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Kirsten O'Connell



Kirsten OConnell
Kirsten O'Connell



Kirsten is a Partner in the International Arbitration Group with experience in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in common and civil law jurisdictions. She has expertise in commercial disputes across a range of different industries, including the construction, energy, telecommunications, automotive, technology and defence sectors. She is also experienced in investor-state disputes, having acted on behalf of host States in ICSID proceedings, and having advised both States and investors in connection with potential claims.


Kirsten O'Connell impresses sources with her ‘exemplary’ case management skills and ‘ability to assimilate huge amounts of complex information’.” 

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Publications: 22 SEPTEMBER 2020

LCIA introduces new arbitration rules to improve efficiency and effectiveness

The London Court of International Arbitration (the LCIA) has published its new arbitration rules (the 2020 Rules) which will apply to arbitrations commenced from 1 October 2020. This is precisely six…

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Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Tracker

Publications: 07 SEPTEMBER 2020

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Trends and Tracker

The SFC published its annual report for 2019/2020 in June and recently published its quarterly report for Q2 2020.

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Publications: 04 JUNE 2020

Recent amendments to the ADGM’s founding law

Enforcement route between the ADGM and onshore Abu Dhabi Courts is confirmed, but the ADGM Courts cannot be used as a ‘conduit jurisdiction'.

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Publications: 11 MAY 2020

Contracts and Covid–19: what to do if you or your counterparty cannot perform

Here we set out ten key points to consider when faced with contractual performance issues arising from the Covid-19 crisis. They will help you protect your interests and manage the risk of disputes.

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Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, May 2004

Smith College, Northampton, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, with High Departmental Honors in Philosophy, May 1997

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