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Devenish, Philip

Philip Devenish



Philip acts as counsel in international arbitration proceedings.  He also assists clients in arbitration-related, cross-border litigation in the English High Court.

Philip has represented corporations, sovereigns and high-net-worth individuals in dozens of arbitrations spanning a broad range of industries and governing laws.  These cases have been conducted under the major arbitration rules in the leading international seats (London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, The Hague, Washington, DC, and Singapore).  Philip has particular expertise in handling foreign investment disputes arising under treaties and project agreements, having appeared in more than 15 pending and decided investor-state arbitrations under the World Bank (ICSID) and United Nations (UNCITRAL) rules.  He also advises businesses on the structuring of their investments worldwide, and has assisted governments in drafting their investment treaties.

Philip majored in international law at Oxford University, where he was the Myers Scholar at Christ Church.  Prior to joining the Firm he practised in the dispute resolution department of Australia’s leading law firm.


  • University of Oxford
    (B.C.L., 2012)
    • Myers Scholar

  • University of Sydney
    (LL.M., High Distinction, 2011)



Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Courts and High Court of Australia

Publications and Lectures

  • Book Review, “Practising Virtue: Inside International Arbitration” (Oxford University Press, 2015) (eds. D. Caron et al) (2017) 34(1) Journal of International Arbitration 113 (with D. Pusztai)
  • Chapter, “TheEnergy Charter Treaty: The Range of Disputes and Decisions”, in The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (2015) (with S. Jagusch and A. Sinclair)
  • Chapter, “Hungary”, GAR Know-How, Investment Treaty Arbitration (2015) (with E. Triantafilou and A. Laszlo)
  • Book Review, “Basic Documents on International Investment Protection” (2012) (ed. M. Paparinskis) Global Arbitration Review (2013) (with A. Sinclair)
  • Article, “Ambiente multi-party arbitration” (2013) Practical Law Company
  • Article, “Law of Deeds Revisited” (2010) 84 Australian Law Journal 427
  • Article, “The National Regulation of Finance Brokers” (2008) 9(6) LexisNexis FSN 118 (with A. Beatty)