What was the most interesting cross-border, cross-discipline project that you were involved in?
I am often involved in arbitrations where the seat of the arbitration is different to the country in which the project is located and/or the governing law of the dispute. I was involved in an ICC arbitration relating to a large project in Saudi Arabia that involved a contract which was subject to English law. It was particularly interesting because a lot of the issues in the dispute ultimately related to the socio-economic factors that influence the construction industry in Saudi Arabia and are similar in the wider Gulf region.
Which person would you most like to connect with today or in history?
It’s hard to pick just one person but right now I would really like to meet Jacinda Ardern. She seems to be very likeable, a brilliant communicator and an impressive leader. She seems like the type of person you could have an easy conversation with and learn a lot from.
FaceTime or face-to-face?
Always face-to-face, if possible. But in the current world we live in, Zoom and phone calls are the only option. So much of our communication is through our body language and voice intonation which makes seeing and speaking to clients essential for proper communication. I’m often conscious of the fact that sending emails with legal and contractual advice can come across as mechanical and unlikeable. But apart from anything else, being able to meet someone in person, or at least see someone’s face, is just a far more engaging experience.