Philip Devenish is a highly rated solicitor with a heavyweight cross-border disputes practice. In recent years he has won billions of dollars for clients in high-profile cases all over the world. Legal directories describe him as "an outstanding lawyer" (Who's Who Legal) who is "widely praised by peers and clients" (Expert Guides), "extremely impressive" (Chambers), "extremely sharp" (International Financial Law Review), and "thorough and unflappable – destined to do great things in the field" (The Legal 500).
Philip has acted for multinational corporations, ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs), and sovereign States in some of the largest and most important arbitrations of the past decade, as ranked by The American Lawyer and Global Arbitration Review. Among other successes, he secured a US$1.3 billion damages award for a commercial bank in a landmark arbitration arising out of the Crimea annexation in 2014. He recently represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a US$2 billion arbitration arising out of the Qatar diplomatic crisis.
Philip also assists and advises clients in connection with regulatory investigations and civil and criminal proceedings brought by foreign government authorities. He regularly acts for corporations and UHNWIs facing allegations of financial wrongdoing, including fraud, money laundering, corruption, and bribery.
Philip is ranked among the world's leading practitioners in global disputes and has received various accolades for his work. He is named in The Legal 500 UK's Arbitration Powerlist of "the finest that London has to offer" and holds Law360's Rising Star award for "top attorneys under 40" whose career accomplishments transcend their age.
Companies With Investments and Businesses in Ukraine and Russia: The Importance of Investment Treaties
"Enforcement of investment treaty awards against assets of states, state entities and state-owned companies", in Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards (2nd edn., Globe Law and Business, 2021)
"He is excellent. He's extremely hands-on, very on top of the facts and the law, and he exercises extremely good judgement."Chambers UK
- University of Oxford (B.C.L. 2012; full academic scholarship at Christ Church); University of Sydney (LL.M. with high distinction 2011; highest examination results in multiple subjects); The Hague Academy of International Law (Cert. 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 (2022)
Ranked in Chambers, The Legal 500, Law360, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, and Expert Guides for international arbitration and public international law
Recipient, International Financial Law Review's Europe Award for Commercial Arbitration (2020) in recognition of his "lead role in some of the world's largest international arbitrations"
Member, LexisNexis Dispute Resolution Expert Panel
- German and Spanish (reading proficiency)