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HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS-CAMPAIGN FOR GREENER ARBITRATIONS WEBINAR: SUSTAINABILITY IN ARBITRATION – REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF OUR DISPUTES

Herbert Smith Freehills and the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations are delighted to invite you to attend our webinar on Sustainability in Arbitration. Environmental sustainability is not a new subject, but is one that is increasingly at the forefront of government and corporate strategy and headlining the papers, as grappling with climate change has become a global priority. Every industry is impacted, including arbitration, and every industry is able to reduce its carbon footprint.

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HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS GLOBAL ARBITRATION PRACTICE RANKED TOP THREE IN THE WORLD

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice has been showcased as being the third busiest in the world as part of the annual Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 30 rankings.

The firm’s latest GAR 30 ranking appears in the 13th edition of the GAR 100, which was revealed last night at the tenth annual GAR Awards ceremony. This year, more than 300 members of the arbitration community joined together from across the world for a “virtual” ceremony, taking place during Paris Arbitration Week.

Highlighted once again by the publication as a “force to be reckoned with”, GAR reports that the firm has a “strong reputation in public international law and investment treaty arbitration, increasingly acting for governments in state-to-state negotiations and boundary and treaty disputes”. GAR reveals that the total value of the firm’s arbitration portfolio has increased by more than US$20 billion in the past two years, with more than 10 cases over the US$1 billion mark.

The firm also achieves a large number of peer-recognised specialists across the global network, having 15 people featured in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ and 18 as “Future Leaders”.

A construction client involved in a critical billion-dollar arbitration says the firm’s work “100% satisfied our expectation.”

GAR highlights the fact that the firm has achieved notable victories for clients such as Chevron, helping the energy major to thwart the enforcement of an US$18 billion sham award rendered by an allegedly sham arbitral institution in Cairo. Also noted is the partial award on liability won by the firm for Sinopec against Repsol in a US$5.5 billion fraud claim, thought to be among the largest cases ever filed at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. They also showcase the firm’s work for major gas pipeline owner and operator Nord Stream 2, in the first-ever Energy Charter Treaty claim against the European Union.

As in previous years, the GAR 30 is based on a quantitative analysis of a number of different markers of a busy arbitration practice, looking at the  number of merits and jurisdiction hearings conducted by a firm over a two-year period, the amount in dispute in those cases, the split of work between commercial and investment treaty arbitration and the number of hours recorded by the arbitration practice over that period.

The ranking is also based on the number of arbitrator appointments a firm’s members have received and the number of individuals who appear in GAR’s sister publication, Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – a guide to the leading practitioners in the field as selected by their peers.

The full GAR 30 can be found here.

Paula Hodges QC, who heads Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice, said:

“I am delighted to see the practice ranked amongst the top three in the world and am proud that we have appeared in the top five for six years in a row. This is a fantastic achievement, and provides well deserved recognition for the talent and hard work of our global team. It truly demonstrates the strength of our practice right across the world.”

As in previous years, GAR donates all proceeds from the awards to the Swawou School for Girls in Sierra Leone, supporting the school in what is a particularly difficult period for the students.

For more information, please contact Paula Hodges QC, Global Head International Arbitration, Vanessa Naish, Professional Support Consultant, Rebecca Warder, Professional Support Lawyer, or your usual Herbert Smith Freehills contact.

Paula Hodges QC
Paula Hodges QC
Global Head International Arbitration
+44 20 7466 2027

Vanessa Naish
Vanessa Naish
Professional Support Consultant
+44 20 7466 2112

Rebecca Warder
Rebecca Warder
Professional Support Lawyer
+44 20 7466 3418

LOW OIL PRICE – HIGH DISPUTES RISK: THE SCOPE FOR DISPUTES IN A WORLD OF LOW OIL PRICES

Oil prices have collapsed since the start of the year, driven down by concerns around oversupply, compounded by the collapse in demand caused by COVID-19 and the price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

This briefing published on our website here looks at the implications of low oil prices on certain key trading and operational agreements for oil companies, and considers the scope for disputes to arise. It considers the position under English law, which is commonly adopted by parties in the oil and gas industry, but many of the same themes apply to contracts governed by other common law systems.

For more information, please contact Paula Hodges QC, Partner, Craig Tevendale, Partner, James Baily, Partner, Steven Dalton, Partner, James Robson, Senior Associate, or your usual Herbert Smith Freehills contact.

Paula Hodges QC
Paula Hodges QC
Partner
+44 20 7466 2027

Craig Tevendale
Craig Tevendale
Partner
+44 20 7466 2445

James Baily
James Baily
Partner
+44 20 7466 2122

Steven Dalton
Steven Dalton
Partner
+44 20 7466 2537

James Robson
James Robson
Senior Associate
+44 207 466 2641

INSIDE ARBITRATION: ISSUE #8 OF THE PUBLICATION FROM HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’ GLOBAL ARBITRATION PRACTICE

We are delighted to share with you the latest issue of the publication from the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Arbitration Practice. We once again take a regional focus, turning to our practitioners in Europe for their latest insights.

The full digital edition can be downloaded in PDF via the link below.

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In addition to sharing knowledge and insight about the markets and industries in which our clients operate, the publication offers personal perspectives of our international arbitration partners from across the globe.

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NEW INSTITUTIONAL APPOINTMENTS FOR HSF ARBITRATION PRACTITIONERS

Head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice, Paula Hodges QC, has officially begun her Presidency of the LCIA Court. Lauded by the legal directories as “brilliant” and the “most complete arbitration practitioner in London”, Paula has over 25 years’ experience advising clients in international disputes, particularly in the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors. Paula has been Vice President of the Court for several years and also a LCIA Board member for a decade.  Paula has taken over the role from outgoing President Judith Gill QC in May 2019 and will continue in practice at Herbert Smith Freehills whilst undertaking her new LCIA responsibilities.

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HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS PROMOTES FOUR ARBITRATION SPECIALISTS TO OF COUNSEL

Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted four new Of Counsel from within the global arbitration practice with effect from 1st May. With promotions in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing, the new Of Counsel are:

Florencia Villaggi, New York: Florencia specialises in international arbitration. She is a native Spanish-speaking practitioner from Latin America, trained in the Civil Law system but with extensive practice in a Common Law jurisdiction. Her experience encompasses commercial and investment arbitration, with focus on the Latin American region and the energy sector.

Dan Waldek, Singapore: Daniel is a highly rated disputes lawyer specialising in construction, energy and infrastructure disputes covering projects across Asia Pacific. He is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and the BVI, and is a Recognised Foreign Lawyer with the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Antony Crockett, Hong Kong: Antony has a significant regional and international market profile in business and human rights. He is qualified in Australia (Victoria), England and Wales, and Hong Kong SAR. He acts as an advocate in international arbitration proceedings and in arbitration-related court proceedings.

Stella Hu, Beijing: Stella is a trilingual Mainland Chinese arbitration specialist with experience in complex cross-border disputes. She has strong client relationships with Chinese State-owned companies, private companies and financial institutions.

Paula Hodges QC notes,  “We are delighted to welcome four new Of Counsel from within the global arbitration practice, which – together with our recent Partner promotions –  showcases the outstanding lawyers we have in our international arbitration practice. With Of Counsel promotions in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing, it is wonderful to see affirmation of the strength and breadth of the talent across the network.”

FIVE AT HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS RANKED IN INAUGURAL TOP 200 UK INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION POWERLIST

Herbert Smith Freehills’ London-based international arbitration partners Paula Hodges QC, Craig Tevendale, Nicholas Peacock, Andrew Cannon and Chris Parker have all been named amongst 200 leading lawyers in Legal 500’s inaugural UK International Arbitration Powerlist.

The list, which is based on extensive research by Legal 500, highlights the UK’s leading arbitration practitioners working in law firms and at the Bar. The research is based upon submissions, client referees, interviews and feedback to refine the top arbitrators globally.

The firm’s international arbitration team in the UK has been described by Legal 500 as a ‘strong team of dedicated lawyers who master complex subject matters… the advice is pragmatic, measured and fit for purpose’.

UK Head of Arbitration Craig Tevendale commented: “We are all thrilled to feature in the inaugural “Powerlist” amongst esteemed colleagues from within the UK arbitration community, a great many of whom we recently hosted at our London Arbitration Community Dinner. It is fantastic to have all five partners recognised in this way”.

Inside Arbitration: Issue #7 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

We are delighted to share with you the latest issue of the publication from the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Arbitration Practice, Inside Arbitration.

In addition to sharing knowledge and insight about the markets and industries in which our clients operate, the publication offers personal perspectives of our international arbitration partners from across the globe.

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