Kent Phillips

Kent Phillips

Partner, Singapore

Email kent.phillips@​

Phone +65 6 538 0900

Fax +65 6538 7077


Practice groupLitigation

"Hugely impressive in predicting arbitrators' instincts in particular, which is the sort of quality you can't acquire through study, just innate ability."

Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

Kent Phillips has over 15 years experience as a dispute resolution lawyer, concentrating on international arbitration in both London and Singapore. Kent has conducted arbitrations under leading institutional rules in most major seats, under both civil and common applicable laws.

His extensive trial experience includes high-value commercial disputes across a number of sectors and jurisdictions. His final years in London were spent leading disputes between high-profile Russian oligarchs, with merits hearing of claims involving some US$3 billion. From 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.

He 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.

Kent has been recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Singapore) since 2014. He regularly sits as an arbitrator and is on the SIAC panel. He is a director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Singapore branch.

Awards and recognitions


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Singapore)
Chambers Asia-Pacific

Education and admissions


BCom LLB, University of Auckland, (Hons)

LL.M., London


Director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Singapore branch

Bar admissions and qualifications

England and Wales

Court admissions

New Zealand

Representative experience

Conduct of SIAC arbitration relating to development of port related facilities in Singapore, including lead advocacy at 8 day hearing.

SIAC arbitration relating to pharmaceutical joint venture in Indonesia, ultimately settling at mediation.

Counsel in ICC arbitration relating to an infrastructure project in Ukraine.

Counsel to a foreign developer in SIAC arbitration involving renewable energy project in Pakistan, including all advocacy to and including merits hearing.

Acting for Japanese corporation in Singapore seat ICC arbitration involving construction of industrial plant project in SE Asia.

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.

Advising on cross-border enforcement of a significant ICSID arbitration award.

Emergency, expedited and sole appointments as arbitrator.

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