Carla Lewis specialises in international arbitration and public international law, including EU and UK restrictive measures and international environmental law.
Carla has represented a variety of clients in international arbitrations conducted under the rules of major institutions such as the LCIA, ICC and SIAC. She has High Court litigation experience, and regularly advises clients regarding their potential sanctions exposure.
Carla has lived and worked in London, Paris, Dubai and New York, and was seconded to the Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement Team at a global bank in Singapore between October 2014 and April 2015.
Carla is admitted as a Solicitor-Advocate in England and Wales. She also supports the Firm's pro bono partnership with the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.
- Conducting and co-ordinating a global survey concerning the extent to which the right to a healthy environment is enshrined in the domestic laws of each UN Member State on behalf of Dr David Boyd, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment
- Advising a global commodity trader concerning the potential EU sanctions implications of proposed oil contracts to be concluded with a Russian state-owned company
- Advising a multinational integrated oil & gas company regarding potential EU sanctions implications of an offshore natural gas pipeline
- Representing a company in connection with claims brought against a former employee in Russia in relation to fraud, breach of economic sanctions and the breach of a loan agreement
- Advising a multinational integrated oil & gas company in relation to the construction of an oil pipeline in Africa, advising on issues of public international law for the purposes of investment planning and the negotiation of intergovernmental and host state agreements.
- Representing a Zambian investment company and shareholder in a US$140 million claim against the operating company (and ultimate parent company) relating to mining projects in Zambia
- Advising an international company concerning potential GATT claims relating to pricing and taxation regulations implemented by an African country
- Advising a company engaged in sustainable energy projects in Africa concerning potential claims by and against the host Government
- Advising an international hospitality chain concerning contracts concluded with a designated entity affected by EU restrictive measures, advising on interactions with three competent authorities
- Advising an international clearing house concerning the potential EU sanctions implications of a proposed government bond issuance
- Advising an investment company in twelve parallel claims against State-owned companies concerning carbon emissions reduction projects in Russia
- Advising various international corporate and financial entities concerning their EU and UK restrictive measures compliance obligations
News and client work
Career and qualifications
- Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Certificat Superieur de Droit Français) 2007
- Magdalen College, Oxford (BA, Law with French Law) 2008
- New York University (LLM, International Legal Studies) 2010
- Joined Clifford Chance 2010
- Worked in Clifford Chance's Dubai office 2011
- Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2012
- Obtained Higher Rights of Audience 2014
- Seconded to the Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement Team of a global bank in Singapore 2014
- Worked in Clifford Chance's Singapore office 2015
- LCIA/CIArb Tribunal Secretaries Course 2016
- Senior Associate since 2017
- Young Public International Law Group
- ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
- LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
Awards and citations
- Recognised by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for contribution to international environmental law