Our members at Matrix act as counsel and arbitrators in complex arbitrations across a broad spectrum of legal disciplines, sectors, arbitral rules and jurisdictions.
For more information please contact the practice manager for this area, Paul Venables.
Our members regularly act on inter-state claims, such as maritime boundary disputes, international claims relating to the environment and international trade disputes. We have acted for the Australian government in Australia v Japan (“Antarctic Whaling”) ICJ Reports 2014, p. 226.
Investment treaty arbitration
A number of our members have acted as counsel in investment treaty arbitrations; acting for states and investors. We have members designated on the Member of the Panel of Arbitrators established by ICSID. We have extensive experience of the ICSID arbitrations and have written a number of journal articles and books on the subject. We have arbitrators who have been in cases under the ICSID, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules, including as a chairman and sole arbitrator in half of those cases.
We have been involved in investment treaty arbitrations, as well as cases relating to commercial contracts in Latin America and Asia. We have acted as counsel in several investment treaty arbitrations, including Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd v Bangladesh & Ors ICSID Case Nos. ARB/10/11 & ARB/10/18. We have also been involved in several complex ICSID arbitrations concerning high financial values, and acted as counsel and regularly advised on the structuring of investments for protection against BIT actions.
We have experts who regularly advise on commercial arbitrations across a range of sectors, including energy, telecommunications and utilities. We have members on the list of arbitrators in the field of natural resources and the environment maintained by the Secretary General to the Permanent Court of Arbitration and acted as counsel in numerous commercial arbitrations, especially in cases from the Middle East and Africa. We specialise in complex proceedings in the energy, banking and oil industries using the ICC and LCIA rules and acted as counsel in the energy, construction, financial and telecoms sectors. One of our members is also the co-chair of the IBA Arb 40 Subcommittee and a contributing editor to the 24th edition of Russell on Arbitration, which is the leading text book on English arbitration law.
Court applications in support of arbitration
Members have expertise in handling court applications relating to arbitration; including anti-suit injunctions, injunctions in support of arbitration, challenges to arbitrators and enforcement of arbitral awards. In particular, members of chambers are very experienced in advising on issues of sovereign immunity that arise when proceedings are brought against a state.
Members at Matrix regularly appear as counsel in sports arbitration, including arbitrating on the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne and regularly sit as an FA Arbitrator and is a member of the FA Premier League Panel.
We have represented West Ham United in FA/FAPL arbitrations brought by Fulham FC and the players of Sheffield United arising out of the Carlos Tevez affair, and acted as an ad hoc clerk for the Court on several cases, including Dutee Chand v International Associations of Athletics Federations CAS 2014/A/3759, the well-reported case of a female athlete with hyper-androgenism who was prevented from competing in international competitions.
Class actions claims in arbitration
Our members speak fluent Russian and French, as well as advanced knowledge of Spanish and Arabic.