Mark Goodrich | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Mark Goodrich
Mark Goodrich

Mark Goodrich

Partner, Seoul

“Interviewees highlight he ‘has excellent case management skills and great client communication.’”

Chambers Global 2015


Mark Goodrich advises clients on the construction and development of energy and other infrastructure projects. He also advises on international disputes, and has been involved in arbitration cases across multiple jurisdictions for over 15 years.

Mark has often provided advice at the outset of projects, regarding the drafting of major construction contracts. He has significant experience of helping to resolve disputes and remove obstacles, so that large energy and infrastructure projects can proceed as smoothly as possible.

Mark has advised on disputes in relation to some of the world's largest energy and infrastructure projects, including LNG, power, petrochemical, roads, rail, data centres and cement plants. He has particular experience in the construction of FPSOs and offshore oil and gas.

He has also been involved in helping to resolve disputes across the shipbuilding, uranium mining and other natural resources sectors. He has been extensively involved in alternative dispute resolution and international arbitration conducted under a range of international rules, including those of the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, JCAA, VIAC, LMAA, TOMAC and UNCITRAL.

Mark has particular experience of arbitration in Japan, Korea and across Asia. He was the only lawyer in the UK recommended by Chambers Global 2015 as an "Expert Based Abroad" in the area of "Dispute Resolution - Japan" (and one of two in Chambers Global 2016). Having recently relocated to our Seoul office, he continues to have a major focus on those jurisdictions whilst maintaining a highly international practice.

This has seen him advising on disputes in or parties from countries including: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates,UK, USA, Vietnam and Yemen.

Mark is widely recognised for his arbitration experience by the major legal publications, and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars throughout Asia. He is also active in professional circles, and was on the coordinating committee for the Asia Chapter of the ICC's Young Arbitrator Forum. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Mark is also active in pro-bono matters, having advised African governments in relation to the sustainable development of natural resources.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • Registered Foreign Legal Consultant, Korea


  • MRes, University of London
  • MSc, University of London
  • BA/MA, University of Cambridge


  • English
  • Japanese


Japanese company, 2014 – ongoing

Advising a joint venture of leading Japanese trading houses in relation to a major dispute concerning the supply of high-quality pipes for use in a major pipeline.

Middle East government, 2014 – ongoing

Advising a Middle East government on a multi-million US dollar ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a flagship new airport, based on a modified form of FIDIC contract.

South Korean contractor, 2012–ongoing

Advising a major South Korean contractor in relation to an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a major IWPP in the Middle East, with a dispute value in excess of US$250 million.

German contractor, 2013–2014

Advising a major German contractor in relation to English court proceedings arising out of the reconditioning and refurbishment of a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

German shipping company, 2011–2014

Advising a German shipping company on arbitrations arising out of shipbuilding contracts, both under TOMAC rules and an ad hoc English arbitration. These arbitrations raised complex questions of conflict of laws and set-off.

State-owned Asian road company, 2012–2013

Advising a state-owned road company in Central Asia in relation to an ICC arbitration arising out of cost escalation under the FIDIC Red Book.

Scandinavian company, 2006–2009

Advising a leading Scandinavian company on two related JCAA arbitrations arising from the termination of a failed joint venture with a Japanese company. This claim had potentially huge financial implications for the client and resulted in settlement following an innovative arb-med procedure.

Japanese marine contractor, 2005–2009

Advising a Japanese marine contractor on disputes with a sub-contractor in relation to gas compressors for a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at an arbitration under UNCITRAL rules and at two mediations, finally concluding in settlement.

Japanese contractor, 2004–2006

Advising a large Japanese contractor on an ICC Arbitration with its seat in London in relation to disputes of approximately £40 million arising out of the construction of a UK petrochemical plant.

Speaking Engagements

2015: Construction Law: Contracts and Dispute Management Conference,

2012: Construction Law: Contracts and Dispute Management Conference,

2011: Third Annual ICC YAF Global Conference,

2011: Second Annual ICC Asia-Pacific Conference,
Hong Kong

2010: FIDIC Asia-Pacific Contract Users’ Conference,

2009: International Arbitration Symposium,
Hong Kong


  • Arb-med: Ideal Solution or Dangerous Heresy?, International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp. 12–19, 2012
  • Japanese Arbitration – much work done; much still to do, Japan Commercial Arbitration (JCAA) Newsletter, January 2012
  • Construction: Resolving claims through an amiable compositeur – a useful approach?, Global Arbitration Review, Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2011, (co-author)
  • The Modernization of Japan's International Arbitration Infrastructure, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, December 2010, (co-author)
  • A Short Guide to Arbitration in Japan, 2010, (co-author)
  • Construction: Split Hearings – Where Are They Appropriate?, Global Arbitration Review, December 2009
  • Time to take mediation seriously: International Commercial Mediation Rules introduced in Japan, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) Newsletter, June 2009
  • What Can Be Done to Cut Arbitration Time and Costs? Are There Viable Alternatives to Arbitration?, Bloomberg European Law Journal, November 2008
  • International Commercial Arbitration: A Handbook, 3rd edition, 2004, (contributor)

Awards & Recognition

Leading Individual, Chambers Global 2016

Dispute Resolution – Japan (Expertise Based Abroad)

Leading Individual, Chambers Global 2015

Dispute Resolution – Japan (Expertise Based Abroad)

Leading Individual, Global Arbitration Review 2013

Dispute Resolution – International Arbitration

Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012

Construction – Japan

Chambers Global 2016

"frequently sought out by Japanese corporations to advise on multi-jurisdictional disputes"

Chambers Global 2014

"Mark Goodrich… regularly represents Japanese companies in international arbitration issues… [he has] extensive experience of plant construction."

Legal 500 United Kingdom 2013

"Recommended for highly technical international arbitration work."

Legal 500 United Kingdom 2012

"Senior strategy-maker"

Chambers Asia Pacific 2011

"Mark Goodrich receives excellent feedback for 'providing very practical, user-friendly advice informed by his many years of experience.'"

Chambers Asia Pacific 2011

"Exceptional handling of disputes…ability to provide advice in a logical and prompt manner."