Kent Phillips is a dispute resolution lawyer concentrating on international arbitration. 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. 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. As an experienced advocate Kent conducts all stages of proceedings, from interim measures to trial. 

For many years Kent has been recognized by major directories as a leading individual for International Arbitration. As one of Singapore’s senior international arbitrators Kent holds more than 30 arbitral appointments, ICC and SIAC, with Singapore and London seats. He also holds a number of Emergency Arbitrator appointments. Kent holds full registration as a foreign lawyer to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court. He is also a director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Singapore branch.

Kent Phillips is "very calm, patient and knows how to bring the temperature down and focus people on the bigger-picture items, whilst he handles the minutiae behind the scenes," according to one client, who adds that he is "a very sharp, experienced and steady partner who knows how to navigate disputes in a very strategic and concise manner."

Chambers Asia Pacific, 2022

Awards and recognitions


Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Singapore)
Chambers Global

2017 - 2022

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Singapore)
Chambers Asia Pacific


Leading Individual: International Arbitration (Singapore)
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific


National Leader - Southeast Asia - Arbitration
Who's Who Legal


The Arbitration Powerlist: Southeast Asia
The Legal 500


Leading Construction Lawyer - Arbitration (Singapore)
Doyle's Guide


Leading Lawyer: Arbitration and Mediation (Singapore)
Best Lawyers


Dispute Resolution Star: International Arbitration
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific

Education and admissions


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

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


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

Counsel to an integrated offshore services specialist in a LMAA arbitration relating to the supply of marine cranes. Successful at trial in London.

Counsel to a Korean multinational consumer electronics company in a SIAC arbitration under Singapore law relating to an agreement for supply of components. Settled favourably pre-trial.

Counsel to an international pharmaceutical company in a SIAC arbitration about distribution of pharmaceutical ingredients in China. Involved complex PRC regulatory issues and virtual trial.

Counsel in a $110m dispute against an Indian EPC contractor for a power project of national significance. Multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including two ICC emergency arbitrations in Singapore. 

Representing a Japanese energy corporation in a multi-party ICC arbitration (Singapore seat, English law) relating to a Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”).

Counsel to a Japanese trading house in a SIAC arbitration (Singapore seat) in a matter relating to the trading of crude oil. Case was conducted under expedited procedure. Wholly successful at trial.

Counsel to a Japanese Oil company in SIAC arbitration proceedings valued at USD 250 million over a deal to acquire a stake in a Vietnamese offshore gas block.

Acting for a Japanese trading house in a Singapore seated ICC arbitration in a USD 54m dispute relating to the construction of a major pulp and paper plant in Vietnam.

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

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

Counsel in a SIAC arbitration involving a 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.

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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