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Herbert Smith Freehills

International Arbitration

4 ranked lawyersBand 2UK-wideUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Accomplished team conducting its own advocacy in ad hoc proceedings as well as those under institutional rules, including those of the ICC, LCIA and JCAA. Well regarded for its representation of oil and gas majors, technology companies and financial institutions. Active in disputes arising in Asia, Africa, Europe, Russia and the USA. Highly respected for its work in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Experienced in bringing cases under the Energy Charter Treaty and bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

Strengths

An impressed client reports: "They're one of the global powerhouses in the international arbitration space. They are focused, pleasant to work with and get involved in high-quality and interesting cases."

Sources say this is "one of the go-to firms in international arbitration."

Work highlights

Acted for Nord Stream 2 AG in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against the EU under the ECT.

Continued to defend Mylan Laboratories against a USD300 million claim filed by Phosphagenics over the development of an antibiotic drug for commercial purposes.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Cannon fields significant expertise in investor-state disputes, which is bolstered by his public international law credentials. He regularly handles complex BIT claims on behalf of both commercial clients and state entities.
"He's extremely intelligent and gets on top of the details very quickly." "He's truly excellent, and really knowledgeable on investment law."

Craig Tevendale is head of the firm's London international arbitration team. He is widely recognised for his expertise in Middle Eastern-related arbitrations and is highly sought after by major oil and gas clients.
"Craig Tevendale is a real specialist in commercial arbitration. He is an excellent advocate, he has a great manner with clients and he is very persuasive with the tribunal." "He has extensive expertise, is empathetic to others' views and is very diplomatic."

Paula Hodges QC is head of the global arbitration department. She receives accolades for her high-quality arbitration practice, acting for an impressive roster of clients across Africa and Asia. She also serves as president of the LCIA.
"She's very experienced, tactically and strategically strong, understands the dynamics of the tribunal and can approach a case from the other side's perspective." "She is one of the leading arbitrators globally. Her oral advocacy is really remarkable."

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UK-wide

International Arbitration


Andrew Cannon
Band 6
Craig Tevendale
Band 6
Paula Hodges QC
Band 1

International Arbitration: Arbitrators


Paula Hodges QC
Band 1