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Practice Summary

Rhodri Davies has a wide-ranging commercial practice in both litigation and arbitration. He is regularly instructed in the fields of banking, company law, derivatives, energy and professional negligence and also in respect of large, complex investigations such as the Leveson Inquiry. He was appointed a Recorder (for civil cases) in 2004 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010. In addition to his practice as an advocate, Rhodri sits as an arbitrator when appropriate. 

Rhodri’s recent work includes;

LCIA Arbitration [2021]
For the Claimant (a state owned oil & gas company in Asia) that seeks to recover about US$70m (and interest) from the Respondent (a multinational petroleum company in Brazil) in relation to the Respondent’s unpaid contributions to costs incurred by the Claimant as the Operator on two oil and gas blocks in respect of which the Respondent held Participating Interests. 

LCIA Arbitration [2021]
For the Respondent (a state-owned oil & gas company in Asia) in a dispute between Operator and public sector Participant over some US$800m in oil and gas field costs. 

Stichting Vestia Groep v. Deutsche Bank AG
Instructed on behalf of the Claimant Dutch housing association (with Ben Strong QC and Tamara Kagan) in bribery and conspiracy claims for over €800 million in relation to complex derivative products sold on ISDA terms. Settlement was reached midway through the 35 day trial.  

In the last few years Rhodri has appeared in major trials in the High Court and in arbitrations, represented News International before the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press and successfully conducted the appeal to the Supreme Court in Jivraj v Hashwani [2011] UKSC 40, the landmark case on the application of discrimination law to arbitrators.

Current Directory Recommendations

"He is a senior barrister with a lot of gravitas. He gets to the point." "He has a very good reputation and he is very able." Banking & Finance, Chambers UK 2021

"A barrister with a smooth, calm style, who is very effective.Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2021

"Extremely user-friendly and a fabulous advocate." "He is very clever, very sensible and makes the tricky seem easy." Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global 2021

"A formidable intellect and a top-end commercial silk. He inspires complete confidence, is fantastic to work with, and has a great bedside manner." Commercial Litigation and Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2021-2022