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Elizabeth Kantor

Elizabeth Kantor

Professional Support Lawyer

Liz is a professional support lawyer in Herbert Smith Freehills' international arbitration practice.



Liz has advised and represented clients in international arbitration proceedings in both London and Singapore. She has also been seconded to an energy major's legal team in Singapore, working for the Vietnam and Singapore business units. 

She was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in September 2011 after completing her training at the firm's London office.  During her training contract, she spent three months as judicial assistant to Mr. Justice Vos (now Lord Justice Vos) in the English High Court and six months seconded to a multinational technology company's legal team in London. She has also spent two years based in the firm's dispute resolution team in Singapore.

Liz regularly writes articles on a range of legal issues, and has been published in Global Arbitration Review, Construction Law, PLC and the Kluwer arbitration blog. 

Liz's experience includes advising:

  • an oil & gas supermajor in ICC arbitration proceedings for the recovery of settlements paid and associated litigation costs under a contractual indemnity provided by a contractor at a North African oil and gas project
  • a global bank in relation to LCIA proceedings and interim relief in Cyprus arising from a facility agreement and suite of security documents
  • a consortium of leading multinational energy companies in UNCITRAL arbitration and expert determination proceedings against the Republic of Kazakhstan. The case concerned budget and schedule disputes worth US$9 billion in a high-profile and politically significant case concerning one of the world's largest oil and gas projects
  • acting for UK and Australian oil companies in an ICC arbitration concerning the recovery of unexpected tax liabilities
  • acting for the Claimant in Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Limited v Tanesco (ICSID Case No. ARB 10/20), in a dispute arising out of a power purchase agreement



Liz graduated with a first class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Oxford and obtained her post-graduate legal qualification at BPP Law School in London.