Clifford Chance LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Established London practice that advises on UNCITRAL, ICSID and ICC arbitrations brought by prominent global financial institutions and corporate clients. Its well-respected 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 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. Regularly assists with mining and energy sector cases involving African and Middle Eastern jurisdictions.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers' global outlook, saying: "They interact pretty well with other international teams and international courts, and they feel really comfortable in international contexts. They know the legal environment, how the system works and the applicable law really well."

Another source comments: "They really have supported us excellently," adding: "We have been really impressed with the support we have been given, and the quality is always very high."

Notable practitioners

Audley Sheppard QC
has significant experience in commercial and investor-state arbitration cases specifically in the energy and mining sectors. He offers additional expertise in disputes involving Africa. Clients commend his "gravitas, authority and persuasion."

Jason Fry
garners praise for his extensive expertise, with one client stating: "If you know he is there, then nothing can go wrong," and praising his "strong advocacy skills." Handling construction and financial arbitrations, he represents clients in cases under major arbitration rules, including those of the LCIA, the ICC and SCAI. He also counts aerospace companies and sovereign states among his clientele.

Robert Lambert
assists private corporations with various arbitration mandates, including construction disputes, with particular experience in matters involving Asian jurisdictions. A source reports: "He is the one you want leading a team in the biggest, complex cases."

Described as "simply brilliant,"
Simon Greenberg
enters the rankings this year on the back of positive market feedback. He garners praise for his handling of complex commercial arbitration cases. He represents clients active in the aerospace, mining and manufacturing sectors under ICC and ICSID rules. Clients say: "He really has an excellent knowledge of how things run in the ICC and provides a really good service in the procedure as well as legally. I would say that he is also very used to working as part of a team with other firms, which is very helpful, as well as with in-house counsels."