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Sam Luttrell

Sam Luttrell

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Sam Luttrell

Sam Luttrell specialises in international arbitration. He represents clients in cross-border disputes with other businesses and in claims against foreign governments under investment treaties and free trade agreements.

Sam has experience conducting proceedings under most of the main sets of international arbitration rules. His sector focus is Oil & Gas and Mining, but his experience spans a range of other industries, including infrastructure, defence and technology.

Sam is a member of our global Trade and Investment Risk team.

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  • Representing Churchill Mining plc and Planet Mining Pty Ltd in an ICSID arbitration (and subsequent annulment proceedings) against the Republic of Indonesia (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/14 and ARB/12/40)
  • Representing Cortec (Pty) Ltd, Stirling Capital Ltd and Cortec Mining Kenya Ltd in an ongoing ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Kenya under the UK-Kenya BIT (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/29)
  • Representing Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd & Kingsgate Capital Pty Ltd in an ongoing ad hoc arbitration against the Kingdom of Thailand under the Australia-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (PCA Case No. 2017-36/AA684)
  • Representing Tantalum International Ltd and Arrowhead Resources Ltd in an ongoing ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt under the Australia-Egypt BIT (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/22)
  • Representing a European contractor in an ongoing UNCITRAL Rules arbitration concerning claims under a contract for the construction of a jetty for an offshore gas project in Australia
  • Representing a Mauritian mining company in an ongoing ICC arbitration against the National Mining Company of an African State (ICC Case 23225/GR)

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Western Australia (LLB/BA) 2003
  • Articled Clerk, Kott Gunning Lawyers 2004
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Western Australia 2004
  • Law Lecturer, Murdoch University 2006
  • Murdoch University (PhD) 2009
  • Associate, Allens Arthur Robinson 2009
  • Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 2011
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2013
  • Partner since 2017

Professional bodies

  • Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR
  • Member of the SIAC User Council
  • Member of the ACICA Practice and Procedure Board
  • Council Member, Australian Dispute Resolution Advisory Council

Awards and citations

  • "International ADR Practitioner of the Year"
    Australian Disputes Centre Awards 2017
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Lawyers 2017
  • Sam Luttrell is singled out by interviewees as an "agile tactician with a brilliant mind" who is further distinguished by his "excellent, in-depth knowledge of international arbitration and mediation and solid advice in complex major project disputes." He has recently been active on mandates with African, Indonesian and Papua New Guinean elements
    Chambers Global 2017
  • Ranked in Band 1 for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Australia)
    Chambers Global 2017  
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
  • Listed as a Future Leader of international arbitration
    Who's Who Legal 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers
    Australia (Australian Financial Review) 2016
  • Listed in Leading Australian Arbitration Lawyers
    Doyle's Guide 2016
  • Identified as "key contact"  
    Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015
  • Named as a Rising Star of Dispute Resolution
    Doyle's Guide 2015