Stuart Dutson

Partner – International Head of Arbitration


T +44 20 7825 4101
M +44 7990 786 744

General Experience

Stuart has drafted complex choice of law clauses and multi-tier and multi-party arbitration and jurisdiction agreements for many transactions, including multi-million dollar M&A deals and international oil and gas projects in Russia, the Middle East, Nigeria, India and South America.

Stuart has conducted arbitrations under both common law and civil law in England, mainland Europe (including Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary and the Czech h Republic), the Middle East, Africa and Australia. He has acted for and against parties from the UK, mainland Europe, Central Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia and Africa

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Recent Work
  • representing a Russian bank in a claim against a wealthy Israeli individual under his personal guarantee governed by English law providing for LCIA arbitration in London
  • representing a Liechtenstein trust/establishment and its Russian beneficiary in an LCIA arbitration in London in relation to claims against a Russian investment house regarding unlawful margin calls and investments outside authority
  • representing Libya in a BIT claim commenced by Korean investors regarding EPC Projects in Libya. The disputes arise out of the events described as the “Arab spring”
  • acting for a Chinese corporation in relation to an EPSC compact with a far eastern State which has significant oil and gas deposits. The dispute is governed by the State’s law and provides for ICC arbitration in London
  • representing an African oil and gas company in relation to dispute under its shareholders agreement. The agreement is governed by New York law and provides for LCIA arbitration in London
  • representing an English company against a Dutch company in relation to the sale of retail shopping centres across Russia in the Commercial Court in London. The agreement is governed by English law and provides for a choice between arbitration or court proceedings in London
  • representing the Italian manufacturer of boilers for large scale power production projects. The dispute relates to the cancellation of a multimillion dollar contract in Saudi Arabia. The contract is governed by English law and provides for LCIA arbitration in London
  • representing a UK bank in dealing with competing claims for billions of dollars of deposits made by a sovereign wealth fund from a country where control of the government is in dispute.

Stuart is qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in England, a Barrister and Solicitor in Australia, a Legal Practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) since May 2008 and a Barrister in Malawi where Stuart was Malawi’s State Advocate from 2000 to 2001.

Stuart has a doctorate in private international law from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University,
England. He has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (both with First Class Honours) from Queensland University, Australia and the University Medal in Law. He is also a former member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Stuart is a fellow of the London School of Economics (“the LSE”) lecturing in international arbitration since 2000.