Charles Rae is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Rae works within the Litigation & Trial Department in the firm’s international arbitration practice.

Mr. Rae advises clients from a range of industries and business sectors in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He has experience representing clients in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration under all major arbitral rules including ICC, LCIA, ICSID, and UNCITRAL. His diverse workload has included disputes in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia.

Mr. Rae’s practice also includes acting on behalf of clients in complex, multijurisdictional litigation disputes at both trial and appellate level.

Mr. Rae has previously clerked for two justices of the Federal Court of Australia and is a member of the LCIA Young International Arbitrator Group, the ICC Young Arbitrator Forum, HK45, and YSIAC.

Mr. Rae is a contributing author to the recently published Zuckerman on Australian Civil Procedure, a leading text on civil procedure in Australia.

Mr. Rae’s experience includes acting for and advising:

  • A Middle Eastern State in respect of claims made against it by a multinational consortium arising from delays associated with the completion of national rail infrastructure
  • An Asian multinational in a London-seated LCIA arbitration arising from the collapse of a global private equity firm, including advising on complex fraud claims and the termination of a joint venture.
  • A leading African energy company in a London-seated LCIA arbitration concerning warranty and indemnity claims arising from the acquisition of oil and gas assets in Gabon.
  • A large European energy company in a Paris-seated ICC arbitration concerning gas pricing in long term supply contracts
  • A State party in a Hong Kong-seated investment treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules concerning a bank rescue program
  • A foreign investor in a gas pricing dispute under UNCITRAL Rules arising out of joint operations conducted with a major European oil and gas company
  • A foreign investor in a ICSID arbitration concerning the expropriation of a hotel developments
  • Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Petroleum Development Company in their successful defense of transnational human rights and environmental litigations identified by The Lawyer as among the most significant cases of 2016
  • A European oil company in an ICC arbitration against Middle Eastern State entities
  • A national oil company in relation to a complex supply dispute with a major aviation manufacturer
  • A global energy and resources private equity firm in a Paris-seated LCIA arbitration concerning energy projects in Africa
  • A government business enterprise in defending claims made against it by a multinational consortium arising from delays associated with completion of a US$1.8 billion water infrastructure project*
  • A public company regarding its investigation into employee fraud and subsequent proceedings for recovery of misappropriated property*
  • A large consumer goods retailer in their claim for injunctive relief to prevent the compulsory redemption of its shares in a national buying group*
  • A construction company on claims arising from a corporate acquisition including claims against client’s former professional advisors and defending claims made by third parties under undisclosed cross-guarantees and other securities*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham & Watkins

Thought Leadership

  • ICC Court clarifies Summary Dismissal Procedure in Arbitration
  • High Court Reiterates High Threshold for Enforcement of Annulled Awards
  • Another Key Decision on Corporate Separateness - High Court Finds That There is No Arguable Case for Unilever to be Held Liable for the Acts and Omissions of Kenyan Subsidiary
  • ICSID Tribunal Upholds a State's Right to Investigate Criminality in Arbitral Proceedings

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • South Australia


  • BCL, University of Oxford - Wadham College, 2016
    With Distinction
  • BA in French, University of Tasmania, 2009
  • LL.B. (Hons), University of Tasmania, 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English