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John Laird

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London EC2N 1HQ
United Kingdom

John Laird is a solicitor-advocate and associate in Crowell & Moring's London office, where he is a member of the International Dispute Resolution and Antitrust Recovery groups. John represents clients in both commercial and investment arbitration. In addition, his practice involves a wide variety of commercial litigation in the English High Court, including the pursuit and defence of competition claims. John has worked from both the Washington, D.C. and London offices of Crowell & Moring, initially as a paralegal and later training for admission as a solicitor. He is the winner of the 2011 ICSID Review Student Writing Competition.

Examples of recent commercial arbitration experience include:

  • Representing the U.K. subsidiary of a Swiss conglomerate against a US company in LCIA arbitration regarding breach of a pharmaceuticals licensing agreement.
  • Representing an Egyptian consortium and Kuwaiti supply chain management company in an ICC arbitration brought by a South Korean supplier regarding a port construction subcontract.
  • Representing a European company in CIArb arbitration against a South Asian government for breach of contract, securing a damages award, and defending related English High Court award challenge proceedings.
  • Representing a South African mineral and mining company in an LCIA arbitration, securing damages of $190 million.
  • Advising an American hospitality company in two arbitrations regarding management disputes at European and Middle East hotels.

Examples of recent investment arbitration and related experience include:

  • Representing a Russian national in UNCITRAL arbitration against a Middle Eastern State claiming breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Advising a claimant in relation to an application for annulment of an ICSID award.
  • Advising a client regarding the recognition and enforcement in the English courts of a foreign arbitration award made under the Energy Charter Treaty and UNCITRAL Rules.
  • Advising an international hotel developer as claimant in a $600 million dispute under ICSID Rules.
  • Advising a European construction and development consortium as claimant in an investment dispute under ICSID Rules.

Examples of recent English commercial and competition litigation experience include:

  • Representing a party to Part 20 proceedings regarding a follow-on claim in the English High Court for losses arising from anti-competitive behavior in the air cargo industry.
  • Representing an AIM-listed transportation company in the English High Court in relation to the repudiation of an operating contract.
  • Advising a British public company regarding a cartel follow-on claim in the English High Court.
  • Advising a group of companies in a cartel follow-on claim in the English High Court seeking £20 million damages for illegal price fixing across Europe.
  • Advising on the recognition and enforcement of a series of New Jersey Court judgments in England and Wales.


  • Somerville College, University of Oxford, B.A. philosophy, politics, economics (2005)
  • BPP University of Professional Studies, Graduate Diploma in Law (2011)
  • BPP University of Professional Studies, Legal Practice Course (2012)


Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, Higher Rights of Audience

Professional Memberships

  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • Young ICCA
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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"True or False: Thanks to Reforms Proposed Under the Auspices of the ICSID and UNCITRAL, Investor-State Dispute Settlement Is Finally Headed in the Right Direction?" Juris 14th Investment Arbitration Conference, Webinar Session (June 9, 2020). Panelist: John Laird.
"Contractual Disruption Update - English Court Finds That a Warehouse Fire Following a Riot Is Not a Force Majeure Event," International Dispute Resolution Alert (June 2, 2020). Contacts: Laurence Winston, Edward Norman, John Laird
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Virtual Arbitral Hearings, COVID-19, and Award Enforcement," International Dispute Resolution Alert (April 29, 2020). Contacts: Ian A. Laird, Laurence Winston, Randa Adra, John Laird
Client Alert / Newsletter
"English Contractual and Common Law Remedies for COVID-19 Business Interruption," Corporate Alert (April 22, 2020). Contacts: Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, John Laird
Client Alert / Newsletter
"English Court Addresses Intersection of Trade Secrets Directive and Common Law Breach of Confidence Claims," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (April 22, 2020). Authors: John Laird and Julia Milewski.
"An Update on U.K. Data Breach Damages," Privacy Law Alert (April 17, 2020). Contacts: Nicola Phillips, Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, John Laird
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"English Trade Secrets Proceedings: Experts May Be Permitted Access to Information In Confidentiality Rings," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (April 17, 2020). Authors: Julia Milewski and John Laird.
"The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 Measures to Assist Business," Corporate Alert (April 15, 2020). Contacts: Robert Weekes, Amanda Kwagala, John Laird
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Morrisons Supermarket Not Liable for Employee’s Data Breach," International Dispute Resolution Alert (April 1, 2020). Contacts: Nicola Phillips, Maarten Stassen, Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, John Laird
Client Alert / Newsletter
"An English Law Perspective on COVID-19 and Contractual Disruption," International Dispute Resolution Alert (March 18, 2020). Contacts: Nicola Phillips, Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, John Laird
Client Alert / Newsletter

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