• 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 is a ranked lawyer in the International Arbitration category: Commercial Arbitration practice area of Chambers UK 2019, Chambers & Partners. The guide says that Melanie Willems is "extremely bright and very passionate about her clients' needs" and “is particularly proficient in representing clients in the oil and gas sector in commercial and projects disputes.” Melanie is recognized in the 2019 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, on their elite list of leading individuals in International Arbitration, and is reported as being “very experienced and capable.”

    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
    • Maîtrise, Law, Université de Paris-X, 1989
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, 1992
  • Languages

    • French