Philip Devenish has a decade of experience resolving high-profile disputes in emerging markets. He has acted on some of the largest and most significant global cases in recent history, as ranked by The American Lawyer and Global Arbitration Review. He is recognized by Who's Who Legal (2021) "as being among the world's highest ranked arbitration lawyers."
Philip represents clients facing commercial disputes, business expropriation, political risk, and government abuses around the world. He has appeared in cross-border matters before trial and appellate courts (in the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Australia, and elsewhere) and dozens of arbitral tribunals (seated in London, Paris, The Hague, Geneva, Zurich, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Washington, D.C.). He also has experience defending clients in multijurisdictional investigations conducted by foreign government authorities.
Before joining Jones Day, Philip served as a principal member of the trial team that secured a $1.3 billion victory on behalf of JSC Oschadbank in an arbitration against Russia. This case marked the first occasion that Russia had been held internationally liable for seizing assets in Crimea and remains one of the largest investor-State arbitration awards in history. Over the past decade, Philip has obtained more than $2 billion in settlements, awards, and judgments.
Philip is recognized as a key lawyer in global disputes by The Legal 500, Who's Who Legal, and Guide to the World's Leading Experts. Clients and peers say he is an "outstanding" practitioner; "capable, efficient and very intelligent"; with "strategic input that is always spot on."
Publications Prior to Jones Day
“Hungary”, GAR Know-How, Investment Treaty Arbitration (2015-2019)
“Enforcement in England and Wales of Arbitral Awards Set Aside in Their Country of Origin” (2018) 18(2) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 143
“CEAC v. Montenegro: When Does an Investor Have a ‘Seat’ in its Home State?”(2018) 33(1) ICSID Review 81
“Review of Practising Virtue: Inside International Arbitration” (Oxford University Press, 2015) (eds. D. Caron et al.) (2017) 34(1) Journal of International Arbitration 113
“The Energy Charter Treaty: The Range of Disputes and Decisions”, in The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (Global Arbitration Review, 2015)
“Review of Basic Documents on International Investment Protection” (Hart Publishing, 2012) (ed. M. Paparinskis) (2013) 8(5) Global Arbitration Review
“Ambiente Multi-Party Arbitration” (2013) Practical Law Company
“Law of Deeds Revisited” (2010) 84 Australian Law Journal 427
- University of Oxford (B.C.L. 2012; Myers Scholar at Christ Church college); University of Sydney (LL.M. with high distinction 2011; Highest examination results in Public International Law, International Investment Law, and Law of International Institutions); The Hague Academy of International Law (Directed Studies 2007); University of Technology, Sydney (B.A. and LL.B. with first class honors 2007)
- England & Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer), High Court of Australia, Federal Courts of Australia, and Supreme Court of New South Wales
Member of one of the world's leading international arbitration teams as ranked by Global Arbitration Review (2020)
Who's Who Legal (2021) — "Future Leader" (international arbitration)
The Legal 500 UK (since 2019) — "Key Lawyer" (public international law and international arbitration) with "particular expertise in handling foreign investment disputes"
Guide to the World's Leading Experts (since 2019) — "Rising Star" (commercial arbitration)
Member, LexisNexis Dispute Resolution Expert Panel (2017-present)
- Spanish (reading proficiency)