Jacqueline Chaplin

Counsel, London

“I am a dispute resolution specialist advising a diverse range of corporates, financial institutions and governments on complex cross-border commercial disputes. I combine my extensive experience in international arbitration and litigation to resolve my clients’ most significant, business-critical matters.”


Education and qualifications


Jacqueline is Counsel and Solicitor-Advocate with extensive experience of international arbitration and cross-border commercial disputes. She has conducted ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under all major arbitral institutional rules (including ICC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL) and has particular experience of bringing and defending claims involving governments and governmental entities.

Jacqueline acts as counsel in High Court litigation, often in connection with arbitral proceedings. Her experience includes acting as counsel in post-award enforcement and nullification actions, and enforcement proceedings in a number of jurisdictions. Jacqueline also acts in cross-border commercial litigation and has acted for clients in judicial review and public law claims.

Jacqueline has repeatedly been named as a “Rising Star” for International Arbitration in a leading legal directory. She is currently a co-lecturer on public international law and international arbitration at Queen Mary University of London.

Work highlights
  • Advising BP on two ad hoc arbitrations with the Government of India concerning a Production Sharing Contract (UNCITRAL, India seat)
  • Advising a defence company in enforcement proceedings in London concerning a substantial ICC Arbitral Award
  • Acting for a Kuwaiti telecommunications company in a dispute against a member of the Saudi Royal Family arising from the breach of a loan agreement (LCIA, London seat)
  • Acting for a UK bank in a dispute against the subsidiary of a Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth fund arising from an alleged fraud on the sale of shares (SIAC arbitration, Singapore seat)
  • Acting for a Russian bank in a dispute against a Swiss oil trader arising from the financing of a Siberian oil refinery (LCIA Arbitration, London seat)
  • Recent international law experience includes: acting for a sovereign State in relation to interim measures imposed by the European Court of Human Rights, advising a Bahaman entity in an oil supply dispute against the Government of Eritrea, and advising JPMorgan in High Court proceedings against the Berlin State Transport Authority.

Education and qualifications

Jacqueline obtained her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She also holds an LLM in Arbitration and Public International Law from the LSE.

Jacqueline is a qualified Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience. She is a member of the LCIA, ICCA and ArbitralWomen.

Jacqueline is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales (non-practicing) and in the UK (England & Wales).