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Audley Sheppard QC


Clifford Chance, London
Practice area Litigation & dispute resolution, Construction
Sector Power & energy networks, Real estate, Oil & gas, Energy & resources, Mining & metals
Tel +442070068723

Audley Sheppard QC


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.

Relevant experience

  • 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 defended an Asian telecoms company in a SIAC arbitration concerning claims by an Indian company under a share purchase agreement

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

Professional bodies

  • Chairman of the LCIA Board
  • 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)
  • Joint Editor, International Bar Association's Business Law International (2010-present)
  • 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

  • Audley Sheppard is recognised as an "outstanding international arbitration specialist" with a "deep level of experience".
    Chambers Global
  • Sources describe Audley as "having the right mixture of intellectual grasp, combined with an ability to see through a weak argument".
    Chambers Europe
  • Audley is said to be a "pleasant assassin", he "kills with kind words" and has a "strong ability to simplify the complex".
    Chambers UK
  • Audley is a "great advocate". 
    Legal 500 UK
  • Audley is rated in Band 1 for International Arbitration
    Chambers UK and Chambers Europe
  • Audley is rated as one of the top 20 highly regarded individuals worldwide in international arbitration.
    Who's Who Legal 2013

Clifford Chance publications and insights

  • '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).
  • ‘Mandatory Rules in International Commercial Arbitration - an English Perspective’, in The American Review of International Arbitration (2008, vol. 18 at 121)
  • “The Distinction between Lawful and Unlawful Expropriation" in C. Rebeiro (ed.)
  • "Investment Arbitration and the Energy Charter Treaty" (JurisNet LLC, 2006)
  • ‘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).
  • ‘The Jurisdictional Threshold of a Prima-facie Case’, in "International Investment Law" (OUP, 2008)
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