Clifford Chance LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Well-established London practice that advises on LCIA, LMAA and ICC arbitrations brought by prominent global financial institutions and corporate clients. Its top-tier Russian practice has standout experience in commercial cases that are often subject to LCIA rules. Leads international construction and energy sector arbitrations from the Madrid office, while the Paris practice is best known for handling sensitive ICC rules mediations and arbitrations on behalf of key clients. Lawyers based in Germany, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands complete the firm's broader team of experienced arbitration practitioners. Draws on additional expertise from a top-ranked public international law department in London.

Strengths An interviewee highlights the team's "depth of knowledge, experience and bench. There are very few practices in London that can call on that level of experience right across the firm, and also offices across the globe."

"They were particularly impressive in their strategy, written pleadings and communication, and they weren't unduly aggressive but picked their points and battles," appreciates another source.

Notable practitioners

Global co-head of international arbitration Audley Sheppard QC is based in London and earns considerable praise from sources for his work in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Interviewees report that "there's nothing about international arbitration that he doesn't already know and have experience of,"and that he "takes into account not only the strengths but the exposures that clients face." Sheppard has particular experience in cases relating to contractual claims and disputes arising from energy and mining projects.

Peers say that Paris partner Jason Fry is "definitely someone who is very knowledgeable about ICC arbitration."He leverages his experience gained from his previous role as Secretary General of the ICC to advise on major commercial dispute mandates. Fry often represents European and multinational corporates in cases concerning contractual and shareholder disputes.

Sources describe Robert Lambert as a "big talent" in the London arbitration market. He focuses on commercial cases and typically represents international clients and investors from the energy and real estate sectors in ICC and LCIA rules arbitrations.