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Energy Disputes

The political and economic volatility in the energy sector has resulted in complex, high-value disputes across a range of jurisdictions.

The increasing incidence of state intervention, coupled with more intense competition for resources and stronger regulation, has contributed to a rise in contentious matters.

We have advised on many of the most high profile cases in this area, managing effectively and efficiently numerous disputes where hundreds of millions, sometimes billions, of dollars are at stake. These cases are typified by significant volumes of documentation and complex, disputed facts. We have an outstanding record of assisting our clients in avoiding or resolving disputes and regulatory issues through negotiation, mediation, international arbitration, litigation, expert determination and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. As well as multinational corporations active in the energy sector, we regularly advise states and international organisations on disputes in this sector.

We are, in particular, recognised as market leaders and innovators in relation to disputes arising under the Energy Charter Treaty in relation to cross-border energy investments. Having brought the first-ever claim under that Treaty in 2000, we are currently acting on the first collective proceeding under it, as well as representing clients on a number of other claims in the renewable energy sector.

Our gas price disputes practice is second to none. In 2014, Global Co-Head of International Arbitration Mark Levy QC edited the first book on the subject, Gas Price Arbitrations: A Practical Handbook. The second edition, co-edited by Mark and London arbitration partner James Freeman, was published in November 2019.

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Publications: 08 JULY 2020

Pipeline gaps and digital will drive life sciences deals

Often seen as a safe haven sector in times of crisis, the life sciences have not only been centre stage during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis but are riding it out well.

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News: 15 MAY 2020

Partners Mark Levy QC and James Freeman co-edit the second edition of Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations

The second edition of Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations, the only book dedicated to the specialist world of these high-value disputes, has been published.  The book, published by Globe Law and Business,…

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Publications: 03 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: how the APAC courts and arbitral institutions have adapted to the challenge

As Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the various forums for dispute resolution worldwide find themselves presented with novel challenges, in particular relating to issues…

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Publications: 01 OCTOBER 2018

No sovereign immunity for Ukraine against investment treaty award creditor

​Ukraine’s recent attempt to resist enforcement of an UNCITRAL award on sovereign immunity grounds has failed.  Most importantly, the decision confirms the inherent value in any arbitration agreement…

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