Sarah Stockley is a Senior Associate in the International Arbitration team with a particular focus on disputes arising out of the energy and technology sectors.

She has resolved disputes for clients in a variety of forums including international arbitration (with particular experience of ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and HKIAC Rules), English High Court Litigation and the DIFC, and mediation. 

Recognised as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

  • Arbitration

    • Acting in an UNCITRAL arbitration in a dispute between two major oil companies concerning the operation of a sole risk clause in a joint operating agreement relating to a production block in South East Asia (London seat).
    • Acting for the claimant in ICC proceedings in relation to a contract for the drilling of oil wells onshore in Oman (Paris seat).
    • Acting for a subsidiary of a Middle Eastern State investment company in LCIA proceedings concerning a contract for the fabrication of a steam turbine and the corrupt procurement of that contract.
    • Acting for the claimant in LCIA arbitration proceedings against a former USSR state in relation to both breaches of an investment agreement and a bilateral investment treaty (London seat).
    • Acting for a BVI claimant in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning the breach of a settlement agreement related to an oil and gas production block offshore Nigeria. These proceedings included the successful obtaining of an order staying proceedings brought in contravention of the arbitration agreement, as well as an interim order of over US$50 million in security for part of the amount in dispute.
    • Acting for a U.S. company in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning access to proprietary waste coal to liquid fuel technology (London seat)
    • Acting for the claimant U.S. company in an ICC arbitration against a fund of a Middle Eastern state, in a dispute relating to an agreement for the exclusive exploitation of scrap metal stockpiles (Dubai seat).
    • Acting for the claimant in an ICC arbitration concerning a gas sales agreement in Pakistan (Singapore seat), including the supervision of defending challenge proceedings in both Pakistan and Singapore.
    • Acting for the claimant in ICC proceedings involving the failure to pay sums owing under a Drilling Rig Services Contract (Paris seat).
    • Acting for the respondent in a HKIAC arbitration concerning a contract for the drilling of hard minerals (Hong Kong seat).
    • Acting for the claimants in two UNCITRAL ad-hoc arbitrations (including defending challenge proceedings and subsequent disputed enforcement proceedings in the Indian courts) concerning profit sharing and taxation matters under a Product Sharing Contract against the Government of India (Kuala Lumpur seat).
    • Acting for the claimant consortium in an UNCITRAL ad-hoc arbitration under a Production Sharing Contract against the Government of India, concerning the recovery of certain construction and development costs (Kuala Lumpur seat).
    • Acting for a generic drug manufacturer in ten ad-hoc arbitrations against an insurance tower in a denial of coverage claim (London seat).
    • Representing a private equity fund in various interrelated DIAC arbitrations against a former management team who had taken confidential information. These actions also involved related proceedings in the UAE civil and criminal courts.
    • Representing a Russian claimant in LCIA London arbitration proceedings concerning the fraudulent sale of a dairy farm business, including related challenge proceedings in the English courts.
    • Acting for a Mauritian investor in bilateral investment treaty claims against India, in relation to the cancellation of telecoms licenc
    • Acting for a private equity fund in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought in relation to breaches by Ecuador of its bilateral investment treaty with the US, concerning the seizure of two mobile power barges.

     

    Litigation

    • Representing a private equity fund in DIFC Court proceedings (both first instance and Court of Appeal) against an individual who had corrupted the management team of one of its project companies.
    • 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.
    • Defending a major Indian conglomeration in relation to proceedings for the seizure of an oil rig.
    • Defending accusations of corruption and bribery in relation to the obtaining of international services contracts in the former USSR.
    • Suing a Russian company in the English High Court for breach of guarantee obligations supporting a US$300 million loan.
    • Defending a US listed company against a Serious Fraud Office investigation related to violations of international sanctions and the Iraq ‘Oil for Food’ scandal.

     

    Mediation

    • Acting for a BVI respondent in a mediation concerning a contract for the provision of drilling rig for oil and gas exploration.
    • Representing a generic drug manufacturer in a suite of ten ad-hoc arbitrations (with side mediations) against an insurance tower in a denial of coverage claim  (London seat).