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Will Thomas

Partner, Eversheds

Will is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Management Department. He is Head of the International Arbitration Group.

Based in Paris since 2001, he specialises in public international law, investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. His experience includes advising and representing parties in proceedings before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. Will has also acted in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, including under ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. He regularly appears as advocate in such proceedings.

Will's clients include States, State entities and private multinational companies. He has particular experience in the energy and telecoms sectors.

He is a regular speaker at conferences concerning international dispute resolution, in particular in the oil and gas sector, and he has also written a number of articles in this field. Will has lectured widely on international boundary dispute resolution, including at King's College, London University, the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) and the International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU). He also teaches courses on international arbitration at both the University of Versailles and Sciences Po, Paris.

Will is a qualified English solicitor and holds a degree from the University of Cambridge. He is recommended for international arbitration by the Legal 500 directory, in which sources have noted that Will's "technical knowledge, mastery of the facts and grasp of the practice set him apart" (EMEA 2013). He has also been recommended by Chambers Global in the field of public international law (2012,2013) as well as for international arbitration, receiving strong client feedback (“really very brilliant” – Chambers France, 2015).”

Will was also recently noted by a commentator in Global Arbitration Review (2014) as "a leading light in arbitration".

Emmanuel Bellanger

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