Clifford Chance LLP

Public International Law Department

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What the team is known for Impressive PIL practice centred in the firm's London office. Commended for the broad scope of its public international law expertise, which encompasses sovereignty issues and state immunity disputes, as well as investor and state-side representation in BIT claims arising in the mining, energy and construction sectors. Further highlighted for its extensive experience in international trade and sanctions-related matters, as well as for its cutting-edge business and human rights practice.

Strengths Market sources endorse this "terrific firm with a sound arbitration practice," and one interviewee reported: "It is a real pleasure to work with them. They have extensive experience and provide a new perspective on complex issues."

Work highlights Represented Kingsgate in its UNCITRAL claim against the Kingdom of Thailand concerning the expropriation of its investments in the Chatree mine.

Notable practitioners

London-based Audley Sheppard QC is highlighted for his "great deal of experience and great reputation" in the field of international arbitration. He draws praise for his expert handling of BIT claims, notably on behalf of investors in the natural resources sector. He is also highly regarded for his work in commercial arbitration and international trade.

Rae Lindsay is a distinguished authority on business and human rights matters, regularly providing guidance to multinational corporations and state-owned entities. She is also well versed in state immunity, sanctions and sovereignty issues. She is based in London.