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Nicholas Peacock

Partner

London

Nick specialises in international arbitration and is head of the India arbitration practice.

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Experience

Nick previously led the Singapore arbitration practice, is a member of the firm's India Executive, works closely with the Moscow office on English law Russian disputes, sits on our Nordic Desk, and is a former co-chair of our London-Japan Group.

In addition to his experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitration, Nick handles commercial litigation, and has also assisted clients with regulatory disputes, high-value complaints and internal investigations. He also sits as an arbitrator.

Nick is consistently recognised by the leading legal directories. Chambers Global legal directory describes Nick as "in demand as a leading arbitration lawyer", and reports client comments that "He delivers what he says he can deliver. He's our first port of call for bet-the-company litigation.

Nick currently serves on the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Users Council, and is also a Council Member for the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA).

Nick's experience includes advising:

  • Vedanta Resources on a claim under the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty arising from the imposition of retrospective tax by the Indian tax authorities
  • multiple investors in a Russian metals business on successful UNCITRAL arbitration claims in London, and subsequent court enforcement actions in London, Jersey, New York and Austria
  • an Asian telecoms company on a joint venture dispute and parallel arbitrations in India (ad hoc) and the UK (LCIA) concerning an Indian mobile network
  • an Asian coal producer in claims brought regarding the termination of long-term agency arrangements, including arbitration and court proceedings in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia
  • an international investment fund on London arbitration, and related offshore litigation concerning a multi-billion dollar real estate development project in East Africa

Background

Nick has enjoyed a 20 year career with Herbert Smith Freehills (formerly Herbert Smith) and has been a partner in the Dispute Resolution division since 2007.

Nick previously led the Singapore arbitration practice, is a member of the firm's India Executive, works closely with the Moscow office on English law Russian disputes, sits on our Nordic Desk, and is a former co-chair of our London-Japan Group.