Rory Hishon

Partner, London


‘Rory is the king of detail; he knows all his cases inside out and is on top of everything’.
Legal 500 UK 2020


Rory Hishon is a partner and solicitor advocate in the Dispute Resolution Group of the Firm's London office. Rory has experience in international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration, primarily advising clients on disputes in the corporate, financial services, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Rory has handled proceedings in the Privy Council, the Court of Appeal, and the Chancery and Queen's Bench Divisions (including the Commercial Court) of the High Court, typically with a multi-jurisdictional element. He also has experience of ICC, LCIA and SRIA international arbitration proceedings, and of various other forms of dispute resolution, including mediations.

Rory frequently provides advice on a range of contractual, insolvency, corporate fraud, jurisdictional and conflict of law issues, as well as issues relating to the enforcement and recognition of judgments in England and abroad.

Prior to joining White & Case, Rory worked as an associate in the General Counsel's Division of the UK Financial Services Authority. He also spent time as Director of the international legal group at Paramount Pictures.

Rory is also committed to pro bono work and, in 2012, received a White & Case pro bono award for his work with Innocence Network UK leading the White & Case Innocence Project's investigation into a case of claimed wrongful conviction.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales (Solicitor Advocate, Higher Rights of Audience)
Nottingham Law School
University of Warwick
University of Warwick


Advising a major Russian oil conglomerate in Swiss Chamber of Commerce arbitration proceedings arising from breaches of a share purchase agreement relating to the acquisition of a leading Turkish oil distribution group.

Representing a British Virgin Islands company in a US$500 million dispute before the Isle of Man High Court, Court of Appeal and the Privy Council concerning the ownership of a Kyrgyz mobile telecommunications company. The case, which involved a variety of complex jurisdictional issues and allegations of fraud, and which gave rise to satellite litigation in London, the BVI and the Isle of Man and LCIA arbitration proceedings in London, was described by the Privy Council as "excessively complicated by any standards".

Advising a major European investment bank in English High Court proceedings arising from alleged breaches of a facility agreement in connection with the sale of the junior tranche of a loan to a German borrower (which in turn issued notes to a series of investment funds).

Representing a US-listed telecommunications company in connection with an internal white collar corporate investigation conducted throughout Central and Eastern Europe into alleged breaches of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Acting for a major financial institution in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings in connection with the recovery of monies allegedly owed to a syndicate of lenders by ministries of a sovereign state.


"Significant Swiss ruling handed down on privilege in anti-money laundering investigations", November 21, 2016

"Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: What you need to know", October 23, 2015

Client Alert: The Brussels Regulation Recast: What you need to know, January 8, 2015, (co-author with C. Lightfoot)

European Commission Proposes Radical Reforms of the Brussels Regulation

Awards and Recognition

White & Case Pro Bono Award, 2012