Audley Sheppard QC specialises in the resolution of major disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects, and international trade and investment. He also sits as an arbitrator.
- Successfully represented a consortium of international oil companies awarded USD$1.4 billion in a Nigerian arbitration concerning the fiscal terms of a Production Sharing Contract (ongoing)
- Successfully represented a NY based fund awarded over USD$110 million in an LCIA arbitration as compensation following the termination of a project to reduce methane gas emissions in Russia
- Successfully represented investors and States in arbitrations under Bilateral Investment Treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty
- Successfully defended an Asian telecoms company in a SIAC arbitration concerning claims by an Indian company under a share purchase agreement
- 'The Approach of Investment Treaty Tribunals to Evidentiary Privileges' in ICSID Review, Vol. 31, No. 3 (2016), pp. 670–689
- ‘Oaths and Perjury’, in “Defining Issues in International Arbitration" (CIArb, 2016)(ed Julio Cesar Betancourt)
- ‘English Arbitration Act 1996’, in “Concise International Arbitration" (Kluwer, 2014)(ed Loukas Mistelis)
- ‘Commentary on UK Investment Treaty’, in “Commentaries on Selected Model Investment Treaties” (OUP, 2013) (with Chester Brown)
- ‘Applicable substantive law’, in “Arbitration in England” (Kluwer, 2013) (eds Julian Lew & ors)
- ‘Legal Privilege and Confidentiality in Arbitration’, in “Privilege and Confidentiality: An International Handbook” (IBA, 2012) (with Fabian von Schlabrendorff)
- 'Jivraj v Hashwani – Faith in English arbitration is restored" in Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage, 2011, vol. 4 at 1079 (with M. Berard).
- ‘Are Stabilization Clauses a Threat to Sustainable Development?’, in "Sustainable Development in World Investment Law" (Wolters Kluwer, 2010) (with A. Crockett)
- ‘Closing Arguments’, in “The Art of Advocacy in International Arbitration" (Juris, 2010)(eds Doak Bishop and Ed Kehoe)
- ‘Arbitrator Independence in ICSID Arbitration’, in “Liber Amicorum in Honour of Christoph Schreuer “ (OUP, 2009).
- ‘The Jurisdictional Threshold of a Prima-facie Case’, in "International Investment Law" (OUP, 2008)
- ‘Mandatory Rules in International Commercial Arbitration - an English Perspective’, in The American Review of International Arbitration (2008, vol. 18 at 121)
- "Investment Arbitration and the Energy Charter Treaty" (JurisNet LLC, 2006)
- 'The Distinction between Lawful and Unlawful Expropriation' in C. Rebeiro (ed.)
- ‘International Agreements Covering Foreign Investment in Services: Patterns and Linkages’, in "Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System" (OUP, 2006) (with F. Ortino)
- ‘Res judicata and estoppel’ in "Parallel State and Arbitral Procedures in International Arbitration“ (ICC, 2005).
- ‘Report on public policy as a bar to enforcement of international arbitral awards’, in ILA Reports, in Arbitration International (2003, vol. 14, at 217).
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Career and qualifications
Victoria University of Wellington, NZ (LLB) 1983 and (BCommerce) 1984
- Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand 1985
- Cambridge University (LLM) 1986
- Joined Coward Chance 1986
- Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1990
- Clifford Chance Dubai 1994
- Partner since 1995
Appointed Queen's Council (2015)
- Visiting Professor, School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary, London
- Advisory Board, British Institute of International and Comparative Law Investment Protection Forum
- International Advisory Board, Arbitration Ireland (2012-present)
- Chairman of the LCIA Board (2017 – present) and Vice President of the LCIA court (2011 - 2017)
- Former NZ Member on the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Arbitration Commission (2007-2012)
- Former Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Arbitration Committee (2006-07)
- Former Rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on International Commercial Arbitration (1996-2006)
Awards and citations
- "He is one of the best lawyers in arbitration, from a professional point of view and a human point of view. He's a great guy and very friendly to the client."
Band 1: UK-wide, International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration: Chambers UK 2018
Band 1: UK-wide, International Arbitration: Investment Arbitration: Chambers UK 2018
- "Sources consider London-based partner Audley Sheppard an ‘incredibly clever’ practitioner, who has ‘enormous intellectual weight, and whose judgement is second to none.'"
Europe-wide, Arbitration (International): Chambers Europe 2018
- "London-based Audley Sheppard receives high praise for his efforts in representing investors and corporate clients on treaty arbitrations and commercial disputes relating to the mining and banking sectors."
Global-wide, Arbitration (International): Chambers Global 2018
- "Audley Sheppard QC brings impressive experience to disputes arising out of energy projects."
Energy and Natural Resources: Disputes: UK-Wide: Chambers UK 2018
- "Audley Sheppard QC enjoys a leading reputation for his work in international arbitrations, including assisting investors in investor-state disputes."
Band 1: UK-wide Public International Law: Chambers UK 2018
- "One client says, ‘I believe he is one of the best as far as arbitration is concerned. He is a good listener, very experienced and asks the right questions.'"
Band 1: Africa-wide, Dispute Resolution: Chambers Global 2018