Kent Phillips

For many years Kent has been recognised by major directories as a leading individual for international arbitration.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020

Kent Phillips has over 20 years experience as a dispute resolution lawyer, concentrating on international arbitration in both London and Singapore. He has conducted arbitrations under leading institutional rules in most major seats, under both civil and common applicable laws.

Kent's extensive trial experience includes high-value commercial disputes across a number of sectors and jurisdictions. His time in London was spent leading disputes between high-profile Russian oligarchs, with merits hearing of claims involving some US$3 billion. Now based in Singapore, he is routinely involved in disputes relating to services and infrastructure in the resources, energy, and oil & gas sectors. These include construction and commodities matters and often involve Southeast Asia or India.

Kent conducts all stages of proceedings, from interim measures to advocacy at trial. He also holds full registration as a foreign lawyer to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court.

For many years Kent has been recognised by major directories as a leading individual for International Arbitration. He regularly sits as an arbitrator and is on the SIAC panel, he is also a director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Singapore branch.

Awards and recognitions


Dispute Resolution Star: International Arbitration
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Singapore)
Chambers Global


Leading Lawyer: Arbitration and Mediation (Singapore)
Best Lawyers

2017 - 2020

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Singapore)
Chambers Asia Pacific

Education and admissions


LL.M., London School of Economics and Political Science, 1999

BCom LLB, University of Auckland, (Hons), 1994


Director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Singapore branch

SIAC (Panel member of Arbitrators)

CIArb (Director of Singapore Branch)

Bar admissions and qualifications

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Court admissions

England and Wales

Singapore International Commercial Court

Representative experience

Acting as counsel for a manufacturer in a Singapore seated arbitration under SIAC Rules, in a long running dispute between South Korean and U.S. entities.

Acting as Counsel in an ICC arbitration for the supply of telecommunication systems, which included a full merits hearing over two weeks in Singapore.

Acting as counsel in an ICC arbitration (London seat, English law) against Ukrainian state entities for the reconstruction, maintenance and operation of a toll road in Ukraine.

Acting as counsel in an SIAC arbitration relating to the construction of port related facilities in Singapore, which involved an 8 day hearing.

Counsel in an SIAC arbitration involving renewable energy project in Pakistan, including all advocacy up to and including merits hearing.

Advising a Japanese construction company in relation to a US$200 million thermal power plant international arbitration dispute under the SIAC arbitral rules.

Acting for a claimant in a US$60m SIAC arbitration relating to commodity financing fraud in China.

Acting for the Claimant in an SIAC arbitration (Singapore seat, English law, three-person tribunal) against private individuals for guarantee claims.

Advising a high profile US energy company on a successful cross-border enforcement of a US$275m ICSID arbitration award under the NY Convention 1958.

LCIA arbitration relating to a Nigerian oil field, including merits hearing, challenges to the award in the English Courts and multi-jurisdictional enforcement.*

Conduct of multi-jurisdictional litigation for Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky with more than $3bn at stake.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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