Paula Hodges QC, Head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice, has been appointed President of the LCIA Court

Head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice, Paula Hodges QC has been appointed President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Court, effective May 2019.

Paula has headed Herbert Smith Freehills’ global arbitration practice since 2008 and has over 25 years’ experience of advising on international disputes across many jurisdictions, including London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, the US, Canada, Dubai, Africa, Asia, Russia and the CIS, with particular focus on the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors.  She has also appeared in arbitration-related litigation in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London and sits regularly as an arbitrator. Her advocacy skills were recognised in 2014, when she was awarded the title of QC.

Headquartered in London, the LCIA is one of the world’s leading international institutions for commercial dispute resolution and, in particular, provides the administration of international arbitration around the globe.  Its Court is made up of leading practitioners in arbitration from the world’s major trading areas and is the final authority for the application of the LCIA rules.

Paula has been Vice President of the Court for several years and also a LCIA Board member for a decade.  Paula will continue to practise full-time at the firm whilst undertaking her new LCIA responsibilities.

Justin D’Agostino, Global Head of Dispute Resolution at Herbert Smith Freehills and Managing Partner for Asia, says: “Paula is an exceptionally talented lawyer and arbitrator and we are very proud of her achievement. This appointment is a testament not only to Paula’s legal excellence but demonstrates the high esteem in which she is regarded by the LCIA and wider arbitration community.”

Inside Arbitration: Issue #4 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

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

In addition to sharing knowledge and insights 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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Inside Arbitration: Issue #2 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

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

Inside arbitration #2

 

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

In this issue:

  • Sarah Grimmer, the new Secretary General for the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre shares her insights on, and ambitions for, HKIAC.
  • Nick Peacock and Dr Mathias Wittinghofer consider whether arbitration is a suitable tool for resolution of derivative disputes, as well as the future of the ISDA arbitration guide.
  • Jessica Fei, Chinese national and NY lawyer, talks about the unique blend of cultures and legal qualifications that shape her perspective as a practitioner.
  • Mark Lloyd-Williams, Hamish Macpherson, Craig Shepherd, Emma Kratochvilova and Thomas Weimann give a global perspective on arbitrating construction and infrastructure disputes.
  • Dominic Roughton and Andrew Cannon consider the impact of territory and maritime boundary disputes on commercial investments and the role of private actors and states in their resolution.
  • Peter Leon and Ben Winks give their view from Johannesburg on the future of arbitration in South Africa.
  • Vanessa Naish and Hannah Ambrose take a practical look at the effect of Brexit on dispute resolution choices, both now and in the future.
  • Andrew Cannon talks about his experience working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and how it has shaped his public international law practice.


The full digital edition can be downloaded in PDF by clicking on this link.

We hope that you enjoy reading Issue #2 of Inside Arbitration. We would welcome your feedback.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Paula Hodges and Matthew Weiniger appointed Queen’s Counsel

We are very proud to announce that Paula Hodges, Head of Global Arbitration, and Matthew Weiniger, international arbitration partner, have been appointed Queen’s Counsel.

The award of Queen’s Counsel is for excellence in both written and oral advocacy before the higher courts and arbitration tribunals.  Paula and Matthew are two of only 5 solicitors amongst the 100 QCs appointed this year.  Since 2006, only 18 solicitor advocates have been appointed to the rank of QC, with Paula and Matthew being the only two solicitors from the same law firm to ever be awarded silk in one year.

Paula has over 20 years’ experience of advising on international disputes, and has represented clients in many jurisdictions (including London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, the US, Canada, Dubai, Africa, Asia, Russia and the CIS) in ad hoc arbitration and proceedings under the auspices of the major arbitral institutions.  She also sits as an arbitrator.  Paula has also been closely involved in several high profile cases before the High Court in London, and has appeared before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Matthew Weiniger specialises in international arbitration and public international law. He regularly appears as an advocate before arbitral tribunals in many different jurisdictions and has experience in arbitrations under all major institutions and rules. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London and a co-author, together with Professor Campbell McLachlan QC and Laurence Shore, of a leading work  “International Investment Arbitration: Substantive Principles” published by OUP. Matthew also acts in follow on damages cases arising out of competition law infringements and has appeared in leading cases before the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. 

Global Head of Dispute Resolution, Sonya Leydecker, said:

The appointment to the rank of Queen’s Counsel is a prestigious and honourable award and we are very proud of Paula and Mathew for receiving this richly deserved professional appointment. It is a reflection not only of their outstanding legal talent and professional competence, but also the esteem in which they are held by their peers, colleagues and clients. It also a tribute to the strength of our international arbitration practice and to the culture of excellence in advocacy which we have nurtured over many years.”

Paula and Matthew will officially take silk at a ceremony on 14 April 2014.

Paula Hodges
Paula Hodges
Partner, Head of Global Arbitration Practice
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Matthew Weiniger
Matthew Weiniger
Partner
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