has a noteworthy practice handling investor-state arbitrations involving numerous national governments, and who is deeply familiar with ICSID proceedings.
Strengths: "A remarkable mind - he gets straight to the point and knows PIL inside out. He is reliable and responsive."
Recent work: Instructed to appear in the Federal Court of Australia to seek the set aside of a USD6 billion ICSID award against Pakistan.

Christopher Harris QC

A distinguished silk for investment treaty arbitration. He is highly experienced at acting for both investors and states, often in disputes involving major energy holdings. He has notable expertise in rules governing commercial cooperation between Islamic states.
Strengths: "Excellent in investment arbitration." "Provides strong and persuasive written advocacy." "Hard-working and sensible."
Recent work: Acted for the Nova Group in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the expropriation of Romania’s largest insurance business, and the wrongful imprisonment of its former owner leading to his death in Romanian custody.

Mark Wassouf

An increasingly popular choice of counsel for high-value BIT disputes.
Strengths: "Beautiful written pleadings. He is a dedicated lawyer with excellent knowledge and is a pleasure to work with." "Adopts a practical approach and focuses on the key issues."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a USD120 million claim by a Malaysian investor in a wind farm, brought against Sri Lanka under the Malaysia-Sri Lanka BIT.

Tariq Baloch

Sought after for his expertise in investor-state arbitrations. He acts for sovereign states across the world, including those in North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the USA. He is well versed in ICC and ICSID rules.
Strengths: "An exceptional individual who does amazing contractual analysis. He is very collegial and has a very high level of knowledge in bilateral investment treaties."