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Ruth Byrne is a partner and solicitor advocate in our London office. Ruth specialises in international commercial disputes across a wide range of industry sectors.

Ruth has advised clients on disputes arising in multiple jurisdictions (notably in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe) and from a wide range of different industry sectors including energy, construction, manufacturing and retail, asset management and banking. She has appeared as counsel in arbitrations under all of the leading institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, SCC, Swiss Rules and ICSID) as well as ad hoc arbitrations and sits regularly as arbitrator. She also appears frequently in the English High Court, in particular in proceedings in support of arbitration, as well as more generally in international commercial litigation. Ruth also advises on questions of public and private international law.

Ruth is recommended in Chambers UK, 2016 and the Legal 500, 2016 with respect to international arbitration and international litigation. Chambers notes that, “Market sources appreciate her ‘very organised and structured’ approach.” Named as a future leader in international arbitration in Who’s Who Legal , 2017, she is commended as “an excellent advocate wise beyond her years, and not afraid to tackle new areas or take on opponents far her senior. She will be a dominant character in the arbitration world for years to come.”

Ruth is Co-Chair of the London Court of International Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), and writes and speaks regularly on a variety of international arbitration topics.

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Credentials

LL.M. International Public Law, University College London, UK, with distinction

M.A., University of Cambridge, UK

The Law Society of England and Wales (2006) (#357290)

The Law Society of England and Wales (2006) (#357290)

Spanish

French (comprehension)

"An excellent advocate wise beyond her years... not afraid to tackle new areas or take on opponents far her senior."


Who's Who Legal, Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017

"She will be a dominant character in the arbitration world for years to come."


Who's Who Legal, Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017

"Extremely bright, personable and diligent”


Chambers UK, 2016

"Especially known for her expertise in energy-related disputes, and in court hearings regarding arbitration matters."


Chambers UK, 2016

Recommended for International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation


Legal 500, 2016

Matters

Representing an international oil and gas company in a series of multi-million dollar disputes under the UNCITRAL Rules arising out of a failed joint venture in Kazakhstan.

Representation of a listed oil company in an LCIA arbitration regarding contractual claims arising in connection with a production sharing contract in the Middle East.

Representing an oil and gas major in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules with regard to claims for breaches of a multi-million dollar construction contract.

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Representing an international oil and gas company in a series of multi-million dollar disputes under the UNCITRAL Rules arising out of a failed joint venture in Kazakhstan.

Representation of a listed oil company in an LCIA arbitration regarding contractual claims arising in connection with a production sharing contract in the Middle East.

Representing an oil and gas major in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules with regard to claims for breaches of a multi-million dollar construction contract.

Representing an oil and gas major in multi-billion dollar contentious proceedings regarding oil and gas rights in East Africa.

Representing defendants to substantial complex fraud claims arising from activities in the energy sector in West Africa in the English Commercial Court.

Representing an Indian car manufacturer to resist proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court by its former U.S. distributor to challenge and appeal a final UNCITRAL arbitration award in its favour.

Representing a manufacturing and retail business in a series of LCIA arbitration proceedings arising from an M&A transaction.

Representing a listed oil and gas company on a challenge to an arbitral award brought in the English Commercial Court.

Representing an oil and gas drilling contractor with respect to claims brought in an ICC arbitration for breach of exclusivity by one of its clients.

Representing a sovereign wealth fund in a billion-dollar claim in the English Commercial Court arising out of alleged duress and misrepresentation.

Representing a Moldovan company with regard to claims brought in the English Commercial Court for fraudulent misrepresentation.

Representing an international construction company in multi-jurisdictional proceedings to enforce an ICC arbitration award against an African State.

Representing an oil and gas major in proceedings to enforce an arbitral award under the SIAC Rules before the English Court and to obtain interim relief in support of that enforcement.

Representing a group of investors from the Middle East in proceedings in the English and Cayman Islands Courts involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Representing an international oil and gas company in proceedings under the ICC Rules arising out of disputed rights under a gas sales agreement in West Africa.

Representing a Latin American company in LCIA proceedings arising out of the breach of a distributorship agreement.

Representing an oil and gas company in contractual claims for delay in an LCIA arbitration against its former drilling contractor.

Representing an offshore investment company in a series of disputes under the LCIA Rules arising out of the sale of a share in an oil contract in West Africa.

Representing an award creditor in proceedings before the English Commercial Court to enforce that award against the respondent Sovereign State.

Representing a group of Kuwaiti investors in a multi-million dollar dispute under the ICC Rules regarding a failed joint venture in the oil and gas sector in Kazakhstan.

Representing a well-known multinational in LCIA proceedings regarding the alleged breach of a distributorship agreement in the Middle East.

Representing a Saudi company in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration claim for breach of a publishing licence.

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Representing an international oil and gas company in a series of multi-million dollar disputes under the UNCITRAL Rules arising out of a failed joint venture in Kazakhstan.

Representation of a listed oil company in an LCIA arbitration regarding contractual claims arising in connection with a production sharing contract in the Middle East.

Representing an oil and gas major in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules with regard to claims for breaches of a multi-million dollar construction contract.

See more
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Matters

Representing an international oil and gas company in a series of multi-million dollar disputes under the UNCITRAL Rules arising out of a failed joint venture in Kazakhstan.

Representation of a listed oil company in an LCIA arbitration regarding contractual claims arising in connection with a production sharing contract in the Middle East.

Representing an oil and gas major in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules with regard to claims for breaches of a multi-million dollar construction contract.

Representing an oil and gas major in multi-billion dollar contentious proceedings regarding oil and gas rights in East Africa.

Representing defendants to substantial complex fraud claims arising from activities in the energy sector in West Africa in the English Commercial Court.

Representing an Indian car manufacturer to resist proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court by its former U.S. distributor to challenge and appeal a final UNCITRAL arbitration award in its favour.

Representing a manufacturing and retail business in a series of LCIA arbitration proceedings arising from an M&A transaction.

Representing a listed oil and gas company on a challenge to an arbitral award brought in the English Commercial Court.

Representing an oil and gas drilling contractor with respect to claims brought in an ICC arbitration for breach of exclusivity by one of its clients.

Representing a sovereign wealth fund in a billion-dollar claim in the English Commercial Court arising out of alleged duress and misrepresentation.

Representing a Moldovan company with regard to claims brought in the English Commercial Court for fraudulent misrepresentation.

Representing an international construction company in multi-jurisdictional proceedings to enforce an ICC arbitration award against an African State.

Representing an oil and gas major in proceedings to enforce an arbitral award under the SIAC Rules before the English Court and to obtain interim relief in support of that enforcement.

Representing a group of investors from the Middle East in proceedings in the English and Cayman Islands Courts involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Representing an international oil and gas company in proceedings under the ICC Rules arising out of disputed rights under a gas sales agreement in West Africa.

Representing a Latin American company in LCIA proceedings arising out of the breach of a distributorship agreement.

Representing an oil and gas company in contractual claims for delay in an LCIA arbitration against its former drilling contractor.

Representing an offshore investment company in a series of disputes under the LCIA Rules arising out of the sale of a share in an oil contract in West Africa.

Representing an award creditor in proceedings before the English Commercial Court to enforce that award against the respondent Sovereign State.

Representing a group of Kuwaiti investors in a multi-million dollar dispute under the ICC Rules regarding a failed joint venture in the oil and gas sector in Kazakhstan.

Representing a well-known multinational in LCIA proceedings regarding the alleged breach of a distributorship agreement in the Middle East.

Representing a Saudi company in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration claim for breach of a publishing licence.

Insights

View all

Credentials

LL.M. International Public Law, University College London, UK, with distinction

M.A., University of Cambridge, UK

The Law Society of England and Wales (2006) (#357290)

The Law Society of England and Wales (2006) (#357290)

Spanish

French (comprehension)

"An excellent advocate wise beyond her years... not afraid to tackle new areas or take on opponents far her senior."


Who's Who Legal, Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017

"She will be a dominant character in the arbitration world for years to come."


Who's Who Legal, Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017

"Extremely bright, personable and diligent”


Chambers UK, 2016

"Especially known for her expertise in energy-related disputes, and in court hearings regarding arbitration matters."


Chambers UK, 2016

Recommended for International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation


Legal 500, 2016