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  • Tim Portwood

    • Tim Portwood, Partner, is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration team. He acts as counsel in a large variety of arbitration proceedings involving a broad range of jurisdictions, institutions and rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL, AAA/ICDR and CEPANI), as well as in arbitration-related court proceedings. He is particularly active in sectors such as energy, oil and gas, construction, telecommunications and foreign investment. He also regularly acts as arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings.

    • Professional career

      Prior to joining Bredin Prat in 1996, Tim practiced as a Barrister at Old Square Chambers in the UK. He represented clients in commercial matters involving European and competition law, and in employment cases with human rights aspects.

    • Academic career

      Born in the UK, he was admitted to the Paris Bar (1998) and qualified as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (1988). He is a graduate of Cambridge University.

    • Decorations

      “Timothy Portwood is frequently instructed by sovereign states on ICSID cases. ‘He is excellent. He takes control of the matter and is very well prepared’.”
      “Timothy Portwood acts on a variety of arbitral rules, including ICC, UNCITRAL, DIAC and ICSID arbitrations. He is active across Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Clients highlight his courtroom abilities, with one remarking: ‘His experience of cross-examination is precious to us’.”
      “Tim Portwood is noted for his English law background and for his skill in the cross-examination of expert witnesses.”
      Chambers Europe, 2019-2021

      Recognised as an “Excellent” Arbitrator
      Décideurs-Leaders league, 2021 

      “Recommended Lawyer” in Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration
      The Legal 500 EMEA, 2019-2020

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