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Sam Luttrell

Sam Luttrell

Partner

Partner
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 Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd & Kingsgate Capital Pty Ltd in an ongoing UNCITRAL Rules 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 Cortec (Pty) Ltd, Stirling Capital Ltd and Cortec Mining Kenya Ltd in ICSID annulment proceedings against the Republic of Kenya under the UK-Kenya BIT (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/29)
  • Representing the Sunrise Joint Venture in conciliation proceedings between the governments of Australia and Timor-Leste under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (PCA Case No. 2016-10)
  • 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 PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd in an ICSID arbitration against the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/33)
  • Representing Oleovest Pte. Ltd. in an ICSID arbitration against Republic of Indonesia under the Singapore-Indonesia BIT (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/26)
  • Representing a European oil and gas company in an expert determination process against an African government under a Production Sharing Contract
  • 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

Awards and citations

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Best Lawyers Australia 2021
  • International Arbitration
    Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers Australia 2021
  • Sam Luttrell is characterised by one interviewee as an "absolutely top-notch oil and gas, energy, investor-state and commercial arbitration counsel who is both super respected and sought after,"
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2020
  • Sam Luttrell has ‘excellent technical knowledge, particularly in investor-state arbitration’
    Legal 500 2019, Dispute Resolution – Australia
  • Band 1 Individual
    Sam Luttrell is characterised by one interviewee as an "absolutely top-notch oil and gas, energy, investor-state and commercial arbitration counsel who is both super respected and sought after," while another identifies him as "first-class and one of the most highly regarded young lawyers" in that sphere, "with a very good understanding of this branch of the law and of what is important and what is not."
    Referring to Luttrell's leadership of a specific arbitration mandate, the same source adds: "I am very impressed with his whole handling of the case."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2020, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - Australia
  • Ranked in Band 1 for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Australia)
    Chambers Global 2017-2020
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017-2020
  • Sam Luttrell is characterised by one interviewee as an "absolutely top-notch oil and gas, energy, investor-state and commercial arbitration counsel who is both super respected and sought after," while another identifies him as "first-class and one of the most highly regarded young lawyers" in that sphere, "with a very good understanding of this branch of the law and of what is important and what is not." Referring to Luttrell's leadership of a specific arbitration mandate, the same source adds: "I am very impressed with his whole handling of the case."
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020
  • Sam Luttrell continues to win plaudits for his assured handling of international arbitration mandates, especially those arising in the energy and resources sector. Interviewees emphasise not only his "very good knowledge of the subject matter," but also his "very, very diligent" approach, one reporting: "He just has all the qualities you'd expect of Clifford Chance and his full attention to the matter really makes him stand out."
    Chambers Global 2019
  • 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 2017-2020
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017-2020
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal - Arbitration: Lawyers 2017-2019
  • Listed as a Future Leader of international arbitration
    Who's Who Legal 2017
  • "Arbitration Practitioner of the Year"
    Australian Disputes Centre Awards 2019
  • "International ADR Practitioner of the Year"
    Australian Disputes Centre Awards 2018
  • "International ADR Practitioner of the Year"
    Australian Disputes Centre Awards 2017