Two Latham Partners Appointed Queen’s Counsel

Philip Clifford and Sophie Lamb to join distinguished branch of advocates in England and Wales.

December 21, 2017

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that London partners Philip Clifford and Sophie Lamb in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice are to be appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC). The appointments will take effect on 26 February 2018 at the Silk Ceremony at Westminster Hall.

“We congratulate Philip and Sophie on their outstanding achievements,” said Jamie Wine, Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Litigation & Trial Department. “Taking silk represents a major milestone in the career of a trial lawyer. Philip and Sophie are highly accomplished advocates who have made significant contributions to the practice of law, and we are delighted they are to receive this high honor.”

Clifford has served as Global Co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ International Arbitration Practice and Chair of the firm’s London Litigation & Trial Department. He is one of the City’s leading arbitration lawyers with more than 25 years’ experience of resolving some of the largest and most complex international disputes through arbitration and related court litigation in England and elsewhere. He has particular expertise in disputes arising out of the oil and gas, power and construction industries, as well as shareholder, joint venture and M&A disputes. As well as being an experienced advocate and arbitrator, he is a United Kingdom representative on the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and co-author of a leading book on the LCIA Arbitration Rules.

Lamb is Global Co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice and is recognized as one of the market’s leading international arbitration practitioners, with vast experience advising both private and sovereign clients in a wide range of commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and public international law matters. She has acted as adviser and advocate in more than 100 international commercial arbitrations across a range of industries. She has also led complex litigation in the English and overseas courts, including in business and human rights cases, and has full rights of audience in the superior English courts, having appeared as advocate at every level, including the UK Supreme Court.

Jay Sadanandan, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in London, said: “Philip and Sophie have established first-rate reputations for advising clients in high-stakes litigation and arbitration around the world. These appointments not only reflect their formidable legal and advocacy skills, but also reflect the depth, experience and ambition of our growing London litigation practice.”

With the appointments of Clifford and Lamb, Latham will join an elite group of firms in London to retain three practicing QCs following the arrival of Stuart Alford QC from the Serious Fraud Office in 2016.

The award of Queen’s Counsel is for excellence in advocacy in the higher courts. QCs are appointed by The Queen, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, who in turn is advised by an independent Selection Panel which receives and considers each application and makes recommendations as to appointment.

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