Wendy J. Miles, QC is a partner in the firm’s London office and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group. Her practice focuses on international arbitration and public international law.
Ms. Miles is recognised as one of the market’s foremost lawyers in the fields of arbitration and public international law. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Miles has conducted arbitrations under all the major institutions, as well as conducting ad hoc arbitrations and undertaking significant public international law cases. She has advised a wide range of multinationals, sovereign states and state entities.
Ms. Miles represents clients across numerous sectors, including energy, natural resources, gaming, manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceutical, licensing, telecommunications, insurance and construction.
Ms. Miles is ranked as a leading international arbitration adviser by Chambers Global (2018) which describes her as “a brilliant lawyer” who is “very sharp.” According to Chambers Europe (2018), “she provides good information and guidance about what the client's choices are and what they should expect.” Chambers UK (2019) also names her in the top band of arbitrators, stating that she is “a fantastic, hands-on partner who is visionary in terms of the final goal.” Previous editions of the guide have described her as “a force in international arbitration.” Benchmark Litigation Europe (2018) recommends Ms. Miles for her international arbitration practice, and for advising on energy and natural resources matters. She is ranked as a leading individual for international arbitration and public international law in The Legal 500 UK (2018). She is further noted for corporate crime and for her construction disputes work. She has been described in the guide as a lawyer who “goes the extra mile” and “willing and able to take on difficult cases.” The guide also states that she is “highly experienced” in public international law. Ms. Miles is named a Thought Leader for Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal which notes her “pragmatic and insightful advice” in major public international law disputes. She was awarded “Best in Commercial Arbitration” in the 2015 and 2016 Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards, and continues to be listed by Expert Guides in its annual Women in Business Law list.
Ms. Miles is a Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. She co-chaired the Task Force on Costs Allocation in Arbitration and currently co-chairs the ICC Task Force on Climate Change Related Disputes. She also remains active on various other professional bodies including the IBA, Stockholm Arbitration Association and FIAA. She is also Co-Chair of the gender diversity initiative Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge (www.arbitrationpledge.com).
Ms. Miles regularly teaches on arbitration and public international law related issues, including as a founding member of the Executive Committee for the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy.
Ms. Miles is admitted to practice in England & Wales, and New Zealand. She became Queen’s Counsel in 2015. As a QC, she is able to act as advocate at all levels of the UK courts.