Vanessa is a professional support consultant and arbitration practice manager in the global arbitration practice. Vanessa has a particular interest in innovative fee arrangements and in using technology to predict both the cost and outcome of arbitrations.
Vanessa advises clients and colleagues on complex issues relating to arbitration. She also advises on public international law, in particular state immunity and investment protection issues. Vanessa helps to lead and drive the firm's thought leadership and client and external engagement on key developments in both areas.
Vanessa’s role is heavily focussed on client engagement on arbitration and public international law issues. She is involved in devising and delivering internal and external training, client seminars and webinars and drafting ebulletins and other legal know-how materials for clients. Vanessa is an editor of our arbitration and PIL blogs, hsfnotes.com/arbitration and hsfnotes.com/publicinternationallaw and of our flagship publication, Inside Arbitration.
Vanessa also supports the management of the global arbitration practice in business planning and strategy development. Vanessa's particular areas of interest include alternative fee arrangements and technological innovation in both practical management and arbitral procedure.
Vanessa is a contributor to Blackstone's Civil Practice and is a member of the LexisPSL Arbitration Consulting Editorial Board. Vanessa is also on the organising committee of the London International Disputes Week International Day 2023.
Before joining the firm in 2012, Vanessa was a Senior Associate in the international arbitration practice of another global law firm.