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Nathan Searle


Nathan Searle

As Counsel in our International Arbitration practice, Nathan Searle has extensive experience in African related disputes along with experience in other emerging markets including India and Eastern Europe. As an active member of the firm's cross-practice Africa Group he attended the African Legal Awards 2015 in which Hogan Lovells won three awards. Nathan also acts for large multinationals in complex and high-value international arbitrations and cross-border disputes.

He has extensive knowledge of advising clients on risks associated with potential disputes and strategies to avoid or resolve disputes at an early stage. This includes advising on disputes in the context of joint ventures, supply agreements, license agreements and other commercial contracts. Nathan has Higher Rights of Audience in the English courts and regularly appears as an advocate in international arbitrations.

'A strong competitor in the South African M&A market, with a prestigious portfolio of international and domestic clients. Sectors of expertise include mining, telecommunications and banking.'

Chambers Global 2014

Representative Experience

Acting for an Asian multinational in a complex and high-value ICC arbitration seated in London against a European multinational concerning a joint venture dispute.

Acting for a major international company against an Indian multi-national in a dispute concerning the acquisition of a pharmaceutical business in Eastern Europe.

Acting for an international telecommunications company against another global telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration seated in London concerning a patent licence.

Acting for a UK subsidiary of a European energy company in an LMAA arbitration under a time charter agreement with a European company.

Advising a major energy company on multi-party disputes involving Government entitles arising from a significant African pipeline project.

Advising a major international energy company regarding an outsourcing dispute relating to global supply of IT services.

Advising South East Asian State-owned entities regarding a dispute concerning a bid for a construction project in the Middle East.

Acting for a large Asian multi-national against a Turkish multinational in relation to a dispute concerning a shipbuilding contract.

Education and admissions


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bond University
  • Bachelor of Law (Honours), Bond University


  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • TheCityUK Legal Services & Dispute Resolution Group
  • TheCityUK Sub-Saharan Africa Group
  • TheCityUK Russia & CIS Group
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