David Davies is an experienced junior barrister at Essex Court Chambers in London with more than a decade of experience of acting as counsel in international arbitration.
He regularly acts in all types of international arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and the LMAA. Such work has encompassed a broad spectrum of subject matter including defence procurement, oil and gas, offshore engineering and construction, commodities and major shareholders’ disputes. Many cases have involved either states or state-owned companies. David also appears in arbitration-related applications to the Commercial Court in London.
Highlights in recent years include several confidential arbitrations involving state-owned oil and gas companies, including acting as sole counsel for one of the co-claimants in a US$700 million claim against a major state oil producer involving issues of force majeure, frustration and the interpretation of the domestic law of the relevant state. He also acted for Iran against the United States before the US-Iran Claims Tribunal in the Hague in relation to claims under the Algiers Accords 1981, which ended the Tehran hostage crisis. David was part of the counsel team that conducted the “general issues” hearing, examining the interpretation of the Accords and other general issues of law, and the first two batches of individual claims (including claims in relation to cultural and artistic items). In addition, he acted as as junior counsel to the Claimants in Hulley & ors v The Russian Federation, the English proceedings relating to the US$50 billion arbitration awards obtained against Russia by the former majority shareholders of Yukos.
WWL says: David Davies is a "great guy; very established in the area as one of the foremost barristers".
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