Céline Barnwell is a commercial litigator who acts in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters including construction claims, fraud, joint venture and shareholder disputes, and regulatory/compliance issues. Having worked in jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (onshore matters and Dubai International Finance Centre [DIFC] Court matters), Céline brings valuable international experience to multijurisdictional disputes. She has acted in litigation before the English High Court, the Hong Kong High Court, and the DIFC and in arbitration before tribunals in the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Céline's recent experience includes acting for a leading private equity group in its defense of a claim brought by a large number of investors who had invested in bespoke government-backed disaster response centers.
Céline is currently advising an investment firm for frontier and illiquid markets in a multiparty English litigation relating to the unwinding of two back-to-back Loan Market Association (LMA) trades. She is also representing a foreign government ministry in arbitration proceedings brought against it under a procurement contract for the development, delivery, and installation of information systems.
- BPP Law School, Holborn (Legal Practice Course with commendation 2010); BPP Law School, Waterloo (Graduate Diploma in Law with commendation 2010); National Taiwan Normal University MTC (Mandarin Chinese Studies, 2008); SOAS, University of London (The School of Oriental and African Studies) (B.A. Hons. in Chinese and Law 2007)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
- French (native); Mandarin Chinese