Claire Stockford
Claire Stockford
Called: 1999
‘Claire Stockford puts in the hours to get the job done and leaves no stone unturned.‘
Legal 500, 2023

Claire Stockford

Claire has published widely on the subject of arbitration, including co-authoring the LCIA Chapter in the Arbitration edition of Getting the Deal Through (2016 and 2017) and co-authoring "YUKOS - the first instalments in the post-award story" (International Energy Law Review 2016). In addition to her publications on arbitration, she has also written on the subject of Brexit "Office leases could be the canary in the Brexit coalmine" (The Times, 2 October 2018) and whether regulatory fines really influence corporate behaviour: "Is $8billion a big enough price to pay to make Google change its ways?" (Scottish Business Insider, 21 March 2019).
Claire is a frequent speaker at events. In 2021, in addition to speaking on a panel discussion entitled "Climate Change Disputes are on the Rise: How Courts and International Tribunals Will Play An Essential Role in Addressing the Climate Crisis" at New York Climate Week 2021, Claire participated in a panel discussing "Corruption in International Arbitration" at the Legal Business International Arbitration Summit in 2021, presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel (Houston) on Energy Disputes and participated in a panel discussing "How Not to Apply to Litigation Funding" both also in 2021.
In-house Experience
Claire's law firm experience includes the following law firm roles. She has also undertaken a secondment to Visa Europe's in-house team.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (2019 to 2022), London. Partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration group.

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, London (2015-2019). Partner in the International Dispute Resolution group.

Crowell & Moring, London (2008-2014). Counsel (promoted from Associate) in the International Dispute Resolution team.

LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, London (2007). Associate in the International Arbitration team.

Weil Gotshal & Manges, London (2002 to 2006). Associate in the Dispute Resolution team.

Claire undertook pupillage at Littman Chambers, London and in DG Competition of the European Commission, Brussels.
French (fluent)

Claire Stockford specialises in arbitration, both international commercial arbitration and investor state disputes.  Claire was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999.  Before joining Quadrant, Claire spent more than 20 years practising from the London offices of international and UK law firms, for the last seven of those years as a partner.

Claire advises and advocates for clients in disputes across a range of industries from oil and gas to hospitality, concerning jurisdictions as diverse as Kazakhstan and Madagascar. Recently, Claire's practice has focused on renewables, including solar, on-shore and off-shore wind and battery storage. She is particularly interested in climate change disputes and in 2021 appeared on a panel during New York Climate Week discussing the role courts and international tribunals will play in addressing the climate crisis. Claire's experience encompasses arbitrations under many of the most frequently encountered arbitration rules including the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) rules.

Claire's experience positions her to act not only as sole counsel or in combination with other barristers, but also as part of a team with in-house lawyers or instructing lawyers from law firms in the UK and elsewhere.  She is experienced in working as part of a team, and also managing teams of lawyers, as well as overseeing the strategic direction and conduct of disputes.

Examples of Claire's experience include:

  • ICDR arbitration: Representing the Claimant in a dispute concerning a power plant in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • ICC arbitration: Representing the Claimant in proceedings relating to a power plant in Madagascar.

  • ICSID arbitration: Representing the Claimant investor in an investor-state claim against the State of Egypt under the Netherlands-Egypt bilateral investment treaty

  • UNCITRAL arbitration: Defending a state in relation to investor-state claims made arising from the events of the "Arab Spring" brought under the Agreement for Promotion, Protection and Guarantee of Investments among the Member States of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (commonly known as the OIC Treaty).

  • ICSID arbitration: Representing the Claimant in a claim against Kazakhstan relating to an oil and gas investment

  • ICSID arbitration: Representing a Dutch investor in a claim relating to an infrastructure project in Turkey.

  • UNCITRAL arbitration: Representing an Italian investor in a claim against the Lithuanian state.

  • Advising a Chinese state-owned enterprise in relation to an expert determination and potential arbitration in relation to an investment in a substantial wind farm.

  • Advising in relation to a mediation and potential litigation proceedings regarding a solar and battery storage project in the UK

Claire also undertakes pro bono work and has recently been part of a team advising on the establishment of a centre for transitional justice in a post-conflict zone.

She has been recognised as a "Future Leader" in arbitration by Who's Who Legal since 2018 and is currently a member of the ICC's UK Energy and Environment Committee.  She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments as arbitrator.

What the Directories Say
  • ‘Claire Stockford puts in the hours to get the job done and leaves no stone unturned.‘ (Legal 500 2023)
  • Very extensive experience in advising states ... ‘Claire Stockford acts in investor-state arbitration claims’ (Legal 500 2023)