Edward Attenborough

Partner, London



Ed Attenborough is a partner in the Dispute Resolution group of the firm's London office. While Ed's practice focuses on representing clients in international arbitration and commercial litigation proceedings, Ed also helps clients to resolve their disputes using a broad range of alternative dispute resolution processes. Ed's experience includes representations in the energy (including oil and gas and renewables), financial services and defence sectors.

Ed has significant international arbitration experience, and has represented clients in arbitrations in various seats under both the ICC and LCIA rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings. In the English High Court, Ed has advised financial sector and corporate clients on litigation proceedings, including insolvency proceedings and, typically, proceedings with a multi-jurisdictional element. Ed has broad experience obtaining and opposing injunctive relief in the High Court, including in relation to search orders, freezing injunctions and anti-suit injunctions.

Ed is a Solicitor Advocate and regularly provides oral representation for clients, particularly in arbitration proceedings.

Ed also spent six months on secondment with a prominent global investment bank and has a particular interest in arbitration within the financial services sector.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
City University
Pembroke College, University of Cambridge


Representing Brazilian contractors and the project developer in multiple arbitrations against insurers, in a dispute concerning one of the largest hydroelectric power projects in the world.

Acting for financial institutions, including in multi-jurisdictional court proceedings, in relation to breaches of retainer agreements entered into with clients and wrongful termination of retainer agreements.

Representing four Asian national oil companies against a European private oil company in a joint venture dispute concerning the operation of an Indonesian oil block.

Advising a major oil and gas company in an ad hoc arbitration under Sharia law in the Middle East concerning a major gas plant debottlenecking project.

Representing the lead member of a contractor consortium against a Turkish government entity, in a dispute concerning a significant Turkish rail project.

Representing a European bank in relation to Commercial Court proceedings to enforce our client's mortgages over two aircraft and related proceedings under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations.

Acting for the Brazilian respondents to anti-suit proceedings in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal in what is now the leading English authority on the governing law of arbitration clauses.

Advising a committee of hedge funds in relation to proceedings in the Chancery Division concerning the threatened write-down of English-law bonds held by our clients in an overseas bank.

Representing a major contractor against an international chemical company in a professional negligence action before the Technology and Construction Court.

Acting for a U.S. internet company to identify and take action against an English individual responsible for "hacking" into our client's computer systems.

Advising on risk and potential litigation issues in connection with the rescue of Wind Hellas, one of Greece's largest mobile phone operators, in the UK's largest ever pre-pack administration and a subsequent scheme of arrangement, including advice on claims asserted by creditors.

Awards and Recognition

Listed in the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Global Litigation Lawyers Guide