Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Stephenson Harwood


Louis specialises in arbitration and litigation in all industry sectors and in all fora, with a particular emphasis on fraud and/or conflict law issues in litigation work.

He has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration and investment treaty cases, as well as substantial High Court litigation in England and many foreign jurisdictions. As a practising solicitor advocate, he has undertaken advocacy before international tribunals and courts (in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the USA), including the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Louis is co-author with Professor Robert Merkin of the leading text on the English Arbitration Act (4th edition, 2008, 5th due out in 2013), the consultant editor of Merkin's Arbitration Law (looseleaf) and a visiting lecturer on International Commercial Arbitration at Brunel and Southampton Universities. He was made a Chartered Arbitrator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2011 (of which he is a Fellow and an approved course tutor) and he is also an associate member of the London Court of International Arbitration.

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