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Chris Parker

Partner

London

Chris is a partner specialising in international arbitration.

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Experience

Chris has acted as counsel and advocate in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in a number of jurisdictions and under various governing laws. He has broad experience of advising on international disputes, particularly in the energy, mining and pharma sectors.

He has advised:

  • the owner of a LNG terminal in an ICC arbitration concerning a long term gas supply agreement relating to an offshore African field
  • an African oil company in an LCIA arbitration in London relating to an upstream interest in Nigeria
  • an international pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration in Singapore with a $1 billion in dispute concerning a co-promotion agreement 
  • a consortium of energy multinationals in consolidated ICC arbitrations in Geneva arising from the construction and operation of a major oil onshore pipeline
  • an international mining company in an LCIA arbitration seated in London concerning a mining project in sub-Saharan Africa
  • an international investment firm in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris regarding a mining project in Turkey

Accolades

Legal 500 United States 2016 notes that Chris is a ‘passionate and good advocate with a refreshing personality’.

Named Rising Star at The American Lawyer's Transatlantic Legal Awards 2016

Recognised by Chambers & Partners as a Foreign Expert Based in UK for USA – International Arbitration and Foreign Expert for USA for UK – Dispute Resolution.

Chambers USA 2014 comments that Chris is "particularly valued by clients for his ‘knowledgeable, confident and business-minded’ approach to dispute resolution".

Chambers Global 2014 identifies Chris as "one of Herbert Smith Freehills' most promising younger partners, demonstrating legal savviness well beyond his years", says he is "rapidly making strides in the commercial arbitration space", and notes his considerable UK expertise.

Chambers Global 2012 comments that Chris "is gaining significant praise for his commercial arbitration expertise" and identifies him as a "Notable Practitioner; foreign legal expert" (USA, International Arbitration).

Background

Chris joined Herbert Smith's international arbitration group in London on qualification, having previously graduated from Cambridge University with a triple first in law. He has since spent time in the firm's arbitration teams in Shanghai and New York, returning to London from New York in 2015.