• Biography

    Markus Esly is a dispute resolution lawyer who focuses his practice on international arbitration. He has experience arbitrating matters under the major international rules, including ICC and LCIA. Outside of arbitration proceedings, Markus represents clients in adjudications, mediations and proceedings before all levels of the English courts. He also advises clients in connection with public international law matters, particularly bilateral investment treaty (BIT) disputes and ICSID arbitrations. Markus regularly appears as advocate before international arbitral tribunals and in the English Courts.

    Markus’ practice focuses on energy, projects, construction and infrastructure disputes. His clients include international EPC contractors and energy companies, based in England, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. He also acts in complex commercial disputes in other industries. In particular, Markus advises clients in the hotels and hospitality industry, including as regards disputes under management and franchising agreements. Markus also acts in contentious IT matters, shareholder disputes, corporate warranty claims, patent licensing disputes, aviation, rail, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and contentious matters in the insurance industry.

    Markus is a recommended lawyer in the international arbitration section of the 2020 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms. Legal 500 reports that “Markus Esly is intelligent, industrious and has his head on his shoulders”. Previously Legal 500 have reported that Markus is “very thorough and organised and a good team player.” 


    Professional and Community Activities

    • Law Society of England and Wales
    • Society for Construction Law

    Selected Publications and Speeches

    • “How to Manage Your International Arbitration Counsel, Beijing Arbitration Commission,” presenter, Beijing, April 20, 2016.
    • “The Special Relationship: Why English Law is Still One of Your Best Friends in International Disputes,” presenter, Houston, January 27, 2015.
  • Education and Clerkships

    • Law Degree, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, 1998, First Class Honours; Norah Dias Prize for Law; Bundy Scholarship
      • Judicial Assistant to Lord Phillips, Master of the Rolls (Court of Appeal), 2001
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales
    • Solicitor Advocate, Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)
  • Languages

    • French
    • German