• Biography

    Melanie Willems, head of international arbitration in the London office, focuses her practice on international arbitration and is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution (expert determination, mediation, adjudication and so forth). She has extensive experience in ad hoc proceedings and the major international rules, such as ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID and standard form contract rules. She also represents clients in court in the UK, and sits as an arbitrator.

    Melanie acts for clients in a wide range of industries, including engineering, energy, construction, rail, infrastructure/transport, hotels, retail, property development, banking and finance, technology and insurance. She has particular experience in contractual disputes arising from energy, major projects and engineering matters. She has advised clients on international projects in the Middle East, Asia, India and Africa in relation to foreign investments, power plants, renewable energy, desalination plants, petrochemical plants, oil rigs, pipelines, hotels, roads/highways, hospitals, transport and government projects.

    Melanie is a prolific writer and speaker, and is frequently sought after to speak on topics related to international arbitration and various forms of dispute resolution in the UK and abroad.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • M.Sc. , King's College London , 1993
    • LL.B. , King's College London , 1989
    • Ma├«trise , Law , Universit├ę de Paris-X , 1989
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales , 1992
  • Languages

    • French