Nathan Searle

Nathan Searle


Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 5233

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"Has very good Africa knowledge"

Legal 500 UK, 2018

Nathan Searle is a partner in our international arbitration group, acting for large multinationals in complex and high-value international arbitrations and cross-border disputes. He has extensive experience in African related disputes and coordinates the firm's disputes practice in the region. Nathan also has experience in other emerging markets including Asia, India, Russia and the CIS.

Nathan is appointed to the LCIA African Users Council as councillor, a co-chair of the LCIA's Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA). 

Nathan has higher rights of audience in the English courts and regularly appears as an advocate in international arbitrations. He also advises clients on risk management and strategies to avoid or resolve disputes at an early stage.

Awards and recognitions


Named in the International Arbitration Power List
Legal 500


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

2019 & 2021

Future Leader: Arbitration
Who's Who Legal


Notable Practitioner: Africa-wide Dispute Resolution
Chambers Global


International Arbitration - Next Generation Lawyer
Legal 500 UK

Education and admissions


Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bond University

Bachelor of Commerce (major in Accounting), Bond University


Co-Chair LCIA Young International Arbitration Group

Councillor LCIA African Users Council

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

Advisory Board Member of African Arbitration

Advisory Board Member of the Association of Young Arbitrators Nigeria

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, New South Wales

Solicitor, England and Wales

Related knowledge

Africa Insights

Representative experience

Acting for a West African Central Bank in a high value LCIA arbitration against a West African communications company in relation to a technology project.

Acting for a West African company in an LCIA Arbitration against a South African multi-national arising from a telecommunications joint venture in West Africa.

Acting for an international energy company in an LCIA arbitration relating to provision of technical services for a hydro-power project in West Africa.

Acting for two international banks in three arbitrations (one LCIA and two ICC) arising from secured commodities transaction in East Africa.

Acting for a global beverage company in four arbitrations (under the ICC and LCIA Rules) and injunction proceedings, regarding joint venture disputes in East Africa.

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 an international bank in 16 parallel LCIA arbitrations and related injunction proceedings regarding an ISDA swap transaction, a series of loans and guarantees.

Acting for a South East Asian State in an LCIA Arbitration against a European multinational regarding a multi-million dollar dispute arising from a services contract.

Acting for an investor in an LCIA arbitration regarding a shareholders' dispute concerning an Eastern European technology business including proceedings in Cyprus.

Acting for an international telecommunications company against another global telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration seated in London.

Acting for an Asian multinational against an Indian airline in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a supply contract including obtaining an injunction in the Indian courts.

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