Based in London, international dispute resolution partner Mark Beeley primarily focuses on disputes arising out of the energy sector (he is described by Chambers & Partners UK 2018 as “an excellent litigator” knowing “oil and gas inside out”). In addition, he has significant experience with construction, insurance, shareholder and white-collar/civil fraud matters, as part of a broader commercial practice.

He has sat as an arbitrator (including as chair) in multiple cases, but primarily practices as counsel and advocate whether in arbitrations or in litigations before the English and Dubai International Financial Center courts.  In addition, he supervises proceedings in other jurisdictions, as well as co-ordinating cross-border dispute resolution solutions and leading compliance investigations.

Recognised and ranked by Chambers and Partners (since 2012) and Legal 500 (since 2009) for his international arbitration practice, Mark has also been recognised as a foreign expert in disputes in both the UAE and India by Chambers. 

    • Representing claimants in eight separate petroleum sharing contract disputes against the government of India under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
    • Representing claimants in two separate annulment proceedings brought by a Latin American sovereign state in relation to ICSID arbitration awards
    • Representing a defendant oil company in an UNCITRAL arbitration between two oil majors 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 the insured company in a suite of 10 ad-hoc arbitrations (London Seat) concerning a denial of coverage in a pharmaceutical-related insurance policy tower
    • 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)
    • Supervising the defense 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
    • Advising in connection with a Serious Fraud Office Investigation arising out of the UN’s Oil For Food Programme

    Please note: Mark's experience includes that prior to joining Orrick.