Louise Woods’ practice focuses on international commercial and investor-state arbitration and commercial litigation. Her experience includes arbitration under all the major institutional arbitration rules, as well as ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules and litigation before the High Court. She is admitted in England and Wales as a Solicitor-Advocate.
Louise represents clients across a wide range of industry
sectors, in particular energy, banking and financial services, construction and
real estate development. Of particular note is Louise’s representation of a
Saudi investor in Hesham Al-Warraq v. the
Republic of Indonesia, an investor-state arbitration which set a precedent
under the Investment Agreement of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,
allowing foreign investors to take host states to arbitration.
Having worked in-house at a leading global automotive
finance company, Louise brings a unique understanding of how her clients
instruct external counsel. Because of her extensive experience in arbitration,
she is known to dive deeply into highly specialized issues in a variety of
industries, from the ingredients in infant milk formula to the mechanics of
offshore oil rig drilling.
Louise also works in support of greater
diversity in arbitration. She serves on the board of ArbitralWomen, a nonprofit
that supports the promotion of women in international dispute resolution, and
mentors younger female associates through the group. Louise is a regular
speaker at international arbitration conferences and was included in Legal 500’s inaugural International
Arbitration Powerlist: United Kingdom.