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Rick Gal

Senior Associate


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Rick Gal

Senior Associate


Rick is a London-based senior associate in Allen & Overy's International Arbitration group. He specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration.

Rick has acted for a range of corporation and State clients in cross-border commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the major institutional rules, including the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, CIArb and ICSID Arbitration Rules. He has acted on a broad range of disputes, including in the energy, natural resources, TMT and hospitality sectors.

Rick also has substantial experience of litigation before the English courts and in providing clients with pre-arbitration advice. He obtained his higher rights in 2015.

Rick is currently advising two multinational companies in a London seated commercial arbitration and related litigation against the Government of India. He has recently acted on separate oil & gas disputes involving fields in the Middle East and Central Europe, and a telecoms dispute involving an African-based company.

Rick spent one year on secondment to the Singapore office of Allen & Overy (2011-2012) and six months on secondment at an Allen & Overy associated office in Romania (2010-2011).

Rick is the editor-in-chief of Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Blog and in 2019 was appointed to the Young Arbitration Group’s Global Advisory Board for the Centre for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration in Pakistan.

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Blog Post: 07 October 2022

Law Commission Unveils Proposals to Update the Arbitration Act 1996

On 22 September 2022, the Law Commission of England & Wales published a consultation paper on reform of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act). The review is aimed at updating and modernising the Act,…

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Blog Post: 22 August 2022

Court provides guidance on application of Henderson v Henderson principle to arbitration proceedings

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Publications: 15 February 2021

Global expert services firm breaches conflicts undertaking by appointments in related arbitrations

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Publications: 04 November 2020

The global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on commercial dispute resolution in the first seven months

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2011

Higher Rights of Audience (Civil qualification), 2015


BA (Hons), Law, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, 2007

LPC, Law, The College Of Law, London, 2008

Published work

  • Global expert services firm breaches conflicts undertaking by appointments in related arbitrations, A&O Litigation and Dispute Resolution Review, February 2021
  • Litigation -England & Wales in The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial dispute resolution in the first seven months, International Bar Association's Dispute Resolution International Journal, October 2020 and February 2021
  • The show must go on, but at what cost? Due process challenges to arbitration awards arising from virtual hearing Practical Law, August 2020
  • Protecting the procedural integrity of arbitral proceedings: are claimants entitled to a temporary "get out of jail free" cards? Practical Law Arbitration, April 2018
  • Enforcing awards that have been set aside at the seat: the English and Dutch Courts remind parties of the high hurdle that must be overcome, Practical Law Arbitration, September 2017
  • Casenote: AJU v AJT – Singapore Court of Appeal clarifies scope of public policy review of arbitral awards, 2011, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, Vol. 26, No.11, Andrew Pullen and Rick Gal, 2011