Paul Brumpton

Partner, London

Biography

Overview

Paul Brumpton is a partner in the Firm’s market leading international arbitration practice and is based in the London office.

Paul advises clients in complex disputes and acts as an advocate in international arbitrations.  He has broad experience across a number of sectors and a focus on the construction and energy industries.  Overall, he has an excellent track record, successfully building and implementing sound and innovative strategies that help his clients win.  

Paul has acted as counsel in arbitrations across the globe, including in London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, New York, Miami, Singapore, Hong Kong and Riyadh.  He also has experience of Dispute Adjudication Boards and a broad range of litigation in the English Courts (including anti-suit injunctions in support of arbitration).

Paul is qualified in both England & Wales, and New York.  He is responsible for leading the Firm’s international arbitration oral advocacy training program in EMEA.

Paul has previously worked in the International Arbitration Group of White & Case's New York and Paris offices. Before joining White & Case, Paul taught English and European law at the University of Cambridge Centre for English and European Legal Studies at Warsaw University.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Solicitor and Solicitor-Advocate (all High Courts), England and Wales
Education
Dip Int Comm Arb
Queen Mary College, University of London
LLM
Duke University School of Law
BA/MA
University of Cambridge
Languages
English

Experience

Representing an international oil & gas company in one of the largest arbitration proceedings in the world and numerous adjudications, relating to delay, disruption and pricing disputes in respect of the construction of an LNG processing facility.

Representing a consortium of European construction companies in ICC arbitration relating to unforeseen ground conditions on a major infrastructure project in central Americas.

Representing a consortium of European construction companies in ICC arbitration and related English High Court proceedings in relation to guarantees and advance payments on a major infrastructure project in Central America.

Representing Bulgaria in an ICSID arbitration in relation to a residential property investment. 

Representing the Chinese subsidiary of a global science and chemicals company in LCIA arbitration related to the supply of materials for the production of lithium iron phosphate based cells.   

Representing an Italian investor in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a Central European state regarding a real estate development.

Representing a sovereign state in ad hoc arbitration proceedings relating to payment of royalties for the production of natural gas.

Representing a Taiwanese manufacturer of sapphire crystal in an ICDR arbitration in relation to defective manufacturing equipment.

Representing the Republic of the Philippines in an ICSID arbitration arising from a dispute over an international airport terminal concession.

Representing the contractor in Dispute Adjudication Board proceedings on a major infrastructure project in Central America. 

Acting for a sovereign state in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings in respect of an investment treaty dispute arising from a BOT toll road project in Asia. 

Representing a Greek Telecoms company in an ICC arbitration relating to breach of indemnity provisions under a share purchase agreement.

Acting for a sovereign state in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the construction of a toll road project in Central and Eastern Europe.

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 a recycled metals company in a series of disputes relating to the collapse in commodity prices caused by the 2008 financial crisis (LCIA, ICC and English Court).

Acting for the contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of a hydroelectric power generation facility in South America.

Acting for the owner in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of a nuclear power generation facility in Europe.  

Publications

"Dallah Revisited: The French and English Courts in Conflict Again Regarding Arbitral Jurisdiction Over Non-Signatories", White & Case Client Alert (with Elizabeth Oger Gross, Bryony Withers, Niels Aujouannet-Kelner) (2020)

"Court of Appeal confirms power of English Courts to grant anti-suit injunctions in support of London-seated arbitrations, regardless of law governing the arbitration agreement", White & Case Client Alert (with Dipen Sabharwal KC and Bryony Withers) (2020)

Delos Guide to Arbitration Places – England & Wales Chapter (with Opeyemi Longe) (2020)

“Supreme Court confirms effectiveness of ‘no oral variation’ clauses”, White & Case client alert (with E. Attenborough and R. Hassan) (2018).

“The new assistance the ICC provides to protect the confidentiality of a ‘sealed offer’”, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin (with Christopher Seppälä and Mariele Coulet-Diaz) (2017).

“How more international arbitrations can be amicably settled”, White & Case client alert (with Christopher Seppälä and Mariele Coulet-Diaz)

"Rabid Redux: The Second Wave of Abusive ICSID Annulments," 27 Am. U. Int'l L. Rev. 727, 2012 (with Paul Friedland)

'Litigation in the Hedge Fund World' In Hedge Funds, a Practical Handbook, Globe Business Publishing, 2012 (with John Reynolds)

"The battle of the seats: Paris, London or New York", Practical Law bulletin (with Christophe Seraglini, Damien Nyer, John Templeman and Lucas de Ferrari) (2011)

The New ICC Rules: Continuing Evolution of Case Management Powers to Control Costs and Delays in International Arbitration, (with Paul Friedland)

"Dallah: Agreement or Disagreement Between the English and French Courts," Mealey's Int. Arb. Rep. 26, 2011, Vol 3 1 (with Robert Wheal)

Awards and Recognition

"Future Leader: Arbitration" 2021 Who's Who Legal

Super Lawyers: New York Metro Rising Stars, 2013