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Nicholas Lingard is an experienced international arbitration counsel and advocate and the head of Freshfields’ international arbitration practice in Asia.
He leads one of the most active treaty arbitration practices in Asia, representing both investors and states, in high-profile, politically complex cases around Asia and the world.
Nick also represents clients in commercial and construction disputes across a variety of industries, under all major arbitral rules, including those of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, the American Arbitration Association and the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, and under all major systems of law.
He provides public international law advice to government and private clients, and accepts occasional appointments as arbitrator.
Nick is recognised as a leading international arbitration practitioner by all the major directories, including as a Band 1 ‘Leading Individual’ for arbitration in Singapore by The Legal 500. In 2018, he was named ‘International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year’ at the Asia Legal Awards.
A former law clerk to the Chief Justice of Australia, Nick was educated at the University of Queensland, where he graduated top of his class in law and Japanese, and Harvard Law School, where he was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow.
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