Matrix is home to some of the leading international lawyers of their generation who are involved in a significant proportion of the cases before international courts and tribunals. Members are frequently instructed as counsel and arbitrators in international commercial, investment treaty and inter-state arbitrations.
Matrix lawyers have acted as counsel or arbitrator in arbitrations under a diverse number of rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SCC, Swiss rules, ICSID and its Additional Facility Rules. They also specialise in court proceedings relating to arbitration, acting in leading cases dealing with interim relief and enforcement of awards.
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
Our lawyers are involved as counsel in high profile investment treaty cases acting for states and investors.
- Philippines v China (South Sea China dispute).
- Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd v Bangladesh & Ors.
- British Caribbean Bank Limited v The Government of Belize.
- Dunkeld International Investment Limited v The Government of Belize.
- Chevron Corporation (USA) and Texaco Petroluem Corporation (USA) v the Republic of Ecuador.
- Compañiá de Aguas del Aconquija S.A. and Vivendi Universal S.A. v. Argentine Republic.
- Tecnicas Medioambientales Tecmed SA v United Mexican States.
- Salini Costruttori SpA v The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
- Saluka Investments BV v Czech Republic.
Members also advise on the structuring of investments to secure investment treaty protection.
We have experts who advise on, and act as counsel in, commercial arbitrations across a range of sectors (energy, construction, financial and telecommunications) and jurisdictions across the world. We have acted on arbitrations under all the major institutional rules, including ICC, LCIA, HKIAC as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules.
We have members on designated arbitrator panel and lists, including on the ICSID Member of the Panel of Arbitrators, the PCA list of arbitrators in the field of natural resources and the environment maintained by the Secretary General to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the HKIAC list of arbitrators and the FA Premier League Panel. Our members have also sat as arbitrators in cases under the ICSID, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules.
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 experienced in advising on issues of sovereign immunity that arise when proceedings are brought against a state.
Members at Matrix appear as counsel in sports arbitration, including representation before the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, acting for West Ham United in the FA/FAPL arbitration brought by Fulham FC, and the players of Sheffield United arising out of the Carlos Tevez affair. One of our members acts as an ad hoc clerk for the Court of Arbitration, including in 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 human rights team have experience in using arbitration in large group claims against corporations for breach of their business and human rights obligations. For more information see our Corporate Social Responsibility, Investigations and Audits practice area.
Our members speak fluent Russian, French and Spanish, as well as advanced knowledge of Arabic.