Vanessa Naish


Vanessa is the Arbitration Practice Manager and Professional Support Consultant at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP working with clients and colleagues globally on complex issues relating to arbitration, dispute resolution and the enforcement of arbitral awards and judgments. She also advises on public international law, in particular on state immunity, investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement. Vanessa is an editor of the firm's arbitration and PIL blogs and an author and editor of various external publications including Blackstone's Civil Practice.

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Vanessa was a senior associate in the international arbitration practice at another global law firm. Vanessa has acted in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations across multiple jurisdictions and under a range of governing laws.

Vanessa is a member of the Law Societyâ??s Trade in Legal Services Working Party, assisting the Law Society to develop policy positions on key issues arising from ongoing trade negotiations and implementation of trade agreements between the EU and other states.

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Areas of Practice


Year Qualified



BPP Law School
LPC, Distinction
2001 â?? 2002
Oxford Brookes University
postgraduate diploma in law, Distinction
2000 â?? 2001
University of Cambridge
Clare College
MA History, First Class Honours
1997 â?? 2000