Nicholas A. Lawn
Nicholas Lawn leads Van Bael & Bellis’ London-based International Dispute Resolution team. He specialises in international arbitration and litigation with a particular focus on investment arbitration and public international law.
Over the course of nearly 20 years, he has advised a range of clients - companies, individuals and governments - in relation to international disputes across numerous sectors including telecoms, energy, banking and finance, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and mining and under a variety of different arbitral rules including under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA Arbitration Rules.
Nicholas has won some of the largest investment arbitration awards of recent years. Most recently, he successfully acted for Vodafone in its landmark arbitral victory against the Republic of India. In its award, the UNCITRAL Tribunal held that India’s attempts to impose a US$ 5.5 billion tax liability on Vodafone through retroactive legislation was in breach of international law.
In addition to substantial India-related disputes experience, his expertise and experience extends to matters involving Africa, Russia / CIS and Latin America (where he spent time working in one of Argentina’s leading law firms with one of Latin America’s leading arbitrators).
For a number of years, Nicholas has been identified as one of London’s leading arbitration practitioners. Most recently, he was included in the International Arbitration Powerlist (2019) and named as a Rising Star for International Arbitration and Public International Law by Legal 500 UK (2021).
Nicholas is a Solicitor-Advocate with rights of audience in the Higher Courts of England and Wales.
- Legal 500’s International Arbitration Powerlist
- Legal 500 for International Arbitration (UK) – Rising Star
- Legal 500 for Public International Law (UK) – Rising Star
- LL.M., Columbia Law School
- B.A., University of Oxford
Lexology GTDT, Investment Treaty Arbitration 2021 (EU Chapter)
Lexology GTDT, Intra-EU Investment Arbitration: Where Are We Now? (Article)
Arbitration World (6th Edition), The Energy Charter Treaty (Chapter)
Solicitor Advocate, England & Wales
Solicitor, Republic of Ireland