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Paul Coates

Senior Associate

Clifford Chance, London
Practice area Litigation & dispute resolution
Sector Oil & gas, Power & energy networks, Real estate
Tel +442070062068

Paul Coates

Senior Associate

Paul Coates is a senior member of the International Commercial Arbitration Group.

Paul has advised on a wide range of international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, both on an ad hoc basis and under the rules of major institutions, including the LCIA, ICC, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, LMAA and ICSID.

Paul's work spans many jurisdictions and economic sectors, with a particular focus on disputes arising out of large-scale construction and oil & gas projects.

Relevant experience

  • Advising an international energy company in respect of claims arising out of an offshore windfarm construction project (ICC arbitration).
  • Advising a National Oil Company in relation to disputes arising out of several major oil & gas projects, including a major refinery upgrade.
  • Advising a global real estate fund in relation to disputes arising out of an investment project in Russia (LCIA arbitration).
  • Advising a Middle Eastern State-owned entity in relation to contractor claims arising from a large-scale commercial construction project.
  • Advising an international oil & gas company in respect of claims arising out of a contract for the drilling and completion of a number of oil wells in Iraq (ICC arbitration).
  • Advising an international oil & gas company in respect of a US$75 million claim advanced by a contractor arising out of an EPC contract for works in Saudi Arabia (ICC arbitration).
  • Advising in BIT proceedings against the Arab Republic of Egypt, concerning the expropriation of investments relating to several luxury residential, hotel and shopping complexes.
  • Advising a contractor in relation to claims arising out of the alleged wrongful termination of a road construction contract in Tanzania (UNCITRAL arbitration).
  • Advising a UK plc in arbitration proceedings against the Kyrgyz Republic under the UK-Kyrgyz Republic BIT, regarding the expropriation of a gold mining licence in the Kyrgyz Republic (UNCITRAL arbitration).
  • Advising an employer in the defence of US$100 million claims advanced by a contractor in respect of a termination of a luxury residential development in Eritrea (ICC arbitration).

Career and qualifications

  • University of Nottingham / University of Queensland (LLB (Hons)) 2004
  • Nottingham Law School (Legal Practice Course) 2005
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2005
  • Seconded to Clifford Chance Singapore 2006
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2007
  • Seconded to Clifford Chance Dubai 2009 to 2013
  • Obtained Higher Rights of Audience 2014

Professional bodies

  • Society of Construction Law
  • LCIA Young International Arbitrators Group Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Clifford Chance publications and insights

  • The UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration: Continuing the Evolution of Investment Treaty Arbitration
    December 2014
    International Arbitration Law Review