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Kate Wilford


Kate Wilford
English, French, German
Practice Group

Kate Wilford represents international companies in large-scale, international commercial disputes. Her practice focuses on international arbitration (most frequently under the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules) and associated court litigation, including challenges to and enforcement of arbitral awards. Based in Hogan Lovells' London office, she advises clients from a diverse range of industry sectors, including telecommunications, energy and natural resources, automotive and consumer.

In addition to her native English, Kate speaks German and French (having studied both languages at Cambridge and lived in Germany), and regularly uses her language skills in assisting clients to resolve their disputes. She works closely with the Hogan Lovells international arbitration team in Germany. Kate is qualified as a solicitor-advocate with full rights of audience in the English courts. Super Lawyers named Kate as a rising star in the field of dispute resolution in 2013 and 2014.

Representative experience

Representing a major international brewer in an ICC arbitration against another international beverage company in relation to an African joint venture

Advising an Icelandic finance group in an ICC arbitration arising out of an investment in an Eastern European bank.

Representing a manufacturer and trader of agricultural chemicals in an LCIA arbitration concerning the termination of a supply agreement

Acting for an energy company in Commercial Court litigation concerning the sale of a German oil refinery

Acting for an energy company in Commercial Court litigation involving an application for a stay in favour of arbitration

Acting for telecommunications companies in a CRCICA arbitration seated in Cairo concerning interconnection rates

Representing a major international automotive company in an ICC arbitration against another international automotive company in relation to a dispute concerning a breach of contract.

Representing international engineering and design group in related disputes in English High Court regarding oil rig projects, including appearing as advocate at contested hearings.

Education and admissions


  • L.P.C., BPP Law School, London, 2005
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, University of the West of England, Bristol, 2004
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge, Jesus College, 2003
  • B.A., University of Cambridge, Jesus College, 2002


  • ICC Young Arbitrators' Forum
  • Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center - Young Professionals
  • ArbitralWomen


Rising Star

London Super Lawyers

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