Robert Shoesmith

Robert Shoesmith

Senior Associate

Email robert.shoesmith@​

Phone +44 20 7296 2000

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French, German, Spanish

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

A senior associate in our International Arbitration Group, Robert Shoesmith focuses on disputes in the commodities, and energy and resources sectors. His French, German, Italian and Spanish language skills allow Robert regularly to handle complex disputes involving different nationalities and jurisdictions in an efficient and cost-effective way. He is admitted as a solicitor-advocate with full rights of audience for civil matters at all levels of the English Courts.

Education and admissions


LPC, BPP University Law School, 2005

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University Law School, 2004

Magdalen College, Oxford, 2003

Representative experience

Acting for an oilfield services provider in an ICC arbitration arising out of the termination of longstanding representation and distribution agreements with its Tunisian agent.

Acting for property investment fund in ICC arbitration against global leisure services group regarding partnering agreement; arbitration agreement required Tribunal to act as amiables compositeurs.

Acting for international oil/gas major in dispute with European energy major in ICC arbitral proceedings for breach of warranty regarding spin-off of business in Balkans.

Acting for multinational company in ad-hoc arbitral proceedings under English Arbitration Act in dispute concerning shared trademark portfolio and obligations regarding expansion into new jurisdictions.

Acting for oil/gas company in LCIA arbitration against European energy company concerning agreement for exploration/exploitation of non-associated gas in the Middle East.

Acting for coal mining company with infrastructure and exploration projects in South America in disputes with supplier of commodities/raw materials regarding non-performance of contracts ($2bn).

Advising a major telecoms company in series of ad hoc arbitrations against customers based in Europe, Africa, and Middle East under English Arbitration Act 1996.

Advising listed mining company in dispute with another mining company regarding alleged breaches of confidentiality regarding applications for interim relief in England and Africa.

Acting for major international oil company in ad hoc arbitration under Nigerian law against Nigerian state entity, regarding costs allocation/cargo lifting dispute under contract.

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