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 combines robust advocacy and clear strategic thinking to resolve complex, cross-border commercial disputes for his clients in a way that meets their needs and objectives.

Mr. Rae acts for States and State-owned entities, as well as multinational clients from a range of industries and business sectors. He has appeared as advocate in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations and regularly advises clients on disputes under all major arbitral rules including ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL. His diverse workload has included disputes in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia.

Mr. Rae’s broad 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:

  • An Asian renewable energy company in their defense of a US$2 billion indemnity claim brought by former management in a London-seated LCIA arbitration
  • A large European energy company in a London-seated LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute over the payment of fees and tariffs under a long term contract for the supply of LNG
  • An Asian multinational in a Paris-seated ICC arbitration in their defense of a US$1 billion claim arising from a failed transaction during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • An Asian national oil company in relation to a dispute with its joint venture partner over liability for production shutdowns in an offshore gas field development in Vietnam
  • The UK subsidiary of a global media, sports and entertainment multinational in their defense of an unfair prejudice claim brought against it by minority shareholders in the English Companies Court
  • A manufacturer of high-specification aeronautical equipment in their defense of a €500 million warranty claim brought by a syndicate of insurers of a European aviation manufacturer  
  • 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
  • A multinational oil company in regards to transnational human rights and environmental litigation
  • A European oil company in an ICC arbitration against Middle Eastern State entities
  • An African national oil company in relation to a complex supply dispute with a major European 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*

Thought Leadership

  • “ICC Court Clarifies Summary Dismissal Procedure in Arbitration ” Latham & Watkins Article (December 2017)
  • “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” Latham & Watkins Article (May 2017)
  • “ICSID Tribunal Upholds a State’s Right to Investigate Criminality in Arbitral Proceedings” Latham & Watkins Article (April 2017)

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • South Australia


  • BCL, University of Oxford, 2016
  • BA in French, University of Tasmania, 2009
  • LL.B. (Hons), University of Tasmania, 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English