Allen & Overy, London
Why international arbitration?
For the stimulating interaction of diverse cultures, politics, and businesses. Because international arbitration is integral to the pursuit of growth in emerging markets.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
The opportunity to appear as counsel before some of the leading international jurists of our times in cases such as Azpetrol v Azerbaijan, HEP v Slovenia, and Deutsche Bank v Sri Lanka.
Who do you consider your mentor?
My Cambridge supervisor, James Crawford; Christoph Schreuer, for the opportunity to co-author the second edition of his Commentary on the ICSID Convention; and the superb arbitration partners at Allen & Overy, especially Stephen Jagusch, Mark Levy, Matt Gearing, Richard Smith and Judith Gill QC.
Who else in the field do you admire?
The younger pack who successfully mix original academic contribution with work as counsel and arbitrator, especially Zach Douglas, Todd Weiler, Stephan Schill, Dev Krishan and Noah Rubins.
What other career might you have chosen?
I’d like to have been a winemaker, in Marlborough, New Zealand. Or a diplomat (if only I had the diplomacy).
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
It’s for you to make your own career; don’t expect someone else to make it for you. Follow your passions.
Do you sit as an arbitrator?
If you could change one thing about the system...?
I would want to eliminate any suggestion that it is acceptable or normal for tribunals to take a year or more after the final hearing to produce their awards.
What’s been your most memorable moment in a hearing?
The circumstances in which the jurisdiction hearing in Azpetrol v Azerbaijan was adjourned are particularly memorable (noted in the tribunal’s final award), as was appearing as a witness myself in the same case.
What’s your favourite city to arbitrate in?
Washington, DC, because it is the seat of ICSID.