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Guy Pendell

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English
International Arbitration

Guy Pendell is a commercial disputes partner based in London. He has been a partner since 2005 and has around 18 years’ experience handling disputes for mainly corporate clients. He has been credited by the legal directories as “giving clients the best chance of winning”. His main areas of work include international arbitration involving complex commercial and corporate/M&A disputes, TMC, international projects and finance disputes. He also has years of experience handling disputes in the hotels sector.

Guy’s main objective is to represent clients in substantial disputes, seeking the best outcome for his clients, usually involving detailed negotiated settlements against the background of a well prepared legal position.
He is an experienced solicitor advocate in arbitration. He also sits as an arbitrator when his workload permits.

Guy is the head of the firm’s International Arbitration Group, he is the UK rapporteur for the ICC’s standing task force on the New York Convention and a member of its editorial committee. He is a founding member of the International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee.

Guy is individually ranked for International Arbitration in Chambers and has been included as a legal expert in Who's Who Legal - Arbitration since 2013.

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“brilliant for strategic and tactical considerations”. Guy is also a Leading Individual for international arbitration.

International Arbitration, Legal 500, 2014

Relevant experience

  • A global engineering company in relation to disputes over the alleged failures of gas turbines in a major middle east power plant.
  • A major telecommunications company on a series of related arbitrations in relation to the construction of a 30 year outsourcing transaction and the proper financial modelling in relation thereto.
  • A large Russian energy company in relation to a dispute over the consequences of the termination of a SPA.
  • A global satellite telecommunications company in relation to the termination of a SPA concerning the sale and purchase of strategy satellite telecommunications assets.
  • A European mining and silica manufacturing company in relation to the valuation and accounting treatment of various CEE assets under a SPA.
  • A financial advisory firm in a dispute over fees and performance.
  • A European bank in relation to a dispute arising from the exercise of a put and call option in relation to the acquisition of a Serbian listed bank.
  • As sole arbitrator in ICC proceedings in relation to a dispute over the validity and effect of an IT software supply contract.
  • As co-arbitrator in relation to a dispute relating to the sale and subsequent disposal of a Russian bank.
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Memberships & Roles

  • UK Rapporteur of Task Force on New York Convention, member of editorial committee for Guide to New York Convention - ICC, Court of Arbitration
  • RCJ Advice, Service Delivery Committee
  • Board member, European Justice Forum
  • International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee (Founder and Committee member)
  • Law Society, International Division
  • International Bar Association
  • LCIA
  • Commercial Litigators’ Forum
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Publications

  • World Arbitration Reporter (England & Wales Chapter)
  • Interim Measures in International Arbitration, June 2014, Juris Publishing – England & Wales Chapter
  • Arbitration in England, 2013, Kluwer Law International – Rights and Duties of the Parties and Counsel
  • West Law, UK Insight – The Arbitration Act 1996
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Lectures list

  • 2015 - Legal Week Litigation and Arbitration Forum 2015, Co-chair with Tim Parkes, Herbert Smith
  • 2015 - International Arbitration Summit, Legal Business
  • 2015 - Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy, Faculty Member, Washington 
  • 2015 - Practising Law Institute, New York – International Arbitration 2015 – Preparing Your Case: Experts
  • 2014 - Legal Week Litigation and Arbitration Forum 2014 – Co-chair with Tim Parkes, Herbert Smith
  • 2012 - International Dispute Resolution involving Russian and CIS companies, C5, February 2012
  • 2011 - Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration, LSE
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Education

  • 2007 - Solicitor Advocate
  • 2005 - Diploma in Advocacy, College of Law,
  • 1996 - Legal Practice Course, Commendation, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham
  • 1994 - Law, LLB (Hons) 2(1), Coventry
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Dispute Resolution

Guy Pendell is Head of Disputes, based in London.

He has been a partner since 2005 and has around 18 years’ experience handling disputes for mainly corporate clients. He has been credited by the legal directories as “giving clients the best chance of winning”. His main areas of work involve resolving complex disputes in corporate/M&A, TMC, international projects and finance matters. He also has years of experience handling disputes in the hotels sector.

Guy’s main objective is to represent clients effectively in significant commercial disputes, seeking the best outcome in the specific circumstances of the client. That usually involves careful negotiated settlements against the background of a well prepared legal position. He is an experienced solicitor advocate.

Guy is a board member of the European Justice Forum and member of the RJC Advice Bureau services delivery committee. He is also a member of the Commercial Litigators’ Forum.

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Relevant experience

  • A very well-known international IT/Outsourcing company in various litigation proceedings, principally relating to disputes arising under application support and maintenance agreements.
  • A very well-known telecommunications company in various disputes in the UK and beyond, principally relating to commercial disputes in relation to the provision of major projects but including disputes arising under long term outsourcing projects.
  • The owners of an electrical wholesale business in relation to a broad range of disputes with other family members in relation to the separation of their business interests, direct competition between businesses and related disputes in Switzerland, Canada, the UK and elsewhere. 
  • A well-known energy company in group actions of claims brought on behalf of communities in sub-saharan Africa for alleged pollution incidents alleged to have been caused by the energy company. 
  • An international bank in relation to disputes arising out of the wrongful settlement of a number of financial instruments. The dispute also relates to a wider international fraud in excess of some USD 500m. Proceedings in Mauritius, Dubai and England. 
  • The former owners of a substantial international hotel group in relation to all its warranty and indemnity claims arising following the acquisition of the group from Compass plc, these claims have included three long tail liabilities arising from historic UK leasehold interests; a claim under a liability on an evergreen letter of credit; multiple claims in relation to several hundred employment disputes in South America.
  • The owner of a well-known hotel and golfing complex in High Court proceedings with the operator over alleged breaches of a management agreement. The case involved two injunction proceedings and an expedited trial.
  • A provider of messaging services and mobile enterprise software in relation to a dispute with a service provider for unpaid invoices and a separate dispute over the termination of a contract with customer for SMS and WAP push services for the customer’s failure to comply with local regulations for such services.
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Memberships & Roles

  • UK Rapporteur of Task Force on New York Convention, member of editorial committee for Guide to New York Convention, ICC, Court of Arbitration
  • Member, RCJ Advice Bureau, Service Delivery Committee
  • Board member, European Justice Forum
  • Founder and committee member, International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee 
  • Member, Law Society, International Division
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, LCIA
  • Commercial Litigators’ Forum
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Publications

  • World Arbitration Reporter (England & Wales Chapter)
  • Interim Measures in International Arbitration, June 2014, Juris Publishing – England & Wales Chapter
  • Arbitration in England, 2013, Kluwer Law International – Rights and Duties of the Parties and Counsel
  • West Law, UK Insight – The Arbitration Act 1996
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Lectures list

  • 2015 - Legal Week Litigation and Arbitration Forum 2015, Co-chair with Tim Parkes, Herbert Smith
  • 2015 - International Arbitration Summit, Legal Business
  • 2015 - Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy, Faculty Member, Washington 
  • 2015 - Practising Law Institute, New York – International Arbitration 2015 – Preparing Your Case: Experts
  • 2014 - Legal Week Litigation and Arbitration Forum 2014 – Co-chair with Tim Parkes, Herbert Smith
  • 2012 - International Dispute Resolution involving Russian and CIS companies, C5, February 2012
  • 2011 - Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration, LSE
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Education

  • 2007 - Solicitor Advocate
  • 2005 - Diploma in Advocacy, College of Law,
  • 1996 - Legal Practice Course, Commendation, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham
  • 1994 - LLB (Hons), Coventry
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