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Mark Beeley

Mark Beeley Partner, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Described by Legal 500 UK (2013) as “an excellent tactician and strategist,” and by Chambers UK (2014) as “highly knowledgeable,” Mark is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution practice group based in London and Dubai.

Mark’s practice is primarily focused on international dispute resolution (through arbitration, litigation, or ADR techniques). He acts as arbitrator, arbitration counsel and advocate, with a particular focus on disputes arising from the energy sector, or involving the Middle East, Africa or India. In the courts, Mark has acted as both solicitor and counsel in proceedings before the English High Court and the Dubai International Financial Centre Court.  

He has acted as arbitration counsel and advocate under all the major arbitral rule systems (including ICSID, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, DIAC, AAA, HKIAC, and CIArb) and in most common arbitral seats. His litigation practice includes arbitration-related applications (including challenges to awards) and also substantive commercial disputes. In addition, he advises clients on the drafting and selection of dispute resolution/jurisdiction/forum clauses, as well as nationality planning in connection with investments in foreign jurisdictions. He also advises on bribery, corruption and international sanction violation issues, particularly those connected with the UK.

Experience Highlights

  • Representing claimants in eight separate petroleum sharing contract disputes against the government of India under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • Representing a claimant defending annulment proceedings brought by a Latin American sovereign state in relation to an ICSID arbitration award (Washington D.C. Seat)
  • Representing a defendant oil company in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the proper operation of a sole risk provision in a joint operating agreement
  • Representing a private equity fund in relation to breaches of confidentially in proceedings before the DIFC court
  • Representing a private equity fund in ICC arbitration proceedings to require specific performance of shareholders arrangements ultimately concerning a hydrocarbons block in the Middle East
  • Representing the claimant parties in English High Court proceedings concerning the sale of hydrocarbon products into Guatemala
  • Acted for Teva Pharmaceuticals in a suite of 10 ad-hoc arbitrations (London Seat) concerning a denial of coverage in a pharmaceutical-related insurance policy tower

Arbitration

  • Representing a subsidiary of a Middle Eastern State investment company in relation to LCIA proceedings over a contract for the fabrication of a steam turbine (including the corrupt procurement of that contract) 
  • Representing the claimant (an Omani branch of a multinational drilling rig supply company) in relation to an ICC arbitration over the nonpayment of monies owed under a services contract for drilling in Oman
  • Representing a U.S. claimant in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning the right to access proprietary technology for the development of a waste-coal to clean liquid fuels project
  • Representing a U.S. claimant in an ICSID arbitration against a South American government regarding discrimination in the setting of electricity tariffs
  • Representing the claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the US-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty. The case concerned the treatment of investors in the Ecuadorean electricity sector
  • Representing a subcontractor in ICC proceedings concerning wrongful termination of a construction contract, relating to the construction of a university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Representing a claimant in LCIA arbitration proceedings against a former USSR state in relation to breaches of an investment agreement and a bilateral investment treaty (London Seat)
  • Representing a BVI claimant in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning the breach of a settlement agreement related to an oil and gas production block offshore Nigeria, including successfully obtaining an order staying proceedings brought in contravention of the arbitration agreement, as well as an interim order of $50 million (net) in security for part of the amount in dispute (London Seat)

Litigation & Other Matters

  • Represented a Middle East commodities exchange in DIFC Court proceedings relating to the termination of a member’s interest on the exchange
  • Supervising the defence of a major Scandinavian oil and gas company in the Lagos High Court against claims brought by an alleged agent
  • Defending two Brunei corporations in a claim before the English High Court relating to interests in hydrocarbon fields; this matter included a successful application (on behalf of our clients) under Section 9 of the Arbitration Act
  • Representing a buyer, a UK FTSE 100 company, in connection with a North Sea gas price expert determination
  • Representing a significant Indian company in relation to a contentious $5 billion call/put share dispute
  • Representing companies in connection with the UK Bribery Act (including conducting internal investigations in relation to potential wrong-doing)
  • Advising in connection with a Serious Fraud Office Investigation arising out of the UN’s Oil For Food Programme
  • Representing an independent oil company in connection with multi-jurisdictional debt recovery proceedings (through both court proceedings and mediations)

Contact Details

T +44.20.7065.6046
F +44.20.7065.6001
mbeeley@velaw.com
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 6:57 PM
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F +971.4.330.1300
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Gate Village 10, Office 211
P.O. Box 504945
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Mark's Practices

  • University of Exeter, LL.B.
  • Nottingham Law School, Bar Vocational Diploma
  • Called: Bar of England and Wales, 2001
  • Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Granted Rights of Audience in all Higher Courts, 2006
  • Granted Rights of Audience before the Dubai International Financial Centre Court, 2009
    Mark was originally called to the Bar of England and Wales and now practices as a solicitor-advocate. In addition to speaking at conferences, he is the author of a number of articles on international arbitration (dealing with issues such as procedural fairness, res judicata, bias, cost control, and sovereign immunity) and comparative law issues. Among other organisations, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the LCIA User's Council.
    • Chambers UK, International Arbitration, 2016−2018
    • Chambers Global, Energy & Natural Resources (Asia Pacific Region), 2016 and 2017; Dispute Resolution: India (Foreign Expert based abroad), 2014−2017; Dispute Resolution (Foreign Expert) (UK), 2014−2017
    • Chambers Asia-Pacific, Dispute Resolution: International Firms (India)"Notable Practitioner" ("Sources credit him as showing 'knowledge and capability well beyond his years,' also highlighting that he 'is extremely responsive to requests and presents a very well-outlined brief on the issues.'"), 2016 and 2018
    • Chambers UK, International Arbitration (“…a very skilled individual who does a nice job of exposing the argument,”) 2015
    • Legal 500 UK, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, 2015−2017
    • Legal 500 UK, Projects, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2017
    • Legal 500 Latin America, International Arbitration, 2014−2015
    • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.); Future Leaders – Arbitration, “He gives clients confidence by explaining the best tactics to achieve the desired result,” 2016−2018
    • Selected to the London Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013−2015
    • Chambers Asia-Pacific, “Up and Coming” (“Sources commend him as an ‘up-and-coming’ advocate who is ‘very attentive and knows his detail.’” ), 2014
    • Chambers UK, “Up and Coming” (“Mark Beeley is a ‘good advocate’ as well as ‘highly knowledgeable’ and ‘sensible.’” ), 2014
    • Legal 500: UK, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (“Mark Beeley ‘displays excellent judgement.’”), 2013
    • Legal 500 Latin America, International Arbitration, (“…based in London, the ‘very smart’ energy and hydrocarbons disputes specialist Mark Beeley is noted as ‘an excellent tactician and strategist.’”), 2013
    • Selected to the London Super Lawyers list, Commercial Litigation, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013
    • Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, 2013 (“Sources praise the quality of his advocacy, and note that he ‘has a good commercial sense of what matters’ as well as “the ability to develop a clear strategy that translates into results.”)
    • Legal Media Group's (Euromoney's) Expert Guide to the World's Leading Energy Lawyers, 2013
    • India Business Law Journal, 2013
    • Legal 500 EMEA, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, accredited with “exceptional expertise,”  2012
    • Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, 2012, described as “well prepared and focused,” and “responsive to clients’ needs
    • Legal 500 UK, Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, accredited with “exceptional expertise,” 2011 
      • Member, Law Society of England and Wales; Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn; LCIA Young International Arbitrators Group; LCIA User’s Counsel; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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