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Paula Hodges

Herbert Smith LLP

London, GBR

Paula Hodges has extensive experience of advising on international disputes, particularly in the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors, and specialises in international arbitration.  She has represented clients in many jurisdictions (including London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, the US, Dubai, Africa, Asia, Russia and the CIS), as counsel and advocate, and has conducted proceedings under the auspices of most of the major arbitral institutions.  She also sits as an arbitrator.

Paula has been closely involved in several high profile cases before the High Court in London, and has also appeared before the Court of Appeal and House of Lords.

Paula studied law at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 1986 with an M.A. in Law.


  • Advising the United States of America in a LCIA arbitration against Canada in respect of softwood lumber imports into the US
  • Multinational drinks company in ICC arbitration regarding franchises in Algeria
  • Representing Canadian energy company in ICC arbitration regarding the purchase of oil and gas interests in Kazakhstan
  • US energy corporation in LCIA arbitration in a shareholder dispute regarding the application of pre-emption rights to a wind farm project in Europe
  • A global travel services provider in various disputes with airline companies in a number of different countries
  • Multinational defence company in ICC arbitration regarding a licence granted by an Italian company to manufacture naval weapons
  • UK energy company in shareholder dispute over construction of a LNG facility in the UK
  • Telecom Malaysia in expropriation claim against the Government of Ghana under bilateral investment treaty
  • European utilities company in ICC arbitration against an Indonesian counterparty over a coal supply contract
  • An energy major in an ICC arbitration relating to a petrochemicals licence agreement
  • Various multinational energy companies regarding upstream and midstream disputes relating to their oil, gas and LNG interests in Africa (including Nigeria and Egypt)
  • An energy major in ICC arbitration concerning an LNG project in Iran
  • Multinational consortium in various disputes regarding pipeline project in the Caspian
  • UK independent regarding exploration activities in the Yemen and Mauritania
  • Host state on potential claim under the Energy Charter Treaty
  • US energy major regarding dispute relating to offshore Canadian project
  • Various energy companies on variety of disputes relating to their Caspian interests
  • Drilling contractor regarding potential ICC arbitration with energy company in relation to a project in Chad
  • Energy trading arm of investment bank in expert determination regarding electricity trading dispute
  • International management company in an ICC arbitration relating to management of the World Trade Centre in Dubai
  • UK telecoms company on potential LCIA arbitration against equipment supplier
  • Asian network provider in various disputes subject to arbitration
  • BP Amoco and others in a dispute with Enron regarding the CATS gas pipeline in the Central North Sea resulting in a damages award from the House of Lords of
  • Amerada Hess in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in a dispute with the Bluewater Group 
  • Premier Oil in a Commercial Court action brought by Bow Valley regarding joint venture in Iran
  • A number of energy companies following the collapse of Enron
  • TXU Europe Energy Trading following its entry into administration
  • IBM United Kingdom Limited in a highly publicised, multi-million pound dispute regarding the provision of an Automatic Fingerprint Recognition System to a network of 37 UK police forces resulting in a highly satisfactory settlement after 20 days in trial in the Technology and Construction Court in 1998
  • MMK (UK) Limited in a complex telecommunications dispute with BT regarding provision of network services for an on-line lottery system
  • APR Limited before the Commercial Court in defending an expert determination clause in a joint venture agreement with Inmarsat Ventures Plc


  • LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration) – Member of the LCIA Board
  • ICC London (International Chamber of Commerce)   
  • BIICL (British Institute of International Comparative Law)
  • ASA (Association Suisse de l'arbitrage)                       
  • IBA (International Bar Association)                                
  • ILA (International Law Association)                         
  • Energy Institute 

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