Patrick Taylor is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group. Mr. Taylor’s practice focuses on commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with particular experience in the upstream oil & gas, energy and telecommunications sectors, and tax-related disputes. Qualified in England & Wales and Ireland as a solicitor-advocate, Mr. Taylor has advised and represented clients in disputes throughout the world, most frequently in Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, and, increasingly, in Latin America. Mr. Taylor has acted in arbitrations under the rules of ICSID, the LCIA, the ICC, UNCITRAL, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian Arbitration and Conciliation Act and the Milan Chamber of Arbitration.

Mr. Taylor’s practice is geared towards advising clients in the most high-stakes, complex and valuable disputes, and he has developed particular experience in advising on investment protection and investment dispute settlements in high-risk jurisdictions, the enforcement of fiscal and legislative stabilisation clauses, production sharing and shareholder/joint venture disputes, post M&A disputes, and complex damages analysis.

Mr. Taylor is recommended as a leading lawyer for commercial arbitration in Chambers UK (2019), where clients describe him as “a fantastic advocate, and a well-rounded lawyer for international arbitration.” He is listed as a “Dispute Resolution Star” in Benchmark Litigation Europe (2018), which describes him as “excellent”. He is also noted as a “next generation lawyer” for International Arbitration in The Legal 500 UK (2018). He is further noted for his public international law work. Previous editions of the guide quote clients praising “his reasoned analysis.” He is also recommended for arbitration in Who’s Who Legal.

Mr. Taylor is a member of the IBA Arb40 Committee and a regular speaker at conferences on arbitration-related topics. His recent speaking engagements have included presentations on arbitration and private equity; the art of cross-examination; the implications of Brexit; managing tax-related investment disputes; enforcement of arbitral awards; the rise of AI in arbitration; extension of arbitration clauses to third parties and the scope of the right to regulate under international investment law. His recent articles include “Tactics and procedures used in international arbitration to promote efficiency,” Experiencias y Retos del Ecuador en el Arbitraje de Inversión y Comercial (September, 2018); “High Court reiterates high hurdle to enforce foreign award annulled by the court of the seat,” LexisNexis (August, 2017); "The Opportunities for Post-Brexit International Arbitration in London" NLUJ Law Review” (Spring, 2017); “State’s right to regulate under international investment law,” Warsaw Investment Arbitration Day (October, 2016); and “The Poland Risk,” Private Funds Management (March, 2015).

Mr. Taylor graduated with an LL.B. honours law degree from Cambridge University in 2001 and was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2005 and in Ireland in 2017. He is bi-lingual English/French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.


  • Nottingham Law School, 2002, L.P.C.
  • University of Cambridge, 2001, LL.B. (Hons.)

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales