Latham & Watkins LLP

International Arbitration Department

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What the team is known for Extensive experience in disputes with European, Middle Eastern, Russian and CIS elements. Sought after by high-profile clients, including financial institutions, energy companies and telecoms providers. Also noted for its expertise in arbitral award enforcement matters, and for its work in investor-state disputes. Experienced handling disputes in a range of industries including technology, energy and infrastructure, aerospace and defence, and mining and minerals. Represents both governments and commercial entities in arbitrations governed by investment treaties and brought under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Strengths Sources note: "It's a very capable firm with fantastic resources internationally."

Sources praise the team's "fantastic advocates and great juniors," adding that "the big names are well supported by up-and-coming lawyers."

Work highlights Defended Ukraine in a USD6 billion arbitration brought by three Cypriot companies under the ECT. This was the largest ever treaty claim brought against Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Charles Claypoole
undertakes extensive work in investor-state arbitration, playing a leading role in handling BIT claims. His practice often involves cases with complex and novel issues of foreign law.
"He has a good knowledge of case law and is up to date with recent trends in investment treaty arbitrations." "He is very thoughtful and analytical, and is someone who really knows his stuff."

Oliver Browne
is an active player in the field with expertise spanning the energy, financial services and pharmaceutical markets. He is noted for his representation of African and Indian clients in LCIA arbitrations.
"He is a strong lawyer and is someone you really enjoy working with." "He's really smart and a good advocate." 

Philip Clifford QC
brings significant cross-border expertise to his arbitration practice, with recent experience acting in disputes seated across Hong Kong, France and London. He is particularly adept at representing clients in the oil and gas and construction sectors.
"He's very sensible, very clear and instils trust in clients. He's a very fine advocate."

Sophie Lamb QC
is a skilled arbitration practitioner with impressive experience acting for big-ticket oil and gas companies in disputes such as those brought against sovereign states. She is recognised for her expert handling of both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
"She has excellent judgement and is a good advocate." "A very smart operator." "She is very calm and brings solutions."