Kent Phillips and Richard Power appointed to joint Heads of BLP’s International Arbitration team

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today announced the appointment of Kent Phillips from the firm’s Singapore office and Richard Power from its London base as joint Heads of its International Arbitration team. The appointments will be effective from 1 December 2014.

These appointments reinforce the firm’s commitment to delivering a truly international service to clients with particular focus on Asia and on the Energy sector. BLP’s International Arbitration team consists of 12 partners working alongside top quality practitioners in its offices in London, Moscow, Abu Dhabi and Singapore. The team has experience of advising on matters in over 50 countries and across numerous sectors.

Kent and Richard will take over the role from Nic Fletcher QC. Nic has decided to move away from private practice and the Partnership, effective 1 December 2014, and to practise as an independent arbitrator from chambers at 4 New Square. Nic will remain an external, independent, non-exec director on the board of BLP.

Speaking about his appointment, Kent commented: “International arbitrations now involve parties from a number of jurisdictions acting under a variety of different laws and we have great experience of 16 arbitral institutions. With Asia, and particularly Singapore, being such a key market for arbitration, I will bring an understanding from this region and help ensure that we’re delivering the best results for our clients from across the world.”

Richard added: “BLP’s sector expertise is what stands us apart from other firms and, for international arbitrations, we are placing a big focus on the Energy sector at present. Through my experience I will help us deliver a seamless service to clients whilst at the same time help the firm with its international expansion as we grow the practice and build on our recent fantastic work.”

BLP has recently won a 2014 FT Innovative Lawyers Award for Innovation in Client Service focussing on Integrated Dispute Resolution – a model which gives clients access to all of the firm’s 175 dispute resolution specialists across a range of fully integrated contentious services.


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