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Ian Redfearn is special counsel in the dispute resolution group of the London office. He advises clients on their most complex and high-profile arbitrations, litigations, and investigations, and he also counsels clients on how to navigate global compliance challenges. He has worked for clients across many sectors, and he has significant international experience, including matters in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.


Mr. Redfearn represents clients in commercial and investor-State disputes.

He has experience with institutional arbitrations under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), as well as ad hoc arbitrations, including cases administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

Many of his cases have involved procedural or substantive issues arising under foreign laws, and he has acted in proceedings seated in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Lithuania, the United States of America, and Hong Kong.

Recent representative matters include:

  • Representing an international media company in a Hong Kong-seated arbitration under HKIAC Rules, relating to one of the most watched television programmes in China.
  • Representing a leading solar technology company in a London-seated arbitration under LCIA Rules, relating to solar power projects in the United Kingdom and Europe.
  • Representing a Ukrainian state-owned company in an investor-State dispute against the Russian Federation.
  • Representing investors in a telecommunications venture in an investor-State dispute against the Republic of India, conducted under UNCITRAL Rules and administered by the PCA in the Hague.
  • Representing a European petrochemicals business in a Vilnius-seated ad hoc arbitration against various UK underwriters, relating to property damage and business interruption claims exceeding $150 million.
  • Representing a Bermudan company against a Russian investment firm in a London-seated arbitration under LCIA Rules, relating to investment brokerage arrangements.
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company in a London-seated arbitration under ICC Rules, relating to the termination of a distribution agreement in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Secretary to the Tribunal in an LCIA arbitration arising out of complex joint venture arrangements.

Compliance and Investigations

Mr. Redfearn counsels clients on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering obligations, the development and implementation of global compliance programmes, and investigations and enforcement matters.

He has experience advising on the U.K. Bribery Act, the U.K. Proceeds of Crime Act, aspects of the rules of the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, and the legislation and guidance relating to lobbying, political campaigning and other interactions with U.K. public officials.

He has represented clients before regulators and enforcement agencies in the U.K. and internationally, including the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (previously the Financial Services Authority), and the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency.

Recent representative matters include:

  • Conducting internal corporate investigations involving allegations of corruption and money laundering for clients in a range of sectors.
  • Advising clients in a range of sectors on the design, implementation and evaluation of anti-corruption and anti- money laundering compliance programmes.
  • Advising clients in a range of sectors on corruption and money laundering risks associated with proposed corporate transactions and other activities, including investments by private equity funds.
  • Advising clients in a range of sectors on interactions with U.K. public officials, including transparency obligations under the U.K. Ministerial Code, the U.K. Civil Service Code, and parliamentary codes of conduct, as well as the requirements applicable to lobbying and other political campaigning activities.


Mr. Redfearn represents clients in litigation before the High Court of England and Wales, including contractual, professional negligence, intellectual property infringement, and arbitration-related claims.

Recent representative matters include:

  • Representing a European petrochemicals company in connection with a professional negligence claim against the company’s former insurance broker.
  • Representing a large Spanish engineering company in securing the dismissal of injunctions brought against the company in the High Court.

Pro Bono

Recent pro bono matters include:

  • Providing advice to a non-governmental organisation regarding potential post-conflict military governance reforms in Syria.
  • Providing advice to a non-governmental organisation regarding comparative state practices relating to police complaints mechanisms.
  • Providing advice to a non-governmental organisation regarding the recovery of government assets that have been stolen by corrupt former public officials.
  • Providing advice to a non-governmental organisation regarding comparative state practices relating to access to justice for vulnerable groups in sub-Saharan Africa.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • Royal Institute of International Affairs

Previous Experience

  • Secondment to the in-house legal department of a multinational pharmaceutical company.